By Jan Strupczewski, Francesco Guarascio and Alastair Macdonald
KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan The Afghan Taliban named an Islamic legal scholar who was one of former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour's deputies to succeed him on Wednesday, after confirming Mansour's death in a U.S. drone strike at the weekend. | Video
CAIRO Egypt is taking on two companies, one French and one Italian, to help search for the black boxes of the EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean, the airline's chairman said on Wednesday.
LONDON The campaign to keep Britain in the European Union has kept almost all of its lead over the "Leave" camp ahead of next month's referendum on EU membership, according to a Survation poll for online brokerage group IG published on Wednesday.
IDOMENI, Greece Greece has sent in police and bulldozers to clear out Europe's biggest refugee camp because of the deteriorating humanitarian conditions there, but the operation should also unblock a vital artery for the ailing economy.
PARIS Police broke up a fuel depot blockade in France on Wednesday and the hardline CGT union called a strike at a nuclear plant in an escalation of a standoff over proposed new labour laws.
GENEVA Leaving the European Union would cost British consumers 9 billion pounds in annual additional import tariffs, World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo said in an interview published by the Financial Times on Wednesday.
MOSCOW/KIEV Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko arrived home in Kiev on Wednesday after nearly two years in a Russian jail, part of a prisoner swap in which two Russians held in Ukraine were returned to Moscow.
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam U.S. President Barack Obama sought on Wednesday to ease growing Asian worries about the raucous election campaign to succeed him which has been dominated by the incendiary rhetoric of mogul Donald Trump, now the Republican Party's nominee. | Video