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EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday issued a stern warning to Serbia and Kosovo to put aside recent bickering amid a major flare-up in tensions between Belgrade and Pristina.

US, Canada promise due process for arrested Chinese executive

The United States and Canada on Friday promised a fair judicial process for a Chinese executive arrested in Vancouver on a US request, as they appealed to Beijing to free two Canadians held in apparent retaliation.

Russia, Turkey, Iran renew push for new Syrian constitution

Russia, Turkey, Iran and the United Nations voiced hope Tuesday that a committee charged with writing a new Syrian constitution will start work early next year.

Jailed Catalan leader appeals for non-violence at protests

A Catalan pro-independence leader in pre-trial detention for nearly a year has urged separatists to avoid violence during protests planned against a Spanish government meeting in Barcelona on Friday.

Putin lays out plans to develop missiles if US leaves treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday laid out plans for Moscow to develop mid-range missiles banned under a Cold War treaty with the United States if Washington abandons the deal.

Tunisian winner nominates Macedonian, Greek PMs for Nobel peace prize

A Tunisian Nobel Peace Prize winner on Tuesday nominated Macedonia and Greece's premiers for the award for the landmark name-deal they struck earlier this year which still faces several major hurdles before it can be finalised.

Russian new military barracks in disputed Kuril islands anger Japan

Russia says it has built four new military barracks in the Kuril islands, angering Tokyo on Tuesday with whom it has been locked in a decades-long row over the archipelago in the Sea of Japan.

Huge fire ravages 600 homes in Brazil's Amazon

A huge fire blazed through 600 wooden homes built on stilts next to a river in Brazil's Amazon region overnight, decimating a poor area of the city of Manaus but causing no deaths, authorities said Tuesday.

Russia slashes Syria military flights

Russia has cut its military flights in Syria from more than 100 per day to fewer than four a week, the defence minister said Tuesday, in another sign the country's conflict is winding down.

Russia says will build up Arctic military presence

Russia will build up its military presence in the Arctic over the next year, the defence minister said Tuesday, as Moscow seeks to assert its influence in the strategic region.

Pope Francis warns against nationalism, xenophobia

Pope Francis has warned politicians of the dangers of exploiting nationalism and fear of foreigners to undermine the trust essential to their task of binding societies together, not dividing them.

Yemen's Hodeida calm after ceasefire takes effect

Yemen's flashpoint city of Hodeida was calm Tuesday as a ceasefire took effect and a team including members of the warring sides prepared to monitor the truce agreed at talks in Sweden.

Nearly 2,000 jailed for life since 2016 coup: Turkey state media

Nearly 2,000 people have been sentenced to life in prison since the July 2016 attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish state media reported Tuesday.

Central Asians cry out over China's secret detention camps

Asyla Alymkulova fights back tears in her home in Kyrgyzstan as she recalls the first time she heard her husband was whisked away to one of the notorious internment camps in neighbouring China's troubled Xinjiang region.

Morocco arrests suspect after murder of two Scandinavians: official

Moroccan authorities on Tuesday arrested a suspect following the murder of two Scandinavian tourists in the High Atlas mountains, the interior ministry said.

UK steps up no-deal Brexit plans with 3,500 soldiers on standby

British ministers agreed Tuesday to make no-deal Brexit planning "an operational priority" amid continued opposition to Prime Minister Theresa's May draft divorce deal, just 14 weeks before the country leaves the EU.

Yemen's Hodeida calm after ceasefire takes effect

Yemen's flashpoint city of Hodeida was calm on Tuesday following heavy clashes that erupted after a UN-brokered ceasefire started at midnight, pro-government sources and residents said.

Moscovici says working to avoid sanctions on Italy

European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said Tuesday he was working to avoid Italy being sanctioned over its 2019 budget, reiterating that Rome and Paris were not being held to two different standards.

1MDB: Malaysia's extraordinary financial scandal

Malaysia's extraordinary 1MDB corruption scandal allegedly saw top officials loot billions from a state fund and go on a worldwide spending spree -- buying up super-yachts, paintings by Van Gogh and Monet, and financing a Hollywood blockbuster.

Yemen's Hodeida calm after ceasefire takes effect

Yemen's flashpoint city of Hodeida was calm on Tuesday following heavy clashes that erupted after the UN-brokered ceasefire started at midnight, pro-government sources and residents said.

