News from around the world, February 21

Theresa May says she made progress in Irish border talks with the European Commission.
Theresa May says she made progress in Irish border talks with the European Commission.

Progress made on Irish border: UK's May

British Prime Minister Theresa May says progress has been made in solving the impasse over backstop arrangements for the Irish border that have hindered her Brexit deal.

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May vows to deliver Brexit after MPs quit

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she is saddened by the resignations of three leading pro-EU MPs from her Conservative party but insists she is doing the right thing by continuing with her Brexit plan.

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Mass rape, killing, torture in S.Sudan: UN

UN investigators have identified perpetrators of pervasive rape and killings and torture in secret safe houses in South Sudan, and believe oil revenues have driven much of the violence in its civil war.

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Putin warns on US missiles in Europe

Russia will match any US move to deploy new nuclear missiles in Europe by stationing its own missiles closer to the US or by deploying faster missiles, or both, President Vladimir Putin says.

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Abuse victims demand to see Pope Francis

Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy have demanded to meet Pope Francis to press their call for the church to apply a zero tolerance policy, including the dismissal of bishops who covered up such offences.

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French court fines Swiss bank $A7 billion

A French court has found Swiss bank UBS guilty of illegally soliciting clients in France and laundering the proceeds of tax evasion, and ordered it to pay 4.5 billion euros ($A7.1 billion) in penalties.

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Samsung announces Galaxy Fold phone

Samsung says it will release a pricey folding smartphone in April, with specially adapted apps from Facebook and Alphabet designed for the new device.

Australian Associated Press