Elder ex-president Bush recovering in hospital after breathing problems
Bush, 92, the oldest living former American president, has been at the Houston Methodist Hospital since Saturday and "has responded very well to treatments," spokesman Jim McGrath said in an email to Reuters. Bush is the father of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who sought the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Attack in northern Mali kills 33, injures dozens more
3 large earthquakes hit central Italy in an hour
ROME (AP) ? A series of three strong earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an hour Wednesday, shaking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year and has been buried under more than a meter (three feet) of snow in recent days.
The Latest: Shortness of breath prompts Bush hospital visit
Merkel to face German voters on September 24
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on Wednesday set September 24 as the date for a general election, as she seeks a fourth term facing populist headwinds over a record migrant influx. The decision, adopted by Merkel's right-left coalition cabinet, must still be formally approved by President Joachim Gauck. A poll released Wednesday showed her conservative Christian Union bloc (CDU/CSU) as the strongest political force in the country with 38 percent.
VW will appeal court order to buy back customer's diesel carBERLIN (AP) ? Volkswagen says it will appeal a court ruling that it must buy back a German customer's diesel car rigged to cheat on emissions tests.
Iraq military: Troops have 'full control' of eastern Mosul
Biden warns against Russia threat to liberal order
Russia is the main threat to the Western-led world order, US Vice President Joe Biden told Davos elites on Wednesday, in his final speech before leaving office. "The greatest threat ... springs from the external actors who equate their success on fracturing the liberal international order," Biden said two days before he makes way for Donald Trump's administration in Washington.
Finance industry's "worst case" on Brexit spurs contingency plans(This January 17 story has been refiled to add dropped word in first paragraph) By Anjuli Davies and Andrew MacAskill LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's financial services sector will accelerate plans to move some business overseas after Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday the country will quit the European Union's single market. Businesses have been calling for clarity on what Britain's relationship with Europe will be before deciding how to reshape their operations, but most major firms are now set to relocate some business to ensure they can still trade with Europe. London's future as Europe's financial centre is one of the biggest issues in Brexit talks because it is Britain's largest export sector and biggest source of corporate tax revenue.
EU's Juncker says wants 'balanced solution' in Brexit negotiationsSTRASBOURG (Reuters) - EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday he would seek a balanced deal for Britain and the European Union during London's exit negotiations. "I will do everything so that this negotiation ends with a balanced solution while fully respecting our rules," Juncker told the European Parliament in Strasbourg. (Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek and Robin Emmott)