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Japan plans to lower age of adulthood to 18

Children in Japan will be considered adults when they are 18 as opposed to 20, under a new proposal that is supported by the government. If the change is approved, 18-year-olds will be able to get married, sign contracts and take out loans without the consent of their parents. But teenagers will still be banned from smoking, drinking alcohol and gambling until they are 20. If parliament votes in favour of the bill it will take effect in 2022.

Trump sacks Tillerson as secretary of state

US President Donald Trump has sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo. Thanking Mr Tillerson for his service on Twitter, Mr Trump said the new state secretary would do "a fantastic job". Mr Tillerson, a former chief executive of ExxonMobil, was only appointed to the job just over a year ago.


Russia says it has successfully test-launched a hypersonic missile

Russia says it has successfully test-launched a hypersonic missile, one of a range of nuclear-capable weapons announced by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month. The country's defence ministry released video footage showing the missile detaching from a fighter jet and leaving a fiery trail behind it.


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 It means medical treatment can be withdrawn to hasten a person's death, if strict guidelines are followed.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-


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