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'Life-threatening' blizzard shuts down much of U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK - A life-threatening blizzard barrelled into the U.S. Northeast, affecting up to 20 percent of Americans as it kept workers and students housebound, halted thousands of flights and prompted New York to ban cars from roads and shut down subway trains.

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Indonesia military pulls out of recovery effort for crashed AirAsia jet

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia/JAKARTA - Indonesia's military on Tuesday withdrew from search and recovery efforts a month after an AirAsia passenger jet crashed into the sea killing all 162 people on board, navy officials said.

10:03am GMT

Belgium detains three men with links to radical groups - prosecutors

BRUSSELS - Belgian police have detained three men in the western Belgian town of Kortrijk with links to "radicalised groups" and found weapons while searching their homes, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

9:03am GMT

South Korea, China warn Japan not to backtrack on apology over wartime past

SEOUL - South Korea and China warned Japan on Tuesday not to backtrack on its apology issued 20 years ago over its wartime past when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

Japan 8:54am GMT

Libyan security forces surround Tripoli hotel - security spokesman

TRIPOLI - Libyan security forces are surrounding a Tripoli luxury hotel where gunmen are holed up after launching a car bomb attack, a security spokesman said on Tuesday.

Libya 10:10am GMT

Bullets hit flydubai passenger jet at Baghdad airport

BAGHDAD - Bullets hit a passenger jet operated by budget carrier Dubai Aviation Corp, known as flydubai, as it was landing at Baghdad airport, the company and officials said on Tuesday.