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Italy, Netherlands locked in duel for UN council seat

New York - Italy and the Netherlands squared off for a UN Security Council seat on Tuesday after Kazakhstan was elected to the powerful council for the first time and Bolivia, Ethiopia and Sweden won spots.

Extremism on rise in Germany: Security service

Berlin - Political extremism rose sharply in Germany last year -- among far-right but also far-left and Islamist radical groups -- the domestic intelligence agency said Tuesday.

Last chapter in Cameron's horrible history of EU summits

Brussels - Prime Minister David Cameron attended his final EU summit Tuesday, bringing the curtain down on a difficult relationship in humiliating circumstances after Britain voted for Brexit.

EU should do more for its own defence: Mogherini

Brussels - EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday urged the bloc to do more in its own defence, just as leaders discussed Britain's leave vote which will result in the loss of a major military power.

Turkish PM retracts compensation offer for downed Russia jet: media

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday went back on an earlier offer of compensation to Russia for shooting down one of Moscow's military jets in November, media reported.

Is Brexit good news for Trump? It's not that simple

Washington - On the face of it, Britain's shock vote to exit the European Union looked like manna from heaven for Donald Trump -- angry voters had embraced the anti-establishment, anti-elite brand of politics he is offering Americans.

Czech court lifts ban only on individual gay adoptions

Prague - The top Czech court on Tuesday lifted a ban on gays adopting children as individuals, but not as same-sex couples, prompting criticism from rights advocates.

No Clinton bombshell in Benghazi report by Republicans

Washington - Republican lawmakers on Tuesday released a report on the deadly 2012 assault on the US mission in Benghazi, accusing then secretary of state Hillary Clinton of underestimating and then misrepresenting the extremist threat in Libya.

28 dead in Istanbul airport suicide attack: city governor

Istanbul - At least 28 people were killed Tuesday evening in a suicide attack at the international terminal of Istanbul's Ataturk airport, the city's governor said.

Last words: language of China's emperors in peril

Bejing - It was the language of China's last imperial dynasty which ruled a vast kingdom for nearly three centuries. But 71-year-old Ji Jinlu is among only a handful of native Manchu speakers left.

Tear gas, scuffles mar latest Paris anti-labour reforms protest

Paris - French police fired tear gas at stone-throwing protesters on Tuesday during the latest march in Paris against the Socialist government's labour reforms.

Flare-up in Yemen violence kills 80

Aden - A flare-up in violence across Yemen on Tuesday killed 80 people, nearly half of them civilians, officials said, as lengthy peace talks in Kuwait made no headway.

China party journal editor hangs himself: Report

Bejing - The deputy editor of the Chinese Communist party's top theoretical journal has committed suicide, reports said, sending speculation swirling over political infighting, freedom of thought and corruption.

UK interior minister May makes quiet progress towards No 10

London - Britain's interior minister Theresa May has avoided the Conservative party in-fighting that has dominated the EU referendum campaign, making her a strong contender to replace leader David Cameron as premier when he steps down.

Ikea recalls millions of dressers in US, Canada after child deaths

Washington - Furniture giant Ikea said Tuesday it was recalling more than 35 million chests and dressers in North America after six children died in the United States when they tipped over.

Venezuela government in fresh challenge against recall

Caracas - Venezuela's government on Monday launched its latest counter-maneuver against efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro, announcing fresh legal challenges against a petition for a referendum on removing him.

Brexit throws spanner into EU climate policy

London - Britain's exit from the European Union may erode the bloc's leadership role in fighting climate change and stymie crucial efforts to set more ambitious targets for cutting greenhouse gases, officials and experts said Tuesday.

Turkey, Israel set to start process of exchanging ambassadors

Ankara - Turkey and Israel will this week start the process of exchanging ambassadors after they signed a deal to restore ties following a bitter row in 2010, Ankara said Tuesday.

Cameron wants 'closest possible' EU ties after Brexit

Brussels - Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday he wants the "closest possible" relations with the EU after Britain voted to leave the bloc, adding the split should be "as constructive as possible".
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