Syrian government troops were responsible for two toxic gas attacks and Islamic State militants used sulfur mustard gas, an inquiry by the United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog found Wednesday, according to a report seen by Reuters.
TURKEY - USA
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sought on Wednesday to ease tensions with Turkey over its demands for extradition of a cleric it blames for July’s failed coup, saying Washington was cooperating but needed evidence to meet U.S. legal standards.
Scientists Wednesday announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet orbiting the star nearest our Sun, opening up the glittering prospect of a habitable world that may one day be explored by robots.
Syrian rebel militias – backed by Turkish tanks and US air strikes – retook control of the Syrian town of Jarablus on the Turkish border on Wednesday, rebel groups and an NGO said. The town had been held by the Islamic State group since 2014.
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French schools will now hold three security drills a year - including one in which an alleged assailant enters their premises - as the French government ramps up security measures after a string of deadly extremist attacks.
Images of a headscarfed woman on a French beach being surrounded and fined by police officers in the southern French city of Nice have gone viral amid an increasingly heated debate over the burkini ban imposed by some French towns.
Suspected militants stormed the Kabul campus of the American University of Afghanistan on Wednesday with some students jumping from second floor windows to escape the gunfire and explosions, witnesses and officials said.
The FBI is investigating cyber intrusions targeting reporters of The New York Times and is looking into whether Russian intelligence agencies are responsible for the acts, a U.S. official said Tuesday.
South Sudan opposition leader, Riek Machar, is in Khartoum for medical treatment, a Sudanese minister told the state news agency SUNA on Tuesday, after he left the country to escape government forces.
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At least 159 people were killed in central Italy after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck before dawn on Wednesday. Startling images have emerged in the wake of the disaster as village residents and rescuers searched the rubble for survivors.
India is investigating the extent to which secrets about French Scorpene submarines being built in the country have been compromised, its defence ministry said on Wednesday, after a leak of documents relating to its combat capabilities.
Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish tanks have crossed into Syria as part of a military operation to free a border town held by the Islamic State (IS) group.
AUSTRALIA - FRANCE
A British woman was stabbed to death on Wednesday at a backpackers’ hostel in Australia and two people were injured, one seriously, in what police say may have been an “extremist” attack.
At least 159 people have died after a powerful earthquake struck mountainous central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said.
Twin blasts strike near hotel in Thailand
Thailand's military government said on Wednesday there was no connection between two bombings overnight that killed one person in the southern town of Pattani and a wave of deadly attacks on popular tourist spots in the south this month.