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Syria's army on Thursday halted its attacks in Aleppo to allow for trapped civilians to be evacuated, Russia's foreign minister announced, after advancing regime forces cornered rebels in the city. "I can tell you that today combat operations by the Syrian army have been halted in eastern Aleppo because there is a large operation underway to evacuate civilians," said Sergei Lavrov, who held talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the German city of Hamburg. "There is going to be to a column of 8,000 evacuees" travelling five kilometres (3 miles), added Lavrov, attending a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
(Reuters) - Major U.S. stock indexes climbed again on Thursday and set fresh record highs, bolstered by data showing U.S. labor market strength, as a month-long rally since the presidential election of Donald Trump rolled on.