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Colombia's coca cultivation hits record in 2017: U.N.
Colombia's acreage of coca, the raw material for cocaine, expanded 17 percent to hit a new record last year, the United Nations said on Wednesday, as the government mulls whether to restart aerial fumigation with the herbicide glyphosate.

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah says group will stay in Syria until further notice
The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah, a key Damascus ally, said on Wednesday that his group will keep its military presence in Syria until further notice, commending the Idlib Russian-Turkish agreement as a step toward reaching a political solution in the country.

Mexico holds minute of silence, sounds alarm to remember 2017 quakes
Mexicans held a minute of silence on Wednesday and performed an emergency earthquake drill to mark the one-year anniversary of devastating quakes that struck the country in September 2017, killing more than 450 people.

Conservative rebels to set out rival Brexit plan soon, ex-Brexit minister says
Opponents of British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit proposals within her Conservative Party will set out an alternative plan soon, her former Brexit minister will say on Thursday.

Brexit progress elusive as sides ask each other for help
British Prime Minister Theresa May urged fellow European Union leaders at an informal summit on Wednesday to follow her lead and adapt their Brexit negotiating stance to secure a good deal.

Ireland's Brexit backstop, and why it matters
A "backstop" policy on Northern Ireland's land border with the European Union is a key obstacle to Britain securing a deal with Brussels on an orderly exit from the bloc in March. This is what it is and why it matters: