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Australia Says 'Industrial Scale' Tampering of Evidence at MH17 Site

Evidence has been tampered with on an "industrial scale" at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday, calling it "a cover-up".

Abbott, whose government was behind a U.N. Security Council resolution that Monday unanimously demanded full access to the site in rebel-held east Ukraine, admitted progress had been made but said more needed to be done.

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Taliban Suicide Attack Kills 5 Foreign Guards in Kabul

A Taliban suicide attacker riding a motorbike killed five foreign guards in Kabul on Tuesday, the latest blast to rock the Afghan capital during an impasse over presidential election results.

The attacker struck a compound near the outer perimeter of Kabul airport, which was targeted last week when insurgents seized a building in the same area and fired towards the airport using automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades.

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Cambodia Opposition Ends Year-Long Boycott of Parliament

Cambodia's main opposition party struck a deal Tuesday with strongman premier Hun Sen to end its year-long boycott of parliament triggered by a disputed election.

The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said it had agreed to break the deadlock and take up its seats in the National Assembly in return for a promise of electoral reforms.

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Report: Nasrallah-Meshaal Contacts Will Help Rebuild Islamic Resistance against Israel

The Israeli campaign against the Gaza Strip will play a major role in “reorganizing” the power of the resistance in Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, and the region, reported As Safir newspaper on Tuesday.

This was reflected in the telephone call between Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal on Monday, added the daily.

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U.N. Security Council Denounces Persecution of Iraqi Christians

The United Nations Security Council has denounced militant persecution of Christians and other minorities in Iraq, warning such actions can be considered crimes against humanity.

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Saniora Begins Tour on March 14 Alliance to Discuss Hariri's Roadmap

Head of al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc MP Fouad Saniora kicked off a tour on March 14 leaders to tackle the roadmap proposed by al-Mustaqbal chief ex-Premier Saad Hariri.

Local newspapers published on Tuesday reported that Saniora and head of the ex-PM's office Nader Hariri began their tour with Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel during a meeting held in Bikfaya on Sunday evening.

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Salam: Cabinet Session Will Reveal True Intentions of Ministers

Prime Minister Tammam Salam stated that he postponed last week's cabinet session to this week in order to allow ministers to resolve their differences without any pressure, reported An Nahar daily on Tuesday.

He told the daily: “This week's session is a test to determine the true intentions of the ministers and determine whether they want the government to function.”

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Army Raids Tripoli Neighborhood as Rifi Says Security Forces Will Pursue Wanted Suspects

The army carried out on Tuesday raids in the al-Mankoubin neighborhood in the northern city of Tripoli in search of wanted suspects, reported Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3).

It said that the raid was accompanied by the deployment of army units on al-Ahram Street in the Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood.

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Vatican Exerting Efforts to End Presidential Impasse

The Vatican resumed efforts to end the presidential deadlock in Lebanon as the papal ambassador Gabriele Caccia carried out contacts with diplomats to tackle the issue.

According to An Nahar newspaper published on Tuesday, Caccia contacted several ambassadors of major powers to tackle the presidential impasse.

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Muslim Rebel Attacks Kill 18 in Philippines

An escalation of fighting between the Philippine army and a breakaway Muslim rebel group in the country's south killed 18 people in a single day of violence, the military said Tuesday.

Seventeen members of the rebel Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and one soldier were slain in the day-long violence Monday in the strife-torn southern island of Mindanao, Brigadier General Eduardo Pangilinan, the area's military commander, said.

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