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U.S. Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Monday said he would reluctantly back President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, in a move that all but secures Senate confirmation of the former Exxon Mobil Corp chief executive as the nation's top diplomat. Rubio said he was troubled by Tillerson's recent responses before lawmakers regarding Russia as well as other countries, but that ultimately he decided he would vote to approve the nominee in deference to Trump, as well as to not leave a critical top job unfilled. "Despite my reservations, I will support Mr. Tillerson’s nomination in committee and in the full Senate," Rubio said in a statement ahead of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's vote on Tillerson later on Monday.
Britain's steel industry needs a comprehensive government strategy to boost the sector, which must be a priority in negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union, a cross-party parliamentary report said on Monday. The "Steel 2020" report urged the government to take 43 actions to revive the sector, including cutting energy costs for the industry, fighting cheap Chinese imports and ensuring British steel is used in public projects. Launching the report, Labour member of parliament Stephen Kinnock said steel had to be a priority sector as "the key foundation industry" underpinning other manufacturing.