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.
Pakistan police kill head of anti-Shiite group, 13 others
The leader of an anti-Shiite group behind some of Pakistan's worst sectarian atrocities was killed in a shootout with police early Wednesday along with 13 other militants, authorities said.
'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.
Total earnings slide 4.0% in second quarter
French oil giant Total on Wednesday announced a 4.0 percent slide in net profit in the second quarter while increased output, costs savings and improved refinery margins helped offset plunging oil prices.
France seeks to warm up Iran ties with Rouhani invite
France sought to revive its relations with Iran on Wednesday, inviting President Hassan Rouhani to visit Paris in November, in a gesture that swiftly follows this month's historic nuclear deal.
Panasonic three-month net profit soars more than 50%
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Wednesday that its net profit soared 57 percent from a year ago, mainly thanks to a tax accounting change as the electronics giant continues to reshape its business.
Hong Kong stocks close 0.47% higher
Hong Kong shares ended 0.47 percent higher Wednesday, following a rally in US and European markets, while Shanghai enjoyed a strong rebound after a three-day sell-off.
Nissan's three-month profit jumps on North America sales
Nissan on Wednesday said its three-month net profit jumped 36.3 percent to $1.3 billion on strong sales in North America, Europe and China, but observers warned that overall Chinese demand may be weakening.
Olympics: Boston failed to deliver on promises - IOC chief
The United States has pledged to find a new candidate city for the 2024 Olympics after Boston failed to "deliver" on promises, IOC chief Thomas Bach said Wednesday.
Shanghai stocks close up more than three percent
Shanghai stocks closed up more than three percent on Wednesday, rebounding after three consecutive sessions of losses fuelled by worries of another market rout.
Nintendo swings to profit in April-June, sales up 21%
Japanese video game giant Nintendo said Wednesday it swung to a $67 million net profit in the three months to June, owing to a jump in console sales and a weaker yen.
Dollar edges up ahead of Fed policy statement
The dollar inched up Wednesday as traders remained on edge after a China stock market plunge this week and as the Federal Reserve winds up a two-day meeting, with hopes of some guidance on its plans for raising interest rates.
One dead as migrants storm Eurotunnel terminal
One man died Wednesday in a desperate attempt to reach England via the Channel Tunnel as overwhelmed authorities fought off hundreds of migrants, prompting France to beef up its police presence.
Tokyo shares end 0.13% down
Japanese stocks lost early gains to fall 0.13 percent on Wednesday, as tech firms took a hit with factory robotics giant Fanuc plunging more than 10 percent after cutting its profit forecast.