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Europe is facing the spectre of attacks by Islamic State (IS) jihadists with police numbers in some countries hit by austerity cuts, raising questions about whether this is making it easier for assailants to slip through the net.

Pope takes environmental, social messages to Africa

Pope Francis flew out of Rome on Wednesday, bound for Kenya on the first leg of a landmark trip to Africa that is fraught with security risks.

Attackers storm Indian army camp in Kashmir

Armed militants stormed an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir Wednesday near the heavily militarised border that divides the disputed territory with Pakistan, police said.

Chinese media says birth discrimination must end

Chinese state-run media called Wednesday for children born outside the country's one-child policy to be given crucial household registration documents, an issue that has left as many as 13 million in legal limbo.

China says Communist Party officials among Xinjiang attackers

Officials from China's ruling Communist Party have supported violent attacks in restive Xinjiang, a top regional official said in remarks highlighting internal opposition to tough local policies.

Australia to use drones to track sharks from the air

Testing of aerial drones to track the movements of sharks in Australian waters began Wednesday as the government admitted there was "no easy way" to protect swimmers from the predators.

Tunisia declares state of emergency after deadly bus blast

Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a nationwide state of emergency and a curfew in the capital after a bomb attack on a presidential guard bus killed at least 12 people.

Kerry readies wide-ranging European tour

Secretary of State John Kerry sets out on a European tour, stopping in Paris for a week for a UN climate summit, before heading to a NATO meet and traveling across the continent.

'No specific, credible threat' to U.S. from IS: White House

President Barack Obama's national security team believes there is "no specific, credible threat" to the United States from Islamic State, the White House said, amid stepped up coalition strikes on the extremist group.

LatAm states fail to find solution for Cuban migrants

Latin American ministers failed in two rounds of meetings to find a solution for thousands of US-bound Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica, the foreign minister of that country said."One country, Nicaragua...

'Intransigent' Nicaragua refuses transit to U.S.-bound Cubans

Nicaragua firmly refused Tuesday to ease a ban on US-bound Cuban migrants transiting through its territory, telling a meeting in El Salvador of Central American ministers and officials that its stance was "unalterable.

Argentina daily shocks with call to scrap 'dirty war' trials

A newspaper in Argentina has sparked outrage by urging the incoming government to end trials of people accused of crimes against humanity during the 1976-1983 dictatorship's "dirty war" on dissidents.

Erdogan, Obama agree on need to reduce tensions after Russian plane downed: Ankara

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Barack Obama on Tuesday agreed on the need to reduce tensions and prevent a repeat of similar incidents after Turkish forces shot down a Russian plane on the Syrian border for allegedly violating ...

Anne Frank was a refugee who was denied asylum in U.S.

As the horrors of Hitler's Holocaust unfolded, growing in scope and severity, the United States and other nations failed to take action to save Jews, sending boatloads of Jewish refugees back to their almost certain deaths.

Doctors relive Paris attacks

The medics treating the scores of victims in the Paris terror attacks came back without their belts -- so great was the need in the field for tourniquets, medical personnel said Tuesday.

Haiti confirms candidates for presidential runoff

Haiti confirmed Tuesday the top two finishers in first round presidential voting, formally setting the stage for a runoff next month.

Cyprus deports Frenchmen, but says terror ruled out

Cyprus deported Tuesday six French citizens who had been detained at the island's main airport on suspicion of extremist links but were later said not to be a danger, authorities said.

Shock, tears and shame for families of Paris attackers

It was the day after the Paris attacks and the brother of one of the suicide bombers had been glued to his TV for close to 24 hours.

Blast targeting Tunisia presidential guard bus kills 12

An explosion targeting a bus carrying presidential guards Tuesday killed at least 12 officers in the heart of the capital of Tunisia, the target of jihadist violence since the 2011 revolution.

'Brussels bubble' works from home to beat terror alert

While Brussels was shut down by its biggest ever terror alert, the huge EU and NATO bureaucracy kept on churning, even if some staff had to work from their homes in Europe's institutional capital.

