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An Israeli state inquiry accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top army brass Tuesday of being unprepared for the strategic threat of tunnels used by Hamas militants during the 2014 Gaza war.

Hong Kong activists gatecrash meeting of leadership hopeful Lam

Pro-democracy protesters Monday gatecrashed a press conference by Hong Kong leadership hopeful Carrie Lam, displaying banners criticising a "rigged election" as the woman seen as China's favourite unveiled her policy.

Burkina parties for top film festival a year after attacks

A year after jihadist attacks killed 33 people, Burkina Faso's capital is kicking up its heels on the back of Africa's top film festival, which it has hosted since 1969.

Germany's divided anti-migrant AfD alarmed by poll dip

With seven months until German elections, support for the right-wing populist AfD party has slipped from highs seen during the mass migrant influx to single digits in the polls, alarming its divided leadership.

France opens murder probe over missing family

The disappearance of a family of four nearly two weeks ago, leaving behind a home "frozen in time", has prompted a murder probe in a case that has stumped the nation.

Somali president declares 'national disaster' over drought

Somali's newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Tuesday declared a "national disaster" due to severe drought which aid agencies say has left some three million in crisis.

Palestinian municipal elections in West Bank only: government

Palestinian local elections scheduled for May will take place in the West Bank only and not in Gaza, the government announced Tuesday, scuppering hopes of the first vote in both territories in a decade.

Thai army, rebel negotiators agree 'safety zone' for unrest-hit south

Thai army and Muslim rebel peace negotiators agreed Tuesday to create a "safety zone" in Thailand's insurgency-hit south, a small but significant step in talks to end a bloody 13-year conflict.

Philippine police will return to drug war: Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he would recall police to fight his drug war, a month after he withdrew them and denounced the force as "corrupt to the core".

Protests in Taiwan as island marks 70 years since massacre

Hundreds of protesters rallied in Taiwan on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of a massacre by nationalist Chinese troops, calling for justice as the island's leader vowed to investigate the killings.

Tunisian police 'shambolic' over beach attack: UK judge

The Tunisian police response to the 2015 Sousse beach resort massacre was "at best shambolic, at worst cowardly", the judge investigating the deaths of 30 Britons in the attack said Tuesday.

EU's Juncker to unveil post-Brexit vision

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will on Wednesday unveil a vision for the future of the EU after Britain's departure, in which he is expected to suggest states integrate at different speeds.

UKIP rows deepen as Farage calls for only MP to leave

Bitter tensions in Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) turned into open war on Tuesday as founder Nigel Farage called for its only member of parliament to quit.

Lithuanian court jails Russian spies

A Lithuanian court on Tuesday jailed a Russian citizen and one of its own nationals for spying for Moscow, in the latest case of espionage as tension simmers between Russia and the West.

Investigators raid Russia opposition journalist's flat

Investigators on Tuesday searched the flat of prominent opposition journalist Zoya Svetova, her husband Viktor Dzyadko told AFP."About 10 people are taking part in the search" which began more than two hours ago, Dzyadko said by telephone.

Packed Thai prisons need urgent reform: study

Thai prisons are massively overcrowded with some inmates forced to sleep sideways, a rights group said Tuesday, urging reform in a country with the world's sixth largest jail population.

North Korea diplomat in China amid coal cut tension

A senior North Korean diplomat arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for talks with government officials, the first known visit since a missile test by Pyongyang that prompted China to sever coal imports from its isolated neighbour.

Philippines' Duterte sorry for dead German hostage

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte apologised on Tuesday for failing to save an elderly German hostage who was beheaded by Islamic militants, but insisted ransoms should not be paid.

Pro-Islamic State militants re-emerge as Philippine nightmare

With ultra-fast boats, millions in ransom payments and sympathetic locals, pro-Islamic State militants on lawless southern Philippines islands who beheaded a German hostage this week have re-emerged as one of the nation's top threats.

Largest coup trial opens in Turkey with 330 suspects

The biggest trial of suspects accused of involvement in last year's failed July coup opened in Turkey on Tuesday in a courtroom specially built to hold more than 1,500 people.

