Officials in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro failed to deter protestors with a u-turn on the bus and metro fare rises Wednesday. The continued unrest marred a key Confederation Cup football match in Fortaleza, in which Brazil beat Mexico 2-0.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Wednesday he will not pursue peace talks with the Taliban unless the United States steps out of the negotiations, deflating hopes just a day after the talks were announced.
An Italian court sentenced Milan designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on Wednesday to one year and eight months in prison for failing to declare around one billion euros in income to the authorities. The pair deny the charges.
France has reacted with indignation to EU Commission head José Manuel Barroso’s accusation that countries – such as France – are “reactionary” for wanting to keep cultural subsidies off the table in forthcoming free trade talks with the US.
Italy’s constitutional court rejected Silvio Berlusconi’s challenge to a four-year jail sentence and five-year ban from public office on Wednesday. The former PM was convicted in 2012 for tax fraud on TV rights bought by his Mediaset media empire.
Days after Greece’s top administrative court ordered authorities to reinstate state broadcaster ERT, the country’s fragile government coalition is struggling to agree on terms for turning television and radio signals back on.
CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour reacted angrily on Tuesday to what she said was a false interview by Turkish daily newspaper Takvim, in which she was quoted saying that CNN had hoped to “destabilise” Turkey in its reporting the recent uprising.
G8 leaders on Tuesday threw their weight behind calls for a peace conference on Syria to be held "as soon as possible" after the conflict dominated the summit and caused frosty tensions between Russia and other world leaders.
Montreal Major Michael Applebaum resigned on Tuesday after being arrested by Quebec’s anti-corruption police the previous day, raising fears of another prolonged corruption scandal after the city's last mayor also had to step down.
The recent arrest of 21 Congolese students by police in Jalandhar, a city in northwestern India, has angered the black African community in the state of Punjab. Local Congolese say there is an intolerably racist atmosphere in the state. Read more...
Russia's lower house of parliament on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favour of a bill banning the adoption of Russian orphans by gay couples, unmarried couples and single people in countries where same-sex marriage is legal.
Four Belgian nationals trying to pass into Syria were arrested by Turkish police on the border on Wednesday. Belgian officials said the group were planning to fight in the Syrian civil war and had already been sent back to Belgium on June 17.