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Kiev `failed` to probe protest violence: Council of Europe

The Council of Europe on Tuesday blasted Kiev for failing to properly investigate deadly violence against demonstrators at last year`s Maidan protests that ended with pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych`s downfall.

Lufthansa cancels 60th anniversary celebrations over Germanwings crash

Lufthansa said Tuesday it will cancel celebrations marking the German airline`s 60th anniversary in the wake of last week`s deadly crash of an Airbus jet from its low-cost subsidiary Germanwings.

US couple may face long sentences over Bali suitcase murder

Indonesian prosecutors on Tuesday recommended an American woman and her boyfriend spend 15 and 18 years respectively behind bars for the "sadistic" murder of the woman`s mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in Bali.

Iraq forces retake government HQ in Tikrit from IS

Iraqi forces have retaken the Salaheddin provincial government headquarters in Tikrit from the Islamic State jihadist group, a significant advance in the battle to recapture the city, officials said today.

Paris court delays decision on Uber's unlicensed taxi service

The Paris appeals court has delayed a decision on whether to ban Uber`s unlicensed UberPOP service while it awaits the result of the U.S. company`s constitutional challenge of a new French law on taxis and chauffeured cars.

Saudi `attack` on Yemen endangers whole region: Iran

Iran warned on Tuesday that the Saudi "attack" on Yemen endangered the whole region, calling for an immediate halt to the military operation against Shiite rebels.

Iran`s 12-year nuclear standoff with the world

World powers were grappling Tuesday to agree by midnight the outlines of a potentially historic deal with Iran to cut back its nuclear ambitions.

French senate scraps law punishing prostitutes` clients

France`s upper house of parliament on Tuesday scrapped a law punishing clients of prostitutes and made soliciting an offence, as the country wrestles with how to legislate the world`s oldest profes

Turkey grinds to halt after massive power cut

A massive power cut caused chaos Tuesday across Turkey, shutting down the metro networks in Istanbul and the capital Ankara, with the government saying an outside attack on the system was not ruled out.

Istanbul prosecutor taken hostage by armed group: Reports

A Turkish prosecutor probing the politically sensitive death of an anti-government protester was taken hostage Tuesday by an armed group at an Istanbul courthouse, the Dogan news agency reported.

`Heaviest` Arab raids rock Yemen capital

Explosions lit up the skies over Yemen`s capital overnight in the heaviest bombing raids yet in a six-day operation led by Saudi Arabia, which hit out at Iran for supporting Shiite rebels.

Russia`s Lavrov to return to Iran talks, chances of deal `high`

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday he was planning to take part in marathon talks aimed at curtailing Iran`s nuclear programme, saying chances of a deal were significant.

British banker to be back in court in Hong Kong double murder

It is a crime that shocked Hong Kong -- two young Indonesian women found dead in the upmarket apartment of a British banker, the decaying body of one of them stuffed into a suitcase.

IS executes at least 30 civilians in central Syria: Monitor

 The extremist Islamic State group Tuesday executed at least 30 civilians, including two children, in a raid on a regime-held village the central Syrian province of Hama, a monitor said. 

Artillery fire in Yemen's Aden kills 10 militiamen loyal to Hadi: Eyewitness

Artillery fire hit a residential building in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Tuesday, killing ten militiamen loyal to president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, an eyewitness told Reuters.

UN, Myanmar leader hail draft peace deal

Myanmar`s president Tuesday signed a draft national ceasefire with armed rebel groups that the UN hailed as a "historic and significant achievement" as the country tries to end decades of civil war

Singapore teen compares Lee Kuan Yew to Jesus in abusive YouTube video
Singapore teen compares Lee Kuan Yew to Jesus in abusive YouTube video

While many Singaporeans were left in tears and braved torrential rains to pay final respects to their founding father Lee Kuan Yew, a teenager did not hesitate to vent out his diatribe against the country's first prime minister and posted a video laced with expletives.

Iran sends aid to Yemen's rebels amid Saudi-led air strikes

Iran's official news agency says Tehran has sent aid to Yemen, its first such shipment since a Saudi-led coalition of Sunni Arab states launched air strikes last week to halt the advance of the country's Shia rebels known as the Houthis.

Austria charges 14-year old with terror offences

 Austria has charged a 14-year old boy with terror offences after he researched how to build a bomb online and made contact with militants supporting Islamic State fighters in Syria, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Kuwait emir pledges $500 million at Syria donors meet

Kuwait`s emir Tuesday pledged half a billion dollars at the start of a major donor conference for Syria, describing the crisis unfolding as the "biggest humanitarian catastrophe in modern history".

Iran reporter sent to nuclear talks seeks political asylum

An Iranian journalist for a reformist news outlet who travelled to Lausanne to report on nuclear talks has applied for political asylum in Switzerland, the foreign ministry in Tehran said.

Early election results show Nigeria ex-military ruler Buhari leading by 2 mn votes
Early election results show Nigeria ex-military ruler Buhari leading by 2 mn votes

In what signals a possible change of the government for Nigerians, early election results show former military ruler General Muhammadu Buhari  leading ahead of the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan by a wide margin.

In Japan first, Tokyo district recognises same-sex partnerships

A district assembly in Tokyo became the first in Japan on Tuesday to recognise same-sex partnerships, a major step forward for gay couples in a country where being openly gay remains taboo.

Journalists held as Malaysian arrests mount

Malaysian police arrested a prominent publisher and a website editor for sedition on Tuesday, the latest targets in a mounting tally of detentions that is being compared to an infamous 1987 political crackdown.

Thai PM asks king's permission to lift martial law

 Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday he has asked for King Bhumibol Adulyadej`s permission to lift martial law which has been in place nationwide since before a May coup.

Pacific islands brace for possible super typhoon

 Meteorologists warned Tuesday that a storm reported to have left several casualties in Micronesia was building into a super typhoon as it swept across the central Pacific and headed towards the Yap group of islands.

Argentina unions launch transport strike over tax burden

 Transport unions in Argentina launched a 24-hour strike at midnight Monday over a tax regime they say hurts the lowest earners. 

British cleric's aide pleads guilty in US on terror charges

 An associate of British cleric and terror convict Abu Hamza has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges related to efforts to establish a terrorist training camp in the US.

Peru sacks PM Ana Jara over alleged domestic spying

Peru`s Congress sacked the prime minister, Ana Jara, Monday night over alleged spying against lawmakers, reporters, business leaders and everyday citizens.

British banker due back in court in Hong Kong double murder

 It is a crime that shocked Hong Kong -- two young Indonesian women found dead in the upmarket apartment of a British banker, the decaying body of one of them stuffed into a suitcase.