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.
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."
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.
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.