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Russia on Wednesday dismissed as "populist" a French proposal to limit the use of the veto at the UN Security Council and said it would oppose it.

California to end unlimited solitary confinement for gang leaders

In a major victory for the prison reform movement, California agreed on Tuesday to end the indefinite solitary confinement of imprisoned gang members.

Tensions mount over death of Brazil indigenous leader

Tensions over land ownership are soaring between Brazil's indigenous Guarani people and ranchers after the shooting of a Guarani leader, activists said Wednesday.

Man charged in shooting death of 22-month-old infant

A Pittsburgh man who police have charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a 22-month-old boy, says the shooting was an accident and occurred while he was attempting to unload a gun.

Jazz artist Bill Kwan talks New York, musical influences Special

Jazz artist Bill Kwan chatted with Digital Journal about his greatest musical inspirations, aspirations to play in New York, and female duet partners.

Migrants: EU aid from one nation to another

Europe is facing an unprecedented influx of refugees as hundreds of thousands of desperate people flee war and misery in search of a better life.

France, Germany and Italy call for reform of asylum rules

Germany, France and Italy called for an overhaul of laws on the right of asylum and a fairer distribution of migrants throughout the European Union, Italy's foreign minister said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: FDA sends letter to powdered caffeine distributors — So what?

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to five distributors of powdered caffeine, claiming their products are sold without regulations as a dietary supplements on the Internet.

U.S. trains in Black Sea with Ukraine's depleted navy

The United States is co-hosting drills in the Black Sea with what is left of Ukraine's devastated navy, which lost about two thirds of its sailors and ships after Russia seized Crimea last year.

Climate: World failing to meet 2C target, say analysts

Inadequate national targets for curbing climate-altering greenhouse gases meant emissions would be "far above" the level required to stave off disastrous global warming, analysts warned Wednesday.

Nobel winner Menchu hails Guatemala's 'great awakening'

Guatemalan Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchu sees the unprecedented protests calling for the ouster of President Otto Perez as a historic moment for a country long torn by violence, poverty and inequality.

Migrant child's body on beach shocks Europe

The image of a toddler's lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach after a migrant boat sank sparked horrified reactions Wednesday as the tragedy of Europe's burgeoning refugee crisis hit home.

Bacteria help deliver fish-oil diet benefits

Diets rich in fish oil compared with diets where lard is the predominant fat lead to very different types of bacteria being found in the guts. The bacteria appear to help with the health benefits of fish oil and the harmful effects of lard.

Probiotic trial fails in ICU pilot study

A large-scale study examining the effects of probiotics (beneficial bacteria) in preventing gastrointestinal colonization with drug-resistant bugs in intensive care units (ICUs) has not been successful, researchers report.

Pizza Express accused of skimming tips from its workforce

A campaign has begun to force a major pizza chain — Pizza Express — to pay staff the full amount given by customers in the form of tips. For credit card payments, the restaurant chain takes an "admin fee."

'The farmers are coming': Over 1,000 tractors set to blockade Paris

Farmers riding more than 1,000 tractors will try to blockade Paris on Thursday as they converge on the French capital in protest at falling prices that they say are endangering their livelihoods.

Neurodegenerative disease risk as new prion is dicovered

The first new human prion in almost 50 years has been discovered, a team of scientists report. The prion is called alpha-synuclein and it is believed to the the causative agent for a rare neurodegenerative disease in people.

Iceland mulls more refugees after Facebook appeal

Iceland may take in more refugees than the 50 originally planned for 2015 and 2016, the government said Wednesday after a Facebook appeal urged it to welcome more people.

Guatemalan president will be convicted of graft: AG

Guatemala's attorney general said Wednesday she is confident embattled President Otto Perez will be convicted of corruption, as the country's top court rejected his challenge to prosecutors' moves to try him.

NASA develops material capable of healing its own bullet wounds

NASA has developed a new polymer technology that is capable of healing puncture wounds, using a gel that hardens after coming into contact with oxygen.

