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Mary Lou McDonald to replace Gerry Adams as Sinn Fein leader
Mary Lou McDonald has been confirmed as the only candidate to succeed Gerry Adams as the leader of Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein. McDonald will be formally elected at a special party conference next month.

Turkey's Erdogan says ground offensive on Syria's Afrin has begun
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkish forces have begun a new air and ground operation to oust Kurdish militants from Afrin. Turkey accuses the Kurdish militia YPG of being a terror group.

Twitter admits Russia-linked troll accounts more widespread than first feared
Twitter has identified over 1,000 more accounts tied to the Internet Research Agency, widely considered to be a Kremlin-linked "troll farm." Twitter said it will notify some 700,000 users who were exposed to fake news.

Several dead following Turkey bus crash
Eleven people have been killed and at least 44 others injured when an intercity bus crashed in Eskisehir, a province in northwestern Turkey. Eskisehir's governor said the precise cause of the crash is still unknown.

Russian police look for weapons — and find a crocodile
Police in Russia searching for a weapons cache in St. Petersburg have encountered a crocodile living in a basement. A neighbor said the now rather large reptile was small when it first moved in.

Remembering George Weah's early football days
Cameroon was Weah's stepping stone on his way to becoming a top football player in Europe. Many of his former team mates have fond memories of Liberia's president-elect. DW's Moki Kindzeka spoke with some of them.

France outlines plans to shutter Fessenheim nuclear plant on German border
France is advancing with plans to close its Fessenheim nuclear power plant on the border with Germany. The French environment minister said concerns about job losses can be addressed through opportunities in Germany.

The Donald Trump effect: Core supporters hungry for more
Polls may label Donald Trump the most popular unpopular president in history, a designation his staunch supporters find laughable. Some Trump fans go to extraordinary lengths to show their support, as DW found out.

Canada rail disaster: Trio acquitted of criminal negligence
A Canadian jury has found three former railway workers not guilty of criminal negligence in a 2013 train derailment that killed 47 people in the province of Quebec. It was one of the nation's worst train disasters.

Opinion: One year of Donald Trump — time for a sober examination
The US president has been in office for a year. His critics make it far too easy for him when they unite in blind hate against all things Donald Trump, writes DW Editor-in-Chief Ines Pohl.

Report: Crime prediction software less accurate than random people
A popular program called COMPAS claims it can predict if criminal defendants will commit more crimes, and has been used by judges across the US. However, a new study has found the algorithm to be no better than a human.

China, Russia outpace terrorism as greatest threat to US, says Pentagon
The US has classified China and Russia as its main military competitors in a strategy document. Moscow has dismissed Washington's defense policy as "imperialist," while China said it represented a "Cold War mentality."

Silvio Berlusconi's party unveils election plan, vows tax cuts
In Italy, Berlusconi's conservative coalition has announced plans to slash taxes and drop an overhaul of the pension system. The ex-premier's bloc is leading in the polls ahead of elections in March.
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