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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-

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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.

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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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to form her fourth government.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to form her fourth government after the opposition Social Democrats voted in favour of another grand coalition. The vote by 464,000 rank-and-file members ends five months of political deadlock since September's election.

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Trump steps up war of words on trade with threat to tax EU cars

US President Donald Trump has stepped up his war of words over trade tariffs, threatening to "apply a tax" on imports of cars from the European Union. Mr Trump said other countries had taken advantage of the US for years because of its "very stupid" trade deals. The trade wrangle began on Thursday when Mr Trump vowed to impose hefty tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. That brought a stiff response from trading partners and criticism from the IMF and WTO.

The Pakistan Prime Minister will be in Nepal on a two-day visit on Monday

 

Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will be in Nepal on a two-day visit on Monday. Pakistan and Nepal Prime Ministers will discuss issues relating to bilateral relations, as well as those relating to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. Nepal is the current chair of the SAARC.

Trump slaps big tariffs on metal imports


Despite fierce opposition from within the White House, US President Donald Trump is to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminium imports next week, hitting producers such as Canada and China. The country imports four times more steel than it exports, and is reliant on steel from more than 100 countries. The news is likely to provoke an angry reaction from China, and analysts have expressed fears of the prospect of a new trade war.

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