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FBI to return Nazi-stolen art to Jewish collector's heirs

New York - A painting stolen from the family of art collector Adolphe Schloss by Germans during the World War II occupation of France will be returned to his descendants in New York, the French consulate said in a statement Tuesday.

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.

US zoo to return beloved giant pandas to China

Los Angeles - Two giant pandas that have been a star attraction at the San Diego Zoo for decades will soon be returned home to China, officials announced.

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.

US to speed up astronaut return to Moon: target 2024

Washington - Donald Trump's administration announced Tuesday it was speeding up plans to send US astronauts back to the Moon, from 2028 to 2024, calling for a "spark of urgency" to prevail over delays that have plagued NASA's lunar return plans.

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.

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' seeks new trial

New York - Lawyers for the convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman requested a new trial Tuesday, saying some jurors followed media coverage of the first one, violating the judge's orders.

Europe at UN says Golan is not Israeli territory

New York - Five European countries that sit on the UN Security Council on Tuesday rejected US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the Golan as Israeli territory and voiced concern the move could have broad consequences.

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 hits Iran Guard finance network with sanctions

Washington - The US Treasury took fresh aim Tuesday at the international network funnelling dollars and euros to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), naming 25 individuals and entities for financial sanctions.

Facebook blocks more accounts over influence campaigns

Washington - Facebook said Tuesday it shut down more than 2,600 fake accounts linked to Iran, Russia, Macedonia and Kosovo and aiming to influence political sentiment in various parts of the world.

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 lawmakers challenge Pentagon diversion of $1 bn for border wall

Washington - A Democrat-led congressional committee challenged Tuesday the Pentagon's plan to divert $1 billion to support President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

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.

Pentagon authorizes $1 bn for Trump's border wall

Washington - Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan said Monday he had authorized $1 billion to build part of the wall sought by President Donald Trump along the US-Mexico border.

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.

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.

US not looking at IS court, urges repatriation from Syria

Washington - The United States said Monday it was not looking at an international court to try Islamic State extremists and urged countries to repatriate them after Syria's Kurds proposed a tribunal.

Syria says US Golan move blatant attack on its sovereignty

Damascus - The Syrian government said that Washington's recognition Monday of Israeli claims over the Golan Heights were a blatant attack on its sovereignty.

US approves $3.8 billion F-16 sale to Morocco

Washington - The United States on Monday approved the sale of 25 F-16 fighter aircraft to Morocco for $3.8 billion, the State Department announced.

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.

'Reckoning' looms for news media as Russia probe clears Trump

Washington - Donald Trump's inner circle piled in Monday on the US news media, which was plunged into soul-searching over coverage of a two-year probe that failed to show collusion between the president's 2016 campaign and Russia.

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.

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.

Robert Mueller, the invisible prosecutor who investigated President Trump

Washington - As a prosecutor, Robert Mueller took on violent Hells Angels, mob bosses and foreign spies. At the end of his career, he was tasked with hunting the biggest target of all: the president of the United States.

Key findings of the Mueller report

Washington - US Attorney General Bill Barr released a summary Sunday of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report into allegations that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidental election.

Trump jubilant, vengeful as Russia probe ends in win

Washington - US President Donald Trump was jubilant Monday -- but also looking for revenge -- after the Russia collusion report cleared him in a huge boost for his reelection chances next year.

Mueller found no Trump campaign collusion with Russia: official

Washington - Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election found no evidence of conspiracy by President Donald Trump's campaign to collude with Russia, the Justice Department said Sunday.
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