• US shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget  Many federal agencies will close as Republicans and Democrats fail to pass a short-term budget.    
  • Women's March: Where, when and why will protests happen?  Protests are planned across the US this weekend - here's what you need to know    
  • Asian wildlife trafficking 'kingpin' Boonchai Bach arrested  Boonchai Bach is accused of heading of one Asia's biggest illegal wildlife smuggling networks.    
  • Workers cleared over Canada rail disaster  Forty-seven people were killed in one of the worst rail disasters in Canadian history.    
  • British tourists warned to 'stay in resorts' in Jamaica security emergency  Tourists in Montego Bay should stay in their resorts after a number of shootings, foreign office says.    
  • In case you missed it  When a penguin decides to hop on board, and other stories you might have missed this week.    
  • US musician Tom Petty died of 'accidental drug overdose'  His family believes he was overusing prescription medication when he died in October, aged 66.    
  • Pope Francis warns of threat to Amazon peoples on Peru visit  Tribal elders call on him to help protect them, saying they are being driven from their lands.    
  • Mattis: US national security focus no longer terrorism  The defence secretary points to "growing threats" from Russia and China.    
  • Las Vegas shooting: Police say gunman's girlfriend won't face charges  Police say they still do not know the motive for October's mass shooting that caused 58 deaths.    
  • Macron says 'special' UK deal possible  It might fall between the single market and a trade agreement, the French president tells the BBC.    
  • Huge Brazil rubbish dump closes after six decades  Its closure is likely to have an impact on a nearby favela as many people there rely on scavenging.    
  • Trump travel ban: Supreme Court to rule on legality  The court is due to hear arguments in April and will decide if the ban is legal by the end of June.    
  • Why Italians are saying 'no' to takeaway coffee  Drinking takeaway coffee is a way of life in many parts of the world. So why do Italians refuse to do it?    
  • The man risking his life to save pink dolphins  Fernando Trujillo works in dangerous areas of the Amazon to save the rare species.    
  • The Silent Child: The deaf six-year-old actress hoping for an Oscar  Profoundly deaf six-year-old Maisie Sly is the star of The Silent Child, a short film which could be vying for an Oscar.    
  • The future of high-speed travel?  Virgin's Hyperloop One plans to get passengers to their destination in minutes rather than hours.    
  • Nassar case: Gold medallists Raisman and Wieber face abuser  Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber confront former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar in court.    
  • Week in pictures: 13 - 19 January 2018  A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.    
  • Watch how tow truck driver escapes this crash unscathed  A tow truck driver attempts to load a broken-down car when another vehicle slides out of control.    
  • Fishermen escape crash by split-second  Watch how fishermen in Oregon react as a boat speeds straight towards them.    
  • How can parents torture their children?  As the Turpin family allegations shock the world, we look at how cases of extreme abuse can happen.    
  • Lac-Megantic: The runaway train that destroyed a town  Nearly five years after a rail disaster, a small Canadian town still grapples with the aftermath.    
  • France: Emmanuel Macron’s marvellous manoeuvres this week  The French president had enough reasons to keep smiling this week, writes the BBC's Hugh Schofield.    
  • New Zealand debates access to dead sea life footage  Should the public have the right to see which animals are being caught up in commercial fishing nets?    
  • North Korean skiers dream of Paralympic success  Two novice skiers are set to represent their country for the first time at the Winter Paralympics.    
  • What happened to worries about Trump's business?  What happened to worries about President Trump's potential conflicts of interest?    
  • Masters: John Higgins eases past Ryan Day - five best shots  Watch the five best shots as two-time Masters winner John Higgins moves into the semi-finals with a 6-1 victory over Ryan Day.    
  • Australian Open: Alexander Zverev beaten in five sets by Hyeon Chung  Alexander Zverev loses the fifth set 6-0 as he is knocked out of the Australian Open by unseeded Hyeon Chung.    
  • Australian Open: Simona Halep saves match points to beat Lauren Davis in epic  World number one Simona Halep saves three match points in an epic victory over unseeded Lauren Davis at the Australian Open.    
  • Volvo Ocean Race: Man dies after collision with Vestas team  A man dies after the fishing boat he was on collided with the Vestas 11th Hour Racing team during the fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.    
  • Christian Coleman breaks 60m indoor world record with time of 6.37  American Christian Coleman breaks the 60m indoor world record, clocking 6.37 seconds at a meeting in Clemson, South Carolina.    
  • Why these women are sticking with the president?  Trump's approval ratings among women have dropped during his first year. But not with these voters.    
  • Trumplomacy: Has Trump made the world more dangerous?  Trump may have stoked fears with his erratic and volatile tweets, but he has not torpedoed alliances.    
  • What has President Trump said about your country?  Find out what President Trump has said about where you live since he was inaugurated in January.    
  • The missing - consequences of Trump's immigration crackdown  In a rural county that voted for Trump, people are shocked to see friends and schoolmates deported.