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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Japan finds black particles in Moderna vaccine

It comes less than a week after the country suspended more than a million doses due to contamination.

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Hurricane Ida: New Orleans under curfew amid blackout

Millions of homes remain without power across New Orleans and the wider region following Hurricane Ida.

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Tonga royals deny Australia horse trainer murder link

It has addressed tabloid allegations that the late king was involved in covering up a 1980s killing.

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Female journalist who interviewed Taliban flees

Beheshta Arghand, who made headlines when she interviewed the Taliban, has spoken out after fleeing the country.

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Afghanistan: How can the West stop terror bases?

The foreign secretary says the UK will fight ISIS by all means available - but what does that mean?

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Amid violent reprisals, Afghans fear the Taliban's 'amnesty' was empty

Reports suggest the Taliban are searching for, and allegedly killing, people they pledged to leave in peace.

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Caldor fire: Lake Tahoe deserted as Californians evacuate

A major wildfire which began weeks ago is still spreading at the popular Californian holiday spot.

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Fake Banksy NFT sold through artist's website for £244k

Duped buyer says he feels "burned" after apparent hack of Banksy website.

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UNHCR 'cautiously optimistic' over working with Taliban

The UNHCR's Filippo Grandi says there has been some "positive" contact with the Taliban.

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Afghans 'will struggle to survive or race to escape'

The BBC's Lyse Doucet reports from the Afghan capital, a day after the last US troops left.

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YouTube signs Twitch video-game streamer Dr Lupo

Twitch says it wishes the American, 34, "nothing but the best in everything that comes next".

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Mission: Impossible Covid shutdowns prompt lawsuit

Film maker Paramount alleges insurance payout for the latest Tom Cruise installment does not cover losses.

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Does feeding garden birds do more harm than good?

How bird feeding could disrupt an ecological balance just beyond our windowsills and gardens.

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What was left behind by US forces?

As US troops took off from Kabul, they abandoned 73 aircraft - all disabled.

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Sarah Rainsford: My last despatch before Russian expulsion

The BBC's Moscow correspondent has spent much of her life in Russia. This is her final report there.

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Cyprus on alert as Syrian oil slick spreads across Mediterranean

Modelling suggests fuel that leaked from a power plant last week will soon reach northern Cyprus.

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Brazil bank robbery: Hostages describe terrifying getaway car ordeal

Brazil hostages describe terrifying ordeal as bank robbers used them as human shields on getaway cars.

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Afghanistan: Taliban enter Kabul airport and celebrate by posing in aircraft

The group entered the Afghan capital's airport hours after the last US soldier left the country.

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Tokyo Paralympics: Afghanistan athlete Hossain Rasouli makes debut after evacuation

Afghanistan evacuee Hossain Rasouli finally gets his chance to compete at the Tokyo Paralympics - and his opponents can't "help but feel joy".

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Berlin university canteens cut meat from menus to curb climate change

The new menus are designed to reduce the carbon footprint of universities in the German capital.

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R. Kelly trial: First male accuser testifies to sexual abuse

An unnamed man says the star promised fame in exchange for sex, while a female witness alleges rape.

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Nike is giving its head office staff a week's break

The sports shoe giant is giving US head office staff this week off after a "traumatic" year.

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Monday, August 30, 2021

The last US soldier leaves Afghanistan

Major General Chris Donahue was last aboard the final flight before the Taliban took Kabul airport.

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Greta Thunberg: 'I'll go to COP26 if it's safe and democratic'

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg says she does not think November's COP26 summit in Glasgow will lead to "much results".

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Mollie Tibbetts: Farm worker gets life for murdering Iowa student

Cristhian Bahena Rivera was found guilty in May of the 2018 killing that stoked political debate.

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Tokyo 2020: Toyota restarts driverless vehicles after accident

A visually impaired athlete from Japan's judo team was hit by one of the e-Palette pods on Thursday.

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Fury as Covid crisis hits Australia's Aboriginal communities

Indigenous Australians say surging infections in remote areas should have been prevented.

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Can apps move the #MeToo movement forward?

Reporting sexual harassment at work is getting easier thanks to new technologies.

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Afghanistan: Fleeing the Taliban into Pakistan and leaving dreams behind

The BBC speaks to Afghans fleeing the Taliban into Pakistan at the Chaman Spin Boldak border.

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From Bush to Biden: One war, four US presidents on Afghanistan

Two decades of conflict in Afghanistan shaped the legacies of each of these commanders-in-chief.

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Watch moment US military declares final flight out of Afghanistan

Top US general reveals last US aircraft took off from Hamid Karzai Airport ahead of deadline for withdrawal.

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Gunfire as Taliban celebrate US leaving Afghanistan

Gunfire rang out as the BBC's Lyse Doucet reported on US troops' departure from Kabul.

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Hurricane Ida: Louisiana assesses damage after storm

A million people in Louisiana are still are without electricity after a devastating storm hit.

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Afghanistan drone strike: 'Ten people died here.. including my daughter'

A family comb through rubble for remains of relatives they say were killed by a US drone strike.

