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The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends






White House warns Russia about annexing more Ukrainian territory

The US says it will impose further economic sanctions if Moscow annexes more territory in Ukraine. Also: Britain's central bank has said it's willing to hike interest rates to control inflation, and a direct hit as Nasa smashes spacecraft into an asteroid.


Deadly gun attack at Russian school

Pupils were among at least 13 people killed after a gunman opened fire at a school in Izhevsk. The gunman killed himself at the scene and was a former student. Also: Italy's far-right leader claims victory in elections, and why a lottery winner in India is miserable.


Italy's far-right set to win election

Giorgia Meloni is on course to be Italy's first female PM, and the country's first far-right leader since Benito Mussolini. Also: Cuba's referendum on same-sex marriage; and how difficult will it be for football fans to find accommodation during the World Cup in Qatar?


Hundreds arrested at anti-war protests in Russia since President Putin called up reservists to fight in Ukraine

There've been a series of protests in Russia since President Putin announced that three hundred thousand reservists would be sent to fight in Ukraine. Also: scores killed during clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and storm Ian delays launch of Nasa's moon rocket.


International condemnation over sham referendums in occupied Ukraine

Ukrainians have reported armed soldiers going door-to-door in occupied parts of the country to collect votes for self-styled "referendums" on joining Russia. Also: the pound plunges after mini-budget in the UK, and the tennis star Roger Federer plays his last professional match.


Moscow staging referendums in four occupied areas of Ukraine

They're being seen in the West as an attempt to legitimise Russian annexation. Also researchers say a new type of cancer therapy that uses a common virus to destroy harmful cells is showing promise, and the awarding-winning author Hilary Mantel -- whose novels brought to life the political intrigues of Tudor England -- has died at the age of seventy.


Ukraine issues global warning over Russian aggression

The foreign minister says no nation should feel safe until Russia's behaviour is punished. Also: the US slaps sanctions on Iran's morality police as demonstrations sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini continue, and we look at the woman tipped to become Italy's next prime minister.


Iranian deaths rise as protest crackdown continues

Women led demonstrations are spreading across the country. Also, Russians jet off to Serbia to escape mobilisation for the war in Ukraine and a former Chinese justice minister is given a suspended death sentence for receiving millions of dollars in bribes.


'Russia must pay', Zelensky tells UN

He said Russia deserved to be punished for stealing Ukrainian territory and murdering civilians. Also, protests in Iran escalate with reports of pitched battles in the capital Tehran; and, after an 18 year winless streak, have San Marino finally won a football match?


Ukraine war: President Putin calls up military reservists

Mr Putin warns he's prepared to use all means including nuclear weapons to defend territories. Ukraine says the order shows the invasion is not going to plan. Western leaders say it marks another escalation. Also: protests continue in Iran over the death of a young woman after being arrested, and Roger Federer on his retirement from tennis.


Fresh Ukrainian claims of Russian torture

They come as pro-Moscow separatists announce referendum plans in four annexed regions. Also, women burn headscarves in Iran as protests against their suppression spread, and we finally have the answer to that crucial question - how many ants are there in the world?


Russia accelerates annexation plans in occupied Ukraine

Referendums on joining Russia are to be held in Luhansk and Donetsk. Two other regions, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, have indicated they will take similar steps. Also: Pakistan health officials warn of an increase in waterborne diseases following floods, the UN General Assembly gets underway in New York, and the sounds of meteorites striking Mars are recorded for the first time.


Queen Elizabeth buried at Windsor Castle

In a private ceremony, the Queen is interred alongside her parents, husband and sister. Also, two people killed in Iran following demonsrations sparked by the death of a young woman detained for allegedly dressing immodestly, and Hurricane Fiona hits the Dominican Republic.


The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

World leaders, royal dignitaries and members of the public attended the service at Westminster Abbey in London. It was the biggest single gathering of global statesmen and women in living memory. In his sermon, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, praised the Queen for leading a life of loving service.


Britain and the world prepare to say a final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II

The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will take place today in Westminster Abbey in London. King Charles III says he is deeply touched by the public's support. Millions of people around the world are expected to watch the event on television.


Queen Elizabeth's eight grandchildren hold vigil around her coffin

Princes William and Harry and their cousins stood guard at the Queen's lying-in-state at Westminster Hall in London. Also: Iran headscarf protest at arrested woman's funeral, and could listening to music help to reduce comfort eating?


Mass exhumations at Ukraine forest graves site

Western leaders have condemned Russia after the discovery of hundreds of bodies near Izyum in north-eastern Ukraine. Also: Putin says Ukraine counter-offensive won't change Russia's plans, and King Charles III leads a silent vigil as Queen Elizabeth's coffin lies in state in Westminster Hall in London.


Ukraine: Bodies exhumed in city taken back from Russian forces

Officials think that there are more than 450 bodies buried at Izyum. Also, Italians head to the polls divided over energy and Ukraine and why a carrot emoji on Facebook doesn’t mean what you might think it means.


Ukrainian police say they've found evidence of a mass grave near Izyum

Police say they will carry out exhumations near the city of Izyum to get a clear picture of the number of victims. Also: A UN building in Haiti is ransacked by thousands of people desperately seeking food, and Roger Federer announces plans to retire from tennis.


The presidents of China and Russia meet for the first time since the invasion of Ukraine

Mr Putin said he appreciated what he called China's "balanced position" on Ukraine. Also: Buckingham Palace releases details of Queen Elizabeth's state funeral, and the billionaire businessman who's given away his company to help fight climate change.