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Rigopiano Hotel avalanche: Six bodies found, 14 still missing

Six more bodies have been found in the ruins of the mountain hotel in Italy engulfed by an avalanche six days ago. In the past few hours, the bodies of four men and two women have been recovered, reports say, bringing the total number of victims to 15.

But 14 people remain unaccounted for and rescuers say there is still a faint hope that some could still be alive. Firefighters are trying to punch a hole through an 80cm concrete wall into the hotel bar. (BBC)

China hits back at US over South China Sea claims.

China has asserted its "indisputable sovereignty" over parts of the South China Sea after the Trump administration vowed to prevent China from taking territory in the region.

The Chinese foreign ministry said Beijing would "remain firm to defend its rights in the region". White House spokesman Sean Spicer said yesterday the US would "make sure we protect our interests there". Barack Obama's administration refused to take sides in the dispute.

Trump executive order pulls out of TPP trade deal.

President Donald Trump has fulfilled a campaign pledge by signing an executive order to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The 12-nation trade deal was a linchpin of former President Barack Obama's Asia policy.


Prime Minister of Mauritius Anerood Jugnauth to hand over to son


Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth says he is stepping down to hand power to his son, Pravind. The 86-year-old first became prime minister in 1982, beginning a third spell as leader in 2014. In a televised address Mr Jugnauth said he was resigning in favour of a "younger and more dynamic leader". His son is currently finance minister. Opposition parties have criticised the move but in practice there is little they can do to stop it.

Air pollution action plan comes into force in Delhi.

Delhi could see strict air pollution-control measures, including a hike in parking charges and differential fares to encourage use of public transport in off-peak hours, as the graded response action plan notified by the Centre was rolled out yesterday.


The New US President vows to end 'American carnage'

President Donald Trump has painted a bleak picture of a broken country after being sworn in as US president. He spoke of abandoned factories, rampant crime and a failed education system, pledging that his presidency would bring about change.


Italy avalanche: 'Many missing' in Rigopiano hotel in Abruzzo

Rescuers say up to 30 people are missing after a hotel in central Italy was hit by an avalanche, apparently triggered by an earthquake. Rescuers battled overnight to reach the Rigopiano hotel, with the first of them arriving on skis. Snow dislodged by the avalanche had blocked the roads in. One person has been pulled dead from the snow. At least three came out alive but most others appear still buried.

Russia says ready to talk to Trump about nuclear arms and Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow was ready to talk to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's new administration about nuclear weapons and Syria, saying the two countries could together solve many of the world's problems. Lavrov, speaking days before Trump's inauguration, used an annual news conference to flag potential areas of cooperation and to belittle what he described as malicious attempts to link Trump to Russia in a negative light.

Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence.

President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence for leaking documents to Wikileaks in 2010. The 29-year-old transgender US Army private, born Bradley Manning, will be freed on 17 May instead of her scheduled 2045 release. She was sentenced to 35 years in 2013 for her role in leaking diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy group. The leak was one of the largest breaches of classified material in US history.

Istanbul Reina nightclub attack suspect captured.

The main suspect in the New Year's Eve attack on an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul has been arrested in the Turkish city. Abdulkadir Masharipov is believed to have mounted the assault on the Reina club which left 39 people dead.


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