Israel air raids on Syria, Hezbollah targets since 2013
Israel has launched multiple attacks on Syrian military positions since January 2013.
Peugeot returns to profit in first half
French automaker Peugeot on Wednesday announced a return to profitability in the first half of the year with a net profit of 571 million euros ($630 million), sending its share price soaring.
El Dorado or pipe dream? Calais migrants hope for new life in UK
Thousands of migrants are trying to cross the Channel from France in search of a better life in Britain -- but what makes them risk their lives travelling from one wealthy European country to another?
Munich opts for controversial Holocaust memorial compromise
Munich Wednesday gave its approval for plaques for individual Holocaust victims to be installed throughout the German city but upheld a ban on Europe's biggest memorial project after months of anguished debate.
Spanish airport operator AENA posts 80% jump in first-half profit
Spain's AENA, the world's biggest airport operator by passenger numbers, said Wednesday its net profit jumped by 79.9 percent in the first half of the year, boosted mainly by one-off tax deductions.
Disneyland Paris rejects price discrimination claim
Disneyland Paris on Wednesday denied allegations that it overcharges customers from certain countries a day after the European Commission said it had launched a probe.
'Strong evidence' of Israel war crimes on 'Black Friday': Amnesty
An analysis of an Israeli assault in the Gaza Strip following the capture of one of its soldiers during last year's war in the Palestinian territory shows "strong evidence" of war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday.
Israel PM approves 300 settler homes in occupied West Bank
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved Wednesday the "immediate" construction of 300 settler homes in the occupied West Bank as his government came under pressure from right-wing Jewish groups.
Bangladesh upholds opposition politician's death sentence
Bangladesh's top court Wednesday upheld the death sentence on a top opposition politician for atrocities committed during the 1971 independence war, including the slaughter of around 200 Hindus.
Singapore Airlines says Q1 net profit more than doubles
Singapore Airlines (SIA) said Wednesday its first quarter net profit more than doubled from a year earlier as fuel expenses fell due to lower oil prices.
Greek PM warns hardliners with snap vote to approve reforms
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday said he would hold early elections if hardliners in his party continued to resist an unpopular new bailout deal that promised debt relief.
Nigeria's Niger Delta amnesty back on track, new boss named
Nigeria has appointed a new boss for the amnesty scheme for ex-Niger Delta oil rebels, in a move seen by observers as an attempt to put back on track the programme which doused militancy in the oil-rich region.
Johnny Depp, Ralph Fiennes top Venice film fest line-up
Hollywood stars Johnny Depp and Ralph Fiennes top a powerful line-up at this year's Venice film festival, with US and Italian films dominating the competition for the Golden Lion, from revenge dramas to rock-star thrillers.
India's top court refuses to stay bomb plotter's execution
India's top court on Wednesday rejected a last-ditch plea by a convicted bomb plotter, clearing the way for his execution.
Myanmar movie star, four others win Magsaysay awards
A movie star from Myanmar, two Indians, a Filipina cultural researcher and a Laotian handicrafts promoter were named on Wednesday as this year's winners of Asia's Magsaysay Awards.
Dutch PM appeals to Putin not to veto MH17 vote at UN
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday made an "urgent" appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin not to veto a UN Security Council resolution to try those who shot down flight MH17 over Ukraine.
European stocks close higher amid strong earnings
Europe's main stock markets closed higher Wednesday, as traders reacted to a batch of strong company earnings updates ahead of the Federal Reserve's latest policy statement.
Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead, Afghanistan says
Taliban supremo Mullah Omar died two years ago in Pakistan, Afghanistan said on Wednesday, after unnamed government and militant sources reported the demise of the reclusive warrior-cleric.
Indonesia jails Uighur over attempt to join militants
An Indonesian court Wednesday jailed a Chinese Uighur for six years after he was caught trying to join an Islamic extremist group led by the country's most wanted militant.
Israel PM approves 300 settler homes in occupied West Bank
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday approved the "immediate" construction of 300 settler homes in the occupied West Bank as his government came under pressure from right-wing Jewish groups.
Oil rallies on surprise fall in US crude inventories
Oil prices rallied Wednesday as an unexpected weekly fall in US crude oil inventories somewhat eased worries about demand in the world's largest economy.
Israeli strike on Syrian town kills 5 pro-regime forces: monitor
An Israeli air strike on a government-held village on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights ceasefire line killed five pro-regime forces on Wednesday, a monitoring group said.
Croatia MPs vote to quit Slovenia border row arbitration
Croatian lawmakers decided Wednesday to withdraw from arbitration on a long-running border dispute with Slovenia after revelations a Slovenian member of the international tribunal had breached its impartiality.
Migrant deaths in the Eurotunnel
One person was found dead as migrants desperate to reach England made at least 1,500 attempts overnight to storm the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port city of Calais.
Hermes to probe, punish 'cruelty' to crocs used for handbags
Hermes said Wednesday it was probing claims of cruelty at crocodile and alligator farms that supply the French fashion house with skins for its luxury handbags and accessories.
Olympics: Japan set to trim budget by more than $2 bn - IOC chief
Japan's ditching of a showpiece stadium will trim its Olympic budget by more than $2 billion when combined with other savings, International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach said Wednesday.
Kenya auditor uncovers massive government misspending
Only one percent of Kenyan government spending can be properly accounted for, according to a report by the country's auditor-general released just days after US President Barack Obama warned corruption was holding the country back.
Saudi policeman killed, 2 hurt in attack: ministry
A Saudi lawman was killed and two others were wounded during an attack in a Shiite-dominated area of Eastern Province, the interior ministry said Wednesday.
Suu Kyi registers for Myanmar polls as ruling party braces for losses
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday registered to run for a general election which her party is expected to sweep, as the ruling bloc admitted it was bracing for big losses.
Turkey pounds PKK, allows US to use base against IS
Turkish warplanes on Wednesday pounded targets of PKK rebels in northern Iraq in a new wave of strikes in its campaign against militant groups, as Ankara allowed the United States to use one of its bases to carry out air raids on jihadists.
Mongolia marks 25 years of democracy in Russian, Chinese shadows
Mongolia on Wednesday marked 25 years since its first democratic election, a key milestone in the transformation of the once Communist nation squeezed between giant neighbours Russia and China.