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UN Court rules in long running Border Dispute

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

Macron aims to make France a global leader in new technologies

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French President announces thirty-five-billion dollar programme to overhaul economy. He hopes investment will create thousands of jobs across '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

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The Shia cleric 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

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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

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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 eighty-five, and UK to resettle teenage Afghan women footballers.

US and Taliban hold first talks since withdrawal

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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

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

Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov win Nobel Peace Prize

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

US warns Russia over energy crisis

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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

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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

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After years 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

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Australia has controversially held migrants in PNG since 2013, and will continue to do so in Nauru. Also: Taiwan says tensions with China worst in forty years, and the difficulties of playing sport when you are colour blind.

Facebook harms children and weakens democracy, says ex-employee

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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

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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.

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp hit by global outage

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The three social media services, all owned by Facebook, were knocked offline for hours on Monday. Also: the US Trade Representative says China has failed to uphold commitments agreed under a trade deal last year; and scientists say they have successfully treated a case of severe depression with an electronic device implanted in the patient's brain.

Pandora Papers: Leaders deny allegations of financial impropriety

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Czech PM Andrej Babis says it is a political attack on him. Also, religious leaders call on politicians to agree to step up their commitment to the fight against global warming, and the Nobel prize for medicine is won by scientists investigating our ability to sense heat, cold and touch.

Secret wealth and dealings of leaders exposed in huge data leak

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King of Jordan and Tony Blair are among those featured in the Pandora Papers. Also: an explosion in Kabul kills eight; and we remember the French businessman and politician, Bernard Tapie, who's died.

Protesters march to defend US abortion rights

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Thousands gather in every US state to march in support of abortion rights. Climate and energy ministers confer in Milan ahead of next month's summit and did the last queen of France, Marie Antoinette, have a platonic admirer or a secret lover ?

Covid antiviral pill can halve risk of hospitalisation

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Emergency authorisation of Molnupiravir is now being sought, though US chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci urges caution. Also, ex-president Saakashvili has been held on his return to Georgia, and how do you capture an alligator using a wheelie bin?

French ex-officer’s DNA ends 35-year murder hunt

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A former police officer who killed himself this week left a note confessing that he had carried out a series of sexual attacks in Paris. Investigators have now matched his DNA with crimes in the '80s and 90s. Also, Australia which has some of the toughest Covid travel restrictions in the world is to reopen its borders from next month, and why the marriage of a Japanese princess will not be a fairytale wedding.

Congress narrowly averts US government shutdown

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The measure passed in both chambers of the US Congress only hours before federal funding lapsed. Also: Nazi camp secretary caught after fleeing her trial, and "Rent-a-friend" as a solution to social isolation in China.

Sarkozy: France's ex-PM given jail sentence over campaign funding

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Nicolas Sarkozy given one-year sentence for illegally funding a 2012 re-election campaign. He denies any wrongdoing, and is expected to appeal against the ruling. Also, Italy's PM Mario Draghi tells climate conference that world leaders must be 'whipped into action' on global warning, and how one community in the US is fighting to save sea-turtles from extinction.

Families protest at Beirut blast investigation

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No-one has yet been held accountable for the August 2020 explosion in Beirut, which killed more than 200 people. Also, Britney Spears' father suspended as conservator, and YouTube to remove all anti-vaccine misinformation.

Fumio Kishida wins race to become Japan PM

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Mr Kishida will succeed Yoshihide Suga, who is stepping down after one year in office. Also, North Korea says it fired a new hypersonic missile; and molten lava from La Palma volcano reaches the Atlantic Sea.

US generals advised Biden against complete Afghan pull-out

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The US generals recommended keeping 2500 troops in Afghanistan. Also, Russia opens new criminal case against Navalny and his allies, and Daniel Craig's last Bond film finally premieres.

Climate change: Greta Thunberg outlines challenges facing the world

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 re-instated after being fired for failing to turn up for work - whilst in a coma.

India: gunmen dressed as lawyers shoot gangster dead

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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

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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

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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

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The US President told a virtual Covid-19 summit another 500m 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?