Israel's Netanyahu to address Congress in speech that has strained ties with Obama

WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will escalate his campaign against U.S. President Barack Obama's Iran diplomacy on Tuesday in a speech to Congress whose staging has put unprecedented stress on the two leaders' already strained ties.

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Iraqi forces try to seal off Islamic State around Tikrit

BAGHDAD - Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shi'ite militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Iraq's biggest offensive yet against a stronghold of the radical Sunni Islamist militants. | Video

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North Korea has power to deter U.S. 'nuclear threat:' foreign minister

GENEVA - North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong warned on Tuesday that his country had the power to deter an "ever-increasing nuclear threat" by the United States with a pre-emptive strike if necessary.

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Final stage of jury selection set for Boston bombing trial

BOSTON - The long-running process of choosing a jury to hear the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due to wrap up on Tuesday with the judge and lawyers for both sides selecting the panel of 12 jurors and six alternates.

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Exclusive: China investigates second top officer for graft - sources

BEIJING - China is investigating a second former top military officer on suspicion of corruption, two independent sources told Reuters, as President Xi Jinping widens his campaign against deep-rooted graft in the country.

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Three Ukrainian soldiers killed in past 24 hours: Ukraine military source

KIEV - Three Ukrainian servicemen were killed and nine were wounded in the last 24 hours in the country's east where government troops are fighting with pro-Russian rebels, a Ukrainian military source told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Ukraine says return of Crimea a must for mending ties with Russia

TOKYO - No normalization of ties between Ukraine and Russia is likely unless the region of Crimea, now under Russian control, is returned to Kiev's sovereignty, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said on Tuesday.