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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. a us teenager who shot dead two people and injured another during racialjustice protests last year has been found not guilty of murder — in a trial that polarized america. belarus�*s authoritarian leader — alexander lukashenko — speaks exclusively to the bbc — he admits that his forces may have helped migrants cross into the european union, and that he won't stop people from reaching the border translation: i told you, translation: itold you, i'm translation: i told you, i'm not auoin to translation: i told you, i'm not going to detain — translation: i told you, i'm not going to detain migrants - translation: i told you, i'm not going to detain migrants on - translation: i told you, i'm not going to detain migrants on the i going to detain migrants on the border, hold them at the border, and if they keep coming from now on, i still won't stop them. as coronavirus infections surge across europe, austria is making covid vaccinations compulsory, and is reintroducing a full national lockdown.
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kamala harris has become the first woman ever to serve as acting president of the united states — having taken over briefly whilejoe biden had a medical procedure. hello and welcome. the us teenager who shot dead two people and injured another during racialjustice protests in wisconsin last year has been found not guilty of murder. in wisconsin last year has been kyle rittenhouse had argued that he was repeatedly attacked and had acted in self—defense. mr rittenhouse and the men he shot are all white. prosecutors said that the teenager had behaved like an armed vigilante who provoked several violent encounters. this was the moment the jury
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read their verdict. we the jury find the defendant, kyle h rittenhouse not guilty. as to the second count of the information, richard mcginnis, we the jury find the defendant, kyle h rittenhouse, not guilty. as to the third count of the information, unknown male, we the jury find the defendant, kyle h rittenhouse, not guilty. as to the fourth count of the information, anthony huber, we the jury find the defendant, kyle h rittenhouse, not guilty. as to the fifth count of the information, we the jury find the defendant, kyle h rittenhouse, not guilty. one civil rights activist gave his response to the verdict from outside the courthouse. ok, 0k, folks, at yourjob is done. one civil rights activist gave his response to the verdict
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from outside the courthouse. there is no way that you can justify in the streets of america that an individual can carry an automatic weapon, and ar 15, and shoot —— an individual can carry an automatic weapon, an ar 15, and shoot and kill anybody for any reason. there is no way you canjustify it, not having a licence to drive, let alone a licence to carry this weapon. so thatjudicial bias that was in this case, this is the same office that found beyond their means to level charges in the jacob blake junior case after he's been shot seven times in the back, and all of america saw that. so in spite of this verdict, we know what we saw, we know what we heard, and we know the truth. kyle rittenhouse's defence attorney mark richards spoke to the media after the verdict — have a listen. to say that we were relieved would be a gross "misunderstatement". kyle is not here. he's on his way home. he wants to get on with his life.
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he has a huge sense of relief for what the jury did to him today. he wishes none of this would've ever happened, but as he said when he testified, he did not start this. and we are thankful in more ways than one that the jury and finally got to get the true story, and when i say the media, i'm talking about social media and things like that the story that came out from the beginning was not the true story, and that was something that we had to work to overcome in court, and we think we did that. presidentjoe biden said he respected the verdict of the court. i stand by what the jury has concluded. thejury system works, and we have to abide by it.
