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By Press Association

Security at the White House has been stepped up after a man with a knife jumped the fence and made it into the Presidential residence before being tackled.

President Barack Obama insisted he still has confidence in the Secret Service's ability to protect him and his family.

Agency director Julia Pierson ordered enhanced patrols and surveillance along the north fence of the compound after the incident on Friday, which triggered a rare evacuation of the White House. She had also ordered a comprehensive review of what happened.

The President and his daughters had just left the White House by helicopter on Friday evening when 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez scaled the fence, darting across the lawn and through the unlocked North Portico doors before officers finally tackled him. He had a small folding knife and faces a weapons charge.

Body of missing Briton found

The body of a British woman who went missing while travelling on a yacht off the coast of Mexico has been found.

The Foreign Office confirmed one Briton had died after a search operation was launched earlier this week for couple Paul Whitehouse and Simone Wood in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile.

The pair, from London and Wolverhampton, are thought to have been living on their yacht in La Paz for a year.

The man is still missing.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national, reported missing along with another British national earlier this week off the coast of Mexico."

Three other people have been confirmed dead following the storm – two Korean citizens and a German man.

Turkey tightlipped over release of 49 abductees

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his government will not reveal details of a covert operation that ensured the release of 49 people held hostage by the Islamic State group.

The hostages – 46 Turks and three Iraqis – were seized in Mosul, Iraq, when militants overran the city in June. They were released and returned to Turkey at the weekend.

Turkey says no ransom was paid and no promises were made, but Mr Erdogan said there "would be a price to pay" if he revealed details.

Afghanistan hope after power-sharing agreed

Afghanistan's two presidential candidates have signed a power-sharing deal for the roles of president and chief executive. It comes three months after a disputed run-off that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of US troops.

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who will be president, and Abdullah Abdullah signed the deal as outgoing President Hamid Karzai watched. The deal follows weeks of negotiations after accusations of electoral the June run-off vote.

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