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






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.


China's Xi to meet Putin in Moscow

The visit comes as Beijing, an ally of Russia, has offered proposals to end the war in Ukraine, to which the West has given a lukewarm reception. Also: Slovakia follows Poland in sending fighter jets to Kiev and scientists say they have found a way to avoid peanut allergies…


Clashes as Macron pushes through controversial pension reforms

The French President used special powers to force the bill through Parliament without a vote. Also: Some of the biggest banks in the US pump billions of dollars into rescuing the struggling lender, First Republic, and the competition to help decipher scrolls that survived the volcanic eruption in Pompeii almost 2000 years ago.


Britain bans TikTok from government mobile devices

US, Canada and EU have taken similar action amid concerns over data collection that they fear could be accessed by Beijing. Also: A United Nations commission says Russia has committed war crimes in Ukraine but a genocide has not taken place, and the 'Home of Cricket' is forced to overturn a plan to modernise because of a backlash from its members.


More market jitters as Credit Suisse shares plunge

Swiss financial regulators say they are ready to help the troubled bank. Also: Poland arrests a group of foreigners on suspicion of spying for Russia, and nearly 200,000 are hospitalised in Thailand because of air pollution.


Malawi floods: hundreds dead and thousands homeless

The commercial capital, Blantyre, is worst-affected, with many having died in landslides. Also: the Pakistani authorities say they have suspended efforts to arrest the opposition leader, Imran Khan, because they're disrupting a prestigious cricket tournament, and celebrations - and controversy - over the re-introduction of wolves to Europe.


US drone crashes after incident with Russian fighter jet

Washington said it was operating in international airspace, and accused Moscow of recklessness. Also: The former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says police acted outside the law when they tried to arrest him at his home in Lahore, and why the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard is making Tom Cruise's latest mission impossible.


China and Russia denounce a defence deal by the US, UK and Australia

Beijing has described the move as embarking on a 'path of error and danger.' Russia said the submarine pact would bring years of confrontation to Asia. Also: India's supreme court has dismissed an appeal seeking more compensation for victims of the Bhopal gas leak, and riding motorbikes could become harder for tourists in Bali.


UK, US and Australia reveal details of nuclear submarine deal

Their partnership aims to combat a perceived threat from China. Also: Russia and Ukraine extend a grain deal to prevent a global food crisis, and Dick Fosbury, the man who revolutionised the high jump in athletics has died at the age of 76.


BBC ends stand-off with Gary Lineker after impartiality row

Lineker 'delighted' to return as BBC reviews social media rules. The BBC Director General, Tim Davie, insists he has not backed down. Also: President Biden says the US banking system will hold up despite last week's collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, and the sci-fi movie Everything Everywhere All at Once wins seven Oscars, including best actress for Michelle Yeoh.


International concern after Saudi Arabia executes Jordanian accused of drug smuggling

The family of Hussein Abu Al-Khair say he was tortured until he made a confession. Also: Nicaragua has suspended relations with the Vatican, and the head of the WHO says it is vital to find the origins of the Covid virus.


Italy's coastguard rescues more than 1,000 migrants from the Mediterranean

The huge sea rescue operation comes nearly two weeks after a deadly shipwreck involving migrants off the Italian coast. Also: South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa is cleared of wrongdoing by anti-corruption authorities, and renewed calls to tighten Germany’s gun laws after a deadly shooting in Hamburg.


The Happy Pod

Our new weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, sharing the things about your home country that make you happy, NASA's new head of science on how her dad gave her a love of space, and how bees can not only solve puzzles, but teach each other how to do it. Presented by Andrew Peach. Music produced by Iona Hampson.


Iran and Saudi Arabia restore diplomatic ties

They broke ties in 2016 and have taken different sides in wars in Yemen and Syria. Also: The US sees its first major bank failure since the 2008 financial crisis, and Donald Trump has been invited to testify to a grand jury over the Stormy Daniels case.


Xi Jinping begins historic third term as China's president

It caps a consolidation of power that has made him China's most dominant leader in generations. Also: rare and deadly Cyclone Freddy is expected to hit Mozambique for a second time, and scientists create the first detailed map of how an insect's brain is wired.


Biden: US Budget 'for those who hold country together'

It includes big spending plans, worth more than six trillion dollars, with the focus on social programmes. Also: Italy's prime minister announces tough new penalties for people smugglers, after a cabinet meeting on the coast where dozens of migrants drowned last month, and the UK reveals its entrant for the Eurovision song contest.