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Some anti-government protesters pardoned in Iran

The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei issued them in response to a proposal by the head of the judiciary. Also: Pakistan's former president and military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, has died in exile at the age of seventy-nine, and a prominent British family has paid reparations and apologised to Grenada for their historic links with the slave trade.

US shoots down Chinese balloon over Atlantic

Beijing denies Washington's claims it was being used to spy on the US. Also: Thousands of Israelis protest in Tel Aviv against the plans by the Netanyahu government to give itself more powers over appointing judges, and the English National Opera prepares to stage a newly translated version of Wagner's The Rhinegold.

Chinese balloon flight violated US sovereignty and international law -- Blinken

US Secretary of State accuses Beijing of acting irresponsibly and postpones an upcoming trip to China. Also: The US will provide Ukraine with longer range guided rockets to help Kyiv take back Russian-occupied territory, and remembering the Spanish designer Paco Rabanne who has died aged 88.

Ukraine's President pushes for early entry on EU membership at Kyiv summit

EU says Ukraine has made "considerable efforts" towards membership. Also: Pope Francis is visiting South Sudan together with other Christian leaders, and meet Bobi, the world's oldest dog.

Israeli Attorney General scathing of planned legal reforms

Gali Baharav-Miara said the proposals would gravely damage the country's system of checks and balances and give the government unlimited power. Also: The Republican held House Of Representatives votes to oust the high profile Democratic representative Ilhan Omar from the foreign affairs committee, and the discovery of Yiddish songs not heard since World...

US secures deal to boost military presence in Philippines

The agreement gives the Americans access to four new bases not far from Taiwan, where there are growing fears of a Chinese invasion. Also, a senior former Russian army officer says he witnessed soldiers torturing Ukrainian prisoners, and scientists in the UK say they've found evidence of the bird flu virus infecting some mammals.

Tyre Nichols' family demand policing reform bill at funeral

The mother of the man who died after being beaten by police in Memphis gave a tearful address at his funeral. Also: Switzerland holds its annual sirens day, and do you know how much caffeine there is in your daily cup of coffee?

Ukraine: Police raid oligarch's home

A series of anti-corruption raids have been carried out in Ukraine targeting prominent figures including a billionaire backer of President Vlodymyr Zelensky. Opposition activists in Myanmar take part in a 'silent strike ' to mark two years since the military junta overthrew the democratically-elected government, a once in a fifty thousand year chance...

Top US diplomat says Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank hinders peace prospects

The US Secretary of state Antony Blinken met the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Also: the Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin is charged with involuntary manslaughter over shooting on Rust film set, and the dangers of taking your pet parrot to the local park.

Ukraine accused of using land-mines to fight Russia's invasion

Human Rights Watch says the mines were scattered in and around the city of Izyum while it was occupied by Russia. Also: Strikes and demonstrations in France to protest against raising the retirement age to 64, and the bed made for British monarchs that was lost for decades.

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