SYDNEY: A French man shouting the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar” stabbed a British woman to death and wounded two men in an attack at a hostel in northeast Australia, police said Wednesday.
TEHRAN: Iran’s official IRNA news agency says a gas explosion in a residential building has killed six people and wounded 11.
LONDON: The world’s largest aircraft suffered cockpit damage on Wednesday after nosediving while landing on its second test flight, but there were no injuries, according to the craft’s manufacturer.
NEW DELHI: The Indian government plans to ban foreigners, single parents and gay couples from using India’s surrogacy services under a proposed law intended to protect poor women from exploitation.
CINCINNATI: Writer Marilynne Robinson has been named the winner of a lifetime achievement award that celebrates the power of literature to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.
LONDON: Britain should ban the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and toiletries, a group of lawmakers has recommended, saying companies’ voluntary efforts to phase them out were not enough.
BANGKOK: A gang of foreign criminals stole millions of baht by hacking a Thai bank’s ATM network in a theft believed linked to a similar one in Taiwan, police said Wednesday.
PUERTO PRINCESA: A poor Philippine fisherman found what is thought to be the world’s largest pearl, but hid it under his bed for a decade without knowing its worth, local authorities said.
DHAKA: Bangladesh police said Wednesday they had arrested six members of banned Islamist groups blamed for a series of deadly attacks, including the main suspect in the gruesome killing of a secular publisher.
KARKAMIS: Turkey’s army backed by international coalition air strikes on Wednesday launched an operation involving fighter jets and tanks to drive Islamic State jihadists out of a key Syrian border town.
NEW DELHI: An official says that heavy monsoon rains have ended two successive drought years in India with the Ganges River and its tributaries rising above the danger level, triggering evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from flooded homes in north and eastern India.
CORMORANT: The four-legged mayor of a northwestern Minnesota village greets voters like a true politician.
RIYADH: A stoning ritual which led to the deaths of about 2,300 people during last year’s hajj will be more tightly controlled during next month’s pilgrimage, Saudi newspapers reported on Wednesday.
KATHMANDU: Nepal’s new prime minister will visit India next month on his first foreign visit, seeking to repair the strained relationship between the neighbours, an official said Wednesday.
GAZA CITY: An international charity has removed 15 animals rescued from the Gaza Strip’s main zoo, dubbed “the worst in the world.”
SYDNEY: French defence contractor DCNS has been hit by a massive leak of secret data on its submarines likely to alarm India, Malaysia and Chile which use the boats, The Australian newspaper reported Wednesday.
SYDNEY: Replicas of a large piece of debris from missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 will be set adrift and tracked by satellite in the hope of helping find the plane’s crash site, Australian officials said Wednesday.
AMATRICE: A strong earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, collapsing homes on top of residents as they slept.
SEOUL: South Korea has confirmed its first case of cholera in 15 years in a man who had seafood during his trip to the southern coast earlier this month, local health authorities said Tuesday.
MILAN: A strong 6.2 magnitude quake struck central Italy early on Wednesday near the city of Perugia, the US Geological Survey said.
SEOUL: North Korea conducted an apparently successful submarine-launched missile test on Wednesday, days after threatening a nuclear strike in retaliation at the start of large-scale South Korea-US military exercises.
BANGKOK: A large car bomb blew up outside a hotel in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued southern region late Tuesday, killing one and wounding more than 30 people, some of them critically, police said.
MANILA: More than 1,900 people, or about 36 per day, have been killed in a violent campaign against drugs in the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte came to office seven weeks ago, the country’s national police chief said on Tuesday.
CAIRO: WikiLeaks’ global crusade to expose government secrets is causing collateral damage to the privacy of hundreds of innocent people, including survivors of sexual abuse, sick children and the mentally ill, The Associated Press has found.
PESHAWAR: A hand grenade exploded Tuesday, wounding two school children, one critically, as they were playing with it in a remote northwestern Pakistani village, police said.
NEW DELHI: Doctors in northern India say they’ve surgically removed 40 knives from the stomach of a man who had swallowed them over the past two months.
BANGKOK: Thailand’s tiger tourism business is booming and the captive tiger population is growing fast, experts say, more than two months after Thai wildlife authorities found scores of dead cubs while rescuing animals from the popular Tiger Temple.
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