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The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends

The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends


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The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends






Dozens missing after Miami building collapse

It is unclear how many people were in the 12-storey building at the time. Also: proposals by France and Germany to restart EU summits with Russia criticised, and Indian PM calls for 'Made in India Toys'.


Desperate search for survivors after Miami building collapse

One side of the 12-storey beach-side apartment block sheared off. Also, an indigenous group says it has found hundreds of unmarked graves on the site of a former residential school in Canada, the extraordinary life and death of John McAfee the US entrepreneur and creator of the anti virus software, and the British Royal family concedes it needs to do more to increase diversity within its staff.


Russian jets and ships shadow UK warship

More than 20 jets and two ships followed HMS Defender as it sailed near Crimea's coast. Also, a Japanese court rejects a challenge to a law requiring husbands and wives to share the same name, and new light on how migrating birds navigate huge distances.


Hong Kong: Pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily to close down

Highly popular 26-year-old paper accused of violating the national security law. Also, a BBC investigation finds widespread illness, overcrowding and even sexual assaults at an emergency US government camp housing migrant children in the Texan desert, and the singer Britney Spears is due to address a court in Los Angeles to try to wrest control of her financial affairs from her father.


Heavy fighting reported in Northern Ethiopia

Ethiopian troops clash with Tigrayan rebels, as fighting resumes in eight-month civil war. Thousands of young women in Tanzania return to the classroom - despite their pregnancies. Will British made TV programmes be restricted in European countries?


Fighting in Myanmar's second city Mandalay

Security forces and civilian militia clash.This marks a new stage of resistance to February's military coup. Also, Spain pardons Catalan leaders over independence bid, and we look at who might be the next mayor of New York.


Nicaragua political arrests lead Argentina and Mexico to recall envoys

Five opposition candidates for November's presidential election have been arrested in recent weeks. The journalist, Miguel Mora, is the latest presidential hopeful to be detained.


Up to 10,000 fans at Tokyo Olympics

Spectators will have to wear masks and follow social distancing measures. But events will be behind closed doors if coronavirus infections surge. Also, the Swedish government loses a vote of confidence for the first time in history, and a declassified report into UFOs in America.


International talks on Iran's nuclear programme make progress

However, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi says 'distance remained' and bridging the gap won't be easy. The EU's chief coordinator Enrique Mora says 'we are closer to a deal but we are not still there'. It is not clear when the next round of talks will take place. Also, the body of fugitive far-right Belgian soldier found. The South Africa gems that sparked rush are quartz not diamonds.


Covid: Brazil hits 500,000 deaths amid 'critical' situation

So far, only 11% of the population has been fully vaccinated. Iran's next president - the hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi - has promised to fight corruption, after winning an election in which most of his rivals were barred. Milkha Singh, India's 'Flying Sikh', dies from Covid.


Iranians vote in presidential election

The winner will replace Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate who has served the maximum two terms. Also: Palestinians cancel vaccine swap deal with Israel, and a Ukrainian couple break up after being handcuffed together for 123 days.


Japanese disagree over Olympics spectators

Officials and politicians are in dispute over allowing fans to attend events next month. Also: Iranians vote in a presidential poll, and the new species of ancient giant rhino.


US Supreme Court rejects big challenge to Obamacare

It is the third time since 2010 that the healthcare law has survived a challenge.The justices' 7-2 ruling preserves medical insurance for millions of low-income Americans. Also: Zambia's first president Kenneth Kaunda dies aged 97, and the coelacanth - a 'living fossil' fish - may live for up to a century.


HK police raid pro-democracy paper

500 officers raided Apple Daily, alleging its reports breached a national security law. Also: 1st crew blasts off to new China space station, and why millions of Chinese are mourning the death of a strong-willed pig.


Biden and Putin praise talks but discord remains

The US and Russia agree to nuclear arms control talks but progress at the Geneva summit was limited. Also: Facebook shuts Ethiopian accounts for fake news, and drone cameras record social lives of killer whales.


Putin and Biden hold talks in Geneva

Russian and US leaders attend summit at villa in Switzerland. It's their first meeting since Biden became President, and comes at a time of high tensions over several issues. Also, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un warns of food shortages following poor harvests, and what happened to a well-known company's shares when a global superstar publicly rejected its product.


Israeli nationalists march through Jerusalem

The parade risked igniting tensions with Palestinians, only weeks after a conflict in Gaza ended. Also: Taiwan angered by China's latest breach of air space, and plastic bottles could be turned into vanilla ice-cream!


The US and EU resolve aircraft trade row

They agree a deal in a 17 year dispute over subsidies to aircraft manufacturers. Also: Hungary passes a law banning what it calls the promotion of homosexuality to under-eighteens, and a deaf sheepdog learns how to work again.


Biden says China and Russia trying to ‘drive a wedge’ in Nato

Speaking after his first summit of Nato leaders since taking office, President Biden said he will lay down red lines to his Russian counterpart in their meeting on Wednesday, and acknowledged that he faced a tough opponent in Vladimir Putin. Also: Belarus parades the detained opposition journalist Roman Protasevich at a news conference in Minsk; and the American actor Ned Beatty - who appeared in Deliverance and Superman - dies at the age of 83.


Nato: America back at the table

The head of Nato says it’s a pivotal moment in the seventy–two year history of the organisation, as he urged members to respond to China’s rise and Russia’s aggressive behaviour. Also: the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi has begun in Myanmar and is football still as important for Scotland now its back in the EUROS after a twenty-three year gap?