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Gulf monarchs gather on Tuesday for an extraordinary summit amid growing international concern over the Saudi-led air war against Shiite rebels in Yemen and a deepening regional threat from jihadists.

Syria's Aleppo suffering 'daily crimes against humanity': Amnesty

Syrian government forces are committing "crimes against humanity" by indiscriminately bombing Aleppo, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, as it also criticised rebels for abuses including "war crimes".

IS claims first attack on US soil

The Islamic State group claimed on Tuesday its first attack on US soil, a shooting at an anti-Muslim event in Texas over the weekend showcasing cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed.

Thai police find graves at second migrant jungle camp

Investigators in southern Thailand have discovered five graves at a second remote jungle camp believed to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, police said Tuesday.

Russia raises Stalin's ghost amid nostalgia for past glories

Law student Mikhail Kosyrev used to have a negative view of Stalin but his attitude has drastically changed in recent years, he said, insisting the wartime tyrant meant well.

'Abandoned' Hong Kong veterans go into battle with Britain

Hong Kong military veterans who served in the British armed forces are going into battle against their former colonial ruler over their right to live in Britain.

'Boulders size of vans' hit Nepal trekking village after quake

An American trekker stranded for five days in a remote part of Nepal by a massive earthquake has described watching boulders the size of minivans smash buildings in Langtang, a popular tourism area whose main village was wiped out by an avalanche.

Australia urged to crack down on abuse of migrant labour

Australia faced growing calls Tuesday to crack down on the exploitation of migrants labouring in farms and factories, after a television investigation claimed foreigners toiled in conditions akin to "slave labour".

Nepal relief effort intensifies as toll rises to 7,557

Nepalese authorities said on Tuesday that a vast army of emergency workers was finally managing to deliver aid to stranded survivors of a massive earthquake as the death toll from the disaster rose to 7,557.

Massive toxic chemical spill off Costa Rica coast sparks alert

In what may be an ecological disaster in the making, a ship carrying 180 tons of ammonium nitrate capsized and spilled the toxic chemical into the sea just off the coast of Puntarenas last Saturday.

Thai people smuggling crackdown creates fresh dangers

The two boys in the back of the Thai police pickup truck were terrified.

French lawmakers set to OK controversial spy bill

French lawmakers are set to approve a new law Tuesday granting the state sweeping powers to spy on its citizens despite criticism from rights groups that the bill is vague and intrusive.

Greek officials claim they are close to a deal with creditors

Greek officials said that their had been progress during weekend negotiations with creditors even though no breakthrough deal has been reached as yet.

Syriza's 100 days: A slow reckoning with financial reality

It promised to turn the page on five years of austerity that brought Greece to its knees, but the first 100 days of the radical government of Alexis Tsipras has seen that hope disappear into the yawning gulf between it and the country's creditors.

U.S. struggles to counter 'homegrown' terror threat

An attempted attack by two suspected Islamist gunmen in Texas underscores the persistent threat posed by "homegrown" extremists and the difficulties U.S. authorities face in trying to thwart them, experts said Monday.

Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano spews ash on capital

Turrialba volcano spewed a column of smoke and ash on Monday that reached Costa Rica's capital San Jose 60 kilometers (40 miles) away, authorities said.

Germany's Merkel defends cooperation with U.S. spy agency

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday insisted her country needed to work with American intelligence agencies, in the wake of claims Berlin helped the U.S. spy on EU leaders and companies.

State of the World’s Mothers report released by Save the Children

It is entirely appropriate that with Mother's Day coming up, Save the Children on Monday has released it's annual "State of the World's Mothers 2015: The Urban Disadvantage" report.

100 bodies dug up in remote Nepal trekker's village, more to come

The body count continues to climb over a week after the devastating earthquake in Nepal and on Monday officials found an entire village wiped out. The small village of Langtang was only reached Sunday and what they discovered was horrific.

