• Syrian and allied troops advance in besieged Aleppo

    A rainbow appears after a heavy rain over the Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Syrian warplanes, artillery and mortar rounds pounded areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday drawing rebel rockets, as government troops gain new ground in the shrinking opposition-held enclave.

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  • Empowered Shiite militias poised to dominate key Iraq town

    In this Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 photo, an Iraqi special forces humvee passes with a Shiite flag bearing the likeness of Imam Hussein and Imam Ali with Arabic words reading "At your service Hussein," in the front line neighborhood of Bakr, in Mosul, Iraq. State-sanctioned Shiite militias are positioning themselves to control areas liberated from Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, opening the door to fresh domestic and regional conflict and raising concerns among religious and ethnic minorities. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    AIN AL-JEHESH, Iraq (AP) — On the road to Tal Afar, an Iraqi city near Syria that’s been key to sectarian catastrophes in both countries over the past decade, a mosaic of rag-tag troops advancing against Islamic State militants have one symbol in common.

  • Fidel Castro clung to socialism, mentored new leftists

    In this March 5, 1960 file photo, Cuban leaders walk arm-in-arm at the head of the funeral procession for the victims of the La Coubre explosion, blamed by the Cuban government on a U.S. bomb attack on the Cuban ship La Coubre in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. From left to right are Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, the first president of post-Batista Cuba, Osvaldo Dorticos, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Defense Minister Augusto Martinez-Sanchez, ecology minister Antonio Nunez-Jimenez, American William Morgan from Toledo, Ohio, and Spaniard Eloy Guttierez Menoyo. Castro has died at age 90. President Raul Castro said on state television that his older brother died late Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. (AP Photo, File)

    HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro’s revolution was slowly dying — or so it seemed.