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Russia scraps Spain fuel stop for Syria-bound warships

Madrid - Russia scrapped plans Wednesday to refuel Syria-bound warships in a Spanish port after Madrid came under pressure to refuse access to a flotilla that may be used to help attacks on Aleppo.

Spain under pressure to refuse refuel of Russian warships

Madrid - Spain was under pressure Wednesday from its allies to refuse permission for Russian warships headed for the Syrian coast to refuel at one of its ports.

National Geographic 'Afghan girl' arrested in Pakistan

Peshawar - An Afghan woman immortalised on a celebrated National Geographic magazine cover as a green-eyed 12-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers.

Jihadists 'shave beards' as pressure builds on Mosul

Sulaiman Bakhshan - Jihadists with the Islamic State group were shaving their beards and changing hideouts in Mosul, residents said, as a major Iraqi offensive moved ever closer to the city on Wednesday.

29 people found dead off Libya in migrant boat horror

Rome - The French aid group Doctors without Borders (MSF) said Wednesday it had found the bodies of 29 migrants who perished in a pool of fuel and seawater on a crowded dinghy off Libya.

Clashes after Turkey detains Diyarbakir mayors

Diyarbakir - Turkish police clashed with protesters in Diyarbakir on Wednesday, using tear gas and water cannon to prevent them demonstrating against the detention of the Kurdish-majority city's co-mayors.

Tough road ahead, Spain PM warns before return to power

Madrid - Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Wednesday of a tough road ahead as he prepares to take power again at the head of a minority government with little support.

France's embattled Hollande marks Mitterrand centenary

Paris - Battling rock-bottom approval ratings six months ahead of France's election, embattled President Francois Hollande marked the centenary of the birth of his 1980s predecessor Francois Mitterrand with an appeal for party unity.

More than 20 hurt, 39 detained at Venezuela protests: rights group

Caracas - More than 20 people were injured and 39 were detained at anti-government protests in Venezuela on Wednesday, the head of a local rights group said.

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 hit record 3,800: UN

Geneva - At least 3,800 migrants and refugees have perished this year while trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, the highest ever toll ever on the perilous route, the UN said Wednesday.

Dazed migrants recount ordeal after 'Jungle' blaze

Calais - Huddled under blankets, migrants in the Calais "Jungle" recounted Wednesday how they fled a fire that ripped through tents and shacks in the night after the death knell had sounded for the notorious camp.

Top US general visits key hub in fight for Mosul

Gayara - A top US Army general flew in to an airbase south of Mosul that will prove vital in Iraqi forces' offensive on the Islamic State-held city.

Devastating scenes as flaming 'Jungle' is cleared

Calais - Towers of black smoke hung over the "Jungle" on Wednesday as fires raged through the ramshackle migrant camp in dramatic scenes -- but some holdouts were still refusing to give up their dream of reaching Britain.

Key dates in history of Calais 'Jungle'

Calais - The notorious "Jungle" camp on the outskirts of the French port of Calais has for years been a staging post for migrants trying to sneak across the Channel to Britain on lorries or trains.

Fears for dozens of children after France's 'Jungle' cleared

Calais - France's infamous "Jungle" was cleared of thousands of migrants in a massive operation that wrapped up Wednesday, but aid groups said dozens of unaccompanied children were not guaranteed a bed for the night.

Schoolchildren among 26 dead in Syria raids: monitor

Idlib - Air strikes on Syria's rebel-held Idlib province hit a school and the surrounding area on Wednesday, killing at least 26 civilians including many children, a monitor and activists said.

US, UK expect Raqa offensive in next few weeks

Brussels - The offensive to drive the Islamic State group from its Raqa stronghold in Syria will begin in the next few weeks, top US and British defence officials said Wednesday.

Kidnapped French luxury hotel owner found safe

Nice - A French luxury hotel owner who was brazenly snatched in a busy part of the Riviera resort of Nice two days ago was found alive and well on Wednesday, police said.

Freed Ukrainian pilot back in Russia for jailed compatriots

Moscow - A Ukrainian pilot released from a Russian prison in May was in Moscow on Wednesday to throw her support behind two compatriots jailed in Russia, her lawyer said.
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