DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - A devastating fire raced through densely packed buildings in an old part of Bangladesh's capital and killed at least 70 people, officials and witnesses said Thursday. The fire in Dhaka was mostly under control after more than nine hours of frantic efforts by firefighters. Some of the about 50 people injured were critically burned.
MOSCOW (AP) - Call it the aid wars. The Trump administration is accusing President Nicolas Maduro of starving Venezuelans by blocking tons of American-supplied humanitarian aid stored next door in Colombia. In Russia, the Kremlin sees the opposition's plan to ram the aid across the border as a reckless pretext for ordering a U.S. military intervention.
LONDON (AP) - Pop-rockers The 1975, DJ Calvin Harris and singer-songwriter Dua Lipa won major prizes at the U.K. music industry's Brit Awards on Wednesday during a slick, surprise-free ceremony that set out to celebrate female talent after past allegations of neglect. Manchester quartet The 1975 was named best British group and also took British album of the year for "A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships."
BRUSSELS (AP) - After the resignations of three of her party's lawmakers over Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May came away from more talks on preventing the U.K. from crashing out of the European Union with both she and the EU's chief deeming their meeting "constructive" Wednesday. No breakthrough was announced from the dinner meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels between May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
RABAT, Morocco (AP) - Moroccan police fired water cannons at protesting teachers who were marching toward a royal palace and beat people with truncheons amid demonstrations around the capital Wednesday. Several demonstrations were held Wednesday, marking exactly eight years after the birth of a Moroccan Arab Spring protest movement that awakened a spirit of activism in this North African kingdom.
NANTERRE, France (AP) - The top far-right candidate seeking to represent France in the European Parliament said Wednesday his party's goal to extract and protect people from a globalized world epitomizes progress.
BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) - Young girls and boys stared out of the back of trucks, their faces dirty, their eyes filled with terror, exhaustion and uncertainty, as hundreds of men, women and children were evacuated from the Islamic State group's last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday. The evacuation may signal an imminent end to the territorial rule of the militants self-declared "caliphate" that once stretched across much of Syria and Iraq.
HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) - A prominent Afghan political leader who once had the support of some officials to lead Afghanistan's negotiating team with the Taliban, warned the president Wednesday against squandering the best opportunity at peace in more than 17 years of war.
BERLIN (AP) - The Latest on Brexit, Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 8:20 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker say they had a "constructive" dinner meeting and plan to meet again before the end of the month to assess progress in the Brexit negotiations. Expectations had been low before Juncker and May met for their latest round of Brexit talks on Wednesday.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic's office announced Wednesday that her partner has given birth to a baby boy. The delivery on Wednesday went well and both the mother, Milica Djurdjic, and the baby are "doing fine," a brief statement said. Brnabic became Serbia's first ever female and gay prime minister in 2017, a surprise move in the Balkan country, where gay people often face harassment and attacks.