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US in contact with Huthis in Yemen: Pentagon

US officials are holding discussions with representatives of the Shiite militia in Yemen who have forced the resignation of the country`s president, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

UN Security Council condemns `heinous` Tripoli hotel attack

The UN Security Council on Tuesday strongly condemned the "heinous" attack on a hotel in Tripoli that left nine dead and said those behind the terrorist act should face justice.

Japan urges Jordan's help in IS hostage crisis after video

Japan pressed Jordan for help in securing the release of Kenji Goto, a Japanese hostage of Islamic State militants, after a video on Tuesday appeared to show him saying he could be killed in 24 hours.

Greece`s new government angered by threat of fresh EU sanctions on Russia

Greece`s new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras distanced himself Tuesday from a threat by EU leaders to impose further sanctions on Russia over the war in Ukraine, saying Athens was not consulted about the warning.

Barack Obama wants to regulate drone use after White House incident

US President Barack Obama urged regulation of the commercial and recreational use of un-crewed aircraft -- or drones -- a rapidly growing industry, after one of those devices crashed on the White House grounds.

Fidel Castro breaks silence on US-Cuba rapprochement

Cuban leader Fidel Castro has broken his silence on a historic rapprochement between Washington and Havana, implicitly endorsing it even as he expressed an abiding distrust of his old foe.

Barack Obama aide asks Congress for enhanced trade-deal

A senior Democratic senator's complaints today, and noisy protesters, underscored the Obama administration's challenge in seeking congressional approval for enhanced powers to reach trade deals with Japan, India and many other countries.

Pope meets transsexual dubbed 'devil's daughter': Report

Pope Francis has met a Spanish transsexual and his fiance at the Vatican, opening his doors to a man dubbed "the devil's daughter" by a local priest, media reports said on Wednesday.

Barack Obama tackles IS fight, Iran with new Saudi king

US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to meet new King Salman and discussed the two countries` ongoing fight against the Islamic State group.

Two rockets from Syria strike Israeli-occupied Golan: Israeli military

At least two rockets from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel returned fire, the military said, nine days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed an Iranian general and several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.

Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia

For first lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women live.

Yemen militia free top presidential aide: Mediator

Shiite militiamen freed Tuesday a top aide to Yemen`s president, whose kidnapping deepened the country`s crippling political crisis, said a person who helped mediate the release.

Iraq to probe massacre of 70 civilians

The governor of Iraqi province of Diyala announced on Tuesday that a high-level security committee will be formed to investigate what he called the human horrific massacre involving more than 70 civilians, including women and children, in a village.

23 killed in Ukraine fighting

Ukrainian troops and independence-seeking forces were locked in fierce fighting in eastern regions, killing at least 23 people, authorities said on Tuesday.

Rich countries must support Ebola recovery: Oxfam

Rich countries must act swiftly to repair battered health systems and get cash to millions of families in the three countries hit hardest by the world's worst Ebola outbreak, the international development agency Oxfam said on Tuesday.

New York defends storm shutdown

New York authorities on Tuesday vigorously defended a decision to shut down America`s biggest city for a winter storm that skirted the Big Apple, dumping the worst snow on Long Island and New England.

Pope opens doors to transsexual dubbed `devil`s daughter`: Report

Pope Francis has met a Spanish transsexual and his fiancée at the Vatican, opening his doors to a man dubbed "the devil`s daughter" by a local priest, media reports said on Tuesday.

Madagascar storm death toll climbs to 68

Sixty-eight people were killed in the tropical storm that battered Madagascar over a week ago, according to new figures released on Tuesday ahead of a national day of mourning.

Israel should expect consequences for Syria's Golan Heights attack: Iran to US

Iran has told the United States that Israel should expect consequences for an attack on the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights that killed an Iranian general, a senior official said Tuesday.

Muslims first victims of 'terrorism': French FM

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called on Tuesday for international cooperation against extremism, saying Muslims have been the first victims of "terrorism".

Sixth grade student killed by Yemen drone strike: Rights group

A Yemeni rights group said on Tuesday a sixth grade student aged about 12 was killed in a US drone strike east of the capital Sanaa, an assertion that could raise fresh concern over Washington`s campaign against suspected militants.

World leaders join last survivors in recalling Auschwitz
World leaders join last survivors in recalling Auschwitz

World leaders joined around 300 Auschwitz survivors at the site of the former Nazi death camp on Tuesday to mark 70 years since its liberation by Soviet troops, an anniversary held in the shadow of war in Ukraine and a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe.

Renewed Boko Haram raids kill many in northeast Nigeria

Scores of people have been killed and many others forced to flee to the mountains following a renewed series of Boko Haram raids in northeast Nigeria, a lawmaker and a relief agency official said Tuesday.

UN secures release of hundreds of child soldiers in South Sudan

The United Nations has secured the release of 3,000 child soldiers, of which 280 were freed on Tuesday, from the South Sudan Democratic Army (SSDA).

OSCE calls on Armenia, Azerbaijan to cease hostilities

The OSCE called Tuesday on Armenia and Azerbaijan to end deadly fighting in the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh where four Armenian soldiers were reportedly killed this month.

US Army's Bergdahl to face desertion charges: Report

US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in 2009 but was released last year in a prisoner swap with the Taliban, will be charged with desertion, according to NBC.

More than 1,000 children living rough in Donetsk

About 1,100 children are living rough in underground shelters in Ukraine`s rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk, the UN children`s agency said on Tuesday.

TV satire burns bright as Israeli election "campfire"

When Israelis gather around the water cooler to discuss their March 17 election, odds are the conversation will turn to a television satire that has caught even US President Barack Obama`s notice in the past.

Czech President slammed for `super Holocaust` jihadi warning

 A warning by Czech President Milos Zeman that Islamic State jihadists must be crushed to prevent a "super Holocaust" with hundreds of millions of victims was slapped down as "nonsense" by the country`s foreign minister on Tuesday.

US must catch up to ensure drones are safe: Barack Obama

The United States has fallen behind technological advancements that have made small drones readily available and must update its laws to ensure safety, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday, in his first public comments about a drone that crashed on the White House grounds.