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Afghan left behind by UK: I'm fighting to stay alive

An Afghan who had authorisation to fly to the UK speaks to the BBC about his struggle to escape.

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Covid: EU set to impose travel restrictions on US as cases rise

The European Union is set to recommend barring American travellers as US hospital admissions peak.

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Kanye West: Donda released by Universal without my say, artist claims

The rapper says his record label released his delayed 10th album without his permission.

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Covid surge 'deeply worrying' in Europe as vaccinations dip - WHO

Europe could see another 236,000 deaths by December as vaccinations slow, a WHO official predicts.

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Paris speed limit falls to 30km/h

The mayor wants the French capital to become cleaner in the run-up to the 2024 Olympics.

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Palestinian President Abbas holds rare talks with Israeli minister

It was the Palestinian president's first official meeting with a senior Israeli since 2010.

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Afghanistan: US investigating civilian deaths in Kabul strike

The strike aimed to stop a suicide bomber, but killed six children and four adults from one family.

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China cuts children's online gaming to one hour

Regulators are restricting game-playing for under 18s to an hour on Fridays, weekends and holidays

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Milan fire: Flames engulf modern 20-storey block of flats

The tower is only 10 years old and questions are being asked about how the fire spread so dramatically.

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Brazil bank robbers tie hostages to getaway cars

Armed gang members took hostages as human shields, after a bank robbery in the city of Araçatuba.

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

First ever female Paralympic gold medal for India

Avani Lekhara has become the first Indian woman to win a Paralympics gold medal.

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Hurricane Ida's 150mph winds batter Louisiana

Ida makes landfall as a category four hurricane as pilots take us inside the eye of the storm.

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New Zealand woman dies after receiving Pfizer vaccine

Officials say she also had other medical issues which could have contributed to her death.

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Covid: Australia records 1,000th death from the pandemic

The country has fared better than many nations but is seeing more infections than ever before.

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Vietnam lockdown adds to global coffee supply concerns

Wholesale coffee prices have risen by 50% this year as supplies have been hit around the world.

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Yongbyon: UN says North Korea appears to restart nuclear reactor

A UN report says the reactor, which can produce plutonium for weapons, has been active since July.

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Ethiopia's economy battered by Tigray war

Food prices are rising, the currency's value is falling and investor confidence is shaken.

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Turkey lockdown: Pigeon-keeping in Istanbul on the rise

The ancient art of pigeon fancying, popular across Asia, enjoyed a revival during the pandemic.

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Bodies of US troops killed in Kabul returned to America

A "dignified transfer" ceremony takes place at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, to receive their remains.

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Possum skin cloaks: Reviving an Aboriginal cultural tradition

Indigenous people in south-east Australia are reviving an expression of cultural identity.

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Japan's huge army of under-employed ex-housewives

Why women are still battling for better jobs in the world's third largest economy.

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In India, growing clamour to criminalise rape within marriage

An Indian court ruled that forced sex with a spouse is not rape. Campaigners say it's time for new laws.

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Ed Asner: Lou Grant and Up actor dies aged 91

He'll be remembered for his roles as TV newsman Lou Grant and the lead voice role in Pixar hit Up.

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Jamaican reggae icon Lee 'Scratch' Perry dies aged 85

Perry, a legendary singer and music producer, is known for his pioneering experiments with dub.

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Afghanistan: US drone strike 'eliminates airport bomb threat'

The strike on a vehicle prevented another suicide bombing by Islamic State, military officials say.

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Hurricane Ida: 'Catastrophic' storm surge as winds move onshore

The storm is bringing with it a potentially "catastrophic" storm surge of up to 4.8m, forecasters say.

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Max Verstappen declared winner of aborted rain-hit Belgian Grand Prix

Red Bull's Max Verstappen declared the winner of a Belgian Grand Prix that lasted only two laps behind the safety car.

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Yemen war: Drone attack on government airbase kills 30 soldiers

Pro-government forces say Houthi rebels targeted the base with missiles and armed drones.

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Mountain lion: US mother fights off animal attacking her son

She hit the animal with her bare hands as it attacked the five-year-old at their home in California.

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A country abandoned: BBC's John Simpson on Afghanistan

As foreign forces end their 20-year campaign, our world affairs editor considers what has been achieved.

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Afghanistan: Taxi driver, shopkeeper: UK victims of Kabul attack

Relatives and friends of Mohammad Niazi and Musa Popal pay tribute after Thursday's blasts.

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Emotional arrival for Afghan Paralympians in Tokyo

The safe arrival of Afghanistan's Paralympic athletes in Tokyo sends out "a very strong message of hope", says the International Paralympic Committee.

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What now for Afghans arriving in America?

Afghans land to start a new life in the US as hope dims for those left behind to face the Taliban.

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Afghanistan: 'Thousands more left behind...and feel terrified'

The BBC's Lyse Doucet in Kabul says many people are still desperately trying to leave, as evacuations draw to a close.

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Wife of murdered Greek ambassador jailed over his death in Brazil

Françoise de Souza Oliveira was found guilty of planning the murder with her lover, who confessed.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro says he will be killed, arrested or re-elected

Brazil's right-wing president is trying to rally support ahead of next year's election.

