Theresa May defends trade deals with Gulf leaders

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has defended making trade deals with Saudia Arabia and Bahrain, despite them being under fire from human rights groups. Speaking on 6 December on HMS Ocean in Bahrain, she said that if Britain was going to influence Gulf leaders and improve human rights in the area, they needed to be engaging with them. Theresa May is in the Gulf to strengthen trade talks post-Brexit, and to also oversee measures to improve security to help tackle terrorism in the area. 1 hour ago

Keep calm and negotiate: EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier unveils timetable

The EUs chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said that his team are ready to start negotiations with the UK when Article 50 is triggered. The French politician wants a orderly withdrawal and has so far visited 18 of the 28 EU nations ahead of the talks. He said he expected formal negotiations to last less than 18 months. 4 hours ago

Al Gore calls Donald Trump meeting ‘extremely interesting’

Former US Vice-president Al Gore, a prominent climate activist, met with President-elect Donald Trump on 5 December.Trump has called man-made climate change a hoax while Gore is one of the best known crusaders in the fight against it. During the 2016 US presidential election Gore said Trump’s polices would ‘take us toward a climate catastrophe’. After the meeting, Gore called it ‘extremely interesting’. After the election on 22 November, Trump said that he had an ‘open mind’ on the Paris Agreement on climate change - in stark contrast to what he said on his election campaign. 8 hours ago

Top Indian politician Jayalalithaa Jayaram, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, dies aged 68

The Chief Minister of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, has died at the age of 68. Also known as Amma (mother), she suffered a cardiac arrest on 4 December. She had been ailing in hospital since September. Jayalalithaa was a controversial figure with a string of corruption scandals throughout her political career. She served as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister three times. 9 hours ago