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Amnesty International on Tuesday called on Turkey to compensate and allow 24,000 people displaced under a curfew to return to their districts of the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir.

Russia, China veto UN resolution demanding Aleppo truce

Russia and China on Monday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo.Venezuela also voted against the text, while Angola abstained. The 11 other council members voted in favor.

Brazil judge suspends Senate leader in blow to Temer

A supreme court judge in Brazil on Monday suspended the Senate's powerful speaker, a key ally to President Michel Temer, before he goes on trial for alleged corruption.

India's filmstar politician dies after prolonged illness

Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the chief minister of south India's Tamil Nadu state and one of the country's most popular political leaders, has died after a prolonged illness, hospital authorities announced late Monday night.

Op-Ed: Sputnik spouting fake news about Haftar taking control in Libya

A proposal by Ali Al-Gotrani, a member of the Presidential Council (PC) for a transitional phase of the Libyan government with the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshall, Khalifa Haftar, was reported as reality by the Russian news site Sputnik.

Draft law on settler homes passes first hurdle in Israel

A controversial draft law that could lead to the legalisation of nearly 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank passed a preliminary vote in Israel's parliament on Monday.

Italy's Renzi to quit after budget

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi formally resigned Monday after a crushing referendum defeat that has sent shockwaves around Europe -- though his departure will be delayed by a final task, passing a budget.

Eurozone agrees debt relief for Greece amid IMF row

Eurozone finance ministers on Monday approved new debt relief measures to alleviate Greece's colossal debt mountain in the wake of its huge 86-billion-euro bailout, but at levels far short of those demanded by the IMF.

1,300 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, 16 found dead

Over 1,300 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean over the past 48 hours with 16 bodies recovered, the Italian coastguard said Monday.

Paris implements 24-hour odd-even scheme to combat emissions

Rocketing air pollution in Paris, France has again prompted police to implement their 24-hour odd-even license plate scheme to try and cut vehicle emissions by half.

Peru's jailed ex-leader Fujimori hospitalized

Peru's ex-president Alberto Fujimori, who is in jail for human rights violations, was hospitalized on Monday in the latest of a string of health alerts, his doctor said.

French PM Manuel Valls joins presidential race

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday threw his hat in the ring to succeed Francois Hollande in next year's presidential election.

State-owned Russian bank VTB says sites hit by cyberattack

State-controlled Russian bank VTB said Monday that its websites had been hit by a cyberattack but insisted its systems were still working "as normal".

Op-Ed: Reports claim that Sirte Libya is completely captured from ISIS

Several reports indicate that the Islamic State(IS) has been completely driven from their former stronghold of Sirte. The other day the group controlled only two blocks and about 50 buildings in the city.

British 'Santa safari' worker stabbed to death in Lapland

A 26-year-old British woman has been stabbed to death in Lapland where she was employed by a "Santa safari" tour firm in the run-up to Christmas, Finnish police said on Monday.

Japanese navy veteran recalls Pearl Harbor 75 years on

Navy aircraft mechanic Kuniyoshi Takimoto watched as Japanese planes roared off the aircraft carrier Hiryu to attack Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

MH370 relatives in Madagascar to hunt for clues

Relatives of missing MH370 passengers launched their own campaign to search for crash debris in Madagascar on Monday, hoping to solve the mystery of how the plane disappeared in 2014.

With fall of Sirte, IS down but not out in Libya

The fall of Sirte to pro-government forces is a significant setback for the Islamic State group in Libya, but will not spell the end of the jihadists in the strife-torn country, experts say.

Fukushima reactor cooling halted after staff error says TEPCO

One of the reactors at the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant had a temporary loss of cooling Monday morning when an employee accidentally bumped a switch during an inspection, turning off the pumping system.

'Stripclub owner' buys infamous Austrian incest house

The house where Austrian incest monster Josef Fritzl shut his daughter in the cellar for 24 years has been sold to a woman who runs a local strip club, reports said Monday.

Kerry warns of 'anxieties' driving Western politics

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Monday that "anxieties" were sweeping Western democracies and stressed the need for strong transatlantic ties as Europe nervously awaits Donald Trump's start in the White House.

