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Trump leaves hospital to continue Covid-19 treatment
The US president vowed to hit the campaign trail very soon, though he is still receiving medical care. Also: riot police clash with protestors in Kyrgyzstan, and feuding in the world of Japanese mascots....

President Trump criticised over drive-past
The decision to greet supporters while being treated for Covid-19 is under scrutiny. Also: The WHO’S top officials meet to discuss the global response to the pandemic, and the creature being reintroduced to mainland Australia after three thousand years....

Trump briefly leaves hospital to greet supporters
The US president is seen waving inside a car, hours after doctors said he might be discharged on Monday. Also: Nagorno-Karabakh conflict grows as big cities hit, and the Kenzo fashion brand founder dies from Covid-19....


Confusion over timeline of Trump's diagnosis
The US president was given oxygen before his admission to hospital. Also: Sudan's transitional government has signed a peace deal with an alliance of rebel groups aimed at ending decades of conflict, and Egypt announces the discovery of dozens of sarcophagi at an ancient site, south of the capital Cairo....

Trump flown to hospital with Covid-19
The White House said he was admitted for tests as a precaution. Also: Germany's bid to reform social media, and Scottish criminals turn to music....

Trump and Melania test positive for Coronavirus
White House says President has 'mild symptoms' and he and First Lady are self-isolating. We assess likely impact of Mr. Trump's announcement on presidential elections - due on 3rd November. Also, Spain sees new surge in cases of Covid 19, and how European cities are changing as pandemic leads more people to take up cycling....


Brexit: EU starts legal action against UK
Legal proceedings begin after UK refuses to ditch plans to override Brexit divorce deal. Also: Kremlin critic Navalny blames Putin for poisoning, and scientists say people who have a certain gene inherited from Neanderthals are more at risk from Covid-19....

Nagorno-Karabakh: Turkey denies sending Syrian mercenaries to fight
The battle in Nagorno-Karabakh, between Azerbaijan and Armenian separatists, is just the latest in a decades-long struggle for control of the region. Also, China and Russia react to the chaotic US presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. And, from pop concerts to professional wrestling, fans are being asked to keep their mouths shut, to stop the spread of the coronavirus....


Presidential debate: Trump and Biden in chaotic encounter
President Trump and Joe Biden have held a bitter and angry White House debate. They argued fiercely over Coronavirus, the economy, healthcare and far-Right extremism. Also, senior figures in India's governing BJP found not guilty of inciting Hindu extremists to demolish mosque, and why some experts think the world needs to drastically change its diet....

US presidential debate
Donald Trump and Joe Biden clash in a chaotic and combative debate. We hear from Cleveland, Ohio, where this first election debate is taking place and have analysis from our reality check correspondent. Also: the young people born and raised in Italy who are fighting for their right to citizenship, and could keeping exotic pets lead to their extinction?...

UN holds emergency meeting about Azerbaijan and Armenia
Dozens have been killed as the violence between the countries escalates. Also: a horrific rape case in India has once again raised questions about women's rights and the caste system, and more people are keeping exotic reptiles as pets than previously thought...but could it lead to their extinction?...


Global coronavirus deaths pass one million
The US, Brazil and India account for nearly half the total. Experts say the true figure is probably much higher. Also: Amnesty International says it has been forced to stop work in India, could emergency teams soon be using jetpacks to get to patients, and how the fashion world is adapting designs for the Covid era....

India passes six million coronavirus cases
It comes on the day eighty-two thousand new cases were reported. We look at where the pandemic is heading there. Also: why the English football league system could be facing financial collapse, and we hear from the veteran naturalist and now Instagram king, David Attenborough....


Trump picks Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court
The nomination of a conservative judge paves the way for a bitter Senate fight as an election looms. Also: Madrid at "serious risk" without virus lockdown, and NASA is working with a cosmetics company on space station commercialization....

Trump 'to pick Amy Coney Barrett' for Supreme Court
The judge and former law professor from Indiana is a favourite of social conservatives. Also: Paris stabbing attack 'an act of terrorism', and polio vaccination campaigners in Pakistan battle misinformation and distrust....


Vatican cardinal resigns unexpectedly
Cardinal Becciu became involved in a controversial deal to buy a luxury building in London. He denies any wrongdoing. Also: the US Republican leader has said there will be an "orderly" post presidential election transition, and how lockdown birds sang to a different note....

UK chancellor announces new job support scheme
It begins in November and means the government will pay part of workers’ wages who have lost hours because of the coronavirus pandemic. Also: South Korea has condemned North Korea's killing of a civilian official who was apparently trying to defect as unforgivable, and we look at some of the contenders for the Mercury music prize....


Protests in Kentucky after Grand Jury decision
Grand jury decides not to charge police officers over fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor; mass protests in Belarus after Alexander Lukashenko is secretly sworn in for another term as president; and why Africa is seeing a sustained fall in the number of new coronavirus infections....

EU proposes new migration rules
All countries will have to take in refugees or sponsor the return of those refused asylum. Also: the Russian opposition politician, Alexei Navalny, has been discharged from hospital where he was being treated for Novichok nerve agent poisoning, and a Grammy-nominated singer is building a high-tech city in Senegal with its own cryptocurrency....

Coronavirus: US death toll passes 200,000
President Trump's administration has been repeatedly criticised over its handling of the virus. In March, President Trump said if deaths were between 100,000 and 200,000, the country would have done a "very good job". Also: police forces around the world seize more than 6.5 million dollars in cash and virtual currencies, as well as drugs and guns in a co-ordinated raid on dark web marketplaces, and NASA announces a plan for the first woman on the Moon by 2024 as a staging post for the first human mission to...


China tycoon critical of Xi gets 18 years in jail
Ren Zhiqiang went missing earlier this year after writing an essay said to be critical of President Xi. Also: Arctic sea-ice shrinks to a near record low extent, and the Italian university accused of fixing a language exam for the footballer Luis Suarez....

10pm curfew for English pubs and restaurants
Order comes as scientists increase the UK's coronavirus alert level. Also: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's last dictated message to her grand-daughter, Twitter's apparent racial bias and China's Hollywood propaganda videos....

'Be brave', Svetlana Tikhanovskaya tells the EU
The Belarusian opposition leader wants the EU to impose sanctions against President Lukashenko and senior officials. Also: a global poll shows the world is split on the urgency of tackling climate change, and the big winners at the virtual Emmys....


Leaks show scale of bank laundering
BBC investigation reveals how criminals were helped to move dirty money around the world. Also: reprieve for We Chat after US judge blocks Trump ban order, hundreds protest against Madrid lockdowns and Gore-Tex creator dies....

When will the next US Supreme Court judge be nominated?
Washington is split over who will take the position, following Ruth Bader Ginsberg's death. Also: a former British diplomat is being investigated for allegedly spying on the EU for China, and frozen ground in Siberia is thawing and contributing to climate change....

