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Russia's defense ministry said on Wednesday it was holding off from striking rebels with the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front to give other armed groups time to move away from Nusra positions. The ministry said in a statement it had received requests from multiple armed groups, mainly in Damascus and Aleppo, asking for a pause in air strikes. The ministry said taking those requests into account, it had decided to allow more time before it starts air strikes on the Nusra positions.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In one of the presidential campaign year's more grisly spectacles, demonstrators at a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, injuring several, and toppled trash cans and barricades. Authorities labeled it a "riot."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched a coalition deal on Wednesday that will make far-right opposition legislator Avigdor Lieberman defense minister and broaden a razor-thin governing majority in parliament, officials said. The agreement on a political partnership will be signed at 11 a.m. (0800 GMT), a negotiator for Lieberman's ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party said. Since winning an election last year, Netanyahu has said he would explore options to widen his one-seat majority in the legislature, and he began negotiations with Lieberman after coalition talks failed last week with the center-left Zionist Union, the main opposition party.