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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






British anti-terror police investigate fatal stabbing of MP Sir David Amess

Police say a 25 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack in Leigh-on-Sea. Also: dozens killed in Afghan mosque suicide bombing, and US to lift travel ban on 8 November.


Afghanistan: Dozens killed in suicide bombings at Kandahar mosque

Several blasts at Shi'a mosque where worshippers were attending Friday prayers. Eyewitnesses said three attackers detonated bombs inside the crowded building. Also, funerals held in Lebanon for victims of Thursday's street violence in Beirut, and why the world's only state-appointed wizard has been told his services are no longer required.


There have been calls for calm following deadly clashes in Beirut

The UN, the US and France have all urged a de-escalation of the tensions in Lebanon. Also: US Congress is pursuing criminal charges for ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon, and Banksy's Love is in the Bin artwork sells for a record price.


Beirut: Several deaths as gunfire erupts during protests in city centre

Shooting occurred during a march against the judge investigating last year's huge blast in city's harbour. It is believed that Shia and Christian militias exchanged fire during demonstration. Also, at least 46 people dead after a fire in a Taiwanese tower-block, and Norwegian officials say lethal bow-and-arrow attack appears to have been an act of terror.


Putin denies weaponising energy amid Europe crisis

Russian President Putin says his country is not to blame for high gas prices elsewhere in Europe. A number of people have been killed in Norway bow and arrow attack, and Star Trek's William Shatner becomes the oldest person in space after blasting off in a Blue Origin rocket.


EU outlines plans for surging energy prices

Reduced taxes and subsidies could cushion the impact. The Energy Commissioner said the EU would also explore the possibility of joint purchasing of strategic gas reserves. Also, increased costs and fewer choices in Northern Ireland. EU talks are taking place to find a new deal with the UK, and the Chinese boy band hopeful facing one obstacle – she is a girl.


UN court rules in long running border dispute

International court rules in favour of Somalia in sea border dispute with Kenya. Also, rich nations discuss how to help Afghanistan - without recognising the Taliban; and a rare Himalayan fungus that could be used to treat cancer


President Macron aims to make France a global leader in new technologies

French president announces $35 billion programme to overhaul economy. He hopes investment will create thousands of jobs across the 'green energy' sector. Also, G20 leaders discuss deepening economic crisis in Afghanistan, and Superman's son will come out as bisexual.


Iraq election: Moqtada al-Sadr hails apparent victory

The Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr promises to form a nationalist government free from foreign interference. Also, the Italian authorities come under pressure to ban neo-fascist parties, and life imitates art as the Star Trek actor William Shatner prepares to blast into space.


Iraq captures senior Islamic State group official

Sami Jasim is alleged to have been running its finances. The prime minister announced his arrest, saying it involved a complex operation outside Iraq. Also, spy rings, drug factories and arms deals - extraordinary allegations from a North Korean defector, and we hear from the first transgender person in Uganda to have their identity recognised by the government.


Czech president in hospital amid election upheaval

Milos Zeman is in intensive care the day after a surprise opposition win in parliamentary elections. Also, the "father of Pakistan nuclear bomb" AQ Khan dies aged 85, and UK to resettle teenage Afghan women footballers.


US and Taliban hold first talks since withdrawal

The meeting came a day after Afghanistan suffered its deadliest attack since US forces withdrew. Also: Austrian chancellor resigns amid corruption inquiry, and what can you make with pinhead oatmeal, mushrooms and vegan cheese?


Nations agree to 15% minimum corporate tax rate

The historic deal will make companies pay a fairer share of tax across the world. Also, Nigerian police rescue 50 people chained up at a rehabilitation centre, and fast fashion's dumping ground for unwanted clothes.


Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov win Nobel Peace Prize

The high profile Philippine and Russian journalists face threats and intimidation by doing their jobs. Also, a suicide attack on an Afghan mosque kills dozens of people, and moves in China to shut down the "dancing grannies".


US warns Russia over energy crisis

The US national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said any attempts to exploit the crisis, which is causing gas shortages across Europe, would backfire. Also: the children of Islamic State fighters imprisoned in a camp in Syria, and the grand-daughter of the notorious gangster Al Capone sells his possessions.


Texas abortion law temporarily blocked by judge

The White House praised the ruling as an important step to restoring women's constitutional rights. Also, Pakistan earthquake kills many in Balochistan province, and Juji, the Afghan mynah bird, is now living in a French ambassador's residence.


Historic go-ahead for malaria vaccine in Africa

The WHO announced on Wednesday that it is recommending the use of the first proven malaria vaccine following the success of a number of trials. The vaccine has potential to save tens of thousands of children’s lives. Also, the persecution of the Hazara minority in Afghanistan, and why a drone is delivering mail to a remote Scottish island.


Australia ends Papua New Guinea asylum detention

Australia has controversially held migrants arriving by boat in processing centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru since 2013. Thirteen are known to have died as a result of violence, medical problems or suicide. Also, Taiwan says tensions with China is the worst in 40 years, and the difficulties of playing sport when you are colour blind.


Facebook harms children and weakens democracy, says ex-employee

Frances Haugen, a former product manager turned whistleblower, heavily criticised Facebook at a hearing on Capitol Hill, telling US lawmakers that the company repeatedly prioritised profits over its users safety. Facebook denied the claims and said Ms Haugen spoke about areas she has no knowledge of. Also, relations between France and Mali go from bad to worse, and a Russian film crew arrives at the International Space Station to shoot the first movie ever made in orbit.


France: Report reveals huge scale of sexual abuse within Catholic church

Investigation says 216,000 children sexually abused over several decades. And more than 3000 paedophile priests operated within the Church. Also, a warning about future water-shortages across the globe, and we visit a wind-farm in the wild and stormy North Sea.