DAMASCUS - The Islamic State group stormed the Yarmuk refugee camp in southern Damascus Wednesday, capturing large parts of the Palestinian haven and demonstrating for the first time its ability to attack Syria's capital.
NEW YORK - Cynthia Lennon, the British first wife of The Beatles' songwriter John Lennon, has died aged 75, the couple's son Julian said Wednesday.
KUALA LUMPUR - World champion Chen Long of China was on top form as he stormed into the second round of the Malaysia Open after an easy win over Japan's Takuma Ueda on Wednesday.
KOKSIJDE (BELGIUM) - Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff looks odds on to take the Three Days of the Panne race after winning the second stage on Tuesday.
MONTPELLIER (FRANCE) - World and Olympic handball champion Nikola Karabatic and 15 other people will stand trial on fraud charges over alleged match-fixing, a lawyer for the French sports hero said Wednesday.
The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has decided to amend two major provisions in its draft charter regarding the appointment of a non-elected outside prime minister in the event of a political crisis and the composition of the Senate.
GAZA CITY (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) - A work by world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy has been sold for less than $200 in war-ravaged Gaza, where a homeless family says they were "tricked" into parting with the valuable collector's item.
KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Islamic leader spearheading a campaign for severe sharia punishments chuckles as he dismisses the firestorm that has ensued, saying visions of thousands of law-breakers with amputated limbs are way off the mark.
YANGON - Myanmar authorities have begun collecting temporary identification cards from displaced Rohingya Muslims in unrest-torn Rakhine state, an official said Wednesday, a move that the UN has warned could strip them of all documentation.
His Majesty the King has endorsed a request by Prime Minister and junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha to revoke martial law throughout the country.
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