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Russia said it would hold talks with Washington on Tuesday on a total rebel withdrawal from Syria's Aleppo, where the army has made sweeping advances, but opposition factions have rejected any evacuation. President Bashar al-Assad's forces have seized two-thirds of the former rebel bastion in east Aleppo since they began an operation to recapture all of the battered second city in mid-November. The assault has raised an international outcry, but Russia and China on Monday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the city.
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South Korea's top tycoons, including de-facto Samsung chief Lee Jae-Yong, struggled on Tuesday to publicly defend their business practices before a parliamentary committee probing a corruption scandal that has riveted the nation. In the first hearing of its kind for nearly 30 years, the publicity-shy heads of the South's eight largest conglomerates were grilled relentlessly over donations their companies made to dubious foundations controlled by Choi Soo-Sil, a close friend of President Park Geun-Hye. Choi Soon-Sil is currently awaiting trial on charges of coercion and abuse of power, while Park faces an impeachment vote in parliament on Friday which is almost certain to be adopted with the backing of more than 30 members of her own Saenuri Party.