Afghanistan sends team to join Taliban peace talks in UAE

An Afghan peace negotiations team has arrived in Abu Dhabi, an official said Tuesday, a day after talks attended by US and Taliban representatives were held in the city aimed at ending the 17-year conflict.

Colombia hands down first conviction for murder of trans woman

A court has handed down Colombia's first conviction for the murder of a transsexual woman.In the sentence dated December 3 and published Monday, a judge sentenced defendant Davinson Erazo to 20 years in a psychiatric facility.

Hatred stirred by leaders blamed for rise in journalist murders: watchdog

Hatred whipped up by "unscrupulous politicians" has contributed to the shocking rise in the number of journalists murdered in 2018, a media watchdog said Tuesday.

NGOs launch legal action against France over climate

A group of NGOs including Greenpeace and Oxfam have launched a lawsuit against the French state accusing it of taking insufficient action to tackle climate change.

Xi warns no one can 'dictate' China's path, 40 years on from reforms

President Xi Jinping warned Tuesday that no one can "dictate" China's economic development path as the Communist Party marked 40 years of its historic "reform and opening up" policy amid a stern challenge from the United States.

No one can 'dictate' to China what it should, shouldn't do: Xi

President Xi Jinping vowed Tuesday to push ahead with China's "reform and opening up" but warned that no one can "dictate" what it does, as the Communist Party celebrated the policy's 40th anniversary.

Japan to get first post-WWII aircraft carriers

Japan will get its first aircraft carriers since World War II and buy dozens of fighter jets under a new defence plan approved Tuesday that is intended to counter China's growing military power.

Arab refugees in sights of Berlin's crime 'clans'

Berlin crime gangs of Arab origin have long earned infamy with violence and brazen robberies but now, police warn, they have targeted a new generation of refugees for recruitment.

'No place for a mother': S. Korea battles to raise birth rate

When Ashley Park started her marketing job at a Seoul drugmaker she had a near-perfect college record, flawless English, and got on well with her colleagues -- none of which mattered to her employer once she fell pregnant.

Goldman says former Malaysia govt lied, after charges filed

Goldman Sachs on Tuesday accused the former Malaysian government and state fund 1MDB of lying to the bank, after Kuala Lumpur charged the Wall Street titan over a massive financial scandal.

In southern Madagascar, voters struggle for food before ballot

One after another, the mothers sat their babies in the shade, on a mat placed on the dusty ground. This morning at least, their children will have enough to eat.

Washington careens toward government shutdown with no deal in sight

An intensifying spending standoff sent US lawmakers scrambling Monday to avert a partial government shutdown, with Republican and Democratic leaders deadlocked over President Donald Trump's demands for border wall funding.

New Zealand to hold 'reeferendum' on legal pot

New Zealand will hold a referendum on legalising recreational marijuana when the South Pacific nation votes in its next general election in 2020, the government announced Tuesday.

CBS ex-CEO won't get severance after sexual misconduct claims

Les Moonves, the onetime head of CBS, was fired for cause and will not receive a severance package in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations, the television network announced Monday.

Bolivia's Morales ignores unconstitutional accusations in reelection bid

Bolivian President Evo Morales is forging on in his bid to win a fourth term in next year's elections, despite mounting opposition against a move branded unconstitutional.

The vicious circle of poverty in Haiti

On the hills of Port-au-Prince, a chaotic jumble of structures stretches ever farther into the distance: Haiti's capital is suffering under the weight of high inflation, endemic corruption and a perilous drop in the value of its currency.

Former FBI chief lashes out at Trump, Republicans

Former FBI director James Comey lashed out at Donald Trump on Monday for telling "lies" and undermining the rule of law, and urged Republicans to stand up to the president.

UN condemns North Korean human rights violations

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution Monday condemning the "systematic, widespread and gross" human rights violations in North Korea.

Jesuits release list of 89 US priests accused of sex abuse

Jesuit authorities for 20 US states on Monday released the names of 89 priests with credible allegations of child sexual abuse dating as far back as 1950.

El Salvador acquits woman charged with murder over premature birth

A judge in El Salvador on Monday acquitted a 20-year-old rape victim originally charged with murder after giving birth prematurely in a toilet.

EU agrees to cut emissions from new cars by 37 percent by 2030

European Union members and the European Parliament on Monday agreed to slash carbon dioxide emissions from new cars by 37.5 percent by 2030, the European Commission announced.