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barbara plett usherjoins us now. barbara, what is the reaction to this verdict so far? the reaction has been pretty _ this verdict so far? the reaction has been pretty much _ this verdict so far? the reaction has been pretty much as - this verdict so far? the reaction i has been pretty much as expected this verdict so far? the reaction - has been pretty much as expected on each side of what is a very polarised debate about what this case means. the actual case was based on self—defense, whether rittenhouse is acting in self—defense when he shot two dead men and injured another. the bigger implications and bigger meanings for americans have a lot to do with gun rights. can someone pick up an semi automatic rifle and walk around in a volatile situation, a protest, because a black lives, and then get away with shooting people while he's doing that? that's the issue. you have on the one side gun rights advocates feeling that he has a
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hero, that he acted to protect property and people who were at risk of violence from the civil unrest, and it was his right and freedom to do that. on the other side, people who are horrified by the image, who feel that if, because the gun laws are out of control, as they would say, this is something that is being condoned when it is clearly to them a very dangerous situation. that is how we have heard people react on the gun rights side and on the civil right side. you've had reactions from the lawyers, the prosecutor who lost the case,, said he was disappointed but respected the jerry's decisions. you have the reaction from joe biden as well, he put in more wholesome statement asphalt some statement, where he realised many americans are feeling angry and concerned. my self included, he said, about the verdict, but he went on to get quite a false statement about how people should stay peaceful, that they should stay peaceful, that they should respect the rule of law, that
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violence and destruction were not acceptable, that he'd spoken to the governor. sojoe biden is clearly concerned, as are some other people in kenosha, that this division and the result of the trial might lead to the kinds of protests that were taking place on the incident happened. at the moment, there isn't any sign that that is the case. mi any sign that that is the case. all ri . ht, any sign that that is the case. all right, thank you very much. barbara plucked i should there in washington for us. terrence warthen is a local activist and organiser in kenosha. thank you for talking to us. let's start off with what you made of that verdict today. the start off with what you made of that verdict today-— verdict today. the verdict was for me in no way _ verdict today. the verdict was for me in no way a — verdict today. the verdict was for me in no way a surprise, - verdict today. the verdict was for me in no way a surprise, and - verdict today. the verdict was for me in no way a surprise, and i i verdict today. the verdict was for i me in no way a surprise, and i don't think it was for the majority of people in this community. it was predictable. from the actions that were taken by law enforcement that night and to be blunt, what was a poor case that was put on by the
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prosecutors office gilts really has nothing to do with whether or not you are convicted in this country. it's a matter of establishing a reasonable doubt, having a favourable environment, a sympathetic jury, favourable environment, a sympatheticjury, and that is how our system works. that's what happened. and i think anybody that claims to be shocked if i do not paying attention are not being honest with themselves. this is predictable. it’s honest with themselves. this is predictable-— honest with themselves. this is predictable. it's interesting that ou are predictable. it's interesting that you are saving _ predictable. it's interesting that you are saying very _ predictable. it's interesting that you are saying very calmly - predictable. it's interesting that you are saying very calmly that l predictable. it's interesting that. you are saying very calmly that that this is no surprise. but what is the mood in kenosha? how are they reacting? mood in kenosha? how are they reactin: ? ., , mood in kenosha? how are they reactinr? ., , ., , mood in kenosha? how are they reactinr? . , ., , ., reacting? kenosha is exhausted. for the most part. _ reacting? kenosha is exhausted. for the most part. i— reacting? kenosha is exhausted. for the most part, i think— reacting? kenosha is exhausted. for the most part, i think that _ reacting? kenosha is exhausted. for the most part, i think that people i the most part, i think that people somewhat retreated into their camps and had their perceptions of what happened last year, whatever solidify by malcolm i don't think the trial changed any of that. i think for a number of people kind of justify the actions of kyle
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rittenhouse, they are harkening back to their feelings during these riots with a lot of apprehension, anger and fear in this city, and i think people may relate this decision to those feelings, but for the most part, kenosha is a tight—knit community, and other womanly at this point, we would like to get onto fixing what's broken here ourselves. i think the outside influence not been welcomed, and you have these people with no intention of ever getting attention, and we have this cosplay that takes place, this macabre theatre that takes place were people are killed in this country and cases have a lot of notoriety. we would like for them to leave. we have local officials who want to discuss things with and held accountable and move forward with. speaking about national attention that this case has gotten, a lot of it is being discussed as, you know, and the terms of being a referendum
