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Bolivia seeks new leader as Morales heads to Mexico for refuge

Bolivia's former leader Evo Morales was heading to Mexico to seek asylum on Tuesday as security forces sought to quell violence over the long-serving leftist's resignation and lawmakers jostled to establish an interim replacement.

Former U.S. top diplomat Rice concerned by shadow diplomacy on Ukraine

Condoleezza Rice, a secretary of state under Republican President George W. Bush, said on Monday reports of an unofficial U.S. policy being carried out in Ukraine were "deeply troubling."

Spain's Socialists and Podemos reach preliminary coalition deal

Spain's Socialists and far-left Unidas Podemos party agreed on the basis of a coalition government on Tuesday, just two days after a parliamentary election delivered a highly fragmented parliament.

Moldova's fledgling government felled by no-confidence vote

A no-confidence vote brought down Moldova's government on Tuesday, threatening more instability just five months after pro-Western Prime Minister Maia Sandu took office promising to fight corruption.

Lebanese bank staff union calls for strike action on Wednesday

A union representing Lebanese bank employees called for a strike to continue on Wednesday, its president said, extending industrial action that shut down banks across the country on Tuesday.

U.N. urges Lebanon to form government of 'competence', banks close

Lebanon's banks and schools were shut on Tuesday in a new wave of disruption as politicians struggled to agree on a new government to steer the country out of its worst economic crisis since the 1975-90 civil war.

EU pushes Brexit Britain to name new commissioner

The European Union pressed Britain on Tuesday to name a representative for the new executive European Commission despite the country's planned departure for the bloc.

Mexico says Bolivia's Morales will arrive in Mexico around 11 am

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday that the plane carrying ousted Bolivian president Evo Morales is expected to arrive in Mexico around 11 a.m. local time after difficulties in getting approval to fly over countries in South America.

No end in sight to Chile unrest as massive strike, more protests planned

State workers in Chile promised to launch a massive, nationwide walk-off early on Tuesday, a sign protesters were not yet satisfied following the government's decision to rewrite the country's heavily critiqued dictatorship-era constitution.

UK Conservatives' lead over Labour narrows slightly: Survation poll

The lead held by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party over the opposition Labour Party has narrowed over the past week, an opinion poll by Survation showed on Tuesday, ahead of a Dec. 12 election.

Spain's Socialists, Podemos sign government pact

Spain's Socialist acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and the leader of far-left Unidas Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, signed a preliminary agreement on Tuesday aiming to form what they called a "progressive" coalition government.

Europe agrees to develop more weapons independently of U.S.

European Union governments gave the green light on Tuesday for 13 new defence projects in a step to develop more firepower independently of the United States.

Vatican conference urges governments to tackle food loss and waste

An international panel of experts backed by Pope Francis appealed to governments on Tuesday to commit to halving food waste and loss by 2030, saying it was morally, economically and environmentally unacceptable.

Violence brings Hong Kong to 'brink of total breakdown': police

Hong Kong police fired tear gas on Tuesday in the Central financial district, over the harbour in Mong Kok and at universities to break up pro-democracy protests which they said were leading the city to the "brink of total breakdown".

Bolivia's Morales boards plane to Mexico as protests rage in La Paz

Bolivia's ousted president Evo Morales was flying to political asylum in Mexico on Monday night, the latest step in the once-beloved leader's rapid fall, while military and police deployed in the streets of La Paz to quell violence.

Germany detains three Islamic State suspects over attack plan

German police detained three people in the western city of Offenbach on Tuesday on suspicion of planning a bomb attack for the Islamic State militant group, prosecutors said.

Financial Times picks first female editor Khalaf as Barber signs off

Roula Khalaf will become the first woman to edit the Financial Times in its 131-year history after Lionel Barber, Britain's most senior financial journalist, said he would step down.

French police disperse protesters blocking major Spain-France road link

French riot police were dispersing on Tuesday morning hundreds of Catalan pro-independence demonstrators who had been blocking a major road link that connects the Spanish region with France for nearly 24 hours.

Saudi court convicts 38 people on terrorism-related charges

A Saudi Arabian court has convicted 38 people of terrorism-related crimes, state-run Al Ekhbariya television reported on Tuesday.

Algerian court jails 21 protesters

A court in Algeria sentenced 21 protesters on Tuesday to six months in jail for "undermining national unity", official media reported, a month ahead of a presidential election.

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