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Russia foils attacks ordered by 'terrorists' in Turkey, Syria: Spy agency

Moscow - Russia has foiled a string of plots ordered by "international terrorist organisations" active in Syria and Turkey, the FSB intelligence agency said Wednesday, adding that several suspects had been arrested.

Public smoking ban for Ethiopia's capital

Addis Ababa - A ban on smoking at public gatherings has been announced by the mayor of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, according to local media reports on Wednesday.

Tobruk-based government challenges Libyan unity government

Tobruk - The Tobruk-based House of Representatives(HoR) is challenging the UN-brokered Government of National Accord(GNA) as to who has the right to export Libyan Oil.

New NATO supreme commander vows tough line on Russia

Belgique - NATO's new supreme commander US General Curtis Scaparrotti said on Wednesday that he would "strengthen" the alliance's stance in eastern Europe against a resurgent Russia.

Afghan film star in miserable French exile after death threats over veil

Paris - The feted star of an internationally-acclaimed film, Afghan actress Marina Golbahari, and her husband have been chased from their home to the brink of suicide in a filthy French asylum shelter after she was photographed without a veil.

Slain Navy SEAL was part of US rescue squad

Washington - A Navy SEAL who was killed by Islamic State fighters died while helping rescue a team of American troops from an unexpected firefight with the jihadists, an official said Wednesday.

How Donald Trump took hold of the Republican Party

Washington - Billionaire Donald Trump has capitalized on his media savvy and the anti-establishment anger of Republican voters to become the first political neophyte to capture the party's White House nomination since World War II hero Dwight Eisenhower in 1952.

Addiction specialist rushed to see Prince before death

New York - A specialist in painkiller addiction hurriedly made plans to see Prince hours before the music legend was found unconscious, a lawyer said Wednesday, offering possible new clues on the singer's sudden death.

400,000 refugees could head for Turkey if no Aleppo truce: UN envoy

Berlin - The UN's envoy for Syria on Wednesday made a plea for a halt in fighting in the second city of Aleppo, warning that failure to do so could lead to a "catastrophic" outcome.

US, Russia win truce promise in Syria's Aleppo

Aleppo - Under pressure from Russia and the United States, the Syrian army agreed on Wednesday to respect a two-day truce in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo.

EU backs Turkey visa-free travel, fines for refusing refugees

Brussels - The EU on Wednesday gave conditional backing to visa-free travel for Turks under a migrant deal and unveiled new asylum rules including fines for countries that refuse their share of refugees.

22 air strikes near Syria capital as fighting 'freeze' ends

Birut - At least 22 air strikes pounded a key rebel bastion east of the Syrian capital on Wednesday after a local freeze on fighting expired overnight, a monitoring group said.

Thousands honour 'rumba king' Wemba at requiem mass in Kinshasa

Kinshasa - Thousands of fans paid a final tearful tribute to Congolese "rumba king" Papa Wemba at a requiem mass in Kinshasa on Wednesday where his songs were played, before he is laid to rest.

U.S. defence chief expects more resources for anti-IS fight

Stuttgart - US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter expressed confidence Wednesday that countries engaged in the fight against Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq will pour more military resources into the battle.

In U-turn, Britain to let in more Syrian child refugees

London - Britain will admit a limited number of child refugees who have travelled alone from Syria to Europe, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday, in a U-turn on the politically-charged issue of migration.

16 villagers hacked to death in eastern DR Congo

Kinshasa - Attackers armed with machetes and axes hacked at least 16 civilians to death in a night-time assault on their village in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, UN and local officials said Wednesday.

Relief in Yemen's Mukalla after year of Qaeda rule

Mukalla - Ten days after Gulf-backed forces drove Al-Qaeda out of the Yemeni port city of Mukalla, the signs of their harsh year-long rule are still everywhere for relieved residents to see.

London set to elect Muslim mayor Khan after divisive campaign

London - Opposition Labour lawmaker Sadiq Khan is on course to become the new mayor of London and the first Muslim leader of an EU capital, final opinion polls suggested Wednesday, despite attempts to link him to extremists.

SEAL death shows growing risks US troops face in Iraq, Syria

Washington - The killing of a Navy SEAL by Islamic State fighters highlights the increasing risks US troops face in Iraq and Syria as they inch ever closer toward the jihadists' frontlines.
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