US envoy briefs Pakistan army chief on Trump’s Afghan plans

US envoy briefs Pakistan army chief on Trump’s Afghan plans The U.S. ambassador to Pakistan has met with that country’s army chief two days after President Donald Trump warned Pakistan to stop harboring insurgents who are battling U.S. forces in Afghanistan. http://ift.tt/2g4kMQL

Cologne to protect famous cathedral with stone blocks

Cologne to protect famous cathedral with stone blocks The German city of Cologne is putting up heavy stone blocks around its famous cathedral to protect the landmark building and its visitors from potential terror attacks. http://ift.tt/2iqY4De

South African minister faces inquiry in Grace Mugabe scandal

South African minister faces inquiry in Grace Mugabe scandal South Africa’s main opposition party says a parliamentary committee has agreed to summon the foreign minister to explain the decision to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe’s first lady, who is accused of assaulting a young model at a Johannesburg hotel. http://ift.tt/2g4FnEo

44 mostly Romanian fruit pickers injured in German bus crash

44 mostly Romanian fruit pickers injured in German bus crash Police in Germany say 44 people, most of them female seasonal workers from Romania, have been injured in a bus crash. http://ift.tt/2g4FkbG

UK says it will leave ‘direct jurisdiction’ of EU court

UK says it will leave ‘direct jurisdiction’ of EU court British officials say the U.K. will leave the “direct jurisdiction” of the European Court of Justice after Brexit — but the court’s rulings could still carry weight in Britain. http://ift.tt/2ip30IA

Top Macedonian and Serbian officials agree to ease tension

Top Macedonian and Serbian officials agree to ease tension Macedonia and neighboring Serbia have committed to overcome “possible misunderstandings” following a brief spot of diplomatic tension that saw Serbia remove its entire embassy staff from Skopje. http://ift.tt/2vYnM6O

Israeli PM in Russia to air concerns about Iran’s expansion

Israeli PM in Russia to air concerns about Iran’s expansion Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russia Wednesday to voice concern about Iran’s efforts to expand its foothold in Syria. http://ift.tt/2xcSx6r