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The French president meets the Saudi crown prince, amid much criticism
26:26Emmanuel 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
32:03The 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'
31:05The 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
28:42More 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
23:06Findings 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
31:48The 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
28:19More 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
27:32The 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
30:47The 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
32:02The 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.