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U.N. Says 2 Million People in Aleppo are Without Running Water

A U.N. official says nearly 2 million people in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo are without running water as security conditions deteriorate.

Hanaa Singer, UNICEF representative in Syria, says intense attacks after midnight Thursday have damaged the Bab al-Nairab station that supplies some 250,000 people in rebel-held eastern parts of the contested city with water.

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Gun, Suicide Bomb Attacks Kill 12 in Iraq's Tikrit

Militants killed 12 people in a shooting and a suicide bombing on Saturday in the northern city of Tikrit, which was recaptured from the Islamic State group last year, police said.

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Syrian, Russian Aircraft Pound Rebel-Held Aleppo

Residents in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo cowered in their homes on Saturday as relentless missile strikes and barrel bomb attacks pounded the besieged eastern half of the divided city.

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Third Deadly Drone Strike in a Week Hits Yemen Qaida

An apparent US drone strike has killed five suspected al-Qaida members in Yemen in the third such attack this week, a security official said on Saturday.

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Netanyahu to Meet with Clinton and Trump

An Israeli official has confirmed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Sunday.

Netanyahu is in the United States, where he met with President Barack Obama and addressed the U.N. General Assembly this week.

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Bombing Campaign in Syria Kills Dozens, Demolishes Buildings

Syria's military threatened a ground offensive in Aleppo and pounded the city's rebel-held neighborhoods with airstrikes on Friday, killing dozens, demolishing buildings and damaging a main water station in an escalation that could doom faltering attempts to revive a cease-fire.

Rebels vowed to fight to keep President Bashar Assad's forces out of their districts and shelled government neighborhoods, wounding several people, according to state media.

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Push for Iraq's Mosul to Start in a Few Weeks

An offensive to encircle Iraq's second city of Mosul should begin "in the next few weeks", Britain's Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Friday, after a visit to the country.

Mosul has been held by Islamic State jihadists since June 2014 and British jets are part of a US-led coalition flying missions against them in Iraq and Syria.

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Lavrov Says U.S.-Russian Agreements on Syria Must be Saved

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the United Nations on Friday that U.S.-Russian agreements aimed at ending the war in Syria must be salvaged as fighting raged on the ground.

Lavrov said there was "no alternative" to the Russian and U.S.-led peace process and insisted that "now it is essential to prevent a disruption of these agreements."

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Kerry Says 'Bit of Progress' with Lavrov on Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian opposite number on Friday and made what he said was "a little bit of progress" on resolving their differences over the Syrian crisis.

"We're evaluating some mutual ideas in a constructive way, period," Kerry told reporters at the United Nations, one day after international envoys failed to find a way to revive a U.S. and Russian-brokered truce.

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Mideast Peace 'Quartet' Hears from France and Egypt

The diplomatic "Quartet" piloting efforts to nudge Israel and the Palestinians towards a negotiated solution to their conflict on Friday heard from France and Egypt on their parallel peacemaking efforts.

The Quartet -- the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations -- is tasked with overseeing international peace efforts, but both France and Egypt have expressed an interest in helping out.

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