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In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom

NEW DELHI - U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India's most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country with a history of strife between Hindus and minorities. | Video

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At least eight dead as gunmen storm Tripoli hotel: Libyan official

TRIPOLI - At least eight people, including five foreigners, were killed when gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Tuesday, a local security official said.

Libya 9:21am EST

Battles continue outside Syria's Kobani after Kurds claim victory

BEIRUT - Kurdish forces battled Islamic State fighters outside Kobani on Tuesday, a monitoring group said, a day after Kurds said they had taken full control of the northern Syrian town following a four-month battle.

Syria 9:16am EST

Nine Ukrainian soldiers killed in 'tense' eastern conflict: Kiev military

KIEV - Nine Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in fighting Russian-backed separatists in the past 24 hours, the Kiev military said on Tuesday, as rebels fought to encircle a key town straddling transport routes between their two strongholds.

Russia, United Nations 7:50am EST

Erdogan settles in as Turkey's strongman, constitutional change or not

ANKARA - A grand new palace, toothless opposition and fawning ruling party have helped Tayyip Erdogan craft a powerful role as Turkey's head of state; but elections may yet deny him his goal of a full executive presidency and sow political uncertainty.

Turkey 8:55am EST

Anti-austerity economist says to become Greek finance minister

ATHENS - Economics professor Yanis Varoufakis confirmed he would become Greece's next finance minister on Tuesday, promising to defy advice to "put up or shut up" and find solutions that favour all Europeans rather than just Greeks.

Greece 8:58am EST

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