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It's over: Britain files for divorce from the European Union
LONDON (AP) -- The United Kingdom filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, overturning four decades of integration with its neighbors, demolishing the notion that EU expansion is inevitable and shaking the foundations of a bloc that is facing challenges to its identity and its place in the world....



The Latest: French minister says Brexit move 'lifts taboo'
LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on Brexit (all times local):...



Feuds and fault-lines loom in UK-EU showdown over Brexit
LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May says Brexit is an opportunity to build an "independent, self-governing, global Britain." European Parliament chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt says it's "a tragedy, a disaster, a catastrophe."...



Essay: Britain strikes historic blow to EU; will go it alone
LONDON (AP) -- Britain will go it alone - turning its back on decades of integration to control its own borders and free itself from the European Union's spider web of rules and regulations....



IS holds terrified civilians as human shields in Syrian city
BEIRUT (AP) -- Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the Islamic State's de facto capital ahead of the final battle with U.S.-backed opposition forces for the militant group's last major urban stronghold....



In Russia's once-quiet provinces, young people lead protest
TAMBOV, Russia (AP) -- The city of Tambov in southern Russia is one of those sleepy, provincial centers that have in the past been the heartland of support for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Not anymore....



France retools anti-extremism efforts after public failures
LENS, France (AP) -- France's attempts to counter the radicalization of its young people are in turmoil, with a group home intended to turn them away from Islamic extremism empty, the head of a highly publicized nonprofit convicted of misuse of public funds, and plans to segregate prison inmates suspected of harboring jihadi ideas abandoned....



First lady helps present courage awards to 13 women
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Melania Trump is helping present courage awards to 13 women from around the world....



Egypt's famed pyramids get new lab to restore pharaonic boat
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's famed pyramids at Giza have a newcomer in their midst: the largest on-site antiquities laboratory meant to restore the location's second pharaonic boat....



UK police, Muslim youths link hands to mark London attack
LONDON (AP) -- Police officers, Muslim youths and hundreds of others linked hands Wednesday on Westminster Bridge to honor the four people who died in an attack that started on the span a week earlier....