Global emissions, GCHQ denial
Josh de la Mare has Friday’s top stories from around the world: global CO2 emissions stay flat, UK intelligence agency dismisses Donald Trump’s spying claim and Swift severs North Korean banking links.
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Climate warming emissions from burning fossil fuels have remained flat for a third year in a row according to the International Energy Agency. The figures suggest that a shift to a greener global economy is happening faster than previously thought. Fatih Birol, head of the IEA, said that it was significant that CO2 levels stayed flat during a period of sustained economic growth around the world.
British intelligence officials have angrily rejected claims that President Donald Trump was under surveillance by GCHQ during his election campaign. The agency broke with its convention of not formally commenting on intelligence matters to dismiss the claims as utterly ridiculous after they were repeated by the White House on Thursday.
And North Korea's remaining links to global banking networks have been severed by SWIFT. The Brussels based international system supports most of the world's financial transactions and said North Korean banks no longer comply with its membership criteria. Tensions between North Korea and its neighbours are rising, and there's pressure for countries to further cut ties to the Stalinist state.
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Studio filmed by Rod Fitzgerald. Edited by Josh de la Mare. Images from Getty and Reuters.