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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 announces $1bn of military aid for Ukraine

The US package to Ukraine will include rockets, ammunition and more precision missiles. Also: Fire at Cuba oil facility spreads; the actress and singer Olivia Newton-John dies aged 73.


Gaza's only power plant re-starts generating electricity

Much needed aid and fuel begin arriving after a ceasefire ends three days of conflict. Also: a report says Russia is struggling to replenish its stocks of weapons because they contain high-tech components only made in the West, and retiring at the age of 103 - the British actress bowing out from the world's longest running soap opera.


US Senate passes landmark climate and healthcare bill

The legislation includes billions of dollars to fight climate change. Also: Hopes as Gaza ceasefire comes into effect, and Carlo Bonomi - the voice of Pingu the penguin dies at the age of 85.


'Russian rockets damaged part of nuclear plant at Zaporizhzhia'

Ukraine says Russian rockets hit part of the giant nuclear plant but Russia blames Ukraine for it. Also: Gaza death toll rises as Israel targets militants, and The Seekers lead singer Judith Durham dies aged 79.


Israel strikes Gaza killing top militant

Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad fire dozens of rockets into Israel in response. Also; Russia and Ukraine say shells have hit the site of Europe's biggest nuclear power plant, at Zaporizhzhia, and the busiest climbing season ever for K2 the savage killer mountain.


China halts co-operation with US over climate change and defence

It's in retaliation for Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, as China continues its military show of force for a second day. Also: what are Russian forces up to at Ukraine's largest nuclear power plant? And the Bangladeshi man arrested for singing out of tune.


Russia jails Griner for nine years

President Biden says Washington will use all means possible to guarantee the double Olympic gold medallist basketball player's release. Also; vigilantes in a South African township have been hunting down illegal mine workers days after a gang rape in an abandoned mine, and, the pioneering Jamaican film, The Harder They Come, returns to the cinema 50 years after its debut.


Japan says Chinese missiles have landed in its territory

Beijing is conducting live fire exercises around Taiwan after Nancy Pelosi's visit. Also: temperatures in parts of Iraq have risen above fifty degrees Celsius, and tourists flock to see a volcano erupt in Iceland.


Guterres accuses energy firms of grotesque greed

Antonio Guterres urges governments to tax excessive profits made by oil and gas companies, accusing them of exploiting the poor. Also; experiments on pigs have led scientists to claim a breakthrough on organ transplants and, 90 million dollars blown as Batgirl the film based on DC comics is binned.


Nancy Pelosi leaves Taiwan after controversial visit

The US Speaker met leaders in the capital Taipei. China responded by announcing live fire exercises in Taiwanese waters. Also: the American state of Kansas votes to uphold abortion rights and the British supermarket selling carbon-neutral eggs.


Chinese fury at Pelosi's Taiwan visit

Washington urges Beijing not to turn the trip into a crisis - saying it is consistent with America's longstanding one-China policy. Also: the first shipment of grain from a Ukarinian port since the Russian invasion reaches Turkish waters; and why the Commonwealth Games is a golden opportunity for smaller countries to shine on the global stage.


Al Qaeda leader killed in US drone strike in Kabul

Washington says the Taliban should not have been harbouring Ayman al-Zawahiri. Also: Imran Khan's political party is accused of concealing foreign funding; and Ian McKellen plays Hamlet in a ballet.


UN says world is one misstep from nuclear annihilation

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres made his remarks at a conference in New York. Also: al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is killed in a US drone strike, and would you fancy getting woken up at 6am by the sounds of Scottish bagpipes?


First grain ship leaves Ukraine

A deal with Russia allows passage through a safe corridor. Also: Myanmar's military leaders extend emergency rule until 2023, and researchers find a lack of sleep in childhood can effect brain development.


UN troops in shootout at DR Congo-Uganda border

Arrests are made after at least two people were killed when UN peacekeeping troops opened fire at a border crossing. Also: Ukraine grain tycoon killed in Russian shelling, and England beat Germany to win their first major women's football trophy.


Protestors injured as Iraqi parliament stormed again

Supporters of the Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr breach the high-security Green Zone in Baghdad, as they oppose the nomination of a pro-Iran rival candidate for PM. Also: Biden positive for Covid after "rebound infection", and Bob - a lost homing pigeon - back in UK after American adventure.


Ukraine seeks UN and Red Cross prison deaths probe

More than 50 prisoners of war were killed in a prison camp in the occupied part of Donetsk region. Also: "major disaster" in Kentucky as floods toll rises, and eye-popping fossil fish found in cattle-field.


Hope for Ukraine grain blockade

The first grain ship from Ukraine since Russia's invasion is ready to leave port. Also; Wagatha Christie legal case reaches its climax and the multi billion dollar pests.


China warns US not to 'play with fire' over Taiwan

Beijing says Mr Xi told his American counterpart that "those who play with fire will only get burnt." Also: Is the world's largest economy in trouble or not? Plus, tiger populations bounce back in Nepal, but it’s not good news for everyone.


Ukraine’s counter offensive gathers pace

Forces are using US long-range rockets. Also, President Biden and China’s Xi Jinping hold their first talks since March. We look at the ways the paper industry is trying to cut carbon emissions. And after nearly four decades on screen, we say goodbye to the Australian soap opera "Neighbours".