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Kurdish fighters battled the Islamic State group in villages around Kobane on Tuesday, a day after expelling the jihadists from the strategic Syrian town on the Turkish border.

Attempts to rewrite history 'unacceptable': Putin at Moscow Auschwitz ceremony

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday slammed what he called attempts to rewrite history at a Moscow ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

IS threatens to kill Japan hostage, Jordan pilot within 24 hours

The Islamic State jihadist group threatened Tuesday to kill a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot within 24 hours unless Amman frees a jailed female militant.

From 'evacuation' to 'liberation': the Nazi death camps

Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, ageing survivors gathered at the site synonymous with the Holocaust on Tuesday -- also International Holocaust Remembrance Day -- as world leaders called attention to rising incidents of anti-Se...

Greece names hardline anti-bailout finance minister

Greece named radical left-wing economist Yanis Varoufakis its new finance minister on Tuesday, giving him the mammoth task of leading negotiations with international creditors over the country's bailout.

New York travel ban lifted after snowstorm

Blanket driving bans were lifted and limited New York public transport was to reopen Tuesday after a night of snowfall that dumped up to two feet (60 centimeters) in some areas.

Obama in Saudi Arabia for talks with new king

US President Barack Obama flew in to Saudi Arabia Tuesday, leading a heavyweight delegation to meet new King Salman and shore up ties that have suffered in recent years.

Obama leads heavyweight mission to key ally Saudi

US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to offer condolences on the death of King Abdullah and shore up ties that analysts say have suffered in recent years.

Rockets fired from Syria hit Israeli-held Golan: Army

At least two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday prompting Israeli forces to return fire, the army said.There were no immediate reports of casualties on the Israeli side.

Gunmen assault luxury Tripoli hotel, at least nine dead

Gunmen stormed a hotel in Tripoli popular with diplomats and officials Tuesday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, killing at least nine people including five foreigners before blowing themselves up.

Probe after 11 die in NATO training jet crash in Spain

Officials investigated Tuesday how a fighter jet crashed during NATO training exercises at an air force base in Spain, killing 11 military personnel and leaving others with serious burns.

Blizzard spares New York, New England buried in snow

A blizzard initially billed as possibly one of the worst ever in New York left only moderate snow in the Big Apple -- and officials and forecasters red-faced -- as New England bore the brunt of the storm Tuesday.

UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.

At least five arrested in 'anti-jihadist' raid in France: Security source

At least five people were arrested during a anti-jihadist operation in southern France that was still ongoing early Tuesday, a security source said.

Anti-Semitic acts in France doubled in 2014: Jewish group

The number of anti-Semitic acts doubled in France during 2014, with acts involving physical violence leading the increase, the country's main Jewish group said on Tuesday.

Liberia closes Ebola centre at epicentre of outbreak

Liberia's president on Monday announced the closure of an Ebola treatment facility which lay at the epicentre of the virus's worst outbreak in history, as the disease's spread has slowed in the country.

Modi and Obama announce deals, give joint radio address

India's 66th Republic Day celebrations, with Barack and Michelle Obama as chief guests, went off smoothly, despite foggy, rainy weather. Modi and Obama also made announcements about nuclear, business and defense cooperation.

Survivors return to Auschwitz as leaders warn of anti-Semitism

Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, ageing survivors gathered at the site synonymous with the Holocaust on Tuesday as world leaders sounded the alarm over a fresh wave of anti-Semitism.

Russian ex-spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice, inquiry told

An inquiry into the radiation poisoning of a former Russian spy opened Tuesday with claims that there may have been an earlier assassination bid in the most sensational tale of espionage since the Cold War.

Fidel Castro: 'I don't trust the US, nor have I spoken with them'

Fidel Castro does not "trust the US, nor have I spoken with them," the revolutionary icon, 88, said in a letter attributed to him and read out on state television Monday.

U.S. woman drowns puppy in toilet to get on plane: Report

A Florida woman allegedly drowned a two-week-old Doberman in a U.S. airport toilet because she wasn't allowed to board a flight with the puppy, media reports said.

