BEIRUT | The Latest: Iraqi FM says Syria should return to Arab fold

BEIRUT — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Iraq’s foreign minister says Syria should not be isolated from its Arab neighbors, and lauded Damascus for staying “strong” and united in the face of many adversities. Ibrahim al-Jaafari spoke during a visit to the Syrian capital on Monday. He says Syria … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: Iraqi FM says Syria should return to Arab fold

BEIRUT | The Latest: Fifth batch of Syrians return home from Lebanon

BEIRUT — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Iraq’s foreign minister says Syria should not be isolated from its Arab neighbors, and lauded Damascus for staying “strong” and united in the face of many adversities. Ibrahim al-Jaafari spoke during a visit to the Syrian capital on Monday. He says Syria … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: Fifth batch of Syrians return home from Lebanon

PARIS | Flash floods kill at least 6 people in southwest France

PARIS— Flash floods killed at least six people in southwest France, with roads swept away and streams become raging torrents as the equivalent of several months of rain fell overnight in the space of hours, authorities said Monday. The regional government in the Aude region said that four deaths were clustered around the town of … Continue reading PARIS | Flash floods kill at least 6 people in southwest France

LUXEMBOURG | EU, UK see Brexit deal soon but not at this week’s summit

LUXEMBOURG  — European Union and British foreign ministers expressed cautious optimism Monday that a deal on Britain’s departure from the bloc will be found soon but virtually ruled out any Brexit agreement at a crunch summit this week. Talks between the two sides on Sunday failed to bridge important gaps, notably on how to keep … Continue reading LUXEMBOURG | EU, UK see Brexit deal soon but not at this week’s summit

BERLIN | Merkel’s regional ally vows to work for stability in Berlin

BERLIN— The leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s allies in Bavaria is vowing to keep supporting the German leader’s national government despite his party’s poor result in a regional election. Horst Seehofer told reporters Monday his Christian Social Union will “will play our part (…) so that the ‘grand coalition’ can steadily continue to do its … Continue reading BERLIN | Merkel’s regional ally vows to work for stability in Berlin

LUXEMBOURG | UK foreign secretary cautiously optimistic about Brexit deal

LUXEMBOURG — Britain’s foreign secretary is cautiously optimistic that the U.K. and the European Union will secure an agreement on Britain leaving the bloc although perhaps not at an EU summit this week. Jeremy Hunt said Monday that “there are one or two very difficult outstanding issues, but I think we can get there. Whether … Continue reading LUXEMBOURG | UK foreign secretary cautiously optimistic about Brexit deal

LONDON | Prince Harry, Meghan expecting child in spring

LONDON  — Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex are expecting a child in the spring, Kensington Palace said Monday. The announcement came as Harry and the former Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney at the start of a 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Hundreds of people gathered to catch … Continue reading LONDON | Prince Harry, Meghan expecting child in spring

LONDON | Simona Halep earns 2nd straight year-end No. 1 ranking

LONDON  — Simona Halep is back as the year-end No. 1 for the second year in a row, despite a back injury that doctors say could lead to a long-term problem. Halep, who won her first major title at this year’s French Open, clinched the year-end top tennis ranking on Monday but may be forced … Continue reading LONDON | Simona Halep earns 2nd straight year-end No. 1 ranking