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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:46am

The foreign minister of France says Britain's decision to exit the European Union "has lifted a taboo" against what he called "the irreversibility" of the EU. However, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also said the letter from the British government that triggered EU divorce proceedings Wednesday "has the advantage of bringing clarity." Ayrault says it would be up to the 27 remaining EU members "to implement their common will to strengthen the European Union."

Syrian experts visit critical dam spillway near main IS base

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:27am

Syrian engineers and Red Crescent officials on Wednesday visited a spillway of a key dam west of the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa, opening the gates and relieving pressure, according to the aid organization and Syrian Kurdish media.

Jordan FM says Arab summit ends with 'message of peace'

Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:17am

Arab leaders on Wednesday endorsed key Palestinian positions in the conflict with Israel — a signal to President Donald Trump that a deal on Palestinian statehood must precede any Israeli-Arab normalization.

Doctor who misled over Ebola nurse guilty of misconduct

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:17am

A tribunal has found a doctor who misled other medics over the temperature of Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey is guilty of serious misconduct.

US ambassador to UN calls Congo government 'corrupt'

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:11am

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday said the U.N. is partnering with a "corrupt" government in Congo, and she supports a large cut in the world's largest peacekeeping mission there.

Montenegro welcomes US Senate NATO approval

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:07am

Montenegro officials on Wednesday welcomed the U.S. Senate's decision to ratify its entry into NATO, calling it a great step for the tiny Balkan nation.

The Latest: Israel official: Arab summit reflects challenges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:00am

The Latest on the Arab summit being held in Jordan (all times local):

Hungary: Soros-founded university vows resistance to new law

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:58am

The rector of Central European University said Wednesday that the institution will resist legal amendments proposed by the Hungarian government, regarding them as discriminatory.

The Latest: UN says up to 146 may have died in shipwreck

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:57am

The Latest on the large number of migrants from the Middle East and Africa trying to reach Europe (all times local):

Palestinian woman killed after attacking Israeli police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:47am

Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian woman who attacked officers on duty with a pair of scissors near Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday, a police spokesman said.

Ukrainian president condemns attack on Polish Consulate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:26am

Ukraine's president on Wednesday condemned the overnight shelling of the Polish Consulate in a western city and vowed to track down those responsible.

Congo to investigate deaths of American, Swedish UN experts

Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro and Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:26am

Congo's government said Wednesday it will investigate the deaths of an American and a Swedish expert for the United Nations and their interpreter, whose bodies were found in a shallow grave Monday after the team disappeared more than two weeks ago. Meanwhile, Sweden said it was opening a murder investigation.

Mexico to appeal ruling on sex assault suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:16am

Prosecutors in southern Mexico say they are appealing a court ruling that dismissed pederasty charges because there was no proof the suspect acted "with lascivious intent."

Romania: ex-prison chief gets 20 years for detainee deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:53am

A Romanian court on Wednesday upheld the 20-year sentence of a former prison commander for the deaths of 103 political prisoners while he was in charge of a communist-era labor camp.

Joy, sorrow: People in UK, Europe react to Brexit triggering

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:53am

Across the United Kingdom and throughout Europe, there was joy and sorrow Wednesday as Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered a two-year process that will end with Britain exiting the European Union. The country voted 52 to 48 percent to leave in a June referendum.

Pakistan halts extradition of US man accused of terror plot

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:44am

A Pakistani court has temporarily barred the extradition of a U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin accused of planning a terror attack in New York with help from the Islamic State group, a defense lawyer said Wednesday.

A look at issues now that Britain has started to leave EU

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:35am

British Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain's exit from the European Union is an opportunity to build an "independent, self-governing, global Britain." As Britain officially starts the two-year leaving process, here's a look at some of the challenges ahead:

Serbian presidential candidates: how dirty can it get?

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:25am

Sasa Jankovic and Vuk Jeremic differ on many things, but they agree on one: the campaign for Serbia's presidential election is the dirtiest since the votes that kept strongman Slobodan Milosevic in power in the 1990s.

US ambassador: Tillerson counting on meeting Putin soon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:54am

The U.S. ambassador to Russia says that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is counting on meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin during an upcoming visit to Moscow.