News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Jan 16, 2019, 11:08 PM IST

Leaders of the SPD and the conservative camp thrashed out a 28-page blueprint for a possible "GroKo" grand coalition government this week, recommending that their parties hold formal coalition talks. Photograph:(Reuters)

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Top developments of the day.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that "we still have time to negotiate" after the British Parliament comprehensively rejected the Brexit deal Prime Minister Theresa May had reached with the European Union. 

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended Hardik Pandya and batsman Lokesh Rahul from all formats of cricket over sexist comments made on a TV show. Their return in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the ICC World Cup remains a big talking point. 

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Wednesday that Islamists who stormed an upmarket hotel complex, killing 14 people, had been "eliminated" after an almost 20-hour siege in which hundreds of civilians were rescued.

CBI on Wednesday registered two fresh FIRs in connection with the alleged abuse of children in shelter homes in Bihar, news agency PTI reported quoting officials. 

The selection panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet on January 24 to decide on the new Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director, reported news agency ANI.