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Russian military officials were to hold talks with their Israeli counterparts in Tel Aviv on Tuesday after the countries' leaders agreed to establish a mechanism to avoid accidental clashes in Syria.

The tough task of predicting a Nobel literature laureate

Predicting a Nobel literature prize winner can be harder than finding a needle in a haystack, with hundreds of possible candidates but few clues as to who the chosen one will be.

First civilians arrested in Burkina over September coup

Two political supporters of former Burkina Faso's ousted president have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a failed coup last month, police and other sources said.

Asian states hail deal on world's largest free trade area

Asian members of the newly-minted Trans-Pacific Partnership Tuesday hailed the deal to create the world's largest free trade area, with Japan calling it the start of a "new century" for the region.

Tajikistan arrests 23 leaders of banned opposition party

Ex-Soviet Tajikistan announced Tuesday it had arrested 23 leaders of the beleaguered Islamic opposition party the volatile Central Asian state has banned and branded a terrorist organisation.

Congo to vote on scrapping presidential third term limit

Oil-rich Congo's government has called an October referendum on allowing veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso, who has already notched up more than 30 years in power, to run for a controversial third term.

No signs of North Korea preparing rocket launch: Seoul

North Korea shows no sign of preparing for a long-range rocket launch to mark a major political anniversary this week, a South Korean government official said on Tuesday.

Israel demolishes attackers' homes in crackdown

Israel on Tuesday demolished the homes of two Palestinians behind attacks on Israelis last year after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged an iron fist against mounting unrest.

AFP award recognises Thai journalist for recording lese-majeste cases

Thai journalist Mutita Chuachang has won the 2015 Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize for her powerful and persistent reporting of royal defamation cases that have multiplied under the country's military rulers.

Yemen PM unhurt in rocket attack on his hotel: minister

Yemen's Prime Minister Khaled Bahah escaped unharmed Tuesday after a rocket attack killed and wounded an unknown number of people at a hotel in the southern city of Aden, a minister said.

Turkey urges EU action on Syria to end migrant crisis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the EU consider a no-fly zone and safe haven area in Syria during talks to address Europe's spiralling migrant crisis.

U.S. general admits no direct danger to troops when hospital hit

The commander of United States forces in Afghanistan has admitted that the military incorrectly reported that its troops were under direct threat when an American warplane attacked a charity hospital in Kunduz, killing at least 22 innocent civilians.

Alleged smuggler held for imprisoning migrants in Athens apartment

Greek police on Monday arrested an Afghan smuggler accused of locking up 34 migrants, including 12 minors, who were on their way to northern Europe.

Growing numbers of refugees are returning to their homeland

In a strange turn of events, growing numbers of Syrian refugees in Jordan are opting to return to their war-torn homeland because they can't survive in exile after big aid cuts, and can't afford the high prices human smugglers want to get them to Europe.

EU and Turkey's Erdogan try to hammer out migrant crisis plan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and top EU officials discussed a plan to tackle the spiralling migrant crisis during talks in Brussels Monday, including a "safe zone" in northern Syria.

More rain threatens Guatemala mudslide victims search

With 300 people still missing, Guatemala rescue crews resumed the grim search for victims Monday in rubble left by a mudslide that officials say has claimed at least 131 lives.

German anti-Islam group vents fury at Merkel over refugee welcome

Thousands of German anti-Islam protesters on Monday vented their fury at Chancellor Angela Merkel over her welcoming of refugees, accusing her of "high treason" and "crimes against the German people".

UK spies can hack smartphones: Snowden

British spies can hack into phones remotely with a simple text message and make audio recordings or take photos without owners knowing, former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said on Monday.

Prague to send soldiers to Hungary to secure Europe's borders

The Czech Republic announced on Monday it would send soldiers and equipment to neighbouring Hungary to help secure Europe's borders in the face of an unprecedented influx of migrants.

Armenia MPs back referendum on divisive reforms amid protests

Armenian MPs on Monday backed holding a referendum on proposed constitutional reforms that could lead to long-serving President Serzh Sarkisian extending his term in power, sparking protests by hundreds of opposition activists.

Bodies of two children wash up on Greek island of Kos

The bodies of two children washed ashore on the eastern Greek island of Kos on Sunday, even as Libya's Red Crescent said they had recovered 95 bodies washed up near the capital, Tripoli this past week.

