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NATO rejects Russia explanation on Turkish air space

BRUSSELS - NATO on Tuesday rejected Moscow's explanation that its warplanes violated the air space of alliance member Turkey at the weekend by mistake and said Russia was sending more ground troops to Syria and building up its naval presence. | Video

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Abbas says does not want escalation with Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday he did not want a spike in deadly violence in East Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank to spiral into armed confrontation with Israel.

Israel, 11:12am EDT

West, Ukraine, hail rebel decision to postpone disputed elections

KIEV - A decision by pro-Russian separatists to postpone local elections that Ukraine had said were illegitimate was welcomed on Tuesday by Kiev, the European Union and Moscow - the rebels' patron - as a sign of progress in the faltering peace process.

Russia 11:34am EDT

EU seeks Turkey help to block migrant flows, offers cash

BRUSSELS - The European Union wants more Turkish cooperation with Greece and other EU neighbors to stem migration flows and in return is ready to offer more funding for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Turkey under an EU plan published on Tuesday.

Church should shun derogatory words on gays, Vatican synod told

VATICAN CITY - Catholics should stop using condescending language such as "pity" toward homosexuals and find ways to welcome them as sons and daughters of the Church, bishops have told a major gathering on the family.

10:33am EDT

Spain, France arrest member of Basque group ETA near Paris

MADRID - Spanish and French police arrested a long-sought leading member of the militant Basque separatist group ETA in a Paris suburb on Tuesday after a series of recent operations against the group.

Spain 11:49am EDT

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