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Turkish forces push into Syria, Kurdish militia says attacks repulsed

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) – Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday, the army said, after Turkey launched artillery and air strikes on a U.S.-backed…

At least five dead in attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel

KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen dressed in army uniforms who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel battled Afghan Special Forces for 13 hours in an overnight siege that left at least…

Europe readies riposte to Trump’s ‘America First’ push in Davos

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – European leaders will be out in force at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week to defend multilateralism before U.S. President Donald Trump…

Jordan’s king says East Jerusalem must be capital of Palestinian state

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan’s King Abdullah expressed concern on Sunday over a decision by Washington to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying East Jerusalem had to be the…

Europe readies riposte to Trump’s ‘America First’ push in Davos

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – European leaders will be out in force at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week to defend multilateralism before U.S. President Donald Trump…

Airstrikes pound Syria’s Afrin as Turkey launches ‘Operation Olive Branch’

HASSA, Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Turkey opened a new front in Syria’s nearly seven-year-old war on Saturday, launching airstrikes against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Afrin province that raise…

Airstrikes pound Syria’s Afrin as Turkey launches ‘Operation Olive Branch’

HASSA, Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Turkey opened a new front in Syria’s nearly seven-year-old war on Saturday, launching airstrikes against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Afrin province that raise…

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Syria: Turkey says ground troops moved in on Afrin

Syria: Turkey says ground troops moved in on Afrin

Image copyright AFP Turkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria as part of Ankara’s…

Kabul: Gunmen shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

Kabul: Gunmen shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

Media captionGuests tried to escape by using bed sheets to climb down from balconies An…

Kabul: Afghan forces ‘end Intercontinental Hotel siege’

Kabul: Afghan forces ‘end Intercontinental Hotel siege’

Media captionGuests tried to escape by using bed sheets to climb down from balconies A…

Kabul attack: Guests use sheets to escape hotel

Guests used sheets to climb down from balconies during an attack by gunmen at the…

Kabul: Afghan forces end Intercontinental Hotel siege

Kabul: Afghan forces end Intercontinental Hotel siege

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gunfire could still be heard eight hours after the assault…

Syria: Turkey war planes launch strikes on Afrin

Syria: Turkey war planes launch strikes on Afrin

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish war planes hit Kurdish positions on the Syrian side…

Kabul: Gunmen ‘attacking Intercontinental Hotel’

Kabul: Gunmen ‘attacking Intercontinental Hotel’

At least four gunmen have launched an attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel, Afghan officials say.…

US shutdown: Trump and Democrats blame each other

US shutdown: Trump and Democrats blame each other

Media captionMajority Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell accuses the Democrats of “irresponsible political games” Recriminations…

Syria: Turkey ground operation in Afrin begins ‘de facto’

Syria: Turkey ground operation in Afrin begins ‘de facto’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syrian supporters of Turkey’s operation against Kurdish forces rallied in…

Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea will send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang

Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea will send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang

North Korea’s Sports Minister (left) met with South Korea’s Minister of Culture sports and tourism…

US News

Trump urges change to Senate rule as shutdown enters second day

Trump urges change to Senate rule as shutdown enters second day

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday if the government shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules, which currently require…

Pence tells U.S. troops: no immigration talks until government reopens

(Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Sunday that the Trump administration would not reopen talks with Democratic lawmakers on “illegal immigration” until the U.S. government…

US shutdown: Senate in bid to end impasse

US shutdown: Senate in bid to end impasse

Media captionMajority Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell accuses the Democrats of “irresponsible political games” The US Senate is due back in session to try to end a budget…

Nigeria: Kidnapped US and Canadian citizens freed

Nigeria: Kidnapped US and Canadian citizens freed

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A joint police and military operation found the captives Two American and two Canadian citizens kidnapped in Nigeria on Wednesday have been freed,…

US musician Tom Petty died of ‘accidental drug overdose’

