BRUSSELS - EU parliamentary elections get underway Thursday in Britain and the Netherlands, with many countries braced for high abstention rates and protest votes which could boost extremist parties.
FERNANDO DE NORONHA, Brazil - French and Brazilian planes and ships were Wednesday converging on an area in the Atlantic where debris from an Air France jet was spotted, but hopes were low of finding the black boxes that could explain the tragedy.
LONDON - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown lost his fourth minister within 24 hours Wednesday as he faced taunts that his government was in meltdown on the eve of polls which could seal his fate.
PANMUNJOM - North Korea appears to have begun assembling a missile believed capable of striking US soil, a report said Wednesday as tensions rose along the land and sea border with the South.
FERNANDO DE NORONHA, Brazil - More debris from an Air France jet that came down in the Atlantic was spotted early Wednesday, but investigators were pessimistic about finding the black boxes that could explain the tragedy.