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Top French Socialist axed from party over anti-semitic tweet

A top official in France's Socialist Party was expelled on Tuesday days after tweeting an image with anti-Semitic overtones against President Emmanuel Macron. Gerard Filoche, a member of the Socialists' national bureau, claims to have...Show More Summary

Scandal plagued Brazilian politician jailed -- again

A scandal-plagued top politician in Rio de Janeiro was ordered by a court Tuesday to go back to jail, just four days after the state legislature provoked an uproar by letting him out. Jorge Picciani, speaker of the state legislature, surrendered to police after an appeals court overturned the legislature's earlier ruling, local media reported. Show More Summary

Trump, Putin stress ensuring 'stability of a unified Syria'

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a lengthy phone call Tuesday, stressing the need to ensure "the stability of a unified Syria," the White House said. Unifying Syria is an extremely difficult proposition,...Show More Summary

Romanian ruling party leader's assets frozen in corruption probe

Romania's anti-corruption agency on Tuesday froze more than 27 million euros in assets belonging to Liviu Dragnea, the powerful boss of the country's ruling left party who is being investigated for abuse of power and embezzlement of EU funds. Show More Summary

Ratko Mladic still a 'legend', says Bosnian Serb chief

The Bosnian Serb political leader Milorad Dodik said he believed Ratko Mladic would remain "a legend" regardless of the verdict at his genocide trial on Wednesday. UN war crimes judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) are to hand down their long-awaited judgement on "The Butcher of Bosnia" in The Hague. Show More Summary

New US sanctions on North Korea ships, Chinese traders

The United States unveiled new economic sanctions Tuesday targeting North Korean shipping and Chinese traders doing business with Pyongyang. The measures came a day after President Donald Trump declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism and warned of a string of new measures against its banned nuclear program. Show More Summary

Power, whites and gays - Mugabe in quotes

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 93, who resigned on Tuesday, has a long history of making colourful or controversial remarks during a reign that has spanned nearly four decades. Among them: - On staying in office - "Some are saying 'Mr Mugabe is old, so he should step down'... Show More Summary

Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, in key dates

Here are some key dates in the life of Grace Mugabe, wife of resigned president Robert Mugabe, whose ambitions to succeed him largely led to a military takeover. - July 23, 1965: Grace Marufu is born in South Africa. - 1996: Aged 31, she marries Robert Mugabe, 72, for whom she had been working as a secretary and having an affair. Show More Summary

Danish divers find arm in search for Kim Wall's remains

Danish police said Tuesday divers had recovered an arm in waters off Copenhagen, where the dismembered head, torso and legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall were found in October. "We have not yet determined if it is a right or left arm, or to whom the arm belongs. Show More Summary

Greek flood death toll rises to 21

The death toll from flash floods near Athens last week has risen to 21, with one more person still missing, officials said Tuesday. The body of a truck driver was recovered at a municipal vehicle lot in Mandra, the town near Athens worst hit by the flood, nearly a week after he disappeared. Show More Summary

Russia denies nuclear accident after radioactive pollution

Russia on Tuesday denied its nuclear facilities experienced any incidents after reports of contamination by the ruthenium 106 radioactive isotope in parts of the country, and said the concentration detected posed little threat. On Monday,...Show More Summary

Sharapova named in India luxury housing fraud probe

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is under investigation by Indian police for cheating and criminal conspiracy after the collapse of a luxury housing project that she endorsed, a lawyer said Tuesday. The firm behind the development is alleged to have taken millions of dollars from homebuyers before the project folded. Show More Summary

Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with embattled Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Sochi ahead of talks on Wednesday with leaders from Turkey and Iran aimed at re-booting the peace process in the conflict-torn country. The Kremlin said Monday's meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi came during a "working visit" by Assad to Russia. Show More Summary

Cigar-shaped asteroid came from another solar system: study

A rocky cigar-shaped object detected in space last month came from another solar system, astronomers said Monday as they confirmed an unprecedented observation. The discovery may provide clues as to how other solar systems formed, said the researchers, who published their study in the British journal Nature. Show More Summary

North Korea purge a rebalancing from military: analysts

A purge of senior North Korean military figures is part of a bid by leader Kim Jong-Un to reduce the influence of the powerful army and further tighten his grip on the country, analysts said Tuesday. Since taking power in 2011, North...Show More Summary

Colombians displaced by civil war now in crossfire of drugs gangs

In the port city of Tumaco, the bullets are still flying a year after a peace deal ended Colombia's half-century civil war. The walls of its squalid houses are pocked by their impact, reminding those who once fled the conflict that there is still no respite from violence. Show More Summary

Honduran president eyes re-election amid gang crackdown

After a first term during which he hit back at violent gangs terrorizing much of Honduras, President Juan Orlando Hernandez is seeking re-election on Sunday with promises to cement the security gains and attract investment. His bid has...Show More Summary

Chinese human rights lawyers jailed for two years

A Chinese court sentenced prominent human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong to two years in prison for "inciting subversion" on Tuesday, the latest jailing in an intensifying crackdown on rights defenders and activists. Jiang, 46, had taken...Show More Summary

Rights activists condemn police violence in California

Rights activists singled out police in southern California on Monday for excessive use of force and the high number of deaths involving officers, particularly among ethnic minorities. The American Civil Liberties Union says the level...Show More Summary

Palestinian factions to meet in Cairo for reconciliation talks

Leading Palestinian political factions are to gather in Cairo on Tuesday to push ahead with reconciliation efforts, including discussing the formation of a unity government. Representatives of 13 political parties arrived in the Egyptian capital on Monday ahead of talks that are expected to last three days, participants said. Show More Summary

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