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As Syrian and Russian warplanes bomb rebel-held district near Damascus for fifth day running, a senior UN humanitarian official says it's time for ‘all parties’ to the conflict to allow in aid.
Also in the programme: Employees at secret Russian nuclear weapons research centre arrested for allegedly using a supercomputer to mine cryptocurrencies; and the US vice-president Mike Pence shuns the North Korean delegation attending the opening of the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Picture: Smoke plumes rising following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Arbin, in the besieged region of Eastern Ghouta. Credit: Getty Images.
The Games are taking place amid tension over North Korea's nuclear programme. How much faith do people in South Korea have that the sporting event may lead to diplomatic progress?
Also in the programme; scientists successfully grow human eggs to maturity in a laboratory for the very first time and; what next for the British Islamic State group 'Beatles' gang captured by Kurdish troops?
Image: A general view during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.
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