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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.

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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

China says Taiwan man investigated for harming national security

BEIJING/TAIPEI A Taiwan man who had gone missing in China is being investigated on suspicion of harming national security, China's government said on Wednesday, in a case that has caused alarm on the self-ruled and democratic island Beijing claims as its own.

China 4:37am EDT

Muslim groups plan march against Jakarta's Christian governor

JAKARTA Indonesian Muslims led by hardline groups plan to march to the presidential palace in the capital Jakarta on Friday, calling for the city's Christian governor to be sacked for suspected blasphemy.

4:58am EDT

Australia holds emergency meet with China after extradition treaty failure

SYDNEY Australia's foreign minister held an emergency meeting with the Chinese ambassador in the wake of Canberra's failure to ratify an extradition treaty with China, a source familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.

China, Australia 4:52am EDT

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