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Wing part may be confirmed as from MH370 this week: Australia

Australia on Wednesday said official word on whether a washed-up plane part is from flight MH370 is expected this week, while reiterating it will continue hunting for the main debris field in the southern Indian Ocean.

UN chief seeks urgent funding for Palestinian refugees

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday raised alarm over a $100 million shortfall in funding for the UN aid agency for Palestinian refugees and called for urgent donations.

 

Croatia celebrates, Serbia mourns military operation 20 years on

Zagreb cheered and Belgrade wept on Tuesday as they marked the 20th anniversary of Operation Storm, which ended the war sparked by Croatia`s proclamation of independence from Yugoslavia and caused an exodus of Croatian Serbs.

 

First Israeli jailed without trial in sweep over West Bank arson

Israel jailed a suspected Jewish militant without trial on Tuesday, the first application of the controversial measure against a citizen in a government-ordered crackdown following the lethal torching of a Palestinian home. 

Japan says temporarily halting work on new US base in Okinawa

Tokyo said Tuesday it would temporarily halt work on a controversial new US military base in southern Okinawa as talks continue with local officials opposed to the project.

 

Israel's Netanyahu asks US Jews to oppose Iran nuclear deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to rally U.S. Jews on Tuesday against the Iranian nuclear deal championed by President Barack Obama and facing review by Congress, saying it risked a catastrophic Middle East war. 

Malaysian PM critics unbowed despite anti-graft agency support

Malaysian opposition parties and activists kept up pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday, undeterred by an anti-corruption agency statement apparently clearing him of receiving nearly $700 million from the debt-laden state fund 1MDB.

 

15 Colombian police killed in helicopter crash

Fifteen police were killed Tuesday in Colombia when a helicopter taking part in an anti-drug trafficking operation crashed in a remote jungle-covered region, the national police force said.

 

US lawmakers will vote on Iran deal disapproval resolution

Republican U.S. Representative Ed Royce, the chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, on Tuesday introduced legislation to disapprove of the nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran.

Israel arrests second suspected Jewish extremist: Shin Bet

A second suspected Jewish extremist was arrested Tuesday in Israel following the firebombing of a Palestinian home that burned a baby alive, the Shin Bet internal security force said. 

 

Obama heaps pressure on warring South Sudan leaders

US President Barack Obama renewed pressure on South Sudan`s warring leaders Tuesday, insisting they must accept an August peace deadline or face being sidelined.

 

German chief prosecutor sacked in media treason row

Germany`s justice minister on Tuesday fired the chief prosecutor in an escalating row sparked by a controversial treason case against a blog accused of revealing state secrets.

Toronto nightclub shooting leaves at least 2 dead, 3 wounded

A shooting that started at a Toronto nightclub event hosted by rapper Drake, and then spilled onto the streets outside early on Tuesday, left at least two people dead and three others wounded, police said. It wasn't clear if Drake was present during the shooting.

California brings in reinforcements to fight wildfires

Crews battling 23 tenacious wildfires in drought-stricken California rushed in reinforcements on Tuesday and girded for weather that could ignite more blazes.

US-trained Syrian rebels believe captured by militants: Report

The United States believes that at least five Syrian rebels who were trained by the US military have been captured by suspected members of Syria`s al Qaeda affiliate, Nusra Front, a US official said on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Anti-Houthi fighters score more gains in south Yemen

Fighters loyal to Yemen`s deposed president seized about 10 southern villages from Houthi forces on Tuesday, maintaining momentum in their offensive a day after capturing the country`s biggest air base, residents and loyalist sources said.

NATO halves Baltic air policing mission

NATO on Tuesday said that from September it will reduce its air patrols over the Baltic states, which it stepped up amid concern over Russia`s activity in the region. 

Tanzanian opposition pick ex-prime minister for presidential race

 Tanzania`s four main opposition parties chose ex-prime minister Edward Lowassa as a joint presidential candidate Tuesday, three months ahead of a general election scheduled for October 25.

Barack Obama's 54th birthday: Here's how US President will spend his day!
Barack Obama's 54th birthday: Here's how US President will spend his day!

US President Barack Obama will celebrate his 54th birthday with a hectic schedule and will hold a string of meetings and even hold discussions on the Iran nuclear deal.

World hopes for first clues to MH370 mystery

 Technical experts in France were to begin examining Wednesday whether a washed-up plane part belonged to missing flight MH370, raising hopes that some light may finally be shed on one of aviation`s darkest mysteries.

Kuwait mosque attack suspect admits being in IS

 The main suspect in a deadly attack on a Kuwaiti Shiite mosque in June confessed in court on Tuesday to being in the jihadist Islamic State group.

Israel court extends detention of extremist Jewish leader

 An Israeli court Tuesday ordered the head of a Jewish extremist group to be kept in detention after his arrest following the burning to death of a Palestinian baby, judicial sources said.

Seven killed, about 20 taken in suspected Boko Haram attack in Cameroon

At least seven people were killed and about 20 others were kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants in an overnight raid on a village near Cameroon`s northern border, a senior military officer said on Tuesday. 

Russia files UN claim over vast swathe of Arctic

 Russia filed a submission to the United Nations Tuesday for an additional 1.2 million square kilometres (463,000 square miles) of Arctic shelf.

HRW urges probe into alleged ill-treatment of Gaddafi's son

 Human Rights Watch called Tuesday on Libyan authorities to immediately investigate the alleged ill-treatment of detainees including a son of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi at a prison in Tripoli.

Myanmar asks for international aid as flood misery spreads

 Myanmar formally appealed Tuesday for international help in tackling massive floods with rescuers struggling to reach isolated regions, as rain-battered Asian nations counted the rising cost of this year`s monsoon.

Amnesty says Sudan army committed `war crimes` in South Kordofan

 Amnesty International said on Tuesday that the Sudanese army had committed war crimes in the conflict-hit South Kordofan region, including bombing and shelling civilian areas and infrastructure.

Key dates in the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen

 Yemeni pro-government forces reclaimed Tuesday the country`s biggest airbase from Iran-backed rebels, a second major success after capturing the port of Aden last month.

Ukraine leader calls in generals after failed peace talks

 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko convened his top generals Tuesday to discuss the latest failed peace talks with pro-Russian militias, aimed at stemming clashes that saw seven troops killed in another wave of attacks.

US warning to Syria army met with scepticism in Damascus

 A US warning that it would use its air power to defend Pentagon-trained rebels against Syrian troops was met with scepticism by officials in Damascus on Tuesday.