Mass protest in Venezuela demanding end of 'dictatorship'
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) ? Masses of protesters jammed the streets of Venezuela's capital on Wednesday on the heels of a move by congress to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro, whose allies have blocked moves for a recall election.
Leaders press on with marathon EU-Canada trade talks
European leaders pressed on Wednesday with troubled negotiations for a landmark EU-Canada free trade deal as stubborn Belgian regions held out on key terms of the agreement. Canadian and European Union leaders warn that the EU's international standing, already battered by Britain's shock June Brexit vote, will suffer another blow if seven years of trade negotiations go to waste because of internal Belgian politics. EU leaders remained optimistic that Belgium's federal government could win over recalcitrant French-speaking communities in eleventh-hour talks, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau still due to fly in to sign the deal on Thursday.
Islamic State takes hostages deeper towards Mosul as Iraqi forces advanceFor two years he had prayed he would again see the family he had left behind when his village near Mosul was overrun by Islamic State while he was off on deployment. Last week he learned from other advancing Iraqi forces who reached his home village that they had arrived too late to protect his family. Fleeing militants had taken them hostage and were bringing them deeper towards Mosul to use as human shields.
Ohio judge: Jury can hear about pot in slain man's car
CINCINNATI (AP) ? The defense for a white former police officer charged with murder can tell jurors about marijuana found in the car driven by the unarmed black man he fatally shot after a traffic stop, an Ohio judge ruled Wednesday.
A second powerful aftershock rattles Italy after 5.4 temblorROME (AP) ? A pair of powerful aftershocks shook central Italy on Wednesday, knocking out power, closing a major highway and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people.
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Russia drops Spain ship refueling request amid NATO uproar
BRUSSELS (AP) ? Russia on Wednesday withdrew a request to refuel a fleet of Russian warships in Spain, as Britain and NATO allies piled pressure on Madrid over concerns that the ships could be used to ramp up air attacks in Syria.
Clearance of Calais Jungle camp accomplished, French prefect says
By Matthias Blamont CALAIS, France (Reuters) - French authorities said on Wednesday they had finished clearing the "Jungle", a shanty town outside Calais built by migrants who had hoped to cross to Britain but who are now mostly being dispersed around France. The operation passed off peacefully for the most part, though some migrants torched tents and shelters in a last act of defiance as their hopes of a new life in Britain evaporated. "This is the end of the 'Jungle'," Calais regional prefect Fabienne Buccio said.
Brazil pays tribute to Carlos Alberto
Hundreds of people including Brazilian football greats gathered Wednesday at a Rio de Janeiro cemetery to pay their last respects to "eternal captain" Carlos Alberto, skipper of the 1970 World Cup champions. Crowds of fans decked out in Brazilian yellow and green swarmed Carlos Alberto's casket as it was carried into Iraja cemetery, in a working-class neighborhood on the city's north side. Carlos Alberto, who led a legendary team including Pele to the 1970 World Cup and scored one of the competition's best-ever goals, died Tuesday of a heart attack.
Jihadists 'shave beards' as pressure builds on Mosul
Jihadists with the Islamic State group were shaving their beards and changing hideouts in Mosul, residents said, as a major Iraqi offensive moved ever closer to the city on Wednesday. With pressure building on the 10th day of the Mosul assault, Western defence chiefs were already looking ahead to the next target -- IS's other major stronghold of Raqa in Syria. Recent advances on the eastern front have brought elite Iraqi forces to within five kilometres (three miles) of Mosul, and several residents reached by AFP said the jihadists seemed to be preparing for an assault on the city itself.