Yemen Peace Talks Begin With Agreement to Free 5,000 Prisoners

CAIRO — Yemen’s warring sides agreed on Thursday to exchange prisoners, starting peace consultations in Sweden that aim to end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of civilians and pushed millions to the brink of famine. The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, opened the talks, saying they represented a “critical opportunity”…

Comey Reaches Agreement With Republicans to Testify Behind Closed Doors

The former director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, has reached an agreement with Republican lawmakers to testify behind closed doors about investigations into Hillary Clinton’s email server and whether President Trump’s campaign advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Republican lawmakers agreed to release a transcript…

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reach custody agreement

Image copyright PA Image caption Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie separated in 2016 Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have reached an agreement over the custody of their children, according to a lawyer in the case. The couple separated in September 2016 after two years of marriage, with Jolie citing “irreconcilable differences” when she…

Donald Trump: Brexit agreement is ‘great deal for EU’

President Trump has said the Brexit deal is great for the EU and has cast doubt on whether the UK will be able to trade with the US. Speaking to reporters outside the White House, he said he didn’t think Theresa May meant to make a deal that would mean the UK wouldn’t be able…

Brexit: EU leaders dismiss talk of renegotiating draft agreement

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mrs Merkel said talks to amend the draft agreement were unlikely as a deal was “on the table” EU leaders have dismissed talk of renegotiating the draft Brexit deal and warned the UK’s political situation could make a “no-deal” more likely. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was “no…

Brexit agreement: Theresa May faces MPs’ questions

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May says she believes with her “head and her heart” that it is in the best interests of the UK Theresa May faces a grilling from MPs later over the draft Brexit agreement the UK has reached with the EU. The PM secured her cabinet’s backing…

Brexit: Draft agreement a ‘decisive’ step forward, says Barnier

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Barnier said a Brexit transition period could be extended by mutual consent The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says “decisive” progress has been made in reaching a final agreement on the UK’s departure from the bloc. Mr Barnier said a 585-page draft withdrawal agreement published on Wednesday represented…

Midterm Results Leave Canadians Wary Over Fate of Trade Agreement

Colin Robertson, a former Canadian diplomat based in Washington who is now vice president of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, said that because American unions are pleased with several parts of the U.S.M.C.A., the Democrats are not likely to block the agreement. [Want more Canadian coverage in your inbox? Subscribe to our weekly Canada Letter…

Greece Church agreement to take 10,000 priests off payroll

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Archbishop Ieronymos agreed that the Church would not oppose plans to make the state “religion neutral” A landmark agreement has been reached in Athens that will end the status of priests and bishops as civil servants and bring Greece a step closer to separation of Church and state. Some…