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Copenhagen (AFP) - Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday called a general election for June 18, even as opinion polls showed her centre-left coalition trailing the opposition.

Bangkok (AFP) - Thai police are investigating whether fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra committed royal defamation in a recent interview, authorities said Wednesday as they announced his passports had been revoked.

Brussels (AFP) - Belgian airports were at a standstill Wednesday after an electrical failure at air traffic control in Brussels caused Belgium-bound flights to be diverted, with all departures also delayed until further notice.

Bogota (AFP) - The Colombian military killed at least five FARC guerrillas in the northwest of the country Monday, part of a new offensive that has challenged ongoing peace talks with the rebel group.

Wang Kelian (Malaysia) (AFP) - Malaysia's government has expressed shock at finding human-trafficking camps and graves near the Thai border, but for local villagers like Sani Hashim the human clues were right there in plain sight.

Bangkok (AFP) - Thailand's junta confirmed Wednesday that elections will not be held until September 2016, dealing a further blow to hopes that the kingdom's generals will swiftly hand power back to a civilian government.

Singapore (AFP) - A Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus plane carrying 194 people temporarily lost power to both engines on a recent flight to Shanghai, SIA confirmed Wednesday after a flight tracker said the plane had to descend 13,000 feet (3.96 kilometres) before normal operation was restored.

London (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives unveil their programme for government Wednesday after a surprise clear win at this month's general election which will lead to a referendum on leaving the EU.

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - The Israeli air force carried out four strikes on militant targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, Palestinian eyewitnesses said, hours after a cross-border rocket attack on the Jewish state.

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