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Missing MH370 wreckage may be further north, study suggests

Paris - Just days after authorities mooted suspending the ocean search for missing flight MH370, researchers suggested on Wednesday that the debris zone may stretch a further 500 kilometres (310 miles) north.

Video shows France church attackers pledge allegiance to IS

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group released video footage Wednesday it said showed two men who killed a priest in a French church pledging allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Catalan parliament defies court in secession drive

Barcelona - Catalan lawmakers defied Spain's Constitutional Court Wednesday and approved a text calling on the region to push ahead with its bid to forge a separate state with or without Madrid's approval.

Turkey has chance to end polarisation after coup: opposition chief

Ankara - The failed coup in Turkey offers a unique chance to end the dangerous levels of polarisation in the country, the main opposition leader told AFP Wednesday.

Paraguay reports first two cases of Zika birth defect

Asunci - Paraguay reported its first two cases Wednesday of babies born with microcephaly linked to the Zika virus, which is blamed for a surge in the birth defect across Latin America.

Try to get past the 'Yuck' — Cockroach milk may be next superfood

The next big superfood could likely be crawling around behind your refrigerator, but only if you live in the Asia Pacific region of the world.

UN's Ban deeply concerned by ongoing arrests in Turkey

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday expressed deep concern about the ongoing wave of arrests in Turkey following the attempted coup.

Defying Maduro, opponents march for Venezuela recall vote

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition protested Wednesday to demand electoral authorities allow a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro from power, a day after the government moved to outlaw their coalition.

May cautious on Brexit route as Rome urges clear timeline

Rome - Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday said Britain would take the time needed to steer its way towards the EU exit as Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi urged a clear timeline to deliver Brexit.

Greece to school migrant children from September

Atenas - Greece will hire hundreds of extra teachers to help thousands of migrant children join its public schools in the autumn, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Wednesday.

Tireless Poles stage sit-in to condemn government's court reforms

Varsovia - Outside the Polish prime minister's office, on an elegant tree-lined avenue, a makeshift village of government opponents has sprung up to condemn the reforms to the country's top court, changes they see as a "violation of democracy".

Trump challenges Russia to hack Clinton emails

Miami - Donald Trump on Wednesday challenged Russian intelligence to hack into Hillary Clinton's emails, albeit insisting he had no relations with Russia as he tossed aside suggestions that Moscow was conniving to get him elected.

Netflix's most expensive original show ever cost $120 million

Netflix's hip-hop musical show, "The Get Down," is its most expensive TV series ever.With "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann acting as showrunner, "The Get Down" cost $120 million to produce, according to Variety.

Mugabe fights back after Zimbabwe protests

Harare - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday launched a blistering attack on anti-government activists, foreign embassies and disaffected war veterans as he sought to assert his grip on power following recent protests.

Pope urges Poles to 'welcome those fleeing war, hunger'

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis urged Poland on Wednesday to welcome people fleeing conflict and hardship, chastising a right-wing government that has refused to share the burden during Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Explosion near German migrant centre, no sign of bomb: police

Berlin - A suitcase exploded outside a migrant reception centre in southern Germany Wednesday, police said, adding there was "no indication" there was a bomb inside.

Rio mayor hops back on Australia Olympic kangaroo 'joke'

Rio De Janeiro - Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes has taken a big hop backwards in what was interpreted as his jibe over sending a kangaroo to an Australian team upset about their unprepared Olympic accommodations.

Police numbers adequate on night of Nice massacre: probe

Paris - An internal probe has found the security contingent in Nice was "not undersized" on the night of the Bastille Day truck attack that killed 84 people, the French authorities said Wednesday.

AFP falls victim to Nice attack hoax

Paris - Agence France-Presse said Wednesday it had fallen victim to a hoax by a person claiming to be a relative of a man killed in the Nice attack who never existed.

Turkey was planning anti-Gulen army purge before coup: minister

Ankara - Turkish authorities were planning a major shake-up of the military to remove elements linked to US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen just ahead of the failed coup, a key minister said Wednesday.
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