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U.S. close to suspending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo battle rages
WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States is close to suspending talks with Russia on a ceasefire in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, as the Kremlin vowed to press on with an assault on the city of Aleppo.

India says hits Pakistan-based militants, escalating tensions
NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Indian officials said elite troops crossed into Pakistan-ruled Kashmir on Thursday and killed suspected militants preparing to infiltrate and carry out attacks on major cities, in a surprise raid that raised tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Erdogan says to extend Turkey's emergency rule, rounds on rating agencies
ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan suggested on Thursday that emergency rule could be extended beyond a year and rounded on rating agencies after Moody's cut Turkey to "junk" status, helping send the lira to its weakest in almost two months.

Palestinian president plans to attend funeral of Israel's Peres
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas plans to pay a rare visit to Jerusalem on Friday to attend the funeral of former Israeli leader Shimon Peres, a Palestinian official said on Thursday.

Pentagon chief calls U.S. alliance with Philippines 'ironclad'
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) - The United States has an "ironclad" alliance with the Philippines, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Thursday, countering statements by the southeast Asian nation's president that have thrown bilateral relations into deepening uncertainty.

U.S. drone strike in Yemen kills two senior al Qaeda members: officials
SANAA (Reuters) - Two senior members of al Qaeda's Yemen branch were killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike in the central province of Bayda, local officials told Reuters on Thursday.