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Judge OKs Bahamas holiday for US deputy who shot unarmed black man

A reserve deputy sheriff in Oklahoma pleaded not guilty Tuesday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man -- and won a judge`s consent to go on holiday in the Bahamas.

Boat skipper facing charges over migrant disaster

The Tunisian captain of a migrant boat in which 800 people are feared to have drowned is set to be charged with causing the Mediterranean`s deadliest disaster in decades.

US blacklists Japanese Yakuza group Kodo-kai

The US Treasury on Tuesday slapped sanctions on the Kodo-kai, calling it the most violent arm of Japan's powerful Yamaguchi-gumi Yakuza crime syndicate.

Iran says welcomes end to killing of civilians in Yemen

Iran`s Foreign Ministry welcomed a halt to air strikes in Yemen, an Iranian news agency reported, in an apparent reference to an announcement by Saudi Arabia on Tuesday of an end to a military operation against Iranian-allied Houthi forces there.

Like with Cuba, US seeks `common ground` with Caracas

 Washington hopes its outreach to Cuba can be a model for Venezuela as it seeks to turn the page on old enmities in Latin America, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.

UN Security Council concerned by Mediterranean migrant smuggling

 The United Nations Security Council expressed grave concern on Tuesday at the growth in people smuggling in the Mediterranean Sea and deplored Sunday`s deadly shipwreck of migrants trying to reach Europe that may have killed as many as 900 people.

Kerry says Cyprus dispute begging for a solution

 US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that the division of Cyprus was begging for an international solution and progress in peace talks was possible this year.

American's alleged killer to face UAE psychiatrist tests

An Abu Dhabi court on Tuesday ordered psychiatric tests on an Emirati woman accused of two jihad-inspired attacks against Americans including the murder of a teacher in a shopping mall toilet.

US man pleads not guilty to federal terrorism charges

A man accused of trying to bomb an Army installation in support of a terrorist group on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to three federal charges.

Tornado kills 2, injures 120 in southern Brazil

A tornado battered a city in southern Brazil, killing two people, injuring 120 others and forcing more than 1,000 people from their homes, officials said on Tuesday.

AU says Somalia sex abuse allegations largely unproven

 Allegations implicating African Union troops in Somalia in many cases of rape and sex abuse are largely unproven, the pan-African body insisted Tuesday in a long-awaited reply to a damning rights report.

Boston bombing victims recall day of pain, chaos, grief

Celeste Corcoran was hurled into the air by a bomb at the Boston Marathon finish line two years ago. Gillian Reny saw blood gushing from her legs and wondered if she would survive. William Campbell waited hours for his daughter to emerge from surgery only to learn she had been killed by the blasts.

South Africa to deploy army over anti-immigrant attacks

 South African soldiers will be deployed to tackle gangs hunting down and killing foreigners, officials said Tuesday, after at least seven people died in a wave of anti-immigrant violence.

Colorado man cited for ''killing'' uncooperative computer with handgun

 Police in Colorado have cited a 37-year-old man for carrying his computer into an alley then shooting it eight times with a handgun after what authorities said had been a long battle with the uncooperative machine.

US Homeland Security to set up cyber security office in Silicon Valley

The US Department of Homeland Security is in the final stages of planning to set up a satellite office in California`s Silicon Valley, aiming to build relationships with the technology industry and scout for talent there, the department`s secretary said on Tuesday. 

US keeps 'options' open as warships deploy near Yemen

The US military is keeping its "options" open as its warships track Iranian vessels suspected of carrying weapons for Huthi rebels in Yemen, officials said on Tuesday.

Judge orders NY transit agency to run ''Killing Jews'' ad

 A federal judge on Tuesday ordered New York`s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to display on its buses a controversial ad that refers to Muslims killing Jews, rejecting the argument that the ad could incite terrorism or imminent violence.

Mauritania sentences alleged al Qaeda leader to 20 years

A criminal court in Mauritania sentenced a suspected senior al Qaeda leader to 20 years in prison for "terrorist" activities, the state prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Philippines accuses China of turning water cannon on its fishing boats

Filipino activists denounced China`s coast guard on Tuesday for turning water cannon on Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters, near where hundreds of Filipino and American Marines landed on a beach in a mock assault.

British police question Piers Morgan over phone hacking

 British police questioned Piers Morgan in connection with a phone hacking investigation on Tuesday, the television host and journalist said in a statement.

Saudi-led coalition ends military operation in Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen announced on Tuesday the end to a military operation that pounded the Iran-allied Houthi rebels for more than three weeks, a statement read on Saudi-owned Arabiya TV said.

Coalition ends Yemen air war, but keeps options open

 A Saudi-led coalition declared an end Tuesday to four weeks of air strikes in Yemen, saying the threat of Iran-backed rebels there had been removed and that operations are entering a political phase.

Poland picks Patriot missiles, Airbus choppers in defence upgrade

 Poland said on Tuesday it will hold exclusive talks with the US government on a multi-billion-euro Patriot missile contract and test Airbus helicopters in an unprecedented military upgrade amid heightened tensions with neighbouring Russia.

Kenya officials suspended over university massacre

 Nine Kenyan security officials from Garissa have been suspended and could face charges of criminal negligence over the massacre at the town`s university earlier this month, the government announced on Tuesday.

Iranian flotilla a 'factor' in warship deployment off Yemen: Pentagon

The Pentagon said on Tuesday the presence of a large convoy of Iranian cargo ships in the Arabian Sea was one factor in the US decision to deploy additional warships in the waters off war-torn Yemen but was not the primary reason for the move.

Boy in Spain attack `burst into tears` after killing teacher

 A 13-year-old boy armed with a crossbow and knife who killed a teacher at his school in Spain "burst into tears" after he realised what he had done, the gym teacher who subdued him said on Tuesday.

US `concerned` by sentencing of Egypt`s Morsi, 14 others

The United States expressed its concern on Tuesday after an Egyptian court sentenced Islamist former president Mohamed Morsi and 14 of his supporters to hefty jail terms.

UN urges Europe to put asylum at centre of migrant debate

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday urged European leaders to put the protection of migrants at the centre of debate over the crisis in the Mediterranean and to do more to help Greece and Italy cope.

US blacklists two Greek `terrorists` amid row over new law

The United States blacklisted two Greek extremists Tuesday amid a row over Greece`s new law which could see a bombmaker from a radical group accused of killing Americans released early from prison.

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev aimed to terrorise people: Prosecutor

Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev aimed to terrorize people with his deadly 2013 attack, a U.S. prosecutor said on Tuesday as the government began making its case that he should be sentenced to death for the bombing and its aftermath.