US musician Tom Petty died of ‘accidental drug overdose’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tom Petty died in October aged 66 US musician Tom Petty died of an accidental overdose after taking various painkillers, according to…

First day of government shutdown ends in standoff

First day of government shutdown ends in standoff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers were locked in a standoff with Democrats on Saturday over the U.S. government shutdown, with Republicans saying they would…

Trump to Democrats: no immigration talk until U.S. government reopened

Trump to Democrats: no immigration talk until U.S. government reopened

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers took a tough stance on Saturday after the U.S. Congress failed to fund federal agencies, saying they would not…

Trump campaign ad on murder raises heat in shutdown fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on Saturday issued a new video ad calling Democrats “complicit” in murders committed by illegal immigrants, during a government…

Trump to Democrats: no immigration talk until government reopened

Trump to Democrats: no immigration talk until government reopened

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers took a tough stance on Saturday after the U.S. Congress failed to fund federal agencies, saying they would not…

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Politics

UKIP leader Henry Bolton hits out at national executive committee

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Bolton, who took over as UKIP leader in September, has resisted calls to step down UKIP leader Henry Bolton has said…

PM to stop private sector ‘pension abuse’

Image copyright Getty Images The government will stop workers’ pensions being put at risk from “executives who try to line their own pockets”, the prime minister has…

CBI calls for UK to remain in a customs union with EU

Image copyright Getty Images Time is running out on Brexit, and the UK should remain in a customs union with the EU, the CBI has warned. CBI…

Macron says ‘special’ UK deal possible

Media captionPresident Macron: “You can’t have full access to the single market if you don’t tick the box” French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested the UK could…

PM to stop private sector ‘pension abuse’

Image copyright Getty Images The government will stop workers’ pensions being put at risk from “executives who try to line their own pockets”, the prime minister has…

UKIP leader Henry Bolton faces crunch meeting

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Bolton, who took over as UKIP leader in September, has resisted calls to step down The future of UKIP leader Henry…

All Sports

Ben Youngs pens new Leicester Tigers deal

(Photo: Getty Images) By Adam Ellis Leicester Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs has signed a new deal to stay at Welford Road. The England international…

Gaffney challenges Northampton Saints to earn European cup spot

(Photo: Getty Images) By Neale Harvey REJUVENATED Northampton are targeting a top six finish after last week’s narrow victory over Gloucester. Alan Gaffney, right,…

Guscott column: Blackadder must beef up front five

By Jeremy Guscott TODD Blackadder has some big questions to answer at Bath after their stuttering performance against Scarlets compounded their recent inconsistency and…

Watch out Robshaw, Michael Rhodes is ‘best blindside in England’ says Saracens coach

By Neale Harvey Uncompromising flanker Michael Rhodes poses a huge threat to Chris Robshaw’s chances of making it to a third World Cup according…

Rugby Matters: Hartpury production line set for more Test success

By Brendan Gallagher In years gone by Loughborough College and St Luke’s of old have been the great ‘redbrick’ student rugby breeding grounds along…

‘Sort out season to end injury mayhem’ says Bath coach Toby Booth

(Photo: Getty Images) By Neale Harvey Bath coach Toby Booth has urged Premiership Rugby to come clean over season structure changes amid an injury…

All Sports

Is this the end of Rugby Union in Australia?

With the recent news that Rugby Australia struck a deal to guarantee the same base pay for men and women’s sevens and Super Rugby starters, things…

Eddie Jones signs contract extension as England head coach

(Photo: Getty Images) By Adam Ellis The RFU have signed Eddie Jones to a contract extension which will see the Australian continue as head…

Senior Munster stars show public support for team-mate who served steroid doping ban

(Photo: Getty Images) By Adam Ellis Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray have echoed coach Johann van Graan by saying Munster team-mate Gerbrandt Grobler should…

Barclay continues as Scotland captain despite Laidlaw’s inclusion for Six Nations

(Photo: Getty Images) By Adam Ellis John Barclay will lead Scotland through their Six Nations campaign after Gregor Townsend replaced Greig Laidlaw as captain.…

Gatland hands Worcester wing Josh Adams Six Nations call-up

(Photo: Getty Images) By Adam Ellis Warren Gatland has named his Wales squad for the Six Nations and has included two uncapped players in…

FREE Rugby Turf Workshop next month!

