Big UK cities vow to run on green energy by 2050
Leading British cities have signed up to a pledge to run entirely on green energy by 2050 as local governments push for accelerated change ahead of next week's UN climate change summit in Paris.
US stocks fall after Russian war plane shot down
US stocks fell early Tuesday, joining European equity markets in retreating following news that Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border.
New Socialist PM for Portugal after weeks of turmoil
Socialist leader Antonio Costa was on Tuesday named Portugal's prime minister and tasked with forming a government, more than seven weeks after an inconclusive general election plunged the country into political limbo.
ECB launches 20-euro note with enhanced security
The European Central Bank on Wednesday will launch into circulation a new 20-euro banknote with enhanced security features to foil counterfeiters.
EU's Tusk urges all to stay 'cool headed' after Russian jet downed
European Union president Donald Tusk called for calm on Tuesday after Turkey, a candidate for membership of the bloc, shot down a Russian war plane on the Syrian border.
UN urges independent probe into Nepal clashes
The United Nations on Tuesday called for an independent probe into deadly unrest in Nepal sparked by a controversial new constitution, with 50 killed since violence first erupted in August.
Portugal's Costa: an affable Socialist who must now 'walk the talk'
Affable former Lisbon mayor and now Portuguese prime minister Antonio Costa is a political veteran who is far more popular than his Socialist Party which toppled the conservative government in a dramatic vote.
Bahrain says ' HRW torture report 'misleading'
Bahrain has criticised as misleading a Human Rights Watch report accusing the kingdom's authorities of torturing detainees during interrogation and granting security officials impunity.
Law officials plan global strike at 'dark markets'
European, US and Australian law enforcement officials met Tuesday in the Netherlands to plan a crackdown on illegal online markets trading in everything from drugs to child pornography, Dutch prosecutors said.
Slovakia to file lawsuit over EU migrant quotas by mid-December
Slovakia will launch legal action by next month against an EU quota plan to distribute 160,000 refugees and migrants across the bloc, a justice ministry spokeswoman told AFP Tuesday.
Russia upholds 20-year sentence for Ukrainian film maker
Russia's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal from Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov against a 20-year jail sentence for terrorism that has been condemned by the West and Kiev.
Kuwait awards record $30 bn on projects despite oil slide
Kuwait has awarded projects worth a record $30 billion so far this year despite the sharp fall in oil income, officials and experts said Tuesday.
Africa's top fashion event called off over terror fears
Africa's prime fashion event, the two-yearly FIMA festival in Niger, was called off Tuesday on the eve of its launch over fears of terror attacks, Niger designer Alphadi announced.
Rival Libyan tribes sign peace deal in Qatar: state media
Two rival Libyan tribes, the Tuareg and Toubou, have signed a ceasefire deal in Doha to end months of fighting, Qatar state media has reported.
Queen Elizabeth sells 25,000 tickets to 90th birthday
Tickets to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday celebrations sold out within hours on Tuesday as Buckingham Palace promised four days of pageantry "fit for the queen" including dancing and horse shows.
Putin warns Turkey after Russian jet downed
President Vladimir Putin warned Ankara on Tuesday that Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border would have "serious consequences" for ties.
Turkey reveals new cabinet with Erdogan son-in-law in key post
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday unveiled a new cabinet stacked with loyal allies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including his son-in-law who was named energy minister.
At least 6 dead in bombing east of Libya capital
At least six civilians were killed and 14 wounded in a bomb attack on a Libyan security checkpoint Tuesday near Khoms, east of the capital, a security official said.
Syria, Russia foreign ministers set Moscow talks
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov for talks in Moscow on Friday, an adviser to Syria's president said.
US to announce results of Afghan hospital strike investigation
The head of NATO and US forces in Afghanistan will Wednesday announce the findings of a US military investigation into a catastrophic air raid on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz in October.
Power outages plague Crimea as Russia threatens to cut Ukraine gas
Power cuts in Crimea affected nearly 940,000 people on Tuesday as tensions raged between Kiev and Moscow over the annexed peninsula and Russia threatened to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine.
Bahrain jails photojournalist for 10 years
A Bahraini court has jailed for 10 years a freelance photographer who covered demonstrations and revoked his citizenship after convicting him of "terrorism", Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday.
Vietnam passes first law to protect transgender rights
Vietnam on Tuesday passed a landmark law enshrining rights for transgender people in a move advocacy groups say paves the way for gender reassignment surgery in the authoritarian communist nation.
German prosecutors say probing VW staff for tax evasion
Staff at auto giant Volkswagen are under investigation for tax evasion in a case linked to the German company's massive emissions cheating scandal, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Rebels kill Russia pilot, down chopper: Syria opposition, monitor
One Russian pilot of a warplane downed by Turkey over Syria on Tuesday was killed by rebels and the second is missing after they both parachuted, rebel and opposition sources said.
Security gates to be installed at Lille, Paris on cross-Europe train lines
France will install security gates at stations in Paris and Lille for the Thalys cross-Europe rail services by December 20 in one of a raft of measures introduced after the Paris attacks, minister Segolene Royal said Tuesday.
India's top court rejects French plea for woman's release
India's top court Tuesday rejected a French request to release from prison a Frenchwoman wanted in Chile over the assassination of a key supporter of General Pinochet's military regime.
NATO calls 'extraordinary meeting' after Turkey downs Russian jet
NATO ambassadors will hold an "extraordinary" meeting Tuesday at Ankara's request to discuss Turkey's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian border, an alliance official said.
Oil surges after Turkey shoots down Russian jet
Global oil prices surged higher Tuesday after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on the Syrian border, sparking concerns about rising in the oil-rich Middle East.
Bollywood star's 'intolerance' claim sparks India backlash
A top Bollywood actor who starred in a television campaign to promote India has complained of "rising intolerance" in his homeland, sparking a storm of criticism including from the ruling Hindu nationalist party.
Bangladesh bans Facebook, chat apps for security reasons
Bangladesh authorities insisted Tuesday an almost week-long ban on Facebook and mobile messaging services would remain until security in the tense country improved.