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U.S. group says Bush should be investigated for torture conspiracy

Washington - Former president George W. Bush and a raft of senior US officials from his administration should be investigated for conspiracy to torture and for other crimes, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Warsaw 'in contact' with abductors of Polish sailors

Varsovia - Poland said on Tuesday it was "in contact" with the abductors of five Polish sailors kidnapped last week off southern Nigeria, a region known as a piracy hotspot.

NATO readies new support for Turkey: Stoltenberg

Brussels - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday the alliance was working on new support measures for Turkey, but insisted the commitment predated Ankara's shooting down of a Russian jet on the Syrian border.

Unrepentant Dutch cannabis grower revels in court 'win'

Appelscha - Once in his greenhouse in a remote Dutch village, Doede de Jong proudly nurtured a thriving cannabis crop to sell to local users. Now only five plants remain, after the police moved in.

Syria deal for rebels to leave last Homs district

Damascus - Syria's government and opposition forces have reached a deal for rebels to leave the last part of Homs city under their control, the provincial governor told AFP on Tuesday.

Blast hits Istanbul metro, bomb suspected

Istanbul - A station on the Istanbul metro was Tuesday rocked by a blast suspected to have been caused by a home-made bomb, causing panic in the evening rush hour and wounding up to half a dozen people.

Argentine ex-leader Menem convicted, again

Buenos Aires - Argentine ex-president Carlos Menem was convicted on corruption charges Tuesday, but as with a previous arms trafficking sentence he will escape prison time thanks to his immunity as a senator.

Turkish interests in Russia squeezed after jet downing

Moscow - Workers rounded up, businessmen questioned, a cultural centre closed: the Turkish community in Russia appears to be under pressure a week after Ankara downed one of Moscow's jets.

'Specialized' U.S. troops to fight IS in Iraq: defense chief

Washington - The United States is deploying "specialized" troops in Iraq to fight the Islamic State group, including by leading raids against the jihadists over the border in Syria, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday.

Resettlement of 25,000 Syrians in Canada set in motion

Ginebra - An operation to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada has begun, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday, with 10,000 people due to depart for their new home by the end of the year.

Coalition's Kurd-heavy anti-IS strategy risky: Analysts

Baghdad - The US-led coalition has made Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish forces primary allies against the Islamic State jihadist group, but over-reliance on the Kurds carries risks, analysts warn.

China and U.S. to both have military bases in Djibouti

Djibouti - The only permanent United States military based in Africa is Camp Lemmonier in Djibouti, a small country located on the horn of Africa. The Americans will soon have new neighbours as the Chinese will also build a base in Djibouti.

Mugabe welcomes China's Xi in rare VIP visit

Harare - China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Zimbabwe on Tuesday on a rare visit by a world leader to a country shunned by Western powers over President Robert Mugabe's widely-criticised record on human rights.

U.S. Marine found guilty of killing Filipina transgender woman

Olongapo City - A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a US Marine of killing a Filipina transgender woman in a red light district, in a case that reignited long-simmering anti-American sentiment in the country.

German cabinet approves military aid for IS fight

Berlin - The German cabinet on Tuesday approved a mandate offering military assistance to back the international fight against the Islamic State jihadist group following the Paris attacks.

Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' goes on sale in Germany next month

Berlin - For the first time since World War II, Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" will be printed in Germany in January as an annotated edition, the institute publishing it said Tuesday.

Migrant arrivals in Europe slump amid Turkish crackdown: UN

Ginebra - The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe fell by more than a third last month, due to poor weather and a Turkish crackdown on traffickers, the UN said Tuesday.

Obama: Climate action an economic and security 'imperative'

Paris - US President Barack Obama said Tuesday global warming posed economic and security risks that had to be tackled immediately, but insisted the climate problem could be solved.

Brazil police shootings of five men spark outrage

Rio De Janeiro - Angry Rio residents said Tuesday the shooting of five young men in an apparently botched police operation shows next year's Olympic host city is a war zone where the poor are treated as the enemy.
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