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International force officially ends Afghan mission

The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission on Sunday. Credit: Subel Bhandari/DPA

The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan also known as the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), formally ended its combat mission on Sunday with a ceremony held in secret due to the threat from the Taliban.

About 13,000 foreign troops, mostly Americans, will remain in the country under a new, two-year mission named "Resolute Support" that will continue the coalition's training of Afghan security forces.

In a statement US President Barack Obama said: "Now, thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, our combat mission in Afghanistan is ending, and the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion."

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One dead and hundreds trapped as ferry rescue continues

At least one person has died and hundreds remain trapped tonight, after a car ferry with nearly 500 people on board caught fire off the island of Corfu.

The rescue operation - by Italian and Greek authorities - is being hampered by heavy seas and bad weather. Two British people are on board, awaiting rescue, as Sascha Williams reports.

Families wait as search halted for missing AirAsia flight

Families of the 162 people on board the AirAsia Airbus missing off the coast of Indonesia continue their wait tonight, as the search was called off for the evening.

A British man, Chi Man Choi, and his 2-year-old daughter are among those on board.

The plane was on its way to Singapore when bad weather prompted the pilot to request a change of course. There has been no contact with air-traffic control since. Sejal Karia reports.

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Temperatures expected to plunge across parts of UK

Temperatures are expected to drop over the next three days. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA

Temperatures are expected to plunge over the next three days as 2014 gets set to end on a cold note.

Temperatures are expected to drop to a low of -10C (14F) overnight - the coldest it has been all year - 48 hours after snowfall affected travellers in parts of northern England, Scotland and the Midlands.

Last night was very cold, but it didn't quite break the record due to some cloud cover. We had lows of -7C (19.4F) in parts of Northern Ireland, which was about as cold as it got. But we are expecting -10C potentially tonight in northern Scotland or Northern Ireland."

– Simon Partridge, Met Office Forecaster

Bookmakers have installed odds of 5/1 that snow will fall in London on New Year's Day, with odds of 9/4 and 3/1 for Edinburgh and Belfast, respectively.

Italian Navy: 161 people rescued from burning ferry

At least 161 people have been rescued but 317 people are still on board a ferry which has caught fire while sailing from Greece to Italy, according to the Italian Navy.

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