• Iraqi troops seize main bridge, advance on mosque in Mosul
    Iraqi government forces battling Daesh terrorists for Mosul took control of a main bridge over the Tigris river on Wednesday and advanced towards the mosque where the group's leader declared a caliphate in 2014, federal police said.
  • No famine declared in Yemen, but 60 percent on the brink
    A UN-backed report on Yemen published on Wednesday found there was no famine in the country but said 60 percent of Yemenis, or 17 million people, are in "crisis" or "emergency" food situations, an increase of 20 percent since last June.
  • Top EU officials condemn Turkish 'fascism' remarks
    The European Union's top officials sharply criticized Turkey on Wednesday for accusing EU states Germany and the Netherlands of fascism, saying the charges were driving Ankara further away from its goal of joining the bloc.
  • Italy government wins Senate confidence vote on justice reform
    The Italian government won a confidence vote in the Senate on Wednesday on a fiercely contested reform of the justice system aimed at preventing thousands of cases being wiped out by the statute of limitations before a verdict is reached.
  • Dutch vote in key test for far-right
    Millions of Dutch voters went to the polls Wednesday in a key test of the "patriotic revolution" promised by far-right MP Geert Wilders, as final opinion polls showed his support deflating.
  • Dozens killed in Damascus bomb attacks
    Two suicide bombings hit Damascus Wednesday including an attack at a central courthouse that killed at least 32 people, as Syria's war entered its seventh year.
  • South Korea to hold election May 9; prosecutors summon ousted Park
    South Korea said on Wednesday it will hold an election on May 9 to choose a successor for former president Park Geun-hye, who was removed from office in a historic court ruling last week over a widening corruption scandal.
  • EU court rules workplace headscarf ban legal
    European companies can ban employees from wearing religious or political symbols including the Islamic headscarf, the EU's top court ruled Tuesday in a landmark case.
  • Turkey slams EU for backing Netherlands in dispute
    Turkey criticized the European Union for siding with the Netherlands in a diplomatic dispute over Turkish ministers' campaign plans in the country.
  • Pirates hijack freighter off Somalia's coast
    Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia, Somali officials and piracy experts said Tuesday, in the first hijacking of a large commercial vessel on the crucial global trade route since 2012.
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