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French president flexes diplomatic muscles in Putin meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Palace of Versailles, near Paris, France, Monday, May 29, 2017. Monday's meeting comes in the wake of the Group of Seven's summit over the weekend where relations with Russia were part of the agenda, making Macron the first Western leader to speak to Putin after the talks. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

Flexing his diplomatic muscles, French President Emmanuel Macron said he had "extremely frank" and "direct" talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday and launched an extraordinary attack on two state-funded Russian media outlets he accused of spreading "lying propaganda" during France's presidential campaign.

Sri Lanka finds more bodies as mudslide deaths reach 151

A handout photo of a flooded area in Kalutara, Sri Lanka, May 26, 2017. At least 113 people have been killed in floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka after the worst torrential rains to hit the tropical island nation since 2003, officials said on Saturday. (Sri Lanka Air Force via The New York Times) -- FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY --

Sri Lankan rescuers on Sunday pulled out more bodies that were buried by enormous mudslides as the death toll in the disaster climbed to 151, with 111 others missing.


Taxi strike across Spain to protest Uber, Cabify services

Taxi drivers across Spain's are striking to protest the increase in cars run by private companies offering cheaper, mobile ride-hailing services.


Romanian air traffic controllers stage strike

Romanian air traffic controllers have gone on strike demanding better working conditions, leading to some cancellations and delays.


Cambodian gov't accused of intimidation ahead of local polls

Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Cambodia's government of using its grip on the judiciary system to intimidate human rights defenders and political activists.


Philippine military: City siege was start of extremist plan

The militants who have besieged much of a southern Philippine city over the past week include foreign fighters and local gunmen who want to establish a regional branch of the Islamic State group, the military said Tuesday.


The Latest: Opposition reaction muted to Noriega's death

The Latest on the death of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega (all times local):


S. Korea's new leader orders probe on US missile launchers

South Korea's new liberal president on Tuesday demanded an investigation into why his office wasn't told by defense officials about the arrival of several additional launchers for a contentious U.S. missile defense system meant to cope with North Korea's nuclear threats.


Nighttime, early morning bombings in Baghdad kill 24

A car bombing killed at least nine people in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday morning, just hours after 15 died in a massive explosion outside a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad that was claimed by the Islamic State group. The attacks come as IS militants are steadily losing more territory to U.S.-backed Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul, the country's second-largest city. The Sunni extremists are increasingly turning to insurgency-style terror attacks to detract from their losses.


Indian divers to join Sri Lanka flood rescue as toll climbs

Tens of thousands of people marooned by severe flooding and mudslides in Sri Lanka remained in relief camps Tuesday, as aid teams bolstered by Indian navy divers and doctors pushed forward with rescue efforts.


Copenhagen's Little Mermaid statue doused with paint _ again

Danish police says Copenhagen's famed Little Mermaid statue was found doused with red paint Tuesday.


Islamic State militants shell besieged Syrian city, kill 13

Syria's state media and a war monitoring group say that at least 13 civilians were killed when Islamic State militants shelled government-held neighborhoods in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.


Mom sentenced in Australian court for drowning 3 children

A mother who drowned three of her children and attempted to kill a fourth by driving the family car into an Australian lake was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years and six months in prison.


From Nikki Haley, another side of Trump's 'America First'

Nikki Haley crouched low in the trailer of an 18-wheeler taping up a box of lentils and wheat for besieged Syrians, her hands-on diplomacy a world apart from the gleaming new NATO headquarters where President Donald Trump was debuting his "America First" doctrine overseas.


Hearings open in Navalny vs. Usmanov defamation case

Hearings have opened in the defamation case between Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and multi-billionaire Alisher Usmanov.


Asian shares weaker as investors await economic data

Asian stock markets were weaker on Tuesday as investors stayed on the sideline before the release of a raft of economic data due later this week. Markets in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei were closed on a holiday.


Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies at 83

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, a onetime U.S. ally who was ousted as Panama's dictator by an American invasion in 1989, died late Monday at age 83.


Death toll from thunderstorm in Moscow climbs to 14

Russian officials say the death toll from a powerful thunderstorm in Moscow and its suburbs has reached 14.


Turkish paper's chief editor stabbed to death in family row

Turkey's state-run news agency says the chief editor of a pro-Islamic Yeni Akit newspaper has died after being stabbed by his son-in-law.