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Burundi's main opposition parties said it was now "impossible" to hold free and fair elections next week and that the result should not be recognised if they take place.

US youth arrested for bogus "terrorist threats"

An American youth who appeared in MTV reality show "Catfish" last year was arrested for making a series of bogus "terrorist threats" against metro stations, trains and buses in the US capital.

US launches new Islamic State investigations 'daily'

The United States now launches a new investigation into suspected Islamic State group sympathizers almost every day, a senior official said, underscoring the increased threat posed by the jihadist group.

US army says 22 possibly exposed to anthrax at S. Korea base

As many as 22 personnel may have been exposed to anthrax during a laboratory training exercise at a US military base in South Korea, a military statement said Thursday.

US military shipped live anthrax to lab by accident

The US military accidentally shipped at least one live anthrax sample across the country to a commercial lab in Maryland and four workers were undergoing medical treatment as a precaution, officials said.

Dalai Lama urges Suu Kyi to act on Rohingya

The Dalai Lama has urged fellow Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do more to help Myanmar's persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority amid a worsening migration crisis.

Brazil protesters demand Rousseff impeachment

Several hundred protesters gathered Wednday in Brasilia to demand the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff after they completed a 1,000-kilometer (650-mile) march on the capital.

Iran nuclear talks shift into top gear

US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to launch a final high-stakes diplomatic push to seal a ground-breaking nuclear deal with Iran, as some officials warned Wednesday the negotiations may go beyond a June 30 deadline.

Croatia arts festival to stage Houellebecq play after all

A play by author Michel Houellebecq -- whose book imagining a Muslim-governed France stirred controversy -- will be staged as planned at a Croatian arts festival despite calls for its cancellation over security fears, the culture ministry said Wednesda...

Sheep are silent as PETA complains over swearing in front of them

The animal rights group, PETA, made a formal complaint in September 2014 against a sheep shearer in the far west of New South Wales after they had received a tip about the abuse of sheep. Warning: The video has disturbing scenes.

Coalition raids on rebels in Yemen capital kill 43

Saudi-led coalition warplanes killed 43 soldiers on Wednesday when they targeted a rebel troop headquarters in the Yemeni capital as the United Nations tried to reschedule postponed peace talks.

Vatican official investigated for embezzlement: reports

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, a Vatican official, is under investigation by Italian prosecutors on suspicion of embezzlement and price fixing during the sale of an historic castle, according to media reports Wednesday.

Russian divers report ancient ship find near Crimea

A group of Russian divers said Wednesday they had found Byzantine-era ship wreckage in the Black Sea off Crimea that included a trove of 10th century pottery.

Russia's nuclear threats 'deeply troubling': NATO chief

Russia's provocative rhetoric and its dramatic expansion of flights by nuclear bombers are deeply troubling and dangerous, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.

France honours four Resistance fighters among Pantheon heroes

France inducted four Resistance fighters into the illustrious Pantheon mausoleum on Wednesday for their contributions to fighting the Nazis during World War II.

Albania, Serbia pledge to work for Balkans' stability

The prime ministers of Serbia and Albania, Aleksandar Vucic and Edi Rama, in an historic visit vowed to strengthen their fragile ties in the interests of the future stability of the Balkans.

Eurosceptic Finns Party leader named foreign, EU affairs minister

Finland's new Prime Minister Juha Sipila on Wednesday named eurosceptic Finns Party leader Timo Soini the country's new foreign and European affairs minister.

Syria readies offensive against Islamic State without U.S. help

Syria does not expect help from the United States in battling Islamic State insurgents or in retaking the ancient city of Palmyra, officials said Wednesday.

UN demands action for crimes against journalists

The UN Security Council on Wednesday urged world governments to end impunity for those who silence journalists in a resolution applauded as historic by a leading media rights group.

EU redistribution numbers for asylum seekers, refugees

The European Commission on Wednesday asked member states to admit 20,000 Syrian refugees from outside Europe and process another 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea landing in Italy and Greece.

Ukraine faces looming HIV treatment shortage

A group of Ukrainians infected with HIV warned on Wednesday that thousands could soon perish because the war-torn country was running out of treatment for the virus responsible for AIDS.

