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Syria rebels squeezed on multiple fronts

Birut - Rebels in northern Syria were under attack on multiple fronts Monday from Russian-backed regime forces, advancing Kurdish militia and Islamic State group jihadists.

German mayor blames young girls for 'provoking' migrants

The mayor of a small German town caused outrage when he suggested young girls should not provoke migrants by passing a refugee centre while walking to school.

Anger as Italy presses Egypt over student's slaying

Rome - Italy demanded Monday that Egypt help ensure the killers of an Italian student are brought to justice, as Cairo rejected charges that the security forces were involved.

Breadbasket of Africa is empty as severe drought continues

Surrounded by diamond fields, villagers in Eastern Zimbabwe are starving as their world turns to red dust. They are not alone in their desperation, as the country continues to suffer under the ravages of the worst El Nino in nearly two decades.

Libya seeks extra week to form unity govt under UN deal

Tripoli - Libya's presidential council said Monday it needs one more week to form a national unity government, after the country's internationally recognised parliament rejected an initial line-up.

Iraq deploying thousands of troops to retake Mosul

Kirkuk - The Iraqi army is deploying thousands of soldiers to a northern base in preparation for operations to retake the Islamic State group's hub of Mosul, officials said on Monday.

At least four Russian servicemen killed in helicopter crash

Moscow - At least four Russian servicemen were killed when a military helicopter crashed in the west of the country late Monday, the defence ministry said.

Syria rebels under pressure as displaced mass on the border

Birut - Beleaguered rebels in northern Syria faced double defeat on Monday by both the Russian-backed regime and advancing Kurdish militia, as tens of thousands of displaced amassed on the Turkish border.

Lucky few cross Turkey's border as Syrians flee offensive

Kilis - While tens of thousands of people fleeing the fierce fighting of a Russian-backed regime offensive in Syria huddled in makeshift camps and hoped to get across the border into Turkey, just a handful were lucky enough to make the crossing.

Santos says referendum will be held on peace deal regardless of FARC

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday said a referendum would be held on a possible peace deal with Marxist FARC fighters, whether the rebels want a vote or not.The FARC and the government have said they aim to sign a peace deal by March 23.

Passengers on bombed Somalia plane 'meant for Turkish Airlines'

Nairobi - A man suspected of detonating a bomb on a Somali passenger plane had initially intended to board a Turkish Airlines flight, the company's chief said Monday.

Francis broke my heart, says abuse victim sidelined by Vatican

Rome - A British paedophilia survivor who has been asked to step down from a Vatican panel on the issue told AFP on Monday that he felt betrayed by Pope Francis.

Assad's Syria regime 'exterminated' detainees, says UN

Ginebra - UN investigators on Monday accused Damascus of "extermination" in its jails and detention centres, saying prisoners were executed, tortured to death or held in such horrific conditions that they perished.

Hong Kong police 'fire warning shots' in street clash

Hong Kong - Baton-wielding Hong Kong riot police fired warning shots and tear gas early Tuesday after a riot erupted in a busy district when officials tried to shift illegal hawkers, RTHK radio reported.

UN names coordinator to tackle peacekeeping sex abuse scandal

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appointed American Jane Holl Lute to tackle mounting allegations of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers.

Experts probe Polish govt's alleged breach of rule of law

Varsovia - European legal experts on Monday began a fact-finding mission in Poland to determine if Warsaw's new right-wing government has violated the EU member's constitution and democracy rules.

40,000 starving to death as S.Sudan teeters on famine: UN

Juba - At least 40,000 people are being starved to death in South Sudan war zones on the brink of famine, the United Nations said Monday, in a plea to rival forces to let aid in.

15 die in DR Congo inter-ethnic clashes

Goma - At least 15 people have been killed in clashes between armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in a region that has been the scene of heightened ethnic tensions in recent weeks, local authorities said Monday.

French lower house votes to enshrine state of emergency in constitution

Paris - The lower house of the French parliament voted Monday in favour of enshrining in the constitution the process of declaring a state of national emergency, one of a series of controversial amendments the government proposed after November's Paris attacks...
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