Austria says it will not expel any Russians over spy case

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria will not unilaterally expel any Russian diplomats in response to a case in which an Austrian army colonel is suspected of having spied for Moscow for 26 years, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Wednesday.

Merkel taking risk by giving up CDU party chair, protege says

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's decision to give up the leadership of her Christian Democrats while staying on as German chancellor is a risk and an experiment, her protege and would-be successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Wednesday.

Geopolitics should be factor in new nuclear investment decision - Czech PM

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Wednesday geopolitics should be a factor when the NATO and EU member country decides future nuclear power investments as the country mulls whether to build new reactors.

Search grows for victims of California's deadliest wildfire

PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) - The search for remains of victims in the charred ruins of the northern California town of Paradise was set to expand on Wednesday, while firefighters stepped up efforts to contain the state's deadliest-ever wildfire.

Romanian ruling lawmakers push bill to cancel wiretap evidence

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Romania approved a bill on Wednesday that would cancel wiretap evidence used to prosecute past corruption cases and could wipe out hundreds of convictions, including that of the head of the ruling Social Democrats.

EU plan to enable non-dollar Iran trade, oil sales unravelling - diplomats

PARIS/VIENNA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A special European Union initiative to protect trade with Iran against newly reimposed U.S. sanctions faces possible collapse with no EU country willing to host the operation for fear of provoking U.S. punishment.

Swiss propose gold transparency to avoid human rights breaches

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland stopped short of new laws to ensure that gold it imports for refining has not been produced in violation of human rights, proposing greater industry transparency instead.

Volition in question day before Rohingya due to start return to Myanmar

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Bangladesh has begun preparations to repatriate an initial batch of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar on Thursday, but it is still unclear if any of them want to return, humanitarian officials said.

U.S. seeks to strike El Chapo lawyer's opening statement

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday asked a federal judge to strike the opening statement made a day earlier by the lawyer for accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on the first day of his trial in Brooklyn for drug smuggling.

Turkey says rights groups should attend Khashoggi suspects' trial

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A senior Turkish official proposed on Wednesday that suspects in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi be tried in a Turkish court observed by international human rights groups.

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