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Venezuela's Maduro says ex-military officers conspiring with U.S. help

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday said ex-military officers were conspiring against his government with the help of the United States, responding to a question about a report that U.S. officials met with military officers seeking his ouster.

Amnesty calls Egypt an 'open-air prison' for critics

By HAMZA HENDAWI

Egypt's crackdown on freedom of expression under the rule of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has reached "alarming" and "unprecedented" levels, Amnesty International said Tuesday, calling for the unconditional release of Egyptians jailed for peacefully expressing their views.

Rape trial of man at center of Nobel scandal starts Wednesday

The man at the center of a scandal that has engulfed the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize for Literature, will stand trial on Wednesday for rape.

Romania sets date for referendum to block gay marriage

Romania set an Oct. 6-7 date for a referendum to change the constitutional definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman, aimed at preventing same sex partnerships from ever being legal in one of the few EU states to still ban them.

Germany ousts spymaster over far-right violence row

Germany's government said on Tuesday it would replace the head of its domestic intelligence agency who has faced accusations of harboring far-right sympathies, putting an end to a row that exposed divisions in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government.

Syria's government and opposition welcome Idlib deal

By BASSEM MROUE

Syria welcomed Tuesday the Turkey-Russia deal declaring a demilitarized zone around Idlib province but vowed to keep up its campaign against "terrorism," either through military action or reconciliation deals with the opposition.

U.S. judge dismisses concussions lawsuits against World Wrestling

A federal judge has dismissed lawsuits by dozens of former professional wrestlers who accused World Wrestling Entertainment Inc of failing to protect them from concussions and other head trauma, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Putin sees chance circumstances behind downing of Russian plane off Syrian coast

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the shooting down of a Russian military plane near Syria's seacoast was the result of a series of tragic and chance circumstances.

Germany ousts spymaster over far-right violence row

Germany's government said on Tuesday it would replace the head of its domestic intelligence agency who has faced accusations of harboring far-right sympathies, putting an end to a row that exposed divisions in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government.

Russia tells Israel it will take all steps to protect its personnel in Syria: ministry

Russia has told Israel it will take all necessary measures to protect its military personnel in Syria, the foreign ministry in Moscow said.

China casts shadow over new U.S. LNG terminals with tariff

China set a tariff on U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG), casting a shadow over U.S. plans for new export terminals that were expected to turn the United States into the world's second largest LNG seller.

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