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






39 dead in fire at Mexico migrant centre

The facility houses people detained while trying to enter the US. Also: Police say a mass shooting at a school in Nashville was a carefully planned attack, Elon Musk announces further changes to Twitter's blue tick, and the winners of the 2023 Polar Music Prize.


Israeli PM delays reforms after mass protests

Benjamin Netanyahu's plans provoked an outpouring of anger across Israeli society. Also: a heavily-armed young woman has killed six people, including children, at a school in the US state of Tennessee, and rehabilitating fictional villains - from being portrayed as ugly or disabled.


Netanyahu under pressure over judicial reforms

Israeli Prime Minister faces huge backlash, with widespread strikes and thousands protesting. Also: New leader of Scotland's main party pledges independence, and the eagerly awaited puffin migration to Northern Ireland.


Israel: Defence minister sacked by Benjamin Netanyahu

Yoav Gallant had called for plans to overhaul the judiciary to be scrapped. Also: NATO allies condemn Moscow's plans to station nuclear weapons in Belarus, Lebanon gains an extra time zone, and we look back at the life of the founder of one of the world's biggest dumpling empires.


Putin deploying nuclear weapons to Belarus

Russian President says move wouldn't violate nuclear non-proliferation agreements. Also: Israel's defence minister calls for a freeze of planned changes to the judiciary following another day of mass protests, and we meet the creator and author of the Oscar winning animated short film The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse.


The Happy Pod: The smiling cow

Our new weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, an unusual cow brings joy to Australia, the happiest places in the world are revealed and how shrimps are saving lives. Presented by Andrew Peach. Music produced by Iona Hampson.


Hotel Rwanda hero freed

Paul Rusesabagina's life inspired a Hollywood film about the 1994 genocide. Also: The UN has expressed grave concern about the summary killings of civilians and prisoners of war during Russia's war in Ukraine, highlighting a litany of other abuses, and The City Killer asteroid that's set to make a close-ish call with earth.


King Charles's state visit postponed after pension protests in France

There has been violence in some French cities in the latest round of demonstrations against proposals to raise the state pension age. Also: The US state of Utah gives parents control over their children's social media, and how a drawing by a Russian child sparked a police investigation.


US Congress harshly grills TikTok boss

Video-sharing app accused of being an agent of the Chinese Communist party amid calls for it to be banned. Also: The Israeli prime minister vows to press ahead with his planned overhaul of the judiciary but says he wants to unite the country behind the changes, and the campaign in New Zealand to help youngsters navigate their breaks ups amicably.


Protests as Israel passes law which protects PM

Israel's parliament has passed a law limiting how a prime minister can be removed from office. The Israeli opposition says the legislation is aimed at protecting the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu who is facing corruption charges. We hear the view of former Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Also: A Nigerian senator and his wife have been convicted of trafficking a man to harvest a kidney for their daughter, and the good and the bad news about drinking coffee.


Johnson denies lying to parliament over partygate

The former British prime minister was grilled about whether he lied about breaching Covid lockdown rules. Also: The White House warns Uganda of possible economic repercussions if a new law banning people from identifying as LGBT comes into force, and could the mystery surrounding what killed Beethoven finally have been solved?


UN warns of looming global water crisis

Overconsumption and climate change threaten future supplies. Also: Volodymr Zelensky visits Ukrainian troops near the embattled town of Bakhmut, Boris Johnson fights for his political life -- and everything you need to know about 3D cheesecake.


Earthquake hits Afghanistan as tremors felt in Pakistan and India

The quake, with a magnitude of 6.5, was centred in the Hindu Kush mountains. Also: UK defends sending shells made with depleted uranium to Ukraine after Putin warning, and Gwyneth Paltrow in court as ski crash trial begins.


Russia's and China's leaders debate the war in Ukraine

Xi Jinping calls Moscow and Beijing 'strategic partners and great neighbouring powers'; Also: Britain's biggest police force accused of racism, sexism and homophobia, and why do fish sing?


UN chief warns a 'climate time bomb' is ticking

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres says that all countries should bring forward their net zero carbon plans by a decade. Also: France's government survives a no-confidence vote, and the Chinese city of Guixi launches its own dating app for residents.


UN says new report on climate change is 'a survival guide for humanity'

Scientists say clean energy and technology can be exploited to avoid the growing climate disaster. But they warn a key global temperature goal will probably be missed. Also: Russia's playing host to the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, in Moscow, and twenty years on - we hear from our correspondent who was there at the start of the US-led invasion of Iraq.


UBS agrees 'emergency rescue' of Credit Suisse bank

The deal, backed by the Swiss government, follows weekend talks aimed at preventing the collapse of the Credit Suisse bank. Also: Saudi King invites Iran's president to visit Riyadh, and a skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex is to be auctioned in Europe.


Trump says he expects to be arrested on Tuesday

The case focuses on alleged hush money paid on Mr Trump's behalf to a former porn star. Also: Russia and Ukraine agree to extend grain deal, and the hunt for olive thieves in Spain.


The Happy Pod

Our new weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, how a computer data centre could heat pools around the globe, Paris Opera appoints its first black star ballet dancer, and a robotic elephant helping to improve animal rights in India. Presented by Andrew Peach. Music produced by Iona Hampson.


International Criminal Court issues arrest warrant for Putin

It alleges the Russian President is responsible for war crimes for the unlawful deportation of children from Ukraine to Russia. Also: Shares in the troubled banks, Credit Suisse and First Republic, have plunged again as fears persist about their financial health, and the former soldier who has spent nearly 6 years walking the coastline of Great Britain.