Chile rocked by 6.0 magnitude quake, no injuries reported

An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Moment magnitude scale shook central Chile Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, the country's National Emergency Office said.

Guatemala bribe scandal fugitive surrenders

The alleged mastermind of a bribery scheme that forced the resignation last month of Guatemala's president turned himself into authorities Monday after nearly six months on the run, the public prosecutor's office said.

Russian air force says hit '10 Islamic State targets' in Syria

Russian military jets carried out 15 new sorties Monday, targeting 10 Islamic State targets, the defence ministry said.

El Faro cargo ship sank, one confirmed dead: US Coast Guard

The US Coast Guard said Monday it has discovered a body from the lost El Faro cargo ship, which is believed to have sunk in the Atlantic with 33 people aboard.

NATO condemns 'extreme danger' of Russia's Turkish air incursions

NATO on Monday condemned Russian incursions into Turkish airspace as an "extreme danger" and demanded that Moscow halt all attacks against the Syrian opposition and civilians.

German mayor's bid to legalise cannabis up in smoke

A German mayor said Monday her attempt at getting cannabis sales legalised in her Berlin district had been slapped down by federal authorities.

Eurozone presses Greece on reforms as recession forecast to drag on

Eurozone finance ministers on Monday urged Athens to swiftly implement the tough reforms at heart of its huge bailout as new forecasts showed Greece's economy stuck in recession well into 2016.

BP to pay record $20.8 bln over Gulf of Mexico oil spill: U.S.

British energy giant BP will pay a record $20.8 billion to settle civil claims for damages stemming from the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, US Attorney General General Loretta Lynch said Monday.

First global Catholic LGBT network hopes to build bridges

The first global Catholic LGBT network attempted Monday to reach out to bishops meeting to debate the Church's approach to the family, as liberals hope for an opening up towards sexual minorities."Dear sisters and brothers at the synod...

Bogota slams Managua's 'insatiable appetite' in seas row

Colombia on Monday urged international justices to halt Nicaragua's "insatiable appetite" for expanding its maritime zones, arguing it was time to end a long-running border dispute.

Roma evictions triple in Italy capital for Pope's 'year of mercy'

Forced evictions of ethnic Roma in the Italian capital have more than tripled since Pope Francis announced a special "year of mercy" which sent the city on a clean-up spree, campaigners said Monday.

Q and A: is a new Palestinian intifada at hand?

A new wave of violence has hit Israel and the Palestinian territories, prompting warnings of the risk of a third intifada similar to uprisings that began in 1987 and 2000.

Afghan forces called for hospital air strike, US general says

Afghan forces called in a US air strike on a Kunduz hospital that killed 22 people, the top American commander in Afghanistan said Monday, after medical charity MSF branded the incident a war crime.

Japan's Abe says TPP negotiations reached 'broad agreement': NHK

Japan's prime minister said Monday a dozen nations have reached "broad agreement" on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which aims to become the world's largest free-trade zone, after days of talks.

Israeli soldiers shoot dead teen as new clashes erupt

New clashes erupted Monday in the West Bank and east Jerusalem while Israel's military shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged a crackdown following attacks that killed four Israelis.

Ukraine insists Russia must cede border by end of year

President Petro Poroshenko has stressed that Ukraine must regain control of its eastern border by the end of December even if full implementation of a February peace deal with Russia is delayed until 2016.

Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippine Senate

Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao said Monday he plans to run for a post in the influential Philippine Senate despite a lacklustre stint as a congressman.

NATO warns Russia over airspace violations from Syria

NATO called on Russia to stop air strikes in Syria and warned its violation of Turkish airspace during a raid risked inflaming tensions days after Moscow's military intervention began.

US defence chief warns Russia has 'losing strategy' in Syria

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Monday that Moscow is pursuing a "losing strategy" in Syria amid rising tensions after a Russian fighter jet violated Turkey's air space.

Two Turkish jets harassed by unidentified MIG-29 on Syrian border

Two Turkish F-16 jets were harassed by an unidentified MIG-29 aircraft on the Syrian border a day after a Russian fighter plane violated Turkish airspace, the military said on Monday.