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UN calls for probe after Palestinian teens' fatal shooting

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - A top UN official on Tuesday called for an investigation into the deaths of two Palestinian teens fatally shot last week by Israeli border policemen in the West Bank. Assistant UN secretary general for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco called for an "independent and transparent" probe into the circumstances surrounding the boys' deaths. "The UN calls for an independent and transparent investigation by the Israeli authorities into the two deaths, and urges Israel to ensure that its security forces strictly adhere to the basic principles on the use of force and firearms by law enforcement officials," he said at a briefing of the UN Security Council. Israel has said the border police had tried to quell a violent demonstration by about 150 Palestinians.

46 killed in central Nigeria twin bombings

Twin car bombings killed 46 people on Tuesday at a crowded market in the central Nigerian city of Jos, as emergency workers struggled to contain a raging fire, officials said. "For now, we can authoritatively confirm that 46 people were killed in the blasts while 45 people were seriously injured," said Chris Olakpe, the police commissioner in Plateau state. The first blast exploded from within a truck at roughly 3:00 pm (1400 GMT), with rescue teams rushing to the city's New Abuja Market, the military said. Mostly women," Pam Ayuba, spokesman for Plateau state's Governor Jonah Jang, said earlier.

White House upset with House defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is escalating an election-year dispute with Congress over military spending as lawmakers bucked the Pentagon and spared favorite ships and aircraft despite diminishing budgets.

With hacking case, US hopes fade that China can play by 'rules'

In choosing a major escalation with China over cyber-espionage, the United States has laid bare its frustrations after years of hoping the Asian power would accept a US-led international order. President Barack Obama and his predecessors have long recited a mantra that the United States welcomes China's rise but wants it to join a "rules-based order" and take a greater responsibility in global affairs. The United States on Monday indicted five Chinese military officers for allegedly hacking into US computers to steal trade secrets, with prosecutor David Hickton saying the case vindicated "hard-working men and women" around the world who "play by the rules." China responded swiftly and angrily, summoning the US ambassador and charging hypocrisy as former government contractor Edward Snowden has revealed widespread US snooping inside China.

Israel arrests 4 after racist vandalism

Israeli police on Tuesday arrested four people suspected of "acts of racist vandalism" in the north of the country, a police spokesman said. "Four people suspected of acts of racist vandalism in the town of Yokneam were arrested and questioned by the police and the Shin Bet" internal security agency, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. Media reports said one of those arrested admitted to vandalising a dentist's practice belonging to Israel's Druze Arab minority. Attacks on Christians in Israel have also increased in recent weeks ahead of a papal visit beginning on Sunday, attracting concern from the Catholic Church in the Holy Land.

Case against former Va. Gov. McDonnell to proceed

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, is set to go to trial this summer after a judge tossed out a motion to dismiss most of the charges against the couple.

Malawi deploys army as riots mar heated vote

Blantyre (Malawi) (AFP) - Malawi deployed the army Tuesday to contain violence that saw polling stations burnt and marred polls seen as the first true test of President Joyce Banda's scandal-tainted rule. As polling stations opened as much as 10 hours late, anger and speculation about the fairness of the vote spilled over into violence -- mirroring the country's volatile politics. On the outskirts of the commercial capital Blantyre, an AFP reporter saw the smouldering remains of a polling station that had been torched by voters protesting late delivery of balloting material. A tent used as a polling station was burnt in another Blantyre township, according the electoral commission chief Maxon Mbendera.

In Ukraine's industrial east, workers weary of the guns

Mariupol (Ukraine) (AFP) - In the shadows of the chimneys towering above Mariupol's vast steelworks, a few thousand workers gathered after a call by Ukraine's richest man for people to rally against the insurgency raging across the east. "We want peace in our country," said Olga, one of the workers listening as plant managers spoke out against the pro-Moscow rebels now in control of more than a dozen towns in Ukraine's industrial heartland. Olga was among a crowd of workers in the southeastern city who had answered the appeal by billionaire industrialist and powerbroker Rinat Akhmetov to take a stand against gunmen he said were creating "fear and terror" in the region. "It was high time he did this to stop everything that is being done here," accountant Natalia Opredelyonova told AFP.

Forest Services expands firefighting tanker fleet

DENVER (AP) — As the Obama administration pushes Congress to ensure that enough money is available to fight destructive wildfires, the U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday it was adding four aircraft to its firefighting fleet ahead of what's expected to be another hot, dry summer in the West.

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Libya to elect new parliament on June 25

Tripoli (AFP) - Libya's electoral commission announced Tuesday that polls will take place on June 25 to elect a new parliament to replace the contested General National Congress, Lana state news agency said.

Guide to US allegations of China cyberspying

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has brought unprecedented criminal charges against five officials in the Chinese military for hacking into private U.S. companies' systems and stealing trade secrets. It was the first time the U.S. has revealed any evidence the Chinese government was going after American companies' private information for economic gain.

Cantor 'Disturbed' by Obama's Response to VA Scandal

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called on President Obama to “take responsibility” for an alleged secret list that officials used to manipulate backlog data at the Veterans Administration, leading to extended wait periods for veterans seeking healthcare and causing at least 23 deaths. “I will...

New airstrikes target Somalia's Shebab

The African Union force battling Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels said Tuesday it had conducted new air strikes against a rebel base in the south of the country, the second attack in three days. A statement from Amisom said its planes were after "senior leadership and foreign Al-Shebab fighters" at a base near the town of Jilib in Somalia's Middle Juba region. Two of the bombs landed near Faragurow village leaving four civilians wounded but we don’t know about other casualties they may have caused," said a local resident, Moalim Hassan. Idle Ahmed, another resident, said Shebab militant fighters riding on pick-up trucks were seen rushing to the scene and stopped ordinary civilians from approaching.

Ukraine says Russian troops move back from border

Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine said Tuesday that Russian troops had moved away from the border, just five days before the country's make-or-break presidental poll, but stopped short of confirming a full withdrawal as demanded by the West.

Lebanon PM visits regional kingpin Saudi Arabia

Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam visited regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia Tuesday as his country struggled to elect a new president. Salam told reporters in the Red Sea city of Jeddah the repeatedly-delayed election of a leader to replace President Michel Sleiman's whose mandate expires on May 25 is an "internal Lebanese affair". The official SPA news agency said Salam spoke after meeting King Abdullah at Jeddah airport. Earlier, after meeting Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, an adviser to Salam said his visit "is not related to the presidential election in Lebanon".

Kuwait emir to visit Iran amid thaw in relations

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah will travel to Iran on May 31 amid a recent thaw in Tehran's relations with Gulf states, the Iranian foreign ministry said Tuesday. Relations between Iran and the Gulf states have been frosty for years, with disagreements over the unrest in Bahrain and the conflict in Syria, before Hassan Rouhani was elected president of the Islamic republic last June. "The visit (of the Emir), which is upon the invitation of President Hassan Rouhani, will open a new chapter in relations of both countries," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told reporters at a news briefing.

Bahrain parliament sacks MP who slammed prison conditions

Bahrain's parliament on Tuesday sacked a Sunni MP who had criticised conditions at a detention centre where inmates are mostly Shiites held over roles in anti-regime protests. Parliament speaker Khalifa al-Dhahrani said 31 MPs out of the 40-member chamber voted to eject Osama Mehanna, in a statement published by BNA state news agency. Mehanna was elected in October 2011 in partial polls held to replace 18 MPs of the Shiite Al-Wefaq opposition group who resigned in protest at violence used to quell a month of pro-reform protests.