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on gun rights, for instance. but is that how it is seen locally? i on gun rights, for instance. but is that how it is seen locally? i don't believe so- _ that how it is seen locally? i don't believe so- i— that how it is seen locally? i don't believe so. i think _ that how it is seen locally? i don't believe so. i think the _ that how it is seen locally? i don't believe so. i think the issue, - that how it is seen locally? i don't believe so. i think the issue, the l believe so. i think the issue, the primary issue as far as your right to own a weapon in this case was complicated by the idea that you had a minor who crossed state lines with someone else's weapon. this was not a homeowner protecting their property, this is not an adult that was a legal gun owner, this was someone who many perceived to be breaking the law simply by their presence, let alone their presence while armed. and contorting yourself to find a justification for that is a little unbelievable for most people. if this child had simply stayed home and been monitored properly by his parents, then we might have people that where i and but this today as opposed to mourning them and having this trial. and i might add that this isn't over
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for mr kyle rittenhouse either. this is an 18—year—old who i don't think understands that this will follow him the rest of his life, but as far as the gun rights debate everyone plays their parts, threats upon the stage, they go out to the next show, it will be very difficult to affect change as far as gun laws when you don't have a guilty verdict in the case. , , , , ., don't have a guilty verdict in the case. , , , ., case. just briefly, if we go back to that jacob blake _ case. just briefly, if we go back to that jacob blake is _ case. just briefly, if we go back to that jacob blake is shooting, - case. just briefly, if we go back to | that jacob blake is shooting, which thatjacob blake is shooting, which is the reason for these events in kenosha, has that been overshadowed by this trial now? it is kenosha, has that been overshadowed by this trial now?— by this trial now? it is hard to say in the immediacy _ by this trial now? it is hard to say in the immediacy of— by this trial now? it is hard to say in the immediacy of the _ by this trial now? it is hard to say in the immediacy of the trial - in the immediacy of the trial concluding. it's only a few hours away from hearing the verdict,, it's the focus right now. and this legally isn't over, there are going to be trials, although it's highly doubtful, considering the confidence that i heard from president biden, there is also some believe the
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possibility of federal charges because it is across state lines with what some consider intent to do harm. forthe with what some consider intent to do harm. for the most part, these cases both move on to a civil phase and that tends to be less captivating to the public. i wouldn't say that one necessarily overshadows the other. i would say they are forever linked in a symbiotic relationship going forward. you cannot mention one now without the other.— without the other. parents, thank ou ve without the other. parents, thank you very much — without the other. parents, thank you very much for _ without the other. parents, thank you very much for talking - without the other. parents, thank you very much for talking with - without the other. parents, thankj you very much for talking with us. —— lawrence. and we'll be talking to a lawyer who's been closely following the story shortly. the president of belarus, alexander lukashenko, has said that he will not stop the flow of thousands of migrants through his country as they try to enter the european union. in an exclusive interview with the bbc, president lukashenko admitted that his armed forces may actually be helping migrants cross the heavily—guarded border into poland. steve rosenberg spoke to the belarusian leader at the presidential palace in minsk.
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it is not often you get the chance to meet the man who has been labelled europe's last dictator. the west says alexander lukashenko is using migrants as a political weapon. we confronted him with claims his troops have been cutting border fences to help migrants into the eu. translation: our guys - are helping the migrants get into the polish territory? it is possible. i think that is absolutely possible. maybe someone helped them. i won't even look into this. thousands of migrants have been coming to belarus to try to slip into europe. alexander lukashenko denies bringing them here. but he warned the eu six months ago. translation: you told the eu that belarus has been stopping migrants and now they would have to catch them themselves the migrants took that to mean
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belarus is open to them. i told the eu i won't hold migrants at the border or detain them at the border. they're not coming to my country, they're going to yours, the west stopped talking to us and working with us, if you don't want to, then fine, we will sort this problem out ourselves, as best we can. this was belarus last year. alexander lukashenko under pressure, accused of rigging an election and stealing the presidency. but he launched a brutal crackdown on his critics and on civil society. translation: we saw protesters being beaten and young people coming out. of detention tention centres with injuries. iadmit it. you admit it?
