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Russia questions report blaming Syrian govt for gas attacks


UNITED NATIONS Russia questioned on Tuesday a report by the United Nations and a global chemical weapons watchdog that blamed Syrian government forces for two chlorine gas attacks, saying the U.N. Security Council could not use the conclusions to impose sanctions.


Oil falls on strong dollar, crude glut; storms limit losses 9:53pm BST

NEW YORK Oil prices fell Tuesday, with Brent losing nearly 2 percent, as the dollar rallied and glut worries grew amid forecasts for higher U.S. crude stockpiles and Iran's remark that it was on target to reach peak production.

Egyptian parliament approves long-awaited church building law 8:25pm BST

CAIRO Egypt's parliament approved on Tuesday a long-awaited law that governs building and renovating churches, an issue that has led in the past to attacks on members the country's Christian minority by Muslim militants.

Ex Guantanamo prisoner deported to Uruguay from Venezuela 6:47pm BST

MONTEVIDEO A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner arrived in Uruguay on Tuesday after being deported from Venezuela, where he set off alarm bells for travelling without proper documents and was detained earlier this month, a government official said.


Oil fires cast black cloud over Iraqi town retaken from Islamic State 6:34pm BST

QAYYARA, Iraq It gets darker earlier these days in the northern Iraqi town of Qayyara, which Islamic State militants abandoned about a week ago after setting fire to many of the region's oil wells. | Video


Iraq on track to retake Mosul this year, U.S. general says 6:30pm BST

WASHINGTON Iraq is on track to meet its objective of retaking the city of Mosul from Islamic State later this year, should Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi choose to go forward as planned, the head of the U.S. military's Central Command said on Tuesday.

Ceasefire holding between Turkey and Kurdish fighters in Syria 6:02pm BST

BEIRUT A ceasefire is holding between Turkey and Kurdish-backed militia in northern Syria, a Kurdish military official said on Tuesday, but a Syrian rebel commander characterised it only as a "pause" and added that military operations would resume soon.


Pakistan needs to join others in fighting terrorism, Kerry says 5:44pm BST

NEW DELHI Pakistan needs to join other nations in fighting terrorists within its borders, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged on Tuesday, saying Islamabad should not feel isolated by talks between the United States, India and Afghanistan next month in New York.

Egyptian parliament's human rights chief resigns 5:32pm BST

CAIRO A prominent Egyptian lawmaker has resigned as head of parliament's human rights committee, accusing the government and legislature of failing to address complaints of abuse from citizens.


Fire hits 28-floor Abu Dhabi tower under construction 5:31pm BST

ABU DHABI Fire swept through a 28-storey skyscraper under construction in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday and injured 13 people, the latest in a series of blazes to hit tall buildings in the United Arab Emirates over the last 18 months.

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