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There have been international calls for restraint after Turkey launched a ground offensive against a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. A top Turkish Nato official told Newshour that instead of supporting an ally, the United States had backed the creation of a Syrian border force including YPG fighters, who posed a direct threat to Turkey
Also in the programme: The death toll in the Taliban attack on a Kabul hotel rises to 18; and a new president for Liberia.
(Photo: Turkish army tank near the Syrian border. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Gunmen have attacked a prominent hotel in Kabul. Afghan special forces have deployed and the operation is ongoing. The prestigious Hotel Intercontinental was attacked previously in 2011.
Also in the programme: Turkish airstrikes in northern Syria and US government shutdown.
Image: View of the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 25, 2016. Credit: REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail/File Photo
A government shutdown in the US and a war of words between Republicans and Democrats. Also: police in Thailand arrest one of the world's most notorious wildlife traffickers, and - the latest episode of our investigation into the killing of the former Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto.
(Photo: The U.S. Capitol in Washington is seen shortly after beginning of the Government shutdown. Credit: REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)
Taiwan denies Chinese airlines' requests for nearly 200 extra flights; Lunch with Zimbabwean president; Cancer detection breakthrough
(Image:This photo taken on August 28, 2014 shows a China Eastern Airlines plane taking off at Shanghai's Hongqiao airport. Credit:JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
As Turkey prepares to carry out a possible assault on a Kurdish enclave in Syria, Damascus has warned that its forces will shoot down any Turkish plane that enters its airspace.
Also in the programme: production of the Airbus A380 superjumbo to continue after Emirates orders more planes; a new algorithm promises to help locate the best place to settle refugees; and will the United States' government shut down on Friday?
(Photo: A Turkish tank positioned along the border with the Kurdish enclave of Afrin. Credit: Reuters)
France and UK agree to boost defence and counter-terrorism co-operation ahead of UK's departure from the EU.
Also in the programme: America's current strategy in Syria; and why did 200,000 antelopes in Central Asia drop dead in just three weeks?
(Photo: France's President Emmanuel Macron and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrive at Sandhurst Military Academy in Sandhurst. Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay)