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Azerbaijan frees top anti-corruption journalist Ismayilova

Bakou - Azerbaijan's top court on Wednesday ordered the release of prominent investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, who was jailed on corruption charges last year that triggered an international uproar, her lawyer said.

Swiss canton rules no handshake exemption for Muslim pupils

Geneva - Religious belief is no excuse for refusing to shake a teacher's hand, Swiss regional authorities ruled Wednesday, reversing one school's controversial decision to grant exemptions for Muslim pupils wary of touching the opposite sex.

NHL Trade Rumors: NY Rangers looking to deal Rick Nash?

Minneapolis - With the Stanley Cup Finals nearly here and most teams beginning preparation for next season, several big name players could be moving before the start of the 2016-17 NHL season, especially those looking to advance farther ahead in the playoffs next year.

Strike-hit France smashes blockades as fuel runs dry

Douchy-les-mines - French police fired water cannon Wednesday to disperse scores of activists blocking a northeastern oil depot, as pumps ran dry and unions stepped up strikes in a bitter battle over labour reforms.

Op-Ed: Gadaffi's cousin claims thousands of former Gadaffi troops in LNA

Tripoli - Ahmed Gaddaf Al-Dam, a cousin of former Libyan dictator Muamar Gadaffi, claims that thousands of former members of Gadaffi's military brigades are now part of Khalifa Haftar's militia or the Libyan National Army (LNA).

A day in the life of the Med's migrant lifesavers

Italy - The sun beats down on a flat sea as a gentle breeze blows up from the Libyan coast but the Mediterranean idyll is soon to be shattered for the crew of migrant rescue ship the MS Aquarius.

Savchenko: Ukraine's defiant symbol of resistance to Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was freed from jail in Russia as part of a prisoner exchange on Wednesday, has been condemned by Moscow as a murderer but is viewed by many in her Western-friendly country as a national hero.

Major opposition rally banned in Congo after Kabila ruling

Kinshasa - Public demonstrations have been banned in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Tuesday, ahead of a planned opposition rally to denounce a controversial court ruling allowing President Joseph Kabila to remain in power beyond his man...

NBA News and Rumors: Lakers looking to deal second overall pick?

Los Angeles - The LA Lakers are fortunate as the franchise kept its first round pick in next month's NBA Draft by staying inside the top-3 in the lottery, but now reports have surfaced that the front office could deal that pick for the right player.

Op-Ed: Libyan militia holding positions in offensive on Islamic State

Misratah - The militia from Misrata who recently retook territory captured by the Islamic State(IS) east and south of Misrata appear to be consolidating their position before advancing further towards the city of Sirte the IS stronghold.

Venezuela demos test of strength in political crisis

Caracas - Protesters seeking to drive Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro from office have vowed fresh street rallies on Wednesday and Thursday, a test of their strength in a tense political crisis.

Thai boxer Amnat Ruenroeng battles Johnriel Casimero in rematch

IBF flyweight titlist Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand stakes his title for the second time against former Filipino flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero Wednesday night in Beijing, Peoples Republic of China.

Neil Young supports Sanders but fine if Trump uses his music

Canadian rocker Neil Young, who lives on a ranch in California, doesn't have a vote in the country he lives in but does have a candidate. That would be Democrat Bernie Sanders, who in Young's opinion is the only one who'll re-democratize the system.

Freed pilot Savchenko arrives in Ukraine to hero's welcome

Kiev - Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko returned home to a hero's welcome Wednesday after nearly two years in a Russian prison, drawing a line under a damaging diplomatic spat between Moscow and Kiev.

MLB News and Rumors: Jonathan Lucroy to NY Mets?

New York - The NY Mets are off to a great start with a 26-18 record and sitting just below Washington in the NL East, but an injury to first baseman Lucas Duda could have the MLB team searching for help outside the organization.

Op-Ed: Why Viktor Postol could halt Terence Crawford's winning streak

Unbeaten Ukrainian boxer Viktor Postol has what it takes to end Terence Crawford's 28-fight winning streak when they collide on July 23 in a pay-per-view fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada for the WBC light welterweight title.

Venezuela's angry opposition: What's their game?

Caracas - The political opposition pushing for the removal of Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro has vowed fresh protests this week in the volatile South American state.

Daughter of missing Hong Kong bookseller calls for U.S. help

Hong Kong - The daughter of one of five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing late last year has called on US authorities to help end her father's "unofficial and illegal" detention in China.

Leo Wieser brings the art of blood, illusion to 'Wynonna Earp' Special

'Wynonna Earp' special effects supervisor Leo Wieser tells Digital Journal he likes to gross people out the old-school way.

Tight security as Jewish pilgrimage starts in Tunisia

Djerba - An annual Jewish pilgrimage to Africa's oldest synagogue got under way Wednesday in Tunisia where security forces were deployed heavily to ward off potential jihadist attacks.
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