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Europe briefing: 5 things to know about today

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Europe briefing: 5 things to know about today

Europe briefing: 5 things to know about today
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May appeals to EU leaders but no sign of Brexit deal

An informal summit between EU leaders wraps up today and British Prime Minister Theresa May appealed directly to fellow European Union leaders at an informal summit with EU leaders on Wednesday to drop “unacceptable” Brexit demands that she said could rip Britain apart, urging the bloc to respond in kind to her “serious and workable” plan. They listened politely for a few minutes but said afterwards that a stalemate on the Irish border was unbroken. Read more about it here.

Belfast woman to challenge abortion rights

A mother who helped her then 15-year-old daughter buy abortion pills online in 2013 hopes to overturn a decision to prosecute her for the purchase, possibly leading to a landmark case for abortion rights in Northern Ireland. The case will be heard today and tomorrow at the Royal Courts of Justice in Belast. The woman is accused of two charges of unlawfully procuring and supplying abortion pills contrary to the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act. Northern Ireland allows abortion only if the life or health of the mother is at risk.

Korean Summit

Today is the final day of the three-day summit between the North and South Korean leaders in Pyongyang. Now, the U.S. says it’s ready to resume talks with North Korea, with American secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, inviting North Korean foreign ministers to New York next week, in hopes of achieving denuclearization by 2021. During the summit, North Korea pledged to dismantle its key missile facilities.

Hungarian court makes a final ruling in Syrian-Cypriot man’s appeal

Hungarian appeals court will make its final verdict in the case of a man convicted of terrorism for throwing stones at police and trying to enter the country illegally in 2015. The defendant, named as Ahmed H., was living in Cyprus at the time of the alleged offense. In the summer of 2015, he travelled to the Balkans to help his elderly parents and other family members as they fled the war in Syria. Their journey was halted at the Hungarian-Serbian border as authorities closed the crossing. Ahmed took part in protests that erupted at the border. In 2016, he was convicted on charges of terrorism and sentenced to 10 years in jail. Following an appeal, Ahmed was again convicted of terrorism in a retrial.

Jeremy Hunt to meet Aung San Suu Kyi

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will arrive is wrapping up a two-day visit in Myanmar during which he will have talks with the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Foreign Office said. Hunt has said he will seek answers on the "deeply disturbing" treatment of the Rohingya people and raise the case of two Reuters reporters jailed in the Southeast Asian country.