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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






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 withold 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.


Iran football players decline to sing national anthem in Qatar

The Iranian national team stayed silent in the World Cup stadium in Doha as their anthem was played. Also: WHO says millions of Ukrainian lives are under threat as winter sets in, and Nasa's Artemis spacecraft arrives at an orbit around the Moon.


Indonesia earthquake kills more than 60

The 5.6 magnitude quake struck Cianjur town in West Java and was felt a hundred kilometres away in the capital, Jakarta. Also: several European teams at the World Cup in Qatar scrap plans to wear armbands in support of gay rights; and China confirms three people have died in Beijing with Covid - the first fatalities officially connected to the disease in six months.


Hosts Qatar beaten by Ecuador in World Cup opener

The football tournament began in Qatar with a lavish opening ceremony at Al-Bayt stadium near Doha. Also: leading Argentinian campaigner Hebe de Bonafini dies aged 93, and the British artist David Hockney joins immersive art trend with new London show.


Fifa World Cup begins in Qatar

After 12 years of questions and criticisms, the 2022 Fifa World Cup finally gets underway in Qatar. Also: UN climate talks continue into the night to reach a deal, and who invented the electric toaster?


US special counsel to oversee criminal investigation into Trump

A former war crimes prosecutor, Jack Smith, was named special counsel by US Attorney General, Merrrick Garland. Also: Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes jailed for fraud, and where has the leap second gone?


North Korea launches missile 'capable of reaching US'

United States condemns launch, while South Korea orders stronger deterrence measures. Also: No alcohol to be sold at World Cup stadiums; and protestors in Iran set fire to ancestral home of Islamic Republic founder, Ayatollah Khomeini.


MH17: Three men found guilty of murder

A Dutch trial finds a missile supplied by Russia killed 298 people over Ukraine in 2014. Also: Spain's new sex abuse law sparks a row over jail terms, and the Hollywood star, Charlize Theron is condemned for saying her native Afrikaans is a dying language.


Ukrainian gas plant hit in latest Russian strikes

More people are experiencing power cuts, as first snow falls on Kyiv. Also: Iran's rulers crack down on protests in one of the worst nights of violence yet; and months after being scrapped - one of Australia's most successful TV exports gets a reboot.


Brazil's Lula wows COP 27

The President elect gets a standing ovation as he promises to fight Amazon deforestation. Also: the US ambassador to the UN accuses President Putin of wanting to freeze Ukraine into submission, and Mariah Carey loses her bid to become the only Queen of Christmas in a trademark court case.


Poland: no sign Tuesday's missile strike was deliberate Russian attack

NATO and Poland say missile strike was 'likely' caused by Ukraine's air defence. Also: two years after losing the US presidential election, Donald Trump confirms plans to run for the White House in 2024; and Bruce Springsteen fans can rest easy - the Boss himself has settled a dispute about the opening of one of his best loved songs.


Russia denies stray missile landed in Poland

Warsaw raises military readiness after explosion near Ukraine border; the US and other international powers say they're investigating. Also: Ukraine says a wave of Russian missile strikes on Tuesday was the biggest against the country's energy system since the invasion in February, and why are sexually transmitted diseases rising among Britain's elderly?