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Rights board says Venezuela dissidents` lives `in danger`

 A regional rights body urged Venezuela on Monday to implement cautionary measures for jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and another detainee, saying their lives are at risk.

South Korean PM tenders resignation over bribery scandal

 South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan-Koo was left in political limbo on Tuesday after offering to resign over a scandal involving bribery allegations against senior members of President Park Geun-Hye`s administration.

Another Australian charged with terror-related offences

 A second man was charged Tuesday with terrorism-related offences following police raids sparked by an alleged Islamic State-inspired plot in Australia.

Bomb explodes outside Spanish embassy in Libya: Security source

 A bomb exploded outside Spain`s embassy in the Libyan capital on Monday night without causing injuries, a security source told a news agency, an attack later claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.

US top court rejects Colombia Chiquita human rights case

 The US Supreme Court declined Monday to take up a lawsuit filed against US fruit company Chiquita Brands over funding paramilitaries responsible for human rights violations.

US top court rejects Colombia Chiquita human rights case

 The US Supreme Court declined Monday to take up a lawsuit filed against US fruit company Chiquita Brands over funding paramilitaries responsible for human rights violations.

Six tourists, pilot killed in Dominican Republic plane crash

 Six tourists from Britain and Spain and their local pilot were killed Monday when their small plane crashed into a golf course after takeoff from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, authorities said.

Mexico investigates alleged police massacre

Mexican prosecutors and the federal police`s internal affairs are investigating allegations that officers gunned down 16 unarmed civilians in January, officials said Monday.

Nearly 3,000 Tunisians join IS

Nearly 3,000 Tunisians have joined the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Tunisia's Deputy Minister of National Security, Rafik Chelli, said here on Monday.

Three migrants drown as vessel sinks off Greek island

At least three people drowned, while 90 other migrants were rescued as a vessel carrying them sank off the Greek island of Rhodes in the southeastern Aegean Sea, the Greek Coast Guard said.

Gulf countries reject UN call for urgent Yemen ceasefire

 Gulf envoys told UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday that there would be no immediate ceasefire in Yemen unless Huthi rebels withdraw from seized territory.

Staff at Britain`s National Gallery go on strike over privatisation

 Workers at Britain`s world-renowned National Gallery are going on strike this week due to a dispute over a privatisation plan, a labour union said on Monday.

US officers suspended after latest death of black man in custody

 Several Baltimore police officers have been suspended after an African American man died of spinal cord injuries in police custody, police said Monday, pledging to thoroughly investigate the incident. 

US, UK, Norway slam Sudan polls as not credible

 The US, Britain and Norway on Monday blasted Sudan for failing to hold free and fair elections which alleged war criminal President Omar al-Bashir is widely expected to win.

US says might talk to Iran about regional stability, cites Syria

 The US State Department said on Monday it might talk with Iran about promoting regional stability, noting it had been open to including Iran in past efforts to achieve a Syrian peace deal if Tehran had altered its policy.

New York`s Cuomo in Cuba to meet business leaders

 New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo met with Cuban officials and business leaders Monday in Havana on a whirlwind tour with a delegation of US executives.

Abe says he may omit apology from Japan WWII statement

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he may not issue a direct apology for Japan`s past aggression in an upcoming statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Hillary Clinton dodges questions about family foundation

 US Democrat Hillary Clinton, on the 2016 presidential campaign trail Monday, faced unsettling new accusations of financial conflicts of interest involving her family`s philanthropic foundation, including some in a new book.

US seeks to calm Holocaust row with Poland

 US officials Monday sought to tamp down a spat with Poland after the FBI chief suggested the country shared responsibility for the Holocaust with Germany, but dodged questions on whether he would apologize.

US deploys aircraft carrier toward Yemen

 A US aircraft carrier was steaming toward Yemeni waters on Monday, joining other American ships in the area amid a worsening conflict.

Student armed with crossbow kills teacher at Spain school

A 13-year-old boy armed with a crossbow and knife killed a teacher and wounded four others at his school in Barcelona on Monday before being subdued, police and witnesses said.

Where US sees terror prevention, some Muslims see profiling

A pilot Obama administration program to prevent radicalisation from taking root is creating suspicion that it's a plot to profile American Muslims.

German train drivers announce new strike

 German train drivers demanding wage increases from their employer, the national rail operator Deutsche Bahn, on Monday announced they would hold their seventh strike in 10 months this week.

US condemns wave of South Africa anti-foreigner attacks

 The United States on Monday condemned a wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa, calling on all the country`s leaders to take a stand against it.

Guinea prosecutor demands death penalty over Ebola murders

 A prosecutor called Monday for the death penalty for 15 people accused of the murders of a nine-member Ebola education team in southern Guinea, judicial sources said.

US concerned Greek anarchist may be freed

 Washington voiced concern Monday over a new Greek law that could lead to the early release of a man convicted of being a bombmaker for an anarchists` group accused of killing Americans.

UN demands aid access to Syria`s Yarmuk camp

 The UN Security Council on Monday demanded that aid workers be allowed to distribute food and other supplies to refugees trapped by fighting inside Syria`s Yarmuk camp.

Uber must face lawsuit claiming bias against blind riders

Uber Technologies Inc must defend against a lawsuit accusing the popular ride-sharing service of discriminating against blind people by refusing to transport guide dogs, a federal judge ruled.

US high court orders race-bias review of North Carolina voting lines

 The US Supreme Court rejected Republican-drawn North Carolina voting lines Monday, ordering a review over whether race was used for unfair redistricting, the second such ruling in a month.

Ethiopia to hold national mourning after IS kills Christians

 Ethiopia will hold three days of national mourning for Ethiopian Christians killed by Islamic State militants in Libya, the government said Monday.