BBC News - World 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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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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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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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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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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Cyber battle on the streets

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

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Snowing or glowing?

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

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