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Syria announces new offensive, diplomats fail to renew truce

BEIRUT/NEW YORK - Syria announces a new offensive against rebel-held areas of Aleppo while diplomats fail to find a way in New York to revive a U.S. and Russian-brokered ceasefire that collapsed this week. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA (WRAPUP 4, PICTURES), moved, by Tom Perry and Lesley Wroughton, 850 words)

- MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-MEETING (UPDATE 2), moved, by Lesley Wroughton, John Irish and Denis Dyomkin, 525 words

- MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-PENTAGON (UPDATE 2, PICTURES), moved, by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali, 570 words

- MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-CHEMICALWEAPONS, moved, by Michelle Nichols, 465 words

- MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-GERMANY, moved, by Sabine Siebold, 450 words

- MIDEAST-CRISIS/TURKEY-SYRIA (UPDATE 4), moved, by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ayla Jean Yackley, 525 words

Family sees video of Charlotte police shooting black man dead

CHARLOTTE - The family of the black man whose shooting death by police in Charlotte, North Carolina, triggered two nights of riots views video of the episode, but a lawyer for the family of Keith Scott says it is unclear if Scott was holding a gun when killed. (USA-POLICE/ (UPDATE 12, PICTURES, TV), expect by 0330 GMT/11.30 PM, by Andy Sullivan and Greg Lacour, 650 words)

- USA-POLICE/CAMERAS (PICTURES), moved, by Daniel Trotta, 645 words

- USA-POLICE/CHARLOTTE (PICTURES, TV), moved, by Greg Lacour, 400 words

- USA-POLICE/EMERGENCY (FACTBOX), moved, 320 words

- CHICAGO-POLICE/ (UPDATE 1, PICTURES), moved, by Timothy Mclaughlin, 300 words

- USA-POLICE/OKLAHOMA (UPDATE 2, PICTURES), moved, by Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, 355 words

Trump doubles down on 'law-and-order' appeal in White House bid

PITTSBURGH - Donald Trump praises aggressive police tactics and condemns attacks on officers amid criticism of his plan to use "stop-and-frisk" tactics to reduce crime, in a speech following a second night of unrest that shook Charlotte, North Carolina. (USA-ELECTION/ (UPDATE 1, PICTURES, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Emily Flitter, 830 words)

- USA-ELECTION/CLINTON-TAX (UPDATE 1, PICTURES, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Emily Stephenson, 465 words

- USA-ELECTION/EDUCATION (UPDATE 1, PICTURES), moved, by Emily Flitter, 245 words

Accused New York bomber's wife back; lawyer seeks access to suspect

NEW YORK - The wife of an Afghan-born U.S. citizen charged in the bombings in New York City and New Jersey returns to the United States, a law enforcement official says, as a defense lawyer presses to get access to the accused man. (USA-ATTACKS/ (UPDATE 2, PICTURES, TV), moved, by David Ingram, 600 words)

SPECIAL REPORT

For one Afghan boy, hopes of a new life in Europe end in suicide

SVANGSTA, Sweden - Sweden has long welcomed young asylum-seekers. Last year, as Mustafa Ansari's story shows, it was overwhelmed. (EUROPE-MIGRANTS/SWEDEN (SPECIAL REPORT, PICTURES, GRAPHIC), moved, by Sven Nordenstam and Benjamin Lesser, 2,810 words)

ASIA

Philippines seeks Duterte visits to Japan, China late October

MANILA - Diplomats in the Philippines are in talks with counterparts in Japan and China to try and arrange visits for President Rodrigo Duterte at the end of next month, foreign ministry officials in Manila say. (PHILIPPINES-CHINA/JAPAN (UPDATE 1), expect by 0300 GMT/11 PM ET), by Manuel Mogato, 400 words)

Japan PM raises North Korea nuclear program with Cuba's Fidel Castro

HAVANA - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the first Japanese leader to visit Communist-ruled Cuba, calls for a strong and unified international response to North Korea's nuclear program in rare talks with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Thursday, a Japanese foreign ministry spokesman says. (CUBA-JAPAN/ABE (UPDATE 1, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Sarah Marsh, by 530 words)

