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'Salmonella-tainted' Polish beef found by Czech vets

Prague - Czech authorities said Wednesday they would slap checks on beef imported from Poland after veterinarians found the dangerous Salmonella bacteria in a 700-kilogramme batch of Polish beef.

At Catalan separatist trial, judge Marchena walks tightrope

Madrid - At the helm of the hugely divisive trial of Catalan separatist leaders, Supreme Court judge Manuel Marchena is performing a difficult balancing act, alternating firmness and leniency in live proceedings.

Designer Karl Lagerfeld to be cremated without ceremony

Paris - Karl Lagerfeld will be cremated without ceremony and his ashes are likely to be scattered with those of his mother and lover, his label said Wednesday.

Brazil to save $300 bn over 10 years with pension reform: govt

Bras - Brazil expects to save more than $300 billion over 10 years through a bill presented to Congress Wednesday that aims to overhaul the country's unsustainable pension system, the government said."We need to change the rules of the pension system.

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators to launch U.S. tour

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators will kick off their U.S. tour on July 15 in San Francisco, California.

Cardinals blame 'homosexual agenda' for abuse crisis

Vatican City - Two cardinals criticised on Wednesday Pope Francis's approach to the clerical paedophilia crisis, saying "abuse of power" was not to blame but homosexuality."We turn to you with deep distress!

Prosecutor seeks life in jail for Turkey financier Kavala: report 

Istanbul - A Turkish prosecutor on Wednesday sought life in prison for 16 suspects including philanthropist and businessman Osman Kavala on charges of attempting to overthrow the government, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Review: Boyz II Men perform hit after hit at Radio City Music Hall Special

New York - On February 15, Boyz II Men headlined the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City. This tour was in celebration of the 25th anniversary of "Album II."

Designer Karl Lagerfeld to be cremated without ceremony

Paris - Karl Lagerfeld will be cremated without ceremony and his ashes are likely to be scattered with those of his mother and lover, his label said Wednesday.

North Korea's US envoy arrives in Hanoi ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Hanoi - Pyongyang's special representative for the US arrived in Hanoi on Wednesday with a North Korean delegation, an AFP reporter and source confirmed, ahead of a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un next week.

Three AFP photographers nominated for World Press Photo Awards

Den Haag - Photographers for Agence France-Presse received four nominations Wednesday in the 2019 World Press Photo of the Year Award, with the winners to be announced at a gala event in April.

Macron to unveil measures to fight anti-Semitism

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron will announce measures to fight a flare-up in anti-Semitism during a dinner with Jewish community leaders Wednesday, a day after a spate of hate crimes brought thousands onto the streets in protest.

French Senate demands probe into Macron aides over bodyguard scandal

Paris - A French Senate commission on Wednesday demanded an investigation of three close aides to President Emmanuel Macron after finding "major flaws" in the government's handling of a scandal involving an ex-bodyguard to the president.

North Korea's US envoy arrives in Hanoi ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Hanoi - Pyongyang's special representative for the US Kim Hyok Chol arrived in Hanoi on Wednesday with a North Korean delegation, an AFP reporter and source confirmed, ahead of a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un next week.

Convoy plucks women, children from last IS holdout in Syria

Sinjar - A convoy of trucks evacuated dozens of people including women and children from the Islamic State group's last Syria redoubt Wednesday, bringing US-backed forces closer to retaking the last sliver of the "caliphate".

Trucks carrying women, children leave IS Syria redoubt

- At least 10 trucks carrying men, women and children left the Islamic State group's last redoubt in eastern Syria on Wednesday, in a sign a final assault may be approaching.

Putin says Russia must tackle waste crisis

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Russia needed to improve its waste management, after stinking and dangerous landfills sparked a national protest movement.

Putin warns new missiles could target 'decision-making centres'

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Russia would have to deploy missiles targeting "decision-making centres" if Washington sends missiles to Europe.

Ghosn case a chance to 'mend' Japan's system: lawyer

Apo - Carlos Ghosn's lawyer said Wednesday his client's high-profile and controversial detention was a chance to "mend" Japan's justice system, as he insisted the former Nissan boss was innocent of all charges.

Putin promises Russians better living conditions 'within this year'

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin promised Russians rapid improvements in their living conditions as he kicked off his annual state of the nation address on Wednesday."We cannot wait, the situation must change for the better now," Putin said.
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