20 000 evacuated after WWII bomb found

German authorities evacuated around 20 000 people from their homes in the western city of Cologne Wednesday before defusing a World War II bomb unearthed during construction work.

US military botches anthrax delivery

As many as 22 people in South Korea and four US lab workers may have been exposed to anthrax after the American military accidentally shipped out at least one live sample, officials said.

UK announces referendum on EU exit

Prime Minister David Cameron's government formally announced a referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU in a policy speech read by Queen Elizabeth II on Westminster's grandest day on Wednesday.

IS 'executes' 20 in Palmyra

The Islamic State group "executed" 20 men in front of a crowd in the UNESCO-listed Roman theatre of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra on Wednesday, a monitor said.