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Iran says issues remain in nuclear talks as deadline passes: ISNA

 An Iranian diplomat said that there were still differences to overcome in nuclear talks with six world powers as the deadline passed on reaching an agreement on Iran`s nuclear work, the Students News Agency ISNA reported on Tuesday.

Russian police launch `safe selfie` guide after spate of deaths
Russian police launch `safe selfie` guide after spate of deaths

Russian police on Tuesday launched a campaign urging people to take safer selfies after around 100 were injured and dozens died this year in gruesome accidents while striking high-risk poses. 

Top US envoy in Turkey after Syria intervention speculation

The US special envoy for the coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group was in Ankara on Tuesday to meet Turkish officials, after speculation Turkey could launch a military intervention inside Syria, sources told AFP.

Russia FM Lavrov says arms embargo `major problem` in Iran talks
Russia FM Lavrov says arms embargo `major problem` in Iran talks

The lifting of a conventional arms embargo on Iran is a "major problem" in talks between Tehran and world powers towards a nuclear deal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Interfax on Tuesday.

Iran nuclear talks to continue `couple of days`: Mogherini
Iran nuclear talks to continue `couple of days`: Mogherini

Talks between Iran and major powers to find a nuclear deal will continue past Tuesday for a "couple of days", EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said.

`Fake` UN troops in attack on C Africa radio station

 Armed men, some disguised as UN peacekeeping soldiers, raided the state radio facilities in the capital of the restive Central African Republic overnight, a police source said Tuesday.

Detained Saudis took explosives to Kuwait: Ministry
Detained Saudis took explosives to Kuwait: Ministry

 Two brothers arrested in Saudi Arabia had transported the explosives used in the suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque in Kuwait, the interior ministry said Tuesday.

Denied marriage licence, same-sex couple sues US official
Denied marriage licence, same-sex couple sues US official

 A same-sex couple in the US state of Texas has filed a lawsuit against an official who refused to issue marriage licences to homosexual couples despite a June-end Supreme Court ruling that legalises gay marriages across the US.

Two Taliban attacks in Afghan capital kill one, wound three

Taliban suicide bomb attacks in Afghanistan`s capital targeted a convoy of foreign troops and a compound of the country`s intelligence agency, wounding three people and killing at least one, Afghan and foreign officials said on Tuesday. 

French special forces kill top al Qaeda militant in Mali: Army

French special forces killed a leader of Al-Qaeda in Mali who was involved in the kidnapping of hostage Serge Lazarevic, but released from prison in exchange for the Frenchman`s freedom, the army said Tuesday.

German "Grexit" calls raise pressure on Merkel
German "Grexit" calls raise pressure on Merkel

 "Today we need the Iron Chancellor," read the front-page headline in top-selling German newspaper Bild on Tuesday, next to a picture of Angela Merkel in a Prussian helmet.

Migrant dies in Channel Tunnel to Britain

A migrant died on Tuesday trying to reach Britain through the Channel Tunnel, a French official in the Pas-de-Calais region said.

Syrian forces kill 50 rebels in coastal city

 The Syrian army has killed more than 50 rebels in the countryside of the coastal city of Latakia in northern Syria, the official Syrian TV said on Tuesday.

Malaysian authorities freeze six bank accounts linked to PM graft scandal

 A task force investigating Malaysia`s troubled state investment fund 1MDB said on Tuesday it had frozen half a dozen bank accounts following a media report that nearly $700 million had been transferred to an account of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

UN council headed for showdown over Srebrenica

The UN Security Council was headed for a showdown on Tuesday over a British-drafted resolution that aims to mark 20 years since the Srebrenica genocide but faces stiff opposition from Russia.

Tanzania`s ruling party to pick prez candidate

 Tanzania`s ruling party is selecting its presidential candidate this week, with the winner expected to take the east African country`s top job after the October elections.

20 killed in Zaria, Nigeria bomb attack: State Governor

At least 20 people were killed in a bomb blast in the city of Zaria, northern Nigeria, on Tuesday, a regional governor said.

Britain pays tribute to 7/7 victims 10 years after London bombings
Britain pays tribute to 7/7 victims 10 years after London bombings

 Prime Minister David Cameron led sombre tributes on Tuesday as Britain commemorated the 10th anniversary of attacks that killed 56 people in London, the first suicide bombings by Islamist militants in western Europe.

Syrian Kurds retake northern villages from Islamic State: Monitor

 Syrian Kurdish fighters have recaptured more than 10 villages seized by Islamic State north of its de facto capital of Raqqa city, aided by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday.

Iran talks resume on new deadline day

 World powers got back to work Tuesday seeking to nail down an elusive nuclear deal ending a 13-year standoff with Iran, only hours before another deadline expires.

South Carolina senate votes to take down Confederate flag
South Carolina senate votes to take down Confederate flag

Lawmakers in South Carolina voted 37-3 on Monday to remove from the grounds of the state legislature the Confederate flag -- a symbol increasingly viewed with repugnance following last month`s shooting massacre at a black church.

Bangladeshi Buddhist monks feed fasting Muslims over Ramadan
Bangladeshi Buddhist monks feed fasting Muslims over Ramadan

A Buddhist monastery in Bangladesh is serving food to hundreds of poor Muslims during Ramadan, in a rare example of social harmony between the religions in the South Asian nation.

Tanzania`s ruling party to pick presidential candidate

Tanzania`s ruling party is selecting its candidate ahead of presidential elections, with the winner expected to take the east African country`s top job after polls in October.

Ban calls for new probe into 1961 plane crash of UN chief
Ban calls for new probe into 1961 plane crash of UN chief

 There is sufficient reason to investigate if the aircraft carrying then UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold on an African peace mission in 1961 was shot down by another plane, killing all aboard, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon has said.

Air strikes, combat kill 176 in Yemen, highest daily toll so far
Air strikes, combat kill 176 in Yemen, highest daily toll so far

 Arab air strikes and clashes killed an estimated 176 fighters and civilians in Yemen on Monday, residents and media run by the Houthi movement said, in a spike in violence as warring factions discuss a possible humanitarian truce.

Migrant dies in Channel Tunnel to Britain: French authorities
Migrant dies in Channel Tunnel to Britain: French authorities

 A migrant died on Tuesday trying to reach Britain through the Channel Tunnel, a French official in the Pas-de-Calais region said. 

Three men gored as Spain's San Fermin bull-running week begins
Three men gored as Spain's San Fermin bull-running week begins

Three men were gored and 10 others taken to hospital on the first day of Pamplona`s week-long San Fermin festival in the northern Spanish city where bulls chase runners in red scarves through the streets.

Three Saudis arrested over Kuwait mosque bombing
Three Saudis arrested over Kuwait mosque bombing

Three Saudi brothers have been arrested in connection with the bombing of a Kuwaiti mosque that killed 26 people, Riyadh said Tuesday after a shootout with one of the suspects.

Chinese `Walter White` nabbed for selling ecstasy substitute: Xinhua

 Police have arrested a Chinese university professor who allegedly sold "millions of US dollars" worth of psychoactive drugs over the Internet to clients in the US, Britain, Canada and Australia, state media reported Tuesday. 

Former model Tiger Sun, who fought against ISIS, recalls horrors of battlefields
Former model Tiger Sun, who fought against ISIS, recalls horrors of battlefields

A 46-year-old former model, who had left the life of comforts in Canada to join the Kurdish YPJ (People's Protection Units) fighting against the ISIS militants, reveals horrors witnessed by her on the battlefield.