At least four gunmen have launched an attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel, Afghan officials say. Special forces have killed two of the attackers, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told the BBC. An official at the Afghan spy agency told AFP that the gunmen were "shooting at guests".
Turkish war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish positions in northern Syria, in a move likely to cause tensions with the US. Turkey wants to oust the Kurds, which it calls terrorists, from Afrin region which lies across its southern border. Some Kurdish groups are allies of the US against the Islamic State group.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he has never doubted President Trump's mental health after a new book claimed staff saw him as a child. Author Michael Wolff said White House employees believed Mr Trump's "mental powers were slipping." ... Tillerson -- who is alleged to have called Trump a moron last year -- told CNN: "I have no reason to question his mental fitness." read more
Thirty-two people are missing after an oil tanker and a cargo ship collided off China's east coast on Saturday evening. The Sanchi tanker, a Panama-registered vessel carrying 136,000 tonnes of Iranian oil, caught fire after the crash.
The Australian city of Sydney has experienced its hottest weather in 79 years with temperatures in the region hitting as high as 47.3C (117F).