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Letter points to terror motive in Dutch tram attack

Utrecht - Dutch authorities said Tuesday they were "seriously" investigating a terrorist motive for the Utrecht tram attack because of evidence including a letter found in the suspected gunman's getaway car.

'Fascist' perfume, flatulent hippo star in Israel election social media war

Jerusalem - A new ad with an elegantly dressed minister using "fascist" perfume drew online outrage Tuesday, the latest in a social media war ahead of an Israeli election that has also featured a flatulent hippo.

Italy's Salvini lays down law for migrant rescue ships

Rome - Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday launched a fresh crackdown on charity ships which rescue migrants off Libya and bring them to Italy.

China's Xi to visit Europe amid disquiet over Silk Road, Huawei

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping heads to Europe on Thursday as the continent is divided over his cherished Belt and Road trade infrastructure project and under US pressure to shun telecom giant Huawei.

Mexico warns Canadian mining companies of increased scrutiny

Canadian mining companies operating in Mexico should be on notice that the sector is going to face increased scrutiny on its environmental practices and treatment of Indigenous people, according to the country’s new ambassador to Ottawa.

Resigned Brussels expects Britain to vote in EU poll

Apo - Frustrated EU officials may insist London cannot postpone Brexit indefinitely without a plan, but they are resigned to Britain taking part in the European election in May and are making preparations.

'Hold the compass or die': jailed migrants recount ordeal

Trapani - Gambian Cherno Jallow, Senegalese Cheikhaya Dieng, and Ivorian Fofana Lamine, are finishing 44-month jail sentences in Italy after people smugglers forced them to navigate boats across the Mediterranean.

Doomed jihadists retreat within shrinking Syria bastion

Sulaymaniyah - Holdout jihadists scurried along the reedy banks of the Euphrates in an increasingly desperate defence Tuesday of the last scrap of their "caliphate" in eastern Syria.

In Italy, arrests aplenty but top people smugglers remain elusive

Palermo - Despite hefty anti-mafia powers, international police cooperation and thousands of arrests, Italy has yet to deal a significant blow to the human-trafficking networks responsible for sending countless migrants across the Mediterranean.

US accuses Russia, China of undermining space peace push

Geneva - The US on Tuesday accused Russia and China of raising the risk of conflict in space, notably by developing anti-satellite weapons, as diplomats held talks on a treaty to keep space peaceful.

Thai tycoon convicted, bailed in black leopard poaching case

Kanchanaburi - A Thai tycoon accused of killing a black leopard was sentenced to 16 months in jail on other poaching-related charges Tuesday but allowed to go free pending an appeal, in a case that has caused an outcry in a country fed up with impunity for powerful f...

Nursultan Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan's authoritarian moderniser

Astana - Nursultan Nazarbayev ruled Kazakhstan for almost 30 years and turned the Central Asian country into an energy powerhouse while governing with little tolerance for opposition.

Algerian students, medics protest against 'dinosaur' Bouteflika

Alger - Tens of thousands of students again took to the streets of the Algerian capital on Tuesday, just hours after long-time leader President Abdelaziz Bouteflika confirmed he plans to stay in power after his mandate expires next month.

Macron, on and on... French leader debates for 8 hours

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron has set a new personal record for talking during a public appearance by debating for more than eight hours with intellectuals and scientists.

In smouldering last redoubt, IS hide among the reeds

Sulaymaniyah - An air strike pounds a demolished bridge in eastern Syria, sending armed men scampering to hide among the cars and tents of the Islamic State group's smouldering last redoubt.

Italian ship rescues migrants as Rome vows crackdown

Rome - An Italian charity ship rescued 49 migrants at sea off Libya Monday, prompting fresh threats from Rome against all private vessels saving people off the coast of north Africa.

Italian killed fighting IS in Syria: Kurdish-led force

- An Italian fighting alongside a Kurdish-led force to expel the Islamic State group from its last pocket of territory in eastern Syria has been killed, the force said Tuesday.

Hong Kong to build $79 bn artificial island

Fpo - Hong Kong plans to build one of the world's largest artificial islands with an eye-watering $79 billion price tag, city officials announced Tuesday.

Zimbabwe cyclone survivors tearfully list dead relatives

Chipinge - Agony is etched in Tapiwa Chanyawo’s face as he tells of the night the storm came, a mudslide swept away their home, and his family died.
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