{FD} China, Britain pledge cooperation as UK leaves EU

Britain and China have pledged to cooperate in clean energy research and promote global use of Beijing's currency as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union.

{FD} World unites against NKorea nuke ambitions _ North ignores

North Korea's friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula — but the North gave no sign of budging on its nuclear ambitions.

{FD} The Latest: Japan urges maximum pressure on North Korea

The Latest on the U.N.'s ministerial meeting on North Korea (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Japan's foreign minister is urging the international community to maximize pressure on North Korea "by all means available," saying there is no other way to get Pyongyang to curb its escalating nuclear and missile programs.

{FD} UN experts say Sri Lankan detainees denied basic rights

A group of United Nations human rights experts said Friday that Sri Lanka has yet to respect individual rights, with people kept in custody for excessive periods pending investigations, and reliance on confessions that are often extracted under torture or duress.

{FD} US special envoy backs unconditional talks with N. Korea

The U.S. special envoy for North Korea has expressed hope that Pyongyang would accept Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's diplomatic offer of unconditional talks, although the overture has already been contradicted by the White House.

{FD} Vladimir Putin was stunt man in 1970s movies, report says

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen doing so many "manly things" extensive photo galleries exist online devoted to pics of Putin practicing Judo, hunting (shirtless), riding a horse (shirtless), flying in a motorized hang glider, examining a shipwreck in a submersible and taming tigers and polar bears.