As it happened this morning: Thursday, May 17

As it happened this morning: Thursday, May 17
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By Alice Cuddy
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Euronews brings you the latest news and updates as they happen this morning.

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Good morning Europe, here are the key stories we were watching this morning:

  • Leaders gathered for the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia, where they were set to discuss their strained ties with US President Donald Trump, saving the Iran nuclear deal and bringing Western Balkans closer to the bloc.

  • The Arab league was due to convene in the wake of the violence in Gaza, in which 63 Palestinians were killed and a further 2,800 injured during a protest against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem.

  • NATO in Washington: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was preparing to visit the White House to discuss terrorism and “fair-burden sharing” between member countries. US President Donald Trump has previously pushed NATO leaders to step up military spending and take on more responsibility in international conflicts.

  • Royal wedding rehearsals began ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials on Saturday.

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