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Georgia arrests four for alleged links to Islamic State

Tbili - Georgia has arrested four of its nationals on suspicion of having links with the Islamic State group, the ex-Soviet country's officials said Tuesday.

Obama: Climate action an economic and security 'imperative'

Paris - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called the global threat of climate change "an economic and security imperative that we have to tackle now.

NATO readies new support for Turkey: Stoltenberg

Brussels - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday the alliance was working on new support measures for Turkey, but insisted the commitment predated Ankara's shooting down of a Russian jet on the Syrian border.

Pistorius appeal verdict due Thursday

Johanesburg - South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal will announce Thursday its verdict on an attempt by state prosecutors to have Oscar Pistorius convicted of murder for shooting dead his girlfriend, the court registrar said.

Court rejects appeal for detained Turkish editors

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Tuesday threw out an appeal against the detention of two editors from a top daily newspaper as a global media rights watchdog launched a major petition for their release.

Russia building new military bases on islands claimed by Japan

Moscow - Russia has begun building two modern military compounds on the far eastern Kuril islands, defence minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday, heightening long-running tensions with Japan over the disputed islands.

Mugabe welcomes China's Xi in rare VIP visit

Harare - China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Zimbabwe on Tuesday on a rare visit by a world leader to a country shunned by Western powers over President Robert Mugabe's widely-criticised record on human rights.

Resettlement of 25,000 Syrians in Canada set in motion

Ginebra - An operation to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada has begun, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday, with 10,000 people due to depart for their new home by the end of the year.

Syria deal for rebels to leave last Homs district: governor

Damascus - A deal has been reached for the evacuation of Syrian opposition fighters from the last district under their control in the central city of Homs, the provincial governor told AFP Tuesday."All the rebels will leave Waer (district) within two months.

Tokyo noodle shop awarded world's first ramen Michelin star

Toukyo - A tiny Tokyo noodle shop joined the ranks of the world's top restaurants Tuesday as it scooped up a star from the respected Michelin Guide.

Police ban demos on Paris' Champs Elysees during climate talks

Paris - French police on Tuesday banned demonstrations on Paris' prestigious Champs Elysees avenue and near the venue for the UN climate conference at Le Bourget north of the capital during the two-week talks.

Eurozone bailout rescues Greece's top bank

Luxembourg - The eurozone's bailout fund rescued Greece's largest bank on Tuesday, launching a recapitalisation process that is a crucial part of the country's third loan programme in five years.The European Stability Mechanism unlocked 2.72 billion euros ($2.

Fierce clashes between UN peacekeepers, Uganda rebels in DR Congo

Kinshasa - Fierce fighting between UN peacekeepers and Ugandan rebels raged in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, a day after a deadly attack by the rebel group.

Meet Spencer a humanoid robot who helps you get round the airport

Getting around a busy international airport can be a stressful thing, especially if you aren't familiar with it or if you happen to be running late for the flight.

Fierce campaign to stop far-right victory in France elections

Paris - France's far-right National Front (FN) faced a ferocious campaign Tuesday to stop it taking two of France's most important regions in elections starting this weekend.

VW says 'around 50' witnesses have come forward in internal probe

Frankfurt Am Main - Around 50 employees of German auto giant Volkswagen have come forward to testify in the group's internal probe into a massive pollution-cheating scandal, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

France to give Africa 2 bn euros for green energy

Le Bourget - France will give African countries two billion euros ($2.1 billion) over the next four years to develop renewable energy and replace climate-harming fossil fuels, President Francois Hollande said Tuesday.

E-paper sticky notes let you put information wherever you need it

An innovative technology project seeking crowd-funding wants to create a modern-day alternative to the wads of paper sticky notes that litter desks worldwide. Smart Stickers are controlled from your phone and have month-long batteries.

Turkey PM urges Russia to give up 'baseless' claims on IS trade

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday called on Russia to re-establish dialogue channels instead of making "baseless accusations" of an alleged oil trade between Ankara and Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

Pope's rapper stance sends Twitter in a flurry

Vatican City - He conquered the United States in September, is just back from a hugely successful trip to Africa ... and now Pope Francis is an unlikely inspiration for rappers around the world.
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