EU chief reports some progress on British deal

BRUSSELS — Prime Minister David Cameron faced off Thursday against the 27 other European Union leaders, telling them to grant his country a new deal to settle the festering issue of their relationship or face a possible divorce as soon as this summer.

EU President Donald Tusk said early today that talks had made "some progress, but a lot remains to be done." He spoke after a 15-hour day in which EU leaders discussed Britain's goal of a new deal with the bloc.

Tusk also said early today that the EU has called an extraordinary summit with Turkey for early March to coordinate efforts to stem the flow of migrants across the Aegean into Greece. Few details were available.

EU leaders were due to reconvene at breakfast today for more talks. — AP

Drug seizures up nearly 50 percent in China

BEIJING — Seizures of illegal drugs jumped almost 50 percent last year in China, authorities said Thursday, with young people and rural residents showing an increasing appetite for meth, crystal meth and other amphetamine-type stimulants.

China said it "solved" 165,000 drug-crime cases nationwide in 2015, up 13.2 percent, with the number of arrests up 15 percent and the quantity of drugs confiscated up by almost half, to 102.5 tons, compared with 2014's figure, according to Liu Yuejin of the China National Narcotics Control Commission.

Almost 80 percent of drugs seized were manufactured in China, with most of the rest coming from the area where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand converge.

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