- The Latest on IS: Fighting, strikes near Iraq's Ramadi
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- Spain's top court overturns regional law against evictions
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Constitutional Court has struck down a decree by a regional government that tried to protect people in economic difficulty by allowing empty houses owned by banks to be temporarily confiscated for use as homes.
- Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila
In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a demolition crew begins to tear down a squatters' community at suburban Caloocan city, north of Manila, Philippines. Population growth and the lack of economic opportunities in rural areas have driven millions of Filipinos into the squatters' colonies that dot the sprawling metropolitan area in and around Manila. Most of the land they occupy is privately owned, and clearing the dwellings often results in violence. The landowner had offered about $1,344 in assistance to the displaced residents, and the operation Tuesday cleared the last holdouts. At least six people were injured and three were arrested by evening. Residents say the community had about 500 families, with some having lived there for 50 years. Most began camping out near their former homes and were being assisted by members of Anak Pawis, a small left-wing political party.
- Cable company Charter buying Time Warner Cable for $55.3B
NEW YORK (AP) — Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion, creating one of the largest TV and Internet providers in the U.S.
- Putin expects sanctions against Russia to be lifted
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has encouraged businesses to expand domestically before Western nations lift economic sanctions, allowing once again the sale of many foreign goods in Russia.
- Charter deal seeks to keep cable consolidation on track
Charter Communications Inc. is buying Time Warner Cable Inc. for $55.3 billion and Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion. It is the latest in a series of deals that have reshaped the cable industry.
- 2 dead, several hurt in shooting at Grand Forks Wal-Mart
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Two people died and several more were injured in a shooting early Tuesday at a Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Grand Forks, North Dakota, police said.
- Murder trial opens for French farmer who shot truffle thief
PARIS (AP) — A French farmer is on trial for killing a suspected truffle thief with two blasts from a pump-action shotgun.
- Stocks cautious over Greece, China notches another big gain
TOKYO (AP) — European shares mostly fell Tuesday as markets reopened after holidays in several countries, with concerns over Greece's debt crisis overshadowing upbeat news from China.
- Attack on UN vehicle in Mali's capital, 1 dead
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A United Nations official says that armed gunmen fired on a U.N. vehicle in Mali's capital, killing one peacekeeper and injuring another.
- Moldovan president: We prefer European Union orbit to Russia
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Moldova's president says the country's 4 million citizens would prefer to join the European Union rather than stay in the Russian orbit.
- Yemen's pro-government forces retake city from Shite rebels
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's pro-government fighters have pushed out Shite rebels and their allies and retaken a southern city that's the gateway to the port of Aden in their first significant advance since a Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes on the rebel group, officials said Tuesday.
- Taco Bell, Pizza Hut: Artificial ingredients getting booted
NEW YORK (AP) — Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing.
- 12 missing after flooding in Texas sweeps away vacation home
WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Recovery teams were resuming the search early Tuesday for 12 members of two families who are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream.