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Hiding in swamps, S.Sudanese eat little more than lilies

Thar Jath - Thousands of people at the epicentre of a man-made famine in South Sudan emerged from the safety of the swamps this past weekend hoping to receive emergency deliveries of food.

At least 160 killed in clashes on Myanmar-China border: army

- At least 160 people have died in around three months of clashes between the military and ethnic armed groups in Myanmar's northern state of Shan, a senior army official said Tuesday, threatening peace talks set for next month.

Germany's divided anti-migrant AfD alarmed by poll dip

Berlin - With seven months until German elections, support for the right-wing populist AfD party has slipped from highs seen during the mass migrant influx to single digits in the polls, alarming its divided leadership.

Trump aide Conway draws ire for kneeling on White House sofa

Washington - US President Donald Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway has come under fire after a picture of her casually kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office was widely shared on social media.

Syria ex-Qaeda says opposition leaders must 'step aside'

Birut - The head of Al-Qaeda's former Syrian branch said weekend suicide attacks in third city Homs were a message for opposition figures engaged in peace talks in Geneva to "step aside".

Pro-Islamic State militants re-emerge as Philippine nightmare

Manila - With ultra-fast boats, millions in ransom payments and sympathetic locals, pro-Islamic State militants on lawless southern Philippines islands who beheaded a German hostage this week have re-emerged as one of the nation's top threats.

Philippine police will return to drug war: Duterte

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he would recall police to fight his drug war, a month after he withdrew them and denounced the force as "corrupt to the core".

Iraqi civilians flee fighting, privation in west Mosul

- Hundreds of civilians fled through the desert Tuesday to escape fighting and privation in Mosul, joining thousands of others who left their homes amid dire conditions in the city's west.

Israeli police begin demolishing 9 West Bank settler homes

Ofra - Israeli police began Tuesday demolishing nine West Bank settler homes declared illegal by the Supreme Court, despite hundreds of protesters barricading themselves in them.

Protests in Taiwan as island marks 70 years since massacre

Taipei - Hundreds of protesters rallied in Taiwan on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of a massacre by nationalist Chinese troops, calling for justice as the island's leader vowed to investigate the killings.

U.S. financing supplier of Africa mines accused of slave labor

The U.S. government's export credit agency has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-backed financing over the past decade to a supplier of equipment to African mines accused of slave labor, human rights and environmental crimes.

Indonesian Islamist leader testifies at Jakarta governor trial

Jakarta - The head of an Indonesian Muslim hardline group insisted Tuesday that Jakarta's Christian governor had committed blasphemy as he gave evidence at the city leader's trial.

Finnish police officer cleared over Putin entry in criminal database

Helsinki - A Finnish police officer on Tuesday was cleared of charges of negligence over the appearance of Russian President Vladimir Putin's name on a database of criminal suspects.

EU's Juncker to unveil post-Brexit vision

Brussels - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will on Wednesday unveil a vision for the future of the EU after Britain's departure, in which he is expected to suggest states integrate at different speeds.

US military brass urge Trump not to slash diplomacy, aid

Washington - More than 120 retired admirals and generals urged President Donald Trump not to slash spending on diplomacy and development aid, CNN reported Monday.

Crowdfunding drive for Singaporean woman deported from UK

London - A crowdfunding campaign for legal fees to help a Singaporean grandmother deported from Britain for breaching immigration rules had raised more than £46,000 (53,900 euro, $57,100) by Tuesday.

Lithuanian court jails Russian spies

Vilnius - A Lithuanian court on Tuesday jailed a Russian citizen and one of its own nationals for spying for Moscow, in the latest case of espionage as tension simmers between Russia and the West.

Burkina parties for top film festival a year after attacks

Ouagadougou - A year after jihadist attacks killed 33 people, Burkina Faso's capital is kicking up its heels on the back of Africa's top film festival, which it has hosted since 1969.

Thai army, rebel negotiators agree 'safety zone' for unrest-hit south

Kuala Lumpur - Thai army and Muslim rebel peace negotiators agreed Tuesday to create a "safety zone" in Thailand's insurgency-hit south, a small but significant step in talks to end a bloody 13-year conflict.
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