LEBANON - ISRAEL
Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia group exchanged fire with Israel in the disputed Golan Heights border area Wednesday in clashes that saw two soldiers and a UN peacekeeper killed and marked the most serious escalation in the region since the 2006 war.
Greece’s massive debt crisis has led to mounting poverty across the country. It has also left deep psychological scars that, despite the historic victory of the radical left Syriza party, will take a long time to heal.
LEBANON - ISRAEL
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued Hezbollah a stark warning on Wednesday after the Lebanese militant group killed two Israeli soldiers and wounded seven others in a missile attack on a military convoy near the country’s border.
France’s highest court ruled on Wednesday that a gay French-Moroccan couple are allowed to marry despite the North African kingdom’s refusal to recognise same-sex marriages.
"You will discover hell on earth, and will die alone" – that is the stark message from the French government in a new social media campaign aimed at discouraging would-be jihadists.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo wants to make Paris a diesel-free city by 2020. The first step, she said Wednesday, will be to ban the “most polluting” diesel delivery trucks and buses by July 2015.
The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group has issued a new ultimatum to Japan. In exchange for a captive Japanese journalist, the militants are demanding the release of Sajida al-Richawi, an Iraqi terrorist serving time in Jordan.
Jordan said on Wednesday it was willing to hand over an Iraqi woman jailed for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State (IS) group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, was released.
LEBANON - ISRAEL
Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven others wounded Wednesday in a missile attack claimed by Hezbollah on a military convoy near the country’s disputed border with Lebanon.
"Timbuktu", "Saint Laurent", "La Famille Bélier", "Hippocrate", "Eastern Boys", "Love at First Sight" and "Clouds of Sils Maria" are among the nominations for best film at France’s 40th annual César awards, organisers said Wednesday.
Greece’s new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has picked a staunch critic of austerity as his finance minister, signalling his resolve to take a tough line with Greece’s creditors in an effort to write off a large chunk of the country’s debt.
RUSSIA - UK
As a long-awaited UK inquiry began Tuesday into the death of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London after drinking tea laced with polonium, investigators were told that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered his killing.
CUBA - USA
The United States welcomed Tuesday former Cuban leader Fidel Castro's belated response to the thaw in ties between the Cold War foes as a sign that change is under way in Havana.
AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS
A late diving header by Andre Ayew took Ghana through to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday alongside favourites Algeria in a dramatic denouement to Group C.
American teenager Madison Keys battled past Venus Williams, 15 years her senior, to make the Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday and end the seven-time Grand Slam champion's stirring run at Melbourne Park.