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Chinese police have seized 1.3 tonnes of cocaine from South America in the country's biggest ever haul of the drug, authorities said.

Mexico says journalist Valdez murdered for stories on cartels

Award-winning Mexican journalist Javier Valdez was murdered for his investigative reporting on drug trafficking, the national security commissioner said Tuesday after a suspect was arrested in the high-profile case.

'Gap in perceptions' threatens wider Middle East war

Analysts fear a wider Middle Eastern war is brewing between Iran and its rivals, Israel and Saudi Arabia, warning that their failure to understand each other's intentions threatens to tear the region apart.

Japan plans Studio Ghibli theme park

The fantasy world of Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki will come to life as a theme park set to open in central Japan in 2022, the regional government said Wednesday.

In southern Iraq, drought tightens its grip

Abu Ali carefully crank-starts a generator to pump water from a well out into his parched field in southern Iraq. There used to be no need for a well in his village, but a creeping drought is now threatening agriculture and livelihoods in the area.

In Lebanon vote, candidates shell out for coverage

Six thousand dollars can buy a minute of air time, but a talk show episode can cost $240,000. In Lebanon, media outlets are charging parliamentary candidates exorbitant prices for coverage.

Japan minister apologises after 'sexy yoga' claims

Japan's education minister apologised Wednesday for using an official car to visit a yoga studio, but denied claims that the facility was offering "sexy private yoga".

Syria rebels dig in for Daraa fight

On a tense urban frontline in Syria's Daraa, rebel Atallah Qutayfan has been steadily reinforcing his defensive post for weeks in anticipation of a looming assault by government troops.

At least 10 killed, dozens injured in illegal Indonesia oil well fire

At least 10 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a huge blaze at an illegal oil well in Indonesia, authorities said Wednesday.

Mediterranean fears bitter future for citrus crops

Could we soon be forced to do without a glass of orange juice or a slice of grapefruit at breakfast? The answer is unfortunately yes.

Philippines to deport Australian nun who angered Duterte

The Philippines on Wednesday ordered the deportation of an elderly Australian nun who angered President Rodrigo Duterte, accusing her of engaging in illegal political activities outside of her missionary work.

N. Korea slams US censure on human rights

North Korea condemned US criticism of its human rights record as "ridiculous", days before leader Kim Jong Un's summit with the South and ahead of a meeting with US President Donald Trump.

Donors set to stump up billions for Syria

International donors are expected Wednesday to pledge billions of dollars for Syria after the UN's special envoy warned of a looming humanitarian disaster in the rebel-held region of Idlib.

Danish submariner Peter Madsen: a dark, two-sided inventor

An eccentric "inventrepreneur", or a sexually depraved murderer? Danish prosecutors have portrayed Peter Madsen as a "pathological liar" who enjoyed videos of women being beheaded, but he insists the death of journalist Kim Wall was just an accident.

Trump hints veterans affairs nominee could withdraw under pressure

Donald Trump opened the door Tuesday for his embattled nominee for veterans affairs to step aside, saying that while Ronny Jackson is "a wonderful man," the US president himself would not abide such congressional scrutiny.

Danish submariner to receive verdict over journalist murder

A Copenhagen court is to rule Wednesday whether Danish submarine builder Peter Madsen murdered Swedish journalist Kim Wall onboard his vessel before chopping up her corpse and tossing the body parts into the sea last year.

Accused Colombian drug kingpin charged in New York

A Colombian former right-wing paramilitary accused of heading one of the country's largest drug cartels was formally charged Tuesday in New York after his extradition one day prior.

Women lead Australia Anzac Day marches amid high security

Tens of thousands of Australians and New Zealanders turned out Wednesday for Anzac Day dawn services and marches to honour their war dead and pay tribute to serving soldiers, with women leading some parades for the first time.

Migrant caravan arrives at US-Mexican border

Around 100 Central American migrants from a caravan that infuriated President Donald Trump arrived Tuesday at the US-Mexican border, where many plan to seek asylum in the United States, according to organizers.

US lashes out at 'repugnant' regime violence in Nicaragua

The United States on Tuesday accused Nicaragua's government of "repugnant" violence and repression against protesters demanding the ouster of President Daniel Ortega.

