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Delhi smog hits 'emergency' levels as Britain's Prince Charles visits

New Delhi - The Indian capital's notorious air pollution hit "emergency" levels again Wednesday, coinciding with a visit by Britain's Prince Charles.

EU changes title for migration commissioner after outcry

Apo - The incoming European Commission chief has changed the title of her migration commissioner from "Protecting our European Way of Life" following criticism it had far-right connotations, an EU official said Wednesday.

Lebanon protests flare after president shuns demands

Beirut - Lebanese protesters blocked main roads Wednesday, angered by what they viewed as the president ignoring their demands in nearly a month of rallies, and after a man was shot dead.

Venezuela ex-intel chief missing in Spain ahead of US extradition

Madrid - Venezuela's former military intelligence chief has gone missing in Spain just days after a court approved a request for his extradition to the United States on drug trafficking charges, police said Wednesday.

French government faces backlash after student sets himself on fire

Lyon - The French government on Wednesday attempted to defuse the anger caused by the attempted suicide of a student who set himself alight to protest the hardship he faced.

Deadly Israel-Gaza escalation rages for second day

Gaza - Exchanges of fire triggered by Israel's targeted killing of a top militant in Gaza raged for a second day Wednesday and showed little sign of easing, with 22 Palestinians killed.

'Don't move!' Greek coastguards rescue migrants in Aegean

S - "Sit down! Don't move! Be quiet!" The crew of the Greek coastguard patrol boat jumps to life as they pull nearly 50 migrants from a rubber dinghy close to the island of Samos.

Jeanine Anez: stand-in president vowing to 'pacify' Bolivia

La Paz - Conservative senator Jeanine Anez was unknown to many Bolivians before she stepped out beaming and waving a Bible on the balcony of the government palace.

Venetian anger after historic flood devastates city

Venice - Venetians woke Wednesday to devastating scenes after the highest tide in 50 years washed through the historic Italian city, beaching gondolas, trashing hotels and sending tourists fleeing through rapidly rising waters.

'Blossom everywhere': Hong Kong protesters evolve tactics

Fpo - From "be water" to "blossom everywhere", Hong Kong's black-clad pro-democracy protesters' tactics have evolved this week in their bid to overwhelm police by creating flashpoints in as many areas as possible.

Netanyahu tells Islamic Jihad 'stop these attacks or absorb more blows'

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza must stop rocket attacks or "absorb more and more blows" as an escalation of violence raged for a second day.

Uncertainty over fate of Western hostages, Taliban prisoners

Kabul - Two Western hostages of the Taliban, who are expected to be freed in a prisoner swap for three militants, will be released only when the insurgents "reach their destination", a spokesman for the Islamist group said Wednesday.

Saudi backpedals on video labelling feminism 'extremism'

Apo - Saudi authorities have distanced themselves from an official video that sparked controversy after it branded feminism, homosexuality and atheism as extremist ideas.

Venezuela ex-intel chief missing in Spain ahead of US extradition: police

Madrid - Venezuela's former military intelligence chief has gone missing in Spain just days after a court approved a request for his extradition to the United States on drug trafficking charges, police said Wednesday.

Two treated for deadly pneumonic plague in Beijing

Bejing - Two people in Beijing have been diagnosed with the pneumonic plague -- a rare instance of the highly-contagious disease that is fatal if left untreated.

Hong Kong's biggest charity walk cancelled as protests continue

Fpo - One of Hong Kong's best-known charity events was cancelled Wednesday, organisers confirmed, as a result of increasingly violent pro-democracy demonstrations in the city.

New Zealand's euthanasia bill passes, referendum to be held

Wellington - New Zealand lawmakers voted Wednesday in favour of making euthanasia legal, paving the way for the issue to be put to voters in a referendum next year.

Saudi, UAE, Bahrain to play in Qatar, signalling thaw

Apo - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have said they will participate in this month's Gulf Cup football tournament in Qatar, signalling a thaw in their bitter two-year feud.

Microsoft is using AI to screen for cervical cancer

Microsoft has partnered with SRL Diagnostics to develop an AI Network for Pathology. The technology is being used to screen for cervical cancer in India.

Bushfire threat still high as Australia clean up begins

Australians on Wednesday began sifting through the ashes of hundreds of bushfires that have ravaged the country, relieved that their worst fears were unrealised -- but wary of a long and brutal summer ahead.
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