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Kabul: Afghan forces seek to end Intercontinental Hotel siege
Gunmen are said to be holed up in the hotel, hours after storming it and killing several people.

US shutdown: Trump and Democrats blame each other
Recriminations start after the US Senate fails to pass a new budget, leading to a shutdown of services.

Deadly violence over disputed Honduras election result
Police fire tear gas at protesters across the country, with one death in the northern town of Saba.

Women's marches draw crowds in US
Women stage marches across the US on the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Kinks and Zombies bassist Jim Rodford dies aged 76
Rodford, also a founding member of Argent and bassist for the Zombies, died following a fall.

Syria: Turkey war planes launch strikes on Afrin
Turkey launches air strikes on US-backed militants in Afrin, opening a new front in Syria.

Pope in Peru: Francis speaks out on violence against women
Francis, who is in Peru, calls on the faithful to combat a "plague" of abuse across Latin America.

Brazil declares yellow fever emergency in Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais is one of several southern states hit by an outbreak ahead of the carnival season.

Deported from Belgium, tortured in Sudan
Has Belgium failed in its duty to protect asylum seekers?

Ed Sheeran announces engagement
The couple met in school although they only got together in 2015.

Paul Bocuse: Top French chef dies at 91
He is said to have passed away in his famous three-Michelin-starred restaurant near Lyon.

Syria conflict: 15 refugees found frozen to death
Children were among the 15 people who died trying to cross from Syria into Lebanon in a snowstorm.

Teenage bell-ringer rescued from Abingdon belfry
Fire crews use a rope system to lower the 17-year-old down to the church floor on a stretcher.

'Drunk' pilot removed from BA plane at Gatwick Airport
The British Airways flight to Mauritius was delayed at Gatwick Airport for several hours.

Would you swap your pet for a snail?
In Russia, keeping exotic animals getting is more and more popular each year.

The Brazilian man who lives in a sandcastle
Marcio Matolias has lived in a sandcastle for 22 years in an upmarket neighbourhood of Rio De Janeiro.

Pad Man: A man's 'period poverty' rescue becomes a film
A new film, Pad Man, charts one man's 20-year bid to make cheaper sanitary towels available in India.

Football president George Weah puts Liberian army to the test
Ex-football pro George Weah challenges Liberia's army to a friendly before his inauguration.

Profoundly deaf Maisie Sly is the star of a short film which may be nominated for an Oscar
Profoundly deaf six-year-old Maisie Sly is the star of The Silent Child, a short film which could be vying for an Oscar.

Why Italians are saying 'No' to takeaway coffee
Drinking takeaway coffee is a way of life in many parts of the world. So why do Italians refuse to do it?

Nassar case: Gold medallists Raisman and Wieber face abuser
Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber confront former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar in court.

Week in pictures: 13 - 19 January 2018
A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.

Trump's year on Twitter: Who has he criticised and praised the most?
Who has he criticised and praised most as president? Here's our analysis, and a tricky quiz.

Putin cast as national saviour ahead of Russia election
State media in Russia give President Putin's image a religious glow in the run-up to elections.

Why names matter so much
In politics and diplomacy, what things are called is important, which is why they often change.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: The legacy of Africa's first elected female president
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made history in Liberia but was also accused of corruption, writes Tamasin Ford.

Dark is divine: What colour are Indian gods and goddesses?
In a country obsessed with fairness, a new campaign portrays Hindu deities with dark skin.

Why one man in Singapore was not allowed to adopt his child
The struggle of a gay father to legally adopt his son throws Singapore's conservative family law into the spotlight.

New Zealand debates access to dead sea life footage
Should the public have the right to see which animals are being caught up in commercial fishing nets?

Henrikh Mkhitaryan agrees Arsenal move, Alexis Sanchez set to join Man Utd
Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan agrees a move to Arsenal, with Alexis Sanchez set to go in the opposite direction.

Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle United
Sergio Aguero's hat-trick gives Manchester City the win over Newcastle United and restores their 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

European Champions Cup: Scarlets 30-27 Toulon
Scarlets become the first Welsh region for six years to reach the quarter-finals of Europe's premier club competition, with a storming victory over Toulon.

Netball: England fight back to beat New Zealand in extra time
England fight back to beat New Zealand in extra time in their opening game of the Netball Quad Series.

Masters 2018: Mark Allen beats John Higgins 6-3 to join Kyren Wilson in final
Northern Ireland's Mark Allen ensures there will be a first-time winner of the Masters this year as he beats John Higgins 6-3 to reach the final.

Alex Hales: England batsman says losing place in ODI team 'hurt massively'
England batsman Alex Hales says it "hurt massively" to lose his place over an off-field incident last year, but says he has learned his lesson.

Sora Aoi: Japan's porn star who taught a Chinese generation about sex
Sora Aoi announced she was married on social media last week, sparking a frenzy on the Chinese internet.

When you can (and can't) eat carbs for dinner
Is it true that you shouldn't eat carbohydrates in the evening?

Edible insects: Do insects actually taste any good?
Insects are often portrayed as a sustainable superfood - and many are delicious.

'He wasn't happy until he had me all to himself'
Three people who were psychologically abused by controlling partners share their disturbing stories.

I advertised for a man to get me pregnant - then I fell in love
Thirty-something Jessica was eager to get pregnant, but her relationships kept failing. It was time for a totally new approach.

 
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