Wednesday, March 29, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 29, 2017

Reuters: 'No turning back': PM May triggers 'historic' Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May formally began Britain's divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, saying there was "no turning back" from a decision pitching her country into the unknown and triggering years of fraught negotiations.

Nine months after Britons voted to leave, May notified EU Council President Donald Tusk in a letter that Britain was quitting the bloc it joined in 1973.

"The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union," May later told parliament in London. "This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back."

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Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque.

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.

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

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas meets Trump envoy at Arab summit.


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.


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.


'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.


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.

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.


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.


'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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