WHO warns pandemic is not going away anytime soon
It comes as Israel returns to a nationwide lockdown and several countries tighten restrictions. Also: the US will ban downloads of the Chinese-owned apps, TikTok and WeChat, from Sunday, and seven footprints found in an Arabian desert may change the timeline of human history....


Global coronavirus cases top 30 million
The 30 million landmark comes as the World Health Organisation warns about the situation in Europe. Also: Fires devastate the world's largest wetland, and hear about the incredible life of the female secret agent who is said to have inspired the creator of James Bond....

China defends its mass 're-education' policies in Xinjiang
China says millions of workers --mostly Muslim Uighurs -- have been retrained in centres, which the US has likened to concentration camps. Also: WHO warns of "very serious situation" regarding Covid-19 in Europe, and what are the bizarre new stunts included in the latest Guinness World Records?...


Lamine Diack: Former head of World Athletics found guilty of corruption and jailed
The ex-head of athletics’ governing body was convicted of accepting bribes from athletes suspected of doping to cover up test results and letting them continue competing, including in the 2012 London Olympics. Also: Venezuela says the UN report which accuses its government of systematic violations to suppress political opponents is riddled with falsehoods, and an artificial intelligence-powered ship aiming to recreate a historic voyage from 400 years ago....

Venezuela: UN investigators accuse government of crimes against humanity
UN Human Rights Council looked into cases of killings, torture, and disappearances. Investigators say President Maduro and other top officials were implicated. Also, top intergovernmental group says global economy is doing better than expected, and should we all learn to appreciate statistics more ?...

Israel signs diplomatic accord with UAE and Bahrain
It was signed at the White House with President Trump. He hailed the dawn of a new Middle East. Also: India passes five million coronavirus cases - we hear how families are suffering, and the TV ad which overshadowed a reality star appearance on ‘Dancing With the Stars’....


Poisoned Navalny ‘will return to Russia’
The Russian opposition leader posts on social media that he's getting better. A photo showed him sitting up in his Berlin hospital bed, surrounded by his wife and children. Also: new figures suggest China's economy is recovering from the pandemic, and hip hop fans prepare to bid on memorabilia at Sotheby’s in New York....

Evidence that Venus may harbour life
Scientists discover a gas in the atmosphere of Venus that may have been produced by living organisms. Also: Climate change takes centre stage in the US presidential race, and the enduring appeal of Pinocchio, the tale of the wooden puppet who wants to be a real boy....

Belarus: UN calls for investigation of torture allegations
Belarusians protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko have allegedly been kidnapped and beaten by security forces. Also, Yoshihide Suga is expected to be sworn in as Japan’s next prime minister, after being selected as leader of the governing Liberal Democratic Party. And one of the most powerful men in football – Nasser Al Khelaifi – goes on trial over the sale of World Cup television rights....


Belarus: Thousands rally against President Lukashenko
More than 100,000 anti-government protestors took to the streets of Minsk. Also: Israel announces a new national lockdown to contain a surge in coronavirus infections, and a permanent migrant reception centre is to be built on the Greek island of Lesbos....

Afghan government urges ceasefire with Taliban
At peace talks in Qatar, the Afghan delegation said war had no winners. Also: Pompeo in Cyprus warns US "deeply concerned" over Turkey energy search, and British designer, Sir Terence Conran, dies aged 88....


Moria: European Commission says migrant camp will be rebuilt after huge fire
EC's Vice-president says burnt-out camp to be replaced by modern facility on same site. Residents of Moria camp have staged protest calling for right to leave island of Lesbos. Also, Rio Tinto's boss to quit over company's destruction of Aboriginal sacred sites, and we meet a man who reads out confessions of dead people at their own funerals....

EU ultimatum to UK over Brexit talks
The UK is told to drop plans to rewrite the withdrawal agreement by end of the month or risk scuppering the trade deal. Also: Microsoft says Russia, China and Iran hackers are targeting Trump and Biden, and the British actress Dame Diana Rigg dies aged 82....

Greek ships to help shelter 13,000 migrants after camp burned
A blaze engulfed Moria camp on Tuesday night, then another wiped out any remaining tents on Wednesday. Also: The opposition politician in Belarus told she would be deported ‘alive or in bits’ and backlash in China after attempts to bring in couples counselling before marriage....


Trump accused of deliberately misleading US on Covid-19
The remark is contained in a book by the journalist, Bob Woodward, who broke the Watergate scandal. Also: Greek fire sparks race to shelter 13,000 migrants, and scientists develop a technique to spot fake Scotch whisky without opening the bottle....

Fire destroys Greece's largest migrant camp
A huge fire has ravaged the Moria facility on the island of Lesbos. Thousands of migrants have been left homeless. Also, efforts to make the Oscars more diverse, and how one man developed a friendship with an octopus....

US protests: Rochester police leaders resign en masse
Pressure is growing in Rochester over the death of a black man named Daniel Prude, who asphyxiated after being restrained by police. Also, Italy’s fashion industry grapples with racism. And, how will taking photos of broccoli today help scientists study space tomorrow?...


Belarus: Lukashenko admits being in power too long
The long term leader has told Russian media he won't be stepping down despite weeks of protests. Meanwhile Belarus opposition leader resists deportation. Also: the floods threatening Sudan's ancient ruins, and why Senegal has been praised for its handling of the coronavirus....

Russia's Alexei Navalny out of coma after poisoning
Doctors treating Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny say he is out of an induced coma and his condition, since being poisoned, has improved. Also: A Saudi court commutes the death sentences of those convicted of murdering the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Afghan officials and the Taliban prepare for formal talks in Qatar....

Belarus opposition leader reportedly abducted
Witnesses say Maria Kolesnikova was bundled into a minibus by masked men and driven away. Also: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appears in a London court to fight a US extradition request, and Nigerian doctors go on strike....


Belarus: Protesters gather for the fourth week in a row
More than 100,000 anti-government demonstrators took to the streets in Minsk. Also: India now has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, and Jacob Blake sends his first public message from a hospital bed....

Rohingya refugees: Bangladesh plans to move thousands to an island
Many refugees are reluctant to move to Bhashan Char island, even if it means leaving the crowded camps where they now live. Also, soldiers in Niger are accused of executing dozens of civilians earlier this year. And India introduces coronavirus tests on demand, as its outbreak surges....


Islamic State: Giant library of group's online propaganda discovered
Researchers find one of largest collections of IS online material. Experts say it enables group to continually replenish extremist content on the net. Also, Dutch far-Right politician Geert Wilders cleared of inciting hatred, and US academic says she lied about being black....