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Herat under the Taliban: residents on the new rulers

People in Afghanistan’s third-largest city, Herat, explain how life has changed in recent weeks.

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Agnes Sithole: The woman who fought South Africa's sexist marriage laws

Agnes Sithole became an unlikely hero after her husband of nearly 50 years tried to sell their home.

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Your pictures on the theme of 'my summer'

A selection of striking images from our readers around the world.

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Afghanistan: Black Hawks and Humvees - military kit now with the Taliban

As the insurgents swept through Afghanistan they inherited an arsenal of American-made equipment.

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'We were hurt in bombs through no fault of our own'

Jennifer McNern lost both her legs and Margaret Yeaman was blinded in separate IRA bomb attacks.

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Afghanistan: 'I helped the US military, now help me save my family'

Afghans living in Texas plead for help to save the lives of loved ones left behind in Afghanistan.

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Hurricane Ida: Thousands flee as storm bears down on Louisiana

Ida is forecast to be one of the strongest storms to hit Louisiana in 150 years.

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Europe migrant crisis: More than 500 people rescued off Italian island

Italian coastguards rescue 539 people from a small fishing boat believed to have set off from Libya.

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Afghan refugee heading to UK gives birth at 30,000 feet

Soman Noori gives birth to baby girl Havva while flying to Birmingham, with no doctor on board.

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Afghan evacuations wind down at Kabul airport

The US is still airlifting civilians from Kabul airport but the UK has now ended evacuation flights.

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French woman arrested over jewellery thefts from coffins

Police believe the woman was posing as a mourner to strip valuables from the recently deceased.

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Who are the group that attacked Kabul airport?

The local branch of Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Kabul’s airport attack, but what threat do they pose?

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Afghanistan interpreter: Getting plane out was 'happiest moment of my life'

Former Afghan interpreter Burhan and his family are now in the UK, after begging for help to escape.

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Victims' relatives still desperately search for news of loved ones

The BBC's Secunder Kermani reports on the human cost of the Kabul airport attack.

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Cows on the moo-ve from Swiss Alpine meadow

Some cows are carried by helicopter in a process used by farmers to move the injured ones.

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Strictly: Why are South African dancers so popular?

As Strictly prepares to return to our screens next month another South African dancer has joined the professionals.

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Afghanistan: Shukria Barakzai's whispered voice notes and dramatic escape

The desperate messages sent by Afghan politician Shukria Barakzai to a UK MP. as the Taliban tried to hunt her down.

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'The Taliban killed my brother for protecting my family'

Saba says his family have gone into hiding after the Taliban threatened to kill his nephews.

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Canada election: Justin Trudeau rally cancelled after angry protests

Jeering crowds force the Canadian prime minister to call off an election campaign event.

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Robert F Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan granted prison release

A parole board calls for Sirhan Sirhan's release, but the decision now goes to the state's governor.

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Afghanistan: US to continue Kabul evacuations 'until last moment'

The US is still evacuating Afghans desperate to leave, despite a credible threat of further attacks.

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Kanye West: Kim Kardashian attends Donda event in wedding gown

It was one of several publicity stunts at the rapper's latest "listening party" for his new album.

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Hurricane Ida: New Orleans braces for possible direct hit

Hurricane Ida is forecast to strike as a category 3 hurricane, the same as Katrina exactly 16 years ago.

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Capitol riot: Officer who shot Ashli Babbitt reveals identity

Lt Michael Byrd told NBC that he believes he saved "countless lives" on 6 January.

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Greenland island is world's northernmost island - scientists

They say a tiny island off Greenland's coast was discovered by luck during a recent expedition.

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Afghan music school falls silent under Taliban rule

As the new regime bans music, the head of Afghanistan's national music school says students are scared.

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Kenyans stranded overnight in Mombasa Road traffic jam in Nairobi

Nairobi is notorious for its traffic jams but this was the worst many residents can remember.

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Pakistan-Afghanistan border: Ambassador pressed over threat from terrorist groups

The BBC's Lyse Doucet spoke to Mansoor Ahmad Khan, Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan: Pen Farthing team 'turned away' from airport

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace says supporters of an animal charity have "taken up too much time".

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Afghans in Calais prepare to risk lives again to reach UK

Aid agencies on the French coast are preparing for a new influx of migrants trying to get to the UK.

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Austrian ex-far-right leader Strache guilty of corruption

The verdict comes two years after a video sting ended Heinz-Christian Strache's political career.

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Kabul airport attack: 'Today I saw doomsday'

Afghans caught up in the twin blasts outside Kabul airport speak of the horror they witnessed.

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The Red Cross in Afghanistan: 'If we leave, who stays?'

Dr Alberto Cairo, who has worked in Afghanistan since 1990, tells the BBC "if we leave who stays?".

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French presidency: Michel Barnier joins race 'to change France'

The former EU Brexit negotiator says he will take on Emmanuel Macron in the elections next spring.

