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Today โ€” February 20th 2019World

Germany seizes millions in Russian money laundering probe

German authorities say they've seized properties worth 40 million euros ($45 million) and millions more in cash in an investigation linked to a big Russian money laundering scheme.

EU won't renegotiate Brexit deal: Spain foreign ministry source

The European Union will not agree to renegotiate the deal on Britain's exit from the bloc but there might be some margin of maneuver for a statement on the Irish backstop, a Spanish foreign ministry source told Reuters.

EU's Juncker sees no Brexit breakthrough in Wednesday talks with PM May

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday reiterated he had no expectations of a Brexit breakthrough when he meets British Prime Minister Theresa May in the evening.

Bangladesh on UK teenager in Syria: nothing to do with us

A teenager stripped of her British citizenship in Syria is nothing to do with Bangladesh and the matter is for the British to resolve, Bangladesh's interior minister said on Wednesday.

Venezuela closes maritime border with Dutch islands to stop aid

Venezuela's government on Wednesday said it had closed the country's maritime border with the Dutch Caribbean islands due to the opposition's plan to bring in humanitarian aid this Saturday to alleviate an economic crisis it denies exists.

Female aide to secret police chief under Pinochet arrested in Australia, faces extradition to Chile

By Lukas Mikelionis

A former aide to the infamous chief of Chile's secret police force was arrested in Australia on Tuesday over her alleged involvement in a kidnapping during the military rule of Gen Augusto Pinochet.

British jihadi bride, stripped of nationality, pins hope on Dutch husband

By robin
A young British woman who is being stripped of her British nationality because of her support for IS may make...

Arrest Of Heavily Armed Former U.S. Military Members In Haiti Sparks Many Questions

By Bill Chappell
Five Americans and several other men were arrested after police discovered they were carrying a number of automatic rifles and pistols in Port-au-Prince. The men are being held at this National Police compound.

"They said that they were here on a 'government mission,' " Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR from Port-au-Prince on Wednesday.

(Image credit: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)

  • February 20th 2019 at 17:48

Islamic State nears defeat in last Syrian enclave

Islamic State looked close to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday as civilians poured out and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the remaining jihadists wanted to fight to the death.

Jordan's PM appeals for more aid as most Syrian refugees set to stay

Jordan's Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz appealed on Wednesday to major donors to continue multi-billion dollar funding for Syrian refugees in the kingdom, saying most of those who had fled the eight-year conflict had no intention of returning any time soon.

Revised Brexit accord being hammered out now: Bloomberg cites Spanish foreign minister

A revised Brexit accord is being hammered out at the moment, Bloomberg quoted Spain's foreign minister as saying.

EU won't renegotiate Brexit but statement on backstop possible: Spain foreign ministry source

The European Union will not agree to renegotiate the deal on Britain's exit from the bloc but there might be some margin for maneuver for a statement on the Irish backstop, a Spanish foreign ministry source told Reuters.

Cyprus to EU: Speed up granting name protection for halloumi

Cyprus is urging the European Union to speed up the process granting full name protection to halloumi cheese, the east Mediterranean island nation's top culinary export.

Zimbabwe launches new currency measure

Zimbabwe, without its own currency for a decade, took steps to address its worsening economic crisis by allowing its surrogate currency, bond notes, to float against other major currencies, abandoning an official but artificial parity with the dollar.

Italy confirms daughter of missing North Korea diplomat returned home

North Korea informed Italy last year that the daughter of its acting ambassador had asked to return home after her father left his post in Rome, the Italian foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Germany: Decisions on arms exports to Saudi will depend on Yemen conflict

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday that future decisions on whether to deliver arms to Saudi Arabia will develop on how the conflict develops in Yemen.

How Karl Lagerfeld redefined fashion

You didn't have to know anything about fashion to know about Karl Lagerfeld, the most instantly recognizable dandy of our time.

  • February 19th 2019 at 14:14

UK PM May to have detailed discussions with EU's Juncker: spokesman

British Prime Minister Theresa May will have detailed discussions with European Commision President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, her spokesman said.

The Latest: UK asks EU to re-do Brexit border compromise

The Latest on Brexit, Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Britain's foreign secretary says London needs a change "of legal significance" to the wording of arrangements meant to ensure that the U.K.-Ireland border stays open after Brexit, but isn't specifying how that might be achieved.

Germany: No former SS getting pensions in Belgium

German authorities say no former Nazi SS soldiers are receiving disability pensions in Belgium, responding to concerns raised by lawmakers there.

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