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UK government loses Brexit case, must consult Parliament
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Theresa May must get legislative approval to start the process of leaving the European Union, raising the possibility that lawmakers will delay her plans to trigger negotiations by the end of March....



Iraqi PM: Eastern Mosul 'fully liberated' from Islamic State
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister on Tuesday declared eastern Mosul "fully liberated" from Islamic State group militants after a day of fierce fighting and more than three months after a massive U.S.-backed operation to retake the city began....



With Trump's swearing-in, Israel pushes ahead on settlements
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel announced plans Tuesday to build 2,500 more settler homes on the West Bank, moving to step up construction just days after the swearing-in of Donald Trump brought to power a U.S. administration seen as friendly to the settlement movement....



What the UK Supreme Court ruling means for Brexit
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that parliamentary approval is needed before the government can start the process of taking Britain out of the European Union....



Syria powerbrokers endorse cease-fire deal at talks
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) -- Russia, Iran and Turkey presented a united front at the conclusion of two days of talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and the armed opposition, pledging support for the country's shaky cease-fire and a joint mechanism to ensure compliance....



Toll from Italy avalanche climbs to 17 as hopes diminish
FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) -- Hopes faded Tuesday that any more survivors of the devastating avalanche that buried an Italian resort hotel would be found after the death toll more than doubled to 17, with 12 people still unaccounted for....



Egypt's el-Sissi says he is alarmed by high divorce rates
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's president said Tuesday he was alarmed by his country's high divorce rate, suggesting a ground-breaking legislation to delegalize divorces verbally declared by Muslim men to their spouses, the latest foray by the general-turned-president into thorny social and cultural issues in the most populous Arab nation....



The Latest: US welcomes attempt to reduce violence in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- The latest developments on Syria following two-day talks in Kazakhstan between the Damascus government and rebel factions (all times local):...



Key points in the Syria statement issued in Astana
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) -- Russia, Turkey and Iran, who sponsored the first face-to-face meeting between Syria's armed opposition and Syrian government in Kazakhstan this week, issued a joint statement at the conclusion of the talks Tuesday announcing their intention to establish a trilateral mechanism to ensure full compliance with a cease-fire for Syria in place since Dec. 30....