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Pakistan is ready to help India investigate the deadliest blast in Kashmir in decades, but will retaliate if Delhi attacks, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday as tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals soared.

US-China trade talks resume in Washington from Tuesday: W. House

US-China trade talks aimed at ending a damaging tariff war will resume from Tuesday in Washington, the White House has announced.

India says suicide attack mastermind killed

India's army said Tuesday it had killed the mastermind of a major suicide bomb attack in Kashmir which it blamed on Pakistan, as calls grew for reprisals over the deaths of more than 40 paramilitaries and soldiers.

Turkey seeks to detain over 300 for alleged Gulen ties

Turkish police on Tuesday launched raids to detain over 300 people, including military personnel, suspected of ties to a group blamed for a 2016 coup bid, state media reported.

Rights group slams 'inhuman' treatment of migrants in Greece

The Council of Europe rights body Tuesday condemned the "inhuman and degrading treatment" of migrants and asylum seekers held in Greece, adding it had credible allegations of abuse by police.

New Universe map unearths 300,000 more galaxies

The known Universe just got a lot bigger. A new map of the night sky published Tuesday charts hundreds of thousands of previously unknown galaxies discovered using a telescope that can detect light sources optical instruments cannot see.

Myanmar picks panel to reform army-scripted constitution

Myanmar set up a committee to discuss reforming the country's military-drafted constitution on Tuesday, pitting Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government openly against the powerful armed forces for the first time over the incendiary issue.

Speculation swirls over Kim's travel plans for Hanoi summit

A visit by a North Korean delegation to a Vietnamese city on a popular train route from China has sparked fevered speculation that Kim Jong Un could travel by rail -- or road -- for his summit with US President Donald Trump.

HSBC profits rise in 2018 but last quarter hit by trade jitters

Banking giant HSBC said on Tuesday that pre-tax profit rose last year but it suffered a bruising final quarter as worries over the global economy and the US-China trade war began to bite.

Venezuela govt announces concert to counter Branson's charity one

Venezuela's government said Monday it will stage a concert on the Colombian border the same day Richard Branson has said he will hold one just over the frontier to push for aid to be allowed in.

HSBC pre-tax profit up 16% at $19.9 bn in 2018

Banking giant HSBC said on Tuesday that pre-tax profit rose 16 percent to $19.9 billion last year with growth across its global businesses despite a "challenging external environment in the fourth quarter".

France rallies to denounce anti-Semitic insults at protests

Mass rallies are planned in Paris and other French cities Tuesday to denounce a flare-up of anti-Semitic acts which culminated in a violent tirade against a prominent writer during "yellow vest" anti-government protests last weekend.

N. Korean envoy en route to Hanoi ahead of Trump-Kim summit: Yonhap

The North Korean special representative for the US arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, apparently en route to Vietnam to meet his Washington counterpart ahead of a second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said.

Hungary's Orban bets on baby boom to boost population

Faced with a plummeting population, Hungary's fiercely anti-immigration Prime Minister Viktor Orban has come up with an answer sparking yet another controversy: "We need Hungarian children".

Victims of Church sex abuse go global with fight for justice

After years of struggling alone or finding support in national groups, survivors of sex abuse by priests have formed a new international alliance to pressure the Catholic Church to face up to its crimes.

Group sees 'disconnect' between pope's words, actions on sex abuse

A US-based group that compiles data on sexual abuse by Catholic clerics and bishops accused of covering it up fears that a bid by Pope Francis to tackle the scandals is a case of too little, too late.

'I obeyed like a robot': Abuse survivor tells of predator priest

Denise Buchanan was 17 when she was raped by a seminarian who continued to abuse her when he became a priest in her native Jamaica. The Catholic Church, she says, has offered her nothing but their "prayers".

Two policemen killed in Cairo explosion: interior ministry

An explosion in Cairo on Monday killed two policemen who were chasing a man believed to have planted an explosive device last week near a mosque, Egypt's interior ministry said.

Sixteen states sue Trump over border wall emergency

Sixteen US states sued President Donald Trump's administration Monday over his decision to declare a national emergency to fund a wall on the southern border with Mexico, saying the move violated the constitution.

Russian arrests of foreign businessmen shocks Western investors

The arrest in Russia of prominent US and French investors on suspicion of fraud has sent shockwaves through Western business circles and sparked fears of cutbacks in foreign investment sorely needed for economic growth.

