BBC news 2017-05-18

BBC News with Julia Candler.

Donald Trump’s national security advisor says the President in no waycompromised any sources or methods in the meeting with Russia’s foreignminister last week. HR McMaster said Mr. Trump’s conversation with SergeiLavrov had been wholly appropriate in that the President had not known thematerial shared has been provided by a foreign country. US media outletsreported that the information that President Trump passed on originally camefrom Israeli intelligence. Analysts say that if this is the case, the fact thatthe materials even to Russia might be a particularly sensitive issue.

Mr. Trump and President Erdogan of Turkey have talked theirshared commitment to fighting terrorism. But Turkey vehemently opposesAmerica’s alliance with Kurdish forces in Syria that is confronting the IslamicState group. Mr. Erdogan indicated that Turkey would never accept suchcooperation.

A candidate in Iran’s presidential election hadpulled out in order to smooth the path of the incumbent Hassan Rouhani. Thewithdrawal of Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri had been expected.

Thousands of people escaping violence in the Central AfricanRepublic have fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo. There was heavyfighting in the town of Bangassou at the weekend.

Media and human rights groups in Mexico have organized smallprotests calling for government action after the killing of the award-winingjournalist Javiez Valdez. He’d written extensively on drug cartels.

Hewlett-Packard has unveiled a new computer which itsays is capable of handling tasks at thousands of times the speed of existingdevices. The new system uses light waves to transmit data instead of the standardelectrical impulses travelling over silicon.

The French Tennis Federation has denied a wild cardinvitation to the Russian star Maria Sharapova to the French Open Start in nextweek. She came back from 15 months’ doping ban in April.

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