A free to attend workshop on Rugby Turf is taking place at Royal Holloway University of London Sports Centre on 8 February 2018. Insightful…

Sport UK

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

England keeper Jos Buttler hit his fifth ODI century, his slowest at 83 balls England have won their one-day series against Australia with two games to spare…

Watford sack Silva and blame Everton’s ‘unwarranted approach’ for poor run

Media playback is not supported on this device Watch Silva’s final MOTD interview Watford have sacked manager Marco Silva, blaming Everton’s approach for the Portuguese in November…

Edmund reaches first Grand Slam quarter-final

Kyle Edmund’s serve was a potent weapon throughout the match Kyle Edmund powered into a first Grand Slam quarter-final with a four-set win over Italy’s Andreas Seppi…

Mkhitaryan agrees Arsenal switch as Sanchez swap moves closer

Media playback is not supported on this device Mourinho & Wenger on Sanchez latest Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has agreed to join Arsenal, with Alexis Sanchez…

Aguero hat-trick gives Man City victory over Newcastle

Sergio Aguero has now scored 22 goals for Manchester City in all competitions this season Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he hopes his side can pick…

Stepping up a level: Bolder Edmund targets first Grand Slam quarter-final

Kyle Edmund will earn his career-best Grand Slam performance with a win on Sunday Kyle Edmund will hope to show more evidence of a “killer instinct” when…

Sport US

Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games

Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses…

The Most Stylish Players in the 2016 NBA Finals

This evening is the seventh and final game of the NBA Finals, where the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will face off once again for the…

How That Pro Cyclist Hid a Motor in Her Bike

From Popular Mechanics At the Cyclocross World Championships earlier this month, Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche had her bike confiscated by the UCI-the governing body of…

Millions Will Watch the Super Bowl — But Is the Football Generation Ending?

One NFL player after another — from former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, 69, who died in July 2015, to 27-year-old Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died two…

Travel Advice

Réunion

Réunion is a French Overseas Territory. There is no formal British diplomatic representation on the island. If you need consular assistance you should contact the British Embassy…

Mauritius

Tropical Cyclone Berguitta is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to Mauritius from around 17 January 2018. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms…

El Salvador

On Friday 8 September 2017 there was an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 off the coast of Chiapas, Mexico. If you’re in the area, you should follow the…

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is a British Overseas Territory. There is no formal British diplomatic representation. The Office of the Commissioner of South Georgia…

Timor-Leste

Parliamentary elections were held in East Timor on 22 July 2017. Localised violence associated with campaign rallies has occurred in Dili. Further violence is possible. You should…

Djibouti

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the border with Eritrea. See Local travel Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks…

Health

Chemistry ‘Van Gogh’ could help with cancer

Image copyright ICR Image caption RNA polymerase III surrounding DNA “Incredible” images of DNA in action have been captured by scientists who will use them to design…

Angelina Jolie gene testing for all?

Image copyright Getty Images Testing all women for the “Angelina Jolie gene”, even if not considered at risk, would prevent cancers, save lives and is cost effective,…

Employers urged to ‘normalise’ menopause in the workplace

Media captionWhat’s the menopause really like? Employers need to do more to “normalise conversations” about the menopause in the workplace, say experts. The comments came after a…

Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze

Image copyright Getty Images Stifling a sneeze by clamping your nose and mouth shut can cause serious physical damage, doctors are warning. Medics in Leicester treated a…

Coca-Cola to cut bottle size but increase price in face of sugar tax

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Coca-Cola has confirmed the price of its larger bottles, including 500ml, will rise in March Coca-Cola has announced it will cut…

London’s January air quality ‘best in 10 years’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The capital has breached air pollution limits by 6 January every year since 2008, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said London’s air…