Panama's Noriega to be tried for activist's disappearance

Panama's former strongman Manuel Noriega will face trial for the 1970 disappearance of a leftist union activist, his lawyer said Monday, the latest in a string of cases against the jailed ex-leader.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, France's far-right master provocateur

He labels gas chambers a "detail of history", believes Nazi occupation of France was not all bad, wants to join with Russia to save the "white world" and says he understands why some fight democracy.

New Generation cartel Mexico's latest menace

Armed with rocket-propelled grenades to bring down an army helicopter and with ties to gangs as far afield as Asia, the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel and its shadowy boss have grown into Mexico's newest menace.

Lula denies peddling influence to aid building firm

Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva denied Monday that he is formally under investigation for influence peddling on behalf of construction giant Odebrecht.

Final push begins in Britain's knife-edge election

Britain's political leaders on Tuesday began a final push for votes ahead of Thursday's knife-edge election, even as they prepared for the likelihood of protracted coalition talks once polls close.

'Cuban 5' spies in Venezuela to pay tribute to Chavez

The Cuban spies whose release by the United States helped pave the way for its thaw with Cuba traveled to Venezuela Monday to pay tribute to late leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez.

5-year-old child handcuffed and shackled for being disruptive

A five-year-old child found himself in handcuffs and leg shackles after a run in with the New York state police. The incident occurred after the child began acting out, and could not be brought under control by school staff members.

Danish editor slams US 'political correctness' on cartoons

The Danish editor who commissioned the Mohammed cartoons that triggered deadly protests a decade ago said Monday the failed attack on a Texas cartoon exhibition won't change how "politically correct" Americans feel about the drawings.

UN chief to attend Russian Victory Day despite criticism

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend celebrations in Moscow on Saturday of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, despite criticism from Ukraine and other central European countries.

New Nature Watch project launched in Canada

Now spring is here, Nature Watch and the Toronto Zoo are encouraging Canadians to get into their backyards and local parks and contribute to scientific research through citizen science projects.

Mystery of India's 'floating palace' is an incredible story

A mysterious palace sits in the middle of Mansagar Lake in Jaipur City, India. At first glance, it appears to be a beautiful mirage. But it is a real palace, and the story of its incredible restoration is worth telling.

National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen 'suspended' from party: official

France's National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen was suspended from the far-right party his daughter Marine now leads after a disciplinary hearing Monday, the party said.

Three Mexico troops found dead after helicopter downed

Mexican authorities have found the bodies of three soldiers who disappeared after a drug cartel brought down a military helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, officials said Monday.

Dutch lawmaker Wilders on mission to stop 'Islamisation'

Far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who addressed participants at a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas before a shooting erupted outside the event, believes he is on a mission to stop the "Islamisation" of the West.

Second huge Berlin cocaine stash found in Aldi bananas

More than 15 million euros worth of cocaine turned up Monday in boxes of bananas delivered to Aldi supermarkets in and around Berlin, police said.

U.S. envoy urges Turkey to safeguard freedoms

The top U.S. diplomat to Turkey on Monday called for the protection of fundamental freedoms, no matter whether the NATO ally is ruled by a presidential or parliamentary system.

Two Ukraine soldiers, one rebel killed: Officials

Two Ukrainian soldiers and one rebel have been killed in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, officials said Monday, as both sides traded blame over increasing ceasefire violations.

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson announces presidential run

Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon turned conservative author known for his anti-LGBT and anti-science statements, has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for president.

Road rage leads to sword, home-made flail attack in Austin

An alleged instance of road rage Friday turned into something medieval, ending with attacks with a metal sword and a home-made flail.

Italy demands EU partners stump up for rescued migrants

Italy reacted Monday to the arrival of thousands of new migrants at its southern ports by demanding that its European Union partners meet the cost of taking them in.

Israel pledges action on grievances of Ethiopian Jews

Israel on Monday pledged to crack down on racism and discrimination against Ethiopian Jews as officials sought to ease tensions after a series of angry protests over police brutality.

Italy approves electoral law to end revolving door governments

Italy's parliament on Monday approved a radical new electoral law designed to ensure the country's elections always produce governments with working majorities.