Using Al-Qaeda linked fighters to battle IS could succeed
Former US military commander David Petraeus said Wednesday fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate could be used to take on the Islamic State group as he warned that his nation's hesitation to enforce "red lines" in Syria had damaged US credibility.
European Commission approves Shell's purchase of BG Group
The European Commission gave its approval Wednesday of Royal Dutch Shell's planned acquisition of Britain's BG Group in a deal that must also be cleared by Australian and Chinese regulators.
Venezuela announces $5-bn Chinese loan for oil sector
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced China has granted his government a $5-billion loan to boost oil output in the recession-hit OPEC state.
Kenya government makes major security reshuffle
Kenya's government on Wednesday announced major changes in its administrative and security personnel, with a clear focus on tackling the worsening insecurity linked to Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels.
Czech police spark uproar by tagging refugees with numbers
Human rights activists and lawyers in the Czech Republic on Wednesday slammed local police for marking the hands of refugees with numbers after detaining them on a train.
'Difficult' to finish EU-Cuba talks this year: EU official
The EU and Cuba have made good progress in normalisation talks but getting an accord this year, the stated aim of both sides, may prove difficult, an EU official said Wednesday.
Pakistan army sentences five militants to death
Pakistan's army Wednesday announced the death penalty for five militants linked to a series of terrorist attack across the country, the latest terror-related sentencing by the controversial military courts.
Ex-tabloid editor Brooks returns as News Corp UK chief
British ex-editor Rebekah Brooks, the fiery redhead who resigned over a tabloid phone-hacking scandal, will return to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp as head of its UK division, the company said on Wednesday.
White House wins enough Senate support for Iran deal
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday earned sufficient congressional backing to ensure the Iran nuclear deal does not get blocked, when a 34th senator announced her support for the accord.
Eight in race for Guinea presidency
Eight contenders including current head-of-state Alpha Conde have been approved as candidates for Guinea's second democratic presidential election, the constitutional court said on Wednesday.
Harry Potter's son goes to school
Harry Potter's fictional son will be among the nervous British children making the move to big school this week, novelist J.K. Rowling has told fans in an announcement that made a generation of loyal readers feel old.
Wall St rebounds amid more wild swings in global markets
Investors on Wall Street found renewed confidence Wednesday but world markets remained frayed and volatile amid rising worries of a China-driven stall in global growth.
US stocks partially recover after steep losses
US stocks headed about one percent higher in early trade Wednesday, only partly erasing Tuesday's steep losses as worries about China's economy persisted.
Ukraine ceasefire undermined, EU extends sanctions
Two civilians were killed Wednesday in eastern Ukraine, undermining fresh efforts to end simmering violence as the European Union agreed to extend sanctions against individuals deemed responsible for the conflict.
Saudi top cleric slams Iran prophet movie
Saudi Arabia's top cleric hit out at Iranian film "Muhammad" on Wednesday describing its portrayal of the prophet's childhood as a "hostile act" and a "distortion" of Islam.
Indonesia to cut emission by 29 percent in 2030
Indonesia has unveiled an ambitious new target for reducing carbon emissions, promising to slash its greenhouse gas output by 29 percent by 2030, the government said Wednesday.
Iran police to confiscate cars of 'poorly veiled' women
Women drivers in Iran's capital could have their cars impounded by police if they are caught driving with a poorly fixed veil or without their heads covered, a police chief said Wednesday.
Faroe Islands eyes gay unions as government loses election
The Faroe Islands could become the final Nordic territory to recognise same-sex unions after the centre-left opposition won a general election, results showed on Wednesday.
Sabbath row could see football matches scrapped: Israel FA
Israel's football association is threatening to cancel league matches unless the government reverses a recent decision banning games on the Sabbath, Judaism's holy day.
EU to extend Ukraine sanctions by six months
The EU will extend sanctions for another six months against Ukrainian and Russian figures accused of backing pro-Moscow rebels fighting for independence from Kiev, EU sources said Wednesday.
Soldier, militant killed in Indian Kashmir gunbattle
An Indian soldier and a suspected militant were killed Wednesday during a gunbattle in Indian Kashmir, the latest clash in the restive Himalayan region, a police officer said.
Lego first half results boosted by strong Asian growth
The world's largest toy maker Lego on Wednesday reported a jump in first half profit and sales, underpinned by strong growth in Asia.
Libya's Tripoli authorities to join Geneva peace talks
Libya's Tripoli-based authorities said Wednesday they will take part in crucial peace talks, a day before their expected start in Geneva.
Migrant crisis threatens to complicate Britain's EU reform push
After a lengthy summer break, Prime Minister David Cameron is buckling down for months of hard graft over Britain's referendum on leaving the EU, which could be complicated by Europe's migrant crisis.
Four killed in fresh Burundi unrest: police, witnesses
At least four people have died in renewed clashes in Burundi, where tensions remain high following President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial re-election, officials and witnesses said Wednesday.
Indonesia repatriates former US policeman over alleged murder
A former Texas policeman arrested for alleged involvement in the murder of his pregnant girlfriend was flown back to the United States from Indonesia Wednesday, an official said.
Migrant crisis threatens Europe's Schengen borderless area
As European countries grapple with record numbers of desperate refugees and migrants clamouring to enter Europe, the continent's cherished system of borderless travel is increasingly at risk, officials and analysts say.
European stocks wobble on China jitters
Europe's main stock markets wobbled on Wednesday in volatile trade as investors were rattled by ongoing Chinese economic jitters after slender losses in Shanghai.
The world lost enough trees last year to fill North Dakota
New satellite data reveals a rapid loss of tropical forests in Cambodia, parts of west Africa and Madagascar, and the Gran Chaco region of South America.
Turkey transfers British reporters to new jail
Turkey has transferred two British journalists and their Iraqi translator who were arrested this week on terror charges to a jail in the southern city of Adana, their employer and legal sources said Wednesday.
Lebanon government powerless as protesters escalate campaign
Lebanon's divided government appeared powerless Wednesday to address a growing protest campaign that began with frustration over rubbish collection and ballooned into anger at a stagnant and corrupt political class.