Sports

Spain beat Iran 1-0 with Costa’s third goal of World Cup

Spain squeezed 1-0 past dogged Iran in their World Cup Group B encounter on Wednesday thanks to a fortuitous goal from Diego Costa, but the Europeans suffered a string of second-half scares.

Politics

Trump backs down, signs order to end family separations at U.S. border

U.S. President Donald Trump backed down on Wednesday on an immigration policy that sparked outrage at home and abroad, signing an executive order to end the separation of children from their parents when immigrant families are caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

U.S.

West Virginia Supreme Court justice charged with fraud

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Allen Loughry was arrested on Wednesday and charged with 22 federal criminal counts including fraud, witness tampering and misuse of government property.

Sports

NFL to hold Pro Bowl in Orlando for third straight year

The NFL announced this week that it will hold the Pro Bowl in Orlando for a third straight season.

Politics

Trump to sign order on family separations at U.S. border

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would sign an executive order on immigration on Wednesday to end the separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, which has sparked outrage in the United States and abroad.

U.S.

U.S. charges West Virginia Supreme Court justice in corruption indictment

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Allen Loughry was arrested on Wednesday after being charged in a 22-count federal indictment, U.S. prosecutors said.

U.S.

Trump says will sign something ‘pre-emptive’ on immigration border policy

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would sign something “pre-emptive” soon to solve the problem of immigrant families being separated at the U.S. southern border, which has sparked outrage in the United States and abroad.

Business

Deutsche Bank to pay $205 million to settle NY currency rigging charges

Deutsche Bank AG has agreed to pay a fine of $205 million for violations of New York’s banking laws, the state’s department of financial Services said on Wednesday.

U.S.

Catholic cardinal in Washington accused of sex abuse

The Vatican has asked the retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, to cease public ministry after finding he was credibly accused of sexually abusing a teenager almost 50 years ago, the archdiocese and McCarrick said Wednesday.

Business

Walt Disney raises bid for Fox assets to $71.3 billion, adds cash

Walt Disney Co raised its bid for Twenty-First Century Fox Inc assets to $71.3 billion on Wednesday, sweetening its offer with cash as it looks to scuttle Comcast Corp’s $65 billion offer last week.

Politics

House to vote on Thursday on immigration bills

The House of Representatives will vote on Thursday on immigration legislation designed to end the U.S. government’s practice of separating families who cross the U.S. border illegally, House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

World

Britain’s May wins Brexit vote in parliament

Prime Minister Theresa May won a crucial Brexit vote in parliament on Wednesday, keeping her deeply divided government’s plans to end Britain’s more than 40 years of partnership with the European Union on track.

U.S.

Ohio State University closes sexual assault unit

Ohio State University this week shut down its center dedicated to handling complaints of sexual assault after officials discovered that the service was not properly managing victim reports, school officials said.

Sports

Ronaldo earns Portugal 1-0 win as Morocco’s hopes end

Cristiano Ronaldo powered-home a fourth-minute header to give Portugal a 1-0 World Cup victory over Morocco that took them top of Group B on Wednesday and meant the unlucky North African side become the first to be eliminated from the tournament.

U.S.

Judge denies Stormy Daniels request to restart case against Trump, Cohen

A federal judge in Los Angeles has rejected a request by the adult film actress Stormy Daniels to restart her lawsuit there against U.S. President Donald Trump and his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen.

Business

EU Parliament committee votes for tougher EU copyright rules to rein in tech giants

Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other tech giants could face more curbs on their market power after a European Parliament committee voted in favor of tougher copyright rules on Wednesday.

World

Ukraine’s Tymoshenko announces she will run for president

Ukrainian opposition leader and political veteran Yulia Tymoshenko said on Wednesday she would run for president in elections due next year.

World

Man arrested over ‘drill battery’ explosion at London station

A man has been arrested over a small explosion at a London underground station on Tuesday which police said was likely to have been caused by a battery malfunction.

Technology

Hackers hit South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb, bitcoin falls

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb said 35 billion won ($31.5 million) worth of virtual coins were stolen by hackers, the second local exchange to suffer the fate in just over a week as cyber thieves exposed high risks of trading the digital asset.

World

Macedonia’s parliament ratifies name agreement with Greece

The Macedonian parliament formally ratified a landmark name agreement with Greece on Wednesday, paving the way for Skopje’s admission to NATO and the opening of accession talks with the European Union.

Technology

Billionaire Fredriksen invests in Norway data center, transatlantic cable

Billionaire investor John Fredriksen has agreed to buy a stake in Bulk Infrastructure AS, which plans to build a large data center in his native Norway as well as a transatlantic fiber-optic cable, the company said on Wednesday.

Sports

Australia’s five-time British Open champion Thomson dies

Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday, Golf Australia said. He was 88.

World

Philippines’ Duterte approves $5.6-billion military upgrade

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a five-year plan to spend 300 billion pesos ($5.6 billion) to modernize the outdated military, defense officials said on Wednesday.

World

Canada Senate approves recreational use of marijuana

Canada’s upper house of parliament on Tuesday approved a revised bill to legalize recreational marijuana, setting the stage for the country to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize cannabis.

World

Taliban kill 30 Afghan soldiers in first major attack since ceasefire

Taliban militants killed 30 Afghan soldiers and captured a military base in the western province of Badghis on Wednesday, the provincial governor said, their first major attack since a ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.