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Counterfeit medicine a 'growing threat': EU study

Paris - Counterfeit medicine is a "growing threat" in Europe, causing serious illness or even death and costing the pharmaceutical industry billions every year, according to a study published Wednesday.

France's Le Pen to go on trial for tweeting gruesome IS images

Nterre - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been ordered to stand trial for tweeting pictures of Islamic State atrocities, a judicial source told AFP on Wednesday.

Court orders release of jailed Panamanian ex-president

Panama - A court in Panama on Wednesday ordered the release of detained ex-president Ricardo Martinelli, one year after he was extradited from the United States to face corruption charges.

EU tells Tirana, Skopje membership will have to wait

Apo - EU Council President Donald Tusk said Wednesday the bloc should start accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, but warned there would be no quick decision, with several member states opposed.

Massacre toll in Mali cut to 35

Bamako - A massacre at a village in central Mali that according to early estimates killed 95 people left 35 dead, the authorities said Wednesday, giving a final toll.

More than 200 arrested at Moscow police abuse march

Moscow - More than 200 people including opposition leader Alexei Navalny were detained Wednesday as police sought to break up a peaceful Moscow rally against the alleged impunity of law enforcement agencies.

Amnesty, HRW warn UN against Sudan pullout

Nicosia - Amnesty and Human Rights Watch have warned UN peacekeepers against withdrawing from Sudan at a time when the Janjaweed militia is not only keeping up war crimes in Darfur but also taking its "despicable brutality" to Khartoum.

OECD issues report on AI in Society

The OECD has published a detailed report looking at how artificial intelligence is affecting global economies and societies. The report considers the acceleration in AI investment and the growth of startups.

Kenyans protest bid to build East Africa's first coal plant

Nairobi - Scores of Kenyans on Wednesday protested a project to build a coal power station near the Lamu archipelago, a popular tourist spot that includes a UNESCO World Heritage site and vibrant marine life.

Philippines blasts 'cowardly Chinese boat' over sinking

Manila - The Philippines on Wednesday condemned the "cowardly action" of a suspected Chinese fishing vessel accused of abandoning a Filipino fishing crew after a collision in the disputed South China Sea.

Yemen rebels hit Saudi airport, coalition vows action

Apo - A Yemeni rebel missile attack on an airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia wounded 26 civilians on Wednesday, drawing promises of "stern action" from the Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels.

Shops reopen as Sudan generals, protesters agree to talk

Khartoum - Shops began to reopen in Sudan's capital on Wednesday after demonstrators called off a nationwide civil disobedience campaign and agreed to new talks, though many residents remained indoors following last week's deadly crackdown.

Boy dies of Ebola in Uganda as virus spreads from DRCongo

Kanpala - A five-year-old boy who tested positive for Ebola in Uganda has died, a health ministry official told AFP Wednesday as two of his family members also tested positive for the virus after a visit to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sister of N. Korean leader pays respects Panmunjom meeting

Seoul - The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday delivered a condolence message for former South Korean first lady Lee He-ho, the first high-level contact between the two countries in months.

Years of dashed hopes fuel Hong Kong protest rage

Fpo - As Hong Kong is convulsed by fresh anti-government protests, many of those who have taken to the streets say they feel this is their last chance to protect the city's freedoms after years of slow strangulation by Beijing.

Thousands of images are stolen in U.S. border hack

Tens of thousands of images have been stolen in U.S. border hack. The images are of people who have crossed the U.S. border with Mexico. as well as images of people, the data also related to vehicle license plates.

Encephalitis from lychees kills 31 children in India: official

Patna - At least 31 children have died in northern India in the last 10 days from a deadly brain disease believed linked to a toxic substance found in lychee fruit, health officials said Wednesday.

Some shops open but residents wary as Sudan strike ends

Khartoum - Shops began to reopen in Sudan's capital on Wednesday but many residents stayed indoors after demonstrators called off a nationwide civil disobedience campaign that had brought Khartoum to a standstill.

Successor to longtime Kazakh ruler is sworn in as president

Astana - Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the hand-picked successor to Kazakhstan's longtime ruler, was inaugurated as president Wednesday after winning an election marred by a police crackdown and slammed by foreign monitors for "voting irregularities".

Greek labour icon fears for worker rights after July vote

Athens - Constantina Kuneva was a little-known cleaner and union activist from Bulgaria struggling to get by in Greece when she suffered a horrific acid attack near her home just before Christmas 2008.
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