Just hours before the vote started, the prime minister made a last-minute appeal for support at an emotional meeting of backbench MPs.

Audi appoints Bram Schot as CEO Dec 13 2018 | 1 hrs ago

Volkswagen Group CEO and Audi supervisory board chairman Herbert Diess stated that "as interim CEO, Bram Schot has already done a convincing job in recent months and is effectively tackling the current challenges," reports Xinhua news agency.

Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen sentenced to 3 years in jail Dec 13 2018 | 3 hrs ago

Prosecutors had asked for a prison term of between 51 and 63 months due to the "seriousness" of Cohen's violations of election laws.

US not swayed by WTO reform proposals Dec 12 2018

Proposals for reforming the World Trade Organization fail to deal with problems raised by the United States, U.S. Ambassador Dennis Shea told the WTO’s General Council on Wednesday.

China preparing plan to increase access for foreign companies: WSJ Dec 12 2018

China is planning to replace an industrial policy with a new program that promises greater access for foreign companies, the Wall Street Journal reported here on Wednesday, in a move to resolve trade tensions with the United States.

French police hunt Strasbourg Christmas market attacker Dec 12 2018

A massive manhunt was under way in northeastern France on Wednesday for a gunman who killed three people and wounded a dozen others at a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg.

UK cabinet meeting canceled: PM May's office Dec 12 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May has canceled a meeting of her cabinet of senior ministers which had been scheduled for later on Wednesday, her office said in a statement.

Vietnam seeks arrest of activist over Facebook posts Dec 12 2018

Police in Vietnam have issued an arrest warrant for an activist accused of trying to overthrow the state by posting pro-democracy materials on Facebook.

Italy has taken budget decision, will present revised figures: Source Dec 12 2018

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will present European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker with revised budget numbers at a meeting later on Wednesday, a source in the prime minister’s office said.