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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






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.


Finland and Sweden confirm Nato bid

They want to join the alliance after Russia’s Ukraine invasion. Also, the killing of 10 people in a US supermarket shooting is a “hate crime”, and Tonga’s volcano explosion was the biggest in a century.


World's most powerful nations 'will never recognise' Ukraine border change

The G7 says it will not acknowledge land seized by Russian military action. Also, thousands of pro-life supporters march in the US, and India bans wheat exports with immediate effect.


Violence at funeral for Al Jazeera reporter

Israeli police with riot-gear hit mourners saying they were pelted with stones, as crowds carried the coffin. Also, Russia to suspend electricity supply to Finland, and critics praise "thrilling" Top Gun movie sequel.


Ukrainians trying to leave Russia complain of frightening interrogations

Men passing through a transit point in Estonia say they have been questioned for hours. Also, Russian troops fighting in Ukraine have suffered what looks like another major setback, and Platinum Pudding - Britain's new dessert to mark Queen Elizabeth's 70 years as monarch.


UN to investigate Russian abuses in Ukraine

The UN Human Rights Council has voted to set up an inquiry into allegations of abuses by Russian forces in Ukraine. Also, astronomers reveal the first ever image of the large black hole in our galaxy, and the Nepali woman who has climbed Everest 10 times.


Finland announces intention to join Nato

**The report on Nigeria in this podcast contains descriptions of violence that some listeners may find upsetting** Finland says its decision follows Russia's invasion of Ukraine; Moscow reacts angrily. Also, the White House says more than a million Americans have now lost their lives to Covid-19. And the professional aircraft designer hoping to set a new world record - with a paper plane.


Sri Lankan president says he will appoint a new cabinet within a week

The Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa used a late-night address to offer a number of concessions, but said he needed to stay on to stop the country descending into anarchy. Also, US Democrats' bid for federal abortion law fails, and a passenger who had 'no idea' how to fly lands a plane in Florida as pilot falls ill.


Al Jazeera reporter killed during Israeli raid in West Bank

Shireen Abu Aqla was shot while covering a military operation at a refugee camp. Also, Ukraine says it is suspending the flow of Russian natural gas through a transit point and the authorities in Shanghai extend a coronavirus lockdown.


Sri Lankan soldiers told to shoot law-breakers on sight

Troops are on the streets of Colombo after anti-government unrest, fuelled by the economic crisis. Also, US spy chief says Putin preparing for long war in Ukraine, and EA Sports to stop making Fifa video game.


Sri Lanka: Escalating violence as protests continue

Curfew in force across Sri Lanka amid mounting anger at the economic crisis. Also, the Marcos political dynasty returns to power in the Philippines, and Spain sacks spy chief over phone hacking scandal.


Ex-dictator’s son leads Philippines vote

Initial results suggest Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr is heading for a landslide win in the Philippines election. Also, Ukraine reacts to Putin’s Victory Day attempts to justify the war, and New York considers funding abortions for women from states which ban it.


Putin defends Ukraine war but no hint of next steps

The Russian president said the invasion of Ukraine was necessary and had been provoked by the West. Eastern and southern parts of Ukraine are still being hit by relentless Russian shelling. Also, the Sri Lankan prime minister has resigned as violence gripped parts of the capital, and the machine using light and sound to create illusions in the mind.


Zelensky: 60 people dead after bomb hits school

Volodymyr Zelensky says 60 people died after a bomb hit a school in the Donbas region. About 90 people had been sheltering in the building which Ukraine says was hit in a Russian strike. Also, the people of the Philippines are voting to choose a successor to President Rodridgo Duterte, and the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has travelled to Iran to meet the country's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.


Afghanistan: Taliban orders women to wear full face veil in public

Afghan women already face restricted access to jobs, travel and education. Also, for the first time the Northern Ireland election is won by a party which wants a united Ireland, and Ukraine says all women, children and the elderly have been evacuated from the besieged steelworks in Mariupol.


Amnesty International accuses Russia of inaction over human rights abuses

The human rights group says there is evidence of attacks on civilians and extrajudicial killings. Also: a rescue operation is underway in Cuba after an explosion at a hotel in Havana; and Yemeni prisoners freed by the Saudi-led coalition have been flown back to Yemen.