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10 Pakistanis, Indian killed in Saudi collapse: Diplomat

At least 10 construction workers from Pakistan and one from India were killed in the collapse of a convention centre being built in Saudi Arabia, an Asian diplomatic source said Tuesday.

Obama urges 'soul searching' after Baltimore custody death and riot

For President Barack Obama, the riots in Baltimore marked the return of a recurring nightmare that continues to bedevil him: How to stop deadly encounters between police and African-Americans and the resulting race-related violence.

Obama, Abe say not opposed to China infrastructure bank

US President Barack Obama and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe said today that they were not opposed to China's Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, but stressed it needs high standards and transparency.

U.S. top court divided on gay marriage, Kennedy appears pivotal

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on Tuesday on whether the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, but pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy seemed to inch cautiously towards legalizing gay nuptials nationwide.

Timeline: Key events in the history of U.S. gay rights

The Supreme Court case that will decide whether states can ban gay marriage marks another milestone in the history of the American gay rights movement.

Essential facts about Supreme Court gay marriage case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hears arguments over whether states may ban gay marriage.

Here is a look at the case, known as Obergefell v. Hodges.


Bahrainis jailed, stripped of nationality, for 'terrorism'

Three Bahrainis have each been jailed for 15 years and stripped of their citizenship for "terrorist acts", a senior judicial official in the Gulf kingdom said on today.

US Supreme Court divided on gay marriage

 The US Supreme Court appeared divided Tuesday on whether gay couples have a constitutional right to wed -- as it weighs a decision that could see same-sex marriage recognized nationwide.

Syrian opposition group says it will attend Geneva talks

Syria's main opposition group in exile says it will attend upcoming consultations in Geneva with the UN special envoy to Syria aimed at re-launching political negotiations.

Hezbollah suspects placed on special US terror list

Three Hezbollah suspects -- two of whom are accused in a deadly 2012 bombing targeting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria -- have been placed on a special US terror watch list, Washington announced today.

More than 300,000 driven from homes in Yemen's conflict: UN

More than 300,000 Yemenis have been driven from their homes by a month of violence in the impoverished Arab nation, double the number only two weeks ago, amid escalating fighting with Shiite rebels and the continued Saudi-led air campaign, a United Nations agency said.

Forest fire near Ukraine Chernobyl nuclear site: Officials

A forest fire broke out Tuesday near the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine, site of the world`s worst civil nuclear disaster in 1986, but the blaze was not threatening the plant, officials said.

Baltimore riot shows `crisis` in community policing: Obama

 US President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned rioting in Baltimore, saying there was "no excuse" for the violence, but acknowledged a "slow-rolling crisis" in community policing, especially in treatment of African Americans.

Bulgaria border police chief fired as migrant numbers rise

 Bulgaria`s government on Tuesday sacked the head of the border police and 25 customs officials, as it struggles with a sharp rise in migrants trying to enter the EU member state.

Obama hosts Japan's Abe, hails alliance as 'indestructible'

Hailing the US-Japan partnership as "indestructible," President Barack Obama on Tuesday hosted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a visit to showcase deeper defense ties and advance a Pacific trade pact as the two allies seek to counter China`s growing power in the region.

Security beefed up in Baltimore after arson, looting

 Security was beefed up in Baltimore City, just 64 km northeast of the American capital, after it erupted into chaos and violence as protestors, mourning the death of yet another black man in police custody nine days ago, clashed with law enforcement officers.

Troops on Baltimore streets after night of chaos
Troops on Baltimore streets after night of chaos

Baltimore residents on Tuesday began to clear the wreckage of rioting and fires that erupted after the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody, while the city`s mayor defended local law enforcement`s light initial response.

Burundi government tells diplomats stay neutral over political unrest

Burundi told diplomats on Tuesday to stay neutral in a political crisis sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza`s decision to stand for a third term, a move that sent protesters onto the streets for three days.

Asia's people smugglers exploit rising migration, raise trafficking fears: UN

Human smuggling networks are exploiting rising migration within Asia, leaving growing numbers of migrants at risk of being trafficked and abused, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

US lawmakers introduce special status bill for Nepal victims

 Two US lawmakers have introduced a legislation in the Congress that would provide Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months to the victims of a quake that devastated Nepal last week.

US, Japan say alliance `cornerstone` of Asia-Pacific security

 The United States and Japan sought to reinvigorate their 70-year-old alliance in the face of China`s ever-increasing clout Tuesday, as President Barack Obama welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the White House.

UN releases USD 15 million emergency aid for quake-hit Nepal

 The UN on Tuesday released USD 15 million as emergency aid for quake-hit Nepal to "scale up" the rescue operations in the country which is facing an acute shortage of food, water, electricity and medicines.

WFP says 1.4 million need emergency food aid in Nepal

The World Food Programme (WFP) said Tuesday it will try to get emergency food aid to 1.4 million people in Nepal over the next three months following the country`s devastating earthquake.

UN chief dispatches envoy to Burundi over election crisis

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has dispatched an envoy to Burundi following deadly protests over the president`s election bid that has raised fears of a return to war.

One dead, 241 injured in South Africa train collision

At least one person was killed and more than 200 were injured after two commuter trains collided in a suburb of South Africa`s biggest city Johannesburg on Tuesday, train operator Metrorail and emergency services said.

Civilians still targets for Boko Haram despite military success

 Boko Haram still poses a threat to civilians, despite a military crackdown, officials and experts said on Tuesday, after hundreds of bodies were found in a liberated northeast Nigerian town.

Ukraine says separatists step up attacks, Poroshenko warns of 'threat of war'
Ukraine says separatists step up attacks, Poroshenko warns of 'threat of war'

Ukraine`s leader warned on Tuesday that a war with pro-Russian separatists could still break out again as its military said the rebels had greatly stepped up attacks and widened the area of their operations despite a ceasefire.

10 Pakistanis, Indian killed in Saudi collapse: Diplomat

At least 10 construction workers from Pakistan and one from India were killed in the collapse of a convention centre being built in Saudi Arabia, an Asian diplomatic source said on Tuesday.

EU lawmakers demand migrant burden be shared

 EU lawmakers on Tuesday demanded the bloc share the burden of accepting asylum seekers as the pressure on southern European countries from migrants crossing the Mediterranean showed no sign of easing.

5.8-magnitude earthquake hits southeast Ecuador

 A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeast Ecuador Tuesday, sparking panic, though there were no immediate reports in injuries or property damage, officials said.