Obafemi Martins Joins China's Shanghai Shenhua

Obafemi Martins

Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins has joined Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in a multi-million dollar deal, BBC Sport can reveal. The 31-year-old makes the switch from Seattle Sounders, where he scored 43 goals in 84 appearances for the MLS club he joined in March 2013. Martins was linked with a move back to the Premier League in the January window, but British agent Tony Harris along with the player's attorney Soroosh Abdi brokered the deal taking the Super Eagle to China instead.

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China Bank Chief Says ' The Fall of Yuan Was Caused By 'speculators

Chinese central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan has accused "speculative forces" of targeting the country's currency, the yuan.

He said there was no reason for the yuan to keep depreciating in value and that China would not let international speculators dominate market sentiment.

Mr Zhou's remarks come as Chinese markets prepare to reopen on Monday after a week-long New Year holiday.

Efforts to defend the yuan have eroded China's foreign currency reserves.

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Turkey Continue Assault on Kurds

The Menagh air base was captured by Kurdish fighters last week

A Turkish assault on positions claimed by Kurdish fighters in northern Syria has continued into a second day.

On Saturday, Turkey began shelling the militia, which it says is linked to the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The YPG militia, which is based in Syria, has rejected a demand by Turkey to leave areas it has seized, saying Islamists would return if it left.

Turkey's assault is a new thread in an already-complex conflict that has drawn in competing regional powers.

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Weapons found in 'getaway car'-Paris attacks:

The suspected getaway car was towed away by investigators

Several Kalashnikovs have been found in an abandoned car believed to have been used by some of the Paris attackers, French judicial sources say.

The black Seat car was found in the eastern Paris suburb of Montreuil on Sunday, suggesting some of the attackers got away.

Earlier, the first of the seven dead attackers was named as Ismail Mostefai. Six people close to him are in custody.

France is in three days of mourning for the 129 people killed in the attacks.

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Review Board Says, Oscar Pistorius Must Remain In Jail,

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius must remain in jail and not be transferred to house arrest after a decision to grant him parole was again delayed. His lawyer Brian Webber told the AFP news agency that a decision over his early release has been referred back to the parole board. The Paralympic star was jailed for five years in 2014 for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp. He has been fighting a lengthy battle to be released early from jail. Pistorius was due to be released in August, but remained in prison after Justice Minister Michael Masutha made a last-minute intervention blocking it.

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Discussion of Turkey-Syria Border Crisis By Nato Over IS Conflict

Nato is holding an emergency meeting in Brussels to discuss Turkey's military campaign against the Islamic State (IS) group and Kurdish militants.

Turkey was until recently a reluctant partner in the US coalition against IS, but over the past few days it has bombed IS and Kurdish positions.

Turkey is also backing plans for a buffer zone on the border with Syria.

Turkey's prime minister said he expects his country's allies to show solidarity and support for its campaign.

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What To Do To Survive A Disaster

In a catastrophic event, most people fail to do the one thing that would save their life, says Michael Bond.
At seven o’clock in the evening of 27 September 1994, the cruise ferry MS Estonia left Tallin with 989 people on board, heading for Stockholm through the Baltic Sea. It never got there. Six hours into the journey, pushing through a force nine gale, the bow door broke open and the ferry started taking on water. Within an hour it had sunk, taking with it 852 of its passengers and crew.

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At least 100 People, Have Been Killed in a Taliban Assault on an Army-run School

Local hospitals have been treating the injured

At least 100 people, 80 of them children, have been killed in a Taliban assault on an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistani officials say.

Five or six militants wearing security uniforms entered the school, officials said. Gunfire and explosions were heard as security forces surrounded the area.

The army says most of the school's 500 students have been evacuated. It is not clear how many are being held hostage.

A Taliban spokesman says the assault is in response to army operations.

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Taliban kill 12 landmine clearers

Militants targeted a Nato convoy close to the Bagram air base on Friday night, killing two soldiers

Taliban gunmen have shot dead 12 people working to clear landmines in southern Helmand province, Afghan police say.

In the capital, Kabul, a suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying Afghan soldiers, and the Taliban said it killed a senior Supreme Court official.

And Nato said two of its soldiers died when insurgents attacked close to the main international base north of Kabul.

The incidents come amid an upsurge of Taliban violence as the US and Nato mission in Afghanistan nears its end.

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IS and Syria Kurds in fierce gun battles

Turkish armed forces patrol the border but have not crossed

Kurdish fighters are engaged in fierce gun battles with Islamic State (IS) in the Syrian border town of Kobane, as US-led coalition air strikes continue.

In its latest report, the US Central Command said six air strikes had destroyed IS weaponry around Kobane.

An official inside Kobane said the Kurdish forces were now pushing back the Islamic State fighters.

Seizing Kobane would give the IS jihadists full control of a long stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border.

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