US plans open-ended military presence in Syria

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US special forces and military advisers are deployed in northern and eastern Syria The US will maintain an open-ended military presence in Syria to ensure the enduring defeat of the jihadist group Islamic State, counter Iranian influence, and help end the civil war. Secretary …

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Brutal heat hits Australian Open

Gael Monfils struggled in stifling conditions as the temperature approached 40C on Rod Laver Arena 2018 Australian Open Dates: 15-28 January Venue: Melbourne Park Coverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports …

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China's economy grows by 6.9% in 2017

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption China’s planned crackdown on pollution could hit future growth, analysts say. China’s economy grew by 6.9% in 2017 according to official data – the first year-on-year growth for seven years. The figure beats Beijing’s official annual growth target of about 6.5%. China is a …

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'We understand North Korea' – South Korea

South Korea says it will continue high-level talks with North Korea with “clear eyes” amid warnings that Pyongyang might be playing for time to continue its nuclear arms programme. South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told the BBC: “We understand North Korea better than anybody, having dealt with North Korea …

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Why Turkey is poised to attack Syrian town

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A Turkish tank positioned on the Turkish-Syrian border near Manbij in December Turkey says it is getting ready to launch a massive assault on Kurdish forces inside Syria – potentially putting it in direct conflict with its Nato ally, the United States. This could be …

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Parents 'shelling out for free nursery scheme'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many nurseries now charge for meals and snacks Parents are subsidising a new flagship “free” nursery scheme for three- and four-year-olds in England from their own pockets, a survey suggests. Nurseries are making up losses by upping fees for younger children and charging for …

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Ex-minister: Young could undo Brexit

Image copyright House of Commons A future generation of MPs will seek to “improve or undo” Brexit if it does not work for young people, a former cabinet minister has said. Justine Greening – who quit as education secretary in last week’s reshuffle – said MPs had a duty to …

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US shutdown looms amid immigration feud

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Congress has until Friday to pass a bill keeping the government open The US government is two days away from a shutdown as lawmakers and the White House feud over immigration. Congress faces a Friday deadline to pass a stopgap measure that would fund …

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Delhi parents to watch government schools via CCTV

Image copyright Steffi Loos/Getty Images Image caption Surveillance cameras will soon be placed in Delhi’s school classrooms Parents in India’s capital will soon be able to watch their children in the classroom in real time, using a mobile phone app. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said CCTV will be installed …

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