BBCnews with Jonathan Izard.
The United States has, for the first time, abstained from a vote in the UN general assembly falling for an end to the US trade embargo on Cuba. Washington has opposed the resolution for the past 24 years, but has adopted the softerapproach following the restoration of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
About 100 unaccompanied children are among several hundred people remaining at the controversial migrant camp in northern France, known asthe Jungle, despite assertions by the authorities they have removed everyone. Britishcharity workers say there is currently no plan in place to house the children elsewhere.
The aid agency MSF says one of its migrant rescue ships operated in the Mediterraneanhas recovered 25 corpses from the bottom of a partially flooded inflatabledingy. More than 100 other people were rescued from the boat of Libyan Coast onTuesday.
Russia has withdrawn a request to refuel a naval task force in Spain. Itfollows concerns expressed by NATO defense ministers that the ships led by aRussian aircraft carrier could be used to bomb civilians in the city of Aleppo.
The US military says Kurdish fighters in Syria will be part of the expectedoperations against the Islamic state group in the city of Raqqa. General Stephen Townsend said it was important to isolate the militants and that the Kurds would beinvolved in the effort to do that.
A strong earthquake with a 5.4 magnitude has hit central Italy. The epicenter was reported to be in the province of Macerata, but the tremors were felt inRome, Laquila, Perujia, and as far as Naples. There were some reports of downed power lines and damage to buildings in the areas close to the epicenter, but noimmediate reports of serious injuries or deaths. A second stronger quake struck the same area two hours later.
The Israeli authorities have found a piece of papyrus more than 2500 years oldduring an operation against robbers who were stealing antiquities. The extremely rare document includes one of the earliest written references to the city of Jerusalem. BBC world service news.