BBC World Service
BBC World Service

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25 min

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.
26 min

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.
32 min

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.
31 min

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.
28 min

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.
23 min

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.
31 min

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.
28 min

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.