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Time's Up: Boss quits over ties to scandal-hit governor Andrew Cuomo

Tina Tchen is second Time's Up resignation in connection with politician accused of harassing women.

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Afghanistan airlift rescue: Thousands of refugees arrive at US airbase in Germany

Thousands of people are being evacuated from Kabul airport to the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Covid: Vaccine complications dwarfed by virus risks

Researchers says despite stroke and clotting risks, Covid vaccines have substantial benefits.

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Covid vaccine: More than half of Indian adults have had first jab

Some 473 million adults have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine so far.

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Jo Ferrari: Wanted Thai police chief surrenders after manhunt

The former officer, accused of torturing a suspect to death, spoke at an unusual press conference.

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Peloton cuts price of bike as sales growth slows

The fitness company's losses have widened as people head back to gyms to exercise.

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Apple chief executive Tim Cook gets $750m payout

The award of more than five million Apple shares comes as Mr Cook marks a decade as the firm's boss.

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Supreme Court: Biden eviction moratorium shot down by Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to end Covid-era protections for renters facing eviction.

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Why is there a chip shortage?

The big chip crunch is really biting now, leaving even the most unexpected industries in crisis.

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Africa's week in pictures: 20-26 August 2021

A selection of the best photos from the African continent and beyond.

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Afghanistan's economy in crisis after Taliban take-over

Even before the Taliban gained control, Afghanistan's economy was fragile.

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Afghanistan: Biden vows to complete evacuations despite airport attack

Joe Biden says the Kabul airlift will go on, after bombings which killed 60, including 13 US troops.

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Daniel Dias: History's greatest para-swimmer

Daniel Dias has won 25 medals for Brazil over the past four Paralympic Games but will be retiring after Tokyo.

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Afghanistan's Uyghurs fear the Taliban, and now China too

Members of the ethnic group say they fear the Taliban takeover could bring China to their doorstep.

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Kabul airport bomb attack leaves many casualties

US officials also say there were reports of gunfire following the blast.

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Afghanistan: Former Royal Marine on the chaos at Kabul airport

A former Royal Marine, who was near to the explosions at Kabul airport, describes being caught in the chaos.

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Kabul airport attack: What do we know?

The bombings came hours after warnings to citizens to stay away from the airport, due to an imminent threat.

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Afghanistan crisis: Who are Isis-K?

The jihadist group - set up in 2015 - is blamed for some of the worst atrocities in recent years.

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Ron Jeremy: US adult film star indicted on 34 sex crime charges

Ron Jeremy has pleaded not guilty to assault allegations from 21 women that span over two decades.

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Young Afghan mayor who fled Taliban hidden in car

One of Afghanistan's first female mayors, Zarifa Ghafari, describes her dangerous escape.

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US judge reprimands Trump election fraud lawyers

A US district judge accuses Sidney Powell and others of trying to undermine faith in democracy.

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New species of ancient four-legged whale discovered in Egypt

The three-metre whale was found in Egypt and has been named after Anubis, the ancient god of death.

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Israel's Bennett seeks reset with US at first meeting with Biden

Israeli PM hopes Joe Biden will agree to help stop Iran's nuclear programme at their first meeting.

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Nah he tweakin: What it means and why it's all over our timelines

A row on the use of blood in celebrity-endorsed products has made those three words viral.

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Stalin-era mass grave found in Ukraine

Thousands of people are thought to be buried at the site - one of the largest ever found in Ukraine.

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Mass brawl erupts in Armenian parliament: Third violent bout in just two days

Security personnel were called in to remove several members after violence erupted on the parliament floor.

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Abba: Band teases major announcement ahead of new music

The band, who have not released new music for 39 years, reveal a new project called Abba Voyage.

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Letitia Wright treated for injuries after Black Panther 2 accident

The actress suffered injuries in a stunt rig accident on the set of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Japan suspends 1.6 million Moderna doses over contamination fears

About 1.63 million vials are withheld after 'foreign objects' were detected in some doses.

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South Korea becomes first major Asian economy to raise interest rates

The move comes as central banks around the world prepare to exit emergency stimulus measures.

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Australian farmer draws heart with sheep in tribute to aunt

The Australian man was unable to attend his aunt's funeral because of Covid travel restrictions.

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Gretchen Whitmer: Man sentenced over kidnap plot

Ty Garbin plotted to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer over Michigan's Covid-19 restrictions.

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Afghanistan: 'The pain of watching my country burn from afar'

Hundreds of Afghan have taken refuge in India but they are worried about their families back home.

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Afghanistan: Taliban committed to post-deadline safe passage, US says

The US says it will hold the Taliban to a promise to let people leave Afghanistan after 31 August.

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Leopard attacks model in German photoshoot

The 36-year-old woman was seriously wounded by the animal at a retirement home for show animals.

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Aryana Sayeed: Afghanistan returns to miserable time for women

Afghan singer Aryana Sayeed on fleeing the country and her concerns for those who remain.

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Delta Airlines imposes $200 monthly surcharge on unvaccinated staff

The US airline also says Covid sufferers won't get sick pay unless they are double-jabbed.