Lula says party free to find new candidate for Brazil vote

Brazil's ex-president Lula, who is imprisoned for corruption, on Tuesday gave his Workers' Party (PT) the green light to find a new candidate for the October presidential election in which he remains the frontrunner.

What a 'new deal' over Iran might look like

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday proposed a "new deal" to address President Donald Trump's many concerns about the existing nuclear pact with Iran.Here is a look at what may be in the works, and the challenges a new deal could entail.

German delegation visits Chile over Nazi pedophile sect

A German delegation was in Chile on Tuesday to learn more about the ongoing investigation into Colonia Dignidad, a notorious Nazi pedophile sect founded by German immigrants in the 1960s.

US trade officials to visit China soon, Trump says

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that top US trade officials would soon travel to China as Washington and Beijing seek to resolve a trade dispute that has roiled markets and left exporters on edge.

Guatemala protesters call on President Morales to quit

Thousands of Guatemalan protesters including farmers, activists and indigenous groups, marched through the capital of the Central American country Tuesday to demand the resignation of President Jimmy Morales, who faces allegations of campaign finance c...

The discontent shaking Nicaragua

A week of deadly protests in Nicaragua has exposed widespread public resentment and frustration directed at the government of veteran President Daniel Ortega.

Jewish groups call Corbyn anti-Semitism meeting 'disappointing'

Jewish groups said on Tuesday a meeting with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over his handling of an ongoing anti-Semitism row within his party "was a disappointing missed opportunity".

Two wanted in Peru over lynching of Canadian for shaman murder

Peruvian police hunted Tuesday for two men wanted in connection with the lynching of a Canadian man suspected of killing an elderly female shaman in a remote part of the country's Amazon rainforest.

Top US court rules for Arab Bank in Israel attack case

Victims of attacks in Israel cannot use an 18th century law to sue the Arab Bank, a multinational financial institution, the US Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in a precedent-setting case for other foreign businesses.

Con man versus pathological liar? Closings at Cosby trial

A con man who exploited his fame as "America's Dad" to betray women's trust by drugging and sexually assaulting them, or a misguided married man hoodwinked by a money-grabbing, pathological liar?

Nicaragua rioters uproot Ortega couple's 'Trees of Life'

Nicaraguan protesters demanding President Daniel Ortega's resignation have been taking their anger out on a pet project of his wife -- giant steel sculptures scattered around Managua.

Colombia's ELN rebels eye US guarantees ahead of new peace talks

Colombia's last rebel group is seeking US guarantees that Washington will not seek the extradition of its negotiators in future peace talks, after Ecuador's surprise decision not to host the negotiations.

UNICEF in Greece face corruption probe

Prosecutors in Athens on Tuesday ordered a preliminary investigation into UNICEF in Greece over suspected corruption, according to judicial sources.

At UN, Iran offers dialogue to end 'hegemonic illusions'

Iran invited Gulf countries Tuesday to open talks on regional security, telling the United Nations it was time to move away from "hegemonic illusions" that have fueled devastating wars.

Israel scraps plan to expel African migrants

Israel announced on Tuesday it has abandoned controversial plans to expel African migrants who entered the Jewish state illegally, after failing to find a country willing to host them.

French, American first ladies take in Cezanne on museum outing

Elegantly matched in white outfits, Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron split off from their husbands on Tuesday to visit a Paul Cezanne exhibit at Washington's National Gallery of Art.

Jewish leader warns against wearing kippa on German streets

The head of Germany's Jewish community said Tuesday that Jews should avoid wearing religious symbols in the country due to a heightened risk of targeted attacks.

Peru hunts 2 over lynching of Canadian for shaman murder

Peruvian police searched Tuesday for two men over the lynching of a Canadian suspected of killing an elderly shaman in the Amazon, judicial sources said Tuesday.

Italy's centre-left leaves door open for Five Star

Italy moved tentatively towards ending weeks of political deadlock on Tuesday after the centre-left and the Five Star Movement both said they were ready to start talks on a coalition government.

Trump says US wants 'lasting' footprint in Syria

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to dial back a promise to withdraw US troops from Syria immediately, saying it was important to not allow Iranian influence to grow in the country.

Trump, Macron call for new nuclear deal with Iran

French President Emmanuel Macron and his American counterpart Donald Trump called jointly Tuesday for a new nuclear deal with Iran, after the US leader denounced the three-year-old accord as "insane.