An update from the newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Monday:
Pakistan diplomacy – Adam Thomson, the British high commissioner to Pakistan, is meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the British Foreign Office says. The meeting follows Pakistan’s disgruntlement at comments made by British PM David Cameron last week in India where he referred to Pakistan exporting terror. Pakistan's government has summoned Britain's envoy in Islamabad over the remarks, officials say.
Russia fires - High temperatures and drought have spawned wildfires across Russia with blazes in 14 of the nation’s 83 regions. The country is one of the world’s largest exporters of wheat and fears for this year’s harvest has sent wheat prices spiralling on international markets.
An update from the newsdesk in CNN’s London bureau on the stories we’re following on Friday:
Moscow heat wave – The thermometers hit an all-time high on Thursday as temperatures rose to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat wave, coupled with smog caused by peat fires, has ensured that Muscovites are having a difficult summer.
France babies - The daughters of the woman who has been charged with the homicide of her eight newborn babies have spoken about their disbelief at their mother’s actions. The father has been released without charge. Read the full story