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‘Monster’ cyclone Debbie batters Australia
AYR (AUSTRALIA): A “monster” cyclone smashed into northeast Australia Tuesday, cutting power, damaging buildings and uprooting trees, with coastal residents battling lashing rain and howling winds. Great Barrier Reef islands popular with foreign tourists were battered by the category four storm which slammed into the coast of Queensland state with destructive wind gusts of up to 270 kph (167 miles)
 
 
Germany launches probe into ‘intolerable spying’ by Turkey
BERLIN: German prosecutors announced an investigation Tuesday into claims that Turkish agents are spying on alleged followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen in Germany. The probe came as a German state minister accused Turkey of the “unacceptable” espionage against supporters of Gulen, blamed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a failed coup attempt last year. The claims open a new front in the diplomatic row between
   
US general seeks weapons support for Ukraine
WASHINGTON: The commander of US forces in Europe said Tuesday that United States should consider arming Ukraine with defensive weapons as it fights Russian-backed rebels in the country’s east. Ukraine has long sought supplies of US weapons, but was rebuffed by former president Barack Obama’s administration, which sent US military personnel to train Ukrainian forces instead. “I personally believe we need to consider lethal defens
 
 
Italy foils plot to steal Ferrari’s body for ransom
ROME: Italian police said they caught a criminal gang on Tuesday that had been plotting to steal the body of Formula One racing pioneer Enzo Ferrari for ransom. Detectives in Sardinia said they had stumbled across the plot while investigating a group of 30 or so crooks who were involved in drug and arms trafficking on the Italian island but were exploring other cash-making ideas. One was a plan to steal the mortal remains of
   
Carlos the Jackal sentenced to life for 1974 bombing
Paris: Self-styled revolutionary Carlos the Jackal, already serving two life terms for murder, was given a third life sentence on Tuesday for a deadly 1974 Paris bombing. Prosecutor Remi Crosson du Cormier had told the court in Paris on Monday that “all evidence gathered in this investigation points to Carlos” while admitting that investigators had found no DNA, fingerprints or CCTV evidence from the grenade attack on a store in
 
 
Macron may win parliamentary majority
PARIS: Centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he expected to be able to form a parliamentary majority in the June legislative elections should be be elected to the presidency in May. Macron is favourite to win, but is standing as an independent, and so does not have a mainstream party machine behind him. His entourage has said he plans to field some untried candidates from within his En Marche! (
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