Biden speaks to Jacob Blake on Wisconsin visit
The US Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, says the shooting victim told him he "won't give up". Also: Beirut rescuers investigate signs of life in rubble, and English Premier League terminates huge China TV rights deal....

Tycoon cleared of murders that rocked Slovakia
The killing of the investigative journalist, Jan Kuciak, and his fiancée in 2018 led to protests and the collapse of the government. Also: President Trump tells voters in North Carolina to vote twice to test the system, and Brazil's men and women international football players get equal pay....


Russia's Navalny 'poisoned with Novichok'
The German chancellor Angela Merkel says Alexei Navalny was a victim of attempted murder. Also: US sanctions staff at top war crimes court, and Prince Harry and Meghan to make shows with Netflix....

Charlie Hebdo: 14 suspects on trial over deadly Paris attacks
Suspects are accused of helping radical Islamists who killed 12 people in January 2015. Most of alleged accomplices are in court in Paris but 3 are being tried in absentia. Also, scepticism in Lebanon about official investigation into Beirut blast, and how Earth is rattled after 7 billion years by signals from black holes' collision....

Trump visits Kenosha to back police after shooting
The US president blames what he calls "domestic terror" for the "destruction" in the Midwestern city. Also: Zimbabwe to return farmland seized from foreigners; and with a changing world, Dictionary.com changes its definitions of many words....


Charlie Hebdo magazine republishes Mohammed cartoons
Alleged accomplices to the deadly attack on the magazine go on trial on Wednesday. Twelve people were killed in 2015 including famous cartoonists. Also: students in Belarus protest against President Lukashenko on the first day of the university term. And, K-Pop conquers the US charts....

US election: Biden accuses 'weak' Trump of stoking violence
The Democratic Party's candidate for the US presidency Joe Biden has challenged President Trump on law and order, asking voters if they feel safe with a leader who can’t control his supporters. Also: Australia says China has detained a prominent journalist without charge, and new figures show the Indian economy has been devastated by the pandemic....

Historic Israeli flight arrives in UAE
The direct flight marks a major step in normalising ties between Israel and the Gulf Arab country. Also: Sudan 'on road to peace' after a deal is signed, and artificial intelligence is being trialled in Australia to improve the safety of female travellers at night....


Belarus: Mass rally keeps pressure on Lukashenko
Tens of thousands again take to the streets in Belarus to protest against President Alexander Lukashenko. Also: the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, says there have been unpublicised talks with many more Arab countries about improving ties. And India and Russia declared joint winners at Chess Olympiad....

Belarus: Journalists covering protests stripped of accreditation
Several thousand women in Belarus have rallied in central Minsk for a “March of Solidarity”, urging President Lukashenko and the government to resign. Also: German police have arrested hundreds of people demonstrating in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions, and hundreds of migrants are rescued from a ship funded by the British graffiti artist Banksy....


Shinzo Abe: Japan's PM resigns for health reasons
Longest-serving Japanese PM has suffered for many years from ulcerative colitis. He will remain in his post until a successor is chosen. Also, Trump tells Republican convention that Biden will 'demolish' the American dream if he becomes president, and UK honours World War 2 heroine Noor Inayat Khan....

Trump brands NBA a "political" organisation
US president was responding to players' walkout over police violence. Also: Four die as Hurricane Laura batters US Gulf coast; Russian police 'on standby' to enter Belarus; and the world's most expensive sheep....

'Catastrophic' hurricane Laura lashes Louisiana
The storm, one of the strongest to hit the US Gulf coast, has caused flash flooding and power cuts. Also: the wearing of facemasks in public is to be made compulsory in Paris because of Covid-19, and the London Symphony Orchestra comes out of lockdown and begins rehearsing again....


Jacob Blake: Two shot dead during third night of unrest in Kenosha
Violence continues in city in Wisconsin following police shooting of a black man. Jacob Blake was shot by officers on Sunday in the presence of his children. Also, Melania Trump makes plea for racial harmony at Republican party convention, and deadly flash-floods hit northern Afghanistan....

Africa declared free of wild polio in 'milestone'
Nigeria is now rid of wild polio despite having more than half of all cases a decade ago - a major success in efforts to eradicate the disease. Also: The family of an unarmed black man shot by police in Wisconsin say he is paralysed from the waist down, and the captain of the Manchester United football club is found guilty of attempting to bribe a Greek police officer....


Ratko Mladic appeals against genocide conviction
The court hearing has already been delayed by the ex-Bosnian Serb commander's health issues and the coronavirus pandemic. Also: Gaza imposes lockdown following first Covid-19 cases, and researchers find method to regrow cartilage in arthritic mice....


Belarus: Opposition holds mass rally in Minsk despite ban
President Lukashenko has vowed to crush unrest and blamed the dissent on unnamed "foreign-backed revolutionaries". Also: US President Donald Trump's eldest sister says her brother is a liar who "has no principles", secret recordings reveal, and in football Bayern Munich beat Paris Saint Germain to be crowned champions of Europe for a sixth time....

NATO rejects Belarus claim of border threat
Claims by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko that "foreign powers" are organising a build-up of troops on the country's border are baseless, says NATO. Also: The World Health Organisation says children over 12 years old should wear masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and violence in Ivory Coast as President Alassane Ouattara is nominated for a third term in office....

Russian doctors allow Navalny to go to Germany
They had earlier said the Kremlin critic, in a coma in Omsk, was too ill to be moved for treatment in Germany. They relented after appeals by his family and aides, who said Mr Navalny’s life was in danger in Russia. Also: Libya's rival authorities announce a ceasefire, and the man known as the Golden State Killer is sentenced to life in prison....


Steve Bannon charged with fraud over Mexico wall funds
Mr Bannon, once one of President Trump's most trusted advisers, was arrested and charged with fraud over a fundraising campaign to build a Mexican border wall. He denied the charge in court in New York. Also: scientists say the loss of ice in Greenland has reached "unprecedented" levels, and why singing is no more likely to transmit Covid-19 than talking - unless you do it loudly....

Russian opposition leader 'fights for life'
A prominent Putin opponent, Alexei Navalny, is unconscious after a suspected poisoning. Also: Barack Obama makes his most scathing attack on President Trump so far, and British scientists develop a new method of administering radiotherapy that they say could revolutionise the treatment of breast cancer....


UN joins global condemnation of Mali coup
President Keita was forced to resign after being detained by soldiers. Also: Belarus leader orders clampdown on unrest, and 'walkies' could become the law for German dog owners....

Mali: Soldiers promise elections after ousting President
Troops have pledged to set up a civilian transitional government and hold elections. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned on Tuesday night after a coup that’s been widely condemned by the international community. Also, Joe Biden is named as US Democratic candidate for presidency, and India’s Supreme Court orders probe into death of Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput....

