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Russian anger as oligarch held in France over taxes

Nice - Moscow on Wednesday protested at the arrest of billionaire senator Suleyman Kerimov in France, where he faced a second day of questioning over alleged tax evasion involving the purchase of luxury properties.

Dramatic footage shows N. Korea defector's border dash

Seoul - Dramatic footage of a North Korean soldier's defection released Wednesday showed him racing across the border under fire from former comrades, and then being hauled to safety by South Korean troops.

Venezuela debt defaults pile up with fresh S&P warning

Caracas - Venezuela moved closer to a possible all-out default on Wednesday, with ratings agency S&P Global saying the country had failed to make repayments on two more loans.

Venezuela in fresh defaults on two bonds: S&P

Caracas - Venezuela failed to make repayments totalling $237 million on two loans, which have overrun their 30-day grace period, ratings agency S&P announced Wednesday.

Flat-Earther to launch himself in steam rocket on Saturday

As the first step in his flat-Earth space program, "Mad" Mike Hughes plans to launch himself 1,800 feet (550 meters) high in his home-made scrap metal rocket and fly through the air at 500 mph (800 kph) above the Mojave desert on Saturday.

Russia at UN says open to new Syria chemical weapons probe

New York - After vetoing the renewal of a UN-led probe into chemical attacks in Syria, Russia on Wednesday said it was open to establishing a new panel to investigate the use of toxic gases in the six-year war.

Energy-saving LEDs boost light pollution worldwide

Miami - They were supposed to bring about an energy revolution -- but the popularity of LED lights is driving an increase in light pollution worldwide, with dire consequences for human and animal health, researchers said Wednesday.

Migrants sold into slavery in Libya tell of 'total hell'

Abidjan - Survivors of slave auctions in Libya have described a "total hell" that they wouldn't wish on their "worst enemy" as global outrage grows over footage showing migrants being sold off in the war-torn country.

Ecuador warns Assange over support for Spain's Catalonia

Quito - Ecuador has told WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to avoid making statements that could affect the country's international relations after he expressed support for Catalonian independence from Spain, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

N. Korean defector watching 'The Transporter', 'CSI': doctor

Seoul - The North Korean soldier who dramatically defected through the demilitarised zone has been captivated by American crime dramas and action movies since he woke up in a South Korean hospital, his doctor said Wednesday.

Lebanon's Hariri gets hero's welcome

Birut - After nearly three weeks of an absence cloaked in rumour and mystery, a crowd of ecstatic supporters welcomed Prime Minister Saad Hariri like a prodigal son on Wednesday.

Gunfire, explosions during Georgia 'terror' raid

Tbili - Explosions and gunfire were heard in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Wednesday as armed counter-terrorist units raided an apartment block on the outskirts of the city, an AFP reporter witnessed.

Review: Sting delights on 'Live At The Olympia, Paris' DVD and Blu-ray Special

On November 10, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sting released his new DVD and Blu-ray entitled "Live At the Olympia, Paris."

Why precision medicine is important for pharmacists: Interview Special

The role of pharmacists in precision medicine growing in importance. Some of the challenges for pharmacists have been set out by the company OneOme, which is partnering with pharmacists. We spoke with pharmacist Kathleen Bosse.

AI provider Brighterion wins first Morgan Stanley fintech award

"AI as a service" provider Brighterion has been named the winner of the first Morgan Stanley Fintech Award. The award recognises the company that's provided the most innovative technology to the fintech markets, assisting Morgan Stanley's clients.

Venezuela arrests six top executives from PDVSA's US subsidiary Citgo

Caracas - Venezuela on Tuesday arrested the acting president and five other top executives in charge of Citgo, the US refinery subsidiary of troubled state oil company PDVSA, on corruption charges.

Should Uber users be worried about data hack?

Paris - The theft of the personal data of 57 million Uber riders and drivers highlights how vulnerable we make ourselves when we install apps on our mobile phones and tablet computers. What happened?

Windows 10's search could soon look a lot like macOS Spotlight

Microsoft's testing a major redesign of Windows 10's search that introduces a new design similar to Spotlight in macOS. It's abandoning search's current home inside Cortana in favour of a floating search box that appears in the middle of your display.

Zimbabwe's next leader says post-Mugabe era is 'full democracy'

Harare - Zimbabwe's incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa told adoring crowds in Harare on Wednesday that they were witnessing "unfolding full democracy" as he returned to take power after Robert Mugabe stepped down after 37 years in power.

Ukraine rebel leader accuses ex-minister of coup attempt

Lugansk - The self-proclaimed leader of the Moscow-backed rebel stronghold of Lugansk on Wednesday accused an ex-minister of masterminding a coup attempt as infighting spiralled in eastern Ukraine.
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