{FD} Philippines volcano lava display one of the biggest yet as alert level rises, scientists say

The Philippines' most active volcano erupted three more times Tuesday, with one blast generating one of most massive lava displays since it started acting up more than a week ago, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says.

{FD} Pakistan cleric wanted by US claims doing nothing illegal

A radical Pakistani cleric wanted by the United States and released from detention last year claims he is not involved in any illegal activities and is inviting the United Nations to visit the offices of his charity in Lahore.

{FD} Avalanche at Japan ski resort kills 1, injures at least 11

One man was killed and at least 11 people injured, some critically, when rocks from an erupting volcano rained down on skiers at a mountain resort in central Japan on Tuesday and an avalanche soon after the eruption engulfed about a dozen skiers.

{FD} The Latest: Dozens held for posts on Turkey Syria operation

The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Turkey's official news agency says dozens have been detained across Turkey for alleged terror propaganda on social media regarding a military offensive into a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria.

{FD} The Latest: Egypt’s military to probe presidential hopeful

The Latest on events related to Egypt's elections (all times local): 1:35 p.m. Egypt's military says it will investigate former chief of staff and presidential hopeful Sami Annan for allegedly forging documents and breaching army regulations.

{FD} France asks why US is pressuring Europeans on Iran deal

France's foreign minister is expressing annoyance that the Trump administration is pressuring European allies to redesign the Iranian nuclear deal to fit U.S. needs.

{FD} Mattis says Turk offensive in Syria is disruptive

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Turkey's ground and air offensive against a Kurdish enclave in northwestern Syria is distracting from international efforts to ensure the defeat of the Islamic State group.

{FD} Air Force deploys A-10s to Afghanistan to ramp up Taliban fight

The U.S. Air Force has deployed A-10 Thunderbolt jets to Afghanistan for the first time in more than three years to provide close-air support for American and Afghan troops — the latest sign of escalating military operations and deepening U.S. military involvement by the Trump administration against the Taliban, more than 16 years after the 9/11 attacks.

{FD} UN troops returning to only base in rebel-held South Sudan

United Nations peacekeepers are returning to the only U.N. base in South Sudan "clearly" in an area under opposition control as residents hope for protection from what they call growing attacks by government troops.

{FD} Sweden: Chinese ambassador summoned over Gui disappearance

Sweden has summoned China's ambassador in the Scandinavian country over reports that Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai, a Swedish citizen, has been taken away by Chinese authorities again after being released into house arrest last October.

{FD} Egypt’s Brotherhood offers support to presidential hopeful

A senior Muslim Brotherhood leader has written an open letter from exile to a retired Egyptian army general seeking to run for president, listing the outlawed group's conditions for supporting his candidacy.