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

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May formally began Britain's divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, declaring there was no turning back and ushering in a tortuous exit process that will test the bloc's cohesion and pitch her country into the unknown. Learn More


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Inside Mosul, a huge blast, then screams, dust and horror

MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Crouching in his Mosul home, Abu Ayman suddenly felt the ground rock as if struck by an earthquake when a massive explosion tore through his street, filling the room with dust and shattered glass. Then came the screams and cries from next door. More »


Suicide truck bomb kills at least 17 in south Baghdad: police sources

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide truck bomb blew up at a checkpoint in the south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and wounding more than 60, police sources said. More »


Iraqi forces battle to Mosul mosque, 17 killed in Baghdad

MOSUL (Reuters) - 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 and in Baghdad a suicide truck bomb killed at least 17 people. More »


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

GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights experts called on Russia on Wednesday to release peaceful protesters arrested across the country at the weekend and to annul any sentences already handed down. More »


Face of anti-Kremlin protests is the son of a Putin ally

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian high school student Roman Shingarkin had some explaining to do when he got home after becoming one of the faces of anti-Kremlin protests at the weekend. His father is a former member of parliament who supports President Vladimir Putin. More »


Nearly 150 migrants feared dead after boat sinks, sole survivor says

ROME (Reuters) - A rubber boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean and the presumed sole survivor - a 16-year-old Gambian boy - told rescuers he believed all other passengers drowned, the International Migration Organization (IOM) said on Wednesday. More »


U.S. military says difficult to avoid Mosul casualties, probes blast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior U.S. general said on Wednesday it will be difficult to maintain "extraordinarily high standards" to avoid civilian casualties in Mosul, even as the U.S. military begins a formal investigation into an explosion in the Iraqi city that is believed to have killed scores of civilians. More »


Israel says to cut another $2 million from its U.N. contribution

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Wednesday it would cut a further $2 million from its already reduced contribution this year to the United Nations in protest at resolutions taken against it at the world body's various forums. More »


Rattled by Trump, Arab leaders renew call for Palestinian state

DEAD SEA, Jordan/AMMAN (Reuters) - After weeks of heightened unease over the stance of the United States under the new administration of President Donald Trump, Arab leaders reaffirmed on Wednesday their commitment to a two-state solution to the decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict. More »


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