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Russia says close to reaching understanding on Aleppo with USA - Ifax

Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo had called on Wednesday for an immediate five-day ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and wounded, but gave no indication they were ready to withdraw as demanded by Damascus and Moscow . "We call on the Syrian regime to do this urgently to alleviate the dire situation in Aleppo; and call on Russian Federation and Iran to use their influence to help make this happen", the joint statement said.


High Court Sides with Samsung in Patent Dispute with Apple

High Court Sides with Samsung in Patent Dispute with Apple

The report also revealed that the Samsung 's battle over Apple's patent on iPhone design was the SC's first court ruling for a design patent in over 30 years, concerning carpet designs. Samsung argued the damage was calculated based on an unfair and outdated standard. The news site reports that Samsung faced nearly $1 billion worth of penalties for copying the iPhone's design and icons, which was then reduced to $548 million.



US, Western leaders calling for immediate Aleppo cease-fire

After capturing the old city of Aleppo , Syrian forces entered the historic citadel of Aleppo on Wednesday, meeting with a military unit that has been besieged in the time-honored place, a military source told Xinhua. Syria's government has said it will not agree to any ceasefire without a guarantee of a full rebel withdrawal from Aleppo , while key opposition factions have rejected any talk of leaving the city.



Markets Right Now: US stocks open slightly lower

United States futures pointed to a higher opening on Wall Street after Wednesday's rally as investors continued to be buoyed by President-elect Donald Trump's proposed stimulus policies. The price of oil slumped after a 4-day rally. Drug distributor McKesson sank $6.44, or 4.4 percent, to $138.96. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 3 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,215.



Trump voter lost her home to new Treasury secretary

Trump transition officials boasted that the Carrier deal was an early down payment on his campaign promises to restore manufacturing jobs and that his team - namely Treasury secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin and commerce secretary nominee Wilbur Ross - had the business savvy necessary to help kick the US economy into overdrive.



Fidel Castro's ashes interred in private ceremony in Cuba

French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, representing her government at a tribute for Fidel Castro in Cuba, said: "There were no speeches". Photos later released by Cuban state media showed Raul Castro pushing his brother's casket into a 2.6-ton granite tomb.