TOULOUSE, France (AFP) - Flash floods in south-western France killed an elderly woman as the inundated grotto at the Roman Catholic pilgrimage site of Lourdes remained closed for a second day on Wednesday.
ISTANBUL (AFP) - Riot police on Wednesday clashed briefly with groups of anti-government protesters in two Turkish cities, but there was no fresh unrest in Istanbul where demonstrators switched to silent protests after a heavy crackdown.
LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Girl Guides movement said on Wednesday it was scrapping its oath to God in an attempt to broaden its appeal, although members will still pledge allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II.
MOGADISHU (AFP) - Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents said on Wednesday they had attacked and shot their way into a key United Nations compound in the capital Mogadishu.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The World Bank on Wednesday warned that severe hardships from global warming could be felt within a generation, with a new study detailing devastating impacts in Africa and Asia.