UK parliament must approve start of Brexit talks: Supreme Court
The British government must win parliament's approval before starting talks to leave the EU, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, in a landmark judgement that also said regional lawmakers had no say. While the ruling is a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, the government insisted it would do "nothing" to change the timetable for triggering Article 50 -- the formal procedure for leaving the EU -- by the end of March at the latest.
Italy's civil protection says it's checking reports of a helicopter incident in avalanche areaFARINDOLA, Italy (AP) ? Italy's civil protection says it's checking reports of a helicopter incident in avalanche area.
Partner of artist colony leader sorry about deadly blaze
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ? The longtime partner of the founder of a ramshackle Oakland artists' colony where dozens of people burned to death in a fire last month says she's sorry about what happened but is angry about what she called "pretty terrible" treatment by the media and ex-neighbors.
Workers dismayed by President Trump's federal hiring freeze
McLEAN, Va. (AP) ? Federal worker Greg Guthrie had held out hope after Donald Trump's election to president that his professed advocacy for the American worker would extend to the federal workforce, too.
Once triggered, UK's formal divorce with EU is irreversible: May's spokesmanArticle 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty is not reversible once it is triggered launching formal divorce talks between Britain and the European Union, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday. There has been debate over whether Britain can change its mind about leaving the EU once Article 50 has been triggered. "Clearly we are not always going to agree with judgments that are handed down by courts but an independent judiciary is absolutely fundamental part of any thriving democracy" a spokesman for May told reporters after the Supreme Court ruled that the government must give parliament a vote before she can formally trigger Article 50.
BT shares plunge on cost of Italian accounting scandal
LONDON (AP) ? Shares in telecoms giant BT plunged by almost a fifth Tuesday after the London-based company warned that the cost of an accounting scandal at its Italian business is bigger than expected and will weigh on its earnings.
Britain tells EU: end-March deadline to trigger Brexit will stick - ministerBritain told EU peers it would stick to an end-March deadline to trigger its exit clause from the bloc, a senior EU diplomat said, after Britain's top court ruled that London must seek parliamentary approval before invoking the so-called Article 50. "The UK representative here made it very clear that he is going to prepare a short legislative bill to go to the parliament but he does not foresee any problems to stick to the deadline ... before the end of March," Malta's Deputy Prime Minister and EU minister Louis Grech, whose country hold the EU's rotating presidency, told Reuters. Grech was hosting a meeting on Tuesday of EU ministers and officials in Valletta, where Europe minister David Jones is representing Britain.
Iraqi forces battle Islamic State in pocket of eastern Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) ? Fierce fighting erupted in Mosul on Tuesday as Iraqi forces tried to drive Islamic State militants from one of their last bastions in the eastern half of the city, as aid groups expressed concern for the estimated 750,000 people still in the militant-held west.
UK government loses Brexit case, must consult Parliament
LONDON (AP) ? Britain's government must get parliamentary approval before starting the process of leaving the European Union, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, potentially delaying Prime Minister Theresa May's plans to trigger negotiations by the end of March.
After U.S. exit, Asian nations try to save TPP trade deal
WELLINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Australia and New Zealand said on Tuesday they hope to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by encouraging China and other Asian countries to join the trade pact after U.S. President Donald Trump kept a promise to abandon the accord. The TPP, which the United States had signed but not ratified, was a pillar of former U.S. President Barack Obama's policy to pivot to Asia.