U.N. aborts plan to evacuate patients from Aleppo, blames all parties

The United Nations has abandoned plans to evacuate patients from besieged rebel-held east Aleppo which it had hoped to accomplish during a three day lull in fighting last week, blaming all parties to the conflict for obstructing efforts. “The evacuations were obstructed by various factors, including delays in receiving the necessary approvals from local authorities in eastern Aleppo, conditions placed ...

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Five die in Malta plane crash

Five people have died after their plane crashed at Malta International Airport. The small aircraft, a twin-prop Metroliner, crashed around 07:30 (05:30 GMT), shortly after taking off from Luqa airport on a flight to Libya. The victims’ nationalities have not been released. Early reports that they were officials from the EU’s border agency have been denied. Frontex said the plane ...

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We are behind, says Trump campaign

The Donald Trump campaign has admitted the Republican lags behind Hillary Clinton with just over two weeks to go before Americans cast their votes. “We are behind. She has some advantages,” said his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who added: “We’re not giving up. We know we can win this.” On Friday, Mr Trump made a rare admission that he could ...

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Russia accuses UK over ‘shrinking’ London embassy

The Russian ambassador to the UK has accused the British government of delaying the granting of visas to staff at its embassy in London. Alexander Yakovenko said the embassy was “shrinking” and questioned whether the UK wanted “an adequate Russian diplomatic presence”. He also criticised the prime minister and foreign secretary for giving what he said were “anti-Russian statements”. The ...

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Trump gains on Clinton, poll shows ‘rigged’ message resonates

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gained on his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton among American voters this week, cutting her lead nearly in half, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling released on Friday. The polling data showed Trump’s argument that the Nov. 8 election is “rigged” against him has resonated with members of his party. “Remember folks, it’s a rigged system,” Trump told ...

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Russia says Aleppo escape corridors under fire

The Russian military says that in the first day of the pause in fighting over the Syrian city of Aleppo, the corridors set up for civilians to escape the besieged city and for rebels to make safe passage came under consistent fire. A statement late Thursday from the military’s “reconciliation center” in Syria gave few details of the shooting. But ...

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Obama calls Trump’s election rhetoric ‘dangerous’

President Barack Obama has said Republican Donald Trump’s insistence that he might not accept the election result is “dangerous”. Speaking at a campaign rally in Miami for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the president said Mr Trump’s comments undermined American democracy. Mr Trump refused in a televised debate to say he would accept the outcome of the election on 8 November. ...

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Trump ducks election result pledge

Republican Donald Trump has refused to commit to accepting the election result if he loses, in the final TV debate against Hillary Clinton. “I will tell you at the time,” he told moderator Chris Wallace. For days he has claimed the election is “rigged”. The Las Vegas debate continued the campaign’s bitter tone, with Mr Trump calling Mrs Clinton a ...

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Vogue endorses Hillary Clinton for US president

Vogue magazine has endorsed Hillary Clinton ahead of the US presidential election next month. The Democratic candidate will face Republican rival Donald Trump when Americans go to the polls on 8 November. In an editorial, the magazine said: “Vogue has no history of political endorsements. “Given the profound stakes of this one, and the history that stands to be made, ...

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Stop whining’ about the election – Obama to Trump

President Obama says Donald Trump needs to “stop whining” about the election. “One of the great things about America’s democracy is that we have a vigorous, sometimes bitter political contest,” Obama said Tuesday during a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the White House. “And when it’s done, historically, regardless of party, the person who loses ...

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