Jordan offers to free an Iraqi prisoner for a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State after the group threatens to kill the pilot and another hostage.
The Republican-controlled House has passed a bill aimed at expediting approvals of natural gas exports.
Sharks spread fear on Western Australia's beaches
New Greek PM Alexis Tsipras says his country will not default on its bailout debts, as bank stocks lose more than 25% of their value.
India's Supreme Court orders internet giants Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to block adverts for tests that determine a child's sex before birth.
Residents in the Canadian city of Winnipeg have been instructed to boil their drinking water after testing found E. coli and other bacteria in the water supply.
Arsenal sign defender Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal with striker Joel Campbell moving the other way on loan.
Greek financial markets were in turmoil on Wednesday after the new anti-bailout government appeared determined to defy the country's international creditors.
A Star Wars fan sells a collection of Star Wars figures - including one item for £18,000 - to raise the cash to buy a house.
The foreman of the jury which convicted serial killer nurse Colin Norris tells the BBC he now believes the man is innocent.
Chinese drone-maker DJI is to prevent its kit from flying over much of the US capital, following the crash of one of its aircraft into the White House lawn.
Suicide bombers and armed attackers kill about a dozen people in an assault on Tuareg rebel positions in northern Mali, security sources say.
The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency's chief said Wednesday.
The aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing has reported a 19% rise in fourth quarter net earnings to $1.47bn.
US strategy in Yemen depends on Iran
Residents of New England are digging out after up to 36in (91cm) of snow fell in a day-long blizzard that caused power cuts and paralysed travel.
The new leader of Germany's controversial anti-Islamisation group Pegida, Kathrin Oertel, resigns a week after her predecessor.
The post-mortem examination of Alexander Litvinenko was probably the most dangerous ever conducted in the Western world, the inquiry into his death hears.
Gary Glitter breaks down in tears as he tries to explain to jurors why he had been in possession of child abuse images.
Key question for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch: will she reassert the often-vaunted but seldom-seen independence of the office.