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World

  • Charlie Hebdo protesters storm Pakistan school

    Hundreds of Pakistani students protesting against a French magazine for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad stormed a Christian boys' school demanding it close, officials and police said Tuesday.

  • Japan envoy hopeful about hostage release

    Delicate negotiations were underway Tuesday to secure the release of a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faced questions over his government's handling of the crisis.

  • Russian bank official kills 3, self in shooting spree

    An official of the Russian Central Bank in the country's Far East went on a rampage at work Tuesday killing three colleagues and then shooting himself, investigators said.

  • African Union agrees 'substantive' transport deal with China

    China and the African Union agreed Tuesday an ambitious plan to develop road, rail and air transport routes to link capitals across the continent.

  • Two killed by bomb in strife-torn southern Philippines

    Two people were killed in a bomb blast in the Southern Philippines on Tuesday, the military said, the latest in a series of violent incidents in the strife-torn region in barely a week.

  • Gunmen storm Tripoli luxury hotel, at least three dead

    Gunmen stormed a hotel popular with foreigners in Libya's capital on Tuesday, setting off a car bomb and killing at least three guards in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

  • Three more beheaded under new Saudi king

    Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded two more of its citizens and a Pakistani, continuing the strictest punishment under new King Salman.

  • Obama: US must balance human rights, security with Saudis

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the US government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he traveled to the kingdom to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah.

  • German identity shaped by Auschwitz, says president

    Germany's president said Tuesday that the memory of Auschwitz shapes German identity and gives the country a duty to protect the rights of all in a multicultural society.

  • Pakistani teachers get gun training after Peshawar massacre

    Teachers in northwest Pakistan are being given firearms training and will be allowed to take guns into the classroom in a bid to strengthen security following a Taliban massacre at a school last month.

  • Eurogroup chief to meet Tsipras in Greece Friday

    The head of the eurozone finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, will visit Athens on Friday for talks with Greece's new anti-austerity Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, his spokeswoman said.

  • Hoping for brighter future

    Afghan day-laborers count their money in Kabul on Tuesday. Afghanistan's economy has improved significantly since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 largely because of the impact of international assistance. However, despite significant improvement in the last decade, the country is still extremely poor and remains highly dependent on foreign aid. (AFP/ Shah Marai)

  • Thai junta chief defends controversial cyber law plans

    Thailand's junta chief Tuesday defended proposals for a cyber law that critics say will grant the government unprecedented surveillance powers with little judicial oversight.

  • China says 'harmful info' must be managed after VPNs blocked

    Responding to reports that China is blocking VPN services that let users jump the Great Firewall, an Internet official said Tuesday that "harmful information" must be managed.

  • Singapore forms Cyber Security Agency after world hack attacks

    Singapore's government will set up a new agency to strengthen cyber security, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's office said Tuesday, amid more reports of high-profile hacking incidents worldwide.

  • Facebook, Instagram suffer outage but deny hacker attack

    Facebook, the world's most popular social network, and its Instagram photo site were interrupted temporarily Tuesday, provoking panic, rumours of a hack, and jokes of how more than one billion users were struggling to cope.

  • Probe after 11 die in NATO training jet crash in Spain

    Officials investigated Tuesday how a fighter jet crashed during NATO training exercises at an air force base in Spain, killing 11 military personnel leaving others with serious burns.

  • French court rules baby names 'Nutella' and 'Strawberry' in bad taste

    A French court has blocked parents from naming their baby girl Nutella after the hazelnut spread that is a staple in Gallic households, arguing it would make her the target of mockery.

  • China officials dine on endangered salamander: Reports

    Chinese officials feasted on a critically endangered giant salamander and turned violent when journalists photographed the luxury banquet, according to media reports Tuesday on the event which appeared to flout Beijing's austerity campaign.

  • Over 10,000 sue Japan paper over sex slavery reports

    More than 10,000 people are suing Japan's leading liberal newspaper over stories on Tokyo's system of wartime sex slavery, which they say have stained their reputation as Japanese nationals.

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