Many Holocaust survivors live in poverty: U.S. diplomat

A substantial number of the 500,000 Holocaust survivors worldwide are suffering from poverty and need urgent help to live a dignified life in their last years, an advisor to the U.S. secretary of state said Wednesday.

'Bribery in bidding' for South Africa World Cup: Lynch

Corrupt officials at world soccer's governing body FIFA took bribes during the process that awarded the 2010 World Cup to South Africa, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch alleged Wednesday.

UN chief says 'other ways' than military to tackle migrant crisis

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday suggested there were "other ways" than proposed EU military action to stop smugglers from shipping migrants over the Mediterranean to Europe.

FARC peace negotiator killed in Colombia strike: rebels

Colombia's FARC guerrillas said Wednesday that one of their peace negotiators was killed in an air strike last week that has threatened to derail their talks with the government on ending the five-decade conflict.

IS 'executes' 20 in Palmyra Roman theatre

The Islamic State group "executed" 20 men in front of a crowd in the UNESCO-listed Roman theatre of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra on Wednesday, a monitor said.

Ukraine under 'continual attack' despite truce: NATO

A top NATO commander warned on Wednesday that "continual attacks" against Ukraine were hampering Kiev's efforts to modernise its army enough to one day join the Western military bloc.

Military site inspections must be part of Iran deal: IAEA

If Iran signs a nuclear deal with world powers it will have to accept inspections of its military sites, the head of the UN's atomic watchdog Yukiya Amano told AFP in an interview.

Britain confirms EU referendum in Queen's Speech

Prime Minister David Cameron's government confirmed it will hold a referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU Wednesday in a policy speech read by Queen Elizabeth II on Westminster's grandest day.

Iran says nuclear talks could go beyond June 30 deadline

Talks between Iran and world powers aimed at finalising a deal over Tehran's nuclear programme could go beyond a June 30 deadline, a senior Iranian negotiator said on Wednesday.

Bangladesh plans to move thousands of Rohingya to island

Bangladesh plans to relocate thousands of Rohingya who have spent years in refugee camps near the Myanmar border to a southern island, an official said Wednesday, as the region faces a human-trafficking crisis.

EU asks member states to admit 40,000 asylum seekers

The EU on Wednesday asked its member states to admit 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea landing in Italy and Greece, which have been overstretched by an influx of migrants.

German city evacuates 20,000 people to defuse WWII bomb

German authorities evacuated around 20,000 people from their homes in the western city of Cologne Wednesday before defusing a World War II bomb unearthed during construction work.

Singapore teen in trouble again for re-posting anti-Lee video

Singapore prosecutors on Wednesday demanded that a rebellious teenager be sent to a reformatory after he re-posted a controversial video attacking the late independence leader Lee Kuan Yew.

Kurds oust IS from Christian villages in Syria: Monitor

Kurdish forces have driven the Islamic State group from more than a dozen Assyrian Christian villages that the jihadists had captured in northeastern Syria, a monitor said Wednesday.

Denmark to hold general election on June 18

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday called a general election for June 18, as opinion polls show her centre-left coalition trailing an opposition bloc bolstered by the success of the far-right.

UN targets zero hunger in a generation as numbers fall

The number of hungry people around the world has dropped below 800 million for the first time since the UN started counting, the Food and Agriculture Organisation said in an annual report on Wednesday.

Electrical failure causes chaos at Belgian airports

Chaos hit Belgian airports on Wednesday when an electrical failure at air traffic control in Brussels caused Belgium-bound flights to be diverted, with departures delayed and flights cancelled over six hours.

Thai ex-PM Thaksin under investigation for lese majeste

Thai police are investigating whether fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra committed royal defamation in a recent interview, authorities said Wednesday as they announced his passports had been revoked.

Malaysia missed clues on trafficking, villagers say

Malaysia's government has expressed shock at finding human-trafficking camps and graves near the Thai border, but for local villagers like Sani Hashim the human clues were right there in plain sight.

Iraqi forces take positions on Ramadi outskirts

Iraqi forces took up positions around Ramadi on Wednesday, seizing two districts after clashes with jihadists.