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At least five United Nations peacekeepers were killed and some 30 others injured in an attack on a UN base in northern Mali, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Friday. Ban condemned the "complex" assault on the base in Kidal and recalled that targeting peacekeepers constitutes a war crime. The latest attacks highlighted the vulnerability of the sprawling arid north of the West African country, where UN peacekeepers and Malian soldiers are struggling in their fight against jihadists who had seized vast swaths of territory in 2012.
President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to recapture the whole of Syria and keep "fighting terrorism" while also negotiating an end to the war, as international pressure mounts for a ceasefire. Assad said the main aim of a Russian-backed regime offensive in Aleppo province that has prompted tens of thousands of people to flee was to cut the rebels' supply route from Turkey. Assad said it would be possible to "put an end to this problem in less than a year" if opposition supply routes from Turkey, Jordan and Iraq were severed.
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's deadliest prison brawl in many years was a bloodbath in which inmates attacked each other with cudgels and makeshift blades, authorities said Friday, underlining yet again the power that drug cartels wield inside many of the country's lockups.