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people were beaten at the detention centre, but there were police beaten up too and you didn't show this. sincejuly, 270ngos have been shut down in belarus. i will answer your question with no bother, we will massacre all the scum that you, the west, have been financing. you're upset we have destroyed your structures, the ngos and those you have been paying for? europe doesn't see alexander lukashenko as a legitimate president. he claims not to care. a pariah in the west, he knows there is also vladimir putin's russia to fall back on. in a sign of how serious central europe's covid surge has become, austria is to make it a legal requirement to get vaccinated from february. it's also becoming the first european union country to reimpose a nationwide lockdown. the austrian chancellor, alexander schallenberg, told a news conference that the lockdown would begin
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on monday, and last a maximum of 20 days. he said it hurt enormously to have to re—impose restrictions, but that it was necessary because too many people had chosen not to get vaccinated. our goal is to vaccinate the unvaccinated rather than knock down the vaccinated. despite campaigns and discussions in the media, we haven't managed to persuade enough people to get vaccinated. the match as we have introduced over the past few weeks have helped to increase the numbers of the vaccinated. but not by you now. for a long time it was a political consensus that we didn't want a vaccine mandate, but now we have to look at that reality. karl stoeger is a professor of constitutional and administrative law and chair of medical law at the university of vienna. i asked if making vaccination a legal requirement is constitutional. i presume that it is constitutional. we had it before in austria. we had a mandatory vaccination
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against smallpox until the 1970s, and we should not forget that there are mandatory vaccination schemes in other european states, which have already been, well, confirmed by the european court of human rights in the stroudsburg. for example, only this spring, we decided on mandatory children's vaccination in the czech republic and said that this is within the domain of the national legislation. so, i think given the danger of covid—i9, not only for the public health system but for the economy, it seems that such a measure could be regarded as proportionate. the professor there from the university of vienna. stay with us on news, still to come: kamala harris becomes the first woman ever to serve as acting president of the united states — after taking over briefly whilejoe biden had a medical procedure.
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benazir bhutto has claimed victory in pakistan's general election, and she's asked pakistan's president to name her as prime minister. jackson's been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself in to police in santa barbara. it was the biggest demonstration so far of the fast—growing european antinuclear movement. the south african government has announced that it's opening - the country's remaining whites—only beaches to people of all races. - this will lead to a black—majority government in this country and the destruction of the white civilisation. part of the centuries—old windsor castle, one of the queen's residences, has been consumed by fire for much of the day. 150 firemen have been battling the blaze, which has caused millions of pounds worth of damage.
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this is news, the latest headlines... a us teenager who shot dead two people and injured another during racialjustice protests last year has been found not guilty of murder — in a trial that polarized america. belarus's authoritarian leader — alexander lukashenko — has spoken exclusively to the bbc — he admits that his forces may have helped migrants cross into the european union, and that he won't stop people from reaching the border. sarah mulkerrins has all the sport. thank you very much, nancy. the top figures across cricket in england and wales met at the elbow today and apologised, saying they were shocked, saddened and shamed by the
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testimony of azeem rafik. on tuesday, the former yorkshire players spoke to a committee of mps and described english cricket as institutionally racist. today, members were joined by representatives from all 18 first—class counties and the players union, but the pressure firmly and then to come up with a plan of action that goes far enough to tackle the issue. irate action that goes far enough to tackle the issue.