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Britain’s May confronts EU leaders amid Brexit crisis

‘Barnier offers to extend Brexit transition by a year’

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has opened the possibility of extending the one-year transition period in an effort to unblock talks stalled on the thorny issue of the Irish border. The offer was revealed on the day British PM Theresa May is to meet her 27 EU counterparts in Brussels to discuss the talks that are at an impasse.

Pompeo: Saudis promise nobody exempt in missing journo probe

How Russia moved into Central Africa

Muscling in on a country dominated by France for years served as a statement of intent about Moscow’s renewed push for global prestige and influence, and is part of a wider campaign shaking up long-standing power dynamics on the continent.

Gaza rocket hits home in Israel, military strikes back

The Magen David Adom medical service said a woman and her three children, whose home in Beersheba was struck, were being treated for shock after they fled to their shelter upon hearing warning sirens. It said two others were injured during the panic to seek cover.

America’s most famous pimp, poised for elected office, dies

Dennis Hof, America’s most famous pimp and a Donald Trump-style Republican who won a GOP primary for a seat in the state Legislature this year, was found dead in one of his Nevada brothels at the end of his 72nd birthday celebrations. His body was found Tuesday morning. His last nights at celebrations drew notables from politics and the sex industry.

Retaken but not rebuilt: Syria’s Raqa a year after IS ouster

The fighting ended on October 17 last year, when the city finally fell to the Syrian Democratic Forces, which then handed it over to the Raqa Civil Council (RCC) to govern.

Canada now world’s largest legal marijuana marketplace

Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. Canada has had legal medical marijuana since 2001 and PM Justin Trudeau’s govt has spent two years working toward expanding that to include recreational marijuana. The goal is to better reflect society’s changing opinion about marijuana and bring black market operators into a regulated system. Uruguay was first was the first country to legalize marijuana.

Anna Burns wins Booker Prize with Troubles tale ‘Milkman’

Anna Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the 50,000-pound ($66,000) prize, which is open to English-language authors from around the world. The 56-year-old Belfast-born novelist said she was “stunned” to have won. Burns said her books took a long time to complete, and she has often struggled financially since her first novel, “No Bones,” was released in 2001.

Theresa May confronts EU leaders amid Brexit crisis

This week’s summit in Brussels was billed as a “moment of truth” for negotiations on Britain’s exit from the bloc — but it seems the truth is that the two sides just cannot agree.