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Sunday 17 December 2017

Syrian rebels step up siege

Syrian rebels stepped up their siege of a government helicopter base and clashed with soldiers near Aleppo's international airport today, part of an effort to chip away at the air power that poses the biggest challenge to their advances against the regime of President Bashar Assad.

That airborne threat came into stark relief the same day, when a government airstrike on a northern town killed 14 people -- most of them women and children, activists said. More than 21-months into Syria's conflict, the Assad regime is counting more than ever on its air force to block rebel gains.



3 officers hurt in US shooting

Three officers have been injured in a shooting at a police station in the US, and the suspect was shot and killed.

Police say gunfire erupted inside the Gloucester Township police station in New Jersey before dawn yesterday as a man was being processed on a domestic violence complaint.

The man grabbed a gun and began firing. Three officers were hit before the suspect was shot and killed.



Model Noble to marry again

Model-turned-actress Emma Noble is marrying for the second time -- more than 10 years after her first marriage to former British prime minister John Major's son James.

The television personality, whose career included a stint on The Price Is Right and reality show The Farm, has announced she will marry fiance Conrad Baker in August.

Her first marriage in 1999 took place in a blaze of publicity after a whirlwind romance with Major's son, but ended in divorce.



Sniper battles his conviction

An SAS sniper released from jail after a court appeal will mark his 38th birthday with his first meeting of the new year with lawyers as he continues the battle to overturn his conviction.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale from Crewe, Cheshire, was jailed for 18 months in November for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition but was released from military detention three weeks later after appealing against his sentence.

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