- UN-ASSEMBLY/SOUTHKOREA-NORTHKOREA, moved, by David Brunnstrom, 400 words)

Taiwan asks Google to blur images showing new S.China Sea facilities

TAIPEI - Taiwan's defense ministry says it is asking Google to blur satellite images showing what experts say appear to be new military installations on Itu Aba, Taipei's sole holding in the hotly disputed South China Sea. (SOUTHCHINASEA-TAIWAN/ (UPDATE 2), moving shortly, by J.R. Wu, 490 words)

UNITED STATES

Yahoo says hackers stole data from 500 mln accounts in 2014

Sept 22 - Yahoo Inc says that at least 500 million of its accounts were hacked in 2014 by what it believes was a state-sponsored actor, a theft that appears to be the world's biggest known cyber breach by far. (YAHOO-CYBER/ (UPDATE 4, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Dustin Volz, 755 words)

AMERICAS

Brazil police arrest former finance minister in Petrobras probe

SAO PAULO - Brazilian police arrest former Finance Minister Guido Mantega as a sweeping corruption investigation strikes further at the heart of the Workers Party (PT) that ran the country for 13 years. (BRAZIL-CORRUPTION/ (UPDATE 6, PICTURE, TV), moved, by Brad Haynes and Brad Brooks, 710 words)

Venezuela opposition vows 2016 Maduro vote despite setback

CARACAS - Foes of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vow to push for a recall referendum against him this year, defying the country's election authority which says any vote to remove the unpopular socialist leader could not take place until early 2017. (VENEZUELA-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 3, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Alexandra Ulmer and Andrew Cawthorne, 450 words)

Canada, China agree to tighten trade ties, mull extradition pact

OTTAWA - Canada and China settle a trade dispute and say they will start exploratory talks on a free-trade pact but give few details about a possible extradition treaty for Chinese fugitives which triggers criticism in Canada. (CANADA-CHINA/ (UPDATE 2, PICTURES, TV), moved, by David Ljunggren, 400 words)

EUROPE

UK may not need two years to get EU divorce deal -minister

LONDON - Britain expects to start the divorce procedure to leave the European Union early next year and may not need two years to negotiate a deal, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says. (BRITAIN-EU/JOHNSON (UPDATE 1), moved, by Elizabeth Piper, 480 words)

- BRITAIN-EU/MEETING (UPDATE 1), moved, 525 words

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

Iran's Rouhani at UN calls on rival Saudi to cease 'divisive policies'

UNITED NATIONS - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani calls on regional rival Saudi Arabia to "cease and desist" from "divisive policies" if it is serious about regional peace and security. (UN-ASSEMBLY/IRAN-ROUHANI (UPDATE 4, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Parisa Hafezi and Michelle Nichols, 625 words)

- UN-ASSEMBLY/GUATEMALA-CORRUPTION, moved, by Hugh Bronstein, 395 words

- CONGO-UN/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Amedee Mwarabu, 360 words

Jordan's Islamists gain foothold in parliament after long absence

AMMAN - Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood has gained a foothold in parliament after ending a decade-long boycott and returning to the fray as the mainstay of a broad civic alliance, according to preliminary results released. (JORDAN-ELECTION/, moved, by Suleiman Al-Khalidi, 450 words)

Iraq's Zebari accuses ex-PM Maliki of arranging dismissal as finance minister

ERBIL - Deposed Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari accuses former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of orchestrating his removal from office, publicly exposing rifts within an increasingly unstable government. (IRAQ-POLITICS/MINISTER (TV, PIX), moved, by Mahdi Talat, 530 words)

Death toll rises to 52 after migrant boat capsizes off Egypt

CAIRO - Nine more bodies are recovered from the Mediterranean the day after a boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsizes off Egypt, officials say, bringing the death toll to 52. (EUROPE-MIGRANTS/EGYPT (UPDATE 2, PICTURES, TV), moved, 550 words)

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