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Iran eliminates half of proliferation-prone uranium stock
Diplomats say the U.N. will certify this week that Iran's ability to make a nuclear bomb has been reduced, because it has neutralized half of its material that can be turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium.
US government report finds faults in Haiti housing effort
A U.S. government report said a $50 million effort by Washington to build 4,000 houses for Haitians in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake has fallen short -- and just over 800 were built.
Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances
Obama has vowed to enact biting sanctions against Russia's vital economic sectors if the Kremlin tries to replicate its actions in Crimea elsewhere in Ukraine. But despite those warnings, Russia appears to be testing Obama's limits.
Death toll from Ebola outbreak climbs to more than 120
The World Health Organization said Tuesday that an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has now been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people -- the bulk of which are located in Guinea.
UN report cites human rights violations in Ukraine
The United Nations said in a report Tuesday that corruption, a lack of independence of the judiciary, and a lack of free elections were among the root causes of popular protests that took place in Ukraine from November to February.
Ukraine's security forces say they have secured airport
Ukraine's government said it secured a small airport in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, after clashing with gunmen there. The clash came hours after Ukraine's acting president announced an "anti-terrorist operation" against the armed, pro-Russian insurgents.
Germany's Merkel calls Putin to discuss Ukraine
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday to discuss the situation in Ukraine, and said that she and Putin had "different assessments of events" in Ukraine during their telephone conversation.
Experts say Pistorius prosecutors still have work to do
Five days on the witness stand -- and a withering cross-examination from a prosecutor -- have finally ended for former Olympian and accused killer Oscar Pistorius, at his murder trial in South Africa.
Greek court jails two for life for migrant's murder
An Athens court on Tuesday convicted two Greek men to life imprisonment for stabbing a Pakistani immigrant worker to death last year, during a spike in racist attacks in the recession-ravaged country.
Puerto Rico boxer Felix Trinidad reaches debt deal
Puerto Rico boxing star Felix Trinidad has reached a debt deal with a local bank following alleged losses of $63 million, that he blames on a former financial adviser.
Venezuela opposition resumes talks with government
Venezuela's opposition is resuming negotiations with the government amid rising doubts the talks will produce a breakthrough. Tuesday's closed-door meeting is aimed at designing a framework for future talks.
US eyes more action against Russia if talks fail
The State Department said the U.S. is eyeing a new round of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but any new move is unlikely until after a diplomatic meeting later this week in Switzerland.
Djibouti president to visit White House next month
President Obama will meet with Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh at the White House next month, which formally recognizes the strategic partnership between the U.S. and Djibouti.
Iran protests UN ambassador ban to United Nations
Iran has formally protested Washington's refusal to grant a visa to its new U.N. ambassador. Tehran's U.N. Mission sent a letter to the Committee on Relations with the Host Country and released a copy of it Monday night. 
Diplomat appointed to head UK eavesdropping agency
Foreign Secretary William Hague said Tuesday that Robert Hannigan will take over the organization, whose covert activities were exposed by leaks from former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
Suspected extremists kidnap 100 girls in Nigeria
Officials say suspected Islamic extremists have abducted about 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria — but some of the teens managed to escape from the back of an open truck.
FBI leak probe shuts down 9/11 case at Guantanamo
An apparent FBI investigation has at least temporarily shut down the effort to try five Guantanamo Bay prisoners by military commission for the 9/11 terror attack.
Saudi king replaces intelligence chief Bandar
Saudi Arabia's king has appointed a new intelligence chief, Youssef al-Idrisi, replacing Bandar bin Sultan in the key post, which oversees the kingdom's support for Syrian rebels.
Pet boom in Mexico amid rising middle class
The growth of Mexico's middle class is creating a new market for fancy goods and services for dogs. Those include clothing and accessory boutiques, spas and restaurants with doggie snacks cooked by a pastry chef.
Robotic sub returns to water to search for missing jet
A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysian jet has returned to the water for its second mission. Monday's planned 16-hour search lasted just six hours after tt was cut short by a built-in safety feature.
British salon's Kim Jong Un poster riles North Korean embassy
Staff at a London hair salon say they had a close shave with North Korean officials after using the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, to promote discount haircuts.
Two charged with migrant smuggling in US Virgin Islands
Two Haitian nationals have been arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands after being indicted on charges of conspiracy to smuggle migrants into the United States, authorities said Monday.
American Samoa schools reopen after pink eye woes
Schools in the U.S. territory's main island of Tutuila reopened Monday for the first time since April 4, when 28 facilities shut their doors after a pink eye outbreak affected approximately 3,000 students and teachers.
European Union officials still hopeful for peaceful Ukraine exit
European Union foreign ministers are deploring what they say is more Russian interference in Ukraine -- but hoping, at the same time, that an end to the crisis can still be peacefully negotiated.
Iran official concerned about nuclear power plant
Iran's nuclear chief expressed concern on Monday for the fate of the country's only nuclear power plant, amid talks with the West about a final deal to curb the country's nuclear program.
Syrian forces take rebel town near Lebanon border
Syrian state media said Monday that pro-government troops have seized a rebel-held town near the border with Lebanon, continuing a march to dislodge opposition strongholds from along the rugged frontier.
US says proof shows Russia is driving Ukraine unrest
The White House said Monday that there is "overwhelming evidence" that Russia is driving the unrest in eastern Ukraine -- but President Obama has not yet concluded that the actions warrant more sanctions.
Obama plans to host Uruguay's president next month
The White House said Monday that Uruguay's president is planning to visit next month -- that the May 12 visit will highlight the Obama administration's support for President Jose Mujica's record on human rights and global security.
Biden to attend Brazil's World Cup soccer tournament
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is planning to be among the attendees at this summer's World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil, and see the U.S. national team play, the White House announced on Monday.
Prosecutor suggests Pistorius is faking his emotions
A South African prosecutor suggested Monday that the former Olympian is staging his emotional outbursts in an effort to hide his inability to answer questions about the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
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