BBC News with Debby Russ.
President Trump has said he is committed to thesecurity of Japan and that their alliance is thecornerstone of peace and stability in the Asia Pacificregion. Speaking after talks at the White House withJapan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Mr Trump said Washington’s security commitmentextended to disputed islands in the East China Sea. Mr Abe said the two leaders had alsoagreed that the threat from North Korea was a high priority. On US-Japan trade ties, MrTrump said they should benefit both countries. Mr Abe said strengthening the relationshipcould bring many jobs, adding that Japanese fast trains would benefit the US as it rebuilds itsinfrastructure.
The government of the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo has charged more than 700 policeofficers with revolt for going on a week-long strike during which around 120 people died inviolence. The killings erupted in various cities after family and friends of the police blocked theirbarracks a week ago to demand higher pay.
Here in Britain, an investigation by the government into allegations of abuse of Iraqi civilians byBritish troops is to be closed. A report by an influential committee of British Parliament saidmany of the allegations were not credible. The unit had faced intense scrutiny after a lawyerwho pursued many of the cases was accused of making false abuse claims and barred frompracticing.
At least 37 people have been killed in clashes between a militia and the army in the DemocraticRepublic of Congo. And some sources put the death toll at above 50. The fighting took place inthe central Kasai region.
And the world of opera has been paying tribute to the Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda who hasdied at the age of 91. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he recorded over 200 albumsand performed with some of the greatest names, including Maria Callas and ElisabethSchwarzkopf.