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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






EU imposes Russian oil price cap

The aim is to starve Moscow of funds for its war against Ukraine. Also: The World Health Organisation says it's struggling to reach people in need of help in the Ethiopian region of Tigray, weeks after a ceasefire was agreed, and why a Barbadian task force is asking a British MP for slavery reparations.


'Evil' Russian invasion must fail, says Anglican church head

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, was speaking after visiting recently liberated towns in Ukraine. Also: Kanye West is suspended from Twitter again, News from Elsewhere and the transatlantic centenarian penpals.


Biden prepared to speak to Putin

But only if the Russian President showed a desire to end the war in Ukraine. Also: Further violence in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has pushed a ceasefire close to collapse, and Harissa is given cultural heritage status by the UN.


China eases Covid restrictions in some cities

It comes after mass protests against its zero-Covid policy. Also: In Afghanistan the Taliban orders Voice of America to stop broadcasting, Spain steps up security after a spate of letter bombs, and New York ties with Singapore to be the most expensive on Earth.


Ramaphosa faces threat of impeachment

Report finds the South African President may have breached anti-corruption law. Also: The Islamic State group has announced the death of its leader, Abu al-Hassan al-Quraishi, and Christine McVie -- who was behind some of Fleetwood Mac's biggest hits -- has died.


Alzheimer's drug hailed as momentous breakthrough

Lecanemab slows damage to the brain in the early stages of the disease. Also: Jiang Zemin, who led China after the Tiananmen Square massacre, has died aged 96, and how bats can outsing humans.


Nato promises Ukraine more weapons and power grid support

Millions of Ukrainians remain without power in freezing temperatures after Russian strikes. Also: jailed Belarus protest leader Maria Kolesnikova is "in intensive care", and China sends astronauts to live on its space station.


Ukraine: Nato discusses support amid power outages

Foreign ministers discuss how best to support Ukraine, as a fresh wave of attacks cut off water and power supplies. Also: China responds to lockdown protests, and a Balenciaga advertising campaign sparks major backlash.


Somali hotel siege ends after lengthy battle

A number of civilians died after al-Shabab militants stormed a hotel near the presidential palace in Mogadishu. Also: demonstrations in China over Covid restrictions appear to have died down, and Nigeria praises UK museum for returning Benin Bronzes.


Europol dismantle massive drugs 'super cartel'

Police say it controlled around a third of Europe's cocaine trade. Also: China seeks to end widespread protests against coronavirus restrictions, and why Bob Dylan is having to apologise to his fans.


China Covid protests spread to major cities

In defiant scenes not usually seen in China, demonstrators have called for President Xi Jinping to stand down. Also: Italy declares a state of emergency on the island of Ischia following a deadly landslide, and a Frenchman who was sacked for refusing to join work parties wins the legal right to be boring.


Pakistan: Imran Khan hosts huge protest rally

The former prime minister greeted hundreds of thousands of supporters in Rawalpindi, weeks after he was shot at a similar event. Also: the US has banned the sale of Chinese technology amid security fears, and 100 years after Tutankhamun's tomb was uncovered, we examine the role that Egyptian archaeologists played in the discovery.


UN urges Russia and Ukraine to protect POWs

Human rights officials raise concerns as evidence emerges of possible summary executions by both sides. Also: Iranian activists say the security forces have opened fire on protesters in the eastern province of Sistan-Balochistan, and a musical based on the life of Nelson Mandela is set to open in London.


Ukraine: Millions face winter without power

First lady Zelenska says Ukraine will endure cold and blackouts caused by Russian bombs. Also: scientists say they have made a breakthrough designing a vaccine against all 20 known types of flu, and is it time to end gender specific categories in film and TV awards?


UN orders investigation into Iran crackdown

Western diplomats say the mission will send a powerful signal of support to Iranian women. Also: Half of Ukraine's electricity needs are now being met, following repairs to infrastructure damaged by Russian missiles, and we meet the world's longest survivor of heart transplant surgery.


Afghans forced to sell organs and sedate hungry children

In the second winter since the Taliban takeover, UN says millions are at risk of famine. Also: China reports highest number of daily coronavirus infections, despite continuing restrictions; and more than 140 people arrested in international police operation targeting scammers.


Zelensky accuses Russia of crimes against humanity

The Ukrainian leader tells the UN Russia offers nothing to the world apart from terror. Also: African leaders declare a cessation of hostilities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and the discovery of the world's oldest bread.


Russia launches another wave of missile strikes across Ukraine

Key infrastructure hit, hours after a 2-day old baby was killed in a Zaporizhzhya hospital where his mother survived. We hear about the extent of the damage. Also: In Jerusalem, a teenage boy dies after bus stop bombings - the first such attacks for several years, and we look back at the life of the Dr Feelgood guitarist, Wilko Johnson, who's died aged 75.


Trump loses bid to withhold tax returns

The US Supreme Court has approved their release to a Congressional committee, marking a legal defeat for the former Republican President. Also, a national holiday is declared in Saudi Arabia to celebrate a shock win against Argentina in the World Cup, and the Ugandan man appealing for help with the upkeep of his 10 wives and 102 children.


Rescuers in Indonesia battle to find earthquake survivors

Disaster agency says number killed in West Java reaches two-hundred and sixty-eight. Also: Ukraine's security services conduct searches at the country's most famous monastery to check if it's being used for subversive activities to help Russia, and Saudi Arabia have beaten one of the favourites, Argentina in the football World Cup - the first big shock of the competition.