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Hundreds trapped in Turkish coal mine

At least 200 people have been left trapped underground after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey that killed one miner, an official said Tuesday.

Obama to present top medal to Afghanistan veteran

President Barack Obama is presenting the Medal of Honor to a former Army sergeant who saved a fellow soldier's life and helped secure the evacuation of other wounded Americans while under persistent fire during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan.


AirAsia to check passports against Interpol database

Top Asian budget carrier AirAsia said Tuesday it will become the world's first airline to check the passports of all its passengers against Interpol's global database of 42 million stolen or lost travel documents by end of this month.


Allman drops Ga. lawsuit against film producers

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Gregg Allman agreed Tuesday drop his lawsuit against movie producers who were making a film about the singer's life when a freight train plowed into their Georgia crew and killed a camera assistant.

Christie spokesman to testify in traffic jam case

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie's longtime press secretary is to testify before a New Jersey legislative committee on what he knew about the political retribution plot carried out by former aides to the governor.


Prosecutor says Pistorius should get mental evaluation

The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday asked that the double-amputee runner be placed under psychiatric evaluation after an expert witness testified that he had an anxiety disorder.


Friends of accused Boston bomber to seek relocation of trial

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for three friends of the accused Boston Marathon bomber charged with hampering the investigation into the deadly 2013 blasts are due in court on Tuesday to ask a judge to dismiss the charges or move their upcoming trial out of town. Attorneys for the three men, college friends of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, are also expected to argue that some of the charges against their clients are too vague and to seek to forbid prosecutors to read some of their early statements to police at the trial, set to begin in June. Their attorneys have argued that the intense publicity surrounding the April 15, 2013, blasts that killed three people and injured 264 and the upcoming trial of Tsarnaev, the surviving member of a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers also accused of shooting dead a police officer, will make it all but impossible to find an impartial jury to hear the case at U.S. District Court in Boston. Federal prosecutors contend that three men, Kazakh exchange students Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov and Cambridge, Massachusetts, resident Robel Phillipos, went to Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the attack and removed a backpack and laptop computer as police were searching for the suspected bomber.


Ex-Israeli PM Olmert sentenced to 6 years in prison

By Rami Amichai TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in jail on Tuesday for taking bribes in a real estate deal, a crime the judge said was akin to treason. The first criminal conviction of a former Israeli head of government all but ended speculation that Olmert - a centrist credited internationally with working towards a peace settlement with the Palestinians - might return to political life. \"A public servant who takes bribes is akin to a traitor,\" said Judge David Rozen in the Tel Aviv District Court, as he handed down a six-year prison term sought by prosecutors and fined Olmert 1 million shekels ($289,500).


Car bomb attacks kill 28 people in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of car bombings in mainly Shiite areas of Baghdad killed 28 people on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a surge in violence that has been the most serious challenge to the government's efforts to achieve stability across Iraq.


German FM in Ukraine to help broker dialogue

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Germany's foreign minister flew to Ukraine Tuesday to help start talks between the Ukrainian government and its foes following the declaration of independence by two eastern regions.


Israeli court sentences ex-PM Olmert to 6 years

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced on Tuesday to six years in prison for his role in a wide-ranging bribery case, capping a stunning fall from grace for one of the most powerful men in the country and marking the climax in a lengthy campaign against corruption in Israeli public life.


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