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Carter Warns Trump White House Bid Fueling Racism

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter is decrying the resurgence of racial tensions coinciding with the rise of Donald Trump, warning that the billionaire tycoon's White House candidacy has tapped a reservoir of "inherent racism."

Carter told The New York Times on Monday that he was disappointed about a recent spike in racism, "except for one thing: I think the country has been reawakened the last two or three years to the fact that we haven't resolved the race issue adequately."

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Afghan Taliban Appoint New Leader after Deadly Drone Strike

The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday announced Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader, elevating a low-profile religious figure in a swift power transition after officially confirming the death of Mullah Mansour in a U.S. drone strike.

The surprise announcement coincided with a Taliban suicide bombing that targeted court employees near Kabul, killing 11 people in an assault that illustrated the potency of the insurgency despite the change of leadership.

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Cyprus Leader Calls Off Peace Meeting after Snub

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday canceled scheduled peace talks with the Turkish Cypriot leader over what he sees as attempts to recognize the Turkish-held north of the divided island.

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Brussels Police Fire Water Cannon at Anti-Austerity Protest

Belgian police Tuesday fired water cannon during clashes with protesters at a huge demonstration in Brussels against the center-right government's labor reform plans, leaving 10 people injured.

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Turkey Court Gives Go-Ahead for Right-Wing Party Congress

Turkey's appeals court Tuesday ruled that the right-wing MHP party can hold an extraordinary congress that could see its long-serving leader ousted and shake up the enfeebled opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Sri Lanka Rain Death Toll Hits 101 as Waters Recede

Floods subsided across Sri Lanka Tuesday revealing the full extent of damage from last week's deluge that also triggered landslides, officials said, as the death toll crossed 100.

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) said 101 people were known to have died last week while another 100 people were still listed as missing in the worst hit central district of Kegalle.

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'Considerable Drop' in Mediterranean Migrant Deaths

The number of migrants dying while trying to cross the Mediterranean has fallen sharply, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday, voicing hope the lethal trend seen since 2013 may be turning.

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N. Korea Asks U.N. Chief to Explain Legal Basis for Sanctions

North Korea has challenged United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon to clarify the legal basis for U.N. sanctions against it, Pyongyang's state media said Tuesday.

The North's permanent representative to the U.N. wrote to Secretary-General Ban on Monday, saying that U.N. sanctions imposed over its nuclear tests and "peaceful satellite launches" had no legal foundation, KCNA news agency reported.

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French Government Breaks Blockades as Petrol Runs Short

France's government stepped up efforts Tuesday to break blockades and strikes at refineries that are threatening to paralyze the country just three weeks ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament.

Police used tear gas and water cannon to clear a blockade at one key refinery in the south of France where activists from the CGT union were protesting against the Socialist government's labor law reforms.

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Uganda Protests to DR Congo over Border Police Killings

Uganda has sent an official complaint to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo after four police officers were shot dead on a lake between the neighbors, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

The Ugandan police officers were in a patrol boat investigating reports of illegal fishing on Lake Albert on Saturday when gunmen opened fire. Uganda has blamed DR Congo troops for the killing.

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