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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






US and NATO tell Russia they won't 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 southeast Asia.


Kurdish forces say they've retaken Syrian prison

Islamic State militants attacked the jail, where hundreds of children are among those detained. 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.


UAE condemns Houthi attack in Abu Dhabi as 'heinous crime'

The UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi militia in Yemen. Also, a distress signal has been detected in low-lying Tongan islands after volcano eruption, and the Scottish poet Robert Burns ignored advice not to write in Scots.


Tonga tsunami: Anxious wait for news and aid

There are reports of significant damage and no mass casualties. Communications with the country are extremely limited. Also, thousands are without power as the US is hit by a winter storm, and a suspect is identified over Anne Frank’s betrayal.


President Biden says hostage-taking at synagogue was act of terror

President Biden says the hostage-taking at a Texas synagogue was an act of terror. Also New Zealand sends a plane to Tonga to assess the damage caused by the volcanic eruption and tsunami. And the Australian Open tennis gets underway without Novak Djokovic.


Tsunami waves reach Hawaii and Japan

An underwater volcano erupts near Tonga. Also: worshippers at a synagogue in Texas are taken hostage and Nino Cerruti, one of Italy's great fashion designers, has died at the age of 91.