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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






Omicron reaches Australia and Canada

In Europe, the Netherlands has the highest number of cases. Also: a special report from Colombia where mass killings are continuing five years after a peace deal with left-wing rebels, and the Indian stand-up comic who says he may have to give up his routine because of Hindu fundamentalists.


New Covid variant spreads across Europe

Omicron strain detected in Belgium, Britain, Germany and Italy. Also: the story of one victim of last week's migrant boat tragedy in the English Channel and remembering American composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim, who's died at the age of 91.


WHO labels new coronavirus strain

Omicron designated fifth variant "of concern" and could be more resistant to vaccines. Also: Ukraine claims Russian-backed coup imminent, climate change misinformation and Queen's Gambit online chess boom.


New coronavirus variant emerges in South Africa

Several countries impose travel restrictions on the region. Also: the French President accuses the British Prime Minister of not taking the migrant crisis seriously; and the music producer Nile Rogers is to auction many of his guitars for his charitable foundation.


UN says migrant deaths were avoidable

The UN Refugee Agency warns that closing off legal routes to people seeking asylum will lead to more dangerous attempts to reach safe countries. Also: a general from the UAE - accused of torture - is the new head of the international police agency, Interpol. And the singer the music industry tried to turn into Africa's Grace Jones.


Poland-Belarus border migrant crisis

Poland says 200 migrants tried to cross with the help of Belarus guards. Also: the French president says European countries need to work together to deal with the migration issue, and a documentary that might throw new light on the break-up of The Beatles.


Dozens drown in migrant boat sinking

Tragedy happened in the waters between France and Britain; three US men guilty of murdering a black jogger. We take you into the surreal world of the non fungible token.


US declares three IS leaders in Afghanistan 'global terrorists'

The action - which follows a series of major attacks by the Islamic State group - makes it illegal to have any business transactions with the men, who include the group's leader, Sultan Azam. Also, Nasa launches a mission to nudge an asteroid off course, and Magdalena Andersson has become Sweden's first female prime minister.


US and others co-ordinate mass release from strategic oil reserves

The move is part of a major effort to moderate fuel prices. Also, Bulgaria launches an investigation into the deadly bus crash in which dozens were killed, and Mexican lottery win attracts violent gangsters.


Dozens killed in bus crash on Bulgarian motorway

Many people died when a bus returning to North Macedonia caught fire. Also: Turkish lira collapses after President Erdogan defends sharp rate cuts, and please switch off your device before entering the Mobile Phone museum.


Concern spreads across Europe over Covid-19

Latest phase sees some countries report highest ever rates. Also: ICRC operations director makes impassioned plea for international support for Afghanistan, and why there will no longer be best male and best female artist categories for the Brit Awards.


At least five dead as car ploughs into US Christmas parade

Police in Wisconsin question the man who drove through crowds of people. Also, Austria announces its fourth Covid lockdown. And Kenya gives its citizens one month to get vaccinated, or be barred from in-person government services.


Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai tells IOC she is safe

The Chinese tennis star, Peng Shuai, who disappeared after alleging a sexual assault, tells the International Olympic Committee she is safe. Also, Sudan's opposition dismiss a deal reappointing ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and female journalists and presenters in Afghanistan are ordered to wear headscarves on television.


Tens of thousands of Austrians protest against strict Covid measures

The Austrian Chancellor, Alexander Schallenberg, defends his plans to make vaccination mandatory. Also, Afghanistan's Taliban government says it can start paying government workers, and Sesame Street has its first Asian-American character.


Kyle Rittenhouse cleared over Kenosha killings

US teenager, Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot dead two men during racial unrest has been found not guilty of homicide after claiming self-defence. We hear reaction from a council member from Kenosha city. Also, President Lukashenko of Belarus admits his security forces have beaten up protesters in prison, and Wikipedia’s language barrier to getting the truth about global warming.


Austria orders full lockdown as Covid surges

Days after imposing a lockdown on the unvaccinated, Vienna announces a full nationwide Covid-19 lockdown starting on Monday. Also, farmers in India welcome a dramatic U-turn by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who is scrapping hugely controversial agricultural reform laws. And the United Nations joins calls for China to prove that its missing tennis star, Peng Shuai, is safe.


Poland says Belarus has cleared a migrant camp on its border

More than a thousand people trying to reach Poland from Belarus have been moved to a warehouse. Also: Muslim cleric shot dead after Uganda bombings, and the Chinese food vlogger barred from a restaurant for eating too much.


Germany approves new coronavirus measures

MPs in Germany approve urgent measures to control Covid-19 following another big leap in the number of new infections; Also, 24 aid workers go on trial in Greece. And doubt is cast over an email said to be from the missing Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai.


Two men convicted of killing Malcolm X to be exonerated

A Manhattan district attorney says Muhammed Aziz and Khalil Islam did not get the justice they deserved. Also: deaths at Sudan pro-democracy protests, and the DogPhone that lets pets ring their owners at work.


Delhi shuts schools and colleges as air pollution worsens

It is the latest measure to try to clear the toxic smog in the Indian capital. Also: new protests begin in Sudan against last month’s coup, and the growing appeal of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo as one of her paintings fetches a record price.