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Saudi Arabia commits to net zero emissions by 2060


The world's biggest oil exporter will cut carbon emissions, but not stop producing fossil fuels.

Oct 23, 2021

Greta Thunberg: 'We need public pressure, not just summits'


The climate activist speaks to the BBC about the COP26 conference, emissions targets and rickrolling.

Oct 23, 2021

Alec Baldwin told gun was safe before fatal shooting - court records


The actor was handed the weapon by an assistant director before Halyna Hutchins was shot, a warrant says.

Oct 23, 2021

Turkey moves to throw out US and nine other envoys


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declares them "persona non grata" for urging an activist's release.

Oct 23, 2021

Kerala floods: Our son was buried by mud - we couldn't save him


The walls of three-year-old Sachu's house collapsed when it was hit by heavy rain and flooding in Kerala.

Oct 23, 2021

Budget 2021: English city regions to get £6.9bn for public transport


The chancellor will announce increased funding for tram, train and bus services in England.

Oct 23, 2021

Covid: Dogs bought in lockdown being abandoned


A charity says animals that cannot be sold are disguised as strays so rescue centres take them.

Oct 23, 2021

Twitter says Online Safety Bill needs more clarity


The government says it will tackle extreme posts but Twitter warns Ofcom will be "muddling through".

Oct 23, 2021

Alex Quiñónez: Ecuador sprinter shot dead


Quiñónez, one of the country's best known athletes, was shot in the city of Guyaquil.

Oct 23, 2021

COP26: Disruption forecast in Glasgow as busy roads begin to close


Key routes near the SEC in Glasgow will close over the weekend and some commuters are expecting "major challenges".

Oct 23, 2021

Matteo Salvini: Right-wing Italy politician on trial for blocking migrant boat


The right-wing politician is charged with kidnapping and dereliction of duty, which he denies.

Oct 23, 2021

Road sign bungle sees Yorkshire sign erected in Lincolnshire


The mysterious sign appeared on the outskirts of Sandtoft in North Lincolnshire earlier this week.

Oct 23, 2021

Three dads cross finish line on £400k suicide awareness walk


They walked 300 miles for a suicide prevention charity after their daughters took their own lives.

Oct 23, 2021

Moped gangs with machetes target London's cyclists


Cyclists are having their bikes stolen in violent attacks from thieves in the capital.

Oct 23, 2021

Ros Atkins on… Rising Covid cases in the UK


Ros Atkins looks at why Covid infections are rising in the UK – and what should happen next.

Oct 23, 2021

The 83-year-old clocking off work at Kelly's Hardware after 66 years


Oliver Tumelty has worked in his local hardware shop in County Down since 1955 but it is closing.

Oct 23, 2021

Bristol artist celebrates women's bodies by making casts


The artist says women who take part in the project use it as a process of healing their trauma.

Oct 23, 2021

Week in pictures: 16-22 October 2021


A selection of powerful images from all over the globe, taken this week.

Oct 23, 2021

Sunderland man comes face to face with man who raped him


Chris Storey is waiving his right to anonymity in the hope of helping other people.

Oct 23, 2021

Quiz of the week: How did Sex Education influence baby names?


How closely have you been paying attention to what's been going on during the past seven days?

Oct 23, 2021

BGT star's widower calls for assisted dying law


Tina Humphrey's husband recalls the "nightmare" of watching her die with cancer in 2017.

Oct 23, 2021

'I. Am. So. Sorry': Talking about my pregnancy losses


The BBC's Tulip Mazumdar has reported on maternal health and the issues women face across the world. Here she reflects on her own experiences of pregnancy and baby loss.

Oct 23, 2021

Budget 2021: Six things that could affect you


Chancellor Rishi Sunak will deliver his second Budget for 2021 next week. How will it affect you?

Oct 23, 2021

Alec Baldwin: What are prop guns and why are they dangerous?


An incident involving US actor Alec Baldwin puts the spotlight on an item often used on film sets.

Oct 23, 2021

Who gives the Queen medical advice?


The Queen's physician has to maintain privacy for a patient whose life is lived out in public.

Oct 23, 2021

Trafficked to Europe for sex: A survivor’s escape story


Expecting to become a carer in Copenhagen, Jewel was forced into prostitution. But two chance meetings enabled her to get away.

Oct 23, 2021

Covid: Romania's health system torn apart by pandemic


Intensive care beds are full, patients wait outside and vaccination rates are among Europe's lowest.

Oct 23, 2021

Will Apple be the last US tech giant left in China?


As Microsoft closes down the main version of LinkedIn, Apple looks more alone in China than ever.

Oct 23, 2021

The soft toys parents hope connect kids to their faith


Why sales of 'singing' religious cuddly toys for very young children are booming.

Oct 23, 2021

'Years to get children back on track after Covid'


How the pandemic has affected child development in one primary school in north-east England.

Oct 23, 2021

EU leaders give Merkel an ovation at final summit


Chancellor Merkel bows out from her role at the EU's helm, praised as Europe's "compass".

Oct 23, 2021

Manchester Arena bomb: Man with alleged links has citizenship restored


The man's citizenship was removed in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack which killed 22 people.

Oct 23, 2021

Newcastle United: Why is Saudi Arabia-led takeover controversial?


Here are some of the reasons why the Saudi-led consortium has proved controversial.

Oct 23, 2021

Injection spiking: How likely is it?


