Priti Patel ‘in serious trouble’ over Israel meetings
International Development Secretary Priti Patel is coming under increasing pressure over the revelations that she met senior political and business figures while on a private holiday to Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was among those she spoke to in August without first informing the Foreign Office. Labour is demanding an inquiry into whether Ms Patel broke the Ministerial Code.
BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said sources had told her the cabinet minister was in “serious trouble”.
After her holiday, Ms Patel, who has apologised over the meetings, asked the Foreign Office to consider supporting humanitarian operations by the Israeli army in the occupied Golan Heights – a request turned down as “inappropriate”. Another minister said Downing Street regarded the matter as “closed”.
Don’t try us, Trump warns North Korea
US President Donald Trump has recommenced his strongly worded criticisms of North Korea. Speaking in South Korea, as part of his Asian tour, he called the government of Kim Jong-un a “military cult” running “a tragic experiment in the laboratory of history”. Referring to recent nuclear threats, he warned: “Do not underestimate us. Do not try us.” The comments came ahead of Mr Trump visiting China, North Korea’s biggest ally, for talks with President Xi Jinping.
Paradise Papers: Prince Charles lobbied on climate policy after shares purchase
The details of the leaked Paradise Papers – showing the tax arrangements of the wealthy and powerful – continue to enter the public domain. The BBC’s Panorama has found that the Prince of Wales campaigned to alter climate-change agreements without disclosing his private estate had an offshore financial interest in what he was promoting. In 2007, the Duchy of Cornwall secretly bought shares worth $113,500 (£86,000) in a Bermuda company that would benefit from a rule change. The Duchy of Cornwall says the prince has no direct involvement in its investments. As more stories come out, here’s all you need to know about the Paradise Papers.
One year on: Would Donald Trump win an election today?
By Owen Amos, BBC News, Washington DC
Since 20 January, Gallup has carried out a daily poll, asking Americans whether they approve of the job Donald Trump is doing. The numbers aren’t great. From June, Mr Trump’s approval rating has usually been below 40%. On 29 October, it was just 33%. But, says Frank Newport, Gallup’s editor-in-chief, that doesn’t mean Donald Trump would lose a hypothetical election. “He may be trending down a little, but if you look at the big picture from March or so, there’s not a dramatic change,” he says. Gallup also tracked Mr Trump’s popularity before the election. “He’s unpopular now and he was unpopular then,” says Mr Newport.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the future of Priti Patel is “in the balance”, adding that she has been left “isolated” by Downing Street amid the controversy over her meetings in Israel. Meanwhile, several newspapers lead on the suspected suicide of Carl Sargeant, a senior Labour Welsh politician. And the Financial Times says US financial institutions are warning the country’s commerce secretary that slow progress over Brexit may force them to start moving jobs away from the UK.
Texas shooting Gunman Devin Kelley “escaped from a mental hospital in 2012”