Wednesday, March 29, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 29, 2017 (Evening Edition)

BBC: 'No turning back' on Brexit as Article 50 triggered

Britain's departure from the EU is "an historic moment from which there can be no turning back", Theresa May has said.

She was speaking after Britain's EU ambassador formally triggered the two year exit process by handing a letter to EU Council President Donald Tusk.

A sombre-looking Mr Tusk said it was not a "happy day" for him or the EU.

The European Parliament warned security cooperation was not on the table as it fired its opening salvo in what are expected to be tough negotiations.

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Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque.

Engineers repair Syria's Tabqa dam spillways after shelling.

Syrian opposition, Russia discuss reinforcing ceasefire.

Raqqa residents trapped by militants ahead of assault.

Syria conflict: 'Deal reached' for four besieged towns.

Iranian president notes Tehran, Moscow enter new stage of cooperation.

Bahrain sentences 2 people to death on terror charges.

Jordan FM says Arab summit ends with 'message of peace'.

Arab leaders reaffirm support for Palestinian state amid unease over U.S. stance.

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas meets Trump envoy at Arab summit.

Turkish court orders to be blocked.


Australia holds emergency meet with China after extradition treaty failure.

Mobs attack Africans in India after a local boy went missing.

Sri Lanka signals arrests over high-profile killings.

Cambodia's government increases pressure on opposition.

North Korea's nuclear test site active.

China coal imports from North Korea surge in February.

Japan's ruling party wants capability to attack enemy bases.

China, Japan island fight reignites with population push.

‘We are not safe here’: Afghan interpreters left behind by US troops cry for help (EXCLUSIVE).

Philippines, China to hold direct talks on sea row.

Duterte to US: Why didn't you send armada vs China islands?

Amnesty International calls for Fiji Times sedition charges to be dropped.

Australia begins 'war zone' cleanup after Cyclone Debbie. Cyclone Debbie: Experts fear damage to Great Barrier Reef.


Uganda hails surrender of senior LRA commander.

Over 60,000 S.Sudanese enter Sudan in three months: UN.

U.S. envoy says U.N. aiding 'corrupt' Congo government.

DR Congo protests turn violent after power-sharing talks collapse.

UN: Malaria outbreak kills over 4,000 in Burundi this year.

Calls for UN, Congo to investigate deaths of Swede, American.

Pilot killed in Libya fighter jet crash.

146 migrants feared missing after boat capsizes in Med: UN.

Egyptian president to visit Trump next week.

Somalia faces major cholera outbreak.


U.N. rights experts call on Russia to release protesters.

Poland shuts consulates in Ukraine after grenade attack.

Troubled Ukrainian anti-corruption drive hits software obstacle. Ukraine central bank offices searched in corruption probe.

Dozens rescued off Cyprus coast.

European parliament aims for general deal on future ties with Britain in two years.

'No turning back' on Brexit as Article 50 triggered.

Scottish Parliament votes to back bid for new independence referendum.

NATO, Russia ambassadors to meet to resolve differences.

US ambassador: Tillerson counting on meeting Putin soon.

Kosovo Albanians block roads to prevent Serb rally.

France's former Socialist PM Manuel Valls backs Macron in election.

Germany nabs Taliban fighter accused of killing U.S. soldiers.

London Stock Exchange-Deutsche Boerse deal blocked by EU.


Trump faces skeptical Democrats as he eyes bipartisan deals.

Congress may stiff Trump on wall funding.

Shots fired near Capitol, suspect in custody: Police.

Russia probe should focus on Trump financial ties: senator.

Hillary Clinton criticises Trump in one of her first public speeches since US election defeat.

Lead US senators upbeat Congress will avoid shutdown, CR, but DoD taking no chances.

Brazil police hold top Rio lawmaker, seek court members in probe.

Venezuela's government hopes for international sanctions.

Second day of Mexican prison riot leaves two dead. Mexico prison riot leaves two inmates dead in Monterrey.

California is the top state with most UFO sightings, say UFO experts.


Terrorism risk from small domestic drones concerning: Official.

Four suspected al Qaeda members killed in Yemen drone strike: residents.

London attack a 'wake-up' call for tech firms to put house in order: police.

North Caucasian group highlights training in Syria.

In the fight against ISIS, Predators and Reapers prove close-air support bona-fides.


Bangladesh Bank heist was 'state-sponsored': U.S. official.

'Pink Star' diamond set to fetch record price in Hong Kong.

Toshiba's Westinghouse files for US bankruptcy.

Samsung aims to start 'new era' with Galaxy S8.

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