Damascus (AFP) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Wednesday that setbacks are a normal part of any war and do not mean the conflict is lost, in his first comments after several regime defeats.
New York (AFP) - French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo received a freedom of expression award on Tuesday at a gala US ceremony boycotted by some leading authors in protest at the publication's lampooning of Islam.
Kabul (AFP) - Four Afghan men were sentenced to death Wednesday for the savage lynching of a woman falsely accused of blasphemy, a landmark judgement in a nation where female victims often have little legal recourse.
Le Bourget (France) (AFP) - The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps after "rehearsing" the descent on an earlier flight, French investigators said on Wednesday.
Beijing (AFP) - Britain will stay in the European Union, the 28-nation group's top diplomat predicted Wednesday, a day ahead of an election in which incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a referendum on membership.
Kiev (AFP) - Five Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 12 wounded over the last 24 hours as clashes rumbled on between government forces and pro-Russian rebels, a military spokesman said Wednesday.
Islamabad (AFP) - Nadir Soofi, one of the gunmen who attacked a Texas venue hosting a contest to draw the Prophet Mohammed, was a charismatic "ladies' man" as a teenager, contemporaries from an elite Pakistani school told AFP Wednesday.
London (AFP) - Britain's general election on Thursday promises to be the closest in living memory with newer, smaller parties on the right and left threatening to disrupt the old order.
Djibouti (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he will be discussing with Saudi Arabia the implementation of a "humanitarian pause" in military operations in Yemen in order to facilitate aid operations.
Berlin (AFP) - German police arrested four people on Wednesday, who were accused of belonging to a far-right "terror" organisation that acquired explosives for attacks on Muslims and refugee homes, federal prosecutors said.
Conakry (AFP) - With the Guinean government accused of electoral dark arts and the opposition of spoiling for a coup, the west African country's political factions are embroiled in a standoff that may require international arbitration.