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Coal mine accident in northern China kills 24: Report

A coal mine fire in China`s northern Liaoning province has killed 24 workers and left 52 injured, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday, underscoring the poor safety record of the world`s biggest coal producing country.

Swiss to vote on immigration cut `to save environment`

The Swiss will once again head to the polls this weekend to decide whether to dramatically slash immigration numbers, this time in the name of saving the environment in a proposal opponents have labelled xenophobic.

Republicans` next clash with Obama: Iran nuclear talks

The extension of international nuclear negotiations with Iran is likely to prompt a far-reaching showdown between the White House and US Republicans who seek to tighten economic screws against Tehran.

Five children killed in Texas house fire

Authorities say five children were killed when a fire engulfed their Texas mobile home and partially collapsed the roof, which made rescue attempts impossible.

Obama heckled over immigration policies in Chicago appearance

US President Barack Obama was interrupted several times by hecklers during a speech on his immigration policy on Tuesday, and their complaint was that his plan did not go far enough in protecting illegal immigrants from deportation.

Top contender for Pentagon job bows out: Source

A former senior US defense official touted as the most likely candidate to succeed Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief has taken herself out of the running, a source familiar with the situation told AFP on Tuesday.

French FM says, Iran nuclear talks 'rather positive'

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday that he thought the tone of the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna was "rather positive."

UN to allow more cross-border aid to Syria

The UN`s top aid official asked the Security Council on Tuesday to allow continued cross-border aid deliveries to Syria, now home to the world`s largest number of displaced by war.

Libyan PM says government responsible for bombing Tripoli airport

Libya`s internationally-recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said on Tuesday his government`s air force was responsible for strikes on the airport of the capital Tripoli, controlled by a rival administration.

UN chief calls for end to Libya air raids

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called for a halt to air strikes in Libya and for all sides to engage in talks to resolve differences.

US Army may station tanks in Eastern Europe: American General

The US Army plans to deploy about 150 tanks and armored vehicles to NATO countries next year and some of the heavy armor may be stationed in Eastern Europe, a top American General said Tuesday.

Troop force tripled in Ferguson as Obama condemns violence
Troop force tripled in Ferguson as Obama condemns violence

Aiming to head off new looting and rioting, Missouri`s governor on Tuesday ordered National Guard reinforcements into the St Louis suburb of Ferguson following overnight violence ignited by the clearing of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Pope Francis blasts 'haggard' Europe

Pope Francis launched a withering attack on Tuesday on a "haggard" Europe, urging it to reclaim global leadership after years of crisis and to take in migrants before the Mediterranean becomes a "vast cemetery".

Hungary protestors slam state `robbery` of private pensions

Several thousand Hungarians protested in Budapest Tuesday against a plan by Prime Minister Viktor Orban`s government to nationalise private pension funds from January, a move protestors said amounts to "robbery".

British-American couple found shot dead in their French home

A 98-year-old American and his British wife, 86, were found shot dead in their home in southwest France in what police suspect might have been a murder-suicide by the couple.

FARC frees soldiers, demands Colombia halt Army ops

Colombia`s FARC guerrillas freed two captive soldiers on Tuesday but demanded the army halt operations to avoid jeopardizing the separate release of a general whose capture has derailed peace talks.

Syria air strikes on IS `capital` kill 63 people

A string of Syrian regime air strikes on the Islamic State group`s self-proclaimed capital Raqa on Tuesday killed at least 63 people, more than half of them civilians, a monitor said.

Pope slams `state terrorism` that kills `innocents`

Pope Francis on Tuesday slammed "state terrorism" that "kills the innocent at the same time as terrorists".

5.6-magnitude quake hits China`s Sichuan province: USGS

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck China`s southwestern province of Sichuan on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said.

Russia says Ferguson violence highlights `massive` US problems

Russia said on Tuesday that the racial unrest in the US town of Ferguson highlighted "massive" domestic problems in America that stemmed from Washington`s failure to respect human rights.

Palestinians slam Israel approval of 'Jewish state' law

The Palestinian leadership on Tuesday slammed the Israeli government's approval of a law determining the country's status as the national Jewish homeland, saying it "killed" Middle East peace prospects.

IS stones 2 `gay men` to death in Syria: NGO

The Islamic State group stoned two men to death in Syria Tuesday after claiming they were gay, a monitor said, in the jihadist organisation`s first executions for alleged homosexuality.

Tunisian secularist wins first presidential round, heads for run-off

Tunisian secularist leader Beji Caid Essebsi has narrowly beaten incumbent President Moncef Marzouki in the first round of a landmark presidential election, but the two frontrunners must meet again in a December run-off.

France delays warship delivery to Russia `until further notice`
France delays warship delivery to Russia `until further notice`

France on Tuesday pushed back "until further notice" the delivery of a controversial warship to Russia because of the Ukraine crisis, sparking a measured initial response from Moscow.

Saudis and Russia hold talks ahead of OPEC meet

OPEC members Saudi Arabia and Venezuela were meeting with officials from fellow oil producers Russia and Mexico here Tuesday against a backdrop of sliding crude prices, sources told AFP.

17 killed, 8 injured in building collapse in Egypt

At least 15 people were killed in a building collapse in Egypt`s capital Cairo Tuesday, media reported.

Putin's tiger the main suspect in mystery China goat deaths: Xinhua

 A Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin is the main suspect in a series of goat deaths in China`s northeast, state media reported Chinese local authorities as s

Saudi beheads 8th Pakistani since mid-October

A Pakistani today became the eighth person from his country to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking since mid-October.

China mulls new law to deploy counter-terrorism troops abroad

China has drafted a new legislation to deploy troops in counter-terrorism missions abroad with the consent of the nations involved, a law if passed could enable Chinese military to directly take on Xinjiang militants active in neighbourhood countries including Pakistan.

Syrian air strikes on IS `capital` kill 36 civilians

Syrian regime air raids on Raqa city, which the Islamic State jihadist group has proclaimed as its capital, killed at least 23 civilians today, a monitoring group said.