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Kabul: Afghan forces end Intercontinental Hotel siege

Some 160 people are rescued but at least six civilians die after gunmen attack a hotel, officials say.

Kabul attack: Guests use sheets to escape hotel

Guests used sheets to climb down from balconies during an attack by gunmen at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul.

Syria: Turkey says ground troops moved in on Afrin

US-backed militants deny Turkish reports, saying they have "repelled" attacks in northern Syria.

North Korea Moranbong girl band leader heads Olympic inspection team

The team is on a landmark visit to inspect cultural venues for next month's Winter Olympics.

French President says Donald Trump is not a 'classical politician'

France's president criticises Donald Trump's crude comment about African countries, in a BBC interview.

Climbers rescued from snow-covered ridge

Coastguard footage shows the men being rescued after they spent the night in sub-zero temperatures.

Women's marches across the US

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

DR Congo: Anti-Kabila protests dispersed with tear gas

At least one person is killed during a crackdown on protests against President Joseph Kabila.

US shutdown: Senate in bid to end impasse

The US Senate will hold a rare Sunday session to try to break the impasse over federal funding.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

Australia v England: Jos Buttler century leads tourists to series win

Jos Buttler's majestic century leads England to victory over Australia in the one-day international series with a 16-run win in the third ODI at Sydney.

Marco Silva: Watford blame Everton as they sack manager

Watford sack manager Marco Silva, blaming Everton's approach for the Portuguese earlier this season as the "catalyst for this decision".

Australian Open: Kyle Edmund reaches first Grand Slam quarter-final

Britain's Kyle Edmund powers into a first Grand Slam quarter-final with a four-set win over Andreas Seppi at the Australian Open.

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.