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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.

Former UK PM Sir Edward Heath 'raped me when I was 12-yr-old', claims alleged victim
Former UK PM Sir Edward Heath 'raped me when I was 12-yr-old', claims alleged victim

A man has made shocking allegations against former UK prime minister Sir Edward Heath claiming that 'he was raped by him when he was 12-yr-old'.

Taliban rift: Disregard 'propaganda', show support for Mullah Akhtar Mansour, says terror group
Taliban rift: Disregard 'propaganda', show support for Mullah Akhtar Mansour, says terror group
  • Afghanistan Taliban on Tuesday urged followers to show their unified support to Mullah Mohammad Omar's successor, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, even as the fissures within the terrorist organisations became visible.
Malaysian PM's 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.

EU, US urge Turkey restraint amid PKK onslaught

 Europe and the United States on Tuesday urged Turkey to show a "proportionate response" in the face of daily attacks by Kurdish militants amid growing concern over the scale of Ankara`s air campaign against the rebels.

Yemen govt troops retake Houthi rebel-held Al-Anad airbase
Yemen govt troops retake Houthi rebel-held Al-Anad airbase

 Pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition retook Yemen's biggest airbase from Iran-backed rebels on Tuesday in a significant new gain after their recapture of second city Aden last month.

S African court throws out Malema corruption case

A corruption case against South African firebrand politician Julius Malema was thrown out Tuesday after three years of delays, a judge said.

Spain`s Picasso `national treasure` seized by French customs

A Picasso worth 25 million euros and considered a national treasure by Spain -- which had barred the painting`s export -- has been seized from a boat in Corsica, French authorities said Tuesday.

Ferguson cop who killed black teen speaks out: Report

 The white former Ferguson police officer who shot dead an 18-year-old unarmed black teenager has given his first published comments since the controversial shooting that reignited a discussion about race in America.

Turkish raids raise Iraqi Kurdish leadership stakes

Turkey`s air strikes in Iraqi Kurdistan have increased the pressure on regional president Massud Barzani, who is a key player in the US-led anti-jihadist war but faces an uncertain political future.

Facts about Egypt`s `new Suez canal`

Egypt is to inaugurate an expansion of the Suez Canal on Thursday, which it is touting as a boost to world trade. Here are some facts about the project to increase the capacity of the key waterway connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.

Britain extends Iraq air strikes mission by a year

 Britain is extending its air strikes against Islamic State (IS) group targets in Iraq by a year to March 2017, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said in comments broadcast on Tuesday.

Bobby Jindal confident of winning Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire

Indian-American presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal has exuded confidence that he would win the two key primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire next year even as the Louisiana Governor is unlikely to figure in the first Republican debate featuring party's top ten candidates.

Bobby Jindal confident of winning Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire

Indian-American presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal has exuded confidence that he would win the two key primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire next year even as the Louisiana Governor is unlikely to figure in the first Republican debate featuring party's top ten candidates.

French police release Gabon official held in corruption probe

 French police have released the chief of staff to Gabon`s President Ali Bongo who was detained for questioning in a corruption probe after the foreign ministry said he had diplomatic immunity, a judicial source said on Tuesday. 

Syria Qaeda captures five more US-trained rebels: Monitor

Al-Qaeda`s Syria affiliate captured at least five more US-trained rebel fighters in overnight raids on a village in northwestern Syria, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.

South Africa`s Tutu discharged from hospital

South African archbishop Desmond Tutu was Tuesday discharged from hospital after spending a week receiving treatment for "a persistent infection", his office said.

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2015 pass 2,000: IOM
Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2015 pass 2,000: IOM

 More than 2,000 people have died so far this year trying to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.