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EU Parliament rebuffs May on post-Brexit ties

The European Parliament insisted Wednesday there can be no discussion of future ties with Britain until the divorce conditions are finalised, rejecting a key demand of British Prime Minister Theresa May.

US opens formal investigation into civilian deaths in Mosul

The top US general for the Middle East says the military has launched a formal investigation to determine what role the US played in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul, Iraq.

Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque

Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq`s second city.

China urges Donald Trump to honour US commitment to Paris Agreement
China urges Donald Trump to honour US commitment to Paris Agreement

China on Wednesday urged United States President Donald Trump to honour the Paris Agreement on climate change ratified by his predecessor, Efe reported.

Malaysia in sensitive talks with North Korea after Kim Jong-Nam's murder: PM Najib Razak

Malaysia`s Prime Minister Najib Razak said Wednesday his government was engaged in "very sensitive" talks with North Korea over nine Malaysians being prevented from leaving Pyongyang after the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam.

China, European Union reaffirm climate pledges after Donald Trump backs away

Nations led by China and the European Union rallied around a global plan to slow climate change on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump began undoing Obama-era plans for deep cuts in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Israeli police kill Palestinian woman who tried to stab them

Israeli paramilitary police officers shot and killed a Palestinian woman who tried to attack them with a knife outside Jerusalem`s walled Old City on Wednesday, police spokesmen said.

Japan ruling party urges strike capability amid North Korea threat

Japan's ruling party on Wednesday said the government should consider developing the capability to strike enemy bases if the country is attacked, citing North Korea's missile and nuclear threats.

Committed to resolving South China Sea issue peacefully: Philippines
Committed to resolving South China Sea issue peacefully: Philippines

The Philippines on Wednesday said it was committed to resolving the South China Sea issue peacefully.

 

146 migrants feared missing after boat capsizes in Mediterranean: UN
146 migrants feared missing after boat capsizes in Mediterranean: UN

About 146 migrants are feared missing after their boat capsized after leaving Libya.

LTTE suspect sentenced to 20-years imprisonment in Sri Lanka

A LTTE suspect was today sentenced to 20-year-rigorous imprisonment by a Sri Lankan court.

PM Theresa May says 'no turning back' after Brexit trigger
PM Theresa May says 'no turning back' after Brexit trigger

Prime Minister Theresa May said there could be "no turning back" and called for national unity on Wednesday.

Pakistan court stops extradition of US citizen accused of terror plot

A Pakistani court has temporarily barred the extradition of a US citizen of Pakistani origin who is accused of planning a terrorist attack in New York, a lawyer said Wednesday.

Turkey slams Kurdish decision to fly flag in Kirkuk

Turkey on Wednesday voiced its opposition to a vote in the disputed oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk to fly the Kurdish flag over government buildings, warning against "unilateral steps".

Myanmar Rohingya militants call for peacekeeping troops

A nascent Rohingya militant group whose raids triggered a bloody crackdown by Myanmar`s army called Wednesday for international peacekeepers to protect the stateless Muslim minority.

Syria deal to evacuate Shi'ites and Sunnis from towns: Report

The Shi`ite populations of two pro-Syrian government towns are to be evacuated in exchange for the evacuation of Sunni rebels and their families from two opposition-held towns in a mediated deal between the warring sides, a pro-government source and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Engineers set to to enter IS-held parts of Syria dam

Syrian engineers were expected to carry out urgent maintenance on Wednesday on the country`s largest dam, where US-backed fighters have been battling Islamist State group jihadists who still control most of it.

Indonesian man found dead inside giant python
Indonesian man found dead inside giant python

An Indonesian farmer has been discovered inside the belly of a giant python after the swollen snake was caught near where the man vanished while harvesting his crops.

Jordan's King Abdullah says two-state solution basis of Middle East peace
Jordan's King Abdullah says two-state solution basis of Middle East peace

Jordan`s King Abdullah said peace would not be attained in the Middle East without the creation of a Palestinian state under a two-state solution that would be the basis of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace deal.

'Taiwan independence' can never be allowed: China

Declaring that the mainland and Taiwan belong to one China, a Chinese spokesman on Wednesday asserted that "Taiwan independence" can never be allowed.

Police lay siege to two militant hideouts in Bangladesh

Police on Wednesday cordoned off two suspected militant hideouts in Bangladesh's Moulvibazar district.

Nepal Deputy PM seeks India's support for polls

Nepal Deputy Prime Minister Bimalendra Nidhi has sought India's support, particularly with vehicles and logistics, for the upcoming local level elections.

Two inmates killed in Mexican prison riot, 13 injured

Two inmates were killed and 13 injured during a prison riot in northern Mexico, the government of the state of Nuevo Leon said on Tuesday.

British PM Theresa May to fire starting gun on Brexit
British PM Theresa May to fire starting gun on Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May will file formal Brexit divorce papers on Wednesday.

Viral Story: Buffalo gives birth to human-like baby in Thailand? - Watch
Viral Story: Buffalo gives birth to human-like baby in Thailand? - Watch

The human-looking calf, however, died after birth.

French ex-PM Manuel Valls says will vote for Macron in election
French ex-PM Manuel Valls says will vote for Macron in election

French former Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday he would vote for Emmanuel Macron in the coming presidential election.

Hillary Clinton gets political again

US President Donald Trump`s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has made her most political comments since losing the 2016 presidential election, slamming the new administration for its policies relating to women, race, and health, a media report said.

Army assesses damage after storm "absolutely smashes" north Australia

Australia`s Army and emergency workers headed to areas of tropical Queensland state hardest hit by Cyclone Debbie on Wednesday, finding roads blocked by fallen trees, sugarcane fields flattened and widespread damage in coastal towns.

Rodrigo Duterte offers authoritarianism as Philippine panacea

Three turbulent decades after the Philippines shed dictatorship, President Rodrigo Duterte is offering a return to authoritarian rule as a solution to all the problems democracy has failed to fix.

Iranians, engines of US university research, wait in limbo

Hundreds of Iranian students already accepted into US graduate programs may not be able to come next fall because of the uncertainty surrounding President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban, potentially derailing research projects and leaving some science programs scrambling to find new students.