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Greece suspends air mail deliveries after a series of parcel bombs are sent to foreign embassies and leaders.

Police hunt five suspects as Greece suspends international airmail because of suspicious packages sent to targets in Greece and Europe.

At least 17 co-ordinated explosions across a widespread area of Baghdad kill 113 people and wound more than 271.

Militants unleashed a wave of deadly attacks in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 113 people in Shiite neighborhoods in an apparent bid to provoke a new sectarian war in the country. Seventeen...

The South Korean Navy fires warning shots at a North Korean fishing boat at the Northern Limit Line maritime border.

A Singapore court convicts British author Alan Shadrake of insulting the judicial system in his book "Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock".

At least 25,000 students take to the streets of Dublin to protest against rising emigration, unemployment and an increase in university fees, in the largest such demonstration for a generation.

IN THE largest student protest for a generation, at least 25,000 voiced their opposition to increased student fees outside the…

The Government of Canada announces that it will block a $38.6bn hostile takeover bid by BHP Billiton for Potash Corporation.

The United States Federal Reserve announces its plan for further quantitative easing in a bid to ward off deflation.

The central bank of Iceland, i.e. the Sedlabanki, cuts its key interest rate to 5.50 percent, a somewhat deeper cut than had been expected. This is part of an ongoing policy of expanding the money supply in response to the crisis of 2008.

Two people die and 50 are injured after a 5.4 magnitude earthquake hits Central Serbia.

A French court orders the extradition of Rwandan rebel leader Callixte Mbarushimana to stand trial at the International Criminal Court.

A French court approved Wednesday the transfer of the exiled Rwandan rebel leader Callixte Mbarushimana from France to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He i...

The United Nations schedules a new round of talks on the Western Sahara.

A new round of talks is scheduled to attempt to break an impasse in the dispute over the Western Sahara territory, the UN says.

NATO's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is to visit Russia to discuss the European missile defence project with President Medvedev.

David Tamihere is granted parole after serving 20 years imprisonment for the 1989 murders of two Swedish backpackers in New Zealand.

Convicted double murderer David Tamihere has been granted parole after serving nearly 20 years in prison. - New Zealand Herald

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is to be hanged for murder today in Iran, according to the International Committee against Stoning.

An Iranian woman whose sentence of execution by stoning for adultery provoked a worldwide outcry will instead be hanged for murder…

San Francisco passes a law banning McDonald's from giving free children's toys with unhealthy food.

San Francisco has become the first major U.S. city to pass a law that cracks down on the popular practice of giving away free toys with unhealthy restaurant meals for children.

The United States Border Patrol finds a sophisticated tunnel between Tijuana in Mexico and Otay Mesa, California, used by drug smugglers.

Constitutional referendum results in Niger show that 90% of voters approve a return to civilian rule from the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy military junta.

Results from a referendum in Niger show more than 90% of voters backed a new constitution designed to return the country to civilian rule.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf dissolves her cabinet.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf dismissed her cabinet on Wednesday in a move that will provide her a "fresh slate" for the next phase of her administration, her office said in a press release.

A package addressed to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi bursts into flames at Bologna Airport during a police inspection.

Former Russian Premier and founder of Gazprom Viktor Chernomyrdin dies at 72.

Viktor Chernomyrdin, who served under Boris Yeltsin as Russian prime minister during the 1990s, has died aged 72.

Ireland's High Court rules as unconstitutional the government's delay in holding one of the four by-elections due in the country; the government then announces the by-election in the Donegal South-West constituency will take place by the end of the month.

The High Court in Dublin rules that the Irish government has "unreasonably delayed" holding a by-election in Donegal.