ATHENS - Greece expects to conclude a bailout deal with international lenders by Aug. 18, with the drafting of the accord starting on Wednesday, government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said on Tuesday.
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DIYARBAKIR - Two Turkish soldiers and an armed guard were killed in a blast from a homemade mine planted by Kurdish militants on Tuesday in the southeastern province of Sirnak, security sources said.
TOKYO - Japan said on Tuesday it was suspending construction of a contentious U.S. air base on the island of Okinawa for a month to give time for talks between the central government and island authorities opposed to the facility.
KARLSRUHE - Germany's top public prosecutor accused the government on Tuesday of interfering in a widely criticized treason investigation into a news website, in a rare clash between the state and judiciary.
BEIJING - Chinese police have detained seven members of a Christian church for suspected crimes including embezzlement, state media and one of their lawyers said on Tuesday, after they resisted a government campaign to take down their church's cross.
KUALA LUMPUR - Southeast Asian countries on Tuesday backed a U.S. call to halt land reclamation in the South China Sea, underlining unease in the region over Beijing's continued expansion on disputed islands.