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Bangladesh plans to relocate thousands of Rohingya who have spent years in refugee camps near the Myanmar border to a southern island, an official said Wednesday.

EU asks member states to admit 40,000 asylum seekers

The EU on Wednesday asked its member states to admit over the next two years 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea who have already landed in Italy and Greece."We...

Op-Ed: South African president shows concern for unpaid Filipino boxers

South African President Jacob Zuma took up the cudgels for two Filipino boxers who fought in South Africa last March but were not paid their prize money by their South African promoters.

German city of Cologne evacuates 20,000 people to defuse WWII bomb

German authorities evacuated around 20,000 people from their homes in the western city of Cologne on Wednesday after a World War II bomb was unearthed during construction work.

Singapore teen in trouble again for re-posting anti-Lee video

Singapore prosecutors on Wednesday demanded that a rebellious teenager be sent to a reformatory after he re-posted a controversial video attacking the late independence leader Lee Kuan Yew.

Mobile ads are dramatically under-priced, says marketing leader

Last week, the leader of the Mobile Marketing Association advised advertisers that they were being dramatically under-charged for ad videos on mobile platforms. He suggests that supply outweighs demand and that the current low prices cannot last long.

Kurds oust IS from Christian villages in Syria: Monitor

Kurdish forces have driven the Islamic State group from more than a dozen Assyrian Christian villages that the jihadists had captured in northeastern Syria, a monitor said Wednesday.

Denmark to hold general election on June 18

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday called a general election for June 18, even as opinion polls show her centre-left coalition trailing the opposition."Denmark is back on track, we are out of the crisis...

UN targets zero hunger in a generation as numbers fall below 800 million

The number of hungry people around the world has dropped below 800 million for the first time since the UN started counting, the Food and Agriculture Organisation said in an annual report on Wednesday.

Belgian airports at standstill after air traffic failure

Belgian airports were at a standstill Wednesday after an electrical failure at air traffic control in Brussels caused Belgium-bound flights to be diverted, with departures delayed and flights cancelled.

Thai ex-PM Thaksin under investigation for lese majeste

Thai police are investigating whether fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra committed royal defamation in a recent interview, authorities said Wednesday as they announced his passports had been revoked.

Malaysia missed clues on trafficking, villagers say

Malaysia's government has expressed shock at finding human-trafficking camps and graves near the Thai border, but for local villagers like Sani Hashim the human clues were right there in plain sight.

Over two-thirds of Mount Everest's glaciers could be gone by 2100

If greenhouse-gas emissions continue to rise, glaciers in the Everest region of the Himalayas could experience dramatic changes in the decades to come.

Iraqi forces take positions on Ramadi outskirts

Iraqi forces took up positions around Ramadi on Wednesday, seizing two districts after clashes with jihadists.

Thai elections pushed back to September 2016

Thailand's junta confirmed Wednesday that elections will not be held until September 2016, dealing a further blow to hopes that the kingdom's generals will swiftly hand power back to a civilian government.

Taliban wage overnight gunfight in Kabul diplomatic quarter

An all-night gunbattle with Taliban insurgents who stormed a guesthouse in Kabul's diplomatic quarter ended at daybreak Wednesday, with four attackers killed in the second assault in two weeks on a venue popular with foreigners.

Deaths from major heatwave sweeping India top 1,100

More than 1,100 people have died in a major heatwave sweeping India, authorities said Wednesday, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue.

B.C. cancer cases to grow by 57 percent by 2030, new report warns

Some alarming numbers are in a report released today by researchers from the B.C. Cancer Agency. Published in the B.C. Medical Journal, it says that by 2030 the province will see a dramatic rise in cancer cases.

Driverless trucks from Mexico to Manitoba: What could go wrong?

Hot on the wheels of Google's second generation of driverless cars, plans to send driverless big rigs our on the road on a planned route from Mexico to Manitoba.

Football officials arrested in Zurich on US request

Six football officials were arrested in Zurich early Wednesday upon request from US authorities, suspected of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars, Swiss authorities said.The New York Times reported that FIFA officials were arrested.

HD remake of Resident Evil Zero officially announced

Following the success of Resident Evil HG early this year, Capcom has announced that an HD remake of Resident Evil Zero is in the works and set to be released in early 2016.

