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Overnight air strikes killed an estimated 100 pro-government fighters near the Euphrates river in Deir Ez Zour province, according to the US. The Syrian government called it a "war crime" while the US claimed a right to self-defence, saying it was responding to an attack on allied Kurdish and Arab fighters.
Also in the programme; stories from inside Afghanistan's only high security psychiatric institute reveal the trauma of 40 years of war; and Austria sends six astronauts to the desert in Oman for a four week simulation of life on Mars.
Image: A Syrian army tank fires rounds in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor during an operation against Islamic State in November 2017. Stringer/AFP/Getty Images
North Korea has held a military parade attended by leader Kim Jong-un, a day before the opening of the Winter Olympics in the South.
The event is usually held in April and moving it has been seen as a setback to the warming of ties on the peninsular over the Olympics.
Also in the programme; Islamic State group uses images of female fighters for the first time in its propaganda; and the chairman of the African Union dismisses - as lies - allegations that China spied on the organisation and bugged its headquarters in Addis Ababa.
Picture: Screen grab taken from North Korea's KCTV on February 8 showing members of North Korea's military taking part in a parade in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang Credit: AFP PHOTO / KCTV
Somaliland has issued a fatwa, or religious edict, condemning FGM paving the way for legislation outlawing it. The practice, which involves the partial or total removal of the female genitalia, is almost universal in the self-declared republic of Somaliland, a breakaway region of Somalia.
Also in the programme; more than forty thousand refugees have fled to Nigeria from southern Cameroon following a military crackdown against separatists; and new DNA research reveals the first modern Briton had "dark to black skin", blue eyes and dark curly hair.
Picture: Amran Mahamood, who has made a living for 15 years by performing FGM on young girls, looks into a piece of a mirror. Credit: Nichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty Images
A deal has been reached on the formation of a new grand coalition government, between Angela Merkel's centre-right CDU and the centre-left SPD. The agreement was struck in "extra time" of the coalition talks after extensive wrangling following inconclusive elections in September.
Also in the programme; the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to guarantee the return of the nearly three quarters of a million Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar's Rakhine State last year; and the Pentagon is pushing ahead with plans for a large-scale military parade, but is the USA any good at them?
Picture: German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the headquarters of her conservative Christian Democratic Union in Berlin on February 7, 2018, after conservatives and the Social Democrats sealed a deal on a new coalition. Credit: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/AFP/Getty Images
The Representation of the People Act of 1918 gave some 8 million British women the right to vote. But has giving women the vote really hastened moves towards gender equality around the world?
Also in the programme: What does the current stock market volatility tell us about the health of the global economy?; and Taiwanese rescue workers search for earthquake survivors.
Picture: Women outside the British parliament mark the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. Credit: EPA/ANDY RAIN
A Kenyan opposition lawyer is charged with treason over the symbolic presidential 'swearing in' of opposition leader Raila Odinga. Campaigning lawyer Miguna Miguna was arrested on Friday in a dawn raid on his home.
Also in the programme: A former president of Maldives has been arrested at his home as a crackdown on the opposition intensifies, and were dinosaurs too successful for their own good?
Picture: Opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga (centre) takes an oath as president during a mock 'swearing-in' ceremony, with Miguna Miguna (left). Credit: Patrick Meinhardt/AFP/Getty Images.