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Fugitive ex-US spy Snowden in talks on returning home: Lawyer

A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden said on Tuesday the fugitive former US spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government`s mass surveillance programmes was working with American and German lawyers to return home.

Iraq jihadists slow Tikrit advance with bombs and snipers

Iraqi forces closed in on Tikrit Tuesday, their progress slowed by jihadist snipers and booby traps, on the second day of Baghdad`s largest operation yet against the Islamic State group.

UN Security Council sets up South Sudan sanctions regime

The UN Security Council on Tuesday established a sanctions regime for South Sudan but stopped short of imposing worldwide travel bans and asset freezes on officials in the conflict-torn country or an arms embargo.

Vietnamese man charged with helping Yemeni militants extradited to US

A Vietnamese man charged with helping militants in Yemen affiliated with al Qaeda has been extradited to the United States from the United Kingdom, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday.

What an Iran nuclear deal could look like

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday sought to shoot down a nuclear deal being negotiated behind closed doors between Iran and world powers, warning it would leave Tehran free to develop atomic weapons.

Boris Nemtsov's funeral takes place in Moscow as EU condemns travel bans

Thousands of mourners turned out Tuesday to pay a last homage to slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, gunned down near the Kremlin in the most stunning assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule.

US-led coalition launches 14 air strikes against Islamic State: Task force

The United States and its coalition partners staged 14 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq since early Monday, according to the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operations.

Israel's Netanyahu warns US against Iran nuclear deal
Israel's Netanyahu warns US against Iran nuclear deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned US President Barack Obama on Tuesday against accepting a nuclear deal with Iran that would be a "countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare" by a country that "will always be an enemy of America".

US says no plans to move embassy in Yemen to Aden

The United States is not planning to follow its Gulf partners and move its embassy in Yemen to the southern city of Aden, a top State Department official said Tuesday.

Syrian rebels reject UN envoy's ceasefire plan

Syrian rebels dealt a blow to a UN envoy`s proposal for a ceasefire in the northern city of Aleppo as his team headed there on Tuesday, saying the plan would only benefit the Syrian government at the expense of the opposition.

Assad accuses Turkey's Erdogan of supporting extremist groups

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of supporting extremist groups in Syria, media reported.

North Korea warns US of nuke threat

North Korea on Tuesday warned that it had the capability to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the US, "if necessary", following joint US-South Korea military drills earlier this week.

Snowden `ready to return to States`: Lawyer

Edward Snowden, the fugitive whistleblower who has been given refuge in Russia, is willing to return to the United States if he is given a fair trial, his lawyer said Tuesday.

UN moves to slap sanctions on South Sudan

The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution to slap sanctions on South Sudan`s warring factions, ratcheting up pressure as a deadline loomed to reach a peace deal.

Egypt court defers parliamentary election: Judicial sources

An Egyptian court on Tuesday deferred a long-awaited parliamentary election due in March indefinitely after another court declared the election law`s provision on voting districts as unconstitutional, judicial sources said.

Attractive jihadis used as 'eye candy' to lure British girls

Attractive men are used as 'eye candy' to lure young British Muslim girls into adopting extremist ideology, a former woman extremist has claimed.

Iran calls Obama's 10-year nuclear demand 'unacceptable'

Iran on Tuesday rejected as "unacceptable" US President Barack Obama`s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years, but said it would continue talks aimed at securing a deal, Iran`s semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Ukraine, Russia, France, Germany to discuss peace keeping mission

Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany have agreed to hold a meeting of their deputy foreign ministers on Friday to discuss the possibility of sending peacekeeping forces to the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine.

Singapore PM back at work after surgery

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was back at work on Tuesday after undergoing a successful surgery to remove his prostate gland.

Three dead as Kiev accuses Ukraine rebels of shelling

Three Ukrainian servicemen were killed and nine wounded as pro-Russian rebels shelled government positions despite a ceasefire deal, the military said on Tuesday, announcing Kiev`s highest casualty toll in several days.

IS executioner `Jihadi John` condemned 9/11, London attacks: Recording

The London graduate believed to be Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John" once denounced the 9/11 attacks and the 2005 bombings in the British capital, according to an audio recording released Tuesday.

EU condemns `arbitrary` Nemtsov funeral bans

The EU on Tuesday condemned Russia`s "arbitrary" refusal to allow several prominent European figures to attend the funeral of assassinated opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes off Indonesia, no reports of damage

An earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

John Kerry asked to act on murder of Avijit Roy

A bipartisan group of six US Congressmen has asked Secretary of State John Kerry to ensure that those behind the brutal murder of American-Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy is brought to justice.

Longest-serving woman in US Congress announces retirement

 The Democratic Senator for Maryland, Barbara Mikulski, the woman who has served the longest in the US Congress, has announced her retirement after almost 40 years.

Prince William tries out football diplomacy in China

Britain`s Prince William practised sports diplomacy in China on Tuesday, striding onto the football pitch at a Shanghai school.

Ukraine FM casts doubt on Russia ceasefire

 Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Tuesday cast doubt on hopes that a UN-backed truce with pro-Russian rebels will stick, as he called for an expansion of international monitoring.

OSCE to monitor truce violation areas: Ukraine

Leaders of France, Germany and Russia have agreed with Ukraine on the dispatch of OSCE monitors to 10 flashpoint sites on the country`s eastern frontline to shore up a shaky truce, Ukraine said Tuesday.

Saudi gunpoint rapist beheaded

Saudi Arabia beheaded a convicted rapist on Tuesday, bringing to 36 the number of death sentences carried out in the kingdom this year.

Mourners file past Boris Nemtsov's coffin; many EU politicians barred from attending funeral
Mourners file past Boris Nemtsov's coffin; many EU politicians barred from attending funeral

To catch a final glimpse of the Russian opposition leader and Putin critic Boris Nemtsov, thousands of relatives and supporters queued past his open coffin to pay their respects as his body was lying in state at Moscow's Sakharov centre.