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Aquarius rescue ship migrants head for Malta after deal reached

Valletta - Fifty-eight migrants aboard the Aquarius rescue ship will be taken to Malta and from there to France, Germany, Portugal and Spain, after a deal was reached to defuse the latest row over the fate of people rescued in the Mediterranean.

Europe's Ariane 5 rocket set for 100th blast off

Paris - A European-made rocket will blast off Tuesday from French Guiana for the 100th time, in a symbolic landmark for its manufacturer as it comes under increasing pressure from Elon Musk's SpaceX programme.

Trump takes a #MeToo stand — for the men

Washington - With #MeToo firing up millions of women against sexual abuse by male bosses and President Donald Trump routinely weighing in on the side of the accused, America faces an all-out war of the sexes ahead of November elections.

Trump brings rare laughter to august UN summit

New York - Donald Trump, whose political ascent has been full of firsts, on Tuesday achieved another rare feat -- bringing laughter to the solemn UN General Assembly.

New Zealand PM brings baby to UN assembly

New York - New Zealand's prime minister, who shot to international fame for giving birth while in office, turned heads Monday by bringing her three-month-old daughter into the UN assembly hall.

War-weary Mozambicans yearn to leave Malawi haven

Blantyre - Hundreds of people who fled to Malawi from fighting in Mozambique are finally poised to go home, desperate to reach their untended farms now that the guns have fallen silent.

Maldives destroys British statues deemed offensive to Islam

Colombo - Police armed with pickaxes and power tools have destroyed a modern artwork by a celebrated British sculptor in the Maldives, after the outgoing president in the tourist haven declared the installation offensive to Islam.

Dozens evacuated as forest fire erupts in southern Croatia

Zagreb - A forest fire erupted Tuesday in Croatia's southern Peljesac peninsula, prompting the evacuation of dozens of villagers and tourists and destroying four houses, officials said.The blaze broke out near the town of Orebic.

Israel-Russia ties tested after plane downed over Syria

Jerusalem - The accidental downing of a Russian plane with 15 soldiers on board has tested relations between Moscow and Israel, which fears President Vladimir Putin will seek to curtail its actions in Syria as a result.

Voting and running for election in another EU state

Paris - France's ex-prime minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday became the most high profile beneficiary of European Union rules under which its citizens can vote and stand in local elections in other EU states.

US imposes sanctions on Venezuelan president's wife

Washington - The US Treasury went after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's inner circle Tuesday, imposing sanctions on his wife, vice president and other close associates.

Who's who in the fight over Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination

Washington - As Judge Brett Kavanaugh fights to salvage his nomination to the US Supreme Court a diverse cast of characters has emerged in the process.

Trump accused of trying to 'topple' Iran leader in UN war of words

New York - US President Donald Trump called for Iran's international isolation in a combative and unashamedly boastful speech at the United Nations Tuesday, prompting accusations from his Iranian counterpart that he was trying to topple his government.

Weakened Merkel sees ally lose party vote

Berlin - A key ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday lost his post as the centre-right party's parliamentary chief in a vote that underlined strong headwinds faced by Germany's veteran leader.

At Russia's doorstep, pope slams arms threats

Tallinn - Pope Francis on Tuesday wrapped up his tour of the Baltic region, neighbouring Russia, by slamming those who "hurl threats about using weapons" and "deploying troops".

Trump dismisses Kavanaugh accuser as 'drunk'

Washington - President Donald Trump dismissed the latest accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as "drunk" and "messed up" on Tuesday, slamming the sexual abuse allegations against his pick for the top US court as a "con game" by Democrats.

Iran says 'jihadist separatists' behind attack as probe points to IS

Tehran - Iran on Tuesday identified the perpetrators of a deadly attack on a military parade as "jihadist separatists", announcing a series of arrests and appearing to tie the Islamic State group to the bloodshed.

Austrian minister defends press freedom after media storm

Vienna - Austria's far-right interior minister, Herbert Kickl, insisted Tuesday that press freedom was "inviolable" as he tried to defuse a storm after his ministry appeared to ask police to limit cooperation with the media.

UN probes 'credible' reports of nine Afghan civilians killed in air strike

Kabul - The United Nations said Tuesday it was investigating "credible reports" that nine members of a family had been killed in an air strike in Afghanistan, but US Forces denied the victims were civilians.
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