News In Brief
NATO chief dismisses Macron nuclear call
The head of NATO on Saturday dismissed President Emmanuel Macron's call for a European "strategic dialogue" about the role of France's nuclear weapons, saying a "tried and tested" deterrent was already in place.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that thanks to the US and Britain's atomic weapons, Europe was already protected by a longstanding and effective nuclear umbrella.
South Sudan rebels reject President's peace compromise
South Sudan rebels rejected on Sunday a peace offer by President Salva Kiir to return to a system of 10 states, paving the way for a unity government.
The rejection by rebel chief Riek Machar dashes hopes of breaking a deadlock and ending a six-year conflict that has left at least 380,000 people dead and millions in dire poverty.
Kiir and Machar-who lives in exile-are under increasing international pressure to resolve their differences by a February 22 deadline.
UK faces another fierce storm; 2 found dead in rough seas
Rescuers pulled two male bodies from rough seas off the coast of southeast England and military personnel mobilized to help build flood barriers Saturday as a second straight weekend of stormy weather wreaked havoc across Britain.
The fourth named storm of the season, dubbed Dennis by Britain's Met Office weather service, prompted widespread travel disruptions and had the potential to cause more damage than last weekend's Storm Ciara given the already saturated ground in much of the country.
Tunisia talks on Cabinet press on amid risk of new election
Designated Tunisian prime minister Elyes Fakhfakh proposed the line-up of a new government on Saturday and then said negotiations would continue after the Ennahda party, the biggest in parliament, rejected it. The proposed government must be approved by the deeply fragmented parliament in two weeks or there will be a new election.