Prime Minister Theresa May visits Northern Ireland on Monday to discuss the implications of the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union and what Brexit will mean for the province's border with Ireland. The June 23 vote to leave the EU has raised questions over the future of the open border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, which will become Britain's only land frontier with the bloc. Northern Ireland voted to stay in the EU, with 56 percent voting 'Remain', putting it at odds with the United Kingdom's 52-48 percent result in favour of leaving.
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan touched a record high in the first half of 2016, the UN said on Monday, with children in particular paying a heavy price as insurgent groups step up fighting. Between January and June, 1,601 civilians were killed and 3,565 were wounded -- a four percent increase in casualties compared to the same period last year, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said. The casualties have reached their highest level since the UN began issuing its authoritative reports in 2009.