BBC News - Home 19 January 2018

US shutdown: Senate bill on verge of collapse amid rancour

The Senate lacks the votes needed to avert a federal closure that may carry huge political fallout.

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Pope Francis 'slander' comment angers Chile abuse victims

Francis said there was no evidence a Chilean bishop had covered up another priest's actions.

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Data-stealing spyware 'traced to Lebanon'

Nation-state malware dubbed Dark Caracal uncovered by security researchers.

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Michael Douglas: Former employee accuses actor of sexual harassment

Susan Braudy claims she felt "humiliated" by the Hollywood star's behaviour.

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Nasa removes US astronaut from ISS mission

Jeanette Epps would have been the first African-American astronaut on the space station crew.

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President Putin plunges into icy water to mark Epiphany

Russian President Vladimir has taken part in a traditional Orthodox ritual to mark the feast of Epiphany.

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Pakistan Zainab murder: DNA suggests suspect in other case was 'innocent'

DNA tests suggest the real killer could be linked to several other killings - and still at large.

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British 'extreme kayaker' sets 128ft waterfall record

Bren Orton plunged down the Big Banana falls in Mexico, setting a British record.

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Europe storm: Germany in huge clean-up as trains run again

Dutch and German transport resumes but removing all the storm debris is a huge task.

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Turkey steps up Syria shelling as invasion of Afrin looms

It says it marks the start of a planned invasion of northern Syria to wipe out Kurdish fighters.

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Patricia Dagorn: France's 'Black Widow' jailed for poisonings

Patricia Dagorn was accused of poisoning four men, two of whom died, in attempts to enrich herself.

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Fake-bomb TV crew held at New Jersey airport

The crew allegedly tried to get the device past security at Newark Liberty and film the response.

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'No specific plans' for Boris Johnson's Channel bridge

The foreign secretary reportedly suggested a "fixed link" between UK and France to Emmanuel Macron.

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Jacinda Ardern: Working mums on how to survive a short maternity leave

The New Zealand prime minister will be taking six weeks maternity leave before returning to her job.

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Australia v England: Tourists hold nerve to take 2-0 series lead

England hold their nerve to take a 2-0 lead in the one-day international series with a four-wicket victory over Australia at Brisbane.

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Pele in hospital: Brazil legend 'collapsed with exhaustion'

Brazil legend Pele is in hospital after collapsing with exhaustion before a planned trip to London.

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Australian Open 2018: Jelena Ostapenko beaten by Anett Kontaveit; Caroline Wozniacki through

World number seven Jelena Ostapenko is beaten by Estonia's Anett Kontaveit in the third round of the Australian Open.

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Alexis Sanchez: Gossip column extra on a possible move to Manchester United from to Arsenal

BBC Sport's David Ornstein and Simon Stone discuss the details of the imminent transfer of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal to Manchester United.

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Australian Open: Nick Kyrgios beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to make last 16

Nick Kyrgios keeps home hopes very much alive in the men's singles with victory over France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open.

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Alexis Sanchez: Man Utd in talks to sign Arsenal forward, Jose Mourinho confirms

Jose Mourinho confirms Manchester United are in talks to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.

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