Mali president seized by mutinying soldiers
France and regional bloc Ecowas have condemned the mutiny that began with gunfire early on Tuesday. Also: US postal service halts controversial changes, and fans flock to save Elsa - Berlin's cheeky wild boar....


Guilty verdict over assassination of Lebanon ex-PM
One of four men accused of killing Rafik Hariri in Beirut in 2005 has been convicted by a special UN-backed court. The judges said Salim Ayyash had a central role in the murder. Also: shots are fired inside a military base in Mali and, a lost species is rediscovered in the wilds of Djibouti, Africa....

Protests continue in Belarus
Opposition protestors in Belarus have held a ninth night of protests against the leadership of Alexander Lukashenko. Also: US Democrats set for virtual political show piece, and the Indian classical vocalist, Pandit Jasraj, has died aged ninety....


Mass protest eclipses Belarus leader's rally
Protestors keep up pressure over disputed elections, as President Lukashenko calls opponents "rats". Also: New Zealand delays election over coronavirus fears, and a gardener claims a new speed record in a motorised wheelbarrow....

Belarus: President Lukashenko claims he has Russian support against protests
The man called “Europe’s last dictator” asks for Vladimir Putin’s help, as anti-government demonstrations gain momentum. Meanwhile, international leaders mark Victory in Japan Day, and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. And a restaurant in China is forced to apologise, after telling its patrons to weigh themselves before ordering....

Pressure grows on Belarusian president to resign
Alexander Lukashenko’s opponents say his regime’s “hours are numbered” after five days of anti-government protest. Meanwhile, the leader of Hezbollah threatens to take action if Israel is responsible for last week’s devastating explosion in Beirut. And we look at the US government’s censorship of climate scientists....


Belarus: 'Widespread torture' inflicted on jailed protesters
Freed detainees have given details of beatings during days in custody that Amnesty International said suggested "torture" on a significant scale. Also: The president of Mozambique, visits a province where the army is fighting Islamist insurgents, and the latest move against the murder hornets....

Women form ‘solidarity chains’ in Belarus protests
Many dressed in white as they called for an end to police brutality. Several strikes have also been reported at state-owned factories in protest against President Lukashenko. Also: the Chinese president launches a clean plate campaign to reduce food waste, and why Donald Trump is demanding more powerful showers....


Harris joins Biden at first event as running mate
Joe Biden has formally introduced Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential pick at a rally in Delaware. Senator Harris said four years of Donald Trump's presidency had left America 'in tatters'. Also in this edition: Beirut’s broken hospitals – and the day Margaret Thatcher came face-to-face with the BBC’s African Service....

Belarus: police clash with demonstrators for third night
Violence reported in Minsk and several other cities. A BBC crew has been attacked by police, who've been accused of brutality. Also, UK slides into recession due to impact of pandemic, and how prehistoric humans worked together to find food and share it....

Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate
The former California attorney-general had long been considered the front runner for the role. Also: opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya fled Belarus "for sake of her children", and Mauritius fears a stranded ship that is leaking oil may "break in two"....


Global Covid-19 cases top 20 million
Russia approves its own vaccine for use, but international experts are sceptical. Also: The main opposition candidate flees Belarus for 'sake of her children', and Benin restores statues to slave traders....

Lebanon cabinet resigns as anger over blast mounts
The Lebanese prime minister announced the move in a TV address as clashes continued in Beirut for a third day. Also: Trump says someone shot near White House, and the website that creates the sounds of the office for those working from home....


Clashes erupt after disputed Belarus election
A state TV exit poll showed a victory for President Alexander Lukashenko but the opposition cried foul. Also: more protests in Beirut as international donors pledge aid, and who owned the old pair of round rimmed spectacles that are now up for auction?...

Lebanese army retakes government buildings stormed by protestors
The demonstrators in Beirut had earlier entered government ministries venting their anger at politicians who they blame for Tuesday's devastating explosion. Also:  President Trump signs executive orders extending Covid-19 economic relief, and an oil spill in Mauritius is threatening an ecological disaster....

Air India jet breaks in two in Kerala
The Boeing 737 was repatriating Indians stranded overseas by the coronavirus crisis. Also: US imposes sanctions on Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, and the British Foreign office cat Palmerston retires to the countryside....


Beirut explosion: many Lebanese blame government negligence
Rescue-workers search for dozens still reported missing after Tuesday's deadly blast. The UN has warned of a humanitarian crisis and is promising emergency supplies. Also, how Covid-19 has affected tourism in city that was at heart of Italian Renaissance, and why music festival is going ahead on Greek island - despite virus restrictions....

New York sues America's powerful National Rifle Association
New York’s attorney general Letitia James alleges financial misconduct in the organisation. She accuses NRA leaders of using its funds for their personal benefit. Also: President Macron of France has promised to co-ordinate an international aid effort for Lebanon, and in the Channel Island of Guernsey police try a novel recruitment campaign....

New York sues America's powerful National Rifle Association
New York’s attorney general Letitia James alleges financial misconduct in the organisation. She accuses NRA leaders of using its funds for their personal benefit. Also: President Macron of France has promised to co-ordinate an international aid effort for Lebanon, and in the Channel Island of Guernsey police try a novel recruitment campaign....


President Macron says political change is needed in Lebanon
The French President made the comments on a visit to an area devastated by the explosion. Also: tougher internal border restrictions are being introduced in Australia to curb the spread of Covid-19, and social media networks push back against President Trump after he says children are "almost immune" to the coronavirus....

Anger in Beirut at failure to prevent devastating explosion
The governing elite of Lebanon is coming under unprecedented attack after an explosion in the capital on Tuesday, which killed at least 135 people. Also: emergency departments in the US state of Mississippi are overflowing with Covid-19 patients, and the French Government pledges millions of dollars to save the country's wine industry....

Anger in Beirut at failure to prevent devastating explosion
The governing elite of Lebanon is coming under unprecedented attack after an explosion in the capital on Tuesday, which killed at least 135 people. Also: emergency departments in the US state of Mississippi are overflowing with Covid-19 patients, and the French Government pledges millions of dollars to save the country's wine industry....


Hefty fines for lockdown rule-breakers in Australia
On-the-spot fines of more than 3 thousand US dollars for breaking isolation rules in the Australian state of Victoria, as military and police get tough with dissenters. Also: fears that new ID rules for voting in Ghana could deter some voters, and in Italy a Grand Slam great interrupts girls playing rooftop tennis....


Spain's ex-King Juan Carlos leaves the country
This comes weeks after the embattled former King was linked to an inquiry into alleged corruption. Also: red card for footballers caught deliberately coughing, and other mammals lose out in panda conservative drive....

Iran cover-up of Covid-19 deaths revealed
A BBC investigation has found almost three times the number of reported deaths. Also: we hear from Zimbabwe where a doctor says, despite capacity, staff shortages mean she's turning Covid-infected patients away, and could the staunchly conservative US state of Kansas turn Democrat?...

