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Syr­ian rebels re­treated in east­ern Aleppo in a “ter­ri­fy­ing” col­lapse Mon­day, hold­ing onto a small sliver of ter­ri­tory packed with fight­ers and thou­sands of civil­ians as gov­ern­ment troops pressed on. The Syr­ian mil­i­tary said it had gained con­trol of 99 per­cent of the for­mer op­po­si­tion en­clave, sig­nal­ing an im­pend­ing end to the rebels’ four-year hold over parts of the city as the fi­nal hours of bat­tle played out.

Pro-Kurd party mem­bers ar­rested in wake of Istanbul bomb­ings B

istanbul» Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties ar­rested more than 200 peo­ple Mon­day af­ter bomb­ings near a sta­dium killed 44 peo­ple. The ar­rests tar­geted mem­bers of a Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal party that was a fo­cus of a gov­ern­ment crack­down. Satur­day’s at­tack, which a Kur­dish group claimed as an act of re­venge for state vi­o­lence against the eth­nic mi­nor­ity in the south­east, was the dead­li­est in Istanbul this year.

Sus­pect in Egypt chapel bomb­ing had 2014 run-in with po­lice B

cairo» The young man sus­pected of blow­ing him­self up in­side a Cairo chapel dur­ing Sun­day Mass, killing at least 25 peo­ple, had been ar­rested and beaten by po­lice two years ago af­ter al­legedly tak­ing part in an Is­lamist demon­stra­tion, his lawyer said Mon­day. Mah­moud Shafiq Mo­hammed Mustafa would be the lat­est Egyp­tian to be rad­i­cal­ized af­ter be­ing sub­jected to po­lice abuse.

Guter­res sworn as UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral B

united na­tions» For­mer Por­tuguese Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nio Guter­res was sworn in Mon­day as sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the United Na­tions, be­com­ing the ninth U.N. chief in the body’s 71-year history. The for­mer U.N. refugee chief was elected to the top job by ac­cla­ma­tion in the Gen­eral Assem­bly in Oc­to­ber. He takes over from Ban Ki-moon on Jan. 1.

State may re­quire re­stroom signs in anti-abor­tion ef­fort B

ok­la­homa city» Ok­la­homa may force hos­pi­tals, nurs­ing homes, res­tau­rants and pub­lic schools to post signs in­side pub­lic re­strooms di­rect­ing preg­nant women where to re­ceive ser­vices as part of an ef­fort to re­duce the num­ber of abor­tions. The State Board of Health on Tues­day will con­sider reg­u­la­tions for the signs, which were tucked into a law passed this year.

Po­lice help man stage pro­posal B

mo­bile, ala.» Po­lice said they helped stage a man’s ar­rest so he could kneel down and pro­pose to his ter­ri­fied girl­friend.

With the help of two of­fi­cers, Dai­won McPher­son, 33, tricked his girl­friend, Shawna Black­mon, into think­ing he was on the run and had a gun. The of­fi­cers con­verged on the cou­ple and other mem­bers of their biker com­mu­nity out­side a gas sta­tion Fri­day night. Black­mon said the sce­nario seemed real.

A video viewed nearly 10 mil­lion times on­line by Mon­day shows the of­fi­cers rush­ing up to the cou­ple with stun guns, or­der­ing McPher­son down. Black­mon, ter­ri­fied, stands be­tween them with her hands up. Then, McPher­son asks her to take his “gun” from his pocket. She pulls out an en­gage­ment ring in­stead and is over­come with emo­tion as one of the of­fi­cers hol­sters his stun gun and hugs her.

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