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Libyan militia occupy residential annex of US embassy in Tripoli

Tripoli - Libyan militia members believed to be from Misrata took control of a residential annex of the US Embassy in Tripoli although there is no report of any breach of the main embassy compound.

Ukraine soldiers battling Russian tanks at Lugansk: Kiev

Lugansk - Ukrainian troops on Monday were battling a Russian tank contingent in the eastern city of Lugansk, Kiev said, accusing Moscow's army units of moving into large cities in the region.

Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan

Tokyo - The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP.

Iran FM to meet EU's Ashton in Brussels Monday

Brussels - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was to hold talks with top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton in Brussels Monday, following fresh US sanctions on entities linked to Tehran's nuclear programme.

Knifeman kills 3 children in China school attack: Media

Shiyan - A knifeman stabbed three children to death and wounded five more plus a teacher in a rampage at a Chinese primary school on Monday, reports said, in the country's latest attack against youngsters.

Pakistan anti-PM protesters storm state TV

Islamabad - Hundreds of protesters trying to topple Pakistan's government briefly seized the state broadcaster on Monday, intensifying the political crisis gripping the nuclear-armed nation.

N. Korea test-fires suspected missile into sea

Pyongyang - North Korea test-fired what appeared to be a short-range missile into the sea off its east coast Monday in the latest of a series of missile and rocket tests, military officials said.

Mass demo cancelled as Lesotho faces power vacuum

Maseru - A mass demonstration in Lesotho planned for Monday has been cancelled after an apparent coup left the country leaderless and prompted regional powers to hold a crisis meeting.

Hong Kong activists in fightback after China vote decision

Hong Kong - Hong Kong activists launched their fightback Monday against Beijing's landmark decision to limit voting reforms, heckling a senior Chinese official in angry scenes after hopes for full democracy were crushed.

LAPD treatment of blacks in spotlight after high-profile cases

Los Angeles - Treatment of blacks by the Los Angeles Police is back in the spotlight after several high-profile cases sparked allegations of abuse: a young, unarmed man killed, a woman beaten, and a producer arrested with no cause.

Climate focus at UN small islands summit in Samoa

Apia - A major United Nations conference on small island nations began in Samoa on Monday, with the emphasis on helping them survive the pressing challenge posed by climate change.

Islamic State jihadists using cluster bombs: Rights group

Damascus - Islamic State jihadists have used cluster munitions in Syria in at least one location and Syria's regime is continuing to use the widely banned weapon, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Health workers death toll mounts in W.Africa as Ebola spreads

Lagos - Nigeria's health minister will hold an emergency meeting of state health commissioners on Monday as West Africa struggles to halt the deadly Ebola virus, amid growing concern at the toll among healthcare workers.

Death toll from Paris building explosion rises to seven

Rosny-sous-bois - The death toll from an explosion in an apartment building outside Paris rose to seven on Monday, with rescue workers scrambling against time to find one last man still missing.

Russia's Putin seeks 'statehood' talks on east Ukraine

Moscow - Moscow and Kiev representatives will meet in Minsk Monday after Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for statehood to be discussed for the restive east of the former Soviet state.

Iraq breaks months-long jihadist siege

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces, aided by US air strikes, have broken through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli where thousands have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water supplies.

As Ukrainian troops retreat, separatists celebrate new offensive

- The town of Komsomolske, to the south east of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, has seen two rulers in the last three days.On Friday, it was in the hands of government forces.

Israel downs drone from Syria over occupied Golan: army

Jerusalem - Israel downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, the army said, amid mounting tension on the UN-patrolled armistice line with Syria on the strategic plateau.

Germany's anti-euro party makes breakthrough in state vote

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives retained their grip on power in the eastern state of Saxony Sunday but now face opposition from a fledgling anti-euro party, which won its first seats in a regional assembly.
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