World News Briefs -- January 14, 2019

ABC News Online: UK Prime Minister Theresa May mounts last-ditch bid to win Brexit deal backing

British Prime Minister Theresa May has offered both a promise on workers' rights and a reassuring letter from European Union leaders as she implored British politicians to support her floundering Brexit deal.

But the British leader had few concrete measures up her sleeve a day before a vote in Parliament which looks likely to see her Brexit deal rejected.

A defeat on Tuesday would throw Brexit plans into disarray just weeks before the UK is due to leave the bloc on March 29.

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Trump: US to 'devastate Turkey economically' if it attacks Syrian Kurds. US warns Turkey of economic 'devastation' if it hits Kurd forces.

US 'a highly unreliable' partner to Ankara: Turkish official. Turkey dismisses Trump threat to economy over Syrian Kurds.

Pompeo confident of US deal with Turkey to protect Kurds.

Pompeo in Middle East reassures allies about US role in region, pushes for ‘Arab NATO’.

Saudi prince criticises US over planned withdrawal of troops from Syria.

Houthis threaten more drone strikes after Yemen airbase attack.

Several Houthis killed in clashes with Yemeni army.

Pompeo says Yemen rebels not complying with truce deal.


Fatal blast rocks Afghan capital Kabul. Four killed, more than 90 wounded in Kabul car bomb attack.

Journalist killed in Afghanistan, the first of 2019.

China economy: A gloomy start to 2019.

Thailand: biggest democracy protests in years held as military junta delays elections.

Vietnam's parliamentary chairwoman confirms commitment on North Korea.

Russia and Japan negotiate World War II peace plan. Moscow says Japan must recognise all Kurils as Russian.

Indonesian divers find crashed Lion Air jet's second black box.


Ethiopia army executing airstrikes against OLF in western Oromia.

Sudan's Bashir says protests will fail to change government.

South Sudan peace partners to launch pilot project for unified army.

Zimbabwe police fire live rounds during general strike protests.

Powerful union calls for strike as Tunisia marks revolt anniversary.

Regional body SADC calls for DR Congo election vote recount.

Senegal court bars 2 opposition leaders from presidential vote.

UN refugee agency seeks more resources for African refugees.


EU lawmakers urge Britain to call off Brexit.

'It's going to be soon': Corbyn hints he could launch bid to oust May THIS WEEK as he demands an election - but refuses to say if Labour would pledge to deliver Brexit and suggests free movement rules would STAY.

Macron responds to 'yellow vests' with call for national 'debate'.

Poland mayor dies after stabbing on stage at fundraiser.

Italy jails former activist for homicides after 38-year search.

Death toll in Paris gas blast rises to four after body found. Mayor of Gdansk dies of stab wounds after attack.

Chechnya: two dead and dozens held in LGBT purge, say activists.


Trump: 'I never worked for Russia'.

Transcripts detail how FBI debated whether Trump was 'following directions' of Russia.

The shutdown today: Trump urged to reopen government.

Fresh-faced Venezuelan lawmaker emerges as Maduro’s rival.

Colombia: Missing Farc leader Iván Márquez re-appears on video.

China says detained Canadian lacks diplomatic immunity.

Justin Trudeau vows to ‘intercede’ as Canadian Robert Schellenberg is sentenced to death in China for drug trafficking.


Jihadist group consolidates control in northwestern Syria.

US-backed forces in Syria say ISIS is in ‘final moments’.

Second German deported from Egypt over suspected 'IS' links.


China logs record trade surplus with US in 2018.

Huawei’s Poland spying case threatens China’s efforts to win over Eastern and Central Europe.

US wildfires push energy firm PG&E to bankruptcy protection.

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