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Russia Asks Syria to Halt Bombing during U.N. Peace Talks

Russia has called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to stop his bombing campaign while peace talks take place this week, but a political breakthrough on the six-year war remains unlikely, the U.N.'s envoy said Wednesday.

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Kerber Moves Closer to Top Ranking Comeback in Dubai

Angelique Kerber dominated Monica Puig 6-2, 6-3 in barely an hour at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Wednesday to move a step closer to returning to the number one ranking.

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Turkish Company Wins Qatar World Cup Contract

Qatar World Cup organizers announced on Wednesday that Turkish construction company Tefken will build the 40,000-seater Al Thumama Stadium for the tournament in five years' time.

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Ibra and Pogba Return for Man United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho restored Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba to his starting line-up on Wednesday against Saint-Etienne in the Europa League.

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Indian ATM Dispenses Dummy 'Children Bank' Currency

An ATM in Delhi spewed dummy 2,000-rupee notes issued by the 'Children Bank of India', prompting an investigation into the embarrassing lapse, police said Wednesday, months after the government's shock cash ban triggered painful shortages.

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Airbus Profits Hit by Military Plane Woes

European airplane maker Airbus said Wednesday that its profits nosedived last year as charges related to problems with its A400M military cargo transport plane sent earnings into a tailspin.

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Trump-Fueled Stocks Rally Slows

A strong run for world equities since Donald Trump's election showed signs of reversing Wednesday as Wall Street posted losses and European equities trod water.

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Cyprus Peace Talks Called Off amid Mounting War of Words

A planned meeting between rival Cypriot leaders scheduled for Thursday has been called off as a war of words over a nationalist commemoration in Greek Cypriot schools threatens reunification talks.

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The Trump Effect? Sweden Reflects on Its Integration Policy

Donald Trump's controversial statements linking immigration and crime in Sweden, a country idealized by some for its liberal values, have sparked the nation to weigh the successes and failures of its integration policy.

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U.N. Concerned over New West Bank Demolition Plans

The United Nations raised concerns Wednesday over newly announced demolition plans in a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank that threaten dozens of buildings including a primary school. 

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