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Obama Says Russia Adopting 'Increasingly Aggressive Posture' in Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday criticized Russia's "increasingly aggressive" stance on Ukraine after discussing the situation there with NATO's secretary general.

"We had a chance to discuss the situation in Ukraine and the increasingly aggressive posture that Russia has taken," Obama said after an Oval Office meeting with Jens Stoltenberg.

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Bangladeshi U.N. Peacekeeper Shot Dead in Mali's Capital

A Bangladeshi peacekeeper was shot dead and another wounded, the United Nations said Tuesday, in the second attack in days in Mali's capital on what is considered the world's most dangerous U.N. mission.

A statement from MINUSMA, the U.N.'s peacekeeping force in Mali, said "an incident" involving one of its vehicles took place in the area of Bamako airport.

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Erdogan Opens 'Saladin' Airport in Turkey's Restive Southeast

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday opened a new airport in a restive eastern province dogged by a Kurdish separatist insurgency, naming the facility for a celebrated Muslim medieval leader of Kurdish origin.

Erdogan inaugurated the airport in Yuksekova in Hakkari province, close to the border with Iran and Iraq, alongside Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in a joint appearance ahead of June 7 elections.

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Merkel, Hollande to Discuss Future of EU as Brexit Looms

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's Francois Hollande will likely meet next week to finalize plans for a more integrated eurozone as the threat of a British exit from the EU looms, European sources said.

The Berlin meeting, which will also include European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, was "almost certain", the sources said, in a move that will cause tremors in a euroskeptic London suspicious of a two-speed Europe dividing euro and non-euro nations.

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Houston Submerged as Wild Weather Wreaks Havoc in U.S., Mexico

Torrential rain left large parts of Houston submerged Tuesday and trapped fans at an NBA basketball game, in savage weather that has killed nearly 20 people in the United States and Mexico.

The southern U.S. states of Texas and Oklahoma, and far northern Mexico, have borne the brunt of several days of wild weather, including tornadoes, which have destroyed homes, seen rivers swell to record levels and left cars submerged on highways.

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French National Front Leader Marine Le Pen Visits Moscow

The leader of France's far-right National Front, Marine Le Pen, visited Moscow Tuesday for talks with the speaker of the lower house that were closed to press.

Le Pen previously met the speaker Sergei Naryshkin, Russia's fourth most important official and a member of the ruling United Russia party, in April last year.

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Iran Says Foiled U.S. Cyber Attack on Oil Ministry

Iran said on Tuesday it had foiled a cyber-attack on the Islamic republic's oil ministry, and that those behind the hacking attempt were based in the United States.

The Fars news agency cited Brigadier General Kamal Hadianfar, head of the cyber police, as saying the unit had thwarted "the hackers' attack on the oil ministry."

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Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kill at Least 23 in Central Nigeria

Suspected Fulani herdsmen killed at least 23 people in central Nigeria, the latest clash in a long-running battle with farming communities in the restive region, police said Tuesday. 

"There was an attack by unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on three villages in Logo local government area, (Benue) state," said police spokesman Austin Ezeani, referring to  Saturday's violence. 

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Pakistan Executes 11 Prisoners

Pakistan Tuesday hanged 11 prisoners, bringing the total number put to death since executions resumed last December to 128, officials said.

Ten executions took place in several cities in the central province of Punjab while one convict was hanged at Mach jail in the southwestern province of Baluchistan province. 

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Russia and West Hold War Games over Arctic

Russia was conducting huge and unexpected war games on Tuesday, coinciding with a Nato drill in the Arctic at a time of heightened tensions in the region.

The snap check launched on the orders of President Vladimir Putin involved up to 700 units of military hardware, 12,000 troops and up to 250 aircraft, the defense ministry said.

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