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Donald Trump and Angela Merkel watch as reporters enter the room before their meeting in the Oval Office.
Donald Trump and Angela Merkel watch as reporters enter the room before their meeting in the Oval Office.PHOTO: REUTERS

In first Trump-Merkel meeting, awkward body language and a wiretapping quip

The first face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel started awkwardly and ended even more oddly, with a quip by Trump about wiretapping that left the German leader visibly bewildered.

The two leaders share different views on trade, Russia and immigration, leading to some uncomfortable moments at a joint news conference on Friday in which they took pains to downplay differences that were hard to mask.

Friday’s meeting was the first between the new US President and the long-serving stateswoman, who leads Europe’s largest economy. It was seen as one that could help determine the future of the transatlantic alliance and shape their working relationship.

Though Merkel appeared relaxed, the body language between them was not especially warm.


Prince William tells French that Brexit won't hurt friendship

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate were greeted by French President Francois Hollande as they began a two-day trip to Paris aimed at highlighting strong Franco-British ties despite Britain's looming exit from the European Union.

It is William's first official visit to Paris since his mother, Princess Diana, was killed when the limousine carrying her and her lover Dodi al-Fayed crashed in a Paris tunnel in August 1997.

A smiling William and Kate stood on either side of Hollande as he welcomed them on their first visit to the Elysee palace, where they discussed the Syrian conflict and the fight against terrorism as well as Franco-British relations, according to a French presidential source.


Parody of 'BBC dad' interview imagines what a multi-tasking mum would do

What would a woman do if the kids gatecrashed her important BBC interview?

A week after a dad was video-bombed live on air by his two children during an interview on the impeachment of South Korean president Park Geun-hye, New Zealand comedy show Jono and Ben has imagined how a woman would have handled the situation.

The televised segment begins in a similar way, with American professor Robert Kelly's female equivalent, Kate Wordsworth, answering questions about the political crisis in South Korea as her daughter walks in.


Video games linked to sexism in teenagers, study finds

The more time a teenager spends on video gaming, the likelier he or she is to display sexist attitudes and gender stereotypes, a study of thousands of French gaming aficionados has found.

The study carried out by a team of French and US researchers compared the time spent by 13,520 young people playing video games and their attitudes to women and gender roles.

The results published on Friday in the Frontiers in Psychology journal suggest that increased exposure to video games is associated with higher levels of stereotyping and sexism among teenagers.


Tennis: Sick Kyrgios out of Indian Wells clash with Federer

Australian star Nick Kyrgios withdrew from his Indian Wells Masters quarter-final showdown with Roger Federer, blaming food poisoning for a sudden illness.

“Unfortunately I am unable to play today due to sickness,” Kyrgios said on Twitter. “At this stage we think it’s food poisoning, and I’m praying it’s nothing more.”

Kyrgios had been due to face Federer after knocking out Novak Djokovic in the last 16 on Wednesday.