Syrian troops repel rebels southwest of AleppoThe Syrian Center for Policy Research, however, put the death toll from the six-year conflict at more than 470,000 people. Mosul is the largest urban center under the militants' control, with a pre-war population of almost 2 million.
Go USA! Go Coach? For US basketball fans, Olympics a changeAnd they did, quite literally - committing two technical fouls while building a 16-point first quarter lead . The American roster has the talent to be the dominant force we saw before the team travelled to Rio.
Messi says he will again play for Argentina's national teamFive Ballons d'Or, four Champions League titles and three Club World Cups have prompted many to rank Messi the best player ever. Bauza is expected to return to Argentina on Friday, which is the deadline to submit squads for the September qualifying matches.
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Ailes helping Trump ahead of presidential debatesIt's clear Trump requires some coaching on how to deal with women during a debate. A Trump spokeswoman denied to the Times that Ailes was involved in the campaign.16 August 2016
Syrian rebels break siege of Aleppo by government forcesThe rebels hailed the breach as a major collaborative achievement a week after launching their counteroffensive. But Syria's war, now in its sixth year, is raging beyond Aleppo, claiming dozens of lives every day.
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Britney Spears to perform at 2016 VMAsAs you likely recall, she and Madge ended up making out-a moment that will go down in history as one of pop culture's best. She opened her 2007 performance of "Gimme More" at the VMAs with the same phrase.17 August 2016
Rio 2016: North Korea wins Gold in men's gymnasticsJang Ung, the sole North Korean member of the International Olympic Committee, presented Ri with his gold medal at the ceremony. In 1992, North Korean gymnast Pae Gil Su won the gold medal for the pommel horse at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Zika in Puerto Rico now a health emergencyThe health emergency declaration allows Puerto Rico to apply for more federal resources to help fight the outbreak on the island. Researchers say they've identified two proteins in the Zika virus linked to the severe birth defect microcephaly.
The Olympics Super SaturdayTheisen-Eaton's time of 13.18sec in the hurdles and 1.86m in the high jump left her in fifth place overall behind Barbadian Jones. A gold medal contender, she ended up sixth, let down by javelin and shot put.
'Sausage Party' feasts on the box officeSony Pictures Entertainment is relishing a big, and quite surprising, weekend at the box office. The R-rated STX comedy has earned a robust $71.5 million domestically.