News from the BBC.
The U.S. Senate has taken a first step towards passing the country's first major gun control legislation in decades.
Senators agreed to speed up the passage of a bipartisan bill allowing it to be voted on this week.
Measures include tougher background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21.
They were drawn up after a spate of mass shootings.
Growing fears about global inflation and concerns of a possible recession have prompted a sharp fall in the price of oil on international markets.
It's dropped by about five percent during trading on Wednesday.
European share markets are also down with mining firms and car manufacturers particularly hit.
The Sri Lankan prime minister says the country's economy has completely collapsed and needs overseas help to escape the crisis.
Addressing parliament, Ranil Wickremesinghe said a donor conference would be convened to seek support from China, Japan and India.
A team from the U.S. Treasury is due to visit next week.
Sri Lanka is struggling to import essential commodities, including food and fuel.
The British government is to present proposals to parliament today that would override the power of the European court of human rights.
The bill of rights enables the government to ignore injunctions from the court in Strasbourg in France, such as its decision to block Britain's plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.
Dominic Casciani reports.
Most of this package was first entailed last December, including plans to restrict foreign offenders using family life under the Human Rights Act to avoid deportation.
There are also new rules for judges telling them to put British laws before judgments from the European court of human rights if the two are in dispute, although they can in theory do that already.
Critics say the proposals will make it harder for people to take human rights claims to courts in the UK, placing too much power in the hands of ministers.
And that's the BBC News.