Britain's triggering of Article 50 was "politically and constitutionally reckless" and denying Scots a second independence referendum before negotiations are over would be "democratically indefensible", Nicola Sturgeon says.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May has begun divorce proceedings from the European Union with fond words and promises failing to disguise the historic nature of the schism or the years of argument and bargaining ahead to complete the process.
China and the European Union need to show joint leadership on climate change and cannot expect the "same leadership" from the US under the Trump administration, European climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete says.
Brexit minister David Davis does not expect Britain to have to pay STG50 billion ($A81.2 billion) to the European Union as part of the Brexit process and says the era of huge sums being paid to Brussels is coming to an end.
Park Geun-hye arrived at a Seoul courthouse for a hearing that will determine whether she will have to move into a prison cell while awaiting an indictment for her alleged involvement in a corruption scandal.
A senior US general says it will be difficult to maintain the "extraordinarily high standards" needed to avoid civilian casualties in Mosul, even as the US military begins a formal investigation into an explosion in the Iraqi city that is believed to have killed scores of civilians.
The Republican chairman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee has promised a thorough investigation into any direct links between Russia and Donald Trump during his successful 2016 run for the White House.
Iraqi special forces and police are fighting Islamic State militants as they edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul, tightening their control around the landmark site while in Baghdad a suicide truck bomb has killed at least 17 people.