— action that goes far enough to tackle the issue. we will continue to listen, tackle the issue. we will continue to listen. to _ tackle the issue. we will continue to listen, to make _ tackle the issue. we will continue to listen, to make swift _ tackle the issue. we will continue to listen, to make swift and - to listen, to make swift and positive change to the culture of the game. we will embrace and celebrate differences everywhere, knowing that with diversity, we are stronger. today is a game we discussed a series of tangible commitments to make cricket as part where everyone feels safe and everyone is included. we will now finalise the detail and publish these actions next week. our game it must win back your trust. just these actions next week. our game it must win back your trust.— must win back your trust. just a few weeks to go — must win back your trust. just a few weeks to go until _ must win back your trust. just a few weeks to go until the _ must win back your trust. just a few weeks to go until the start - must win back your trust. just a few weeks to go until the start of- weeks to go until the start of the ashes, cricket australia has been plunged into uncertainty after the
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captain was forced to step down. tim payne gave an emotional apology after it emerged that he sent sexually explicit text message to female colleague. a private exchange was four years ago but he decided to resign as captain when it became clear the incident was going to be made public. he said cricket australia investigation in 2018 had exonerated him, but he deeply regretted his actions at the time and to this day, he said standing down was the right thing for him, his family and for crickets. the test starts on december the 8th in brisbane. ., . x' test starts on december the 8th in brisbane. ., . ., , ., brisbane. two cricket fans, i am deel brisbane. two cricket fans, i am deeply sorry _ brisbane. two cricket fans, i am deeply sorry that _ brisbane. two cricket fans, i am deeply sorry that my _ brisbane. two cricket fans, i am deeply sorry that my past - brisbane. two cricket fans, i am - deeply sorry that my past behaviour has impacted our game on the eve of the ashes. for the disappointments, i have cause to fans and their entire cricket community, i apologise. i've been blessed with a wonderful, loving and supportive family and it breaks my heart to know how much that i've let them
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down. ,, ., know how much that i've let them down, ,, ., ., , know how much that i've let them down. ,, ., ., , ., ., down. strong words now from the chair of the _ down. strong words now from the chair of the women's _ down. strong words now from the chair of the women's tennis - chair of the women's tennis association who has said there will be no wta event in china next year, without proof that the chinese player essay. she hasn't been heard from since alleging she was sexually assaulted by a high—profile former chinese politician. an e—mail as allegedly sent to the wta, but it's chair steve simon has questioned its authenticity. he told the bbc tennis correspondent that no amount of money would prevent them from pulling out of china if their conditions are not met. this pulling out of china if their conditions are not met. this is not about the money, _ conditions are not met. this is not about the money, this _ conditions are not met. this is not about the money, this is - conditions are not met. this is not about the money, this is about. conditions are not met. this is not i about the money, this is about doing what is right and doing that she is safe and free and everything that comes with that based upon the allegations, and we want to find out, are the allegations true, and if they are, what is the result of that? -- if they are, what is the result of that? —— peng shuai. the typically, if you don't get this independent and verifiable proof that peng shuai is safely met and there is not a
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full and transparent investigation, there will be no wta tournaments in china next year places to eat now because they'll yes that would be my position. because they'll yes that would be my osition. ., , ., ., position. coach anyhow will have to make his way _ position. coach anyhow will have to make his way to — position. coach anyhow will have to make his way to his _ position. coach anyhow will have to make his way to his debut, - position. coach anyhow will have to make his way to his debut, he - position. coach anyhow will have to make his way to his debut, he willl make his way to his debut, he will be absent from his new clubs match against branford because of covid after testing positive during a routine test earlier on friday. he will now self—isolate in line with government guidance, assistant head coach, jason and graham will take charge in his absence. that is all your support for now. ——that is all your sport for now. kamala harris has become the first woman in american history to become acting president of the united states. she took over briefly as head of state and commander—in chief while president biden had a medical procedure under anaesthetic. the president's press secretary, jen psaki, said ms harris was in white house during mr biden's colonoscopy which was carried out as part of an annual physical check up.
