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Man sets himself on fire near William and Kate palace in London

London - A man set himself on fire in the early hours of Tuesday outside Kensington Palace, the central London home of Prince William and his wife Kate, and later died of his injuries, British police said.

Ready to return? Boko Haram displaced reluctant to go home

Maiduguri - Bitrus Yakubu has an uplifting story about how he was reunited with his pregnant wife weeks after they were separated fleeing from Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria. His wife, Maryam, then gave birth to twins Grace and Sidi seven months ago.

Nine dead in IS car bomb at Damascus police club: Monitor

Birut - A suicide car bombing killed nine people Tuesday at a police officer's club in the Syrian capital, a monitor said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Pentagon chief in Europe to drum up anti-IS support

Washington - US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter left for Europe on Tuesday to lead a major summit for key members of the US-driven coalition struggling to defeat the Islamic State group.

'At least eight dead, 100 injured in German train crash

Bad Aibling - Two commuter trains collided head-on in southern Germany on Tuesday, killing at least eight people and injuring around 100, in one of the country's deadliest rail accidents in years.

Camps full as tens of thousands flee regime in Syria's Aleppo

Birut - Camps for the displaced along Syria's border with Turkey are at full capacity, aid workers say, as tens of thousands flee a major government offensive in Aleppo province.

Germany to put two SS men on trial over Auschwitz killings

Berlin - Two former SS men will go on trial this month for their alleged complicity in the murder of thousands of people at Auschwitz, as Germany accelerates its bid to prosecute ageing Third Reich criminals.

EU reluctance sinking refugee relocation plan

Brussels - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker's flagship plan to stem Europe's migration crisis by redistributing refugees around the bloc risks crumbling as EU states balk at sharing the burden, diplomats, officials and experts have told AFP.

Beijing's pollution: Clearer skies but loss of jobs and growth

Beijing - Air quality levels in Beijing have improved as much as 16 percent over the past year, with other cities seeing as much as a 10 percent drop in key pollutants. But the cost in businesses closed down and the loss of jobs and destroyed lives has been costly.

NATO to take migrant crisis aid requests 'very seriously'

Brussels - NATO will take any request to help with the refugee crisis "very seriously", chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday after Germany and Turkey agreed to seek its assistance in combating human smugglers.

Varoufakis back in Germany to launch EU grassroots movement

Berlin - Greece's far-left former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis came to Berlin Tuesday to launch a pan-European grassroots political movement, saying its goal was to "democratise" the 28-member bloc.

Mladic's former right-hand man dies in UN jail

Den Haag - Bosnian Serb general Zdravko Tolimir has died in jail in The Hague, where he was handed a life sentence for genocide in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the Yugoslav war crimes court confirmed Tuesday.

Taiwan developer quizzed over quake collapse as 100 still buried

Tainan - The developer of a 16-storey Taiwan apartment complex that collapsed during a quake was taken in for questioning on Tuesday as rescuers deployed heavy machinery to find 100 people still feared trapped in the rubble.

Turkey's Kurdish leader accuses Ankara of 'massacre' over southeast army operation

Istanbul - The leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party on Tuesday accused Ankara of committing a "massacre," following reports that scores of civilians had been killed in a military operation against Kurdish rebels in a southeastern town.

More than one million Syrians living under siege: NGOs

Den Haag - More than one million Syrians are living under siege after nearly five years of war, a new NGO report said Tuesday, warning the crisis was "far worse" than UN officials have acknowledged.

Britain, Sweden should accept Assange ruling: UN rights chief

Colombo - The UN human rights chief said on a visit to Sri Lanka Tuesday that Britain and Sweden should accept the findings of one of his panels that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had been arbitrarily detained.

Sweden arrests 14 Polish activists for planning asylum centre attack

Stockholm - Swedish police said Tuesday they had arrested 14 Polish far-right activists for allegedly planning to attack an asylum centre, after finding axes, knives and iron pipes in their cars.

N. Korea rocket appears to have longer range: Seoul

Seoul - The rocket launched by North Korea at the weekend seemed more powerful than its 2012 predecessor, but Pyongyang still lacks the expertise to transform it into a ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland, South Korean officials said Tuesday....

US spy chief warns homegrown extremists biggest Islamist threat

Washington - The global threat posed by the Islamic State group is still rising but US-based homegrown extremists pose the biggest danger to the homeland, Washington's top spy said Tuesday.
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