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Turkey in deadly Kurdish militia clashes as US sounds alarm

Hassa - The Turkish army on Tuesday clashed with Kurdish militia in Syria in an operation that has already left three of its soldiers dead, as the United States voiced alarm that the offensive could endanger attempts to end the Syrian civil war.

Sacked Catalan leader asks to return to Spain 'risk-free'

Copenhagen - Catalonia's ousted leader Carles Puigdemont asked Tuesday to return to Spain "without any risk" of being detained for his role in the independence drive despite Madrid warning he would not be let in "even in the boot of a car.

Syria Kurds urge civilians to take up arms against Turk assault

Beirut - Syrian Kurdish leaders called on civilians Tuesday to take up arms to defend the Afrin enclave against a Turkish assault now in its fourth day."We announce a general mobilisation and we invite...

Liberia's Weah makes first cabinet appointments

Monrovia - New Liberian President George Weah has appointed the first members of his cabinet, all of them men, largely naming party allies but picking a foreign minister close to former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

French prisons on knife-edge as strikes, pickets drag on

Fresnes - French prisons guards are debating whether to ratchet up a week-old campaign of pickets and protests that have caused havoc at jails around the country, causing tensions with inmates.

Another Sisi rival at risk of exiting Egypt election race

Cairo - Another potential challenger to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi appeared in danger Tuesday of dropping out of the election race after he was accused of breaking the law with his candidacy announcement.

UN's Western Sahara envoy to hold talks in Berlin

New York - The UN envoy on Western Sahara talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front has invited the parties and neighboring countries to Berlin for bilateral talks, a UN spokesperson said Tuesday.

Influential Chilean 'anti-poet' Nicanor Parra dies

Santiago - Influential Chilean poet Nicanor Parra died Tuesday aged 103, leaving a legacy of "anti-poetry" with which he revolutionized Latin American literature and won the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor.

Ugandan president backs 'frank' Trump after 'shithole' remark

Kanpala - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday hailed Donald Trump for speaking "frankly" to Africans, after the US president unleashed a storm by reportedly describing African nations as "shithole countries.

Greenland, Faroe Islands tricky models for Catalonia

Copenhagen - Sacked Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, in Copenhagen to muster international support for an independent Catalonia, has cited Denmark's autonomous territories Greenland and the Faroe Islands as models for a peaceful bid for independence.

France to soften cannabis laws — but not legalise

Paris - France's fight against cannabis, through tough laws to punish users, has long been a failure -- the French remain among Europe's biggest dope smokers. So will a change of strategy under President Emmanuel Macron have more success?

Germany to end search for WWII missing

Berlin - Germany's Red Cross on Tuesday said it would end its search for missing persons from World War II in 2023, leaving the fate of 1.2 million people a mystery.

World powers step up pressure on Syria, Russia over chemical attacks

Paris - Two dozen countries agreed Tuesday to push for sanctions against perpetrators of chemical attacks in Syria, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying Russia "ultimately bears responsibility" for such strikes.

Mixed village in Cyprus buffer zone looks to offer hope

Pyla - Two village leaders, a mosque, Orthodox churches and the UN: welcome to Pyla, one of the few places on the divided island of Cyprus where Greek and Turkish Cypriots live side by side.

Hotel, nightclub evacuated after London gas leak

London - Almost 1,500 people were evacuated from a hotel and nightclub in central London overnight and two train stations were closed following a gas leak, authorities said Tuesday.

Austria far-right candidate under pressure over Nazi songbook

Vienna - The far-right candidate in an Austrian state election was under pressure Tuesday following a magazine report about song lyrics celebrating the Holocaust and other Nazi atrocities.

Pentagon funded Afghan units accused of rights abuses: report

Washington - The US military funded Afghan police and security units even though American officials knew members were implicated in gross human rights violations, according to a watchdog report released Tuesday.

New hunt for flight MH370 gets under way

Kuala Lumpur - A new hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 using high-tech underwater drones has started, officials said Tuesday, in the latest bid to solve one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.

Puigdemont talks independence with Danish MPs

Copenhagen - Catalonia's ousted president Carles Puigdemont met Danish MPs in Copenhagen Tuesday to discuss the crisis in his home region and Denmark's handling of its semi-autonomous territories of Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
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