BBC news with Charles Carol.
South Korea says the younger sister of the North Korea leader Kim Jong Un will attend the opening ceremony of its Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Friday. Kim Yo Jong is a close adviser to Mr. Kim who rarely travels outside his own country.
The speaker of the South African Parliament Baleka Mbete has said that there will be an announcement soon on the future of the beleaguered President Jacob Zuma. Mr. Mbete said that the ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa would provide details in the next few hours.
The Indian military says it's on standby and ready to deploy to the Maldives if it becomes necessary. The President of the Maldives Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency in the Indian Ocean nation earlier this week. The former head of state Mohamed Saeed asked India to send a military-backed envoy to try to break the deadlock.
Reports from the US say President Donald Trump has instructed his officials to plan for a large-scale military parade in Washington this year to show off American might. The Washington Post said he'd been impressed by France's Bastille Day celebrations during a visit in 2017 and now wanted a parade of his own.
A Palestinian man has been shot dead in the occupied West Bank after stabbing a security guard at an entrance to an Israeli settlement North of Hebrew. Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis have risen since Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December.
A Kenyan pro-opposition lawyer Miguna Miguna has been deported a week after he was arrested on treason charges. The charges relate to a ceremony he took part in a week ago in which the opposition leader Ralia Odinga sworn himself in as president.
A DNA analysis of a ten-thousand-year-old skeleton, the earliest to be found in the British Isles, has discovered that he had darker skin and bluer eyes than previously thought. Scientists say the finding suggests that the pale European skin is a more recent development than had been believed.