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At least 33 killed and dozens injured in Mali car bomb

A car bomb attack has left at least 33 people dead at a military base in northern Mali, according to officials.

Dozens of people have also been injured after a vehicle packed with explosives detonated in Mali's northern city of Gao.

A source from the United Nations' peacekeeping mission in the country (MINUSMA) said the camp was home to government soldiers and members of various rival armed groups that conduct joint patrols.

The patrols were being carried out under a deal backed by the UN in an effort to stop the violence in the city.

Malta PM: 'Post-Brexit trade deal must be inferior'

Joseph Muscat is Malta's Prime Minister Credit: PA

A post-Brexit trade deal between Britain and the EU must be inferior to full membership of the bloc, according to Malta's Prime Minister.

On Tuesday, Theresa May announced her intention to withdraw the UK from the single market as part of her "bold and ambitious" Brexit plans.

Speaking at the European Parliament the following day, Malta PM Joseph Muscat said: "We want a fair deal for the United Kingdom, but that deal necessarily needs to be inferior to membership."

He added: "Thinking it can be otherwise would indicate a detachment from reality."


Junker: 'I will seek a balanced deal for Britain' over Brexit

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EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he will seek a balanced deal for both Britain and the European Union during Brexit negotiations.

"I will do everything so that this negotiation ends with a balanced solution while fully respecting our rules," Juncker told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Later today Theresa May will face a grilling by MPs over her Brexit plans when she appears in the Commons for Prime Minister's Questions.

Trio of earthquakes strike central Italy

Three earthquakes have shaken central Italy Credit: United States Geological Survey

A series of three earthquakes shook central Italy, including Rome, on Wednesday.

A 5.3-magnitude quake first struck shortly after 10am local time, 65 miles northeast of the capital and just five miles from Amatrice - a town flattened by a powerful tremor last August.

Within an hour, a 5.7-earthquake hit a similar distance from Rome, forcing the city's Metro to be evacuated.

Not long after a third quake measuring 5.3 some 68 miles northeast of Rome was also felt.

Nearly 300 people were killed when the mountainous Amatrice region was shaken by three quakes last summer, causing significant damage to older buildings.

Antonio Tajani, an Italian politician, said tremors were "felt as far as Rome (but it) appears there are no victims."

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