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An independent Australian senator Tuesday threatened to physically intimidate Prime Minister Tony Abbott, using illegal rugby tactics including grabbing his testicles, if he does not limit coal-seam gas exploration.

EU's Juncker wants 'to avoid Grexit'  

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Tuesday he was against an exit by Greece from the euro, even though Greeks massively rejected bailout terms in a referendum this weekend.

Francis to hold papal mass in Ecuador capital Quito

Pope Francis celebrates his second open air mass in as many days in Ecuador on Tuesday, this time in Quito, the capital city roiled for the past month by anti-government protests.

Explosion targets NATO forces in Kabul

A Taliban suicide bomber targeted NATO forces in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, as the group step up attacks as part of their annual summer offensive.

Thai students to be released from jail, still face sedition charges

A group of Thai students detained over a peaceful anti-coup rally will be released from jail later Tuesday but still face prosecution over sedition charges, their lawyer said, in a case that has sparked international condemnation.

Colombia president replaces top military leaders

President Juan Manuel Santos has replaced Colombia's top military leaders, days after the release of a Human Rights Watch report alleging complicity by the country's top brass in extrajudicial killings of civilians.

'Can't take risk' of Greece leaving euro: French PM

France can't take the risk of Greece leaving the eurozone, which would have an effect across the globe, the prime minister said on Tuesday, adding that the basis for a deal with Athens was there.

World's oldest man dies at 112 in Japan

The world's oldest man, Sakari Momoi, has died in Japan at the ripe old age of 112, an official said Tuesday.

After a clean kill, African game-hunters defend the right to shoot

Adri Kitshoff aims her gun at the antelope and pulls the trigger. Killed in an instant, the animal collapses to the ground.The hunter rests her chin on the gun and closes her eyes in a silent prayer of thanks that the animal did not suffer.

Suspected Shebab gunmen kill 14 in northern Kenya attack

At least 14 people were killed Tuesday when suspected Islamic militants raided a northern Kenyan town on the border with war-torn Somalia, officials said.

Dread and domination in Chinese memories of war

Almost eight decades since Yan Guiru was gripped by terror as shells rained on her Beijing neighbourhood in the opening salvos of war between China and Japan, she recalls with horror a conflict Communist leaders still use to legitimise their rule.

Eurozone leaders to hold emergency summit on Greece

Eurozone leaders will hold an emergency summit in Brussels Tuesday to discuss the fallout from Greek voters' defiant "No" to further austerity measures, with the country's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras set to unveil new proposals for talks.

Mexico imports gasoline as thefts cause shortages

Mexico is importing 75,000 extra barrels of gasoline per day in an "unprecedented" move to mitigate shortages in several states caused by illegal pipeline taps, authorities said.

UK remembers 2005 London bombings under shadow of Tunisia

Britain will on Tuesday mark 10 years since the London bombings with a minute's silence for the 52 victims, less than a fortnight after an attack in Tunisia highlighted the ongoing Islamist threat.

Hundreds of lawyers back Moroccan women on trial over outfits

Hundreds of lawyers have registered to defend two women who went on trial in Morocco on Monday accused of "gross indecency" for wearing dresses considered provocative, an activist said.

Iran talks set to miss second deadline in Vienna

World powers were set Tuesday to miss yet another deadline to nail down an elusive nuclear deal ending a 13-year standoff with Iran, despite hours of difficult top-level negotiations.

Cosby admits drugging woman for sex

Embattled US comedian Bill Cosby admitted having drugged at least one woman with Quaaludes to have sex with her, court documents show.

Hundreds of wildfires prompt Canadian troop deployment

Canadian authorities are sending troops to help shore up firefighters' efforts to battle numerous wildfires in the country, after the blazes prompted the evacuation of thousands of people.

Smoke on the water, fire in the sky as western Canada burns

Firefighters in Saskatchewan are battling 112 wildfires that have now forced the evacuation of over 13,000 people, while in B.C., 180 wildfires are burning across the province, turning Vancouver's skyline into a surreal vision of Hades.

Amnesty accuses Balkans of abusing EU-bound migrants

Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Balkan countries of mistreating migrants passing through their territories on the way to the European Union, saying people fleeing war were being "shamefully let down".

