BEIJING - A top North Korean diplomat repeated an offer for international talks over his country's disputed nuclear programme during a meeting in China on Wednesday, saying the denuclearisation of the peninsula was the "dying wish" of North Korea's founder.
MOSUL, Iraq - A suicide bomber blew himself up as he embraced a Sunni Muslim political leader in northern Iraq on Wednesday, killing the man and four of his family a day before elections in the area.
MOGADISHU - Islamist militants carried out their first major assault for years on a U.N. compound in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, dealing a blow to fragile security gains that have allowed a slow return of foreign aid workers and diplomats.
MADRID - Spain will cut red tape and shut down redundant institutions in an overhaul of state bureaucracy, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Wednesday, putting no figure on potential savings or job losses.
PARIS - Heavy flooding in south-western France killed a woman and forced the closure of the Roman Catholic pilgrimage site at Lourdes on Wednesday, less than a year after flash floods caused millions of euros of damage to the shrine. | Video
LONDON - The world should stop arguing about whether humans are causing climate change and start taking action to stop dangerous temperature rises, the president of the World Bank said on Wednesday. | Video
ZURICH - The two heads of the main Swiss business lobby Economiesuisse announced on Wednesday they were both stepping down after the organisation came under heavy fire over its failed campaign to oppose strict controls on executive pay.
SOFIA - Bulgaria's parliament dismissed a powerful media figure from his post as head of national security on Wednesday, hoping the move will put an end to protest rallies against the country's fragile three-week-old government.
MOSCOW - Moscow wants other nuclear powers as well as Russia and the United States involved in any discussions about further nuclear arms cuts, President Vladimir Putin's senior foreign policy adviser said on Wednesday.
ABUJA - Pirates in speedboats attacked an oil supply vessel and kidnapped four Indian and Polish crew members in increasingly dangerous waters off Nigeria's coast last week, two security sources said on Wednesday.
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