Following is a summary of current world news briefs.
Turkish newspaper names 15 Saudis in missing journalist case
Turkish pro-government newspaper Sabah said on Wednesday it had identified a 15-member intelligence team it said was involved in the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi was last seen a week ago entering the consulate in Istanbul to get documents related to his forthcoming marriage. His fiancée, waiting outside, said he never emerged and Turkish sources said they believe Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies, was killed inside the mission.
UK PM May's possible Brexit deal could be backed by 30-40 Labour lawmakers: Times
Around 30 to 40 lawmakers from the opposition Labour Party would be prepared to back a Brexit deal that British Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to strike with the European Union, The Times newspaper reported, citing unidentified lawmakers. The EU's Brexit negotiators believe a divorce deal with Britain is "very close", diplomatic sources told Reuters last week, though it is unclear whether May could get the deal approved by the British parliament.
Myanmar newspaper journalists held after handing themselves in to police
Three senior journalists at Myanmar's largest private newspaper were remanded in custody after handing themselves in to police on Wednesday, facing accusations of causing "fear or alarm" following a complaint from the Yangon regional government. One of the men, Eleven Media Group's editor-in-chief Kyaw Zaw Linn, had earlier told Reuters that police raided the paper's offices at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday, but he and two other journalists sought by the authorities were not there.
The president of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen, filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, challenging his defeat in last's month election in the island nation, which has been in political upheaval since the declaration of emergency this year. Yameen conceded defeat after an official count showed joint opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had polled 16.8 per cent more votes in a surprise result. But opposition members have worried about a smooth transition of power, due on Nov. 17.
Swiss top court knocks down a bid to extend banking secrecy
Switzerland's highest court ruled on Wednesday that prosecutors cannot extend Swiss banking secrecy rules to all corners of the globe to pursue whistleblowers. In a case drawing international scrutiny, the Federal Supreme Court by a 3-2 majority rejected an appeal by Zurich prosecutors in the case involving former private banker Rudolf Elmer, who denied all the charges.
Pope compares having an abortion to 'hiring a hit man'
Pope Francis on Wednesday compared having an abortion to "hiring a "hit man" to eliminate a problematic person, in comments sure to be welcomed by conservative Catholics who have accused the pontiff of not speaking out enough on "cultural war" issues. Abortion is a raging political battle in a number of countries, including the United States, where many conservatives hope the Supreme Court will eventually overturn the landmark 1973 ruling known as Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion.
Italy coalition eyes alternatives to economy minister Tria
When a senior representative of Italy's ruling coalition met international investors over dinner last week he was asked at the end of the evening if he had any questions. He only had one: "What would you do if Tria goes?" The episode shines a light on the precarious position of Economy Minister Giovanni Tria, who looks weak and isolated after caving into party chiefs by agreeing to raise next year's fiscal deficit far above levels agreed with Brussels.
Nine dead, 25 missing as migrant boat sinks off western Turkey: coast guard
Nine people died after a boat filled with migrants sank off the western coast of Turkey and another 25 were missing, the Turkish coast guard said on Wednesday. It was not clear where the boat was headed or where it left from. Hundreds of thousands of migrants crossed the sea channel from Turkey to Greek territory in 2015 before Ankara curbed the flow under a deal it struck with the European Union.
Fifty killed in Kenya bus crash
Fifty people were killed on Wednesday when a bus travelling between the Kenyan capital Nairobi and the western city of Kisumu swerved off the road coming down a slope and rolled repeatedly, police said. "The initial report we have is that the driver lost control of the vehicle," police officer James Mugera told Reuters at the scene.
EU, Britain narrowing differences on Irish border fix indirect Brexit talks: sources
The European Union no longer expects a new proposal from Britain for the Irish border fix after Brexit and negotiators from both sides are seeking to narrow differences together in direct talks, diplomatic sources in Brussels said. That marks a small step forward in the crunch time Brexit talks as the 27 states remaining in the bloc have previously insisted that London present a formal new proposal for the Irish border in writing.
(With inputs from agencies.)