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Thai police chief, known as Jo Ferrari, wanted over viral torture clip

Widely known as "Jo Ferrari", the now-sacked officer is being sought over a drug suspect's death.

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British stamps banned from Chagos Islands in Indian Ocean

The decision moves Mauritius a symbolic step closer to wresting UK control of the archipelago.

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Afghanistan chaos: The British families in limbo

The stories of Britons stuck in Kabul, families in limbo and Afghans starting new lives in the UK.

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Coronavirus origins: US intelligence report 'inconclusive'

US intelligence was tasked with looking into animal-to-human transfer or a possible lab leak.

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Biscarosse beach: Man missing after French plane makes emergency landing

Rescue services search for a co-pilot who leapt into the sea when a light aircraft got into trouble.

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Nirvana sued by the baby from Nevermind's album cover

Spencer Elden, who was photographed as a four month-old, is alleging child pornography.

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Tears on the tarmac as Afghan journalist speaks to BBC

Wahida Faizi says she cannot stay in Afghanistan because she believes the Taliban will kill her.

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Landslides kill 15 in western Venezuela after heavy rains

Heavy rains triggered flash floods which swept through towns in the Andes causing extensive damage.

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Japanese rollercoaster shut as injuries investigated

The world's fastest-accelerating rollercoaster is closed in Japan after claims of serious injuries.

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India woman who accused MP of rape dies in self-immolation

Her death puts the spotlight on the shameful treatment of women in India.

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Kanye West files to officially change name to Ye

It's taken three years since the rapper first announced the change.

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Business still has time to help Afghans - AirBnB boss

Co-founder Brian Chesky urges more firms to help after promising free lodging for 20,000 refugees.

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Charlie Watts: Jagger and Richards pay tribute to Rolling Stones bandmate

The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards salute drummer Charlie Watts, who has died aged 80.

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Charlie Watts: The subtle magnificence of the Rolling Stones' drummer

He wasn't flashy or prone to pyrotechnics, but Charlie Watts was the heartbeat of the Rolling Stones.

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China schools: 'Xi Jinping Thought' introduced into curriculum

The education ministry says the guidelines will help establish Marxist belief in the country's youth.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Narayan Rane: India minister arrested over slap remark gets bail

Narayan Rane said he would have slapped a state chief minister over this Independence Day speech.

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Afghanistan: World Bank halts aid after Taliban takeover

The announcement comes after the International Monetary Fund halted aid to Afghanistan last week.

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Japanese yakuza mobster sentenced to death

Nomura Satoru denied ordering four assaults, one of which was deadly.

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Tokyo Paralympics: 2020 Games get under way with powerful opening ceremony

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics are officially under way after a powerful opening ceremony.

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A Kabul evacuee's tale: Dread, chaos and the Taliban

An Indian woman tells the BBC of the on-and-off trauma of getting out of Taliban-held Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan: Secret Kabul talks between CIA and Taliban - US media

The secret meeting came ahead of a deadline for US troops to leave Afghanistan on 31 August.

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Taliban to US: Don't encourage Afghans to leave, we need them

Foreign countries should stop encouraging Afghans to leave their country, a Taliban spokesman says.

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Afghanistan: Credible reports of executions by Taliban says UN

Human rights violations against Afghan women and girls have also been reported, the UN says.

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German poison probe after drinks spiked at university in Darmstadt

Six people were taken to hospital with bluish extremities after using a science department's tea area.

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How losing his sight spurred cyclist Steve Bate to the Paralympics

Steve Bate was told he could be blind within four years - now he's defending his Paralympic title.

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How are women in Afghanistan reacting to Taliban takeover?

The BBC's Secunder Kermani speaks to women in Afghanistan about the Taliban takeover.

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R. Kelly trial: Woman says singer pressured her to have abortion

The second accuser to testify against the singer says he abused her and urged her to get an abortion.

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Convicted ex-Chadian leader Hissene Habre dies

The former president was sentenced to life in a landmark trial for crimes against humanity.

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Mar Menor: Tonnes of dead fish wash up on Spanish lagoon's shores

Ecologists say pollution is to blame, as officials consider declaring the Mar Menor a disaster area.

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Afghan para-athlete welcomed by new team in Spain

Nilofar Bayat, Afghan wheelchair basketball women's captain, is in Bilbao after fleeing the Taliban.

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Russian toddler lost in woods for four days vows 'never again'

The 22-month-old Russian girl was found alive by a search party, four days after she wandered off.

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Afghanistan: Sandhurst Sisterhood helping female Afghan soldiers to flee

Major Alice Bromage is part of a network helping female Afghan soldiers looking to flee the Taliban.

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Fire at Mexican offshore oil platform kills five

The incident comes weeks after a gas leak caused a fire on the ocean's surface near another platform.

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Afghanistan evacuation: Bittersweet relief for interpreter now in UK

An ex-interpreter for the British Army is happy to have escaped Kabul but still worried for his family.

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How Afghanistan rattled Asia and emboldened China

US VP Kamala Harris tries to reassure Asian allies, as many ask: can they still trust America?

