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UK Labor Launches Campaign to Stay in EU

The Labor party on Tuesday launched its campaign for Britain to remain in the European Union, saying that the Paris terror attacks showed the need to "stand shoulder to shoulder" with European partners.

The Conservative government has promised an in-out referendum by the end of 2017, with recent polls showing the public split neck-and-neck on the issue despite all the main parties campaigning to stay in.

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Jewish Extremist Sentenced to 3 Years for Jerusalem School Arson

A Jewish extremist convicted of arson over the burning of an Arabic-Hebrew bilingual school seen as a rare symbol of coexistence in Jerusalem was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday, the court said.

Yitzhak Gabai, 23, was found guilty in the November 2014 attack that saw a first-grade classroom badly damaged and slogans in Hebrew reading "Death to Arabs" and "There's no coexistence with cancer" scrawled on the walls.

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Russia Building New Military Bases on Islands Claimed by Japan

Russia has begun building two modern military compounds on the far eastern Kuril islands, defense minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday, heightening long-running tensions with Japan over the disputed islands.

Russia is "actively carrying out construction of military compounds on the islands of Iturup and Kunashir," Shoigu said at a meeting with military top brass, according to the ministry's website.

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Police Ban Demos on Paris' Champs Elysees during Climate Talks

French police on Tuesday banned demonstrations on Paris' prestigious Champs Elysees avenue and near the venue for the U.N. climate conference at Le Bourget north of the capital during the two-week talks.

"Other bans could be implemented, depending on the necessity and the circumstances," police warned.

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Fierce Clashes between U.N. Troops, Uganda Rebels in DRCongo

Fierce fighting between U.N. peacekeepers and Ugandan rebels raged in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, after a weekend attack by the mostly Muslim group left 24 people dead.

U.N. General Jean Baillaud, acting commander of the U.N.'s MONUSCO force, told AFP the peacekeepers had tracked down the rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and attacked them at dawn using combat helicopters.

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Qaida Warns Saudi against Executing Jihadists

Al-Qaida warned Saudi authorities on Tuesday against executing jihadists on death row in the kingdom following reports that dozens of executions are imminent.    

"We have heard of executions that the government of Al-Saud intends to implement against mujahedeen brothers held captive. We vow to sacrifice our own blood to save theirs," Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula said in a statement posted online.

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Pink Takes on Malnutrition as UNICEF Ambassador

Pink was appointed on Monday as UNICEF's newest ambassador, pledging to raise awareness about malnutrition worldwide.

"As a mom myself, it's devastating to know that children are suffering because they don't have adequate nutrition," said the Grammy Award-winning singer.

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Iran Rejects Kenya 'Attacks' Plot

Iran's embassy in Kenya on Tuesday denied any links to two Kenyan men police said were allegedly recruited by an Iranian group to plot attacks in the east African nation.

Police chief Joseph Boinett on Saturday said they believed the two arrested men had travelled to Iran several times, identifying them as Abubakar Sadiq Louw, 69, and Yassin Sambai Juma, 25.

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EU Bailout Fund Rescues Greece's Top Bank

The eurozone's bailout fund rescued Greece's largest bank on Tuesday, launching a recapitalization process that is a crucial part of the country's third loan program in five years.

The European Stability Mechanism unlocked 2.72 billion euros ($2.88 billion), to shore up Piraeus Bank, Greece's biggest lender, a statement said.

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Saudi Death Row Cleric in 'High Spirits'

Saudi death row Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr is in high spirits despite reports he is at risk of imminent execution, his brother said on Monday after visiting the sheikh.

"He's good, very well, high spirits. His health is very good and he is ready for anything, even for death," Jaffar al-Nimr told Agence France Presse.

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