London looks set to elect Muslim mayor
Opposition Labour candidate Sadiq Khan had a strong lead in final polls before Thursday's London mayoral elections, putting him on course to become the first Muslim leader of a European Union capital.
China urges 'reasonable' trade views after Trump 'rape' comment
Trade between the world's two biggest economies is mutually beneficial, Beijing said Wednesday after presumptive US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump accused China of "rape".
Malaysia searches for foreigners missing in seas off Borneo
Malaysian authorities are searching for three foreigners who went missing in waters near the Philippines where a spate of recent kidnappings have taken place, a coast guard official said Wednesday.
Nigeria starts oil production outside of Niger delta
A Nigerian firm has said it has started oil production from an offshore field in the commercial city of Lagos, the first output outside the country's oil hub in the Niger delta.
Scottish nationalists target regional vote with eye on Brexit
The Scottish National Party heads into regional elections on Thursday hoping to strengthen its clout and secure a mandate to demand independence if Britain leaves the European Union.
Clashes as French police clear migrants from Paris school
Police used tear gas on Wednesday to disperse protesters as they evacuated a high school under renovation in Paris that has been occupied by migrants for two weeks.
Indonesian becomes Internet hit after taking on motorbikes
An Indonesian woman has become an unlikely Internet sensation after photos of her angrily stopping motorcyclists from driving on pavements in traffic-choked Jakarta went viral online.
Brazil prosecutor seeks obstruction of justice probe against Rousseff
Brazil's top prosecutor has asked the Supreme Court to open a probe into alleged obstruction of justice by President Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian media reported, in a potentially explosive twist to the country's political crisis.
Asylum-seekers held in PNG launch Australia court action
More than 750 asylum-seekers held in a Papua New Guinea detention camp launched legal action Wednesday to be moved to Australia after a court in the Pacific nation found the centre unconstitutional.
EU court upholds tobacco laws on plain packs, menthol ban
The EU's top court on Wednesday ruled that the bloc's new laws on plain tobacco packaging and a ban on menthol cigarettes were legal, rejecting a challenge by tobacco giant Philip Morris and others.
Kenya arrests three over 'IS' anthrax attack plot
Three Kenyan suspected members of an Islamic State affiliate have been arrested for allegedly planning an anthrax attack, Kenyan police said on Tuesday.
Korean Air chief sued by pilots for belittling their jobs
The head of Korean Air, who just resigned as the chief organiser of the 2018 Winter Olympics, was sued Wednesday by his carrier's pilots for allegedly demeaning their work.
Revenge, despair pushing Syrians into jihadist ranks
Economic concerns and the desire for a sense of purpose and revenge are the major factors pushing young Syrians into the arms of jihadist groups, a study released on Wednesday found.
Glencore cuts copper, zinc production to counter glut
Commodities giant Glencore said Wednesday it had cut its copper and zinc production in the first quarter as it struggles to rein in an abundance of supply that has sent prices plummeting.
Deutsche Telekom's profit surges, boosted by UK divestment
Deutsche Telekom Wednesday posted a surge in first-quarter profits on the back of a divestment, while revenues also showed growth over the three months boosted by its US subsidiary.
Societe Generale profits outstrip expectations, shares soar
French bank Societe Generale posted stronger-than-expected profits Wednesday, sending its shares sharply higher.
India court tells tobacco industry to adopt strict warnings
India's highest court on Wednesday ordered cigarette manufacturers to comply with controversial new rules requiring bigger health warnings on packets that sparked weeks-long factory shutdowns.
Gang rape of Indonesian teen sparks reform calls
Indonesian activists called Wednesday for the government to urgently strengthen laws against sexual violence after the brutal gang-rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl sparked outrage.
AB InBev profits down on weakness in Brazil market
The world's top brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev said Wednesday its first quarter profits fell due to weakness in the Brazilian market but that its acquisition of SABMiller was on track to be completed this year.
Ferocious fighting in Syria's Aleppo after rebel offensive
Fierce clashes raged overnight on the edges of Syria's second city Aleppo after a major rebel offensive, an AFP correspondent said Wednesday.
Adidas hooks struggling golf business into the rough
Adidas said on Wednesday it would sell off its golf equipment brands, as it published "record" quarterly results showing a strong performance in the United States, a key market for the German sports giant.
'Jessica Jones' star calls superhero part her dream role
The star of Netflix hit "Jessica Jones" said Tuesday she knew she had found her dream job even before she read for the role of the titular superhero sleuth.
Kiwi cops' 'running man' video goes viral
A New Zealand police video of cops performing the latest "running man" Internet craze has gone viral, attracting millions of hits and prompting a response in kind from the New York Police Department.
Royal Dutch Shell profit slides on lower oil prices
Royal Dutch Shell on Wednesday announced an 89-percent drop in net profit for the first quarter, blamed on slumping oil prices, adding that investment would be lower than expected.
Air France KLM narrows losses, warns of turbulence as pilots' pay cut
Air France-KLM said Wednesday it cut its losses in the first quarter of 2016 but passenger traffic to Paris was affected by terror attacks and the airline also warned of a difficult year ahead as it moved to cut wages of French pilots.
Winners of 2016 US presidential contests, by state
Here is a list of the US states and territories won by the five main Republican and Democratic presidential candidates in the 2016 White House nomination contests held since February 1:
Yemen foes to resume face-to-face peace talks
Yemen's warring parties are to resume face-to-face peace talks on Wednesday after a three-day break triggered by a walkout by the government delegation, the United Nations said.
Ted Cruz: Tea Party firebrand but no match for Trump
Once reviled by fellow Republicans as a "wacko bird" eager to shut down the US government, Ted Cruz believed his arch-conservatism could propel him into the White House -- but ultimately proved no match for the Donald Trump steamroller.
Iphone can be a handbag, Chinese court says in Apple case
A Chinese court has ruled against Apple in a case it brought against a small maker of "iphone"-branded leather goods, state media reported.
Indian parliament accepts liquor tycoon's resignation
India's parliament Wednesday accepted Vijay Mallya's resignation of his seat, after the embattled liquor tycoon resubmitted his letter in line with the correct procedures.
Indonesia growth slower than forecast in blow to Widodo
Indonesia's growth rate was slower than forecast in the first quarter of 2016, official data showed Wednesday, in a blow to President Joko Widodo's efforts to boost Southeast Asia's top economy.