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Afghanistan: Why can't the UK hold Kabul airport without the US?

The US and UK have different timetables for the effort to evacuate people from Afghanistan

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Ros Atkins on... Trump's Taliban deal

A deep dive into the US-Taliban deal of 2020 and its role in the militant group's takeover of Afghanistan.

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Kabul arrivals in the UK: 'We are the lucky ones'

UK troops are evacuating British nationals and eligible Afghans. Here are some of their stories.

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Monday, August 23, 2021

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi halts UK launch plan

It comes as Chinese firms face scrutiny by Western nations and as Beijing cracks down on data privacy.

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Kamala Harris accuses China of coercion and intimidation

She is currently on a tour of the region as the US aims to reaffirm its commitment to the region.

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VR helps Indians and Pakistanis visit their lost homes

Indians and Pakistanis who fled their homes during partition can now revisit their childhood - virtually.

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Proud Boys leader sentenced for burning Black Lives Matter flag

Enrique Tarrio admitted to burning a Black Lives Matter flag, stolen from a church, in July.

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Afghanistan: US aims to complete evacuations by deadline

Allies step up calls to extend a 31 August withdrawal, but the Taliban insist this will violate a deal.

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Tokyo Paralympics: A 'different' Games but Paralympians still hope to shine

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics takes place on Tuesday with the Japanese capital still facing Covid-19 challenges.

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'Hours not weeks for UK Afghan evacuation'

The defence secretary says the UK will leave Kabul alongside next week's planned US withdrawal.

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Tanzania's Samia Suluhu Hassan criticised over female footballers comments

The country's first female president recently told the BBC about facing gender discrimination.

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Pfizer becomes first Covid vaccine to gain full FDA approval

It is the first Covid jab to receive federal approval, and opens the door to new vaccine mandates.

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Poland to build Belarus border fence after migrant influx

Poland and its EU allies have accused Belarus of weaponising migrants in response to sanctions.

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Israeli strikes on Gaza high-rises may be war crimes - Human Rights Watch

Four tower blocks were destroyed by Israeli forces during May's conflict with Palestinian militants.

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Mozambique 'tuna bond' scandal: Ex-President Guebuza's son on trial

Mozambique's biggest corruption scandal led donors to cut funding and an economic crisis.

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Afghanistan: Foreign troops extension 'a clear violation' - Taliban

A Taliban spokesman says Afghans with passports can leave on commercial flights "at any time".

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Hurricane Grace: Mexican man buries wife and five children killed in mudslide

A man and his son were the only members of a family of eight to survive a mudslide in Mexico.

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Hours without food or water in Kabul airport 'hell'

An Afghan man who worked for the British army tells the BBC he and his family cannot get through the crowds.

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Anti-Taliban resistance group says it has thousands of fighters

The group says it wants to pursue peace, but if that fails it claims to have thousands of fighters ready.

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Storm Henri: Lightning strikes One World Trade Center

The strike was captured as Storm Henri approached the north-east of the US, bringing heavy rain.

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Joséphine Baker to be first black woman to enter France's Panthéon

Performer and World War Two resistance fighter Joséphine Baker will be honoured at the mausoleum.

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Afghanistan: People at Kabul airport flee Taliban with just a suitcase

Afghans waiting at Kabul airport tell the BBC of their pain at fleeing the country they love.

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Afghanistan: The BBC's Lyse Doucet reports from Kabul airport

The BBC's Lyse Doucet witnesses Afghan men, women and children fleeing the Taliban regime.

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Tennessee: Drone video shows damage from flash floods

Heavy rainfall in the US state causes deadly flash floods, destroying homes and sweeping away cars.

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Chip giant's IPO hit by Beijing crackdown on business

The share listing of BYD Semiconductor has been suspended due to a regulatory investigation.

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Barakat: First South African film in Cape Town's Afrikaans dialect

Barakat, or blessing, is the first film in Afrikaaps - a dialect of Afrikaans spoken in Cape Town.

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Covid: Taiwan rolls out homegrown vaccine amid criticism

Taiwan's president was vaccinated with the country's first domestically developed jab named Medigen.

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French match abandoned after player hit by bottle

Nice versus Marseille is abandoned after Dimitri Payet throws a bottle back into the crowd and fans storm the pitch.

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Afghanistan crisis: 'Hey world, do you care what happens here?'

A young woman shares her fears a week after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan: 'Women should fight for the right to work'

A leading campaigner for women's rights in Afghanistan was evacuated from Kabul last week, after going into hiding.

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Nord Stream 2: Russia must not use gas pipeline as weapon, says Merkel

The German chancellor says Moscow could face sanctions if it uses Nord Stream 2 against Ukraine.

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Why a US military base became a centre for Chinese Covid conspiracies

Apparent Chinese propaganda efforts are spreading ahead of a US report on Covid-19 origins.

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Kamala Harris joins diplomatic charm offensive in South East Asia

The US vice-president's trip to the region falls in the shadow of a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan: US orders civilian jets to join evacuation

A Pentagon statement says 18 commercial aircraft will help with the evacuation effort.

