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BBC News with Tom Watts.

The heads of the three US congressional committees have sent a subpoena, or legal order, to the White House demanding documents for their impeachment campaign investigation of President Trump. He’s accused of pushing Ukraine to produce information that could damage his rival Joe Biden’s presidential run. The president has denied any wrongdoing.

Doctors in the US have confirmed that the left-wing presidential contender Bernie Sanders had a heart attack on Tuesday. The US senator who is 78 was released from hospital in Las Vegas on Friday and issued a statement saying he was feeling great.

Iraqi officials say at least 60 people are now known to have died during four days of anti-government protest across the country, hundreds were injured. Many of the deaths occurred on Friday, including those of at least two police officers.

The digital payments company Paypal says it has pulled out of a Facebook-led alliance which is trying to introduce a digital currency called Libra. The project has drawn oppositions from some countries and central banks, with France and Germany saying they would block Libra from operating in Europe.

Transport unions in Ecuador have suspended their strike over the government’s decision to scrap fuel subsidies which has prompted widespread violent protest. The head of a federation representing 11 transport unions said they had achieved their aims. Nearly 400 people have been arrested during two days of nationwide protest against the removal of subsidies which resulted in a doubling of the price of diesel.

The American actress Diahann Carroll has died in Los Angeles at the age of 84. She was the first black woman to star in a lead role in a US TV serial in Julia which was screened in the 1960s. Diahann Carroll was also the first black woman to win a Tony Award for best actress for her part in the Broadway musical No Strings.

Those are the latest stories from the BBC World Service in London.

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