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Returning to London, Britain's May faces mammoth task to change minds on Brexit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May returned on Friday to her mammoth struggle of persuading a deeply divided parliament to back her Brexit deal after an EU summit granted her more time but little to help change minds in London.

REUTERS

Defrocked Jersey priest found teaching in Dominican Republic now under investigation

The top education official in the Dominican Republic announced Friday he was launching an investigation just hours after NBC News reported that a former New Jersey priest who had been defrocked for molesting boys was teaching children English at a private school in the resort town of Punta Cana.

NBC NEWS

The future of classical music is Chinese

Inna Faliks is professor of piano and head of the piano department at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. It was December 2018, and I was on my third concert tour of China. I took my final bows, a gargantuan bouquet of pink lilies and an ornate document in hand. I had just finished a piano recital at

WASHINGTON POST

Hundreds of thousands of Algerians rally against Bouteflika

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Algerians rallied on Friday to demand the immediate resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is fighting for his political survival in the face of unrelenting protests and the desertion of long-time allies.

REUTERS

Palestinian writer has fingers smashed in Gaza beating

A UK publisher has condemned an attack by masked men in Gaza on a Palestinian writer and political figure, Atef Abu Saif, accusing the assailants of deliberately breaking his fingers.

THE GUARDIAN

Trump's Golan Announcement Was No Impulse Tweet

Donald Trump once again overturned decades of U.S. policy via Twitter when he declared on Thursday that the United States should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a disputed territory Israel seized in the 1967 war with Syria. The area, he wrote, is “of critical strategic and secu

THE ATLANTIC

Trump dangles investment to Caribbean leaders who back Venezuela's Guaido

PALM BEACH, Florida (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump pledged investment in a rare meeting on Friday with five Caribbean leaders who have sided with the United States in backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as head of state, the White House said.

REUTERS

It only takes India a month to set up a better election than the US

The world’s biggest democracy has more than its fair share of problems, but getting out the vote isn’t one. Despite India’s high illiteracy rate, and the lack of decent roads and home addresses, voter turnout in its last elections (in 2014) was 66%—higher than in many richer, more developed countrie

QUARTZ

'Concierge' to the super rich was PA for India’s most wanted man Nirav Modi

She has been billed as a ‘concierge’ to the super rich; a woman who claims she can get her clients “anything they want”. But even for Frances Hallworth-Noble, her latest wealthy customer is proving quite the challenge.

TELEGRAPH

Can't get the staff: Scenic Highlands at eye of Scotland's Brexit storm

INVERNESS, Scotland (Reuters) - Glen Mhor Hotel, a picturesque base for tourists hunting Scotland’s Loch Ness monster, is struggling to find staff for the summer season as workers from the European Union snub Brexit Britain.

REUTERS

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz running for Puerto Rico governor in 2020

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has officially announced she will be running for governor of Puerto Rico in 2020. Cruz made the announcement during a speech at the Caguas Botanical Garden on Friday afternoon, NBC News reports.

THE HILL

From ‘No Problem’ to No Deal: How Brexit Supporters Embraced the Cliff Edge

LONDON — Three years ago, as Britons were preparing to vote in a referendum on whether to leave the European Union, the Conservative lawmaker John Redwood put forward a proposal: Rather than bet on negotiating a favorable trade deal with its former club, Britain should get ready to simply walk away.

NEW YORK TIMES

Exclusive: Mexico rainy-day fund could reduce Pemex debt refinancing this year - minister

ACAPULCO, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico’s finance ministry is exploring possibilities to reduce the costly refinancing of ailing state oil company Pemex’s debt this year, including dipping into a budget stabilization fund, Finance Minister Carlos Urzua said on Friday.

REUTERS

Mexican officials pick up 21 lost migrants south of Texas

MEXICO CITY — Mexican immigration authorities say 21 migrants have been rescued in the northeastern state of Coahuila after wandering near the U.S. border for seven days. The National Migration Institute said Saturday that its assistance unit, Grupo Beta, received a call for help after the migrants

WASHINGTON POST

Accepting Golan annexation, Trump risks new precedents

Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump is again breaking diplomatic norms in backing Israel's capture of the Golan Heights, with experts warning that he risks justifying expansionism by other countries.

CNBC

Exclusive: IADB cancels China meeting after Beijing bars Venezuela representative

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Inter-American Development Bank on Friday called off next week’s meeting of its 48 member countries in China after Beijing refused to allow a representative of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to attend, two sources with knowledge of the decision said.

REUTERS

Trump says auto imports don't threaten national security, despite tariff threat

Washington (CNN) — President Donald Trump said Friday he doesn't see car imports as a national security threat, even though he has considered using national security justifications to slap tariffs on foreign automobiles and auto parts.

CNN

The Latest: France's Macron praises coalition for IS defeat

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) - The Latest on the battle against the Islamic State group in Syria (all times local):. French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to the international coalition and its allies after U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria.

WASHINGTON TIMES

China studies new round of financial sector opening - official

BEIJING, March 23 (Reuters) - China’s banking and insurance regulator is studying a new round of opening for the country’s financial sector, aiming to achieve the dual goals of greater access as well as stability, a senior official at the regulator said on Saturday.

REUTERS