Hello, I'm Justine Greene with the BBC News. Britain and the European Union have said they are working together to try to resolve a dispute over access to coronavirus vaccines. In a joint statement, they said they would seek a win-win deal to increase supplies for both sides. The statement came after the EU announced further measures to restrict vaccine exports. The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned again what he called arbitrary blockades. Katya Adler is in Brussels. Every government wants to get its citizens vaccinated. The UK is way ahead of the EU in this, but it remains a concern for Boris Johnson as it does for all EU leaders. There's also politics involved here. In recent days, you've got very high-level contacts between the EU and the UK trying to work out some way of working together, as they said tonight. But what looks like it'll happen on the ground is that will be put on ice while there's a summit and these tougher export proposals are going ahead. The EU says it would never want to use those export controls, but it will do it if it needs to.
Japan says North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the sea. The Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide denounce the launches as a threat to peace and security. Laura Bicker reports. This is North Korea's second weapons test in just a few days. On Sunday, Pyongyang launched two short range weapons, most likely artillery or cruise missiles, which the US President described as business as usual. But this latest ballistic missile launch is a clear violation of United Nations sanctions and could prove harder for Mr. Biden to shrug off. His administration is carrying out a review of its North Korean policy to try to find a way to persuade the regime to give up its growing nuclear arsenal.
The US Vice President Kamala Harris will lead efforts with Mexico and some Central American countries to try and stem the flow of migrants into the United States. She says there's a huge problem of unaccompanied children trying to cross the border with Mexico. Gary O'Donoghue reports from Washington.Putting the Vice President in charge of the situation is a sign of just how seriously Joe Biden regards the growing problem at the southern border. The President has already rolled back several Trump era regulations, which has been followed by a surge of people coming from Mexico and the so-called northern triangle of countries, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Many have been fleeing rampant crime and corruption as well as significant natural disasters in recent months.
Virginia has become the first southern US state to abolish the death penalty. The Democratic governor Ralph Northam signed the bill into law. He said capital punishment have been applied disproportionately to black people in a flawed legal system and often led to mistakes. Virginia is second only to Texas in the number of people it's executed. It's the 23rd state to outlaw capital punishment. BBC news.