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US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Donald Trump is expected later to fulfil an election campaign promise by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The status of the city - a holy site for Israelis and Palestinians - is highly contentious, with one Arab leader describing the US president's plan to move his country's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as "a flagrant provocation to Muslims".

But Trump's administration officials said recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital was "a recognition of reality".

Israel has always regarded Jerusalem as its capital city, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. The US, in recognising Israel's claim, would become the first country to do so since Israel was created in 1948.

Mr Trump is expected to deliver a speech on the subject later. Meanwhile. the BBC's Erica Chernofsky takes a closer look at why Jerusalem is so important to Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Two men due in court charged with terror offences

Two men are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later over alleged terror offences. The BBC understands the allegations involve an alleged plot by Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from north London, to bomb the Downing Street security gates and then attack Prime Minister Theresa May with a knife. Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, from Birmingham, has also been charged with terror offences.

Winter Olympics: Russia banned

Russia will not be competing in next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the International Olympic Committee has ruled. This follows an investigation into alleged state-sponsored doping at the previous Games, held in the Russian city of Sochi. But any Russian athletes who prove they are clean will be able to compete in Pyeongchang under a neutral flag.

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Profumo affair model Christine Keeler dies

Christine Keeler, the model who became internationally famous for her part in the Profumo scandal of the early 1960s, has died aged 75. John Profumo was forced to resign as secretary of state for war after lying to Parliament about his affair with her, an event considered to have contributed to the fall of Harold Macmillan's government. Douglas Thompson, the journalist and author who worked with Ms Keeler on her memoir, described her as a "victim of the time" and a "funny and bright woman".

Here's the story of her extraordinary life.

French music legend Johnny Hallyday dies

He starred in many films and sold about 100 million records and, to many in France, he was known simply as "our Johnny". The singer Johnny Hallyday has died aged 74. He began his rock 'n' roll career in the 1950s, with fans likening him to Elvis Presley. "Across generations," said French President Emmanuel Macron, "he carved himself into the lives of French people."

BBC to help students identify 'fake news'

By Amol Rajan, media editor

The modern news system is in most ways exhilarating: available in your pocket, on phones that are the most convenient devices ever invented; constantly updated; and largely free. But it is also confusing, and some people have become adept at making false stories look plausible.

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What the papers say

Theresa May's task in getting a deal to conclude the first stage of Brexit talks features heavily on the front pages. The Guardian says the prime minister is coming under increasing pressure to secure a breakthrough, while City AM reports that Brexit Secretary David Davis is seeking to reassure the Democratic Unionist Party over the future of Northern Ireland after the UK leaves the EU. Elsewhere, the Daily Telegraph, the Sun and the Daily Mirror lead on MI5 foiling an alleged Islamist plot to kill the prime minister in Number 10 Downing Street. And Metro says commuters will be "bled dry" by a 3.4% average increase in rail fares next year.

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