World News Briefs — March 13, 2019 (Evening Edition)

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Reuters: Brexit set for delay after May wounded by rejection of ‘no-deal’

LONDON (Reuters) – The British parliament on Wednesday rejected leaving the European Union without a deal, further weakening Prime Minister Theresa May and paving the way for a vote that could delay Brexit until at least the end of June.

After a day of high drama, MPs defied the government by voting 321 to 278 in favour of a motion that ruled out a potentially disorderly “no-deal” Brexit under any circumstances.

It went further than the government’s position of keeping the threat of a “no-deal” Brexit on the negotiating table — a stance many in her party said was essential to push Brussels to make further concessions to the deal they have rejected.

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MIDDLE EAST

Russian and Syrian air strikes intensify on last rebel bastion.

U.S. sees Turkish offensive in Syria as unnecessary: U.S. official.

Syria: SDF militia predicts ISIL’s last fight to end imminently.

As IS fight nears end, violence flares on other Syrian front.

Eight years on, Assad clings on but beleaguered.

UN Security Council in talks on saving Yemen truce deal.

US Senate to vote on Saudi-Yemen war resolution.

Erdogan and Netanyahu trade ‘tyrant’, ‘dictator’ insults.

Iran warns of firm response if Israel acts against oil shipments.

Israeli authorities to reopen Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Saudi women activists on trial after a year in detention.

Washington no longer refers to Golan as ‘Israel-occupied’.

Trump says he is in no rush to complete China trade deal.

U.S. and India commit to building six nuclear power plants.

U.S. envoy: United States, Taliban reach draft agreement in peace talks.

Longest US-Taliban peace talks see ‘progress,’ but agreement on withdrawal timeline still a sticking point.

Disputed claims as US air raids kills 11 in Afghanistan’s Ghazni.

‘Pure fabrications’: China on Uighur internment camp conditions.

Beijing hits back at US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s ‘irresponsible’ South China Sea energy claims.

China’s ‘payday loans’ attacked by Arthur B Culvahouse Jr, new US diplomat to Australia.

South Korean singer quits as K-pop sex scandal widens.

Algeria: Opposition meets, key govt figures appeal for calm.

Guinea-Bissau’s ruling party wins parliamentary vote.

US conducts airstrike in Somalia after troops come under attack.

Ethiopian Airlines pilot ‘reported flight control problems before crash’.

Algerian teachers, students protest against Bouteflika.

Algeria’s government ready for dialogue with opposition -Deputy PM.

Nigeria building collapses ‘with schoolchildren feared killed’.

Protest-hit Sudan unveils new cabinet to ‘solve’ economic crisis.

South Sudan peace deal doomed if disputes not settled: think-tank.

Russia mocks US collusion probe ahead of Mueller’s report.

UK lawmakers vote against no-deal Brexit, now aim for delay.

UK lawmakers to vote on two proposed changes to government’s ‘no deal’ Brexit motion.

Brexit vote: European Union closes ranks in response.

New new START a nonstarter: Russian Ambassador.

Spain investigates possible CIA links to embassy break-in.

IMF: Greece among best performers in eurozone.

Comedian Zelenskiy extends Ukraine presidential poll lead.

Georgia detains two for trying to sell radioactive uranium: statement.

Venezuelan government targets Guaido as some power returns.

Manafort sentenced to 7 years, faces fresh New York charges.

Trump sees ‘very good chance’ of trade deal with China.

GOP senators introduce bill to rein in president’s emergency powers.

Trump says he appreciates Pelosi’s impeachment comments, but did ‘nothing wrong’.

China offers help to Venezuela to restore power amid nationwide blackout.

Mexico lashes out as US extends policy of returning asylum-seekers.

Paraguay may use army to control prisons plagued by Brazilian gangs.

Brazil shooting: at least nine killed at elementary school, police say.

California death penalty: Governor Gavin Newsom to halt executions.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

China delays UN bid to blacklist JeM leader as terrorist.

Philippine troops attack IS-linked militant hideout amid hunt for long-wanted Singaporean Muhamad Ali Abdul Rahiman.

Israel declassifies intel on “Secret Hezbollah Group” in Syrian Golan Heights.

Islamic State women defiant in face of lost caliphate.

Georgia woman arrested for allegedly helping ISIS build ‘kill lists’ of US service members.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Health, tech companies lead US stocks to 3rd straight gain.

Facebook, Instagram suffer outages.

US grounds Boeing 737 MAX amid growing safety concerns.

Boeing and US under pressure to ground 737 Max as further bans brought in.

Spotify goes to war with Apple: Music streamer lodges EU complaint over ‘unfair music competition’.

Gmail, Google Drive experience outages worldwide.

Russia and OPEC: convenience but no marriage.

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