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A controversial French mayor said Tuesday he was setting up a volunteer force to patrol his town while the national state of emergency remains in force following the attacks on Paris.

Argentine ex-leader Menem convicted, again

Argentine ex-president Carlos Menem was convicted on corruption charges Tuesday, but as with a previous arms trafficking sentence he will escape prison time thanks to his immunity as a senator.

Mexico to check bodies' DNA in Australian surfers case

The Mexican attorney general's office will test DNA from two burned bodies found in a van to check whether they are those of two missing Australian surfers, authorities said Tuesday.

UN court orders arrests in radical Serb leader's case

The Yugoslav war crimes court Tuesday unveiled arrest warrants issued for two lawyers of Serb ultra-nationalist leader Vojislav Seselj's defence team and a former war-time associate, accusing them of witness tampering.

More than 20 years after Rwandan genocide, killings haunt French military

New documents have come to light in the long-running controversy over whether French troops based in Rwanda at the time of the 1994 genocide failed to prevent the killings of Tutsis.

Rising CO2 levels causing spike in phytoplankton in oceans

For a long time, scientists have thought the number of plankton species in the world's oceans would decrease due to increased acidification. However, over the past four decades or so, their populations have increased, says a new study.

Google Chrome can now save up to 70 percent of your mobile data

The Android version of Google's popular Chrome browser now features an enhanced Data Saver mode which can reduce mobile data usage by as much as 70 percent. It is supposed to improve performance on slow networks and lower bills.

Warsaw 'in contact' with abductors of Polish sailors

Poland said on Tuesday it was "in contact" with the abductors of five Polish sailors kidnapped last week off southern Nigeria, a region known as a piracy hotspot.

Golden State Warriors are so good, teams are waiting them out

The Golden State Warriors improved to 19-0 Monday night in a narrow win over the Utah Jazz. The Warriors are already off to the hottest start in NBA history, and they're the undisputed best team in basketball.

Brazil police shootings of five men spark outrage

Angry Rio residents said Tuesday the shooting of five young men in an apparently botched police operation shows next year's Olympic host city is a war zone where the poor are treated as the enemy.

Review: Second City's 'Unwrapped' is a holiday treat Special

Just in time for the holidays, Second City's latest show, 'Unwrapped,' skewers holiday traditions along with dating on Tinder, "Netflix and chill" and more.

French president has best ratings since 2012 after Paris attacks: poll

French President Francois Hollande's ratings zoomed up to 50 percent, the best since 2012, following his hardline response against jihadists after the Paris attacks, a poll showed Tuesday.

Doomsday revisited: will warming deprive us of oxygen?

Global warming has triggered an array of apocalyptic scenarios for future generations, from worsening drought, storms and floods to melted icesheets and rising seas.

Home-owners warned: 'Christmas lights could slow down your Wi-Fi'

Over the next few weeks, millions of fairy lights will be installed in homes worldwide. They may appear harmless but Ofcom, the UK telecoms watchdog, thinks otherwise. It has warned that Christmas lights can slow down Wi-Fi, prompting a mass debate.

EU 'not seeking reforms' in Cuba talks

The European Union is not seeking a programme of democratic reforms from Cuba as part of talks for a deal to normalise relations, European sources said as a new round of discussions got under way in Brussels Tuesday.

Nicaragua refuses to make carbon-cutting pledge

Nicaragua's lead negotiator said Tuesday it will not make a pledge to fight global warming as part of the Paris climate talks as that would let rich countries off the hook.

Nokia's 360-degree virtual reality camera costs $60k, on sale now

Nokia's first virtual reality product is now available for pre-order at an asking price of $60,000. The ground-breaking OZO camera is aimed at professional filmmakers and shoots 360-degree VR video for next-generation entertainment experiences.

Blast hits Istanbul metro, bomb suspected

A station on the Istanbul metro was Tuesday rocked by a blast suspected to have been caused by a home-made bomb, causing panic in the evening rush hour and wounding up to half a dozen people.

Turkish interests in Russia squeezed after jet downing

Workers rounded up, businessmen questioned, a cultural centre closed: the Turkish community in Russia appears to be under pressure a week after Ankara downed one of Moscow's jets.

