Following is a summary of current world news briefs.
Brexit vote was for control over immigration, but we want good exit deal: UK's May
Britain's vote to leave the European Union was clearly a vote to regain control over immigration, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday, adding that she wanted to ensure the country got a good deal for businesses from exit negotiations. She told parliament: "The government is very clear that the vote on the 23rd of June was a vote to ensure that we had control of movement of people from the EU into the UK, but also we want to see the best possible access for businesses for trading in goods and services with, and operating within, that European market.
We don't expect breakthroughs at Berlin talks on Ukraine: Kremlin
The Kremlin said on Wednesday it did not expect any breakthroughs at talks on the stalled Ukrainian peace process between the leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine in Berlin later in the day. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the aim of the talks was to assess the current situation and identify obstacles to implementing the Minsk peace deal on eastern Ukraine.
Philippine police van drives at protesters to break up anti-U.S. demo
Philippine police used tear gas to disperse about 1,000 anti-U.S. protesters outside the U.S. embassy in Manila on Wednesday, as television news footage showed a patrol van, which had come under attack, driving at demonstrators. The rally came as President Rodrigo Duterte visits Beijing to strengthen relations with the world's second-largest economy amid deteriorating ties with former colonial power the United States, sparked by his controversial war on illegal drugs.
BASF discovers body of third person likely killed in blast
Divers on Wednesday retrieved a body from the harbor at German chemical group BASF's flagship production site at Ludwigshafen, believed to be the third victim in a deadly blast and subsequent fire that occurred on Monday. The identity of the dead person was not yet clear, BASF said in a statement.
Lebanon's Hariri backs Aoun for president, some allies opposed
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri intends to endorse Michel Aoun for the vacant presidency, senior political sources said, and the Hezbollah ally could be elected head of state later this month. Long an opponent of the Iran-backed Shi'ite group Hezbollah, Hariri would become prime minister again under the plan that could reshape Lebanese politics. It has drawn opposition in his party and a final decision has not yet been taken, allies said.
Israeli forces kill Palestinian assailant in West Bank: police
Israeli forces on Wednesday shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian woman who police said had advanced towards them with a knife in her hand at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. A police spokesman said the woman was shot after ignoring orders to halt.
Russia rules out extending bombing pause in Syria's Aleppo unilaterally: Interfax
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday that Russia ruled out extending a pause in bombing of Syria's Aleppo unilaterally, Russia's Interfax news agency quoted him as saying. Ryabkov also said Moscow did not yet see any point in a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Syria.
Thailand sees a jump in royal defamation cases after death of king
Thai police are investigating 12 new complaints of royal defamation on social media lodged since the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej last week, a sharp rise amid intensifying scrutiny of anything deemed offensive to the monarchy. The death last Thursday of the revered king, who was 88, after seven decades on the throne has plunged the Southeast Asian country into mourning and heightened sensitivity about the monarchy.
Shi'ite militias say will support Iraqi army offensive on Mosul
A Shi'ite paramilitary force said it would support the Iraqi army's offensive on Mosul, Islamic State's last major stronghold in Iraq, raising the risk of sectarian strife in the mainly Sunni region. The Popular Mobilization Force (PMF), a coalition of mostly Iranian-trained militias, said late on Tuesday it would back Iraqi government forces advancing toward Tal Afar, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) west of Mosul.
Far from Aleppo, Syria army advance brings despair to besieged Damascus suburb
Dozens of children line up for bread on the side of a road in Eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held area near Damascus. In scenes described by a witness, their belongings are piled up on the gravel -- blankets, old mattresses, sandbags stuffed with clothes -- until the families can figure out their next destination. They are some of the thousands of people who have fled their homes in recent months, as government forces have steadily encroached on the biggest rebel stronghold near Syria's capital.