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Iran says not to allow siege of Yemen

Iran will not allow the Saudi-led coalition to lay siege to Yemen, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Saudi king fires chief of protocol for slapping journalist

Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud fired his chief of royal protocol for slapping a television cameraman, an incident that has raised much controversy in the kingdom.

All suspects in Hong Kong kidnap case arrested: Reports

Chinese police nabbed five remaining suspects who fled from Hong Kong with millions in ransom money after a kidnap, reports said late Tuesday, a day after the arrest of another suspect in the case.

John Kerry visits Somalia, 1st such trip for a secretary of state

Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia on Tuesday in a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al Qaeda-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country.

Philippines violating South China Sea code: China

China has accused the Philippines of violating a 13-year-old informal code of conduct in the South China Sea with its building work on disputed islets, firing back again after repeated criticism of China`s own construction work.

Gunman in Prophet Mohammad cartoon attack in Texas monitored for years

Federal agents for years monitored one of the two gunmen who were shot dead after opening fire with assault rifles at a heavily guarded Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.

DR Congo army kills 16 Ugandan rebels: Military

Troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo have killed 16 Ugandan rebels in two days of clashes in the troubled northeast of the country, a military spokesman announced on Tuesday.

Australian PM denies issue with gay ambassador to France

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott`s office Tuesday denied any controversy involving a meeting with the nation`s ambassador to France, who is gay.

NYU student held in N Korea says he 'wanted to be arrested'

A South Korean student held in North Korea for illegal entry has told CNN in an interview from Pyongyang that he wanted to be arrested.

Around 40 migrants die in sinking off Italy, survivors tell NGO
Around 40 migrants die in sinking off Italy, survivors tell NGO

Around 40 migrants died when an inflatable boat carrying more than 100 people sank off the coast of Italy, Save the Children quoted survivors as saying on Tuesday.

Female French journalists fed up with lecherous politicians

 Fed up with bawdy remarks and wandering hands, dozens of female French journalists have signed a petition published Tuesday denouncing sexism from male politicians. 

UN envoy says invited Syria opposition fighters to Geneva talks

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has invited the leaders of opposition armed factions to consultations that he launched in Geneva on Tuesday, he told a news conference.

Israel`s Netanyahu fights to form a majority coalition

 Israeli coalition talks took on heightened urgency on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still short of even the slimmest majority 36 hours from the deadline to form a government.

UK Conservatives and Labour level-pegging as election looms: Poll

 British Prime Minister David Cameron`s Conservatives were level with the opposition Labour Party according to a Populus poll published on Tuesday, with less than 48 hours before voters cast their ballots in the closest election in a generation.

Boris for prime minister? London Mayor may finally have to show hand

 London`s Mayor Boris Johnson was campaigning on the city streets days before Britain`s general election when a young woman, thrilled to meet this political celebrity, loudly hailed him as "prime minister to be".

Horse-trading begins as UK poll enters final straight

 Britain`s political leaders on Tuesday began a final push for votes ahead of Thursday`s knife-edge election, even as they prepared for the likelihood of protracted coalition talks once polls close.

Burundi to free protesters, reopen radio, if protests end: Bazombanza

Burundi will release hundreds of protesters who were arrested in more than a week of deadly demonstrations and reopen key radio stations if protests end, the vice president said Tuesday.

Taliban kill at least 13 Afghan police despite peace talks

 Taliban militants killed at least 13 policemen after storming security outposts in Afghanistan`s remote mountainous northeast, officials said Tuesday, despite peace talks between insurgent representatives and an Afghan delegation.

C. Africa armed groups pledge to free thousands of children: UNICEF

 Leaders of armed groups in the Central Africa Republic agreed Tuesday to release thousands of child soldiers and to end underage recruitment, UNICEF said.

Israeli Foreign Minister steps down to join opposition

 In a blow to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's efforts to form a stable coalition, his outspoken Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has quit to join the opposition, two days before the end of a new deadline to form the government.

China prosecutors investigate former investment boss for graft

Chinese prosecutors are investigating the former chairman of a top investment body in the southwestern province of Sichuan for corruption, state media reported on Tuesday, as the world`s second-largest economy deepens its probe into deep-seated graft.

Burundi constitutional court allows president`s third term bid

Burundi`s constitutional court on Tuesday cleared President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a controversial third term, following days of deadly protests in the capital Bujumbura.

Rescued Nigerian women reveal exclusive details about life under Boko Haram

Boko Haram is fracturing as shortages of weapons and fuel foment tensions between its foot soldiers and leaders, women rescued from the Islamist jihadi fighters by Nigerian troops told Reuters on Monday.

Australia terror accused planned to run down, behead police: Reports

 Two Australian teenagers arrested last month on terror charges allegedly planned to run down police officers with a car, behead them and then shoot other people, reports said Tuesday.

Family feud turns to all-out war in France`s far-right party

 After being blackballed by France`s far-right National Front, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen on Tuesday hit back at its current leader, his daughter, saying it would be "scandalous" if she were to be elected president of France.

NYU student held in North Korea says he `wanted to be arrested`

 A South Korean student held in North Korea for illegal entry has told CNN in an interview from Pyongyang that he wanted to be arrested.

Somalia Islamists storm Puntland police station, kill three: Police

Somalia`s al Shabaab militants stormed a police station in the country`s semi-autonomous region of Puntland and killed three policemen late on Monday, police said.

Quake-hit mountain pass reopens in Tibet

Gyirong Pass in Tibet, which was blocked by a major landslide following the April 25 earthquake in Nepal, has been reopened.

Suspected cattle rustlers kill 45 in northwest Kenya: Administrator

Suspected cattle rustlers ambushed and killed at least 45 people in a village in northwest Kenya, then drove away hundreds of livestock, a regional administrator said.

ISIS claims link to shooting at Texas event showing Muhammad Cartoons, first in US
ISIS claims link to shooting at Texas event showing Muhammad Cartoons, first in US

 The Islamic State group claimed on Tuesday its first attack on US soil, a shooting at an anti-Muslim event in Texas over the weekend showcasing cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed.