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Mysterious plane wreckage sparks MH370 speculation

Rivi - A mysterious piece of plane debris washed up on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion on Wednesday, prompting speculation it could be part of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

El Dorado or pipe dream? Calais migrants hope for new life in UK

London - Thousands of migrants are trying to cross the Channel from France in search of a better life in Britain -- but what makes them risk their lives travelling from one wealthy European country to another?

Israel air raids on Syria, Hezbollah targets since 2013

Birut - Israel has launched multiple attacks on Syrian military positions since January 2013.

Egyptian electrocuted trying to jump onto London-Paris train

Paris - An Egyptian man was fighting for his life on Wednesday after being electrocuted at a Paris station while trying to leap onto the Eurostar train to London, said a source close to the case.

Israeli strike on Syrian town kills five pro-regime forces: Monitor

Kafer Halab - An Israeli air strike on a government-held village on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights ceasefire line killed five pro-regime forces on Wednesday, a monitoring group said.

Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead: Afghan intelligence

Kabul - Taliban leader Mullah Omar died two years ago, Afghanistan's intelligence agency spokesman Haseeb Sediqi said Wednesday.The comments came after unnamed government and militant sources said earlier that he had died."Mullah Omar is dead.

Fire temporarily grounds planes at Rome airport

Rome - Rome's Fiumicino airport was forced to suspend all flights for around two hours Wednesday after a fire broke out in a nearby pine grove, spreading dense smoke across the runway.

'As a woman, be quiet!' Turkish deputy PM in new sexism row

Ankara - Turkey's deputy prime minister on Wednesday ignited a new row over discrimination against women in Turkish politics when he told a female deputy who tried to interrupt his speech to "as a woman, be quiet!".

Greek PM threatens snap vote over party rebels' opposition to bailout

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday warned he would resort to early elections if hardliners in his party continued to resist an unpopular new bailout deal that promised debt relief.

Nigeria's Buhari in Cameroon to discuss Boko Haram fight

Yaound - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram Islamists.

Nigerian army frees dozens of women, children from Boko Haram

Abuja - Nigeria's army said Tuesday it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country's northeast.

Street gangs kill bus driver in El Salvador

Sansalvador - Street gangs in El Salvador killed a seventh bus driver Wednesday for defying their campaign to shut down public transport and force the government to recognize the feared urban posses.

Turkey pounds PKK, allows US to use base against IS

Ankara - Turkish warplanes on Wednesday pounded targets of PKK rebels in northern Iraq in a new wave of strikes in its campaign against militant groups, as Ankara allowed the United States to use one of its bases to carry out air raids on jihadists.

Russian NGOs decry ban on 'undesirable' US foundation

Moscow - Russian activists on Wednesday blasted an official decision to label the US National Endowment for Democracy an "undesirable" organisation, cutting them off from a key source of funding.

'Strong evidence' of Israel war crimes on 'Black Friday': Amnesty

Jerusalem - An analysis of an Israeli assault in the Gaza Strip following the capture of one of its soldiers during last year's war in the Palestinian territory shows "strong evidence" of war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Croatia MPs vote to quit Slovenia border row arbitration

Zagreb - Croatian lawmakers decided Wednesday to withdraw from arbitration on a long-running border dispute with Slovenia after revelations a Slovenian member of the international tribunal had breached its impartiality.

Migrant deaths in the Eurotunnel

Paris - One person was found dead as migrants desperate to reach England made at least 1,500 attempts overnight to storm the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port city of Calais.

Zimbabwe hunter given bail over death of Cecil the lion

Hwange - A professional Zimbabwean hunter was granted bail Wednesday on charges of "failing to prevent an illegal hunt" after he organised an expedition in which an American dentist killed a lion popular with tourists.

Op-Ed: A second ceasefire violated in Yemen

Sanaa - For the second time in a month after a ceasefire was declared in Yemen, fighting has continued. Saudi bombing began just hours after the earlier ceasefire and allies of the exiled government launched an offensive in Aden.
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