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Sudan says 816 African migrants arrested in 2 months

Khartoum - Some 800 African migrants and a group of smugglers were arrested near Sudan's border with Libya while trying to reach Europe between June and August, security officers told reporters Tuesday.

Turkey demands US guarantees on Kurdish fighters' withdrawal

Ankara - Turkey on Tuesday repeated its demand that the Kurdish-backed Syrian fighters it has targeted in a cross-border offensive return east of the Euphrates, neither confirming or denying reports of a US-brokered truce.

3,000 migrants saved off Libya a day after record rescue

Rome - Rescuers saved 3,000 migrants in the waters off Libya on Tuesday as they tried desperately to reach Europe, a day after a record 6,500 people were rescued in the Mediterranean.

Gabon braces for results in tense election

Libreville - A tense Gabon was Tuesday set to learn which of two presidential candidates -- former government colleagues and brothers-in-law but now bitter rivals -- have won a weekend poll.

Wary of Russia, Lithuania builds fake town to practice warfare

- Lithuania on Tuesday opened a fake town featuring a school, sports stadium and shopping mall to practice urban warfare amid concerns over a militarily resurgent Russia next door.

Britain, France seek UN sanctions against Syria for chemical attacks

New York - Britain and France called Tuesday for United Nations sanctions to be imposed on Syria after a UN-led investigation found the regime had carried out chemical attacks.

Crashed Swiss fighter jet located, 'pilot still missing'

Geneva - The remains of a Swiss army fighter jet that disappeared over the Alps Monday have been located in central Switzerland, but the pilot is still missing, the defence ministry said.

Apple ordered to pay record 13 bn euro Irish tax bill

Brussels - The European Union on Tuesday ordered Apple to pay a record 13 billion euros in back taxes in Ireland, saying deals allowing the US tech giant to pay almost no tax were illegal.

Libya says last chemical weapons stocks shipped out

Tripoli - Libya has shipped the last of its chemical weapons stocks out of the country, officials said Tuesday, under a UN-backed plan to ensure the arsenal could not fall into the wrong hands.

UN chief urges restraint in calls to Gabon candidates

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday spoke by phone with Gabon's presidential candidates and urged them to ask their supporters to show restraint while waiting for the election results.

IS says spokesman Adnani killed in Syria's Aleppo

Birut - The Islamic State group on Tuesday said its spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani was killed while monitoring military operations in the Syrian province of Aleppo.

Amid ruins, Italy mourns quake victims

Amatrice - Italy on Tuesday held a poignantly symbolic funeral for victims of last week's earthquake amid the ruins of Amatrice, the small town that bore the brunt of the disaster.

Kosovo police arrest six opposition activists over blast

Pristina - Kosovo police arrested six opposition party activists Tuesday over a grenade fired at parliament, one of several recent attacks that have rattled the capital ahead of a controversial parliamentary vote.

UN reports on Western Sahara ceasefire violations

New York - A confidential UN document accuses Morocco and the Polisario Front of ceasefire violations in Western Sahara after they sent security forces and fighters into a buffer zone.

Danish lawmakers 'denied access to Nauru migrant camp'

Copenhagen - Danish lawmakers have dropped a planned visit to a controversial Australian immigration centre on the Pacific island of Nauru after two politicians who criticised the centre were denied access, a delegation member said Tuesday.

Brazil senators inch toward Rousseff impeachment vote

Bras - Brazilian senators engaged in marathon debate Tuesday on the eve of voting on whether to strip Dilma Rousseff of the presidency and end 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America's biggest country.

'Russian hackers' attack two US voter databases

Washington - Russian-based hackers may have been responsible for two recent attempts to breach US voter registration databases in two states, raising fears Moscow is trying to undermine November's presidential election, US media said Monday.

Macron says quitting government to 'transform France'

Paris - France's Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday he had quit as economy minister to focus on drawing up a "diagnosis" of the country's woes, but stopped short of declaring a bid for the presidency in 2017.

UN aid contracts 'going to Assad-linked companies'

London - United Nations aid contracts worth tens of millions of dollars have gone to people closely associated with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad despite US and EU sanctions, the Guardian reported on Tuesday.
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