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The bodies of six soldiers, believed to be Japanese troops who fought in World War II, have been found in a reopened cave in the Pacific nation of Palau, a report said Wednesday.

Once seen but not heard, Tokyo children can be noisy again

The sound of children playing can no longer be considered noise pollution in Tokyo, as Japanese authorities try to remove legal barriers to building childcare centres and help parents get back to work.

Armed man storms Turkey ruling party office, arrested by police

Turkish police on Wednesday arrested an armed man who stormed an office of Turkey's ruling party in Istanbul, breaking windows and unfurling a flag from an upper floor.

'Dozens dead' in bombing of dairy in west Yemen

At least 37 people were killed when a dairy in western Yemen was bombed overnight, an official said Wednesday after a seventh night of Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite rebels.

Palestine joins International Criminal Court

Palestine formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, a move the Palestinians hope could open the door to the possible prosecution of Israelis for alleged war crimes.

Gazans hope ICC will make 'Israel pay'

Holding Israel accountable. This is what Yasser al-Qassas and thousands of Gazans hope to see with the Palestinian accession to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday.

S. Korea indicts U.S. envoy attacker for attempted murder

South Korean prosecutors formally charged the man who injured U.S. ambassador Mark Lippert in a knife attack with attempted murder on Wednesday, despite his denials of any intention to kill.

Australian convicted for marrying off 12-year-old daughter

An Australian man was convicted Wednesday of procuring his 12-year-old daughter for sex by letting her marry a man more than twice her age in an Islamic ceremony.

Indian police arrest four over rape of nun

Indian police said Wednesday they have arrested four Bangladeshi nationals in connection with the rape of an elderly nun that sent shockwaves through the Christian community.

German ex-cop Guenzel jailed for cannibalism website killing

A court sentenced a German former police officer to eight years and six months in jail Wednesday for killing a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists.

Thailand slammed for 25-year lese majeste jail term

Rights groups Wednesday lambasted a Thai military court for jailing a businessman for 25 years for making allegedly defamatory Facebook posts about the monarchy, one of the toughest known sentences for lese majeste.

Lufthansa says Germanwings co-pilot had 'severe depression'

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings plane told his bosses he had suffered from severe depression, Lufthansa has revealed, as the airlines' chief executives announced plans to visit the crash site on Wednesday.

Anwar's request for Malaysian royal pardon rejected: Report

Malaysia's king has rejected a royal pardon request for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is currently serving five years in jail for sodomy, local media reported on Wednesday.

Indonesian court to rule Monday on death row Australians' appeal

An Indonesian court will rule Monday on the appeals of two Australian drug smugglers facing execution, a judge said, as their lawyers insisted they had done their best to save the men.

The world's oldest person, Misao Osaka, dies at 117

Misao Okawa, the world's oldest person, died in Tokyo on April 1, 2015, a month after celebrating her 117th birthday. She died of natural causes.

Buhari hails victory in historic Nigeria election

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday hailed his historic election victory after Nigerians broke the cycle of one-party government and military rule with a democratic transfer of power at the ballot box.

Video 'shows cabin chaos' in seconds before Alps crash: reports

A video purportedly showing the final seconds inside the cabin of the ill-fated Germanwings airliner moments before it crashed has emerged, two European media said, although French police denied the claims to CNN.

State of emergency as super typhoon batters Micronesia

Residents of the Micronesian State of Chuuk were struggling to clear the roads of huge pieces of debris and return to damaged homes Wednesday as Super Typhoon Maysak cut a destructive path across the central Pacific leaving at least five dead.

The Conversation is heading to Africa

The online platform will be a invaluable addition to the ongoing global debate about how to effectively develop Africa and alleviate poverty.

Lavrov, Zarif claim breakthrough in Iran nuclear talks

Russia and Iran's foreign ministers claimed a breakthrough early Wednesday in talks on a framework deal curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme, but the US said not all issues had been agreed yet, as discussions were suspended for the night.

Op-Ed: China’s artificial islands in South China Sea – Major own goal?

China has been building artificial islands on reefs in the many disputed areas around the South China Sea. Nations in the region are furious, and international business is worried that these new islands dominate major shipping lanes.

