BBC News with Jonathan Izard.
The US Senate has confirmed Donald Trump’snominee for education secretary Betsy DeVos by thenarrowest possible margin. Vi ce president MikePence had to cast the tie-breaking vote after thechamber was split 50-50. It’s the first time a vice president has intervened to confirm a cabinetappointment.
The US Homeland Security Secretary has acknowledged that President Trump’s travel ban oncitizens from seven mainly Muslim states was hastily implemented. The ban has beentemporarily lifted as a result of legalchallenges. And Mr. Kelly said he didn’t expect morecountries to be added to it.
The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says a new Israeli law legalizing Jewish settlements isan attack against his people. The law legalizes thousands of existing homes and outposts onprivate Palestinian land in the West Bank. Israel says the law will protect Israeli homes.
Tweeter has announced three new measures which it says will reduce abuse on the socialmedia platform. It says it will, among other things,prevent people from opening new accountsif they’ve been suspended for abusing or harassing others. Tweeter says further changes tohelp protect freedom of speech will be ruled out soon.
Officials in Afghanistan said at least 20 people have died in a suicide bombing in the capitalKabul. The blast was close to an entrance tothe Supreme Court building.
Syrian activists say at least 26 people have been killed in airstrikes on the rebel held northerncity of Idlib. The raids said to be the heaviest for months wounded dozens of other people andleveled several buildings.
President Putin has signed into law a controversial bill that decriminalizes some forms ofdomestic violence in Russia. Campaigners said the bill gives a green light to abusive husbandsand fathers and will discourage victims from reporting incidents to the police.
And University of Lagos in Nigeria’s commercial capital has ordered students not to wear tightfitting clothes. Correspondents say many Nigerians want to be seen as conservative, but theyounger generation often flouts traditional values.
That's the latest BBC World Service News.