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Argentina deposits debt payment, defying US judge

Buenos Aires - Argentina deposited a $161 million payment on its restructured debt Tuesday, defying a US judge who ruled it in contempt of court and ordered it to pay two "holdout" creditors first.

Peter Thiel says Europe is 'A slacker with low expectations'

PayPal founder, hedge fund manager and venture capitalist Peter Thiel isn't much of a fan of Europe, according to a video interview with the Financial Times.

Balkans launch fight against jihadist recruitment

Pristina - With the world on high alert over foreign fighters joining jihadist ranks in Syria and Iraq, Balkan states are launching efforts to clamp down on recruiting in their region, considered fertile ground by Islamists.

Thousands of Ebola orphans shunned by relatives: UNICEF

Dakar - Thousands of children who have lost parents to the west African Ebola epidemic risk are being shunned by frightened and suspicious relatives, the UN children's fund said on Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Turkey on brink of attacking ISIS and ISIL

The entire equation of the already complicated fight with Islamic terrorists in the Middle East could change by the end of the week.

Obama makes pitch for affections of Modi government

Washington - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed the "energy" and "determination" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flexing the symbolism of his office to court the affections of the new Indian government.

New UN Ebola chief vows swift response to crisis

Accra - The new head of the UN Ebola response team vowed Tuesday to take swift action on the crisis, saying ambitious targets must be met to prevent the spread of the virus worldwide.

EU keeps Russia sanctions as clashes resume in Ukraine

Brussels - The European Union on Tuesday decided to keep in place biting economic sanctions on Russia over its alleged backing of pro-Kremlin insurgents who have largely ignored a four-week Ukrainian truce.

Ebola-hit Liberia staring into the abyss, experts warn

Monrovia - With its collapsed health service, sick and poorly equipped security forces and broken economy, Ebola-hit Liberia finds itself on the brink of complete societal breakdown, experts warn.

Hong Kong democracy protesters flock to new messaging app

Hong Kong - A social messaging app that allows users to contact each other even if a mobile phone network is overloaded or switched off has become a hit among tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters.

Afghanistan and US sign long-delayed troop pact

Kabul - Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a deal to allow about 10,000 US troops to stay in the country next year, as new President Ashraf Ghani took a major step towards mending frayed ties with Washington.

Kurd troops attack Iraq jihadists on three fronts

Mosul - Kurdish troops backed by warplanes battled the Islamic State group on three fronts in northern Iraq Tuesday, clawing back land lost to the jihadists in recent months.

'CY' Leung: Hong Kong's embattled leader

Hong Kong - Facing calls for his resignation, embattled Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying has become a lightning rod for public anger as the city of seven million faces its worst political crisis since the 1997 handover.

Syria bombing fulfills Wes Clark prediction, Bush Neocon plans

The US Congress's vote this month to allow Obama to "to provide assistance...to appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition" uncannily moves forward an agenda described by General Wes Clark in 2007.

Fears over fresh eruption cancel Japan volcano search

Tokyo - Rescue operations on a Japanese volcano were halted for the day on Tuesday because of fears there could be a fresh eruption, officials said, with at least 24 bodies still on the mountain.

Hong Kong democracy protesters ignore leader's call to end demo

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's embattled leader called Tuesday for an immediate end to street demonstrations that have drawn tens of thousands and paralysed parts of the city, but protesters refused to move until China grants genuine democracy.

US, British strikes seek to reverse jihadist advances

Yildiz - US warplanes launched multiple strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria Tuesday, seeking to turn up the heat, as Britain carried out its first air raids against the group.

Fasting Modi meets Obama at White House

Washington - President Barack Obama took a first chance to size up Narendra Modi Monday, as the new Indian Prime Minister, an intriguing novice on the world stage, brought a tour which wowed New York to the White House.

Ukraine truce in tatters as election season kicks off

Kiev - Ukraine's tenuous truce and troop withdrawal deal lay in tatters on Tuesday after the deadliest wave of attacks by pro-Russian insurgents in more than a month killed nine government soldiers.
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