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Villarrica volcano erupts in southern Chile

PUCON, Chile — One of South America’s most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people.

The Villarrica volcano erupted around 3 a.m. local time, according to the National Emergency Office, which issued a red alert and ordered evacuations. Local media showed images of the volcano bursting at the top, glowing in the dark amid heavy smoke and rivers of lava. Authorities worried that mudslides caused by melting snow could endanger nearby communities, but no injuries were reported. READ

India orders TV stations not to broadcast documentary in which rapist blames his victim

Indian authorities ordered television stations Tuesday not to broadcast a documentary about a gang rape on a New Delhi bus in which one of the attackers blames the victim and says she could have avoided being killed if she had not fought back, a government official said. READ

Netanyahu assails potential Iran-nuclear deal that U.S. seeks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that an emerging agreement between Iran and the United States would all but guarantee that Tehran gets nuclear weapons and would be a very bad deal, drawing an extraordinarily blunt rebuttal from President Barack Obama. READ

Date of slain Putin critic Nemtsov says she did not see his killer

The Ukrainian woman with Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov when he was gunned down told Russia media on Monday that she did not see his killer, as conflicting reports emerged about the availability of surveillance footage showing the slaying. READ

Iraq launches large-scale military operation to recapture Tikrit from Islamic State group

Backed by Iranian-supported Shiite militias, Iraqi forces launched a large-scale offensive Monday to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the Islamic State group, the first in a series of campaigns to try to reclaim large parts of northern Iraq from the Sunni extremists. READ

Despite tensions, Netanyahu tells pro-Israel lobby US-Israel alliance 'stronger than ever’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Monday that despite recent differences with the Obama administration over a looming nuclear deal with Iran the alliance between his country and the Unites States was “stronger than ever.” READ

Pesticide likely killed two Quebec sisters in Thailand in 2012: coroner

A Quebec coroner has concluded that two sisters found dead in their hotel room in Thailand in 2012 were probably intoxicated by phosphine, a strong pesticide. READ

Warren Buffett criticizes Keystone XL delay, says U.S. ’thumbing nose’ at Canada

The Keystone XL pipeline got an emphatic endorsement Monday from a powerful backer of President Barack Obama who questioned the handling of the file. READ

Leonard Nimoy, world famous as Mr. Spock on Star Trek TV series and films, dies at 83

In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, “I Am Not Spock.” Two decades later, he bowed to fate with “I Am Spock,” a revisionist sequel. READ

Ukraine government, rebels withdraw heavy weapons from front line, but suspicion lingers

The piecemeal pullback of heavy weapons Friday from the line separating government and rebel forces in Ukraine has boosted the prospects for peace, although both sides are warning of their readiness to resume fighting if necessary. READ

Lawyer for Canadian journalist on trial in Egypt lashes out at Harper govt

The high-profile human rights lawyer for a Canadian journalist on trial in Egypt is lashing out at what she calls Canada’s “woefully inadequate” efforts to bring him home. READ

Canadian proposal to train Ukrainian military police on hold amid fighting

A proposal that would see a handful of Canadian military police officers train their Ukrainian counterparts is on hold because of the fighting taking place in the east of that embattled country. READ

One killed, at least seven wounded in a series of blasts in central Cairo

A series of blasts in Cairo on Thursday killed one person and wounded at least seven, Egyptian security officials said, the latest in a wave of attacks using homemade explosives that authorities blame on Islamist militants. READ

Afghanistan avalanche toll rises to 162 amid rescue efforts in snowbound valley

A senior Afghan military officer says the death toll from an avalanche caused by heavy winter snows in a mountainous valley northeast of the capital Kabul has risen to 162. READ

Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria seize more Christians, smash ancient artifacts

Islamic State militants seized more Christians from their homes in northeastern Syria in the past three days, bringing the total number abducted by the extremist group to over 220, activists said Thursday. READ

Some 20,000 Egyptians flee Libya after beheading video, airstrikes

An Egyptian border official says some 20,000 Egyptians have fled Libya since the release of a grisly beheading video by Islamic State militants. READ

Three arrested in NY, Florida on charges they plotted to go to Syria to join Islamic State

Three men accused of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State and wage war against the United States were arrested on terrorism charges Wednesday, federal officials said. READ

Jurors say ex-Marine convicted of killing ’American Sniper’ author Kyle knew right from wrong

Jurors who rejected an insanity defence and convicted a former Marine in the deaths of famed “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and his friend said Wednesday the man’s past behaviour undermined his argument that he couldn’t tell right from wrong. READ

Egyptian president issues new law, broadening state’s powers in anti-terrorism campaign

The Egyptian president has issued a law that broadens the state’s definition of terrorism to include anyone who threatens public order “by any means,” and gives authorities powers to draw up lists of alleged terrorists with little judicial recourse. READ

Ukrainian disputes rebel claim they are beginning a heavy weapons pullback

Russian-backed separatists moved some heavy weapons well back from the front line Tuesday in eastern Ukraine, but the Ukrainian government disputed the rebels’ claim that a real pullback had begun. READ

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