Hong Kong (AFP) - Asian equities tumbled Wednesday as a collapse in Chinese shares began to contaminate other markets, and after European leaders slapped Greece with a deadline to submit fresh bailout reform proposals.

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp, the world's largest software company, plans to announce a new round of layoffs as early as Wednesday as it tries to cut costs further, the New York Times reported. ...

Vienna (AFP) - Talks towards a historic nuclear deal between Iran and major powers go into overtime Wednesday after stumbling over what one Western diplomat called "very, very, very tough" remaining issues.

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Israel and Palestinians mark one year since last summer's devastating war in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, with a ceasefire still largely holding but few of the issues that led to the conflict resolved.

Sydney (AFP) - A Serbian war crimes suspect known as "Captain Dragan" was reportedly due to be flown from Australia to Croatia Wednesday to face allegations of torture and murder after battling extradition for a decade.

Havana (AFP) - Four countries supporting peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC rebels called for an "urgent de-escalation" of armed conflict, as 1,200 terrified indigenous people fled more heavy fighting.

Bangkok (AFP) - Fourteen Thai students detained for an anti-coup protest were released from jail Wednesday but still face sedition charges, a lawyer said, in a case that has heightened concerns over civil liberties in the junta-ruled kingdom.

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