News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 28, 2019, 08.51 AM(IST)

British Prime Minister Theresa May. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Read the top five stories of the morning here.

British MPs vote against all alternative Brexit options

British MPs on Wednesday voted against eight alternative Brexit options aimed at overcoming the deadlock over Prime Minister Theresa May's unpopular European Union divorce deal.

The biggest vote against was against a second referendum.

Masood Azhar listing as global terrorist: US circulates draft resolution to United Nations Security Council

The United States on Wednesday circulated a draft resolution to the UN Security Council that would blacklist the leader of a Pakistan-based Islamist group as a terrorist, setting up a potential clash with China over the move.

US's Pompeo 'saddened' by Italy joining China's Belt and Road project

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced disappointment Wednesday after Italy joined China's "Silk Road" network of transport and trade links, saying it was not in the ally's long-term interest.

Rome's populist government signed a "non-binding" protocol with visiting President Xi Jinping on Saturday that made Italy the first nation in the Group of Seven major economies to become part of the signature Chinese project.

Brunei to punish gay sex and adultery with death by stoning

Adultery and gay sex in Brunei will be subject to death by stoning from next week, authorities said, under a strict Sharia law that has been on hold for four years amid heavy criticism.

Saudi women activists say they were sexually abused, tortured while detained

Saudi women activists detained for almost a year offered their defence at an emotionally charged hearing on Wednesday, alleging torture and sexual harassment during interrogation, courtroom sources said.