NASA astronauts make landmark splashdown
The SpaceX capsule touched down off Florida, in the first crewed US water landing in 45 years. Also: top US Democrat rounds on virus chief Birx, and New Zealand's most popular albatross chick needs a name....


Facebook forced to block pro-Bolsonaro accounts
The social media giant vows to appeal against the Brazilian Supreme Court ruling. Also: TikTok "here for the long run" in the US after president Trump said he would ban it, and Japan's Kabukiza theatre reopens....

WHO head says pandemic will be felt for decades
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says there will be no return to the 'old normal' soon. Also: Maxwell-Epstein emails shown in new court papers, and the 100th Salzburg Music Festival opens this weekend....

Hong Kong postpones elections by year due to 'virus concerns'
Government says delay in parliamentary elections is due to rise in Covid-19 infections. But opposition accuses authorities of using pandemic as excuse to prevent people from voting. Also, Eurozone suffers its worst economic contraction on record due to Coronavirus, and a website that lets you see the view from other people's windows across the world....


Threat to delay US presidential election
President Trump suggests delaying the US election. Also: Switzerland launches criminal proceedings against the president of FIFA, and a new app to help people treat sleeplessness....

Hong Kong bars 12 opposition candidates from election
The government said the candidates were not fit to run for office. Also: The German economy suffers its biggest quarterly fall since records began, and the world’s largest frog- known as the ‘wrinkly scrotum’ frog is under threat because of human consumption....

US tech giants face Congress grilling
Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon have appeared before Washington lawmakers to defend their firms against claims they abuse their power to quash competitors. Also: the chief organiser of the Tokyo Olympics hopes they will take place next year - but can't rule out another delay, and an enduring mystery from one of Britain's most famous archaeological sites, Stonehenge, appears to have been solved....


Hong Kong: 'Large-scale' coronavirus outbreak looming, says city's leader
Carrie Lam urges people to stay indoors and says hospital system could face 'collapse'. But pro-democracy protestors unconvinced by reports that outbreak means local elections should be postponed. Also, drastically scaled-down Hajj pilgrimage begins in Saudi Arabia, and how fugitive Mexican drug-lord built his own private hospital....

US Attorney General defends deploying federal agents to Portland
In heated testimony to Congress, William Barr said protesters in Portland, Oregon, were committing "an assault on the government of the United States". Democrats accuse Mr Barr of trying to aid the president's re-election campaign. Also: leaders in Western Europe warn of a second wave of the coronavirus, and there is positive news for tiger populations in the wild....

Construction starts for the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor in France
French President Emmanuel Macron praised the international venture as a project for the future of humanity. He delivered a video address at a ceremony to mark the start of the assembly of the ITER reactor. Also: the former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption charges linked to the 1MDB scandal, and why people are abandoning their dogs post-lockdown....


Netanyahu accuses Hezbollah of trying to infiltrate Israel
Israeli PM says army shot at Hezbollah fighters to stop them crossing the border. Also: WHO calls Covid-19 the most severe global health emergency it’s ever seen, and the music inspired by the 1984 universal declaration of human rights....

Alarm over Vietnam’s first coronavirus cases in months
The city of Da Nang has been closed to tourists to contain a new Covid-19 outbreak. Hundreds of flights have been laid on to take thousands of domestic tourists home. Also: Egypt jails TikTok users over ‘indecent’ videos, and the Japanese designer of some of David Bowie’s most famous outfits has died....

Hollywood star Olivia de Havilland dies aged 104
Her career spanned more than fifty years and she was the last surviving star of Gone with the Wind. Also: US diplomats to leave Chengdu consulate, and the Martian meteorite that is returning home....


UK brings back 14-day quarantine for Spain
The decision came following a spike in coronavirus cases in Spain. Also: Poland to leave treaty on violence against women, and Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green dies aged 73....

Hagia Sophia: Muslim Friday prayers held as former museum becomes mosque again
President Erdogan attends first Friday prayers held in historic building since 1934. The decision to turn Hagia Sophia - a former cathedral - back into a mosque has been criticised worldwide. Also, China orders closure of US consulate in Chengdu after Washington shuts down Chinese consulate in Texas, and Iraqi militiamen help bury the bodies as their country's Covid 19 death-toll rises steeply....


US accuses China of spying
The US says a fugitive is hiding in China's San Francisco consulate. Also: The experiment to find out if singers are vulnerable to Covid-19, and China launches a mission to Mars....

Trump to send 'surge' of federal agents to cities
Chicago and two other Democratic-run cities are being targeted in the Republican president's move, amid a spike in violence. Also, top editor of Hungary's leading independent news website sacked, and coronavirus - cracking the secrets of how bats survive viruses....


US orders China to close consulate in Houston
Washington says Chinese consulate in Texas must be closed by Friday 24th July. Beijing says this is a 'political provocation'. Also, Twitter bans accounts linked to QAnon conspiracy-theory, and how a producer is turning songs of endangered bird species into music....

US accuses China of Covid-19 vaccine hack
American authorities have charged two Chinese nationals in the alleged theft of information from medical, software and defence companies. Also, a standoff in Ukraine ends peacefully after the president gives in to a hostage-taker’s strange demand. And the smallest village in Italy celebrates its first birth in eight years....


Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial shows promise
A vaccine developed by Oxford University appears safe and triggers an immune response. But the lead scientist advises caution. Also, as Cuba's currency crisis deepens, state-run shops begin selling some goods in US dollars; and scientists predict that polar bears could be extinct by the end of the century as a result of climate change....

Covid-19 treatment trial described as ‘breakthrough’
The results suggest a new treatment reduces the number of patients needing intensive care, according to the UK company that developed it. The treatment uses a protein called interferon beta which the body produces when it gets a viral infection. Also we hear about Gaza’s disturbing cases of suicide, and Kanye West launches his 2020 presidential campaign....

US Covid death toll passes 140.000
Donald Trump says US coronavirus mortality rate is among the lowest in the world; President Erdogan inspects preparations ahead of Hagia Sophia changing back to a mosque; the United Arab Emirates launches its first ever mission to Mars....


'Moment of truth' in EU Covid talks
EU leaders hope fresh proposals can end the deadlock over a Covid-19 recovery package. In Russia thousands more join protests in support of a local governor. And why smiling while wearing a face mask is a thing....

Fauci says all Americans should wear masks to stop a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases
The US top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, made the comment as the country struggles to control a sustained surge in coronavirus infections. Also: "moment of truth" as EU leaders seek Covid deal, and Captain Tom Moore is knighted in "unique ceremony" after raising millions of pounds for Britain's health service....

