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BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Pro-government forces tightened their grip around the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday where the local governor said safe corridors had been opened for civilians to escape rebel-held areas. A quarter of a million civilians still live in Aleppo's opposition-controlled eastern neighborhoods, effectively under siege since the army and allied militia cut off the last road into rebel districts in early July. State television quoted the governor of Aleppo as saying three humanitarian corridors would be established and President Bashar al-Assad offered an amnesty for rebels who surrender within three months.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Loretta Lynch will address a memorial service in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Thursday to honor three police officers killed this month by a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will join Biden and Lynch at the vigil scheduled for 2 p.m. CDT (1900 GMT) at a church in Baton Rouge, the state capital, where three other officers also were wounded in the July 17 attack. Lynch and Biden's visit will underscore the Obama administration's commitment to police safety.