|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: