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Russia said Monday it would hold talks with Washington on a total rebel withdrawal from Syria's Aleppo, where the army has made sweeping advances, but opposition factions rejected any evacuation. President Bashar al-Assad's forces have seized two-thirds of the former rebel bastion in east Aleppo since they began an operation to recapture all of the battered second city in mid-November. The assault has raised an international outcry, but Russia and China Monday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the city.
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Rebel shelling killed two Russian nurses and eight civilians Monday in Aleppo, and a Russian fighter jet crashed as it was returning to an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean after a sortie over Syria, but the pilot ejected safely, Moscow officials said.
Donald Trump embarked on another packed day of cabinet-building talks Monday, widening his search for a secretary of state tasked with representing his foreign policy, having already defied diplomatic protocol and provoked China. The world is keenly awaiting Trump's choice for the top diplomat role, scrutinizing his search for clues as to the direction US policy will take after he is sworn in on January 20. For the most prestigious cabinet pick yet to be announced, the maverick Republican billionaire is now mulling a growing list of finalists to become the public face of the Trump administration overseas to both allies and foes.