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Donald Trump attacks US media at 100-day Pennsylvania rally


US President Donald Trump has launched a scathing attack on the media during a rally marking 100 days in office. He told supporters in Pennsylvania that he was keeping "one promise after another", dismissing criticism as "fake news" by "out of touch" journalists. Mr Trump decided to skip the White House Correspondents' Dinner - the first US leader to miss the annual event since Ronald Reagan in 1981. Until now, late president Ronald Reagan was the last US leader to miss the dinner, as he was recovering from a gunshot wound in 1981.

German soldier posed as Syrian refugee and 'planned attack'.

A German soldier who pretended to be a Syrian refugee and was allegedly planning a gun attack has been arrested in southern Germany. Prosecutors in Frankfurt said the 28-year-old suspect was motivated by a "xenophobic background". A student said to be a co-conspirator, has also been arrested. The soldier was first detained by Austrian police in February after he tried to retrieve a handgun he had hidden in a toilet at Vienna airport.

German Chancellor Merkel warns UK on scope of Brexit talks with EU.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says some British people have "illusions" about discussing the UK's future ties with the EU at the same time as nailing down the UK's Brexit terms. The future relationship can only be discussed once the exit issues - such as UK payments to the EU budget - are resolved, she told German MPs.

On the sequence of the Brexit talks, she said "some people in the UK still have some illusions on that score". "That would be just a waste of time”. EU leaders are to meet on Saturday to adopt their joint negotiating position on Brexit.

North Korea faces tighter sanctions under Trump strategy

The US is to tighten sanctions on North Korea and step up diplomatic moves aimed at pressuring the country to end its nuclear and missile programmes. President Donald Trump's strategy was announced after a special briefing for all 100 US senators. Earlier, the top US commander in the Pacific defended the deployment of an advanced missile Defence system in South Korea. Tensions have risen amid fears the North is planning new weapons tests.(BBC)

Trump backs down on border wall funding

Donald Trump has indicated he will ditch plans to find cash for his border wall in this week's spending bill. The president's close adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said funding for the wall would be left out of a budget measure that must pass by Friday. Building the wall, paid for by Mexico, was a key campaign promise. Democrats had threatened to block the bill if money was earmarked for the wall, so its omission may now avert a government shutdown.(BBC)

Hollande calls for unity at tribute to slain officer Jugelé

French President François Hollande has used a ceremony to honour a police officer slain in Paris last week to call for unity in the "long and difficult fight against terrorism". He awarded Xavier Jugelé, 37, the Legion of Honour, one of France's highest honours. The two candidates to succeed Mr Hollande, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, both attended. They will face off at a second round of voting on 7 May.(BBC)

North Korea tensions: US submarine arrives in South Korea.

A US submarine has arrived in South Korea, amid worries of another North Korean missile or nuclear test. The missile-armed USS Michigan is set to join an incoming group of warships led by aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. North Korea is celebrating its army's 85th founding anniversary on Tuesday.


A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags

Scientists say that a caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic pollution,
Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered that the larvae of the moth, which eats wax in bee hives, can also degrade plastic.
According to scientists, experiments show the insect can break down the chemical bonds of plastic in a similar way to digesting beeswax.
Each year, about 80 million tonnes of the plastic polyethylene are produced around the world.
The plastic is used to make shopping bags and food packaging, among other things, but it can take hundreds of years to decompose completely.
However, caterpillars of the moth (Galleria mellonella) can make holes in a plastic bag in under an hour.
Dr Paolo Bombelli is a biochemist at the University of Cambridge and one of the researchers on the study.

France's mainstream turns on Le Pen.

France's beaten mainstream parties have lined up behind Emmanuel Macron to try to stave off a victory for the far-right's Marine Le Pen in the final round of the presidential election. The Republicans' François Fillon and Socialist Benoît Hamon urged supporters to vote for Mr Macron on 7 May.


French election: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen to fight for presidency

Centrist Emmanuel Macron has gone through to the second round of the French election, where he will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Mr Macron, a former banker, is seen as a political newcomer - and ran without the backing of an established party. After topping Sunday's vote, he is now favourite to win the run-off on 7 May. It is the first time in six decades that neither of France's main left-wing or right-wing parties has had a candidate in the second round.


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