BBC news with Justin Green.

President Trump's lawyers have written to his former strategist Steve Bannon, saying he violated a non-disclosure agreement in speaking about his time on the election campaign. The cease-and-desist notice says Mr. Bannon and his comments to the author Michael Wolff have defamed the President. Michael Wolff's forthcoming book desCRIbes the President has been uNPRepared for the job.

Donald Trump has scrapped the commission he set up to look into his allegations of fraud in the 2016 election after many states refused to cooperate. A White House statement insisted there wasn't substantial evidence about a fraud and said the president did not want to engage in endless legal battles.

The European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has spoken out against continuing US trade restrictions on the island. Speaking in Havana, she said the blockade as she called it, was obsolete and only increased the suffering of ordinary Cubans.

Jewelry, unknown for a member of the Qatari royal families, has been stolen by thieves who outwitted the sophiscated security system at the Doge's Palace in Venice. The theft took place on the last day of the exhibition, highlighting Indian art history.

Much of the eastern United States is experiencing an intensifying winter storm, this bringing additional snow and freezing rain. Forecast has warned that hazardous conditions will continue throughout the week.

New figures revealed that chief executives of Britain's largest companies earned in the first three days of January as much as the average worker makes in the whole year. This is despite top executive pay in Britain falling last year by a fifth on average.

New research across 25 African countries has pinpointed the heightened risk patients on the continent face from undergoing surgery in less than ideal conditions. But researchers said the most worrying revelation was just how few Africans undergo the elective surgery they really need.

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