India reports over one million cases of Covid 19
The country's Coronavirus case-load has doubled in last three weeks. Intermittent local lockdowns are likely to be the 'new normal.' Also, EU leaders discuss 800 billion dollar coronavirus recovery-plan but are deeply divided over how to spend it, and US campaign-group wages legal battle for the rights of 'the world’s loneliest elephant.'...


Russian hackers 'targeting Covid-19 vaccine research'
Security services have warned that Russian hackers are targeting organisations in the UK, US and Canada. Also: the number of coronavirus cases in Brazil passes two million, and the Solar Orbiter spacecraft takes the closest ever pictures of the Sun....

Court rules Shamima Begum can return to UK to fight for citizenship
Judges in London have ruled that Shamima Begum, who left Britain to support the Islamic State group, can return to challenge a government decision to revoke her UK citizenship. Also: the Twitter accounts of famous celebrities are hacked in a huge social media scam and Donald Trump revamps his campaign team, four months before the November election....


China hits out at US and UK
Beijing criticises recent commercial restrictions imposed by Washington and London. These include US sanctions over new Hong Kong security law, and UK decision not to use Huawei to help build 5G networks. Also, inside South Africa's 'hospitals of horrors' as staff overwhelmed by Covid-19, and researchers predict 'jaw-dropping' fall in global fertility-rates....

US judge denies Ghislaine Maxwell bail
The ex-girlfriend of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been denied bail in a high profile case. Also: Trump signs order targeting China over Hong Kong, and why do your spectacles fog up when wearing a face-covering?...

UK bans Chinese tech giant Huawei from 5G network
The British government has confirmed it will exclude the Chinese firm Huawei from its 5G telecoms networks, after the US raised concerns about security. Also: Tensions between India and Nepal increase and California reimposes lockdown measures after a spike in coronavirus cases....


China slaps sanctions on top US officials
China has announced sanctions against prominent US politicians who challenged its treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. Also: Some of the world's richest people urge governments to raise taxes on the wealthy, and Manchester City football club overturns a two-year ban from European club competitions....

Covid 19: South Africa reimposes total alcohol ban
The move is to ease pressure on hospitals struggling to cope with a surge in cases. Also: Florida has record number of new infections in any US state, and the care home in Britain which has been lifting lockdown boredom among elderly residents by recreating famous pop music album covers....

Srebrenica: Bosnia marks 25 years since massacre
Present and former world leaders address the ceremonies. Also: tens of thousands of people demonstrate in eastern Russia after the arrest of a regional leader and, how the performing arts in Germany are coping in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic....


Turkey turns Hagia Sophia into mosque
President Erdogan signed decree after court ruling, also dramatic rise in deforestation in the Amazon region and the row over facial treatments in the UK...

Russia's Foreign Minister says there's growing risk of nuclear confrontation
Sergei Lavrov's warning came in an address to an international conference. The nuclear treaty between US and Russia expires next year, but there are doubts that it will be extended. Also, notorious Indian gangster is killed one day after being arrested over deadly attack on police, and Barbados invites people to come there and work from home....


Oxfam: Hunger could be bigger killer than the coronavirus
Disruptions caused by the pandemic may lead to malnutrition in the poorest countries. Also: China says relations with the US are facing their most serious challenge in four decades, and the mayor of the South Korean capital has gone missing....

US exceeds 3 million coronavirus cases
Despite surges in new infections, the White House wants to reopen schools. Also: UN warns Yemen is threatened by famine, and Brazil's president repeats support for antimalarial drug to fight Covid-19....

China opens new security office in Hong Kong
Beijing opens office to enforce stringent new national security laws in the territory. Shortly afterwards, Hong Kong's government bans all political activity in schools. Also, world-famous writers denounce 'cancel culture' as threat to free speech, and test cricket resumes - but with a difference....


Coronavirus: Melbourne returns to lockdown as cases surge
Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews announced the lockdown after the state saw 191 new infections, its highest daily number since the pandemic began. Also, the Chinese-owned app TikTok says it is ending operations in Hong Kong following the introduction of Beijing’s new security law on the city, and two children in the US find a way to travel safely during lockdown....


China warns UK over Hong Kong 'interference'
China has accused the British government of political manipulation after London offered approximately three million Hong Kong residents a path to British citizenship. The man behind one of the world's largest child porn websites is freed from jail in South Korea. The Italian prime minister has led tributes to the composer, Ennio Morricone, who's died at the age of ninety-one....

India overtakes Russia for Covid-19 infections
India becomes the third worst affected nation in the world, after the US and Brazil. Also: another local lockdown in Spain, and Lewis Hamilton takes a knee as F1 returns, but some drivers choose not to join him....

Trump 4 July message: We're beating 'China plague'
The president claims the US is on course to overcome the coronavirus, despite a soaring infection rate that has dampened Independence Day celebrations across the nation. Also: pubs across England have begun serving customers again after more than three months in lockdown, and a key witness in a case against Argentina's former president has been found dead....


WHO warns Covid-19 vaccine 'unlikely' this year
Dr Mike Ryan said it was unwise to make predictions. Also: Brazil's president sanctions new law making face coverings obligatory in public and a state in Florida introduces a curfew after rise in coronavirus cases....

Khashoggi: Turkey begins trial of 20 Saudis in absentia
Two of the Saudi nationals on trial over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are former senior aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Also, centre-right mayor Jean Castex is named as the French PM after Edouard Philippe’s resignation, and how residents of US care home found pen-pals across the world....

Epstein ex girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell charged
The British socialite is accused of grooming underage girls for the late sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein. She has previously denied wrongdoing. Also: Texas governor mandates the wearing of face masks, and no, a human year isn't equivalent to 7 "dog years"....


Myanmar jade mine landslide kills more than 100
A wave of mud and rock was triggered by heavy rain in Kachin state. Also: hundreds arrested after police in Europe crack EncroChat, and a man from Argentina sails solo across the Atlantic to reach his family during lockdown....

Hong Kong: First arrests made under new 'anti-protest' law
Police seize dozens of demonstrators under new law imposed by Beijing. Pro-democracy protests were held to mark 23 years since end of British rule. Also, Russians vote in referendum which could give President Putin another 16 years in office, and why residents of a US city are urged to 'walk with Shawn'....


Fauci warns of 100,000 US Covid-19 cases per day
The US infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, has said that unless the country manages to control the spread of the coronavirus, the infection rate could more than double to 100,000 cases a day from its current level of 40,000. Also: an explosion and a fire at a hospital in the Iranian capital has killed a number of people, and koalas face extinction in New South Wales....

China approves controversial security law
Chinese president, Xi Jinping, signs security law providing new powers over Hong Kong; The King of Belgium has issued an unprecedented statement of regret for atrocities inflicted during colonial times in Congo; New research into child development says there is one crucial thing parents can do to improve the future temperament of their offspring......