Bounce house flies in air and injures three children

Three children playing inside a bounce house were injured when a waterspout came onto shore and lifted it in the air in Fort Lauderdale.

Russian NGOs fear fresh crackdown after 'undesirable' law

Already branded "foreign agents" while endeavouring to help abuse victims or protect the environment, Russian activists fear a new law against "undesirable" NGOs will further stymie their work.

Maui's dolphin of New Zealand nearly extinct, humans at fault

The world's smallest dolphin, the Maui's dolphin, is on the verge of extinction. Some analysts now put the number of surviving Maui's dolphins at under 50, with only ten of those mature females.

50 Cent's boxing promotions company declares bankruptcy

Floyd Mayweather's friend and business partner Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) has filed bankruptcy for his own SMS Promotions, a boxing promotions company he formed in 2012.

Queen to outline Cameron's plans after UK poll win

British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives unveil their programme for government Wednesday after a surprise clear win at this month's general election which will lead to a referendum on leaving the EU.

Israel launches air strikes in Gaza after rocket attack

The Israeli air force carried out four strikes on militant targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, Palestinian eyewitnesses said, hours after a cross-border rocket attack on the Jewish state.

Pope's finance chief ready to appear at Australia child abuse inquiry

Pope Francis' finance chief Wednesday said he was ready to give evidence at a child abuse inquiry in his native Australia, as the nation's most notorious paedophile priest insisted the pair had little to do with each other.

Arrest in attempted dismemberment and burning of body

A man came home from work, and thinking his nephew had been smoking marijuana, went to check the nephew's bedroom. He looked in the bathroom and discovered the nude, dismembered and partially burned body of a woman in the bathtub.

EU to unveil latest plan to absorb migrants fairly

The European Commission is due Wednesday to unveil its latest version of a controversial plan to force EU member states to more evenly absorb the wave of migrants making the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean to Europe.

Michelle Wright crowned 'Female Vocalist' at CMAO Awards

Canadian country star Michelle Wright has a major milestone to celebrate. She was crowned "Female Vocalist of the Year" at this year's Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Awards.

Militants wage overnight gunfight in Kabul diplomatic quarter

Gunfire and explosions rang out Wednesday in a diplomatic quarter of Kabul as security forces waged an all-night battle with Taliban militants who tried to storm a guesthouse owned by a prominent political family.

Hamas executed Palestinians during Israel war: Amnesty

The Islamist group Hamas used its 2014 Gaza war with Israel to "settle scores" with rival Palestinians, executing at least 23 in possible war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Sanders enters U.S. presidential race

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders formally launched his populist, liberal campaign for the White House, reiterating his pledges to recalibrate an American economic system which created sharp disparities between rich and poor.

U.S. court rejects Obama's appeal on immigration

A U.S. appeals court dealt another blow to President Barack Obama's efforts to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

Robert Guerrero to face Aaron Martinez at StubHub Center June 6

Former WBC welterweight champion Robert Guerrero returns to the ring on Saturday, June 6 after his failed attempt to bag the WBA welterweight title against Keith Thurman last March at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Spain's top court overturns regional anti-eviction law

Spain's Constitutional Court on Tuesday struck down a regional law which blocked banks from repossessing homes from the most needy families for up to three years.

Mozambique elephant poaching fuels ivory trade in China and Asia

The U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reported on Tuesday that nearly half of Mozambique's elephants have been killed for their ivory in the past five years.

Peru sends in army as new mining strike starts

Peru said Tuesday it is sending its army to intervene in seven regions where workers have called a strike to protest a controversial mining project by Mexican firm Southern Copper.The $1.

Blasts, gunfire as insurgents attack Kabul diplomatic area

Sporadic bursts of gunfire and heavy explosions rocked a diplomatic district of the Afghan capital Tuesday, with police saying a guesthouse is believed to be the target of the ongoing attack.

Japan joins U.S. maneuvers in Pacific as tensions with China rise

Japan will send dozens of soldiers to join U.S.-Australia military exercises in the South Pacific for the first time ever in an apparent signal to Beijing to scale back expansion in the South China Sea.