Embattled Mexico leader acknowledges national 'outrage'

His popularity plunging, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto used his annual state-of-the-nation speech on Wednesday to acknowledge national anger over violence and scandals that have shaken the country.

Global life expectancy rises, but there is a down-side

An international study on the global burden of disease has found that since 1990, life expectancy worldwide has risen by six years. But even with the increase in longevity comes a number of challenges for staying healthy.

28 die in bombing of Yemen Shiite mosque claimed by IS

A suicide bomber hit a Shiite mosque in the Yemeni capital Wednesday, killing at least 28 people in the latest such attack to be claimed by the Islamic State group.

Norway takes over Dutch jail to ease crowded prisons

Dutch authorities on Wednesday handed over the keys of a jail in the Netherlands to Norwegian officials, as Oslo gets creative with trying to resolve its problem of prison overcrowding.

Cuttack, India hospital has 61 infant deaths in two weeks

Sixty-one infants have died in a children's hospital in India in the past two weeks, sparking protests and forcing the state government to launch an investigation.

French judges say no proof Arafat poisoned, end probe

French judges investigating claims that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was murdered have closed the case without bringing any charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday. "At the end of the investigation...

Xperia Z5: Sony unveils the world's first 4K smartphone

Sony has unveiled its new flagship smartphone range, the Xperia Z5, at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Three different models have been announced, including one which now holds the record as the first phone to boast a 4K display.

Kurdish leader says Turkey polls impossible amid security crisis

The leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party in Turkey said Wednesday it was "impossible" to hold snap polls in November because of the surge in violence between security forces and Kurdish rebels.

Carly Fiorina to benefit from CNN debate rule change

CNN is changing the rules for its Republican debate later this month, likely opening the door for one candidate to qualify for the main stage: former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

Ukraine reports polio outbreak, first cases in Europe since 2010: WHO

Two polio cases have been confirmed in western Ukraine, the first to be recorded in Europe since 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

Balkan migrants take desperate steps to 'prove' asylum claim

With Europe struggling with a record influx of refugees, would-be migrants from the Balkans are taking desperate measures to 'prove' their lives are threatened in the hope of securing a successful asylum claim.

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.

Peru teen aims to revive Quechua, one pop song at a time

Renata Flores Rivera has teenage cuteness, a velvety voice and a mission: to revive the Quechua language with songs like "Chaynatam ruwanki cuyanaita" -- better known as "The Way You Make Me Feel.

White House clinches support for Iran nuclear 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.

How Waterloo led to a more powerful England Special

Waterloo isn’t the watershed that it’s been cracked up to be. That’s the view of historian David Crane whose new book “Went the Day Well” examines the battle and how it paved the way for a newly assertive British empire.

Rare celestial event coming: Lunar eclipse of a 'supermoon'

Skywatchers in the Americas, Europe, and parts of Asia will see a total lunar eclipse of the moon on September 28 — which will cause the moon to have a blood-red or copper hue.

Doctor Who: River Song makes surprise return at Christmas

Professor River Song, the former wife of the Doctor in the BBC's long-running television sci-fi drama, is to return to the show after a two-year gap, it has been announced.

Car bomb kills 10 in Syria regime bastion Latakia

Ten people were killed and dozens wounded on Wednesday in a rare car bombing in the Syrian city of Latakia, the coastal bastion of President Bashar al-Assad, state media said.

Sleep found to fend off the common cold

Getting a good night's rest may stop people from getting sick from exposure to the common cold virus, according to a new study.

Ukraine ceasefire undermined, EU extends sanctions

Two civilians were killed Wednesday in eastern Ukraine, undermining fresh efforts to end continuing violence as the European Union extended sanctions against individuals deemed responsible for the conflict.

Indonesian district: Couples who date after 9p.m. will be forced to marry

A district government in Indonesia has come up with a rather heavy handed approach to dealing with hookups outside of wedlock. The government has imposed a ban on “dating” after 9 p.m., and anyone who violates the ban will be forced to marry.