We speak to experts about reports of people being injected with drugs without them knowing.

Oct 23, 2021

Russia's Covid nightmare driven by vaccine rejection


More than 1,000 people are dying in Russia every day, and in Vologda only one in four is vaccinated.

Oct 23, 2021

Sex education: Could consent classes help end harassment?


Relationship education is now compulsory in England, including sex education at secondary schools.

Oct 23, 2021

King hat-trick stuns Everton to give Ranieri first win as Watford boss


Joshua King's hat-trick helps Watford to a stunning first win under Claudio Ranieri as Everton collapse at Goodison Park.

Oct 23, 2021

England made to work hard by France for Wane's first win as coach


England claim their first victory under coach Shaun Wane by defeating France in a Test match in Perpignan.

Oct 23, 2021

Norfolk sand: Has a colossal experiment worked?


Millions of tonnes of sand were shifted to part of the Norfolk coast - have they held back the sea?

Oct 23, 2021

Tips on how to save energy at home and help the planet


What can homeowners do to reduce their energy consumption?

Oct 23, 2021

Climate change: Why Australia refuses to give up coal


Australia is the only rich nation still wedded to coal, despite urgent calls to stop its use.

Oct 23, 2021

COP26: What is the Glasgow climate conference and why is it important?


A crucial climate change summit is being held in the UK - this is why it's important.

Oct 23, 2021

Climate change: Is the UK on track to meet its targets?


As the UK prepares to host a global climate summit, is the government on track to meet its own commitments?

Oct 23, 2021

Contrails: How tweaking flight plans can help the climate


Why experts say cutting contrails costs less than $1bn a year but may be worth so much more.

Oct 23, 2021

Ros Atkins on… Europe's climate challenge


Ros Atkins looks at how Europe is getting to grips with its emissions problem.

Oct 23, 2021

What is climate change? A really simple guide


World temperatures are rising because of human activity, and climate change now threatens every aspect of human life.

Oct 23, 2021

Is the UK's green plan enough to halt climate change?


Support for roads, aviation and fossil fuel drilling could undermine UK's green credentials at COP26.

Oct 23, 2021

How green politics are changing Europe


The Greens performed well in German elections but they are having to adapt their policies to succeed.

Oct 23, 2021

COP26: Does a climate summit need 25,000 people? And more questions


BBC science correspondent Matt McGrath answers your questions about Glasgow's COP26 climate summit.

Oct 23, 2021

What is net zero and how are the UK and other countries doing?


Experts have recommended developed countries adopt targets to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050.

Oct 23, 2021

The climate activists who want Norway to end oil and gas production


The BBC's Nick Beake meets the young climate activists trying to stop Norway drilling for oil and gas.

Oct 23, 2021

How energy flexibility can save us money and cut carbon


Making energy supply to homes and businesses more flexible could help the UK meet its climate goals.

Oct 23, 2021

Why China's climate policy matters to us all


The global battle against climate change is likely to be won or lost in China.

Oct 23, 2021

Covid: Are people wearing masks less often?


The number of people wearing masks has fallen, but ministers don't want to reintroduce restrictions.

Oct 23, 2021

New travel rules: What tests do I need and where is on the red list?


The number of red-list countries will be cut to just seven.

Oct 23, 2021

What is Covid Plan B and what are the rules across the UK this winter?


Health service figures are calling for stricter Covid restrictions in England to protect the NHS.

Oct 23, 2021

Covid map: Coronavirus cases, deaths, vaccinations by country


Key maps and charts explaining how the virus has spread around the world.

Oct 23, 2021

Covid: When can I get my Covid booster jab?


More than four million people have had a Covid vaccine booster dose.

Oct 23, 2021

What are the Delta, Gamma, Beta and Alpha Covid variants?


UK officials are keeping a close watch on a new descendent of the Delta variant of Covid.

Oct 23, 2021

Covid-19 in the UK: How many coronavirus cases are there in my area?


Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area.

Oct 23, 2021

Coronavirus: Where does the government borrow billions from?


How does it work when a government wants to borrow money, and when does it have to pay it back?

Oct 23, 2021

What are the rules and guidance for face masks and coverings?


Face coverings could become a legal requirement in England again if the NHS struggles this winter.

Oct 23, 2021

Covid: Why are UK cases so high?


The UK has higher infections than most of its neighbours, as scientists fear a difficult winter.

Oct 23, 2021

How are pupils being kept Covid-safe?


Face coverings remain compulsory in Scottish schools, and are being reintroduced in parts of England.

Oct 23, 2021

How Belarus is helping ‘tourists’ break into the EU


Belarus is accused of taking revenge for EU sanctions by offering migrants tourist visas, and helping them across its border.

Oct 23, 2021

'We didn't call ourselves mum and dad for 10 months'


Nina and Steven fostered a baby hoping in vain to adopt her. With a second baby they finally became parents.

Oct 23, 2021

I get abuse and threats online - why can't it be stopped?


Online abuse against women is on the rise, but why aren't the police, government and social media sites doing more to stop it?

Oct 23, 2021

Friendship Games 1984: When Great Britain took part in the 'Iron Curtain Olympics'


Steroids, the threat of nuclear war and... lost luggage. A small team of female British athletes went to the Friendship Games of 1984.

Oct 23, 2021

Black scientists say UK research is institutionally racist


Senior black scientists tell the BBC they believe UK science to be "institutionally racist".

Oct 23, 2021

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