Brexit process to start in March

Outlining a timetable for Britain to leave the European Union in the spring of 2019, Prime Minister Theresa May put immigration at the center of her strategy for withdrawal, suggesting that Britain could be headed for a "hard Brexit," or clean break, from the bloc. May said Britain would formally begin exit negotiations by the end of March 2017.


Ratification boosts Paris climate deal

The Paris climate agreement moved even closer to becoming active as India, the planet's fourth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, formally joined the accord. The agreement, which 195 countries negotiated over two weeks in December, "enters into force" when nations representing 55 percent of global emissions officially join the accord. Sixty-two countries have joined, representing 51.89 percent of global emissions. Major emitters such as the U.S., China and Brazil have led the way.


Anti-quotas vote invalidated

Hungarians overwhelmingly supported the government in a referendum called to oppose any future, mandatory European Union quotas for accepting relocated asylum seekers. But nearly complete official results showed the ballot was invalid due to low voter turnout. The referendum asked: "Do you want the European Union to be able to prescribe the mandatory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary even without the consent of Parliament?"


Government calls on rebels to surrender

Syrian rebels and pro-government forces clashed on several fronts around Aleppo as the country's military command called on militants to lay down their weapons and evacuate the contested city. President Bashar Assad's forces are depending on the Russia bombardment and Iran-backed militias for support.


Candidate accuses another of rape

A Ferguson lawyer who is running unopposed for the Missouri House has accused another candidate of raping her during an August meeting. Cora Faith Walker, 31, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she was sexually assaulted by Steven Roberts Jr., a former assistant prosecutor, after going to meet him at a St. Louis apartment on the night of Aug. 26. Both are Democratic candidates expected to win their seats.

New Jersey

Engineer doesn't remember fatal crash

The engineer of the New Jersey Transit train that crashed into Hoboken Terminal on Thursday, killing one and injuring more than 100 during the morning commute, felt well rested and was unaware of any mechanical problems, federal investigators said. At a news conference, NTSB officials said they had interviewed the engineer, Thomas Gallagher, and the train's conductor, who was not identified, and were no closer to determining the cause of the crash.


Man shot by police in L.A. is identified

Coroner's officials identified the man whose death at the hands of police Saturday afternoon sparked protests in South Los Angeles and Hancock Park. Carnell Snell Jr., 18, of Los Angeles, was shot after he bailed out of a moving vehicle during a police pursuit.

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