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Poland seeks U.S. assurances over Guantanamo inmate

WARSAW - Poland's government has sent an official note to U.S. authorities seeking diplomatic assurances that an inmate at the U.S. military jail in Guantanamo Bay will not be subject to the death penalty, the Polish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

11:23am EDT

Libya's rival parliament sacks PM amid internal divisions: spokesman

TRIPOLI - Libya's rival parliament, the General National Congress, on Tuesday sacked the Tripoli-based prime minister, Omar al-Hassi, to counter internal divisions, its spokesman said.

World, Libya 11:19am EDT

Iraqi forces drive Islamic State out of central Tikrit: PM


TIKRIT, Iraq - Iraqi troops aided by Shi'ite paramilitaries have driven Islamic State out of central Tikrit, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday, but the fight to retake all of Saddam Hussein's home town continued.

World, Iraq 11:12am EDT

U.S., Cuba hold first formal talks on human rights

WASHINGTON - The United States and Cuba met on Tuesday to discuss how they intend to treat future dialogue on the thorny issue of human rights as the countries move toward restoring diplomatic ties.

World, Cuba 11:06am EDT

France's Hollande to press ahead with reforms despite poll losses


BERLIN - French President Francois Hollande pledged on Tuesday to press ahead with his reform drive after his ruling Socialist Party suffered heavy losses in weekend local elections.

10:50am EDT

Countries have pledged $3.8 billion toward Syria humanitarian crisis: U.N.

KUWAIT - Countries have pledged $3.8 billion to help with the humanitarian crisis in Syria, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said at a summit in the Kuwaiti capital on Tuesday.

World, United Nations 10:45am EDT

Vatican defends appointing Chilean bishop accused of hiding abuse

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican on Tuesday strongly defended its appointment of a bishop in Chile despite protests by critics who have accused him of covering up sexual abuse.

Turkish court acquits all defendants in coup plot trial -lawyer

ISTANBUL - A Turkish court acquitted all 236 military officers in a retrial over an alleged 2003 plot to unseat then-prime minister Tayyip Erdogan, after the prosecutor said key evidence was inadmissible, a defense lawyer told Reuters.

10:41am EDT

Milan mosque row shows Italian divisions over integration

MILAN - One afternoon in 2009, over a thousand Muslims knelt before Milan's Duomo cathedral and prayed. The gesture, ostensibly about an Israeli bombing campaign, focused minds on the growing number of Muslims in Italy's business capital and their desire for a recognized place of worship.

World, Israel 10:40am EDT

U.S. fighter jets to join exercises over Bulgaria

SOFIA - A dozen United States Air Force fighter jets will join military drills in Bulgaria in the next three months, a defense ministry official said on Tuesday, amid increased tensions with Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

World, Russia 10:36am EDT

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.