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  1. World News Update, what you need to know

    World News Update, what you need to know

  2. Nemtsov suspect 'was pressured to confess'

    Nemtsov suspect 'was pressured to confess'

    A man accused of killing Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov says he was kidnapped, beaten and pressured to confess.

  3. Lisbon mayor steps down to launch election bid

    Lisbon mayor steps down to launch election bid

    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.

  4. Police take over from military at Rio slum near airport

    Police take over from military at Rio slum near airport

    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.

  5. Guatemalan Olympic icon accuses DJ of racist taunt

    Guatemalan Olympic icon accuses DJ of racist taunt

    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.

  6. Finance News Update, what you need to know

    Finance News Update, what you need to know

  7. Dozens dead as dairy bombed in war-torn Yemen

    Dozens dead as dairy bombed in war-torn Yemen

    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.

  8. Russia pulls plug on Crimean Tatar TV sparking Ukraine outrage

    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.

  9. Obama unveils sanctions program to fight cyberattacks

    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.

  10. Lufthansa chief visits crash area as 'cabin video' emerges

    Lufthansa chief visits crash area as 'cabin video' emerges

    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.

  11. Four dead, 16 injured in blast at Mexico oil rig

    Four dead, 16 injured in blast at Mexico oil rig

    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.

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