ROME At least 38 people died in a powerful earthquake that hit central Italy early on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the civil protection department said.
SEOUL North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions.
SYDNEY A 29-year-old Frenchman shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) as he stabbed a British woman to death and wounded two people at a backpackers' hotel in Australia, police said on Wednesday.
KIEV Troubled Ukraine put on a show of its military strength on independence day on Wednesday and President Petro Poroshenko said the country had to rely on its own might rather than international guarantees.
PARIS French naval contractor DCNS on Wednesday said it was working to determine if harm had been caused to its clients by a massive leak of secret documents about its Scorpene submarines published in Australian media.
ISTANBUL/KARKAMIS, Turkey Turkish special forces, tanks and jets backed by planes from the U.S.-led coalition launched their first co-ordinated offensive into Syria on Wednesday to try to drive Islamic State from the border and prevent further gains by Kurdish militia fighters.
ATHENS Serious challenges lie ahead in dealing with Europe's migrant crisis, the United Nations' refugee chief said on Wednesday as he urged the European Union to help its frontline member-country Greece manage the flows of people.
MANILA The Philippines government said on Wednesday it had summoned the Chinese ambassador earlier this week to explain reports that traffickers were bringing in narcotics from China, opening a new front in President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial war on drugs.
GENEVA Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by telephone on Wednesday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the two men will hold talks in Geneva on Friday, a Russian diplomat told Reuters.
BERLIN Germany has told its citizens to stock up on water and food in the event of a terrorist attack or national catastrophe and may even consider re-introducing conscription in its first overhaul of civil defences in two decades.