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Storm Henri makes landfall at Rhode Island

More than 120,000 homes are without power as millions of people warned to expect significant damage.

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C-17: The US military plane carrying Afghans to safety

A Boeing C-17 safely carried 823 Afghans from Kabul last week, a record number for that plane.

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Afghanistan: Sport bodies call for emergency evacuation of female players

Fifa and players' union Fifpro call on governments to arrange the emergency evacuation of female footballers in Afghanistan.

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Covid: New Zealand pandemic strategy in doubt amid Delta spread

The highly infectious Delta variant "does change the game", the Covid response minister says.

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Afghanistan: Where will refugees go after Taliban takeover?

Thousands of people are scrambling to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country.

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Afghanistan: Woman gives birth on US evacuation plane

The woman went into labour en route to Ramstein Air Base in Germany and gave birth on the plane.

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Everly Brothers: US rock 'n' roll star Don Everly dies aged 84

Don Everly and his brother, Phil, had hits including Bye Bye Love and All I Have to Do Is Dream.

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

Elaine Thompson-Herah runs second fastest time in women's 100m history

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah runs the second fastest time in women's 100m history as she clocks 10.54 seconds in Eugene.

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Kenya holds biggest ever animal census

All wildlife on land and sea is being counted to help Kenya's conservation plans and tourism.

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Hurricane Grace kills eight as it rips through eastern Mexico

The powerful storm brings torrential rain and high winds, causing power cuts and flooding.

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Dorothy Butler Gilliam: 'I am not a maid, I am a reporter'

The first black female reporter on the Washington Post says some colleagues would pretend not to know her.

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Algeria's desperate wildfire fight: Buckets and branches

Despite a huge military budget, oil-rich Algeria is ill-equipped to tackle annual fires.

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Biden's week of blame and tumult after Kabul fall

How the fall of Kabul stunned the Biden administration and spawned the worst week of his presidency.

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Hurricane Henri: US East Coast warned of significant damage

This could be the first time in 30 years that New England is hit by a hurricane.

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Afghanistan: US tells citizens to avoid Kabul airport

The warning comes amid continued chaos outside the airport, with reports of a deadly crush.

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Nigeria's royal wedding: Private jets, glitz and glamour

President Buhari's son marries the daughter of a religious leader in one of Nigeria's events of the year.

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Covid: Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters

Hundreds of people are arrested after rallies against lockdown measures in Melbourne and Sydney.

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Friday, August 20, 2021

Greece erects fence at Turkey border amid warnings of Afghan migrant surge

A 40km (25-mile) barrier is placed at the land border amid warnings of a surge of Afghan migrants.

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How Afghanistan's media is changing under Taliban rule

The Taliban are currently on a media offensive but does their rhetoric match what’s happening on the ground?

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Afghan crisis: Russia plans for new era with Taliban rule

While Western governments raced to get their people out, Russia appears unfazed by the takeover.

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Family of American taken by Taliban beg for return

Mark Frerichs, 59, one of the last Americans kidnapped by the Taliban, is stuck in Afghanistan.

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Ever Given: Cargo ship returns through Suez Canal it blocked

Global trade was disrupted in March when the massive container ship became stuck in the waterway.

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Poison algae may have killed California family, police say

A family of three may have been killed by toxic algae blooms on a hiking trail, investigators say.

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Afghanistan: The desperate scramble to escape

Scenes of chaos and panic continue in Kabul as thousands still crowd the airport.

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Nine Afghan girl robotics team members safe in Qatar

The all-girls team, known as the "Afghan Dreamers" have made headlines around the world.

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'They will kill me': Desperate Afghans seek way out after Taliban takeover

Many Afghans are desperate to escape after the Taliban takeover. Some fear there is no way out.

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Rafael Nadal: Spaniard ends 2021 season because of foot injury

Spain's 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has ended his 2021 season because of a foot injury.

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Joe Biden to Americans in Afghanistan: 'We will get you home'

Mr Biden has come under intense criticism amid the chaotic withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

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Jeopardy! host Mike Richards quits after sexist comments surface

Mike Richards has stepped down as the new host of the show over comments he made on a 2013 podcast.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: US accuses Abiy's government of blocking aid

Washington's aid chief says food is set to run out, with hundreds of thousands at risk of famine,

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Haiti earthquake: Tensions rise in struggle to get aid to victims

Five days after a powerful earthquake struck, hundreds are missing and people are desperate for aid.

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Afghanistan: Stun grenades used outside Kabul airport

Huge crowds have gathered outside Afghanistan's Kabul airport as people try to flee the Taliban.

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Simone Biles and mental health focus: 'I wouldn't change anything for the world'

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles "wouldn't change anything for the world" because she "gave an outlet for athletes to speak up about mental health".

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Amnesty International: 'Disconnect between Taliban claims and reality'

What Taliban spokespeople say and what is happening is very different, says Amnesty International.

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Spain migrants: Sole survivor rescued in dinghy in Atlantic

The woman, who was spotted clinging to an upturned boat, says at least 52 other people died.

