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Syria requests UN Security Council meeting on Golan

New York - Syria asked the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to hold an urgent meeting on the US decision to recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

Brazil's Israel embassy move would be illegal: Palestinian envoy

Bras - Moving Brazil's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would be an "attack" on Palestinian people and a breach of international law, the Palestinian envoy to the Latin American country said Tuesday.

US toughens policy against foreign NGOs that back abortions

Washington - The administration of US President Donald Trump on Tuesday again toughened a ban on the use of taxpayer money to support abortion overseas as it pulled funding from a human rights body that supports the procedure's legalization in Latin America.

Anger in Spain, eyerolls in Mexico over conquest row

Mexico - The Mexican president's demand for an apology over the "abuses" of colonialism drew opposite reactions across the Atlantic Tuesday -- anger in a Spain still proud of its imperial glory, and eyerolls in Mexico.

UN wants to showcase ambitious countries at climate summit

New York - Hoping to spur international action on climate change, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told world leaders that only the most ambitious carbon-cutting countries will be showcased at a key summit in September.

Refugee urges Canada to take in others who sheltered Snowden

Montr - A woman granted asylum in Canada after sheltering Edward Snowden urged Ottawa on the first day of her new life Tuesday to take in five others who helped the fugitive former US government contractor and are facing deportation from Hong Kong.

Refugee urges Canada to take in others who sheltered Snowden

Montr - A woman granted asylum in Canada after sheltering Edward Snowden urged Ottawa on Tuesday to take in five others who helped the fugitive former US government contractor and are facing deportation from Hong Kong.

US envoy on Afghan peace heads back to region

Washington - The US envoy seeking a peace deal with the Taliban to end 17 years of war is heading back to the region for a new round of talks, the State Department said Tuesday.

China denounces US Tibet report as 'full of prejudice'

Bejing - Beijing on Tuesday denounced a US report accusing the Chinese government of impeding access to Tibet as "full of prejudice" and warned that continued interference in the Himalayan region could damage US-China relations.

US consulate staffer faces Turkey spying trial

Istanbul - A US consulate staffer went on trial in a Turkish court on Tuesday accused of spying and attempting to overthrow the government in a case that fuelled tensions between the United States and its NATO ally.

US envoy for North Korea visits Beijing: official

Bejing - The US special envoy for North Korea is visiting Beijing to coordinate policies with China, the US embassy said Tuesday, a month after the failure of a denuclearisation summit.

Canada grants asylum to woman who sheltered Snowden in Hong Kong

Toronto - A woman who helped Edward Snowden hide in Hong Kong after his leaks exposed US global surveillance programs arrived Monday in Canada with her daughter, where they were granted asylum."Now me and Keana are permanent residents in Canada.

Spy trial of US consulate staffer opens in Turkey

Istanbul - A US consulate staffer went on trial in a Turkish court on Tuesday accused of spying and attempting to overthrow the government in one of several cases fuelling tensions between the United States and its NATO ally.

Mexico demands apology for colonial 'abuses,' Spain says no

Madrid - The 500-year-old wounds of the Spanish conquest have been ripped open afresh with Mexico's president urging Spain and the Vatican to apologise for their "abuses" -- a request Madrid said it "firmly rejects".

Britain's Prince Charles unveils Shakespeare statue in Havana

Havana - Britain's Prince Charles unveiled a statue of William Shakespeare in Havana when he took to the streets of old city Monday as part of the first visit by the British royal family to communist-run Cuba.

Pompeo says British Labour record on anti-Semitism 'disgrace'

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday attacked the British Labour Party's record on anti-Semitism as a "national disgrace" in unusually strong criticism of the close ally's opposition.

Mexico demands apology for colonial 'abuses,' Spain hits back

Mexico - The 500-year-old wounds of the Spanish conquest were ripped open afresh on Monday when Mexico's president urged Spain and the Vatican to apologize for their "abuses" -- a request Madrid said it "firmly rejects.

US says China 'systematically' impedes Tibet access

Washington - China "systematically" impedes access to Tibet with restrictions that have prohibited diplomats, journalists and ordinary citizens from visiting, the United States said in a report Monday.

Canada grants asylum to woman who sheltered Snowden in Hong Kong

Ottawa - Canada has granted asylum to a woman who helped Edward Snowden hide in Hong Kong after his leaks exposed US global surveillance programs, a refugee rights association said Monday.

US, Russia lock horns over Venezuela, raising the stakes

Caracas - The US and Russia clashed publicly over Venezuela on Monday, raising geopolitical stakes over the oil-producing nation after Moscow sent dozens of soldiers to Caracas amid what it alleged was a budding "coup.

Russia accuses US of plotting 'coup' in Venezuela

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Monday accused the United States of plotting a "coup" against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in a dispute over Russian military assistance for the crisis-hit country.

Syria's Kurds hand three Russian orphans to Moscow

Ak - The Kurdish administration in northeast Syria said Monday it handed over three Russian orphans to a delegation from Moscow who will transfer them back home.

In diplomatic first, DR Congo's Tshisekedi lays wreath at Rwanda memorial

Apo - DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi on Monday paid tribute at a genocide memorial on the sidelines of an economic forum in Rwanda, a highly symbolic gesture in bilateral relations badly hobbled by the 1994 bloodbath.

US will not 'stand idly' on Russian role in Venezuela: Pompeo

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia Monday the United States will not "stand idly by" as Moscow inserts military personnel into Venezuela to support the regime of President Nicolas Maduro.

Israel candidate Gantz says willing to use force on Iran

Washington - Benny Gantz, who is posing a stiff challenge to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in upcoming elections, said Monday he would not hesitate to use force on Iran to contain the regional rival.

Jordan's king cancels Romania trip over Jerusalem row

Apo - Jordan's King Abdullah II cancelled a visit Monday to Romania after its prime minister vowed to move her country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his office said.

S. Korea court orders Mitsubishi asset seizure over WWII forced labour

Seoul - A South Korean court has approved the seizure of Mitsubishi's assets over the Japanese industrial giant's use of forced labour during World War II, an activist group said Monday.

Netanyahu at side, Trump proclaims Golan Heights belongs to Israel

Washington - With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his side, US President Donald Trump declared Monday that the Golan Heights belongs to Israel -- handing another major diplomatic victory to the premier ahead of tight elections.

North Korean officials have returned to the liaison office

Seoul - North Korea has returned its staff to an inter-Korean liaison office, Seoul said Monday, just days after unilaterally withdrawing from the joint facility.

North Korea returns to inter-Korean liaison office

Seoul - North Korea has returned its staff to an inter-Korean liaison office, Seoul said Monday, just days after unilaterally withdrawing from the joint facility.
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