Afghan hospital bombing a mistake - US

The American air strike on a Kunduz hospital was a mistake, the top US commander in Afghanistan acknowledged Tuesday as he urged Washington to consider boosting its post-2016 military presence to repel a Taliban upsurge.

Abbas opposes 'escalation' with Israel

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday he wanted to avoid a violent escalation with Israel as Israeli police lifted restrictions on worship at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in an apparent bid to ease tensions after three weeks of violence.

Animals abound at Chernobyl

Nearly 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, elk, deer, boar and wolves abound in the exclusion zone deserted by humans, researchers say in an international study.

Brazil's Rousseff faces funding probe

President Dilma Rousseff's campaign will be investigated for alleged use of funds skimmed from the vast Petrobras corruption scheme, officials said Wednesday, in a twist that could potentially end her term early.