Senate deal to halt government shutdown

The US government partial shutdown is set to end after Senate Republicans and Democrats voted to approve a temporary funding bill. Senator Chuck Schumer said Democrats would support the bill if Republicans addressed a programme that shields young immigrants from deportation. Democrats had refused to vote for the bill unless they secured protections for recipients […]

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Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand government for damages

Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, is suing the New Zealand government for billions of dollars in damages over his arrest in 2012. The internet entrepreneur is fighting extradition to the US to stand trial for copyright infringement and fraud. Mr Dotcom says an invalid arrest warrant negated all charges against him. He […]

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US shutdown: Government services closed as working week begins

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be unable to report for work on Monday, as the US Senate struggles to end a government shutdown. The shutdown began at midnight on Friday, when lawmakers failed to agree on an extension to federal funding. Efforts to reach a compromise ahead of the working week failed late […]

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US shutdown: Senators trade blame ahead of new vote

Media playback is unsupported on your device US senators are attempting to agree on a bill to fund the government, which is in its second day of shutdown. However Democratic and Republican senators have so far largely traded blame for the shutdown. Democrats want President Trump to negotiate over immigration as part of a budget […]

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Germany coalition talks: SPD backs talks with Merkel

Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have voted for coalition negotiations with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, their former coalition partners. Earlier this month the two groupings agreed a blueprint for formal talks. Mrs Merkel’s centre-right CDU and its Bavarian CSU ally have been unable to form a government since September’s inconclusive election. The far-right Alternative for […]

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Kabul: Gunmen shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

Media playback is unsupported on your device An eyewitness has told the BBC of the terrifying moment gunmen burst into Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel restaurant on Saturday. The man, who is not being named for security reasons, said he was spared after saying he was an Afghan. “Where are the foreigners?” they shouted. Fourteen foreigners are […]

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Syria: Turkey says ground troops moved in on Afrin

Turkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria as part of Ankara’s campaign to rid the border area of Kurdish fighters, Turkey’s PM says. Binali Yildirim said the aim was to establish a 30km (19-mile) “safe zone” deep inside Syria, Turkish reports say. Turkey launched its operation against Kurdish YPG militia in the Afrin region […]

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