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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






Climate change: Greta Thunberg outlines challenges facing the world

Outspoken climate activist criticises what she sees as empty promises by those in power. She was among hundreds of other young campaigners at Youth 4 Climate conference in Milan. Also, Ukraine remembers one of the worst single massacres by Nazis in World War Two, and why campaigners in US want to tear down 'racist highways' running through ethnic minority communities.


R. Kelly found guilty in sex trafficking trial

After decades of allegations, the singer was found guilty of running a scheme to abuse women and children. Also, Landsat-9 satellite is launched into space to picture Earth, and what does President Putin do on holiday?


Germany election: Narrow victory for centre-left

Olaf Scholz says his Social Democrats plan to build a new coalition government, working with the Greens and liberal Free Democrats, but Angela Merkel’s CDU party is still hoping to hold on to power. Also, China tries to restore electricity supplies after widespread power cuts, and how flip flops gave some exam students in India an unfair advantage.


Germany: Tight race for rivals to succeed Merkel

Social Democrats are on course for a narrow victory in parliamentary elections in Germany. Also, UN watchdog says Iran has not allowed its inspectors full access to its nuclear sites, and Swiss voters back legalisation of same-sex marriage.


Chinese tech boss flies home to red carpet welcome

Huawei's Meng Wanzhou flew into Shenzhen, hours after two Canadians freed by China also returned home. Also today: Germans go to the polls to elect Angela Merkel’s successor, Kabul’s schoolgirls demand a return to class, and Britain performs a Brexit u-turn to attract more lorry drivers.


Deal struck to end legal standoff over Huawei telecom executive

The senior Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, is expected to return home to China under a deal with US prosecutors. Mixed reaction to plans to hold the football world cup every two years? And a Kenyan policeman is reinstated after being fired for failing to turn up for work - whilst in a coma.


India: Gunmen dressed as lawyers shoot gangster dead

Jitender Gogi was in court in Delhi when two people opened fire. Also, the European Commission urges Poland to give the necessary care and assistance to migrants caught in a stand-off on the border between Poland and Belarus, a campaign in the UK to help female judges get out of Afghanistan, and an Australian doctor comes up with a new technique to save the lives of shark-bite victims.


US Haiti envoy quits over 'inhumane' deportations

Daniel Foote said he resigned in protest at the treatment of Haitian migrants. Also, the main candidates to be German Chancellor have clashed in a final TV debate before the election, and scientists say a fossilised rib bone discovered in Morocco is part of the oldest armoured dinosaur ever discovered.


Syria: Charity says wealthy nations have 'abandoned' children of IS fighters

Save The Children calls for help for more than 27,000 children in detention-centres. Many are citizens of EU nations, and the charity accuses those countries of failing to have them repatriated. Also, the EU wants new laws pushing for a universal phone-charger, and the BBC investigates how extremism is tainting some of the most popular online games.


Biden promises global vaccine help

The US president told a virtual Covid-19 summit another 500 million vaccine doses would go to developing countries. Also, WHO warns air pollution is more dangerous than previously thought, Netflix offers Kenyans free streaming, and could an app cure your fear of spiders?


Campaigners welcome China’s coal promise

One group described it as a potential game changer. But the pledge did not 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 is to be charged over the 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.