British lawmakers urged to back EU withdrawal Bill
LONDON • British Prime Minister Theresa May has urged lawmakers to back legislation to end the country's membership of the EU before crunch parliamentary votes this week, her spokesman said yesterday.
Lawmakers will vote today and tomorrow on amendments to the European Union withdrawal Bill, legislation to sever ties with the bloc by essentially copying and pasting its laws so that Britain's legal system can function after the country leaves the EU next March.
Turkey will drain 'terror swamp' in Iraq: Erdogan
ISTANBUL • Turkey will drain the "terror swamp" in northern Iraq's Qandil region, President Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday, a day after the military said it hit more than a dozen Kurdish militant targets in air strikes.
Turkey's army has ramped up operations in northern Iraq, with the aim of destroying Kurdistan Workers' Party bases in the Qandil mountains, where high-ranking members of the militant group are thought to be located.
Man jailed for kidnapping British model in Italy
ROME • An Italian court has found a man guilty of kidnapping 20-year-old British model Chloe Ayling last July.
The court in Milan yesterday sentenced Polish national Lucasz Herba to 16 years and nine months in prison for abducting Ms Ayling and holding her against her will.
Ms Ayling said she was drugged and kidnapped after being lured to Milan on the false promise of attending a fashion shoot.
Pope accepts Chilean bishops' resignations
VATICAN CITY • Pope Francis accepted yesterday the resignation of three Chilean bishops, including the controversial Juan Barros, following a child sex abuse scandal in Chile.
The entire Chilean delegation of bishops tendered its resignation last month. Several members of the Chilean church hierarchy are accused of ignoring and covering up child abuse by Chilean paedophile priest Fernando Karadima during the 1980s and 1990s.