Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel stepped into a diplomatic row that began when a senior US official was secretly recorded insulting the European Union.
Victoria Nuland swore about the EU during a conversation with the US Ambassador to Ukraine.
The exchange was apparently bugged and has since been posted online, with the Americans blaming the Russians.
ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:
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The positive results come after Chancellor Philip Hammond admitted the government is prepared to sell its stake at a loss to the taxpayer.
Social media sites should be fined if they fail to protect children from harm content, according to the NSPCC.
Friday will be largely dry with a mixture of cloud and some sunny spells, the best of these in the morning.