BBC News - Home 7 January 2018

Germany coalition: Merkel courts SPD in pivotal talks

The German chancellor's party hopes to convince the divided SPD to help form a government.

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Sydney swelters on hottest day since 1939 as mercury hits 47.3C

Temperatures around the Australian city reach a high of 47.3C (117F), prompting severe fire warnings.

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Tanker and ship collision near Shanghai leaves 32 missing

The 32-strong crew of the tanker are missing and a tanker carrying $60m of oil is on fire.

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France Gall, French singer who shot to fame in 1960s, dies

Seen as an icon of French music, she rose to international fame in a career that spanned 50 years.

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Syria war: Russia thwarts drone attack on Hmeimim airbase

Russian forces shot down an unmanned aircraft attempting to bomb the airbase at Hmeimim, reports say.

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Myanmar Rohingya militants Arsa vow to fight on after attack

The Rohingya group says it targeted the Burmese military in an attack on Friday.

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Iran protests: Social media messaging battle rages

Aside from the street protests, the state and its critics are engaged in a major struggle online.

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Stockholm station blast: Man dies in 'hand grenade' explosion

The 60 year old picked up an object, reportedly a hand grenade, outside an underground station.

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Blaise Matuidi: Juventus midfielder 'experienced racism' in win at Cagliari

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi says he was the victim of racial abuse during his side's win at Cagliari on Saturday.

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Extreme weather scorches Aussies as Americans shiver

Social media reaction as the eastern US freezes while Australia's Sydney swelters.

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Koi fish beauty contest in Japan

To determine which fish is the most beautiful, a team of judges consider the scaled contestants.

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Golden Globes: Stars plan a protest

Final preparations are being made for the Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood.

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Newport County 2-1 Leeds United

Shawn McCoulsky's late header gives League Two Newport County a dramatic FA Cup third-round win over Championship side Leeds.

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Philippe Coutinho: How big a loss will the Brazilian playmaker be for Liverpool?

Philippe Coutinho is set to become a Barcelona player, so what next for Liverpool? BBC Sport takes a look at the key questions.

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NFL: Atlanta Falcons beat Los Angeles Rams in wildcard play-offs

The Atlanta Falcons keep their bid for Super Bowl redemption on track with a 26-13 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL wildcard play-offs.

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Julia Gorges beats Caroline Wozniacki in Auckland decider

Germany's Julia Gorges wins her third straight title with victory over Caroline Wozniacki in the ASB Classic.

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Tournament of Champions: Dustin Johnson takes two-shot lead in Hawaii

American Dustin Johnson holds a two-shot lead over Brian Harman going into the final day of the Tournament of Champions.

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