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French Senate Votes to Extend Post-Attacks State of Emergency

The French Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a three-month extension of a state of emergency imposed after the November jihadist attacks that claimed 130 lives in Paris.

The upper house of parliament voted 316 to 28 to extend the measure until late May, with the National Assembly expected to follow suit next Tuesday.

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Sudan Names New Military Chief amid Darfur Clashes

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir named a new military chief of staff Tuesday as his forces battle rebels in the Jebel Marra area of the western Darfur region, the defense ministry said.

Bashir issued decrees appointing "Lieutenant General Emadeddin Adawi to the post of joint chief of staff," the ministry said in a statement.

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Pentagon Chief in Europe to Drum Up Anti-IS Support

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter left for Europe on Tuesday to lead a major summit for key members of the US-driven coalition struggling to defeat the Islamic State group.

Carter has in recent weeks chastised members of the 65-nation alliance for not helping enough in the fight against the extremists, who despite suffering some significant setbacks remain firmly in control of large parts of Iraq and Syria and have a growing foothold in Libya.

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U.N. Begs for Cash as Thousands Starve in War-Torn S. Sudan

The United Nations warned Tuesday it had received just two percent of the cash needed for South Sudan, a day after experts said 40,000 people are being starved to death.

Some war-zone areas are on the brink of famine.

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FBI Confirms Clinton Email Investigation

The FBI has formally confirmed it is investigating Hillary Clinton's private emails, giving fuel to a controversy that the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination has been unable to put behind her.

In a letter dated February 2 that was made public on Monday, FBI General Counsel James Baker said the FBI's investigation into Clinton's use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state is "ongoing."

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'IS Recruiter' Arrested in Northern Nigeria

Nigeria's intelligence agency on Tuesday said it had arrested a recruiter for the Islamic State group, as well as seven alleged members of the Boko Haram offshoot Ansaru.

The announcement comes nearly a year after the leader of Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria, Abubakar Shekau, pledged allegiance to IS leader in Syria and Iraq, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

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Swiss Manhunt as Syrian Inmate Flees with Female Prison Guard

Swiss police on Tuesday launched a manhunt for a Syrian man convicted of rape, after he fled his cell along with a female prison guard.

The two fugitives may already have left the country, after the guard helped the prisoner break out of jail in the Swiss city of Zurich on Monday night, police said in a statement.

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U.S. Spy Chief: U.S. and Russia Could Spiral into New Cold War

Russia is "paranoid" about being challenged by NATO and its efforts to rival American power could push it into a new Cold War, the head of U.S. intelligence said Tuesday.

"They're greatly concerned about being contained," the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Bulgaria Accuses 5 Border Police of Taking Bribes from Migrant Smugglers

Bulgarian prosecutors said Tuesday they had charged five border police with being part of an organized crime group and accepting bribes from migrant smugglers at the country's southeastern border with Turkey.

The suspects, including three high-ranking officials, were arrested on Monday.

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Merkel 'Can't Recall' Angry Phone Talk with Pope

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office on Tuesday said she had no memory of an angry phone call she reportedly made to Pope Francis after he compared Europe to a "barren woman".

"The chancellor does not recall a phone call with the pope," a spokesman for Merkel told AFP, adding that she always "values any meeting with him extremely".

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