World News Update, what you need to know
A man accused of killing Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov says he was kidnapped, beaten and pressured to confess.
Lisbon (AFP) - Lisbon's Socialist mayor Antonio Costa, tipped to succeed centre-right Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, stepped down Wednesday to fight Portugal's parliamentary elections this autumn.
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Despite a recent upsurge in urban violence, Rio de Janeiro officials insisted Wednesday they will manage to pacify slum areas in the run-up to next year's Olympics.
Guatemala City (AFP) - Historymaking Olympic athlete Erick Barrondo, an indigenous Guatemalan, spoke out against racism Wednesday after a radio DJ posted a picture of him on Twitter alongside comments that he deemed offensive.
Finance News Update, what you need to know
Sanaa (AFP) - Dozens of civilians were reported killed Wednesday when a dairy was bombed in Yemen, as aid groups warned of a brewing humanitarian crisis from the Saudi-led coalition's strikes on Shiite rebels.
Moscow (AFP) - Russian authorities on Wednesday shut down a television channel serving Crimean Tatars, an ethnic group that opposed Moscow's seizure of Crimea, sparking concern in Ukraine and the West.
Washington (AFP) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered a new sanctions program that could block assets of US and foreign hackers and of companies that seek to profit from cyberattacks.
Le Vernet (France) (AFP) - The heads of Lufthansa and Germanwings paid their respects Wednesday near the spot where one of their planes slammed into the French Alps, following reports that a video has emerged showing the final terrifying seconds in the cabin.
An explosion and a fire erupted on an offshore oil platform operated by Mexico's Pemex on Wednesday, killing at least four workers, injuring 16 and forcing 300 to be evacuated.