'Kissing sailor' in iconic NY picture dies age 95

The sailor pictured kissing a woman in Times Square as people celebrated the end of World War II has died at age 95, his daughter told The Providence Journal.

Op-Ed: Kids’ misery in Australian drought – Tragic UNICEF report

UNICEF Australia has released one of the most hideous indictments of Australia’s response to a truly deadly drought. Kids are basically losing their childhood in the personal and economic grief, and they’re angry about it.

Nicaraguan opposition leaders sentenced to 200 years over protests

Two opposition leaders in Nicaragua were handed sentences of more than 200 years on Monday for participating in violent protests last year against President Daniel Ortega that left 325 people dead, their lawyer said.

Brazil president sacks close aide amid political scandal

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday sacked a close aide who helped get him elected after a storm within his party over suspected improper campaign financing.

Parents of Italian ex-PM under house arrest in fraud probe

The parents of Italy's former prime minister Matteo Renzi were placed under house arrest on Monday amid an investigation into suspected fraudulent bankruptcy, judicial sources said.

Cuban cigars hit record sales thanks to increasing Chinese demand

Boosted by growing demand from China, sales of Cuban cigars reached a record $537 million in 2018, a seven percent increase over the previous year despite global laws against tobacco, the partially state-owned Habanos said Monday.

Ireland expresses 'frustration' at Brexit deal delay

Ireland's deputy prime minister expressed annoyance on Monday at Britain's continued failure to ratify a deal on its orderly withdrawal from the European Union.

After IS, French women held in Syria say ready to go home

Detained after fleeing the Islamic State group's crumbling Syrian holdout, two women from France say they are ready to go home -- if they are judged fairly.

Cuba eyes Qatar, Algeria for oil with Venezuela in crisis

With top ally Venezuela in crisis, Cuba is moving to cover its oil needs elsewhere, seeking possible alternative supplies in Qatar and Algeria, officials said Monday.

Kirchner corruption trial delayed by three months

The corruption trial of former Argentina president Cristina Kirchner, set to begin next week, has been postponed until May, authorities said on Monday.

Eurosceptic forces to gain in EU elections: poll

Eurosceptic populists are projected to make gains in European Parliamentary elections in May but mainstream political groups ought to retain their majority, albeit with increasing signs of fragmentation, according to opinion polls.

Trump tells Venezuela military to back Guaido or 'lose everything'

US President Donald Trump on Monday urged Venezuela's military to accept opposition leader Juan Guaido's amnesty offer, or stand to "lose everything," as a crisis deepened over President Nicolas Maduro's refusal to let in desperately needed humanitaria...

Amnesty urges release of Egyptian lawyer held over yellow vests

Rights group Amnesty International called Monday for the release of an Egyptian lawyer arrested after posing in a photo wearing a yellow vest symbolic of protests in France.

Seven MPs quit Labour Party as Brexit tensions mount

Seven MPs quit Britain's main opposition Labour Party on Monday, citing the leadership's support for Brexit and a growing culture of racism, intimidation and abuse.

Maldives arrests ex-leader Yameen over witness tampering

Maldives authorities on Monday detained former strongman president Abdulla Yameen after he was accused of trying to bribe witnesses in his money laundering trial, officials said.

Israel denies house arrest for Australia paedophile suspect

A Jerusalem court refused Monday to release to house arrest an ultra-Orthodox Israeli woman sought by Australia over accusations of sexually abusing girls under her care there.

French court okays screening of film on priest's abuse of boy scouts

A French court Monday approved cinema screenings of an award-winning director's new film about the real-life story of a priest accused of sexually abusing boy scouts, even though the case has yet to come to trial.

Twin bombing kills 24 in Syria's Idlib: monitor

A double bomb attack in Syria's jihadist-held city of Idlib on Monday killed 24 people, including four children, a war monitor said.

Nigerian president warns vote-riggers of 'ruthless' response

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Monday he had ordered the police and military to be "ruthless" with vote-riggers, as preparations were made for rescheduled elections.

Italy's Five Star votes against possible Salvini migrant trial

Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement voted Monday against possibly putting Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on trial for alleged kidnapping after he refused to let migrants disembark from a rescue ship.

China province defends ban on Tibetan lessons

Chinese authorities on Monday defended a ban on schoolchildren attending informal Tibetan language classes taught by Buddhist monks in western China, as religious and cultural freedoms in the country come under increasing pressure.
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