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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sacrificed any possibility of Turkey playing a mediation role in Gaza in favour of seeking to impress voters ahead of presidential polls with the toughest ever anti-Israeli rhetoric from a Turkish leader.

South Sudan rebel bid for Uganda troop pullout fails

South Sudanese rebels who travelled to Uganda pleading for Kampala to pull troops out of the war-torn nation left without meeting officials, the foreign minister said Tuesday.

C. Africa peace talks suspended after rebel no-show

Peace talks between Central Africa's sectarian rivals were suspended Tuesday after the ex-rebel Seleka group failed to show up less than a day before the deadline of a deal.

China 'seals off' town after man dies of bubonic plague

A Chinese town has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said Tuesday.

Britain to hold inquiry into ex-spy Litvinenko's death

Britain on Tuesday announced a public inquiry to identify those responsible for the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian spy who accused the Kremlin from his London deathbed of poisoning him with radioactive tea.

'I no longer talk to Obama': Turkey's Erdogan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.

Turkey arrests dozens of top police officers in new swoop

Turkish authorities on Tuesday arrested dozens of senior police officers in a criminal probe over alleged illegal wire-tapping and forgery, the latest crackdown on opponents of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of presidential polls.

UN Security Council denounces persecution of Iraqi Christians

The United Nations Security Council has denounced militant persecution of Christians and other minorities in Iraq, warning such actions can be considered crimes against humanity.

Jakarta governor Widodo wins Indonesian presidential race

The reform-minded governor of teeming Jakarta, Joko Widodo, has comfortably won Indonesia's closely-fought presidential race against a controversial ex-general with deep roots in the era of strongman Suharto, final results showed Tuesday.

Many dead after militia clashes in Libya at Tripoli airport

The Libyan Health Ministry reported that 47 people had been killed in fighting between militias from Zintan which control the airport and rivals from Misrata for control of the international airport in the capital Tripoli.

World pushes for truce as Israel batters Gaza

The UN chief and Washington's top diplomat were holding a flurry of meetings in Cairo on Tuesday to push for an end to violence in Gaza that has killed more than 590 Palestinians.

NZ First leader pledges to remove GST on food

In a move to break the endless cycle of poverty and improve the overall standard of living in New Zealand, First leader Winston Peters announced plans to eliminate GST from food purchases.

Pakistani civilian killed in Indian Border Security Force attack Special

Military troops from India reportedly fired upon civilian villages Sunday, killing one civilian and sending four others to the hospital.

Berlusconi, freed from sex-trial woes, dreams of political comeback

Silvio Berlusconi's acquittal in a high-profile sex-for-hire case has boosted the former Italian prime minister's determination to revive his political career, despite his growing isolation in the corridors of power.

Texas governor to send 1,000 troops to Mexico border

Texas Governor Rick Perry announced plans to send 1,000 military reservists to the state's border with Mexico, to tackle a surge in immigrant children flooding into the United States.

Director of Mexican children's shelter skirts prosecution

Mexico will not prosecute the elderly director of a shelter where abuses of children allegedly ran rampant, as she has dementia, Justice Minister Jesus Murillo Karam said.

Clashes between Libya army, Islamists kill 16

Sixteen people, most of them soldiers, were killed and 81 injured in clashes between the Libyan army and Islamist fighters in the eastern city of Benghazi, medical and military sources told AFP Tuesday."Most of the dead and injured are soldiers.

Ukraine train carrying MH17 bodies arrives in govt-held town

A train carrying some 280 bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived Tuesday in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

S. Korea police find body of fugitive ferry owner

South Korean police announced Tuesday that a badly-decomposed body found last month had been identified as that of the fugitive tycoon whose family owned the ferry which sank in April with the loss of 300 lives.

World marks hottest June since 1880: U.S. scientists

Last month was the hottest June since record-keeping began in 1880, according to a monthly report by U.S. government climate scientists.The combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was a "record high for the month at 61.

Deal reached over U.S. gynecologist who secretly taped patients

The health care affiliate of a top U.S. medical school is to pay $190 million to patients of a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped them, lawyers said.

