BRIEFLY

Malala

returns

Reuters – Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai returned to her native Pakistan on Thursday, six years after she was shot by Taliban gunmen over her advocacy for education for girls, television footage showed. Pakistani station Geo TV showed footage of Ms Yousafzai at Islamabad’s international airport walking to a car escorted by a security convoy.

‘Future

is bright’

REUTERS – Prime Minister Theresa May will promise Britain bright prospects outside the EU when she tours a country still deeply divided about its future as the countdown to Brexit starts its last 12 months. Britain will leave the EU on March 29, 2019, severing ties that helped define its national identity.

Criticism

rejected

REUTERS – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas rejected criticism of Berlin’s decision to compete against Israel for a seat on the UN Security Council in 2019 and 2020, saying it was normal for a number of countries to seek representation. Mr Maas told reporters before that Germany’s candidacy had been announced long ago, and did not diminish its strong support for Israel.

Top guns

meet

Reuters – North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un pledged his commitment to denuclearisation and to meet US officials, China said on Wednesday after his meeting with President Xi Jinping, who promised China would uphold friendship with its isolated neighbour. After two days of speculation, China and North Korea both confirmed Mr Kim had travelled to Beijing and met Mr Xi.