BBC News - Home 3 January 2018

Iran protests: General declares 'sedition' defeated

The head of the Revolutionary Guards makes the announcement amid mass pro-government rallies.

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US braces for explosive and bone-chilling 'bomb cyclone'

A storm with strong winds is expected to dump snow along the US east coast as the deep freeze goes on.

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Ethiopia to release all political prisoners, says prime minister

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalagn also says a notorious detention centre will be shut.

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New York to install 1,500 security barriers after vehicle attacks

The measure is part of $50m investment in security infrastructure after last year's vehicle attacks.

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North Korea reopens hotline to South to discuss Olympics

The phone line was disabled almost two years ago on the orders of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.

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Berlin reels after nine inmates escape Plötzensee prison

Plötzensee jail "lost" the prisoners in four incidents over five days.

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Storm Eleanor: Northern Europe suffers power cuts and disruption

At least 10 people are injured in France and the Netherlands as the storm brings high winds.

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Senator Orrin Hatch's exit opens door to Mitt Romney

The 2012 White House Republican nominee is considered a top contender for Mr Hatch's seat.

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Zambia foreign minister Harry Kalaba resigns over 'greed'

Some suggest Foreign Minister Harry Kalaba's decision is aimed at putting pressure on the president.

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Trump to Kim: My nuclear button is 'bigger and more powerful'

The president's tweet is the latest in the war of words between the two nuclear-armed leaders.

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Manchester Arena attack: 'Hero' admits theft from victims

Chris Parker was initially dubbed a hero amid claims he comforted an injured girl at Manchester Arena.

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Peru bus plunges from cliff on to beach

At least 48 people have been killed after a coach plummeted 100m (330ft) down a cliff and landed upside down on a beach in Peru, officials say.

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Palestinians condemn Trump threat to cut aid as 'blackmail'

A spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas insists Jerusalem is "not for sale" after threat to cut aid.

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Drag queen to star in Madrid Epiphany parade

A drag queen, a dancer and a hip hop star will play the Three Wise Men in a Madrid Epiphany parade.

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New Year rainbow graces Rio's Sugarloaf Mountain

A huge rainbow appears over Sugarloaf Mountain in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

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Hollywood 'shuns people with disabilities'

Comedian and disability advocate Maysoon Zayid on the difficulties of getting acting roles.

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Will North Korea compete in Winter Olympics?

Michael Madden examines what's happening behind the scenes to get North Korea to the Games.

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Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool braced for new bid from Barcelona

Liverpool are braced for a new bid from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, following three offers in the summer.

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Garth Crooks' team of the festive period: Ryan, Walker, Lingard, Sanchez, Kane

Which manager could be 'losing his touch' and which club should be paying Garth a consultancy fee? Find out in his team of the festive period.

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Andy Murray may have to adapt his game after hip injury, says former coach Miles Maclagan

Andy Murray may need to play a different style of tennis as he battles to overcome a long-term hip injury, says his former coach Miles Maclagan.

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