In Fight for Aleppo, Tangled Alliances Add to Chaos

As rebel groups called for a general mobilization, residents on their side have stockpiled equipment for digging wells, fuel for generators and seeds to grow food, in preparation for a lengthy siege. There is no precedent in the Syrian war for ground forces’ quickly rolling into an area that rebels have held for years. The disjointed forces, many with no ...

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United States Criticizes Israel Over West Bank Settlement Plan

“It is disheartening that while Israel and the world mourned the passing of President Shimon Peres, and leaders from the U.S. and other nations prepared to honor one of the great champions of peace, plans were advanced that would seriously undermine the prospects for a two-state solution that he so passionately supported,” the State Department’s deputy spokesman, Mark Toner, said ...

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Xi Jinping May Delay Picking China’s Next Leader, Stoking Speculation

In interviews, three other party insiders close to senior officials and their families said Mr. Xi appeared likely to delay picking a successor. Photo Mr. Xi, center, with Premier Li Keqiang, left, and the chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Zhang Dejiang, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing last week. Some officials and ...

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Is Leftist Era Fading in Latin America? Ask Colombia and Brazil

Photo Dilma Rousseff, a leftist, was impeached amid a divisive political climate in Brazil. Her predecessor and mentor, the once-powerful Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, faces a corruption inquiry. Credit Tomas Munita for The New York Times RIO DE JANEIRO — It was not a banner day for Latin America’s leftists. Colombia rejected a peace deal with Marxist rebels on ...

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Colombia Peace Deal Is Defeated, Leaving a Nation in Shock

The question voters were asked was simple: “Do you support the final agreement to end the conflict and construct a stable and enduring peace?” But it was one that had divided this country for generations, as successive governments fought what seemed to be a war without an end and the Marxist FARC rebels dug into the forest for a hopeless ...

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World Leaders Gather to Mourn Shimon Peres, and Possibly His Dream

Mr. Obama, who has been pressing the two sides to rejuvenate a peace process, made a similar point less directly. “Shimon never saw his dream of peace fulfilled,” he said. And so, he added, “Now this work is in the hands of Israel’s next generation, in the hands of Israel’s next generation and its friends.” The funeral drew delegations from ...

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Week of Attacks in Eastern Aleppo Killed 338, W.H.O. Says

Photo A child is pulled from the rubble of a building after airstrikes in a rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday. Credit Karam Al-Masri/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images GENEVA — The heavy bombardment of opposition-held eastern Aleppo killed 338 people in the past week, including more than 100 children, the World Health Organization said on Friday in an appeal ...

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Israel Without Shimon Peres? In Many Ways, His Dream Faded Long Ago

Mr. Netanyahu, from the right-wing Likud Party, only reluctantly endorsed the principle of a Palestinian state in 2009, and continued to clash privately with Mr. Peres, a former political opponent from the Labor Party, in recent years. Still, Mr. Netanyahu issued a statement praising Mr. Peres, who served two stints as prime minister, as “a man of peace,” and said ...

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