BBC News with Stewart Macintosh
The US Vice President Mike Pence has sought to reassure America’s Europeanallies that President Trump is committed to transatlantic cooperation. On avisit to Brussels, he reaffirms support for both European Union and NATO, whichMr. Trump sharply criticized but Mr. Pence stressed that European nations must keep their promises to increase defense spending.
French police have carried out a second search of the headquarters of the anti-immigrant national front party of the presidential candidate Marin Le Pen. It’s in connection with an investigation into the alleged misappropriation of European Union funds.
The Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin has died suddenly while at work in New York. He was one day short of his 60th birthday. A Russian foreign ministry’s statement described the accomplished linguist as an outstanding representative. The veteran diplomat had been ambassador to the UN since 2006.
United Nations says a famine that has been declared in parts of South Sudan is a man made catastrophe caused by civil war and economic collapse. The government in Juba and UN say more than 100,000 people in unity state of experiencing famine and further one million are on the brink of starvation.
The authorities in Guinea said at least five people were killed in the capital Conakry in a protest in support of teacher strike. The main teachers’ unions began industrial election at beginning of the month after the government cut the salaries of many junior teachers.
And scientists in the United States say they have found a way to get the very last drop of ketchup out of a bottle. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a slippery coating which could also make it easier to squeeze out tooth paste, cosmetics or even glue. That’s the latest BBC News.