One killed as hostage standoff ends in French town

French police killed one man after his heavily armed group took the family of a bank manager hostage in a northern town on Tuesday, officials said, adding that there was no terrorist link.

Leading Spanish personalities call for peace protest after attacks

Leading Spanish actors, journalists and politicians have called for a weekend peace protest in Madrid as opposition mounts against the use of force in response to recent attacks like the ones in Paris.

U.S., France warn against escalation after Russia jet downing

France and the United States joined NATO and the United Nations in calling for a de-escalation of tensions Tuesday after Turkey shot down a Russian war plane over its volatile border with Syria.

Russian soldier killed in search for pilots of downed plane: military

A Russian soldier was killed Tuesday during a failed operation to rescue two pilots whose jet was shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border, Moscow announced.

Timeline: France's shifting Syria approach

France has been forced to modify its approach to conflict-devastated Syria in the fast-moving diplomatic events since Paris was attacked by jihadists on November 13.

NATO head urges 'calm, de-escalation' after Russian plane downed

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that the military alliance stands by key ally Turkey after it shot down a Russia fighter jet on the Syrian border but urged both sides to try to calm the crisis.

Paris ringleader planned suicide attack in business district: prosecutor

The suspected ringleader of the deadly Paris attacks and an accomplice planned to carry out a suicide attack on the city's La Defense business district the following week, the chief prosecutor said Tuesday.

No French ground troops to Syria: Hollande

France will not send ground troops to Syria, French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday at the White House in the wake of deadly attacks in Paris blamed on Islamic State extremists.

Erdogan says Turkey's right to protect its borders must be respected

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Turkey's right to protect its borders must be respected, after the Turkish military shot down a Russian plane on the Syrian border for allegedly violating its airspace.

Turkey has right to defend its airspace: Obama

NATO member Turkey has the right to defend its own airspace, US President Barack Obama said Tuesday after Turkish forces shot down a Russian fighter jet on its border with Syria.

Russia upholds 20-year sentence for Ukrainian filmmaker

Russia's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal from Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov against a 20-year jail sentence for terrorism that has been condemned by the West and Kiev.

Warrant for new suspect seen driving Paris attacks car

Belgium on Tuesday issued an international arrest warrant for a "dangerous" man who was seen driving a car with key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam two days before the atrocities.

Bomb attack on Tunisia presidential guard bus kills 12

A bomb blast on a bus transporting Tunisia's presidential guard in central Tunis on Tuesday killed at least 12 people and wounded 16, the interior ministry said.

Hollande, Obama vow unity against IS, appeal to Russia

France and the United States pledged to step up the fight against the Islamic State group, urging Russia to throw its weight behind global efforts to resolve the four-year Syrian conflict.

Two pilots from downed Russian plane alive: Turkish official

The two pilots who ejected from a Russian war plane downed by Turkey on the Syrian border are believed to be alive and Turkish authorities are seeking to recover them, a government official said on Tuesday.

Strained Sweden tightens asylum rules further

Sweden said Tuesday it would drastically tighten its asylum rules in a bid to stem the flow of migrants coming to the country, putting its rules on a par with the EU's minimum regulations.

North Korea sends 'positive signal' about UN chief's visit

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he has received "a bit of a positive signal" from North Korea about his plan to visit the reclusive country.

Iran nuclear deal to enter into force early January: deputy FM

Iran expects July's landmark nuclear deal with major powers to enter into force in early January, when Tehran will have implemented its commitments, Iran's deputy foreign minister said Tuesday.

What are the implications of Turkey downing Russian jet?

NATO member Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet on its border with Syria on Tuesday, raising concerns over the potential for a further escalation in the more-than- four-year Syrian conflict.

Pakistan female fighter pilot dies in jet crash

One of Pakistan's few female fighter jet pilots was killed in a training crash Tuesday, the air force said in a statement, adding that she was the first of its women pilots to "embrace martyrdom".

Hague court begins hearing into South China Sea row

An international tribunal on Tuesday began hearing a case brought by the Philippines over disputed islands in the South China Sea, in an increasingly bitter row with China.
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