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India allows 'living wills' for terminally ill patients

India's Supreme Court has allowed people to draw up "living wills", which means they can seek what is known as 'passive euthanasia'.
A 'living will' is a document that sets out a patient's wishes regarding health care and how they want to be treated if they become seriously ill and are unable to make or communicate their own choices. It means medical treatment can be withdrawn to hasten a person's death, if strict guidelines are followed. This would apply to patients suffering from terminal illness and patients who are in a vegetative state.


Trump 'ready to meet North Korea's Kim Jong-un'

US President Donald Trump has agreed to hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, officials say. South Korean national security adviser Chung Eui-yong, speaking at the White House, said Mr Trump would meet Mr Kim by May. Mr Chung said Mr Kim had offered to refrain from any further nuclear and missile tests. The announcement came after a South Korean delegation held unprecedented talks with Mr Kim earlier this week.

Assassinated Salvadorian Archbishop, Oscar Romero to be made a saint

Pope Francis has announced that Archbishop Oscar Romero will be declared a saint. Archbishop Romero was killed in 1980, while celebrating Mass in El Salvador.
Pope Paul the Sixth, who oversaw many of the reforms the Catholic Church underwent in the 1960s, will also be made a saint.


Kosovo-Serbia row makes Europe clocks go slow

The real reason may lie in a dispute between Kosovo and Serbia, which has affected Europe's power grid.Entsoe, the body representing electricity transmission operators across 25 European countries, said bedside clocks had slowed down by up to six minutes since mid-January.Central heating timers and oven clocks are also affected - but not computers or smart phones. Countries from Spain to Turkey and from Poland to the Netherlands are part of a large area in Europe linked together into an electricity grid that operates at a synchronized frequency. This frequency regulates time-keeping in certain devices.

UK PM to raise Yemen concerns in Saudi crown prince visit

Saudi Arabia's crown prince is starting a three-day visit to the UK amid protests planned against his country's role in the war in Yemen. Mohammed bin Salman, 32, is seen by some as a modernising force in the Gulf State. He is due to hold talks with Theresa May and have lunch with the Queen. The UK hopes to capitalise on the Saudi economy's opening-up but No 10 said the PM would also express "deep concern" at the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Key Trump economic policy adviser Gary Cohn resigns.

US President Donald Trump's top economic adviser Gary Cohn is resigning, the White House has said. It is the latest in a series of high-profile departures from President Trump's team. There has been speculation that Mr Cohn, a supporter of free trade, was angered by Mr Trump's plans to impose tariffs on aluminium and steel imports. In a statement released by the White House, Mr Cohn said it had been "an honour to serve my country".

Italian 'Left' mulls 'Five Star deal', to end deadlock

Senior members of Italy's vanquished Democratic Party are eyeing a possible deal with the triumphant Five Star Movement, following an election that left the country a 'hung parliament', with anti-establishment and far-right parties vying to form a government. Matteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right League, says "his team is ready to govern". The far-right League is the biggest party in the right-


Kim Jong Un and Seoul envoys discuss possible Inter-Korean Summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has discussed a possible summit with envoys from the South, in the latest step of an 'Olympics-driven rapprochement' on the divided peninsula. The delegation from Seoul, is the most senior to travel North, for more than a decade.


Critically ill man is former Russian spy

A man who is critically ill after being exposed to an unknown substance in Wiltshire is a Russian national convicted of spying for Britain, the BBC understands.Sergei Skripal, 66, was granted refuge in the UK following a "spy swap" between the US and Russia in 2010.He and a woman, 33, were found unconscious on a bench at a shopping centre in Salisbury on Sunday. Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury has been closed by police "as a precaution".The substance has not been identified.

South Koreans head to North to broker possible US talks

A South Korean delegation will visit North Korea for rare talks aimed at re-starting dialogue between Pyongyang and the US. It is not known if they will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during the visit. Relations between the Koreas have warmed following the Winter Olympics. Both North Korea and the United States have expressed willingness to talk, but US President Donald Trump demands, North Korea “de-nuke” first.
The North, which has vowed never to give up its nuclear deterrent against US hostility, says it will not sit down to talks under pre-conditions.

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