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Afghanistan: Girls excluded as Afghan secondary schools reopen

"Everything looks very dark," a schoolgirl tells the BBC as schools reopen for boys but not girls.

Gas price rises prompt urgent government talks

There are concerns the high price of wholesale gas could have a far-reaching impact on the economy.

Holiday bookings surge after travel rules change

Travel agents report a rise in bookings after the amber list is scrapped and testing rules are eased.

Aukus: France recalls envoys amid security pact row

The "exceptional decision" follows a pact between Australia, the US and UK, which scuppered a French deal.

Covid passes: Relief and concern at Wales announcement

Club owners fear passes may harm Christmas trade, but those at clinical risk say they feel comforted.

Robert Durst convicted: US millionaire found guilty of first-degree murder

Durst was convicted of killing his best friend Susan Berman in 2000, and is likely to die in prison.

More than half of Department for Transport cars still diesel

Figures show the department in charge of the transition away from diesel still relies on the fuel.

Unpaid state pension: 'I'm disgusted by delays'

Thousands of people who have turned 66 have not been paid their state pensions and they are furious.

US man sought over missing fiancée disappears too

Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the disappearance of Gabby Petito, has gone missing.

Festival of Rescue sees firefighters showcase skills

More than 300 firefighters from around the UK demonstrate their expertise in a mass public exercise.

Red Bull in trademark dispute with English gin firm Bullards

The Austrian energy drink company is pursuing a legal challenge over the use of the word "bull".

Week in pictures: 11 - 17 September 2021

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

Ros Atkins On… the ethics of Covid booster jabs

Ros Atkins looks at the ethics of Western countries rolling out Covid booster jabs while millions globally remain unvaccinated.

'Dachshund disco is a children's party for your dog'

Organisers James Morgan and Anushka Fernando want to help dogs socialise again after lockdown.

The papers: Holiday bookings 'surge' and gas price rises

A boom in holiday bookings following a change to England's travel rules is among the stories leading the papers.

Afghanistan: The escape of the whirling dancer

How the only female whirling dancer in Afghanistan made it out of Kabul.

Planes turned into graffiti canvasses by street artist

Street artist Jim Vision had an idea for what to do with planes that have ended their flying days.

Thailand Covid: Idle taxis used to grow food for out-of-work drivers

With Thailand's capital under tight Covid restrictions, taxis are being repurposed to grow food.

'It's still sinking in!' - Raducanu on winning the US Open

British teenager Emma Raducanu tells BBC Breakfast about the "whirlwind" experience of winning the US Open.

Three Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 90 days in space

The three men make a safe return after 90 days in space - China's longest ever crewed mission.

California fires: General Sherman and other sequoias given blankets

Fire-resistant blankets protect General Sherman and other sequoias as a California blaze closes in.

Strictly Come Dancing: 15 things we learned from the stars of 2021

A round-up of 15 things we learned from this year's Strictly Come Dancing celebrities.

Climate change: Should green campaigners put more pressure on China to slash emissions?

UK activists have protested on the M25, but should they instead be picketing China's embassy?

'There’s security but no money': Afghans settle into life under Taliban rule

In Mazar-i-Sharif, former army pilots are flying Taliban around and families are selling possessions for food.

Lib Dem conference: Sir Ed Davey gambles on targeting Tories

The Lib Dems are facing a battle to get heard at their online conference but they are in good spirits.

German elections: How Angela Merkel changed her country

Young people have never known another leader, and many worry for the future as old certainties shift.

Muriel Gardiner: The heiress who saved countless lives

Muriel Gardiner's courage fighting fascism in Austria inspired an Oscar-winning film. Who was she?

Keira Bell case: What are puberty blockers?

Doctors can now judge whether under-16s can give informed consent to taking puberty blockers.

US politician Nancy Pelosi heads to Chorley, Lancashire for G7 summit

The Lancashire town is hosting a meeting of presiding officers - including the US Speaker of the House.

Aukus: Defence pact an awkward wake-up call for Europe

As Australia, the UK and the US seal a security pact, the EU does not quite know where to look.

The big problem of building waste and how to tackle it

How better technology and regulation could cut the waste generated by the construction industry.

Australia beat South Africa again to revive Rugby Championship hopes

Australia secure their second successive win over world champions South Africa in the Rugby Championship.

England's 8-0 win was 'OK' - Wiegman gives glimpse of Lionesses' future

Sarina Wiegman's England tenure started with an 8-0 thrashing of North Macedonia but she still demanded more.

Newcastle boss Bruce battles on after 'difficult' night

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce admits he faced a "difficult" night against Leeds when fans turned on him.

NFL: 'The kid's got skills' - Jason & Osi analyse rookie quarterback Mac Jones

Jason Bell and Osi Umenyiora analyse New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones after an impressive debut against the Miami Dolphins in the NFL.

What are the travel rules now and for half term?

The rules on foreign travel to and from England are being simplified.

What are the travel rules for Spain, Portugal, Malta and other holiday hotspots?

What you need to know about going to Portugal, Spain, Greece, France, Malta, Italy and Turkey.

Covid: People are vaccinated - so why are there so many cases?

More than four out of five UK adults are now fully vaccinated, but daily case rates remain high.

Covid vaccines: How fast is progress around the world?

Charts and maps tracking the progress of Covid vaccination programmes.

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.

Covid passports: How do I get one and when will I need it?

People in Scotland will need to be fully vaccinated to go to clubs, sporting events and concerts.

Long Covid: What is it and what are the symptoms?

Significant numbers have had long-term problems after recovering from the original infection.

Covid rules: What's in England's 'Winter Plan'?

Lockdown rules have changed across the UK, but some restrictions remain in place.

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.

Flu jab 2021: Who’s eligible for a free vaccine?

This year's roll out has expanded in an attempt to shield against a double whammy of flu and Covid.

Is it safe to vaccinate our child? And other questions

We answer some of your questions about vaccinating 12-15 year-olds, the booster vaccine and other topics.

Hushpuppi - the Instagram influencer and international fraudster

How Nigerian Ramon Abbas went from a romance scammer to a so-called "Billionaire Gucci Master".

‘Havana syndrome ’ and the mystery of the microwaves

The BBC investigates a mystery illness dubbed "Havana syndrome" that has affected American diplomats and spies.

'The near-death experience that made me a top musician'

When Tony Kofi had a near-fatal accident, he had a vision of himself playing a musical instrument. It would change his life forever.

Chaos and confusion: The frenzied final hours of the Afghan government

Through interviews with insiders, BBC News has pieced together an account of how Afghanistan’s government unravelled.

'I studied law in jail - now I want to change the system'

LaTonya Myers spent nine months in jail because she couldn’t afford bail - now she's helping others facing the same challenge.