Highlights from Obama's Paris speech

Here are the top quotes from US President Barack Obama news conference Tuesday, held on the sidelines of the UN climate summit in Paris.

Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' goes on sale in Germany next month

For the first time since World War II, Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" will be printed in Germany in January as an annotated edition, the institute publishing it said Tuesday.

Migrant arrivals in Europe slump amid Turkish crackdown: UN

The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe fell by more than a third last month, due to poor weather and a Turkish crackdown on traffickers, the UN said Tuesday.

'Specialized' U.S. troops to fight IS in Iraq: defense chief

The United States is deploying "specialized" troops in Iraq to fight the Islamic State group, including by leading raids against the jihadists over the border in Syria, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday.

Israeli advert stirs accusations of inter-Jewish racism

An Israeli advert for a high-end housing development has been accused of carrying a racist message, shedding light on often hidden tensions between Jewish communities in the country.

Unrepentant Dutch cannabis grower revels in court 'win'

Once in his greenhouse in a remote Dutch village, Doede de Jong proudly nurtured a thriving cannabis crop to sell to local users. Now only five plants remain, after the police moved in.

U.S. group says Bush should be investigated for torture conspiracy

Former president George W. Bush and a raft of senior US officials from his administration should be investigated for conspiracy to torture and for other crimes, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Georgia arrests four for alleged links to Islamic State

Georgia has arrested four of its nationals on suspicion of having links with the Islamic State group, the ex-Soviet country's officials said Tuesday.

Obama: Climate action an economic and security 'imperative'

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday global warming posed economic and security risks that had to be tackled immediately, but insisted the climate problem could be solved.

NATO readies new support for Turkey: Stoltenberg

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday the alliance was working on new support measures for Turkey, but insisted the commitment predated Ankara's shooting down of a Russian jet on the Syrian border.

Pistorius appeal verdict due Thursday

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal will announce Thursday its verdict on a bid by state prosecutors to have Oscar Pistorius convicted of murder and sent back to jail for shooting dead his girlfriend.

Turkish court rejects appeal for detained editors

A Turkish court on Tuesday threw out an appeal against the detention of two editors from a top daily newspaper as a global media rights watchdog launched a major petition for their release.

Russia building new military bases on islands claimed by Japan

Russia has begun building two modern military compounds on the far eastern Kuril islands, defence minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday, heightening long-running tensions with Japan over the disputed islands.

Mugabe welcomes China's Xi in rare VIP visit

China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Zimbabwe on Tuesday on a rare visit by a world leader to a country shunned by Western powers over President Robert Mugabe's widely-criticised record on human rights.

Resettlement of 25,000 Syrians in Canada set in motion

An operation to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada has begun, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday, with 10,000 people due to depart for their new home by the end of the year.

Syria deal for rebels to leave last Homs district

Syria's government and opposition forces have reached a deal for rebels to leave the last part of Homs city under their control, the provincial governor told AFP on Tuesday.

Tokyo noodle shop awarded world's first ramen Michelin star

A tiny Tokyo noodle shop joined the ranks of the world's top restaurants Tuesday as it scooped up a star from the respected Michelin Guide.

Police ban demos on Paris' Champs Elysees during climate talks

French police on Tuesday banned demonstrations on Paris' prestigious Champs Elysees avenue and near the venue for the UN climate conference at Le Bourget north of the capital during the two-week talks.

Eurozone bailout rescues Greece's top bank

The eurozone's bailout fund rescued Greece's largest bank on Tuesday, launching a recapitalisation process that is a crucial part of the country's third loan programme in five years.The European Stability Mechanism unlocked 2.72 billion euros ($2.

Fierce clashes between UN peacekeepers, Uganda rebels in DR Congo

Fierce fighting between UN peacekeepers and Ugandan rebels raged in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, a day after a deadly attack by the rebel group.

Meet Spencer a humanoid robot who helps you get round the airport

Getting around a busy international airport can be a stressful thing, especially if you aren't familiar with it or if you happen to be running late for the flight.

Fierce campaign to stop far-right victory in France elections

France's far-right National Front (FN) faced a ferocious campaign Tuesday to stop it taking two of France's most important regions in elections starting this weekend.
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