Northern Ireland legal challenge to Brexit is dismissedLONDON (AP) ? A judge in Northern Ireland has dismissed one of the legal challenges to Britain's decision to leave the European Union, or Brexit.
IS killed at least 232 people near Mosul this week: UN
Islamic State group fighters slaughtered at least 232 people in and around Mosul this week as Iraqi troops advanced on the city, the UN rights office said Friday. Of these there were 190 former Iraqi Security Forces officers," rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva. Shamdasani said the execution-style killings came as IS was pushing forward with its strategy of forcing people living near the northern Iraqi city into Mosul, the group's last bastion in Iraq.
France and Britain feud over young Jungle camp migrants
By Matthias Blamont CALAIS, France (Reuters) - Dozens of youngsters woke under the watchful eyes of French riot police on Friday after a chilly night outdoors near the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, as Paris and London squabbled over their fate and that of hundreds more bent on getting to Britain. Charity workers offered them food and warm drinks, telling journalists that the youngsters were just a small sample of the scores of minors who are in limbo since the evacuation this week of the camp, now being demolished. Government officials in the region say that more than 6,000 people had been moved out of the squalid, ramshackle camp and transferred to towns throughout France.
UK government welcomes Northern Ireland court ruling on BrexitThe British government welcomed a ruling by Northern Ireland's High Court on Friday that the law of the province did not restrict the ability of Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger an exit from the European Union. In Northern Ireland, there are fears that Brexit could undermine a 1998 peace deal that ended three decades of bloodshed and lead to the reintroduction of unpopular and cumbersome controls on the border with the Republic of Ireland, which is an EU member. "There is no reason to think that the outcome of the referendum will do anything to undermine the rock-solid commitment that the government has to the settlement that was set out in the (1998) Belfast Agreement and to the people of Northern Ireland," the spokesman said.
Syrian rebels launch Aleppo offensive to break siege
Fierce fighting broke out around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Friday as rebels announced a large-scale offensive to break the government's nearly two-month siege of opposition-held areas. A reporter ...
Upstart Pirate Party senses victory in Iceland elections
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) ? The past few years have been stormy for Iceland, a country threatened by volcanoes and brought low by bankers. Now, Icelanders are thinking of putting their trust in pirates.
UK tribunal to rule on work benefits for Uber driversLONDON (AP) ? A British employment tribunal is expected to rule on whether Uber drivers are employees in a case that challenges the ride-sharing service's business model.
Northern Ireland court rejects Brexit challenge
By Amanda Ferguson BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's High Court on Friday ruled that the law of the province did not restrict the British prime minister's ability to trigger an exit from the European Union, and that the consent of the regional parliament was not required. But it said that it would defer to English courts on the wider issue of whether Prime Minister Theresa May and her ministers have the authority to invoke Article 50 of the EU Lisbon Treaty, the mechanism by which a nation can leave the bloc, without the explicit backing of the British parliament. ...
Hong Kong regulators probe UBS on initial public offeringsHONG KONG (AP) ? Swiss bank UBS said Friday that Hong Kong regulators are investigating its work on some initial public offerings on the southern Chinese financial center's stock market.
In Germany, Syrians find mosques too conservative
By Joseph Nasr COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Hani Salam escaped civil war in Syria and survived the journey from Egypt to Europe. Syrians in Germany say many of the country's Arab mosques are more conservative than those at home. People have criticized the way the newcomers dress and practice their religion, they said.