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UK cabinet backs draft Brexit agreement

Theresa May says ministers had a "long, detailed and impassioned debate" in a five-hour meeting.

Marie Antoinette pearl auctioned for record $36m

The sale in Geneva is one of the most important royal jewellery auctions ever, says Sotheby's.

Trump's Baseless Voter Fraud Allegations Could Hurt US Faith in Elections

More than a dozen times in the past seven days, President Donald Trump has alleged, contrary to evidence, that the recount of Florida's elections for governor and the U.S. Senate has been marred by fraud. "Many ballots are missing or forged," he tweeted on Monday. "Ballots massively infected.” The unsubstantiated allegations could help Trump bolster a narrative that appeals to his core supporters ahead of his expected 2020 bid for a second term - that of an aggrieved president at risk of… Read Full Article

Missing in California Fire Include Many People in Their 80s and 90s

Authorities searching through the blackened aftermath of California's deadliest wildfire have released the names of about 100 people who are still missing, including many in their 80s and 90s, and dozens more could still be unaccounted for. As the names were made public late Tuesday, additional crews joined the search, and the statewide death toll climbed to at least 51, with 48 dead in Northern California and three fatalities in Southern California. "We want to be able to cover as much… Read Full Article

As Laws Fail to Slow Online Sex Trade, Experts Turn to Tech

The online sale of sex slaves is going strong despite new U.S. laws to clamp down on the crime, data analysts said Wednesday, urging a wider use of technology to fight human trafficking. In April, the United States passed legislation aimed at making it easier to prosecute social media platforms and websites that facilitate sex trafficking, days after a crackdown on classified ad giant Backpage.com. The law resulted in an immediate and sharp drop in sex ads online but numbers have since… Read Full Article

Calls for End to Yemen War Offer Little Hope for Hungry Children

Lying on a dust-covered bed in a hospital ward in Taiz, Ghazi Mohammed, 10, barely has enough energy to watch doctors and nurses examine his emaciated body.  The boy weighs 8.5 kilograms (18 pounds), less than a third of the average weight of a child his age. He fled hunger and poverty in his mountain village last year to find only more suffering in Yemen's third-largest city.  "This shows that the humanitarian aid that comes to Yemen does not reach people who really need it. Distribution… Read Full Article

Brexit: Draft agreement a 'decisive' step forward, says Barnier

European leaders welcome UK PM Theresa May's announcement that her cabinet supports a draft deal.

Migrant Caravan Groups Arrive by Hundreds at US Border

Migrants in a caravan of Central Americans scrambled Wednesday to reach the U.S. border, arriving by the hundreds in Tijuana, while U.S. authorities across the border were readying razor wire security barriers. Mexican officials in Tijuana were struggling to deal with a group of 357 migrants who arrived aboard nine buses Tuesday and another group of 398 that arrived Wednesday. "Mexico has been excellent; we have no complaint about Mexico. The United States remains to be seen," said Josue… Read Full Article

EU Trade Chief Ready to Retaliate If US Imposes Auto Tariffs

European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Wednesday that the EU has a list of potential retaliation targets ready in case U.S. President Donald Trump imposes auto tariffs on EU member states. Malmstrom told reporters after a meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that the two did not speak specifically about auto tariffs but focused instead on regulatory cooperation issues and ways to enable EU countries to import more American soybeans and liquefied… Read Full Article

European Mayors Urge Wider Political Push to Tackle Climate Action

European cities are seeking greater recognition and support for their pioneering efforts to tackle climate change, both from national governments and the European Union, mayors leading the charge said on Wednesday. Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau urged all political parties with candidates standing for the European Parliament next May to outline how they plan to help curb global warming. "The elections should be an occasion for battling against climate change, and putting this important problem… Read Full Article