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The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends

The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends


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The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends






Campaigners welcome China’s coal promise

One group described it as a potential game changer. But the pledge didn't include a ban on new coal-fired power stations in China. Also; parts of Australia are hit by the strongest earthquake in centuries, and Netflix has bought the rights to Roald Dahl’s classic children’s books.


China pledges to stop building coal-fired power stations overseas

The leaders of China and the US - Xi Jinping and Joe Biden - have announced new commitments to tackle climate change at the UN General Assembly. Also: there are further signs that the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region is spreading to neighbouring areas, and why was an athlete disqualified after running a half-marathon in England?


Salisbury poisonings: Third man to face charges over Novichok attack

Third Russian to be charged over 2018 poisonings in UK which left one person dead. British police believe all three suspects worked for GRU - Russia's military intelligence service. Also, Sudan blames 'forces of darkness' for failed coup attempt, and Pakistani PM Imran Khan says a ban on women's education in Afghanistan would be 'un-Islamic'.


Hotel Rwanda hero convicted on terror charges

Paul Rusesabagina, who saved hundreds of people during the 1994 genocide, has been sentenced to twenty-five years in prison by a Rwandan court for terrorist offences. Also, we hear from a teenager in Afghanistan about her fears that she will never be able to resume her education. And, Chinese social media has been following the story of the first deaf lawyer in the country.


Russia: Gunman kills six people at university in Perm

A man has been arrested after deadly shooting-spree in Perm, a city in the Urals. Police believe he acted alone and had no political or religious motives. Also, 'Hotel Rwanda' hero Paul Rusesabinga is convicted on terror-charges, and celebration-time for the UK at this year's Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.


Putin's party leads vote amid fraud claims

The pro-Kremlin United Russia party is on course to win amid allegations of fraud. Also, Australia denies lying to France in submarine deal, and a volcano on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma erupts after a week on alert.


UN urges Taliban to reopen girls' schools

The UN calls on the Taliban to reopen girls' secondary schools in Afghanistan. The US moves thousands of migrants away from a Texas border town. And a new twist in the case of the missing travel blogger as her fiance also disappears.


US admits Kabul drone strike killed civilians

An inquiry finds that a drone strike on a vehicle thought to be carrying a bomb just days before the US pullout, killed 10 members of a civilian family, not militants. The head of US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, admits an aid worker and nine members of his family had died. Also, France recalls envoys amid security pact row, and New Zealand abandons Pakistan cricket tour over 'security alert'.


Russia’s parliamentary election begins

As Russians head to the polls, Google and Apple remove a tactical voting app from their online stores. Over three days Russians are electing 415 members of the state Duma,or lower house of parliament. Also, the Austrian government is taken to court over its handling of a Covid outbreak at a ski resort, and the secrets behind the best ocean photograph of the year.


US tries to calm French anger over security pact with UK and Australia

The US tries to calm French anger over the new security pact with Britain and Australia. Iran sends fuel supplies to Lebanon, as the economic crisis deepens. And an early work by Vincent Van Gogh is discovered by art experts in the Netherlands.


China denounces UK-US-Australia pact as 'damaging'

Beijing says the Aukus security pact between Britain, the US and Australia is 'extremely irresponsible' and 'narrow-minded'. The alliance is widely seen as an effort to counter China's influence in the Indo-Pacific region. Also, France says its troops have killed the head of the Islamic State group in the Sahara, and how some Dutch people are changing their names to reconnect with their African heritage.


Simone Biles testifies about abuse by US Gymnastics doctor

She was joined before the US Senate by other athletes who were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar. Also: Rodrigo Duterte faces crimes against humanity investigation and the preacher promising to help anti-vaxxers.


Afghan women's youth football team flees to Pakistan

The departure of the football team from Afghanistan comes as part of a wider exodus of female cultural and sporting stars. Also, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says the EU needs the "political will" to intervene militarily without the US, and SpaceX's Inspiration4 space mission is ready for lift-off.


Haiti PM Ariel Henry in murder row

Prime Minister Ariel Henry fires chief prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude after he asked a judge to charge him in connection with the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July. Also, Europe tries to avoid winter Covid and cows trained where to pee.


Climate change: Young people worldwide 'very worried' about future

New global survey shows high levels of anxiety among young people over climate change. Over half of those interviewed think that humanity is doomed. Also, BBC analysis reveals the world now sees twice as many days with temperatures over 50 Celsius compared with 1980s, and remembering George Wein - the jazz promoter who pioneered the modern music festival.


Emergency conference in Geneva pledges more than $1bn in aid for Afghanistan

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres says the Afghan people are facing perhaps their most perilous hour. Also,:turmoil in cryptocurrency markets after a fake news release purporting to be from the US retail giant Walmart, and the Pope's mission to Slovakia.


UN warns that Afghans face most perilous hour

The United Nations is seeking more than $600m in aid following the Taliban takeover last month. Also: tens of thousands of people in England are to take part in a "game-changing" blood test trial for cancer, and Britney Spears announces engagement.


FBI releases document on Saudis and 9/11

The memo records contact between Saudi nationals and hijackers but does not implicate the government. Also on the programme, a deal is reached on monitoring Iranian nuclear sites, and some gorillas have tested positive for Covid.


America stops to remember 9/11

Commemorations have taken place on the 20th anniversary of the 11 September attacks. Also, tennis history is made as British teenager Emma Raducanu wins the US Open, and Peru's Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman dies.


Remembering 9/11 twenty years on

Nearly 3,000 people died in New York, at the Pentagon and in a Pennsylvania field on 11 September, 2001. Memorial events are being held across the US to remember those who died. Also on the programme, Lebanon gets a new government amid deepening crisis, and the tennis brand that is Emma Raducanu.