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Taliban fighters, whom US-led forces spent billions of dollars trying to defeat, are now openly active in 70% of Afghanistan, a BBC study has found.
Also in the programme: A prominent human rights activist is set to be released on bail in Turkey; and 'grid girls' will no longer be used by Formula 1.
Picture: Afghan Taliban fighters in November 2015. Credit: Getty Images
President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union Address he is "extending an open hand" to Democrats to work together. Congressman Joseph Kennedy III delivered the Democratic rebuttal depicting the Trump presidency as "chaos" while claiming "many have spent the past year anxious, angry, afraid."
Also in the programme; a BBC study finds that the Taliban are now openly active in 70% of Afghanistan and in full control of 14 districts and; new research shows that killer whales can 'speak human'.
Picture: US President Donald J. Trump delivers his State of the Union to Congress. Credit: EPA/Win McNamee/Pool
Separatists in war-ravaged Yemen have taken almost full control of the southern city of Aden. The rebels are demanding that President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi sack his cabinet.
Also in the programme: Wisconsin Trump voters and orchestra noise
Picture: Fighters from the separatist Southern Transitional Council after they took control of a pro-government checkpoint in Khormaksar, north of Aden, on January 30, 2018. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
President Vladimir Putin has said Russia will refrain from retaliating against a newly-published US Treasury list of 210 top Russian business leaders and officials who could potentially face sanctions.
Also in the programme; Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga declares himself the people's president and the Michelin Star chef who has been granted his wish to be removed from the famous red restaurant guide.
Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin. Credit: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's deputy director, whom US President Donald Trump repeatedly accused of political bias, has resigned.
Also in the programme: hundreds of people have been arrested in Turkey; and we hear about the BBC's three new language services for Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Picture: Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is escorted by US Capitol Police before a meeting in December. Credit: Getty Images
At least 11 Afghan soldiers have been killed and others wounded in an attack on an army base in the capital, Kabul. It's the third attack by militants in just over a week. Najibullah Azad, deputy spokesperson to President Ashraf Ghani, told Newshour that the targeting of civilians by militants was a response to their defeat by Afghan and international forces on the ground.
Also in the programme: Looking ahead to President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday, and the secrets revealed by fitness trackers.
(Photo: Afghan security personnel near the site of an attack in Kabul, Credit: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)