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Colombia's ELN rebels free six hostages as government evaluates peace talks

Colombia’s ELN rebel group on Wednesday freed six more hostages it seized last month, the guerrillas and the government said, as right-wing President Ivan Duque evaluates whether to resume peace negotiations with the insurgents.

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UK's Raab: Brexit deal attainable, but no deal means no EU payment – Telegraph

A deal on the future relationship between Britain and the European Union is within reach, Brexit Minister Dominic Raab said on Wednesday, although he confirmed London would withhold any financial settlement in a “no deal” scenario.

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Britain to publish next batch of 'no deal' Brexit advice papers

Britain will publish a second batch of papers on Thursday giving the public and businesses advice on coping with disruption in case the country leaves the European Union next year with no deal on future relations with the bloc.

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France says talks with Britain over scallop fishing end in failure

Talks between French and British fisherman over rights to catch scallops have ended in failure, France’s agriculture ministry said on Wednesday, raising the risk of further tensions at sea.

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Former El Salvador president sentenced to 10 years in prison

An El Salvador tribunal sentenced former President Antonio Saca to 10 years in prison on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to embezzlement and money laundering charges involving more than $300 million of public funds.

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Protests dash Iraqi PM's chances of new term, hit U.S. hopes of shaping government

Violent protests in the Iraqi city of Basra have all but ended U.S.-backed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s chances of winning a second term and shattered Washington’s hopes of shaping the next government.

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U.S. diplomat says Eritrea human rights record is still a concern

The top U.S. diplomat for Africa welcomed a rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea ending two decades of hostility but said concerns over Eritrea’s human rights record hindered cooperation with Washington.

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Republicans seek sanctions on Iraqi militias with Iran ties

Republican U.S. senators plan to introduce legislation on Wednesday seeking to counteract what they see as Iran’s increasing influence in Iraq, amid concern about attacks in Iraq by groups U.S. officials consider Iranian proxies, a Senate aide said on Wednesday.

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Sistine Chapel Choir under financial investigation: Vatican

Pope Francis has authorized an investigation into possible financial irregularities in the world-renowned Sistine Chapel Choir, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

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