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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro replaced Rafael Ramirez as head of the country's state oil giant PDVSA and appointed him as foreign minister.

Japan PM names five women to new cabinet

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named five women to his new cabinet on Wednesday, leading by example in a country economists say must make better use of its highly-educated but underemployed women.

Australia to play enhanced NATO role

Australia will accept an invitation to boost its role within NATO at the group's summit in Wales, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Wednesday, saying it was in the country's national interest.

Macau mother takes on world's richest for casino workers rights

Macau casino worker Cloee Chau has led casino workers in protests seven times this year, seeking to secure better working conditions and higher pay.

Putin G20 decision some way off: Australia

A decision on whether Russian leader Vladimir Putin should be invited to the G20 summit in November is still some way off, host Australia said Wednesday, with NATO allies to be consulted this week.

Somali rebel leader's fate unclear after US air strike

US forces have carried out air strikes against senior members of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the group's leader, officials said.

Two S. Korean soldiers die during training

Two young soldiers in South Korea's special warfare unit died during training, the military said Wednesday, following a series of incidents and suicides that have unleashed public fury over bullying in the army.

Russia, NATO square off over Ukraine as Obama heads to Europe

Russia declared NATO a major "threat" after the Western military alliance announced plans to reinforce defences in eastern Europe because of the Kremlin's perceived stoking of war in Ukraine.

French mum reunited with daughter taken by alleged jihadi father

A young French mother whose daughter had been smuggled out of the country by her father arrived home with the two-year-old girl on Wednesday after they were reunited earlier in Turkey.

'Islamic State' extremists murder second US reporter

"Islamic State" jihadists have murdered a second American reporter, releasing another video showing a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of a US captive.

Economic growth kills minority languages: Study

Economic prosperity is the worst enemy of minority languages, said researchers Wednesday who listed parts of Australia and North America as "hotspots" for extinction risk.

Op-Ed: The media and journalists should boycott killers Special

No story is worth a journalist’s life. We are not Navy Seals who can burst into a room and stop a massacre. Writing about genocide has won many awards, but rarely stopped killings.

Obama orders 350 more U.S. troops to Baghdad: White House

President Barack Obama ordered about 350 more U.S. troops to Baghdad to protect American diplomatic facilities and staff in the Iraqi capital, the White House said.

World 'losing battle' to contain Ebola, says MSF

International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres said the world was "losing the battle" to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries.

Labour Day events support workers, call for the rights of TFWs Special

Labour Day in Edmonton was marked with several events supporting and celebrating marginalized workers in a variety of ways.

U.S. backs democracy for Hong Kong

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists admitted Tuesday they are powerless to overturn Beijing's refusal to grant them full voting rights, but the United States threw its weight behind the protesters, courting China's wrath.

Nicaragua abandons search for trapped miners

Rescue teams on Tuesday called off painstaking efforts to reach seven gold miners trapped underground in Nicaragua for nearly a week after new landslides made the work too dangerous.

Mexico leader touts reforms amid falling popularity

Facing sagging popularity, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto used his second state of the nation speech Tuesday to tout a drop in drug-related violence and defend his economic reforms.

VIDEO: 3 dead, 9 injured after war plane crashes in Libya

Shocking video has shown what appears to be a Libyan war plane crashing in a residential area of Tobruk, an eastern Libyan city.

Rousseff goes for jugular as Brazil poll race heats up

Brazil's presidential race is rapidly shifting gears with a surge in support for environmentalist Marina Silva sending a threatened Dilma Rousseff, the incumbent, into attack mode.

'Islamic State' extremists murder second US reporter

The so-called "Islamic State" has murdered a second American reporter, releasing another video Tuesday showing a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of a US captive.

French mum reunited with daughter taken by alleged jihadi husband

A young French mother whose daughter had been smuggled by her father out of the country and possibly to Syria was reunited with the two-year-old in Turkey, a source close to the French interior minister said Tuesday.

New York City's subway system is facing an unprecedented bedbug problem

A terrifying report from the New York Daily News claims that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's subway bedbug issue is more widespread than officials are willing to admit.

Islamic State claims to behead second US reporter

The so-called "Islamic State" released a video on Tuesday showing a masked militant apparently beheading an American journalist and threatening to kill a British captive.

Radioactive material goes missing in Kazakhstan

Authorities in Kazakhstan are on high alert after a container holding the highly radioactive and dangerous substance caesium-137 disappeared in the west of the country, police said Tuesday.

Dutch foreign minister named for EU Commission job

The Netherlands has named Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans as its candidate to be a commissioner in the new administration of EU President Jean-Claude Juncker, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Tuesday.

Turkey hosts Internet forum despite 'abysmal' web freedom record

Turkey on Tuesday began hosting a major UN-backed forum on Internet governance despite criticism of its "abysmal" record for limiting Internet rights.

Reclining seat argument causes yet another flight diversion

It's been a busy week for police and airline employees as a Delta Airlines flight was diverted due to an argument over a reclining seat. This marks the third reclining-seat incident in a week.

Russia repeating Georgia and Moldova formula in Ukraine: analysts

Russia aims to employ the well-tested strategy it used to destabilise its neighbours Georgia and Moldova, and with separatists gaining ground it looks like Moscow will succeed again, analysts said.

Romance blossoms between German, French leaders in TV film

Imagine the president of France bringing the German chancellor croissants for breakfast after an all-night summit between the sheets.

World 'losing battle' to contain Ebola

International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres said Tuesday the world was "losing the battle" to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries.

Court in India bans animal sacrifice

On Monday, a court in northern India banned a tradition of sacrificing animals for religious purposes. The court deemed the practice as cruel and barbaric.

Saudi arrests 88 in 'anti-terrorism' drive

Saudi Arabia has arrested 88 suspected extremists, more than half of them ex-Qaeda detainees who had previously been released, the interior ministry announced on Tuesday.

Latin America's prisons in critical condition

Latin America's prisons are overcrowded, violent and sometimes lack even the most basic services, despite the fact that several of the region's current leaders themselves spent time behind bars.

Yemen president to replace govt, cut fuel hike

President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi is to replace Yemen's unity government and cut a controversial fuel price hike, two demands of Shiite Huthi rebels, in an initiative announced Tuesday.

EU decision on Russia sanctions by Friday

European Union nations will decide on new sanctions against Moscow by Friday, with Russian aggression towards Ukraine requiring the strongest possible response, incoming EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said.

At least half a million displaced by Ukraine conflict: UN

Fighting in Ukraine has driven over half a million people from their homes, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday, warning that the real number could be double that, in a crisis threatening the entire region.

Germany opens national memorial to Nazis' disabled victims

To the mournful strains of a single cello and tearful remembrances by family members, Germany on Tuesday inaugurated a national memorial to the 300,000 ill and disabled people systematically murdered by the Nazis.

New Zealand police to investigate quake building failure

New Zealand police said Tuesday they will proceed with a criminal investigation into the catastrophic collapse of an office block in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake which claimed 115 lives.The CTV building crumpled then burst into flames after the 6.

Ebola kills 31 people in DR Congo: WHO

An outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 31 people and the epidemic remains contained in a remote northwestern region, UN the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.

Israel finance minister warns land grab eroding support

Finance Minister Yair Lapid warned Tuesday that Israel was eroding its international support after Washington joined a chorus of criticism of its biggest grab of Palestinian land since the 1980s.
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