China has rejected Taiwan’s claim that two Chinese military aircraft had breached Taiwan’s airspace four times, saying it was a “routine flight”. via China rejects Taiwan’s complaint about breach of airspace | Reuters.
France’s new economy minister vowed on Wednesday to rebuild trust in the euro zone’s second largest economy and put an end to mixed messages and infighting on its economic policy. via New French economy minister pledges end to infighting | Reuters.
An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war held on Wednesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in Israel over a costly conflict with Palestinian militants in which no clear victor emerged. via Gaza truce holding but Israel’s Netanyahu under fire at home | Reuters.
Afghanistan’s deadlocked presidential election veered further off course on Wednesday after both candidates withdrew their observers from a U.N.-supervised audit of votes that was meant to resolve the crisis. via Afghan election audit disrupted as candidate threatens to walk out | Reuters.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told parliament on Wednesday he would not be cowed by thousands of demonstrators camped outside the assembly demanding his resignation. via Pakistan’s prime minister resolved to ride out protests crisis | Reuters.
Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday. via Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media | Reuters.
The United States has begun to mobilize a broad coalition of allies behind potential American military action in Syria and is moving toward expanded airstrikes in northern Iraq, administration officials said on Tuesday. via U.S. Mobilizes Allies to Widen Assault on ISIS – NYTimes.com.
US officials say Egypt and the UAE were behind air strikes in Libya last week that targeted Islamist-linked militia. A senior US official told the BBC that Washington was not consulted about the attacks and was “caught off-guard”. via BBC News – Libya crisis: US ‘caught off-guard’ by air strikes.
US President Barack Obama has authorised surveillance flights over Syria in order to gain intelligence on the activities of Islamic State (IS). via BBC News – Syria conflict: Obama approves US surveillance flights.
Mozilla, a company best known for its Firefox browser, has launched a new low-cost smartphone in India that will retail for 1,999 rupees ($33; £19.90). via BBC News – Mozilla’s first low-cost smartphone on sale in India.