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Bill Gates

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates once again topped the Forbes magazine list of the world’s richest billionaires, while US President Donald Trump slipped more than 200 spots.

Gates, whose wealth is estimated at $86 billion, led the list for the fourth straight year. He was followed by Berkshire Hathaway chief Warren Buffett – with an estimated wealth of $75.6billion, before a bevy of American tech giants dominated the rest of the top ten.

Protests urging authorities to block social media sites spreading blasphemy have been held in Pakistan

Pakistan says it has asked Facebook to help investigate "blasphemous content" posted on the social network by Pakistanis.

Facebook has agreed to send a team to Pakistan to address reservations about content on the social media site, according to the interior ministry.

Donald Trump and Angela Merkel have widely differing leadership styles

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet President Donald Trump in Washington, with transatlantic trade and Nato ties high on the agenda.

Mr Trump has ruffled feathers in Germany by threatening its carmakers with tariffs and calling on Berlin to boost defence spending.

US funding for international aid and development through the UN and its own agencies could be slashed to boost funding for the US military and plans to build a wall between the US and Mexico under President Trump’s first budget proposals.

If approved by Congress, the proposals would see State Department funding cut by $10.9bn (£8.9bn) or 28% and Environmental Protection Agency funding cut by $2.6bn or 31%.

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