JERUSALEM -- Former parliament speaker Reuven Rivlin of the ruling rightwing Likud party was elected as Israel's new president Tuesday in a runoff vote by the Knesset (parliament).
Rivlin received 63 votes in the second round of voting, compared to 53 votes for Meir Sheetrit of the left Hatnua party, a junior partner of the ruling coalition. Both candidates are incumbent members of the Knesset. (Israel-Presidential Election)
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BERLIN -- Severe storm swept Germany on Monday overnight, killing at least six people, local media reported Tuesday.
In the capital of German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Dusseldorf, three people were found died under a garden shed. The rest three deaths were reported from other German cities of Essen, Cologne and Krefeld. (Germany-Storm)
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KABUL -- Personnel of National Directorate for Security (NDS) or the country's national intelligence agency have captured a Taliban key commander in the southern Kandahar province, the provincial administration said on Tuesday.
"Acting upon intelligence report the personnel of NDS have arrested Taliban key commander Atta Mohammad nicknamed Hajji Tafsir from Maiwand district," the statement said. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Capture)
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CAIRO -- Egypt's new President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi accepted Tuesday the resignation of six aides to his predecessor interim president Adly Mansour, presidential spokesman Ihab Badawi said.
The presidential assistants for security, strategic, constitutional, women and scientific affairs along with the media adviser have tendered resignation to give the president the chance to choose his own staff freely, official news agency MENA quoted the spokesman as saying in a statement. (Egypt-Sisi-Aides)
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BAQUBA, Iraq -- Up to 31 people were killed and some 28 others wounded in a bomb explosion which targeted mourners in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala on Tuesday, a provincial police source said.
The attack occurred in the morning when dozens of mourners at a cemetery near the provincial capital Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, were burying the coffin of Mustafa Abdul-Razzaq, a Sunni teacher in Diyala University, who was assassinated on Monday night by militiamen near his house in Baquba, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-Bomb Attack)