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Venezuela Reports Progress in New Crisis Talks

Venezuela's government and opposition reported progress Tuesday in a new round of talks aimed at ending two months of deadly protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation.

The government again rejected an opposition demand for amnesty for 175 people arrested in the disturbances. But the head of the government delegation, Vice President Jorge Arreaza, left the possibility open for the future.

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U.S.: No Visa for Iran U.N. Envoy over Hostage Crisis 'Role'

The United States said Tuesday it will not issue a visa to Iran's chosen U.N. envoy Hamid Aboutalebi because he was involved in the 1979 hostage crisis at the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

"Given his role in the events of 1979, which clearly matter profoundly to the American people, it would be unacceptable to grant this visa," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

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Putin Calls for U.N. Condemnation of Kiev's Actions in East Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin told U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday he wanted clear United Nations condemnation of the "anti-constitutional" military operation by Ukraine against separatists in the east of the country.

Putin told Ban in telephone talks that Russia "expects clear condemnation from the United Nations and the international community of the anti-constitutional actions" by Ukraine, which according to Putin had sharply worsened the crisis in the country, the Kremlin said in a statement.

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U.S., Allies Taking 'Additional' Steps for Sanctions over Ukraine Crisis

The United States is coordinating with its European allies on "additional steps" to slap more sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke by phone with his French, German and British counterparts Tuesday, but new sanctions are unlikely to be unveiled before crunch talks slated for Thursday in Geneva, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

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Pentagon Says Russia Staged New Ballistic Missile Test

Russia carried out a new test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as tensions over Ukraine escalated, the Pentagon confirmed on Tuesday.

Russia informed U.S. authorities of the test prior to the launch on Monday, in keeping with an existing weapons treaty, Pentagon spokesman colonel Steven Warren said.

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Fire aboard U.S. Missile Cruiser, No One Hurt

A fire broke out aboard a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer as it was crossing the Atlantic, but no one was injured in the blaze, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Flames erupted Monday in one of the USS Hue City's gas turbine generators, and later spread to other decks of the ship, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters.

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U.N.: S. Sudanese Flood into Ethiopia amid Desperate Conditions

Up to 1,000 refugees from war-torn South Sudan are fleeing to Ethiopia each day, many of them on the brink of death, the U.N. said Tuesday.

A massive 95 percent of the arrivals are also women and children, added the U.N., citing witnesses saying that both boys and men have been forcibly recruited by armed men or killed along the way.

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Suspected Greek Neo-Nazis Get Life for Murdering Pakistani

Two suspected members of Greece's neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn received life sentences on Tuesday over the fatal stabbing of a Pakistani immigrant last year, a judicial source said.

However, the Athens court judging the case threw out the prosecution's argument that the murder of 27-year-old Shehzad Luqman in January 2013 was racially motivated.

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'Screw Wisely' French Journalist to Appeal Tweet Sacking

A French journalist who was sacked over a Tweet suggesting former first lady Valerie Trierweiler -- also a journalist -- slept her way into the role has launched an appeal against his dismissal.

Pierre Salviac, a former rugby expert for the radio network RTL, triggered a storm that cost him his job when he took to Twitter three days after Trierweiler's then-partner, Francois Hollande, was elected president in 2012.

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EU Launches Second Security Mission in Mali

The European Union on Tuesday agreed to launch a new mission to boost police and national guard forces in Mali, its second operation in the vast African nation threatened by Islamist rebels.

The mission "is a further demonstration of the EU's commitment to supporting reform in Mali", said the 28-nation bloc's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

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