Op-Ed: Activists wonder if four confined women are still alive

While President Obama travels to Saudi Arabia to mourn the passing of a King Abdullah, four of the king's imprisoned daughters have disappeared off social media, and activists are concerned the women have passed on.

Australian PM faces backlash over royal 'knightmare'

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott was on Tuesday facing a backlash over his surprise move to knight Britain's Prince Philip which has prompted ridicule and questions about his leadership even from conservative supporters.

Ex-CIA officer in leak case found guilty of espionage

A former CIA officer was convicted of espionage charges for having leaked to a New York Times journalist classified details of a secret operation to thwart Iran's nuclear program.

Major Nor'easter blankets the Northeast with heavy snow

Local and state officials in the Northeast are warning residents to go home and stay home as a powerful Nor'easter sets its sights on some of the major cities along the U.S. coast.

Obama wraps India visit with pleas on religion, climate

US President Barack Obama urged India to promote religious tolerance and do more to combat global warming Tuesday as he wrapped up a visit aimed at forging a new friendship between the world's largest democracies.

Argentina to disband intelligence service after prosecutor death

President Cristina Kirchner said that she will disband Argentina's intelligence service after a prosecutor was found dead just hours before he was to make explosive allegations against her.

Merkel calls threats, attacks against Jews in Germany 'disgrace'

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday it was a "disgrace" that Jews in Germany faced insults, threats or violence, as she marked 70 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

Orban admits Hungarian 'shameful' Holocaust role

Many Hungarians chose "bad instead of good" in helping deport Jews to Nazi death camps, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Monday in his first acknowledgement of his country's complicity in the Holocaust.

Argentina pledges 'full security' for journalists after one flees

A top aide to President Cristina Kirchner offered assurances Monday that journalists enjoy "full security" in Argentina after a reporter who revealed the suspicious death of a key prosecutor fled to Israel.

Attack on Ukraine's Mariupol targeted civilians: UN

A rocket attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol that killed 30 people at the weekend deliberately targeted civilians and the perpetrators must be brought to justice, a senior UN official said Monday.

Russian riot police raid Crimean Tatar TV channel

Masked Russian riot police on Monday raided the office of a television channel serving Crimean Tatars, a minority ethnic group in Crimea that opposed Moscow's seizure of the peninsula from Ukraine last year.

Europe's Jewish leader fears 'exodus' over rising extremism

Europe is facing a new Jewish exodus in the face of rising anti-Semitism and extremism, the head of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) said Monday."Jihadism is very close to Nazism.

'Unnatural' Greek coalition could be short-lived

An "unnatural" coalition government formed Monday between anti-austerity party Syriza and nationalist Independent Greeks could prove short-lived, analysts said.

FBI arrests alleged Russian spy in New York

Federal agents on Monday arrested an alleged Russian spy in New York accused of trying to recruit sources and collect economic intelligence while working as a Manhattan banker, officials said.

Alexis Tsipras, boyish PM out to restore Greek dignity

Alexis Tsipras is on a mission to restore Greece's dignity after winning Sunday's general election and becoming his country's youngest prime minister in 150 years.

516 'Brotherhood elements' arrested on Egypt anniversary

More than 500 backers of Egypt's blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood were arrested after clashes erupted on the anniversary of its 2011 uprising, a minister said Monday, in the biggest police sweep for months.

Ten dead, 13 injured in Greek fighter jet crash in Spain

A Greek fighter jet crashed Monday on takeoff at a military airbase in Spain housing a NATO training centre for elite pilots, killing at least 10 people and injuring 13, the defence ministry said.

New Greek leader set to unveil anti-austerity government

Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to unveil his anti-austerity coalition government Tuesday, bringing together his radical left-wing party with the nationalist right, after a stunning election win that sent shockwaves through Europe.

Canadian troops again battle IS group in Iraq

Canadian special forces have twice exchanged gunfire with Islamic State fighters in Iraq since the first confirmed ground battle between Western troops and IS earlier this month, a senior officer said Monday.

516 arrested in Egypt anniversary unrest: Minister

Egyptian police arrested 516 supporters of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood during violence that erupted as the country marked the fourth anniversary of its January 25 uprising, the interior minister said Monday.