BBC News - World 22 January 2018

US shutdown: Government services closed as working week begins

Many federal services will not open on Monday as politicians struggle to agree on a new budget.

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Syria offensive: Turkish troops 'capture villages' in Afrin

Turkey's president vows to "sort out" a Kurdish-held area on the third day of a military offensive.

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Mysterious Dead Sea Scroll deciphered in Israel

Ancient fragments written in code reveal new details about an ancient Jewish sect.

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Jerusalem: US embassy to move by end of 2019 - Pence

Vice-President Mike Pence makes the announcement in a speech to the Israeli parliament.

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Catalonia crisis: Puigdemont's Denmark visit draws anger from Spain

The ex-leader's trip is said to be the first time he has left Belgium for about 80 days.

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Mount Mayon volcano: Philippines fears violent eruption

The Philippines raises its volcano alert after two weeks of increasing activity.

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Ecuador leader calls Julian Assange an 'inherited problem'

President Lenín Moreno says the Wikileaks founder has created "more than a nuisance" for Ecuador.

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George Weah sworn in as Liberia's president

Liberia's new leader says becoming president is a "feeling like no other".

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Australia police in fresh search for missing Beaumont children

An industrial site in an Adelaide suburb will be excavated in a bid to solve a 52-year-old case.

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Amazon opens no-checkout supermarket

Amazon opens its first grocery store without cashiers to shoppers in Seattle on Monday.

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Venice restaurant bill outrages Japanese tourists

The city's mayor promises justice for four Japanese tourists charged €1,100 for a meal.

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Three Billboards triumphs at Screen Actors Guild awards

The dark comedy scoops three prizes including best actress for Frances McDormand.

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Tokyo amusement park evacuated in missile drill

Tokyo carries out an evacuation drill amidst fears of a missile attack from North Korea.

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'Our powerful voices are no longer silenced'

Speeches about gender in Hollywood and female empowerment dominate the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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'Airline poo' falls on India village causing confusion

An official told the BBC some villagers thought the frozen ball was an "extra-terrestrial" object.

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Iceland's high court upholds 76% tax on imported chips

Companies argue that the import tariff should be the same as that for potatoes.

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: The legacy of Africa's first elected female president

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made history in Liberia but was also accused of corruption, writes Tamasin Ford.

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