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Olympic drama at Tokyo airport

Listen to Olympic drama at Tokyo airportBelarusian athlete claims officials from her country tried to forcibly repatriate her. Also: Myanmar's military ruler promises elections by 2023, Rio Tinto looks to Serbia to supply lithium for electric cars and the memoirs of an autograph hunter.

Afghanistan: Fighting rages as Taliban besiege three key cities

Listen to Afghanistan: Fighting rages as Taliban besiege three key citiesHundreds of Afghans have fled their homes. Covid: Pulse oxygen monitors work less well on darker skin, experts say. Plus a new exhibition on Mary Shelley and her most famous creation.

IRS ordered to hand over Trump tax returns to Congress

Listen to IRS ordered to hand over Trump tax returns to CongressAlthough not required by law, every US president since 1976 - except Mr Trump - has released their tax returns. Israel accuses Iran over deadly oil tanker attack. New Covid virus outbreak worst since Wuhan, say Chinese state media.

North Korea suffering 'sharpest economic decline in over 20 years'

Listen to North Korea suffering 'sharpest economic decline in over 20 years'New report warns of hardship caused by Covid-19 and economic sanctions. Poverty is already known to be widespread in North Korea but true picture is hard to establish. Also, first group of Afghan interpreters arrives in US, and British teenager wins place at renowned dance academy despite suffering from cystic fibrosis.

President Biden calls for $100 vaccine incentive

Listen to President Biden calls for $100 vaccine incentiveThe US president announced that all federal workers must be vaccinated or subjected to testing. Also: a public inquiry has found the Maltese state responsible for journalist's death, and a chimney sweep finds Santa letter lost for decades.

Britain and Kenya host summit to tackle global education crisis sparked by COVID

Listen to Britain and Kenya host  summit to tackle global education crisis sparked by COVIDThe summit is aiming to raise five billion dollars to help transform education in dozens of countries after the greatest disruption in a generation. South Africa riots: The inside story of Durban's week of anarchy. Johnny Ventura, one of the pioneers of Latin American merengue music, has died.

Peru's new president is sworn in

Listen to Peru's new president is sworn inPedro Castillo pledges to help the poor and tackle the pandemic. Also, ethnic Serbs in Bosnia boycott parliament over a new law banning genocide denial, and a woman is jailed for swapping diamonds worth millions with pebbles.

Macron says France 'owes debt' to Polynesia over nuclear tests

Listen to Macron says France 'owes debt' to Polynesia over nuclear testsThe French president spoke while visiting French island territories in Pacific. France has carried out over 200 nuclear tests across the region. Also, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Afghanistan risks becoming a 'pariah state' as the Taliban continue to seize territory, and Portugal holds funeral for 'Otelo' - the man who oversaw a coup that paved the way for democracy.

US policeman feared death in Capitol riots

Listen to US policeman feared death in Capitol riotsOfficers on duty when Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol give tearful testimony at an inquiry. Also, the American gymnast Simone Biles pulls out of the Olympic team competition over mental health issues; the former Spanish king's ex-lover claims he used the intelligence service to spy on her; and the world's largest star sapphire cluster is discovered in a Sri Lankan backyard.

Hong Kong man guilty in first national security law trial

Listen to Hong Kong man guilty in first national security law trialThe 24-year-old had flown a flag with a protest slogan while riding a motorcycle into police officers in Hong Kong. Also: Vatican cardinal on trial in $142m fraud case, and do you like and appreciate insects?

Tunisian president accused of coup after firing PM

Listen to Tunisian president accused of coup after firing PMMonths of tension over Covid and the economy culminate in the sacking of the PM. Also: scientists don't know why Covid cases in the UK are plummeting, and how female athletes are giving short shrift to officials telling them what to wear.

Tunisia: PM is sacked after violent Covid protests

Listen to Tunisia: PM is sacked after violent Covid protestsPresident Kais Saied has sacked Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and says he's taken over. This follows angry nationwide protests on Sunday over the government's handling of the pandemic. Also, civilian casualties in Afghanistan are at a record level, and a disturbing report on the treatment of women in Britain's armed forces.

US ready to continue airstrikes against Taliban

Listen to US ready to continue airstrikes against TalibanThe head of US Central Command, Gen Kenneth McKenzie, said this could happen in weeks. Also, criticism of proposals for English football fans to show proof of Covid vaccinations before watching Premier League games, and tributes to US rabbi turned comedian Jackie Mason who has died.

Afghanistan imposes night curfew

Listen to Afghanistan imposes night curfewMove covers 31 of the country's 34 provinces to help protect urban areas from Taliban advance. Also: Landmark fuel deal between Iraq and Lebanon, Olympic host nation Japan picks up its first medals and the search for new Aussie rhyming slang.

Tennis star Osaka lights flame to get delayed Olympics underway in Tokyo

Listen to Tennis star Osaka lights flame to get delayed Olympics underway in TokyoThe long delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics are finally underway - in a near deserted stadium; Haiti's assassinated president Jovenel Moïse is laid to rest... and why sales of foam clogs are soaring -- and dividing opinion among fashionistas.

Olympics: Tokyo hosts opening ceremony of delayed 2020 Games

Listen to Olympics: Tokyo hosts opening ceremony of delayed 2020 GamesDue to Coronavirus, a subdued ceremony launches the much-postponed Olympics. Fewer than 1000 invited guests and no spectators are inside the huge main stadium. Also, President Xi Jinping makes first official visit to Tibet by a Chinese leader in 30 years, and one of India's most flamboyant businessmen is arrested for allegedly making porn films.

US imposes sanctions on Cuban officials after protest crackdown

Listen to US imposes sanctions on Cuban officials after protest crackdownPresident Biden has been under pressure to respond to anti-regime protests. Also: the Senate in the Czech Republic has approved a plan to compensate Roma women who were forcibly sterilised, and beset by scandals and Covid-19 concerns, Tokyo prepares to hold the opening ceremony for the Olympics.

Olympics ceremony boss sacked over Holocaust joke

Listen to Olympics ceremony boss sacked over Holocaust jokeThe decision to remove Kentaro Kobayashi comes just a day before the opening show is due to be held. It’s the latest scandal to hit the Tokyo Games. Also: Famine stalks Angola as the worst drought in forty years ravages the south of the country; and Norway pauses to recall the mass murder committed by a far-right extremist ten years ago today.

US life expectancy suffers steepest drop in decades

Listen to US life expectancy suffers steepest drop in decadesLife expectancy in the US has suffered its sharpest fall since the second world war; Chinese scientists say global warming has made China's annual flood season much more dangerous; and a gold toilet is discovered at the home of a Russian policeman, arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes.

China floods: 16 dead and many thousands evacuated

Listen to China floods: 16 dead and many thousands evacuatedRecord-breaking rainfall has brought deaths and chaos in China's Henan province. More than a dozen cities have been affected by the floods. Also, Nigeria secures release of 100 kidnapped women and children, and how a secret site in England is giving experts a glimpse into prehistory.

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