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Sonny Chiba: Japan's martial arts star and Kill Bill actor dies of Covid at 82

The actor and martial arts legend played a swordsmith in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films.

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BHP sacked 48 over sexual harassment and assaults at Australian mines

An Australian inquiry has heard allegations of rape and sexual harassment at remote mining camps.

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China NPC: Three-child policy formally passed into law

The top legislature was also expected to approve a controversial anti-sanctions law for Hong Kong.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Facebook moves to protect Afghan users' accounts amid Taliban takeover

The tech giant says it wants to reassure people worried about being tracked down by the Taliban.

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Afghanistan: Taliban 'tortured and massacred' Hazara minority

Rights group Amnesty says the brutal Hazara killings were a "horrifying indicator" of Taliban rule.

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Covid: Sydney extends lockdown and puts two million under curfew

Australia's largest city now faces stay-at-home orders until at least the end of September.

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Drag Race UK queens on battles with Brexit and Covid

The latest British series features its first ever female drag queen, and a familiar face.

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Afghanistan: Protesters wave national flag at Independence Day protests

Afghan protesters mark Independence Day with the national flag, days after the Taliban takeover.

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The treacherous road to Kabul's airport

As thousands try to flee Afghanistan, the main route to the capital's airport has become treacherous.

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Zaki Anwari: Afghan footballer falls to death from US plane in Kabul

Zaki Anwari, 19, had played for Afghanistan's national team before attempting to flee the country.

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Afghanistan: Child handed over Kabul airport wall as chaos continues

Afghans try to scale airport walls and shots are fired as crowds keep trying to flee the Taliban.

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Haiti earthquake: Rescue efforts continue in Les Cayes

The death toll from the 7.2-magnitude quake is now over 2,000, with many still missing in towns like Les Cayes.

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Washington DC: Active bomb threat near US Capitol

US Capitol Police are negotiating with the driver of a suspicious vehicle on Capitol Hill.

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Canadian soldier faces jail over feeding cannabis cupcakes to troops

A Canadian bombardier fed cannabis cakes to troops during a drill involving guns and live ammunition.

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Covid-19: Mississippi quarantines 20,000 pupils at start of new school year

Schools around the US are seeing Covid-19 outbreaks within days of starting the new academic year.

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‘Don’t forget the 500,000 internally displaced Afghans’ - UNCHR

Do not forget the 500,000 internally displaced people, the UNHCR representative to Afghanistan says.

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Afghanistan: A woman's story of life under the Taliban in 1999

Taliban rule in 1999 - an Afghan woman recalls the day her father disappeared.

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Afghanistan: Who originally supported Trump's deal with the Taliban?

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace now calls it a "rotten" deal but supported it at the time.

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Afghanistan evacuations: Woman on trip back to Kabul describes fleeing city

A councillor who was visiting family in the country she had left aged three tells of her evacuation.

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Belgium stabbing suspect won’t be charged over unborn baby’s death

A man in Belgium is charged with allegedly stabbing his partner, but not her unborn baby's death.

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Facebook reveals most-seen posts are inane questions, not politics

"Does sugar go in spaghetti?" is among the US's top posts, as Facebook battles right-wing content claims.

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Chip shortage: Toyota to cut global production by 40%

The world's biggest carmaker will cut output in September, while VW warns it may have to make further cuts.

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Russia names Golos monitor as 'foreign agent' ahead of election

Golos has vowed to continue its work ahead of parliamentary elections in a month's time.

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Afghan interpreter begs PM for 'pathway to safety'

An Afghan interpreter who worked for the British army has begged the UK government to evacuate him and his family from Afghanistan.

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Apple censors engraving service, report claims

Apple restricts the engraving of political phrases in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, a report alleges.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Afghanistan crisis: 'Many here will be deeply fearful for their future'

The BBC's Secunder Kermani reports from the heart of Kabul during the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan.

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Tokyo 2020: First Covid case detected at Paralympic village

Japan is battling a record wave of coronavirus infections just five days before the start of the Games.

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Former Netflix staffers charged for making $3m from insider trading

The Wall Street regulator says confidential subscriber growth data was used in the alleged scheme.

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Haiti earthquake: The forgotten villages cut off from help

The tremor razed their homes, but these survivors could still die for a lack of basic supplies.

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Afghanistan: Joe Biden said chaos was 'inevitable'

In an interview with ABC, Joe Biden said nobody could have anticipated the speed of the Taliban takeover.

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Can the Paralympics bring lasting change?

A campaign gets underway to try to improve the lives of the world's 1.2bn disabled people.

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Ramappa temple: The Indian shrine that is now a World Heritage site

The 800-year-old temple in India's southern state of Telangana is now on the tourist map.

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IMF suspends Afghanistan's access to funds

The move follows the Taliban's takeover, and lack of global agreement over who now governs Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan: 'I feel lucky to leave but we must not forget those left behind'

The UK government says 306 UK nationals and 2,052 Afghans have been flown out of the country so far.

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'It was very emotional on the plane out of Afghanistan'

Afghan businesswoman Hassina Syed speaks of her relief at getting out on a British military plane.

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