- In fresh blow to Canada PM Trudeau, lawmaker quits his caucus
In a fresh blow to the embattled government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a legislator quit his ruling Liberal Party to sit as an independent on Wednesday after defending a former minister at the center of a political scandal.
- Iran vows to control prices, boost production despite U.S. sanctions
Iranian leaders vowed on Thursday to control soaring prices, bring stability to the national currency and create jobs as the nation marked the end of a year of economic crisis fueled by renewed U.S. sanctions.
- Canada's Trudeau under pressure as MP quits, budget criticized
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remained under pressure over a corruption scandal on Wednesday as a legislator quit his party's caucus and a pre-election budget aimed at swaying key voters appeared to offer too little to stem the tide of negative news.
- Miner Vale quashed dam safety audit efforts before Brazil disaster: prosecutor
Executives at Vale SA, the world's largest iron ore miner, quashed efforts by Brazilian authorities to audit one of the company's mining dams months before it collapsed and killed over 300 people, a state prosecutor was quoted as saying by news website G1 on Wednesday.
- Vale halts operations at another mine in Minas after test
Brazilian mining company Vale SA said on Wednesday it halted operations at its Alegria iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state after a "stress test" in the structures failed to guarantee stability.
- EU readies short Brexit delay - if May wins parliament over
European Union leaders meet in Brussels on Thursday to give Prime Minister Theresa May an offer to delay Brexit beyond March 29, on condition that she can finally win over her many opponents in parliament next week.
- May urges parliament to back her on Brexit, tells Britons 'I'm on your side'
Prime Minister Theresa May made an impassioned appeal to British lawmakers to support her on Wednesday after the European Union said it could only grant her request to delay Brexit for three months if parliament next week backed her plans for leaving.
- Palestinian killed in West Bank by Israeli gunfire: Palestinian medics
A Palestinian was shot and killed in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday by what a Palestinian ambulance service said was Israeli army gunfire.
- Rescue teams race to save hundreds trapped by Mozambique cyclone
Aid workers rushed to save people trapped by floods around the Mozambican port city of Beira on Wednesday, after a powerful cyclone killed hundreds and left a trail of destruction across swathes of southeast Africa.
- Khamenei says Iran has successfully resisted U.S. sanctions
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday in a new year speech broadcast on state TV that the Islamic Republic successfully resisted "unprecedented, strong" U.S. sanctions.
- Rouhani calls on Iran's political factions to end infighting, unite against enemies
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on the country's political factions to end infighting and unite against foreign enemies in a new year speech broadcast on state TV on Thursday.
- Boeing, FAA officials called to testify in U.S. Senate on 737 MAX plane crashes
Boeing Co faced growing pressure in Washington on Wednesday with U.S. lawmakers calling for executives to testify about two crashed 737 MAX jets even as the world's biggest planemaker works to overcome obstacles to returning the grounded fleet to the skies.
- U.S. Senate panel to first grill FAA, then Boeing after fatal crashes
A U.S. Senate panel plans a hearing on March 27 on aviation safety after two fatal Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft crashes since October, and said it will also schedule a future hearing with Boeing and other manufacturers, officials said on Wednesday.
- Europe's center-right suspends Hungary's ruling party
The European Parliament's main center-right grouping voted on Wednesday to suspend Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz Party until further notice amid concerns that it has violated EU principles on the rule of law.
- Solomon Islands look beyond Taiwan alliance as election looms
As politicians hit the hustings across the Solomon Islands two weeks out from a general election in the South Pacific archipelago, the loyalty of one of Taiwan's few remaining allies is in the balance.
- U.S. envoy to Afghanistan to brief counterparts on peace effort
The U.S. special representative for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, will meet with Chinese, Russian and European Union diplomats on Afghanistan on Thursday as he tries to forge a peace deal with the Taliban to bring an end to America's longest war.
- Dutch government loses Senate majority amid populist surge
The Dutch government will lose its majority in the Senate after provincial elections on Wednesday, according to exit polls, as voters flocked to a new populist party two days after a possible terrorist attack in the city of Utrecht.
- Colombia court says cannot yet rule on possible changes to peace law
Colombia's constitutional court said on Wednesday it cannot rule on whether potential changes to legislation that implements a peace deal with Marxist rebels are constitutional until after they are approved by congress.
- U.N. to hold Libya conference in April to avoid military showdown
The United Nations will hold a conference inside Libya in April to discuss elections as a way out of the country's eight-year-long conflict, a U.N. envoy said on Wednesday, although it remains to be seen whether powerful factions will attend.
- Saudi king calls Morocco king to review 'brotherly relations'
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud called Morocco's King Mohammed VI to review "brotherly relations" between the two countries, state news agency SPA said on Wednesday.