Japanese emperor visits Vietnam for first time

Japan's emperor arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for a whirlwind tour that will include a meeting with families of Japanese soldiers who stayed there after World War II.

Israeli police begin evacuating West Bank settler homes

Israeli police on Tuesday began removing residents and protesters from nine West Bank settler homes set to be demolished under a Supreme Court ruling.

Syria ex-Qaeda says opposition leaders must 'step aside'

The head of Al-Qaeda's former Syrian branch said weekend suicide attacks in third city Homs were a message for opposition figures engaged in peace talks in Geneva to "step aside".

Indonesian Islamist leader testifies at Jakarta governor trial

The head of an Indonesian Muslim hardline group insisted Tuesday that Jakarta's Christian governor had committed blasphemy as he gave evidence at the city leader's trial.

To secure Mosul, Iraq army makes desert push with US help

Much of the fighting for west Mosul will be at close quarters, but Iraq's battle against the Islamic State group is also being waged in the open desert.

Iraqi civilians flee fighting, privation in west Mosul

Hundreds of civilians fled through the desert Tuesday to escape fighting and privation in Mosul, joining thousands of others who left their homes as conditions worsen in the city's west.

At least 160 killed in clashes on Myanmar-China border: army

At least 160 people have died in around three months of clashes between the military and ethnic armed groups in Myanmar's northern state of Shan, a senior army official said Tuesday, threatening peace talks set for next month.

Magnanimous Turkmen strongman promotes vote rival

In a generous gesture following an electoral victory in which he scooped 97 percent of the vote, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has promoted his closest electoral rival, state media reported Tuesday.

Eleven injured as Rio carnival float collapses

Eleven people were injured early Tuesday during the fourth round of samba parades at the Rio carnival when a float collapsed under the weight of dancers -- the second such incident in two days.

Two women to be charged with Kim murder: Malaysia

Two women arrested for the nerve agent assassination of Kim Jong-Nam are to be charged with his murder, Malaysia said Tuesday, as North Korea sent a senior diplomat to seek the return of the body.

Australian arrested over IS missile-design plot

An Australian was charged Tuesday with helping the Islamic State group develop high-tech weapons, including long-range guided missile capabilities.

Trump aide Conway draws ire for kneeling on White House sofa

US President Donald Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway has come under fire after a picture of her casually kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office was widely shared on social media.

Malaysian firms linked to North Korea spy front shut: police

Two Malaysian firms linked to a North Korean front company the UN says was selling military equipment will be closed down, police in Kuala Lumpur said Tuesday as they investigate the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam.

US military brass urge Trump not to slash diplomacy, aid

More than 120 retired admirals and generals urged President Donald Trump not to slash spending on diplomacy and development aid, CNN reported Monday.

Dying of hunger: What is a famine?

From ancient Rome to modern times, mankind has suffered devastating periods of hunger caused by drought, war or misguided politics.Last week South Sudan was declared the site of the world's first famine in six years, affecting about 100,000 people.

Harassment complaint at prior job ends road for new Uber exec

A new engineering executive at Uber has left after the ride-sharing titan learned he ended his career at Google after a sexual harassment complaint, according to US media reports.

Allegations of rampant harassment at two US jewelers: report

Hundreds of female employees at two well-known US jewelers are alleging that company leaders fostered a culture of discrimination and frequent sexual harassment, The Washington Post reported Monday.

US challenges Kremlin with new Russian TV channel

Nearly three decades after it helped topple communist totalitarian regimes in Eastern Europe, US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is challenging Moscow again, this time with a new 24-hour TV news channel in Russian.

Hiding in swamps, S.Sudanese eat little more than lilies

Thousands of people at the epicentre of a man-made famine in South Sudan emerged from the safety of the swamps this past weekend hoping to receive emergency deliveries of food.

US tariffs would kill NAFTA talks: Mexico

Mexico will walk away from talks on revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement if US President Donald Trump slaps tariffs on Mexican-made goods, the economy minister says.

UN slams North Korea over 'provocative' sanctions evasion

Backed by China, the UN Security Council on Monday unanimously condemned North Korea for its "irresponsible and provocative" attempts to evade sanctions.
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