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Campaign retracts Leonardo DiCaprio's endorsement of anti-development measure

The campaign for a March ballot measure that supporters say would restrict out-of-scale development throughout Los Angeles received a boost this summer when Hollywood actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio backed the initiative.Two months after the actor’s name was first associated with the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, a representative for DiCaprio said the actor is neutral on the measure.

In Aleppo, Jewel Of Syrian Rebellion Faces Possible Collapse

Ever since it joined the uprising four years ago, eastern Aleppo tried to make itself a model for a Syria without President Bashar Assad.Near Aleppo's Old City, Zahraa al-Sayed tugged the children by the hands down the street, hurrying to stay under the shadows of the balconies.

Kremlin: demands for Assad's departure "thoughtless"

MOSCOW (AP) — The entire territory of Syria must be "liberated," Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said in remarks televised Saturday, dismissing demands for Syrian President Bashar Assad's departure as "thoughtless.He said Russia's decision to extend the break, which was initially declared for just one day Thursday, wasn't a concession to Western pressure.

Senior Egypt Military Officer Shot Dead near Cairo

A senior Egyptian army officer was shot dead outside his home in a Cairo suburb on Saturday, a military official and a relative told AFP.Jihadists have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers, mostly in the Sinai Peninsula, but such attacks on senior officers are rare.

Iraqi official denies US claims on Iraq-Turkey military cooperation deal

An Iraqi official has denied US claims that Iraq and Turkey have reached a provisional agreement authorizing Turkish involvement in ongoing operations to liberate Mosul from Daesh terrorists.The official, who was speaking anonymously, said Baghdad expected Ankara to stand by Iraq in the war on the Takfiri terrorist group and not violate Iraqi territory, al-Sumaria TV network reported on Friday.