Death toll from Mexico pipeline explosion rises to 89: health minister

Residents search for human remains and items that could help to identify their missing relatives and friends at the site where a pipeline ruptured by oil thieves exploded, in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan, state of Hidalgo, Mexico January 20, 2019. REUTERS/Henry RomeroMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The number of people killed in a gasoline pipeline explosion…

EU sanctions Skripal suspects, Russia calls move groundless

BRUSSELS/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The European Union sanctioned on Monday the heads of Russia’s military intelligence and two of their officers blamed for poisoning a former Russian double agent in Britain last year, a decision Moscow dismissed as groundless. FILE PHOTO: Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who were formally accused of attempting to murder former Russian…

Polish foreign minister proposes limiting Brexit deal's Irish backstop: BBC

LONDON (Reuters) - Poland’s foreign minister said on Monday he is proposing limiting the Irish backstop to five years in order to unblock the Brexit deadlock, a reporter for the BBC in Brussels said. The Irish backstop - an insurance policy to avoid the return of a hard border between the Irish Republic and Northern…

British PM to try to break Brexit deadlock with EU concessions

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will try to break the Brexit deadlock on Monday by setting out proposals in parliament that are expected to focus on winning more concessions from the European Union. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves church, near High Wycombe, Britain, January 20, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKayWith just over two…

Ireland rejects time-limited backstop idea in Brexit deal

FILE PHOTO: Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney speaks at a 'Global Ireland' news conference in Dublin, Ireland January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh KilcoyneBRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney rejected on Monday the idea that a backstop arrangement to avoid a physical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Britain leaves the EU…

Colombia's ELN rebels say deadly car bomb was legitimate act of war

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia’s ELN rebel group on Monday claimed responsibility for last week’s car bomb attack against a police academy that killed 21 as a legitimate act of war and urged President Ivan Duque to return to the negotiating table. Police and security personnel work at the scene where a car bomb exploded, according…