Iran demands UN to drop weapons embargo as part of nuclear deal

Negotiations between Iran and the P5+1. This past weekend it looked like negotiations were progressing, but Iran has once again upped its demands and is now pushing for the end of UN weapons sanctions.

Iraqi warplane accidentally bombs Baghdad, killing 12 people

An Iraqi fighter jet, returning to base after a mission targeting ISIS positions accidentally dropped a bomb on a Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, killing at least 12 people and destroying three houses.

High civilian death toll in U.S. coalition strikes in Iraq, Syria

Dozens of innocent civilians have been killed in US-led coalition and Iraqi government bombings targeting Islamic State fighters and infrastructure in Syria and Iraq over the weekend.

French teen accidentally shoots twin dead at family dinner

A 14-year-old French boy accidentally shot his twin brother dead during a family meal Sunday while playing with guns that he did not know were loaded, police said.

Obama says US 'intensifying' anti-IS efforts in Syria

President Barack Obama said Monday the US-led coalition battling Islamic State jihadists was "intensifying" its campaign against the group's base in Syria, but cautioned the fight would be long.

Ex-US diplomat looks back on 50 years of ties with Cuba

As the US diplomats headed out to sea, their embassy in Havana closed but still visible on the horizon, the lights in its windows flickered.

UN seeks further inquiry on Hammarskjold crash

New information uncovered by a UN panel on the death of former secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold should be investigated to establish whether his plane was attacked just before it crashed in southern Africa, the UN chief said Monday.

Referendum snubs that the EU learned to manage

The history of the European Union is dotted with plebiscites where the initial outcome, like this weekend's Greek bailout vote, seemed catastrophic but was eventually resolved.

'Door open to discussions' on Greece: Hollande, Merkel

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday the door was open for a return to debt negotiations with Greece, but called on Athens to make "serious" proposals.

Hungary parliament approves anti-migrant fence

Hungary's parliament on Monday overwhelmingly approved the construction of a controversial fence on the border with Serbia to keep out migrants, under new legislation that also tightens asylum application rules.

Two pilots killed in Russian military jet crash

Two pilots of a Russian military aircraft were killed Monday when their jet crashed during a training mission in the far east of the country, the defence ministry said, the latest in a string of accidents involving military planes.

Gunmen attack Mexico Black Hawk, 6 suspects killed

Mexican marines killed six suspected criminals after the gunmen shot at their Black Hawk helicopter in the drug violence-plagued northern state of Tamaulipas over the weekend, the navy said Monday.

Demonstrators regroup after Armenian police break up protest

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on a central square in the Armenian capital on Monday pledging to carry on protests over energy price hikes after police cleared a key artery they had blocked for weeks.

Bloody Fourth of July weekend leaves 10 dead and 54 wounded

Chicago ended up having one of the bloodiest Fourth of July's in the nation over the weekend. When the smoke cleared, 10 people were killed and another 54 wounded. One of those killed was a seven-year-old boy.

Burundi leader campaigns as region calls for poll delay

Burundi's embattled president skipped key regional talks Monday to campaign for a controversial third term amid renewed rebel threats and international calls to delay the vote.

All-clear at top US military hospital after gunshot scare

Authorities gave the all-clear at a US military hospital complex outside Washington on Monday after reports of a gunshot prompted a lockdown -- the second such false alarm in a week in the capital area.

Greek bailout negotiator Euclid Tsakalotos named new finance minister

Greece on Monday named economist Euclid Tsakalotos, its top negotiator in the stalled EU-IMF talks, as the country's new finance minister, the president's office said."Euclid Tsakalotos will take his oath of office at 1700 GMT today," it said.

Armed thieves carjack Rio archbishop

Armed thieves carjacked Rio de Janeiro's archbishop, making off with his car and briefly holding the driver hostage in the 2016 Olympic host city's latest brazen act of street crime.

Varoufakis's verbal salvoes during the Greek crisis

The five-month tenure of Greece's pugnacious former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who notably accused the country's creditors of "terrorism", was marked by his outspokenness and refusal to submit to convention.

FARC negotiator demands strong gestures from Colombia president

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos must make strong gestures to avoid another half-century of conflict in the South American nation, a commander for the FARC rebel group told AFP.

Suspected cattle thieves kill 37 in Nigeria: Local gov't

Gunmen suspected of being cattle thieves killed at least 37 people in a village in northern Nigeria's Zamfara state, a local government official said Monday.