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Major breakthrough in lab-grown human embryos

Paris - Scientists reported Wednesday they had grown human embryos in the lab for nearly two weeks, an unprecedented feat that promises advances in assisted reproduction, stem-cell therapies and the basic understanding of how human beings form.

Russia foils attacks ordered by 'terrorists' in Turkey and 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.

Europe's air safety agency to study aircraft-drone collision risk

Berlin - Europe's air safety watchdog Wednesday said it would examine the risk of collision between drones and aircraft, as the use of such unmanned flying devices grows.

Malta likely to be first in EU to open Libya mission: PM

Tripoli - Malta will likely become the first EU member to open an embassy in Libya, its premier said Wednesday as he visited Tripoli in a show of support for the UN-backed unity government.

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.

Snack products in U.S. and Canada recalled over Listeria concerns

Treetop Foods and SunOpta Inc. are voluntarily recalling about 100 different snack products nationwide and in Canada due to possible Listeria contamination of sunflower seeds in the products.

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.

1 billion email accounts offered for sale on the dark web for $1

A lone hacker is selling over a billion email usernames and passwords for only a dollar on the Russian dark web, according to a report. The majority of the accounts are for Mail.ru, Russia's most popular provider, but some cover Google and Microsoft.

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.

Portuguese police bust Russian gang in football club swoop

Lisbon - Portuguese police have rounded up a Russian mafia gang suspected of buying cash-strapped football clubs and using them for major money-laundering operations, law officials said Wednesday.

Microsoft has a quick fix to stop people getting nauseous in VR

Early adopters of virtual reality headsets have frequently commented on the feeling of nausea that VR experiences can induce. Microsoft has developed a quick and low-cost fix for the problem, involving nothing more than some strips of LED lights.

Pakistan army chief orders probe into party worker's custodial death

Karachi - Pakistan's powerful army chief Wednesday ordered a probe into the death of an activist from Karachi's main political party who was in the custody of the city's paramilitary Rangers.

Eastern Aleppo could soon be besieged, UN warns

Geneva - The Syrian government has refused a UN request for humanitarian aid access to rebel-held eastern Aleppo, the UN said Wednesday, warning that the area could soon be besieged.

Major Apple Music revamp to overhaul criticised streaming service

Apple is working on a major update for Apple Music that will introduce a new interface, according to reports today. The service has seen mixed reviews since launch with criticism aimed at confusing controls and a lack of features.

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.

Cracks emerge in Turkey's ruling tandem

Istanbul - After more than one-and-a-half years of cohabitation, cracks are emerging in Turkey's ruling tandem of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, sparking uncertainty over the premier's future.

Trump eyes running mate with political experience

Washington - Donald Trump, the de facto Republican nominee in the race for the White House, said Wednesday he wants a running mate with political experience who can work well with Congress.

Fights erupt in S. African parliament over Zuma speech

Cape Town - Fists flew in the South African parliament on Wednesday as security guards physically ejected leftist opposition lawmakers in the latest outbreak of political drama over the troubled presidency of Jacob Zuma.

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.

UK to take in more unaccompanied Syrian children: Cameron

London - Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday he would let more unaccompanied Syrian children come to Britain after a campaign led by a peer who fled the Nazis in the 1930s.
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