BBC News - World 4 January 2018

Trump lawyers seek to halt book's release

Donald Trump's lawyers seek to stop the release of book containing explosive insights into his presidency.

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South Africa train crash: Twelve dead in truck collision

At least 12 people are killed and nearly 270 wounded in the crash and fire, an official says.

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Turkey minister Soylu tells police to break drug dealers' legs

Critics say the interior minister incited police to commit criminal assault.

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Iran protests: US accused of 'grotesque' interference

Fresh pro-government rallies are held to counter mass protests which have swept across Iran.

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Deadly storm blasts across Europe, killing three

Three people die and at least 20 are injured as high winds pummel most of western Europe.

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Australia drugs: Backpackers in hospital after snorting white powder

A mystery substance they took caused seizures and paralysis, preventing them from summoning help.

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'Bomb cyclone': Explosive winter storm hits US

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

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Jet Airways grounds pilots after 'cockpit fight'

A co-pilot was slapped during the flight, and the cockpit was left unattended twice, reports say.

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Japan sumo champion Harumafuji fined over assault

The former grand champion admitted assaulting a junior wrestler, in a case which rocked the sport.

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Turkey anger as US convicts banker Atilla over Iran sanctions case

Ankara hits out after a Turkish banker is found guilty over a scheme to help Iran evade US sanctions.

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Cate Blanchett to chair 2018 Cannes Film Festival jury

The Oscar-winner is to chair the jury that will pick the award winners at the Cannes Film Festival.

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'My colour's being used as a joke'

Why a black writer in Japan wants comedians to stop blacking up to make people laugh.

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Catch A Million: New Zealand competition criticised as fans battle to catch sixes

A New Zealand competition enticing fans to catch sixes in the crowd to win money is criticised for endangering other supporters.

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Job losses as Fiji bans live coral exports

Move to protect Pacific nation's reefs leads to trade ban on live coral.

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Fire and fury

Donald Trump was "befuddled" by his election win, while Ivanka hopes to run in future, a book says.

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What's driving dissent?

The unrest has been fuelled by anger at mismanagement of the economy, unemployment and high prices.

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