BBC News with David Austin.
Hospital officials in Lashkar Gah in Southern Afghanistan say a car bomb explosion has killed 34 people and wounded 60. The Taliban say they carried out the attack.
The funeral has taken place in Ohio of an American student, Otto Warmbier, who died on Monday after he’s returned home last week from North Korea in a coma. The 22-year old has spent 18 months in captivity after stealing a political poster from a North Korean hotel.
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in EU summit in Brussels, saying that despite intensive negotiations on Britain leaving, the clear focus must be on the future of the remaining 27. She said she expected concrete results on defense policy.
Tests on highrise apartments in Britain have so far uncovered 3 buildings that were encased in combustible cladding, the material that’s been blamed for accelerating the fire that killed 79 people in a west London tower block last week. The government has identified 600 buildings in England alone that it says heavy cladding that should be tested.
Turkey has sent a ship loaded with supplies to the Gulf State of Qatar which has been isolated in a major dispute with its neighbors. Saudi Arabia, the United Emirates and others have severed all the air, land and sailings with Qatar, accusing it of funding jihadi organizations.
A court in Israel has banned the national carrier EL AL from asking female passengers to switch seats if ultra orthodox Jewish men refused to sit next to them. The case was brought by 83-year-old Renee Rabinowitz, a holocaust’s survivor.
Robben Island, a place where Nelson Mandela spent almost two decades in prison, has announced it will cull hundreds of fallow deer. Three animals were introduced to the Island in 1963, the same year Mr. Mandela arrived there. There has now a herd about 450.
That’s the latest BBC News.