Finland gunman likely had 'mental disorder'

Finnish police said Monday that the man arrested for the murder of a local politician and two journalists at the weekend was suffering from a mental disorder.

Greek court rejects extradition of 3 Turk officers accused of coup

A Greek court on Monday rejected the extradition of three military officers demanded by Turkey over their alleged involvement in July's failed coup, a judicial source said.

Watchdog warns 'nuclear terrorism' can strike anywhere

"Nuclear terrorists" can strike anywhere, the head of the UN atomic watchdog warned Monday at the start of a week-long ministerial conference on preventing misuse of radioactive materials and attacks on facilities.

British MPs back UK asset freeze for human rights abusers

British lawmakers have tabled a change in the law to enable the government to freeze British assets of international human rights abusers, following a campaign in memory of late Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Russian army medic 'killed in Aleppo field hospital shelling'

A Russian army medic was killed Monday and two others seriously injured in rebel shelling of a field hospital in Syria's Aleppo, Russia's defence ministry said, blaming Western nations who support rebel fighters.

Red Cross survey shows surging acceptance of torture in conflict

A vast Red Cross survey published Monday indicated that acceptance of torture during war has increased dramatically in recent decades, with fewer than half of people now categorically rejecting the practice.

French PM Manuel Valls 'to announce run for president'

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls will announce on Monday he is running to become the Socialist presidential candidate in elections next year, sources close to him told AFP.

Valls: Reformer with eye on French presidency

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has a reputation for never ducking a fight. But the tough-talking Socialist party moderniser may be about to embark on his biggest battle yet.

German dispatcher jailed for fatal train crash

A German court Monday sentenced a rail dispatcher to three-and-a-half-years in prison over a train crash that killed 12 people as he was playing a mobile phone game while on duty.

IS loses Libya bastion in major blow to jihadists

Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed government said Monday they had seized full control of Sirte from the Islamic State group, in a major blow to the jihadists who fought for months to retain their bastion.

Syria rebels rule out withdrawal from Aleppo

Syrian rebels on Monday ruled out a pullout from east Aleppo despite sweeping government advances, after Moscow announced it would hold talks with Washington on their withdrawal from the city.

Dozens of Rohingya missing as boat sinks near Bangladesh

Dozens are missing and feared drowned after a boat packed with Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar and trying to reach Bangladesh sank in a border river Monday, reports and a Bangladeshi fisherman said.

British communities 'worryingly' segregated: report

Some UK communities are "worryingly" segregated and government failure to tackle social and economic isolation, particularly among Muslims, is playing into the hands of extremists, a government-commissioned report warned Monday.

Italy's Matteo Renzi falls as swiftly as he rose

In the end, Matteo Renzi's fall was even quicker than his remarkably rapid rise to the summit of Italian politics.

Eurosceptics delight as Italy's Renzi quits

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi prepared to hand in his resignation Monday after suffering a ruinous referendum defeat cheered by populist leaders but sparking fresh jitters in Europe.

Afghan's murder-rape arrest reignites Germany refugee debate

The German government pleaded for calm Monday after the arrest of a teenage Afghan asylum seeker for the alleged rape and murder of a German student triggered fresh criticism of the country's liberal refugee policy.

Trump names former rival Ben Carson as housing secretary

US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday chose Ben Carson, the mild-mannered retired neurosurgeon who challenged him for the Republican nomination, to turn around troubled US inner cities as secretary of housing and urban development.

Snowden does not expect pardon from Obama

Edward Snowden says he does not expect a pardon from US President Barack Obama which would spare the fugitive whistleblower from a toughened approach when Donald Trump takes power.

Russia, US to hold talks on rebel withdrawal from Aleppo: Lavrov

Russian and US experts will meet in the coming days to determine the routes and timing for a total rebel withdrawal from eastern Aleppo, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Abe to make first Pearl Harbor visit by Japan leader

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to become the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor, announcing Monday a trip to the site of his country's surprise attack that launched World War II in the Pacific.
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