Ebola spikes again in Guinea, Sierra Leone: WHO
GENEVA (AFP) - The number of Ebola cases has risen in Guinea and Sierra Leone for the second consecutive week, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.
In Guinea, 16 new cases were found in the week ending June 7, with 15 more found in neighbouring Sierra Leone.
In the previous week, 13 new cases had been found in Guinea, a clear increase on the nine reported a week before that.
Polish government ministers resign over eavesdropping scandal
WARSAW (AFP) - Three Polish government ministers and the speaker of parliament tendered their resignations on Wednesday over a high profile eavesdropping scandal, the country's premier said.
Centrist Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz announced that Parliamentary Speaker Radoslaw Sikorski and the ministers of the treasury, health and sports had resigned as her unpopular government faces a general election this autumn.
Polish media on Tuesday was awash with news of the publication on the Internet of leaked transcripts from a government eavesdropping scandal that erupted in June last year.
Obama agrees to deployment of 450 more troops for Iraq training mission
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday approved the deployment of 450 more US military trainers to Iraq, a cautious bid to reverse gains by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The White House said the forces will join an already 3,100-strong mission to "train, advise and assist" the Iraqi army and Sunni tribal fighters.
The new contingent will focus on wresting back control of provincial capital Ramadi.
Football: US stun Germany with late goal to win 2-1 in international friendly
COLOGNE, Germany (REUTERS) - The United States beat World Cup champions Germany 2-1 thanks to an 88th minute goal from Bobby Wood in an entertaining international friendly on Wednesday at RheinEnergie Stadium.
Mario Goetze put Germany in front in the 12th minute, with the hosts dominating much of the first half.
But Mix Diskerud got the equaliser against the run of play in the 41st minute for the Americans, who then controlled much of the second half.
US states probe music labels for streaming collusion
NEW YORK (AFP) - Prosecutors in two US states are investigating whether major music labels have colluded to prevent competition in the booming area of music streaming, officials said on Wednesday.
The probe - which an official said has turned up no evidence of wrongdoing - comes as tech giant Apple entered the streaming battle with the launch of an updated service to compete with Spotify and other providers of unlimited, on-demand music.
A spokesman for New York Attorney-General Eric Schneiderman said that an investigation was under way into music streaming, "an industry in which competition has recently led to new and different ways for consumers to listen to music".