BBC News - Home 31 January 2018

Burns Strider case: Clinton says she should have fired adviser

Hillary Clinton had been criticised for not sacking Burns Strider over harassment claims.

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Taliban threaten 70% of Afghanistan, BBC finds

The Islamist group's power and reach have surged since foreign combat troops left, the BBC finds.

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Skywatchers see 'super blue blood Moon'

A blue blood supermoon and lunar eclipse across Asia heralds a year of lunar science milestones, say scientists.

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Iran 'jails Iranian-American gallery owner and wife'

Karan Vafadari says he has been sentenced to 27 years in prison, with his wife getting 16 years.

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Kenya TV stations to remain off-air after Odinga 'inauguration'

The government says it is conducting an investigation after the opposition leader's "inauguration".

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Paris officials investigate suspected anti-Semitic attack on schoolboy

Officials suspect the boy, who was wearing a skullcap, was the victim of anti-Semitic violence.

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Formula 1: 'Grid girls' will not be used at races this season

'Grid girls' will no longer be used by Formula 1 from the start of the 2018 World Championship season.

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Killer whale says 'hello'

A killer whale is taught to mimic words such as "hello" and "bye bye" in a scientific experiment.

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Tariq Ramadan: French police question Muslim scholar over rape claims

Oxford University's Tariq Ramadan is taken into custody in Paris following allegations by two women.

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Turkey court releases Amnesty head Taner Kilic

Taner Kilic was detained in June on terrorism charges, in a case described by Amnesty as "baseless".

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Meghan Markle's TV boyfriend leaves show

The new trailer for Suits is revealed along with news Patrick J Adams is to leave the show.

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Catalonia's Puigdemont denies giving up after 'defeat' texts

Carles Puigdemont said Madrid had "won" in text messages, but now insists he will "keep going".

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Driver arrested for damaging ancient Nazca site in Peru

The Nazca archaeological zone is UNESCO World protected.

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'Facebook murder' case: Family of Ohio man sue social media site

Robert Godwin's family take legal action after footage of his death was broadcast on the site.

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Was this really built in a year? Fact-checking Trump

What did President Trump get right - and wrong - in his first State of the Union address?

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The State of the Union viewed from both sides

The BBC caught up with a Trump voter in Washington state and a 'Dreamer' in Florida to watch the annual address.

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Flight with 85 plumbers stricken by broken loo

Despite its plumber passengers, the Norwegian aircraft was forced to turn due to broken toilets.

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Zara's lungi lookalike mocked by Asian internet

In much of Asia, the lungi has been a staple of male dress for centuries - now you can get one at Zara.

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Seville orange heist: Stolen fruit spills from cars

Five people are arrested in Seville after failing to explain where the fruit had come from.

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Used clothes: Why is worldwide demand declining?

As the worldwide demand for used and worn clothing plummets, what do we do with our unwanted clothes?

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Arsenal sign Borussia Dortmund striker for club record £56m

Arsenal sign Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for a club record £56m.

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Michy Batshuayi: Borussia Dortmund agree loan deal for Chelsea striker

Borussia Dortmund agree a deal to sign Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi on loan for the rest of the season, subject to a medical.

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Transfer deals - January 2018

Track all the latest signings as they happen in England, Scotland and across the world on transfer deadline day.

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Glasgow Grand Prix: Greg Rutherford to make competitive return

Greg Rutherford will make his competitive return to athletics at February's Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow.

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Mesut Ozil: Arsenal midfielder signs new contract until 2021

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil signs a new three-and-a-half-year deal to stay at the club until the summer of 2021.

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Melania Trump defies tradition to arrive alone at speech

It was her first official appearance since claims husband Donald had an affair with a porn star.

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A new Kennedy in the political spotlight

Another member of the political dynasty spoke after the State of the Union. Who is Joe Kennedy III?

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State of the Union: Trump calls for unity but divides media

Media reaction to the president's speech ranges predictably from "commanding" to "hollow".

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