'Intense' window of 15 months till Brexit
STRASBOURG (France) • The European Parliament's Brexit negotiator warned his British counterpart yesterday there is an "intense" window of just 15 months to complete talks for the country's exit from the European Union. Mr Guy Verhofstadt said he told Brexit minister David Davis that European lawmakers would not accept Britain trying to keep access to the single market while limiting freedom of movement for EU citizens.
Court quashes Morsi's life sentence
CAIRO • An Egyptian appeals court yesterday quashed one of two life sentences handed down to Mohamed Morsi since his 2013 overthrow, in the Islamist ex-president's second appeals victory in a week. The Court of Cassation, Egypt's highest appeals court, issued the verdict, Mr Morsi's lawyer and a judicial official said.
1,400 boat migrants rescued; 8 dead
ROME • Some 1,400 boat migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe have been rescued so far yesterday, Italy's coast guard said, after at least 11 overcrowded boats set out from Libya amid calm seas. Rescuers have also recovered eight dead bodies.
Paris visitors robbed of $7m in valuables
PARIS • Two Qatari women were robbed of valuables worth more than €5 million (S$7 million) on a Paris motorway in the latest heist targeting wealthy visitors to the French capital. The women, in their 60s, had just left Le Bourget airport on Monday when their chauffeur-driven Bentley was held up by two masked men who sprayed them with tear gas.