While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 5

US President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speak during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, eastern Switzerland, on Jan 25, 2018.
US President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speak during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, eastern Switzerland, on Jan 25, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

British PM May tells US President Trump of 'deep concern' over metals tariffs in phone call that also discusses Syria

British Prime Minister Theresa May told United States President Donald Trump she had "deep concern"about the expected announcement of US tariffs on aluminium and steel, Mrs May's office said on Sunday (March 4) following a phone call between the two leaders.

"The Prime Minister raised our deep concern at the President's forthcoming announcement on steel and aluminium tariffs, noting that multilateral action was the only way to resolve the problem of global overcapacity in all parties' interests," a spokesman from Mrs May's office said.

The two leaders also discussed the "appalling humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta" in Syria.

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Switzerland vote to retain licence fee for state broadcaster

Swiss citizens clearly rejected an attempt to abolish fees for state radio and TV in a referendum vote on Sunday (March 4) seen as protecting public service broadcasting in the country.

Had the proposal passed, Switzerland would have been the first European country to abolish mandatory licence fees for its public service broadcaster.

Nearly 72 per cent voted against the proposal to scrap the so-called Billag fees in a referendum under Switzerland's system of direct democracy.

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Saudi crown prince meets Egypt's Sisi on first public trip

Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Bin Salman met President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on Sunday (March 4), on his first public trip abroad since he became crown prince last year and purged the kingdom's political and economic elite.

Egypt and Saudi have strengthened ties since Sisi took power after ousting the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.

The countries signed agreements to "activate" a 60 billion Saudi riyal (S$21 billion) investment fund they agreed to set up in 2016, and another deal on environmental protection, at a short televised ceremony attended by the two leaders. The details of the agreements were not immediately given.

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Football: Man City too good for cautious Chelsea 

Manchester City’s relentless run towards the Premier League title continued as they opened up an 18-point lead by inflicting more damage on Chelsea’s chances of a top-four finish with a 1-0 home win on Sunday (March 4).

Bernardo Silva scored the only goal of the match 35 seconds into the second half at the Etihad Stadium when he prodded home at the back post from David Silva’s low cross.  Chelsea’s fourth defeat in five league games left Antonio Conte’s reigning English title-holders five points adrift of the Champions League places. 

And the Italian’s negative approach will come under scrutiny after he again opted to start without a recognised centre-forward by leaving Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud on the bench. 

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Football: Messi gem lifts Barca eight points clear of Atletico

Barcelona beat nearest challengers Atletico Madrid 1-0 thanks to an outstanding free kick from Lionel Messi on Sunday (March 4) to move eight points clear at the top of La Liga and closer to a 25th Spanish title. 

Barca’s all-time top scorer Messi wrapped his left foot around the ball to send it flying over the wall and inside the top corner in the 26th minute to register his 600th career goal. 

Atletico, who clinched the 2014 title at the Nou Camp but have not won there since 2016, could have cut the gap with Barca to two points with a victory but coach Diego Simeone opted for a typically conservative approach. 

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