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Nigeria's Jonathan: 'I kept my word' on free, fair elections

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has said he had held true to his pledge of free and fair elections, as he conceded defeat to his main challenger Muhammadu Buhari.

Death toll in Mexico tanker blast rises to 14

The death toll from a tanker truck explosion in Mexico rose to 14 on Tuesday, almost a week after it blew up as a group of people tried to steal its fuel.

Video `shows cabin chaos` in seconds before Alps crash: reports

A video purportedly showing the final seconds inside the cabin of the ill-fated Germanwings airliner minutes before it crashed emerged Tuesday, with two European media claiming to have seen the foo

US official says `not all issues` agreed in Iran talks

A senior US official said early Wednesday that there was not yet a full agreement on key points of a deal to curtail Iran`s nuclear programme.

US, Cuba hold technical talks on human rights

US and Cuban diplomats met in Washington on Tuesday to define an agenda for future sessions on human rights as part of the rapprochement between the long-time adversaries, officials said.

Ebola scare shows problems in computer models: experts

Flaws in computer modelling led to apocalyptic forecasts of how the deadly Ebola virus would spread in West Africa, specialists said.

Nigeria`s Goodluck Jonathan publicly concedes election

Nigeria`s Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday publicly conceded defeat in the presidential election to Muhammadu Buhari, expressing his gratitude for the opportunity to lead the nation.

Who`s saying what at the Iran nuclear talks

After 18 months of talks to rein in Iran`s nuclear ambitions, some of the world`s top diplomats were negotiating into the night Tuesday with a midnight deadline set to be abandoned.

Canadian MP quits Harper government to tout creationism

A veteran Conservative MP quit Prime Minister Stephen Harper`s government Tuesday in order to freely defend his denial of evolution, claiming there is a concerted Canadian effort to stifle creation

Obama urges DRCongo`s Kabila to respect constitution

As Congolese President Joseph Kabila appears to toy with extending his 14-year rule, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged him to respect the Democratic Republic of Congo`s constitution.

Travel chaos in Argentina as transit unions strike

Argentina`s largest cities ground to a halt Tuesday as transport unions went on strike, demanding tax cuts for low-income workers and putting the government on the defensive seven months out from g

Chinese FM quits Iran talks, team stays behind

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi left talks in Switzerland to seal an outline nuclear deal with Iran but his negotiating team remained behind, a Western diplomat said.

US ready to accept China-led infrastructure bank: Lew

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Tuesday that Washington was "ready to welcome" the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, backing off from tougher early resistance to the new developm

Nationwide power cut paralyses Turkey

A massive power cut caused chaos and shut down public transport across Turkey on Tuesday, with the government refusing to rule out that the electricity system had been the victim of an attack.

Istanbul prosecutor dies after hostage operation: hospital

The Istanbul prosecutor held hostage by two radical leftists at his offices Tuesday died of his wounds sustained after police launched an operation to free him, the hospital announced.

No need yet for ground troops in Yemen, Saudi says

There is no need yet for ground troops in Yemen, the spokesman for a Saudi-led coalition which has conducted six days of air strikes against Shiite militia rebels said Tuesday.

US stocks drop on final day of first quarter

Wall Street stocks tumbled Tuesday, snapping a two-day winning streak to close the first quarter on a sour note as volatility in equity markets stays high.

Pentagon needs to adapt to recruit top talent: Carter

The US military needs to give its troops and new recruits better career options due to increasing competition for talent from private companies, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday.

Americans seek `war crimes` charges against Hamas leaders

Twenty-six Americans filed a complaint on Tuesday to the US Attorney General requesting the justice ministry prosecute Hamas leaders for "war crimes," the Israeli legal group representing them said

State Department: Clinton sent only 4 emails about drones

The State Department says it can find only four emails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain US surveillance programs, and those notes have little to do with either subject.

Deadline abandoned in marathon Iran nuclear talks

The US abandoned late Tuesday a midnight deadline to agree the outlines of a nuclear deal with Iran but insisted that "enough progress" merited extending marathon talks into Wednesday.

Lufthansa says Germanwings co-pilot admitted `severe depression`

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings plane in the French Alps had informed his employer that he had undergone a "previous episode of severe depression", Lufthansa said Tues

US releases military aid to Egypt, cites national security

President Barack Obama today released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the government, in an effort to boost Cairo's ability to combat the extremist threat in the region.

Oil slumps as Iran talks deadline looms

Oil prices fell Tuesday as global powers and Iran raced to reach a deal on Tehran`s nuclear program that could ease sanctions on the crude producer, adding to the global oversupply.

US panel asks Clinton to testify by May 1 on emails

A US congressional panel investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks called for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday to testify by May 1, following a scandal involving her use of private emails while secretary o

Police: 2 hostage takers in Istanbul killed, hostage wounded

Two members of a banned leftist group who had held a prosecutor hostage in his office inside a courthouse in Istanbul were killed today in a shootout with police that left their captive seriously wounded, police said.

New `Daily Show` host in storm over `racist, sexist` jokes

Newly anointed "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah faced mounting criticism on Tuesday after the emergence of several past social media posts accused of being racist, sexist and anti-Semitic.

At least 62 children killed in Yemen in past week: UNICEF

At least 62 children have been killed and 30 injured in Yemen during fighting over the past week, the UN children`s agency UNICEF said Tuesday.

Google, Microsoft battle drives down prices for PCs, tablets

Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at USD 149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms.

Train kills US jogger wearing earbuds

A man was hit by a train and killed in central Florida as he jogged with earbuds on, police said Tuesday.