BBC News with Jerry Smit.
The Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament inBritain says he's strongly opposed to allowingPresident Trump to address MPs and piers inWestminster during a state visit planned for laterthis year. The Speaker John Bercow said opposition to racism, sexism and support for anindependent judiciary were hugely important to the House of Commons.
The biggest technology companies in the United States have filed a joint legal submissionarguing that President Trump's travel ban inflicts significant harm on business. The statementsaid the now-suspended ban on the citizens of seven mainly-Muslim countries made it hard forUS companies to attract talent.
Within the past half hour, Mr. Trump has been addressing members of the US military atcentral command headquarters in Florida. He said he strongly supported NATO, but warnedother member countries to pay their fair share.
The French presidential candidate Francois Fillon has acknowledged making a narrowjudgement when he employed family members for parliamentary work. But he said the salariespaid to his wife and two children were justified and complained that he was the victim of anunparalleled attack.
The Romanian government has rejected calls to resign despite massive protest which force itto scrap a decree decriminalizing some corruption offences. Demonstrators are on the streetsof Bucharest for the seventh night running.
The President of South Sudan Salva Kiir has said soldiers who rape civilians should be shot. Hewas speaking on a visit to a town of Yei as apart of a reconciliation initiative to win overhostile parts of the country.
The Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has ordered a two-month moratorium on allforeign travel by government officials. No reason was given. But correspondents say Liberia'sforeign currency reserves have been depleted because of falling commodity prices.