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in the last few minutes president biden, departed walter reed national military medical center en route to the white house and has now resumed his presidential duties. our senior north america reporter anthony zurcher has the latest. a bit of history, obviously last november, kamala harris the first woman vice president in us history, so it was only a matter of time before she became the first acting the us president. joe biden isn't the first president to have handed off powers like this. george w bush did it in the early 2000, ronald reagan did it, george h w bush did it. so with biden undergoing a routine physical and the fact that colonoscopies are routine for someone of biden's age, it was not surprising that he invoked the 25th amendment of the us constitution, which governs incapacitated
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presidents to temporarily hand over presidential powers to kamala harris. some lovely pictures to end now — from the longest partial lunar eclipse. it could be seen from japan, chile or the united states. nasa says the partial eclipse — lasting for 3 hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds — was the longest since 1440. a solar eclipse occurs when the moon is positioned between the sun and earth, leading the moon's shadow to be projected onto earth's surface. before we go, a reminder of our top story. president biden said the verdict in the kyle rittenhouse case would leave many americans feeling angry and concerned. but in a statement he said thejury had spoken and its verdict must be respected. winsconsin's governor, tony evers, called for peace, saying no verdict could heal the wounds of the families involved. but the parents of one of the victims, anthony huber, said it meant there was no accountability for the person who killed their son.
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his uncle said had the teenager been black, to stay with bbc news. i will be back with the headlines. good evening. it has been a predominantly cloudy day today, but some places have seen some pleasant autumnal sunshine. again, the eastern side of scotland towards aberdeenshire, we've seen temperatures today up to 17 celsius. now, that mild air�*s been with us to end the working week, but it's all about to change, if you haven't heard yet. temperatures will start to tumble down by the time we get to sunday, and we'll keep that cold air throughout next week. something even colder potentially by the end of next week. so, whilst we've been in this mild stream of atlantic southwesterlies during the day today, it's behind this band of rain that will continue for the north and west of scotland across orkney, into the western isles this evening. behind that, the cold air is sitting. to the south of that, where we have got some
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breaks in the cloud, temperatures could overnight dip to six or seven degrees, but also, there's likely to be mist and low cloud, possibly even a bit of fog around. but certainly some fog around the coasts and over the hills and some dank, drizzly weather. our weather front, as you can see, through saturday morning progresses across scotland, northern ireland, so a spell of fairly wet weather. behind it, though, we'll see brighter skies returning. further south, a lot of mist and low cloud again, perhaps some brightness, some sunshine after early fog lifts away, and it will tend to sit on the hills. still relatively mild, but a drop in temperature with the arrival of the brighter skies further north and some blustery showers as the wind direction changes. and that's what will bring about the change in wind direction, and atlantic south—westerly to an arctic northerly for a time through saturday and into sunday. slow to clear away on sunday in the south, so i think we will still see a relatively mild night in southern areas on sunday, but it'll start to feel colder and we've got that frost in the north. and then, we'll see showers coming down that northerly flow, wintry over the hills in the north, perhaps over the hills a little further south,
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and we'll continue to see showers and quite a strong wind, almost gale force wind blowing through the eastern side of the channel, so across kent and essex with those showers. so, that will accentuate the chill. temperatures at 7—9 celsius, well down on what they have been. as we go through sunday night into monday, that frost therefore becomes more widespread. this is towns and cities, so in the countryside, we'll certainly see a frost further south as well. into next week, it's potentially going to get colder still midweek on with a greater risk of some snow, so do stay tuned.
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this is bbc world news.
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the headlines — a us jury has acquitted kyle rittenhouse on charges that he murdered two men and attempted to kill a third during chaotic racialjustice protests in wisconsin last year. his trial polarised america, highlighting divisions around contentious issues like gun rights. the president of belarus, alexander lukashenko, has told the bbc it is "perfectly possible" that belarusian security forces have helped migrants try to cross the border into poland. he denied inviting the migrants to belarus. austria has become the first country in western europe to go back into full lockdown as covid infections surge again. all austrians will be required to get vaccinated from february next year. kamala harris has become the first woman in american history to become acting president of the united states. she took over for 85 minutes as head of state and commander—in—chief while president biden had a medical procedure. at 10pm, ben brown will be here with a full round—up of the day's news.

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