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






Chinese balloon flight violated US sovereignty and international law -- Blinken

US Secretary of State accuses Beijing of acting irresponsibly and postpones an upcoming trip to China. Also: The US will provide Ukraine with longer range guided rockets to help Kyiv take back Russian-occupied territory, and remembering the Spanish designer Paco Rabanne who has died aged 88.


Ukraine's President pushes for early entry on EU membership at Kyiv summit

EU says Ukraine has made "considerable efforts" towards membership. Also: Pope Francis is visiting South Sudan together with other Christian leaders, and meet Bobi, the world's oldest dog.


Israeli Attorney General scathing of planned legal reforms

Gali Baharav-Miara said the proposals would gravely damage the country's system of checks and balances and give the government unlimited power. Also: The Republican held House Of Representatives votes to oust the high profile Democratic representative Ilhan Omar from the foreign affairs committee, and the discovery of Yiddish songs not heard since World War II.


US secures deal to boost military presence in Philippines

The agreement gives the Americans access to four new bases not far from Taiwan, where there are growing fears of a Chinese invasion. Also, a senior former Russian army officer says he witnessed soldiers torturing Ukrainian prisoners, and scientists in the UK say they've found evidence of the bird flu virus infecting some mammals.


Tyre Nichols' family demand policing reform bill at funeral

The mother of the man who died after being beaten by police in Memphis gave a tearful address at his funeral. Also: Switzerland holds its annual sirens day, and do you know how much caffeine there is in your daily cup of coffee?


Ukraine: Police raid oligarch's home

A series of anti-corruption raids have been carried out in Ukraine targeting prominent figures including a billionaire backer of President Vlodymyr Zelensky. Opposition activists in Myanmar take part in a 'silent strike ' to mark two years since the military junta overthrew the democratically-elected government, a once in a fifty thousand year chance to see 'the green comet', and we look at the alarming world of deep fakes.


Top US diplomat says Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank hinders peace prospects

The US Secretary of state Antony Blinken met the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Also: the Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin is charged with involuntary manslaughter over shooting on Rust film set, and the dangers of taking your pet parrot to the local park.


Ukraine accused of using land-mines to fight Russia's invasion

Human Rights Watch says the mines were scattered in and around the city of Izyum while it was occupied by Russia. Also: Strikes and demonstrations in France to protest against raising the retirement age to 64, and the bed made for British monarchs that was lost for decades.


Top US diplomat calls for calm after days of Israeli-Palestinian violence

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken repeated the importance of a "two-state solution" to resolve the conflict. Also: Brazil's Bolsonaro seeks six-month US tourist visa, and the last Boeing 747 jumbo jet rolls off the production line.


Thirty two killed in Pakistan mosque attack

At least one hundred and fifty were also injured in the explosion in the city of Peshawar. Also: the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives in Israel, and the Chinese province of Sichuan tries to boost its population rate.


Brexit: Three years on

The UK formally left the European Union on the 31 January 2020. We look at what Brexit means for Britain's place in the world today. Has it unleashed the UK's global potential? Or has it been the disaster that many opponents predicted? BBC World Service presenter Oliver Conway, political correspondent Rob Watson, Global Trade correspondent Dharshini David, and Europe editor Katya Adler answer questions from Global News Podcast listeners.


British PM sacks Zahawi for 'serious breach' over tax

Nadhim Zahawi is sacked as Conservative party chairman after an inquiry finds he failed to disclose an investigation into his tax affairs. Also: Israel to speed up gun applications after attacks, and the guitarist Tom Verlaine dies aged 73.


Netanyahu warns of 'swift' response to Palestinian attacks

The Israeli Prime Minister was speaking as he convened his security cabinet. Also: The former NATO general and strong EU supporter, Petr Pavel, has been elected president in the Czech Republic following a bruising campaign, and can AI replace journalists?


Seven killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack

Israeli police killed the suspect as he tried to escape. It comes amid escalating violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Also: The video is released of police officers in the US city of Memphis savagely beating a black motorist, Tyre Nichols - who later died, and as the world marked Holocaust Memorial Day we hear about the growing numbers of people who think the holocaust was a myth.


Fears mount of fresh Israel-Palestinian violence

Israeli air raids and Palestinian rocket fire raise tensions. The violence follows a deadly Israeli army raid on the occupied West Bank. Also: Shares slump in one of India's biggest companies after allegations of financial misconduct -- and the mystery of the miraculously growing Vladimir Putin.


Five police officers charged over Tyre Nichols' death in Memphis

The 29-year-old was stopped on 7 January for reckless driving, and died three days later. Also: fear of flare-up after deadly Israeli raid in Jenin, and why do some men wear shorts in cold weather?


Deadly West Bank clashes in Jenin

At least nine Palestinians were killed during an Israeli military raid, one of them an elderly woman. Israel said its troops went in to arrest Islamic Jihad militants. The Palestinian authorities accused them of a massacre. Also: A sharp rise in Myanmar's opium harvest, and why elephants aren’t just big and beautiful -- but vital for biodiversity too.


US joins Germany in sending tanks to Ukraine

Ukraine hails the announcements of the tanks as a turning point, while Russia says they are a provocation. Also: Lebanon's top prosecutor lays charges against the judge who is investigating the 2020 Beirut port explosion, and the Sesame Street co-creator Lloyd Morrisett dies aged 93.


German Leopard tank training for Ukrainian troops to begin soon

German Chancellor confirms his country will send battle tanks to Ukraine. Also: A BBC investigation finds evidence of alarming coronavirus death rates in rural China, and how humans share common sign language with wild chimps and bonobos.


Germany approves Leopard tanks for Ukraine - reports

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has faced weeks of pressure from Kyiv and its allies. Also: Classified documents have been found at the home of the former US vice-president Mike Pence in the latest discovery of secret papers, and we hear who's been nominated for this year's Oscars.