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SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016

Syrian troops besiege rebel-held parts of Aleppo

Syrian government forces closed the only road leading into and out of rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, besieging hundreds of thousands of people and giving President Bashar Assad’s forces one of their biggest successes since the five-year conflict began.

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In this Jan. 19, 2015, file photo, Donald Trump speaks at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Randall Hill / Associated Press)

Amid violence here and abroad, Trump and Clinton compete to be seen as the better leader

CLEVELAND – Two successive weeks of political conventions meant to frame the November choice for president kick off this week nearly obscured by violence and terror here and abroad. That has driven a fierce imperative during both gatherings, the Republican convention, which begins Monday; and next week’s Democratic one: convince voters that the party nominee can be an effective leader in a world that seems distraught and divided.

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Venezuelans gather to cross the border between Venezuela and Colombia at the Simon Bolivar bridge in San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela, to buy supplies Sunday July 17, 2016. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans crossed the border into Colombia on Sunday to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home. (Ariana Cubillos / Associated Press)

Thousands cross Venezuela border shopping for scarce food

SAN ANTONIO DEL TACHIRA, Venezuela – Tens of thousands of Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed the border into Colombia on Sunday to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home. It’s the second weekend in a row that Venezuela’s socialist government has opened the long-closed border connecting Venezuela to Colombia, and by 6 a.m., a line of would-be shoppers snaked through the entire town of San Antonio del Tachira. Some had traveled in chartered buses from cities 8 hours away.

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Police: Man who held hostages at Burger King surrenders

BALTIMORE – A standoff between police and a rape suspect who took hostages, including a 7-year-old girl, at a Baltimore Burger King has ended peacefully with the suspect’s surrender, police said. Baltimore Police said Sunday afternoon that the suspect was ...

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Four arrested in accused killer’s courtroom escape

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Four people are under arrest for allegedly helping a murder suspect escape from a Florida courtroom but the suspect remains at large. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Sunday that Dayonte Resiles’ 18-year-old girlfriend, LaQuay Stern, ...

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Al-Qaida reports death of commander in Mali

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) – A group that monitors online extremist activity says al-Qaida’s North Africa branch has reported the death of a commander in Mali. The SITE Intelligence Group on Sunday quoted a statement from al-Qaida in the Islamic ...

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Turkish government cracks down after coup try; 6,000 detained

The Turkish government accelerated its crackdown on alleged plotters of the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with the justice minister saying Sunday that 6,000 people had been detained in the investigation, including three of the country’s top generals and hundreds of soldiers.

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Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch speaks during a news  conference in Lahore, Pakistan, in June. Baloch was strangled to death by her brother, police said Saturday. (M Jameel / Associated Press)

Pakistani social media star killed by brother after scandal

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch, who recently stirred controversy by posting pictures of herself with a prominent Muslim cleric, was strangled to death by her brother, police said Saturday. Her parents told police one of her six brothers strangled her to death as she slept in the family’s home in Multan, police spokeswoman Nabila Ghazanfar told the Associated Press.

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Parting Shot — 9.26.16

A member of the debate staff snaps a photo of the podium to be used by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, ...

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