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

LONDON 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. | Video

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

DEAD SEA, Jordan/AMMAN Arab leaders reaffirmed on Wednesday their commitment to a two-state solution to the decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict amid increased unease over the stance of the United States under the new administration of President Donald Trump.

Israel 10:34am EDT

Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque

MOSUL 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.

United Nations, Iraq 12:07pm EDT

Syrian opposition, Russia discuss reinforcing ceasefire

GENEVA The Syrian opposition and a senior Russian diplomat agreed on Wednesday that Syria's fragile ceasefire needed to be shored up amid growing violations in the multi-sided civil war.

Russia, Syria 11:55am EDT

Germany vows to twin security, development drives in Africa

BERLIN Germany's defense and development ministers pledged on Wednesday to jointly work to bolster security, peace and development in Africa, citing massive challenges related to population growth as well as big economic opportunities.

Germany, Africa 12:04pm EDT

Exclusive: Malaysia inspects North Korean coal ship for possible U.N. sanctions breach

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia briefly prevented a North Korean ship carrying coal from entering its port in Penang because of a suspected breach of United Nations sanctions, a port worker and Malaysian maritime officials told Reuters on Wednesday

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