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Syria: Turkey war planes launch strikes on Afrin (52 minutes old)

Turkey launches air strikes on US-backed Kurds in Afrin, opening a new front in the Syrian conflict.

US shutdown: Trump and Democrats blame each other (3 hours old)

Recriminations start after the US Senate fails to pass a new budget, leading to a shutdown of services.

Paul Bocuse: Top French chef dies at 91 (1 hour 47 minutes old)

He is said to have passed away in his famous three-Michelin-starred restaurant near Lyon.

Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea will send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang (4 hours old)

North Korea will send 22 athletes to compete in three sports at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Turkey bus crash: Eleven killed in motorway accident (3 hours old)

The bus taking families on a skiing trip crashed in the north-west in reportedly good road conditions.

Syria conflict: 15 refugees found frozen to death (5 hours old)

Children were among the 15 people who died trying to cross from Syria into Lebanon in a snowstorm.

Asian wildlife trafficking 'kingpin' Boonchai Bach arrested (8 hours old)

Boonchai Bach is accused of heading of one Asia's biggest illegal wildlife smuggling networks.

Nigeria: Kidnapped US and Canadian citizens freed (3 hours old)

The group is found during a joint police and army operation after they were kidnapped on Wednesday.

India police 'failed to help injured teenagers' (1 hour 26 minutes old)

The men died after the officers allegedly objected to getting blood stains in their patrol car.

US musician Tom Petty died of 'accidental drug overdose' (16 hours old)

His family believes he was overusing prescription medication when he died in October, aged 66.

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US government goes into shutdown after Senate rejects funding bill (1 hour 36 minutes old)

Trump calls out #DemocratShutdown as parties play blame gameFederal workers facing furlough: ‘We’re being used as pawns’The United States has its first government shutdown in nearly five years after senators failed to reach a deal to keep the lights on. An effort by Republicans to keep the government open for one month was rejected in a vote on Friday night after they failed to address Democratic concerns about young undocumented migrants known as Dreamers. Continue reading...

Women's marches protest Donald Trump on anniversary of inauguration – live (12 minutes old)

Rolling coverage as protests against the president get under way – and Washington remains in grip of a government shutdown 5.04pm GMT Adam Gabbatt is talking with protesters in New York City, where thousands are gathering on the Upper West Side, at 71st Street and Columbus Avenue, before marching downtown.The streets on the west side of Central Park are packed with thousands of people as the women’s march prepares to take place.Deborah Paray and Marteen Dinzes at the #WomensMarchNYC2018:“A lot of shit comes out of that mouth.” pic.twitter.com/Kuxc2HCuHT 4.51pm GMT Democrats are giving a press [...]

Top French chef Paul Bocuse dies aged 91 (1 hour 14 minutes old)

French president leads tributes, saying ‘chefs are crying in their kitchens at the Elysée and everywhere in France’ Paul Bocuse, the Michelin-starred chef and celebrated master of haute cuisine, died in France on Saturday.Bocuse, 91, was one of the leading exponents of the 1970s culinary trend of nouvelle cuisine. His restaurant has held three Michelin stars continuously for more than 50 years. Continue reading...

Sinn Féin to be led by a woman for the first time in its modern history (4 hours old)

Mary Lou McDonald will be unopposed when party delegates elect a new president in FebruarySinn Féin will be led by a woman for the first time in its modern history, with the party’s Mary Lou McDonald the only candidate to replace Gerry Adams.The Dublin TD (MP) will be unopposed when Sinn Féin delegates elect a new president at a special conference, Ard Fheis, in February. Continue reading...

Britons in Jamaica's Montego Bay urged to stay in resorts (1 hour 7 minutes old)

Foreign Office warning comes as Jamaican military carries out crackdown on violent crimeTourists in the Jamaican city of Montego Bay have been urged to stay in their resorts while the military carries out a crackdown on violent crime.St James Parish, of which Montego Bay is the capital, has been hit by a surge in gang-related killing and violence, according to authorities, and a state of emergency was declared on Thursday. Continue reading...

Eleven killed and 46 injured in bus crash in north-western Turkey (3 hours old)

The bus, which was making an overnight journey from Ankara to Bursa, crashed on a motorwayEleven people were killed and 46 injured when a bus taking families on a skiing trip crashed in north-western Turkey, local officials said.The bus, which was making an overnight journey from the capital, Ankara, to the western city of Bursa, crashed into trees on a motorway in the region of Eskişehir, its governor Ozdemir Çakacak told the Dogan news agency. Continue reading...

Subversive Greeks stub out cigarette habit in record numbers (5 hours old)

As tobacco use plummets, figures reveal dramatic attitude shift from EU’s worst offenderNo campaign could do it. No health warning could do it. And, for a very long time, no change in the price of a pack could do it.But as they learn to survive on less, Greeks have earned themselves the unusual distinction of abandoning cigarettes in record numbers. In a rare feelgood story from the crisis-plagued country, experts who had previously blamed the nation’s tobacco epidemic for the critical state of its health system are in ebullient mood. “I am 100% sure we have solved the problem,” said Panagioti[...]

Whatever he chooses to say at Davos, Trump will make headlines (1 hour 17 minutes old)

A conciliatory speech would alienate his base; a repudiation of Nafta would create shockwaves. Either way, this is a significant momentThe annual meeting of the World Economic Forum will come to a climax on Friday when Donald Trump becomes the first US president since Bill Clinton to address the Davos talkfest.To say that Trump’s lunchtime speech is eagerly awaited is an understatement. Excitement has been building ever since the White House announced that the president would join Emmanuel Macron, Theresa May and Narendra Modi at this year’s event. Continue reading...

Las Vegas shooting: police release report on gunman but motive still a mystery (3 hours old)

Stephen Paddock killed 58 and injured more than 800Investigators: shooter acted alone and did not leave suicide noteAfter three months of investigation, police have learned that Stephen Paddock, who carried out the Las Vegas shooting in October, was a high-stakes gambler on a losing streak, obsessed with cleanliness, possibly bipolar and was having difficulties with his live-in girlfriend. Related: US gun violence spawns a new epidemic: conspiracy theorists harassing victims Continue reading...

Women’s March organisers issue rallying call to Britons (9 hours old)

Sunday’s protests on anniversary of Trump inauguration aim to capitalise on #MeToo campaignThe UK organisers of the global Women’s March have called on people to once again gather in protest, a year after millions marched in seven continents.Saying it is time for a “conscious revolution”, they have urged women to capitalise on the momentum created in 2017 by rallying outside Downing Street at 11am on Sunday – a year and a day after the inauguration of Donald Trump, which sparked the initial protests. Other UK rallies are being held in Bristol and Sheffield. Continue reading...

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