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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






Russia's Foreign Minister says Moscow doesn't want war with Ukraine

Sergei Lavrov was responding to US proposals to resolve the crisis. He said Moscow would however defend its interests. Also: Health experts call for more to be done to help the billions of people who still haven't had a Covid jab, and Australia has promised to spend a further seven hundred million dollars to save the Great Barrier Reef.


Russia-Ukraine: On the brink of war?

Our experts in Moscow, Kyiv and London answer your questions about the crisis.


US urges China to 'influence' Russia against Ukraine invasion

A US State department official said Western countries were unified in wanting a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis but she said the costs must be swift and severe for Russia if it took military action. Also: Honduras' first female president sworn in, and scientists find "spooky" object in Milky Way.


Fukushima youth sue after developing cancer

Six Japanese plaintiffs say they got cancer from radiation exposure after the 2011 nuclear disaster. Also, Honduras swears in its first female president; and why Spotify is removing the music of Neil Young.


US and Nato tell Russia they will not compromise

Washington says it will not bow to Moscow's security demands on eastern Europe. Also, some of Italy's largest companies have held a controversial video conference with Vladimir Putin, amid the escalating tensions over Ukraine; and conservationists have discovered hundreds of new species in South East Asia.


Kurdish forces say they have retaken Syrian prison

Kurdish led Syrian Democratic Forces say they have retaken a prison attacked by IS militants. IS overran the jail and tried to free the prisoners, some of whom are hundreds of children. Also, Thailand and Saudi Arabia end a 30-year row over a scandal involving stolen jewels; and why Disney has been criticised over a remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.


Could President Putin face personal sanctions over Ukraine stand-off?

The West ratchets up warnings to Russia against invading Ukraine. The International Monetary Fund is downbeat about global economic growth citing inflation and the pandemic. Also: Plans to criminalise medical treatments that try to restore the appearance of virginity.


British police to investigate lockdown parties at PM's official residence

Boris Johnson welcomes the investigation. But a spokesperson says the prime minister does not believe he has broken any coronavirus laws. Also, Russia accuses the US of stoking tensions over Ukraine, and one of the most remote museums in the world reopens.


US troops on high alert over Ukraine

The Pentagon says 8,500 combat-ready US troops are on high alert to deploy at short notice amid rising tension over Ukraine. Also, the army in Burkina Faso says it has removed President Roch Kabore from office, and the penguins highlighting climate change in Antarctica.


Ukraine crisis: Nato sends more planes and ships to Eastern Europe

Nato says it's to reinforce its defences, and for the purposes of deterrence. The Kremlin has accused Nato of escalating tensions. Also: reports from Burkina Faso say the president has been detained by the military; and Julian Assange wins the right to ask the British Supreme Court to block his extradition to the US.


Burkina Faso soldiers mutiny at barracks

Protesters set fire to the ruling party's headquarters. Also: Taliban leaders are in Norway seeking aid for Afghanistan, and why are images of God so controversial?


Fierce battle between IS militants and Kurdish forces in Syria

IS fighters attacked a prison where thousands of jihadists are held. Also, Kiribati imposes its first lockdown, and the robot vacuum cleaner that got away.


Yemen: scores killed in air strike on prison

Saudi-led coalition steps up air strikes on Houthi rebel targets. Also: there's cautious optimism as Russia and the US agree to futher talks over Ukraine, and Che Guevera's daughter publishes a book of his very personal letters.


Ukraine tension: US and Russia hold talks

Both sides said they were open to further dialogue. Also, the UN says initial estimates of the effects of Typhoon Rai that hit the Philippines last month badly underestimated the damage it caused and, tributes are paid to the singer Meatloaf who's died aged 74.


Many feared dead after huge explosion in Ghana

Videos show many destroyed buildings near the mining town of Bogoso. Also: Ukraine hits back at Biden amid Russia tensions, and teenage pilot Zara Rutherford completes solo round the world record.


Former Pope Benedict accused of failing to act over child abuse cases

Report claims he failed to act to prevent abuse when he was Archbishop of Munich. Also, the ICRC is targeted by cyber hackers and, the first aid flights arrive in Tonga.


Biden believes Putin will 'move in' on Ukraine

The US President has warned that Washington will do significant harm to Russia if it decides to invade Ukraine. Also: DR Congo inmates found guilty of rape during prison riot, and airlines cancel dozens of flights to the US because of safety concerns surrounding aircraft altimeters and 5G technology.


British PM under increasing pressure to go

Boris Johnson is accused of misleading people about lockdown parties; US urges Russia to take "peaceful path" as fears mount of a new invasion of Ukraine. And we remember the ground breaking life of the African American journalist André Leon Talley.


Washington says Moscow could 'at any point launch an attack on Ukraine'

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, will meet his Russian counterpart on Friday to warn Moscow to de-escalate the situation. Also, the rollout of 5G technology at US airports is postponed, and a Rome villa with Caravaggio mural fails to sell.


Tonga says it has been hit by an 'unprecedented disaster'

The Pacific island nation of Tonga was hit by volcanic eruption and tsunami. Also, US airline bosses are worried about 5G. And some of the world's best known cricketers get a telling off.