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Syria offensive: Turkish troops 'capture villages' in Afrin

Syria offensive: Turkish troops 'capture villages' in Afrin

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Turkish tanks have entered northern Syria in an offensive targeting Kurdish fighters Turkish forces have captured a number of villages in north-western Syria, on the third day of an offensive to oust Kurdish fighters, Turkish media report. Turkish troops, accompanied by allied Syrian rebels, reportedly seized control of several […]

'Airline poo' falls on India village causing confusion

'Airline poo' falls on India village causing confusion

Image copyright GURGAON POLICE Image caption The 10-12kg chunk of ice fell on Fazilpur Badli village in Gurgaon district Indian officials suspect an icy ball which fell on a village in the northern state of Haryana is frozen human waste leaked from a flying airplane. The 10-12kg (22lbs – 26lbs) chunk of ice fell on […]

Croatia introduces same-sex family bedtime stories

Croatia introduces same-sex family bedtime stories

Image copyright My Rainbow Family Zrinka Znidarcic has a new picture-book for her two-year-old son, Patrik. And she can hardly contain her excitement. “His reaction was complete delight,” she says. “He just took it and immediately said: this is familiar.” The book in question is called My Rainbow Family. At first glance it looks like […]

French prison guards in nationwide strike after attacks

French prison guards in nationwide strike after attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Guards take part in a protest at Fresnes prison near Paris after an assault on officers A series of attacks against prison guards by inmates at institutions across France has led to a nationwide strike in the country. Unions have vowed a “total blockade” of prisons on Monday as […]

Australians mourn actress Jessica Falkholt

Australians mourn actress Jessica Falkholt

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJessica played Hope Morrison in Home and Away Hundreds of mourners have attended a funeral for Australian actress Jessica Falkholt, who died following a car crash that also killed her family. The actress, a former star of TV soap Home and Away, was remembered at a church […]

US shutdown: Government services closed as working week begins

US shutdown: Government services closed as working week begins

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The closure of many federal services and national parks will be felt around the country Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be unable to report for work on Monday, as the US Senate struggles to end a government shutdown. The shutdown began at midnight on Friday, when lawmakers […]

Vietnam jails most senior Communist Party official in decades

Vietnam jails most senior Communist Party official in decades

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Dinh La Thang is one of the most senior officials to go on trial A court in Vietnam has sentenced a former Politburo member to 13 years in jail, the most senior Communist Party official to go on trial in decades. Dinh La Thang was found guilty of economic mismanagement […]

Ex-footballer George Weah faces toughest challenge

Ex-footballer George Weah faces toughest challenge

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Weah says he can be successful as president An inspiration on the pitch, Liberia’s new president George Weah could struggle to meet expectations off it, writes Fergal Keane. An army band is playing on the far side of the field, the jaunty strains of ragtime float through the dead […]

Sydney train passengers injured in crash

Sydney train passengers injured in crash

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The train hit a buffer at the end of a railway line Sixteen people have been taken to hospital after a train struck a railway buffer on the outskirts of Sydney, police say. The accident happened at the end of a railway line in Richmond, in the city’s north-west, about […]

Amazon opens no-checkout supermarket

Amazon opens no-checkout supermarket

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Customers enter the store by scanning the Amazon Go app on their smartphone In a move that could revolutionise the way we buy groceries, Amazon opens its first supermarket without checkouts – human or self-service – to shoppers on Monday. Amazon Go, in Seattle, has been tested by staff for […]