Ukraine rebels hand over MH17 black boxes, call ceasefire

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday handed over two black boxes recovered from the crash site of the MH17 jet to Malaysian officials at a press conference.

(GRAPHIC) Video: 11 dead and 19 injured in Sichuan rockslides

Rocks recently smashed down into a busy Maoxian county road. Victims scrambled for cover as the shards rained down. Landslides such as these have been a common sight this summer the Sichuan region.

UN Council demands MH17 crash site access

With the backing of Russia, the UN Security Council on Monday unanimously condemned the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet and demanded full access to the crash site in rebel-held east Ukraine.

German Jews condemn 'explosion of hate' at pro-Gaza rallies

Germany's Jewish community on Monday condemned an "explosion of evil and violent hatred of Jews" at a recent string of pro-Palestinian demonstrations in the country.

Italy says Costa cruise wreck to be towed on Wednesday

Italian salvage workers have pushed back by a day to Wednesday the departure of the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck from the island of Giglio.

Russia under fire as train with MH17 bodies leaves rebel station

Western powers on Monday ratcheted up the pressure on Moscow over the Malaysian plane disaster, as a train loaded with some 280 bodies was finally allowed to leave a rebel-held station four days after the jet crashed in strife-torn east Ukraine.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict echoes loudly in tense France

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict stirs up passions the world over and France -- where large Muslim and Jewish communities, a colonial past and divisions in society create an explosive mix -- is no exception.

Gaza death toll triggers protests and attacks on Jews in Paris

Protests against Israel's Gaza offensive turned violent in Paris with pro-Palestinian protesters targeting Jewish-owned businesses and a synagogue.

Victims of genocide remembered at memorial service Special

A memorial service on July 20 remembered victims of genocide in recent history throughout the world, through speakers, songs, and prayers.

CNN reporter tweets that Israelis are 'scum' and is reassigned

Diana Magnay was allegedly harassed by Israelis and Tweeted to the fans that they were "scum." Authorities with CNN rushed to apologize for the incident and reportedly removed her from covering the Israeli-Gaza conflict.

MH17 bodies to be handed over to Netherlands: Malaysia

The remains of Flight MH17 victims will be handed over to the Netherlands, while Malaysia will receive the doomed plane's black boxes after Kuala Lumpur struck a breakthrough deal with Ukrainian separatists on Monday.

Kerry to push for 'immediate' Gaza ceasefire: Obama

US Secretary of State John Kerry is to push for an "immediate" ceasefire in Gaza when he arrives later Monday in Cairo, President Barack Obama said.

FBI pushed Muslims to plot terrorist attacks: rights report

The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published Monday.

India police beat back protesters of alleged child rape

Indian police beat back angry protesters who attempted to storm the premises of a top Bangalore school where a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped, an officer said Monday.

San Francisco: Thousands protest Israel's bloody war on Gaza Special

Several thousand Bay Area residents rallied and marched through San Francisco on Sunday, protesting Israel's bloody war on Gaza.

Iran complying with nuclear deal: UN watchdog

Iran has eliminated all its most sensitive nuclear material in line with an interim deal struck with world powers, a new UN atomic agency report showed Monday.

South Sudan truce crumbles as rebels battle govt forces

South Sudan rebels and government troops battled Monday over the strategic town of Nasir, the United Nations said, with rebels launching their largest offensive since an oft-broken May truce.

AIDS experts blast countries with anti-gay laws

Campaigners at the world AIDS conference are taking aim at countries with anti-gay laws, accusing them of creating conditions that allow the spread of HIV.

French minister slams 'anti-Semitic' Gaza protests

France's interior minister on Monday slammed "intolerable" acts of anti-Semitism after a rally against Israel's Gaza offensive descended into violence pitting an angry pro-Palestinian crowd against local Jewish businesses.

Ukraine civilians flee deadly fighting on edge of Donetsk

Terrified civilians fled as intense clashes Monday between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian rebels left at least four people dead on the outskirts of the insurgent bastion of Donetsk.
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