Trump tweets clip of supporter yelling 'white power'
The video showed the president's supporters and opponents hurling abuse at one another. His spokesman said he hadn't heard the 'white power' comment. Also: A US hospital at 'breaking point', and art masterpieces on TikTok....


Two US states go back into lockdown
The states of Florida and Texas are in lockdown again, as cases of the coronavirus surge. Also: The Pakistani government says it's starting criminal proceedings against almost thirty pilots, and archaeologists excavate the first Viking ship found in Norway in more than a hundred years....

Coronavirus: Immigration to US to be suspended amid pandemic
President Trump has said he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend all immigration to the US because of the coronavirus. Also: Indonesia bans Ramadan exodus over Covid-19 fears, and Kim Jong-un illness rumours denied amid intense speculation....

US oil prices turn negative as demand dries up
Coronavirus downturn has put major pressure on oil prices with demand slumping and storage running out. Also: Netanyahu and Gantz sign Israel coalition deal, and Thailand reports cleaner seas as a result of less tourism due to the pandemic....


India eases virus restrictions
India is allowing millions of people to return to work such as farmers and construction workers, but most people will remain at home in the world’s biggest coronavirus lockdown. Also: an investigation into the alleged exploitation of migrant workers in Spain and how nature and wildlife are pushing back....

Cuomo says NY state to test thousands for Covid-19 antibodies
The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, said the test had been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Also: Turkey has overtaken China as the Asian country with the most coronavirus cases, and in search of global sounds while in isolation....


Coronavirus: President Trump ‘incites’ protests against lockdowns
The tweets followed mainly right-wing protests in several states calling on governors to relax stay-at-home orders so they can resume normal activities. Also: The World Health Organisation has cast doubt on the usefulness of antibody tests for COVID-19, and an expert gives tips on how to be happy during this pandemic....

China increases official coronavirus death toll in Wuhan by 50%
China has been accused of downplaying the severity of its virus outbreak. Also, Germany’s health minister says the month-long lockdown has brought his country’s Covid-19 outbreak under control. And, three astronauts return to a very different Earth they left last year....


EU offers heartfelt apology to Italy over coronavirus
Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio welcomed Ms von der Leyen's comments, calling them "an important act of truth". Also, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announces a boost to its Covid-19 relief fund. And, the Queen of Denmark celebrates her 80th birthday....


India: doctors say Covid-19 death toll much worse than reported
Lockdown is extended as doctors say far more people have died than figures say; also President Trump hits out at media as he is accused of not having done enough to stop the spread of the disease, and the extraordinary story of the reluctant French aviator who ended up having the flight of his life....


Spain eases some lockdown restrictions
Some factories have resumed work to end 'economic hibernation'; also China steps up controls around its north-eastern border with Russia which has emerged as its new frontline for coronavirus infections, and the bad luck that began even before the Apollo 13 spacecraft blasted off the launch pad in April 1970....

British PM thanks hospital staff after being treated for coronavirus
After leaving hospital, the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, said there was no question the National Health Service had saved his life. Also: Pope Francis calls for global solidarity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, and Andrea Bocelli live streams a concert from empty cathedral in Milan....

US coronavirus death toll the highest in the world
The governor of the worst affected state, New York -- said the death rate there is stabilising, but at a horrific level. Also: there are concerns in Sweden about its strategy to fight the Covid-19 outbreak....


Confirmed coronavirus deaths pass 100,000
Italy has suffered the most deaths, followed by the United States. Lockdowns imposed to limit the spread of the virus have crippled economic activity, and many governments are facing a dilemma on when to start easing restrictions....

New Tokyo measures to tackle Covid-19
The city's governor has been arguing for tougher restrictions for some time. Also: some Botswana MPs under quarantine go shopping, and Google data charts people on the move during lockdown....

EU agrees €500bn coronavirus rescue package
EU finance ministers reached the deal after marathon talks in Brussels. Also: the US state of New York has seen its highest number of deaths in a single day since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, and the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is now out of intensive care but is still being treated for symptoms of coronavirus in hospital....


Italy PM warns EU future could be at risk
Giuseppe Conte says leaders need to rise to the challenge of coronavirus. Also: after a period of strict quarantine a three man crew heads to the International Space Station, and celebrating online the Jewish festival of Passover....

Coronavirus: World facing ‘deepest economic recession of our lives'
The global trade body is projecting steep falls in every region of the world. Also: Britain records its worst daily death toll as coronavirus infections increase around the world, and the Russian ballerinas taking their traditional moves into a novel setting during isolation....

Top EU scientist forced out in Covid-19 row
Mauro Ferrari says he's lost faith in the system, but officials say he was asked to leave. Also: the pandemic pushes South African gangs into some unlikely alliances, and JK Rowling shares a coronavirus tip....


Lockdown restrictions lifted in Wuhan
The Chinese city where the coronavirus outbreak began has been re-opened. Also: the acting secretary of the US Navy has resigned, and European finance ministers are meeting to discuss an economic recovery plan in response to the pandemic....

China reports no new deaths from coronavirus for the first time since January
The report comes as the Chinese government is under scrutiny as to whether it is underreporting its figures. Also, the British Prime Minister remains in intensive care due to coronavirus but ministers insist the business of government will carry on. And, the Vatican says it welcomes an Australian court’s decision to quash Cardinal Pell’s sentence for child abuse....

British PM Boris Johnson in intensive care
The British Prime Minister's coronavirus symptoms worsen. He's moved to an intensive care unit. Also: A New York politician warns that bodies may have to be buried in parks, and practical tips to cope with self isolation - from a former NASA astronaut....


Austria plans to ease some of the restrictions imposed because of coronavirus
Austrians will have to wear masks in all shops and on public transport, and there will be no public events until June at the earliest. Also, Ecuador’s Vice-President apologises after bodies of people killed by coronavirus are abandoned in the streets. And, scientists use cold war nuclear tests to work out the age of the world’s biggest fish....

British prime minister admitted to hospital
Boris Johnson taken to hospital 10 days after testing positive, also Queen Elizabeth urges people to show self-discipline and resolve, and how the virus affects religious feasts...


Another huge daily toll of Covid-19 deaths in Spain
Spain and Italy are the European countries with the most coronavirus cases. Also, Google has released data showing which governments are succeeding in restricting people's movements, and bones found in a cave in South Africa show that three different species of mankind's ancestors existed at the same time more than two million years ago....

Coronavirus: Confirmed global cases pass one million
The US accounts for the most cases; Italy the highest death toll. Also: NATO steps up efforts to help member states fight the virus, and the faith healer selling ‘plague protection’ oil he claims can cure the virus....


US Coronavirus Death Toll exceeds 5000
President Trump says US stockpiles for tackling coronavirus are almost exhausted; Also: More than ten thousand people in Spain have now died of coronavirus, And India's largest slum records its first coronavirus death, raising fears about the rapid spread of the disease there....

