UNICEF: South Sudan armed groups release 145 child soldiers

About 145 child soldiers were released Wednesday by armed groups in South Sudan, the UN children's fund UNICEF said.

Kyrgyzstan's prime minister resigns as governing coalition collapses

Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev signed a decree on Wednesday accepting the resignation of the prime minister and his cabinet as the Central Asian nation's governing coalition was...

China arrests two citizen journalists during Communist Party plenum

Chinese police arrested two citizen journalists this week while an important Communist Party meeting is underway, an international press freedom watchdog said Wednesday.

NATO ministers discuss efforts to defend eastern flank against Russia

NATO defence ministers are due Wednesday to take stock of progress in bolstering the eastern flank of the alliance against a Russian military buildup, as well as its support for the international...

Turkish army: Syrian government hit northern rebels with barrel bombs

Turkey's military said Wednesday it had "assessed" that Syrian government forces dropped barrel bombs on rebels in the north of the country, in an area where Turkey is backing opposition forces....

Protests, internet outages in south-east Turkey after mayors detained

Protests and internet outages were reported in south-eastern Turkey on Wednesday, a day after the co-mayors of the Kurdish metropolis of Diyarbakir were taken into custody.

Multiple fires in Calais migrant camp as evacuation proceeds

Multiple fires were set off overnight at a migrant camp near the northern port city of Calais, as a week-long government operation to evacuate the "Jungle" camp and dismantle the makeshift...

Amendments to local elections legislation endorsed in 1st reading

A majority of Croatian lawmakers on Wednesday morning voted for the Bridge-sponsored amendments to the Law on Local Elections stipulating a ban on nominating a candidate whose rehabilitation...

Islamic State militants kill 33 civilians in western Afghanistan

Islamic State fighters killed at least 33 civilians in an apparent revenge attack in western Afghanistan, local officials said Wednesday.

Human Rights Watch, UN condemn exile of Cambodian opposition leader

Human Rights Watch condemned the exile of Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Wednesday, joining other rights organizations that have criticized Prime Minister Hun Sen’s demand to bar him...

Venezuelan parliament votes to try President Maduro

The Venezuelan parliament has voted to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro, following a special legislative session in Caracas on Tuesday.

HRW decries Russia and Saudi Arabia's candidacy for UN rights body

Russia and Saudi Arabia's re-election to serve on the UN Human Rights Council would undermine the body's credibility due to the poor human rights track records of the two countries, Human Rights...

Turkish authorities arrest mayor of Diyarbakir

The mayor of Diyarbakir, a major city in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish south-east, has been detained on suspicion of terrorist support, according to state news agency Anadolu.

Djukanovic won't continue as Montenegrin prime minister

Montenegro's longtime Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic will not continue as the government head despite just having won a close election race, a statement by his Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS...

Trump: "We're very close or winning"

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump maintains that his campaign is "very close or winning" with just two weeks to go until US elections.