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Hamas committed war crimes against Gaza civilians: Amnesty International

Amnesty International said in a report on Wednesday that Gaza`s dominant Islamist Hamas committed war crimes against Palestinian civilians in the territory alleged to have collaborated with the enemy during last year`s war with Israel.

IS executes 20 men in ruins of Syria`s Palmyra: Monitor

The Islamic State jihadist group executed at least 20 men in the ruins of Syria`s Palmyra on Wednesday, accusing them of fighting for the government, a monitoring group said.

FARC peace negotiator killed in Colombia strike: Rebels

Colombia`s FARC guerrillas said Wednesday that a member of their delegation at peace talks with the government was among the 27 rebels killed last week in an air strike.

Barman sentenced after Frenchman does 56 shots and dies

A French barman got a suspended jail sentence on Wednesday after he was convicted of manslaughter for letting a man do 56 shots during a drinking contest that led to his death. 

Ethiopia`s ruling party wins election landslide: Official

Ethiopia`s ruling party and its allies have won an overwhelming majority in parliament in weekend elections, the country`s electoral board announced Wednesday.

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.

Texas man accused of conspiring to back Islamic State

A man has been charged with conspiring to support the Islamic State group.

US reporter says Turkish award revoked over article critical of Erdogan

A US journalist claimed on Wednesday that his honorary Turkish citizenship was revoked on the orders of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over a critical article that saw him branded an "enemy" of Turkey.

Dutch police arrest 19 in raids on outlaw biker gangs

Dutch police Wednesday arrested at least 19 bikers, many of whom are suspected members of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang in a massive crackdown to contain rising tensions between groups in the south.

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 today.

Myanmar opposition, 88-Generation student group to work together

Myanmar opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) and 88-Generation Peace and Open Society Group agreed on Wednesday to work on elections, constitution amendment and domestic peace process.

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.

Burundi fair elections `impossible`: Opposition

Burundi`s main opposition parties said Wednesday that the holding of free and fair elections next week was "impossible" and that the result should not be recognised if they take place.

Five main measures planned by Cameron`s new UK government

Queen Elizabeth II announced the legislative programme for Prime Minister David Cameron`s newly-elected British government on Wednesday at the ceremonial state opening of parliament.

Five main measures planned by Cameron`s new UK government

Queen Elizabeth II announced the legislative programme for Prime Minister David Cameron`s newly-elected British government on Wednesday at the ceremonial state opening of parliament.

Serbian PM makes historic visit to Albania

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic arrived in Albania on Wednesday for the first such visit by a Serbian head of government as the two Balkan countries seek to improve fragile ties.

EU asks member states to admit 40,000 asylum seekers

The EU on Wednesday asked its member states to admit over the next two years 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea who have already landed in Italy and Greece.

Vandals attack another church in Pakistan, two arrested

A group of armed assailants has vandalised a church and beat six persons including the pastor in Pakistan's Punjab province, the second such incident in the last four days.

Woman finds intruder asleep in bed, clicks selfie in UAE

A Tunisian woman, after discovering a drunk man asleep in her bed, clicked a selfie and posted it on a social networking site before alerting police here in the UAE, a media report said on Wednesday.

Spanish police rescue girl sold for marriage by parents

Spain police said Wednesday they had rescued an 11-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped and beaten after she was sold by her parents for marriage for 17,000 euros ($18,500).

Thai police seek local help in people smuggling crackdown

Thai police are seeking help from villagers living near a recently uncovered network of jungle camps to aid their investigation into people-smuggling and human trafficking-gangs, a senior officer said Wednesday.

Woman accused of witchcraft axed to death in Papua New Guinea: Missionary

Police in Papua New Guinea vowed to find the men who axed to death a woman accused of using witchcraft to spark a measles outbreak in the country`s remote jungle highlands, a missionary said on Wednesday after meeting authorities.

France says will oppose Iran nuclear deal without military site inspections

 French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Wednesday that France would oppose a nuclear deal with Iran if it did not allow inspections of military sites. 

Cyprus slams US envoy over Turkish invasion comment

The Cyprus government on Wednesday denounced as "unacceptable" a comment by the American ambassador that it said hampered the resumed UN-backed peace process aimed at reunifying the divided island.

Danish parliamentary elections set for June 18

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday announced that parliamentary elections are set for June 18.

Burundi opposition says fair elections `impossible`

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

UN seeks $100 mn to enrol Syrian children in Lebanese schools

UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown wants to raise $100 million so 100,000 more Syrian refugee children can join Lebanese public schools in September.

EU judges jail 11 ex-Kosovo Albanian guerrillas for war crimes

 European Union judges in Kosovo sentenced 11 former Kosovo Albanian guerrillas, two of them close to ex-prime minister Hashim Thaci, to prison terms on Wednesday for war crimes committed during Kosovo`s 1998-99 pro-independence uprising.

Syria says wants more Iraqi coordination in Islamic State fight

 Damascus wants more coordination with Baghdad to combat Islamic State fighters who control land in both countries, Syria`s foreign minister said on Wednesday, days after the group seized a border crossing and overran a central Syrian city.