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Op-Ed: In Tikrit 400 IS fighters hold back 30,000 Iraqi troops

Tikrit - A force of Islamic State fighters believed to number about 400 according to one general, is holding at bay about 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia.

Missing U.C. Berkeley student found dead in Los Angeles

Los Angeles - A U.C. Berkeley student athlete who was the subject of a frantic search after he disappeared from a fraternity party in Los Angeles early Saturday has been found dead, authorities said Monday.

Solar Impulse lands in China after 20-hour flight from Myanmar

Shanghai - Solar Impulse 2 landed early Tuesday in China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, completing the fifth leg of its landmark global circumnavigation powered solely by the sun.

Family offers $50,000 reward in search for missing student

Los Angeles - The family of a missing UC Berkeley student is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to finding the young athlete.

Peru sacks PM over alleged domestic spying

- Peru's Congress has sacked the prime minister, Ana Jara, over alleged spying against lawmakers, reporters, business leaders and other citizens.Supreme executive power in Peru is held by the president, in this case Ollanta Humala.

Newborn baby, child among four found dead in Gibraltar flat

Gibraltar - Police in Gibraltar are investigating the death of a family of four, including a six-week-old baby girl and her four-year-old sister, who were found dead on Monday in a flat in the tiny British territory.

S.Africa mining massacre report to be submitted

Johanesburg - The official report into the police killing of 34 South African miners in 2012 is due to be submitted to President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday, with rights groups demanding that its findings are published immediately.

Uganda bombing trial stalls after top prosecutor assassinated

Kanpala - A key trial in Uganda of 13 men accused of taking part in Al-Shebab bombings that killed 76 people in 2010 was postponed Tuesday after the top prosecutor was shot dead.

North Korea threatens strike against UN rights office in Seoul

Seoul - North Korea has threatened "merciless punishment" against South Korea if it goes ahead with plans to open a UN field office in Seoul for monitoring the North's human rights record.

Russia sacks theatre chief in 'blasphemous' opera scandal

Moscow - Russia's culture ministry said Monday it fired a theatre director for offending Orthodox believers with a radical staging of a Wagner opera, whose posters showed a crucifixion scene between a naked woman's legs.

Colombia transforms old tires into green housing

Choach - The highlands around the Colombian capital are scattered with small buildings that look like out-of-place igloos but are in fact innovative houses made from the tires that litter the country's roads.

In Greece, folk music and patriotism soothe wounded national pride

Atenas - With its dignity battered by six years of "humiliation" at the hands of its international creditors, cash-strapped Greece is turning to folk music and patriotism to restore its injured national pride.

Thai junta chief asks king to lift martial law

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief said Tuesday he has asked King Bhumibol Adulyadej for permission to end martial law, but added that an executive order retaining sweeping powers for the military would soon replace it.

Deadline day dawns in Iran nuclear talks

Lausanne - Marathon talks aimed at stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons entered their final scheduled day Tuesday with global powers racing to agree a framework deal by a midnight deadline.

One shot dead, another wounded, in attack on NSA gate

One person was shot dead by security this morning, another wounded after a vehicle tried to ram the gate at the complex housing the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). The FBI said they do not believe it was a terrorism-related incident.

Grisly testimony at Boston bombing trial as prosecutors rest

Boston - US prosecutors rested their case Monday in the trial of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after gruesome testimony about the death of the youngest victim left some jurors in tears.

Red Cross worker killed in jihadist attack on aid truck in Mali

Ginebra - An international Red Cross worker was killed and a local colleague wounded when the aid truck they were driving came under fire in northern Mali on Monday, in an attack claimed by the MUJAO jihadist group.

One dead as police fire on car in incident at US spy HQ

Fort George G Meade - US police opened fire and one suspect died Monday after two men dressed in women's clothing tried to ram their car onto the grounds of the National Security Agency outside Washington.

Tokyo district OKs Japan's first same-sex partner certificates

Toukyo - A Tokyo council voted on Tuesday to issue "partnership" certificates to gay couples, the first such recognition of same-sex unions in Japan.
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