WHO says it's extremely concerned about the rapid rise in coronavirus cases worldwide
The head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the global number of confirmed coronavirus cases would reach a million in the coming days. Also: in the US more than two hundred thousand people have been infected with Covid-19, and Britain has recorded its worst one- day figure for coronavirus-related mortality....

Coronavirus: Are loss of smell and taste key symptoms?
Research has backed the finding that a loss of smell and taste may be one of the first signs that a person has been infected with Coronavirus. Also: the health authorities in the Netherlands have invited thousands of people to take part in a controversial investigation into herd immunity, and as millions of us are now having to use video calls to keep in touch, a video messaging app comes under scrutiny for privacy hacks....


US coronavirus death toll overtakes China's official count
The number of people who've died in the United States from Covid-19 is now more than 3600. Also: Italy records a relatively low number of new infections for a second day in a row, and an invention by a Jamaican student that could help fight the virus....

Spain suffers highest daily death toll so far
Hospitals are struggling to deal with the pandemic after 849 die in 24 hours. Also: Russia introduces strict measures aimed at containing the Covid-19 outbreak, and what to watch while you're in lockdown - the surprise TV hit about the eccentrics and cult personalities in the stranger than fiction world of big cat fanciers....

Italy reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases in two weeks
Italy reckons the peak will come in just over a week’s time, as officials say it is evidence the country is heading in the right direction after three weeks of lockdown. Also, a new date for the Tokyo Olympics is announced. And, a Van Gogh painting is stolen from a museum in the Netherlands....


Spain registers more cases of Coronavirus than China
But the Spanish foreign minister says the upward rise in cases appears to be flattening. Also: the Japanese media says the government is preparing to deny entry to foreigners; and how sports organisers are turning to online gaming to fill the void left by cancelled fixtures....


New York quarantine proposal
New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, said he hadn't discussed a mandatory quarantine with President Trump but didn't like the sound of it. Also: Italy has become the first country in which more than ten-thousand people have died of the coronavirus, and we look at the growth of online exercise classes, including yoga, for those people in self-isolation....

Trump signs largest bailout in US history
The $2 trillion boost is the largest ever in the United States as virus cases continue to rise, hitting the economy. Also: the World Health Organisation has warned that the chronic global shortage of personal protective equipment is now one of the biggest obstacles to preventing deaths from Covid-19....

Coronavirus: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive
Following Mr Johnson's announcement, Health Secretary Matt Hancock also said he had tested positive for the virus. Also: The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, tells Donald Trump that Washington and Beijing should work together to tackle the pandemic, and how to stay safe if living in shared accommodation....


US overtakes China with most coronavirus cases
According to John Hopkins University, the United States has more than eighty-two thousand positive tests. Also: a nationwide three-week lockdown has begun in South Africa, and Russia has grounded all international flights apart from those bringing Russian nationals home from abroad....

G20 countries assemble to devise coronavirus action plan
The UN has warned the world leaders that they must focus on the severe threat to millions of displaced people and refugees worldwide. Also: 3.3 million people sign on for unemployment benefits in the US, and how to get married in a world that’s shutting down....

UN says the coronavirus is a threat to all of humanity
The United Nations says the coronavirus outbreak is threatening the entire human race, as it launches a multi-billion dollar appeal for the world's poorest people. Also: the US Secretary of State has repeated criticism of what he called Chinese disinformation in the early stages of the pandemic, and the Village People's YMCA is preserved for posterity....


India in lockdown
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told the population of 1.3 billion to stay at home for the next three weeks. Also, the US state of New York demands a massive increase in hospital beds, and Manu Dibango, a giant of African music, has died....

Tokyo Olympics postponed until 2021
The Games, due to begin in July, will now take place no later than summer next year because of the pandemic. They will still be called Tokyo 2020. Also: we hear from a Wuhan resident getting ready to leave the city as authorities say restrictions will soon be lifted, tips about self-isolation and the cultural importance to France of Asterix and Obelix after their creator dies....


Coronavirus: British PM says 'stay at home' as UK locks down
Gatherings of more than two people outside the home are now forbidden. Also: more African countries have imposed strict regulations to tackle the Coronavirus, including Ethiopia which has closed its borders, and how in Catalonia -- in the north east of Spain -- researchers have turned to 3D printing to plug a desperate shortage of life-saving ventilators....

Coronavirus: Italy tightens lockdown despite fall in daily deaths
Italy has entered an even tougher phase of lockdown, as the government clamps down on travel and businesses to try to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Also, the OECD says a huge, co-ordinated effort is needed to stop the coronavirus pandemic causing a long global recession. And, keepers move in to a wildlife sanctuary to look after animals when it closes due to coronavirus....

Coronavirus: Germany bans gatherings of more than two people
Germany is banning groups of more than two people in public outside work, as part of new measures to try to curb the spread of coronavirus. Also, for the first time since the pandemic began, Italy has announced a slight decrease in the number of new infections. And, how religious leaders are staying connected with their followers amid worldwide suspension of religious services....


Coronavirus: Italy reports the highest daily number of deaths worldwide
The number of deaths in Italy from the coronavirus is up more than a quarter on the previous worst figure, which was announced on Friday. New infections have also risen considerably. Also, Australia closes its iconic Bondi Beach due to coronavirus. And, what should parents tell their children about the virus?...

Coronavirus: WHO delivers stark warning to young people
The World Health Organisation says young people are not invincible and must avoid social contact to save their lives and others. Also: governments ramp up quarantine measures to stop the virus spreading; and the song that’s uniting people anxious about the pandemic....

Coronavirus: number of deaths worldwide exceeds 10,000
German state to lock down after authorities say people aren't taking it seriously enough. Also: four men are hanged in India after they were convicted of gang raping a young woman in 2012, and the Olympic flame arrives in Tokyo but will the games go ahead?...


Italy coronavirus death toll overtakes China
The number of deaths in Italy has risen to more than three thousand four hundred, which is more than in China where the virus originated. Also: President Trump has announced that the anti-malarial drug, chloroquine, has been approved for use as a treatment for Covid-19, and the Congress in Chile has agreed to postpone a referendum on a new constitution so the country can deal with the pandemic....

Coronavirus: Nationwide shutdown in Italy extended
The number of deaths there may soon overtake China, where the outbreak began. Also: there are calls in the United States for shelters to be built to house thousands of homeless people sleeping rough in big cities and who are at risk from the Coronavirus, and a project in Britain to establish an online choir to boost people's mental health during the crisis....

Italy virus deaths rise by a record number in a day
Nearly three thousand people have now died from the coronavirus in Italy - the most affected country after China. Also: the World Health Organisation says sub-Saharan Africa has recorded its first deaths from the coronavirus....