Climate pledges: Deadline sees slow but promising start

A rough deadline for Tuesday saw only 33 out of 195 countries submit pledges for tackling greenhouse gases under UN climate talks scheduled to conclude just over eight months from now.

Peru PM sacked in spy scandal, president faces crisis

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala was left scrambling to find a new prime minister Tuesday after Congress sacked the incumbent, Ana Jara, over allegations of domestic spying.

New appeal revives case against Argentine president

Argentine prosecutors launched a new appeal Tuesday of a court's decision to dismiss their case against President Cristina Kirchner for allegedly protecting Iranian officials accused of orchestrating a deadly 1994 bombing.

Franco-German couple publish memoirs of Nazi-hunting years

France's most famous Nazi hunters, Serge Klarsfeld and his German wife Beate, this week launched their "Memoirs" about their decades spent tracking down Hitler's henchmen and dragging them out of hiding into the public glare.

Travel chaos in Argentina as transit unions strike

Argentina's largest cities ground to a halt Tuesday as transport unions went on strike, demanding tax cuts for low-income workers and putting the government on the defensive seven months out from general elections.

Moment firefighter falls through burning roof caught on video

The Fresno Fire Department in California released to local media a graphic video recorded on a cell phone showing the moment that a veteran firefighter fell through the roof of a burning building while working with his colleagues to put out the fire.

Hollande assures Berlin France will stick to reforms

French President Francois Hollande insisted on a visit to Berlin Tuesday that France would stick to its reform course despite his Socialist party's setback in local elections.

Kiev 'failed' to probe protest violence: Council of Europe

The Council of Europe on Tuesday blasted Kiev for failing to properly investigate deadly violence against demonstrators in last year's Maidan protests that ended with pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych's downfall.

Defense wraps up case in Boston bombing trial

Lawyers for alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev quickly wrapped up their defense case on Tuesday as the four-week old trial entered its final stages.

Recovery of bodies from Germanwings crash site ends: Authorities

The bodies of victims from the Germanwings plane disaster have all been recovered from the crash site in the French Alps, authorities said Tuesday."There are no more bodies at the crash site.

Catalonia nationalists plan 2017 secession from Spain

Catalan nationalist parties and associations have signed a road map to secede from Spain in 2017 if independence movements win a September regional vote.

Turkey hostage drama ends in deadly shoot-out

A senior Turkish prosecutor and his two hostage-takers were killed when security forces launched an operation to free the official in a bloody end to a six-hour standoff in Istanbul.

Anne Frank died earlier than thought, new study says

Jewish teenager Anne Frank died in a Nazi concentration camp at least a month earlier than her official date of death, a new study said on Tuesday."New research...

Buhari in historic Nigeria election win

Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday became Nigeria's president elect after defeating Goodluck Jonathan in the first democratic change of power ever in Africa's most populous nation.

Lufthansa says Germanwings co-pilot admitted 'severe depression'

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings plane in the French Alps had informed his employer that he had undergone a "previous episode of severe depression", Lufthansa said Tuesday.

Lufthansa, Germanwings bosses to visit crash area Wednesday

The chief executives of Lufthansa and Germanwings will on Wednesday travel to the area near last week's plane crash in the French Alps, the airline said.

Negotiators power past midnight deadline in Iran talks

Top diplomats worked past a midnight deadline into the early hours of Wednesday seeking to agree the outlines of a nuclear deal with Iran, insisting "enough progress" had been made to continue the marathon talks.

When SWU met LEU: The Iran nuclear talks jargon A-to-Z

Drowning in a radioactive sea of nuclear jargon, mixing up Bushehr and breakout, plutonium and Parchin, centrifuges and code 3.1?

Iraq hails Tikrit 'liberation' after month-long battle

Iraq said security and allied forces backed by US-led coalition aircraft "liberated" the city of Tikrit on Tuesday, its biggest victory yet in the fight against Islamic State jihadists.

Mideast powers trade blame as Yemen teeters

Regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran traded accusations Tuesday over the escalating conflict in Yemen, which the UN rights chief warned was on the brink of "total collapse".