Israel clashes with Palestinians on Gaza border
Israeli troops fired at a Hamas base in Gaza on Wednesday, Palestinian security sources said, with the Israeli army saying it was responding to mortar fire.
16 villagers hacked to death in eastern DR Congo
Attackers armed with machetes and axes hacked at least 16 civilians to death in a night-time assault on their village in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, UN and local officials said Wednesday.
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 but passenger traffic to Paris was affected by terror attacks, and it warned of a difficult year ahead as it moved to cut French pilots' wages.
Chad constitutional council upholds Deby re-election
Chad's Constitutional Council has upheld President Idriss Deby's re-election to a fifth term, confirming the results of last month's vote that the opposition had challenged.
Drought-hit Zimbabwe is selling its wild animals to save them from starvation
"All our national parks are in the driest regions and the biggest question as we experience this drought is who is going to feed the wildlife and who is going to give them water?"
Indonesia set to resume executions
Indonesia is preparing for a new round of executions, police said Wednesday, around a year after Jakarta sparked global outrage by putting seven foreign drug convicts to death by firing squad.
Maersk profit tumbles amid shipping, oil market slump
Danish oil and shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk on Wednesday reported a plunge in first quarter profit, weighed down by low freight rates and oil prices, but cheering investors with significant cost cuts.
China slams UN criticism of controls on foreign NGOs
China on Wednesday denounced United Nations criticism of its new law on foreign NGOs as "prejudiced and unfounded allegations", demanding that the statement be withdrawn.
Relief in Yemen's Mukalla after year of Qaeda rule
Ten days after Gulf-backed forces drove Al-Qaeda out of the Yemeni port city of Mukalla, the signs of their harsh year-long rule are still everywhere for relieved residents to see.
Russia says bolstering forces to counter NATO
Russia's defence minister said Wednesday that Moscow will set up three new divisions in the west and south of the country by the end of the year to counter NATO forces close to its border.
Siemens posts 'convincing' earnings, eyes growth in renewables
German engineering giant Siemens pledged Wednesday to expand its renewables business, after posting a set of results that it deemed "convincing".
Yemen foes resume face-to-face peace talks
Yemen's warring parties resumed face-to-face peace talks on Wednesday after a three-day break triggered by a walkout by the government delegation, the United Nations said.
Israel to upgrade ties with NATO
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel would upgrade its ties with the 28-member NATO military alliance by opening a permanent mission to its Brussels headquarters.
Saudi oil minister visits Sudan to cement improving ties
Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi visited Sudan on Wednesday promising increased investment in a major fillip for the impoverished African nation after its tilt from Tehran towards Riyadh.
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.