This is BBC World News. I'm Lucy Hawkins, our headlines.
Britain has formally notified the European Union its decision to leave nine months after the Brexit referendum.
The Prime Minister Theresa May described it as a historic moment from which there could be no turning back.
She said she would seek a new special partnership with the EU and propose an ambitious free trade agreement.
The president of the European Council Donald Tusk has said British decision made the remaining EU members more determined and united.
He said they would negotiate as wide to limit the damage to EU citizens, businesses and states.
The EU has blocked the proposed merger of the London Stock Exchange and Germany's Deutsche Boerse.
And the funeral of the South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada is underway in Johannesburg.
He died on Tuesday at the age of 87.