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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






Ethiopia condemned for detaining ethnic minorities

The international community has condemned the Ethiopian government over reports it is rounding up people based on their ethnicity during the conflict with the Tigray region. Also: the United Nations says Myanmar's trial and conviction of the deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was a sham; and the US announces a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics, though its athletes will still compete.


Myanmar's deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi is given a prison sentence

The UN leads condemnation of the country's military rulers after she was convicted of inciting unrest and violating coronavirus restrictions during last year's election campaign. Also: a scientist who helped develop the AstraZeneca vaccine has warned the next pandemic could be worse than COVID-19 and we hear about drill, which was the big winner at Britain's MOBO awards celebrating black music.


Myanmar military lorry driven at protesters in deadly clash

Several people are dead after the military drove through demonstrators, then opened fire on them. Also: the longtime US senator and Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole has died; and Pope Francis urges political leaders to show compassion for migrants.


The French president meets the Saudi crown prince, amid much criticism

Emmanuel Macron is the first major Western leader to meet the Saudi crown prince since the murder of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. Also: a big shake-up of the vital state mining company in the DRC amid allegations of corruption, and 'Moulin Rouge', the musical, makes its stage debut in London.


Police hunt parents charged in US school shooting

The authorities say the Michigan couple's son killed four students with his father's handgun. Also: Ethiopia closes schools to boost war effort, and the actor Sir Antony Sher dies of cancer aged 72.


Taliban decree says Afghan women are 'not property, but free human beings'

The decree on women's rights makes no mention of education or work. Also, the actor, Alec Baldwin, says he does not feel guilty over the fatal shooting on his latest film, and Steven Spielberg on directing West Side Story.


US to restart 'Remain in Mexico' policy

More than 60,000 asylum seekers were originally sent back to Mexico under the controversial programme. Also: Germany bars the unvaccinated from much of public life, and older drivers in Britain could avoid fines for careless driving under new proposals.


Scientists find trigger for rare AstraZeneca clots

Findings should help company make any necessary changes; Meghan Markle wins a major legal battle with a UK newspaper. How high school basketball players tried to message a friend, but ended up talking to Tom Brady.


WTA suspends China tournaments over Peng Shuai

The Women's Tennis Association announces the immediate suspension amid concern for the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai. Also, the actor Alec Baldwin says he did not fire gun on film set, and rare access to the USS Carl Vinson off the coast of Japan.


Countries around the world step up Covid prevention measures

More travel bans and vaccine booster programmes as the Omicron variant is closely tracked. Also, the EU unveils a global infrastructure investment plan to rival China's Belt and Road initiative. And the sea goddess sculpture that is helping efforts to sustain coral reefs in the Caribbean.


Ex-Trump aide Mark Meadows to co-operate with 6 January investigations

The US congressional committee investigating the deadly assault on the Capitol building says Mark Meadows has agreed to appear before it 'soon'. Also, IS man is found guilty of genocide in Yazidi murder trial in Germany under the principle of Universal Jurisdiction, and the Arctic could see more rain than snow in thirty years.


Barbados becomes world's newest republic

The Caribbean island removes Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. Also: France's far right polemicist, Eric Zemmour announces his bid for the presidency, and Greece imposes fines for the over 60s if they don't get vaccinated against Covid-19.


Ghislaine Maxwell goes on trial for sex trafficking

The former British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell goes on trial in New York, accused of trafficking underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein; Also President Biden says the Omicron covid variant is a cause for concern, not panic. And Barbados becomes the world's youngest Republic.


WHO: Omicron poses very high global risk

The World Health Organisation calls for solidarity and a global push to get jabs to poorer countries. Japan closes its borders to foreigners, and we find out what we know about the new variant. Also, Jeffrey Epstein's former lover Ghislaine Maxwell goes on trial accused of sex trafficking, and after 40 days on the run, Chinese police recapture an escaped prisoner. But it was not just jail he was trying to avoid.


Omicron reaches Australia and Canada

In Europe, the Netherlands has the highest number of cases of the new Omicron strain. Also, a special report from Colombia where mass killings are continuing five years after a peace deal with left-wing rebels FARC, 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 has died at the age of 91.


WHO labels new coronavirus strain

Omicron is 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 Emmanuel Macron accuses the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of not taking the migrant crisis seriously. And the music producer Nile Rogers is to auction many of his guitars for his charitable foundation We Are Family 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.