Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez and Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy agreed on Wednesday that progress could be made for a free-trade agreement (FTA) between the South American trade bloc Mercosur and the EU.

French intelligence services' report presented during a defense meeting in Paris said the Syrian government was responsible for the gas attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun earlier this month, a presidency office's statement said on Wednesday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that it is his policy not to meet diplomats who have met groups criticizing Israel, after he canceled a meeting with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.

Israel's political arena was stirred Tuesday by Netanyahu's threat to cancel talks with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel over the visiting diplomat's plan to meet with groups critical of Israel's action in the West Bank.

The total cost of Rail Baltica, a rail line to link the Baltic states and the rest of Europe, is estimated to reach 5.8 billion euros (6.3 billion U.S. dollars), according to the project's cost-benefit analysis presented here on Monday at the Rail Baltica Global Forum 2017.