• 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.