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British PM May to fire starting gun on Brexit

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May will file formal Brexit divorce papers on Wednesday, pitching the United Kingdom into the unknown and triggering years of uncertain negotiations that will test the endurance of the European Union. | Video

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

DEAD SEA, Jordan 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.

5:52am EDT

Syria deal to evacuate Shi'ites and Sunnis from towns: source, Observatory

BEIRUT 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.

Syria 5:00am EDT

Army assesses damage after storm 'absolutely smashes' north Australia

SYDNEY Cyclone Debbie wrought widespread but moderate damage in Australia's northeast, authorities said on Wednesday, as flooding rain and fallen trees slowed troops and emergency workers reaching the worst-hit areas.

German SPD closing on Merkel's conservatives, AfD at lowest since November 2015: poll

BERLIN Germany's center-left Social Democrats (SPD) narrowed the gap with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a weekly poll showed on Wednesday, less than six months before a federal election in Europe's biggest economy.

Germany 1:08am EDT

Exclusive: Thai junta seeks law to bring more order to Buddhism

BANGKOK Thailand's military government is working on a law to help regulate Buddhism, officials say, giving the junta far more say over a pillar of Thai society that has so far eluded its control.

Thailand 5:34am EDT

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