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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






Ukraine says fighting in Donbas region is at maximum intensity

Ukrainian foreign minister makes a fresh plea for heavy weapons to fight against Russia. Also: husband of a teacher killed in Texas mass shooting dies "of grief", and high temperatures could affect the mango harvests in India and Pakistan.


German Chancellor wades into Ukraine war

Scholz says Russia must not be allowed to dictate peace terms with Ukraine. Also: Britain announces a windfall tax on oil and gas companies and Singapore turns urine into beer.


Gunman posted just before Texas school shooting

The killer of 19 children and two teachers wrote on social media that he'd carry out the attack. Also: the British prime minister, Boris Johnson says he won't resign over "bitter and painful" judgement of a report into parties held in Downing Street during Covid restrictions, and scientists in the United States have developed a remote-controlled robot smaller in size than a flea.


US President calls for new gun controls after Texas school shooting

A teenage gunman killed nineteen primary school children and two teachers in Uvalde. Also: a report on lockdown parties in Britain's government buildings criticises leadership failures and the US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer will not sell drugs for profit in poor nations.


School shooting in Texas - at least 15 killed

14 of the dead were pupils - aged between 7 and 10 years. Also: the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is under further pressure over parties held at his official residence during Covid lockdowns, and a new digital radio station opens for the indigenous peoples of Panama.


China's Uyghur detention camps revealed in data leak

Thousands of police files show harsh treatment of minorities in Xinjiang. Also: Russia's opposition leader condemns Putin, Airbnb announces it will leave China over its zero-covid policy, and smuggled kangaroos turn up in India.


Russian diplomat resigns, slams Putin’s invasion

The Geneva-based envoy, Boris Bondarev, expressed his shame and revulsion at the attack on Ukraine. Also: pictures emerge of the British prime minister raising his glass at a leaving do during a Covid lockdown; tributes to the Parisian street artist known as Miss Tic; and we ask how good are apps at helping us learn new languages.


First Ukraine war crimes trial verdict

Russian tank commander jailed for life for killing a civilian. Also: US warns China over Taiwan, explosive Tonga volcano 'surprisingly intact' and plant powering your computer.


Baby formula shortage: help arrives in the US

A plane carrying 35,000 kilos of infant formula to ease critical shortage has landed. Also: a colonel in Iran's Revolutionary Guard has been assassinated, and Kurt Cobain's iconic Fender Mustang guitar sells for $4.5m.


Australia elects new prime minister

Anthony Albanese becomes first Labor premier in a decade. Also: fierce fighting is reported around parts of eastern Ukraine, and President Biden visits South Korea.


Russia declares victory at Mariupol steelworks

Ukraine says the last defenders at the besieged site in Mariupol have been given permission to leave. Also: US warns Northern Ireland row threatens Western unity, and is Sprout - a robotic vegetable picker - safe from cyber attacks?


Ukraine: Russian forces intensify attacks in Donbas region

President Zelensky says the situation there is "hell". Also: a court in Argentina finds the state guilty of the massacre of indigenous people nearly a century ago, and eight UK towns are made cities for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee.


US accuses Russia of using food as weapon of war in Ukraine

The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, told the UN that Russia was deliberately worsening a growing global food crisis. Also: Biden says US fully backs Sweden and Finland Nato bids, and Chariots of Fire composer Vangelis dies aged 79.


Report says nearly 60 million people internally displaced

Conflict and climate change are driving the numbers up globally. Also: the police in Britain have closed their investigation into breaches of Covid rules in the prime minister's office, and the Ethiopian man finally following his dream at the age of 69.


UN chief warns of global hunger, urging Russia to free Ukrainian grain

Antonio Guterres said the war in Ukraine was compounding global food insecurity, already worsened by warming temperatures and the pandemic. Also: Russian soldier pleads guilty in war crimes trial, and US Soccer agrees to equal pay deal.


UN warns climate catastrophe getting closer

The annual report by the World Meteorological Organisation says four key indicators of climate change hit record levels in 2021. Also, the secret schools for girls in Afghanistan, federal agents find an underground railway between Mexico and the US, and how victory celebrations knocked a ground-breaking African cyclist out of the race.


ICC sends 'largest ever' team of investigators to Ukraine

The International Criminal Court will collaborate with French detectives who have been working at suspected crime scenes in Ukraine. Also, few answers at rare US Congressional UFO hearing, and movie stars gather as the Cannes Film Festival gets underway.


Ukraine working on 'next stages' of Mariupol evacuation

The fate of more than 260 soldiers taken to Russian controlled territory on Monday remains unclear. Ukraine suggests a prisoner exchange but Moscow has not confirmed this. Also, a study into the behaviour of mosquitos could change the way malaria is tackled across Africa, and Nasa's rover begins work to find life on Mars.


Hundreds of Ukrainian fighters evacuated from Mariupol steelworks

Many have been admitted to hospital in the Russian controlled town of Novoazovsk. Also, Sri Lanka's new prime minister warns of further difficult months, a huge dust storm hits the Middle East, and how robot-assisted surgery might speed up recovery times.


Ukraine: The children's camp that became an execution ground

The authorities in Bucha accuse Russian soldiers of war crimes. Also, North Korea's leader orders his military to help respond to the Covid outbreak, and we report on how some people in the food-producing giant Brazil are struggling to get enough to eat.