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Mexico says murdered students were mistaken for rival gang

MEXICO CITY - The 43 Mexican students who disappeared four months ago were murdered on the orders of a drug cartel who mistook them for members of a rival gang, the government said on Tuesday, finally confirming the deaths of the trainee teachers.

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Yemen's Houthi leader says wants peaceful transfer of power

SANAA - The leader of Yemen's Houthis who control the capital Sanaa said on Tuesday his group was seeking a peaceful transfer of power after the resignation of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and urged all factions to work together to solve the crisis.

Yemen, United Nations 3:46pm EST

Egypt confirms jail terms for leading liberal activists

CAIRO - An Egyptian court upheld three-year jail sentences on Tuesday for three prominent liberal activists, judicial sources said, after days of violence around the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt 4:46pm EST

At least three killed after U.N. troops in Mali fire at protest

BAMAKO - United Nations peacekeepers in the northern Malian town of Gao killed at least three people on Tuesday when they used live rounds to disperse protesters there, witnesses said.

Mali, United Nations 4:50pm EST

Too soon to say 'mission accomplished' in Kobani

WASHINGTON - It is still too early to declare "mission accomplished" in Kobani, the northern Syrian town where Kurdish fighters have largely pushed out Islamic State militants, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday. | Video

Syria 4:59pm EST

Brazil's Rousseff urges cabinet to back belt-tightening

BRASILIA - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff urged her cabinet on Tuesday to embrace fiscal belt-tightening and other measures aimed at restoring business confidence and growth in her second term.

Brazil 5:33pm EST

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