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Afghanistan: Fighting rages as Taliban besiege three key cities
Hundreds 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
Although 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'
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
The 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
The 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
Pedro 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.
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