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Hundreds of wounded civilians were stranded in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo Saturday as the UN said security concerns were again preventing evacuations despite Russia extending a ceasefire into a third day. The army says it is an opportunity for civilians and rebel fighters who lay down their arms to leave. An AFP photographer in the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood at one of the crossings the army has set up for evacuations said it was deserted on Saturday morning.
Former World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has been named to lead China's national side following the resignation of Gao Hongbo, the Chinese Football Association announced Saturday. The appointment comes after World Cup qualifying losses by the men's team to Syria and Uzbekistan left the Asian giant with virtually no chance of qualifying for Russia 2018. Lippi travelled to Beijing to accept an official offer for the post, according to a statement on the CFA's web site.