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






Urgently needed aid sent to Nagorno-Karabakh

Food supplies arrive in the Armenian-majority enclave after Azerbaijan captured the disputed territory. Also: Ukraine says senior Russian commanders were injured in a missile strike on its Black Sea fleet HQ, and how French film survives despite not meeting its production costs.


The Happy Pod: Teamwork and pride - Saudi women's football

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, the extraordinary growth of women's football in Saudi Arabia, ambitious plans to rewild southern rhinos in Africa, and the fierce competition to be crowned Montenegro's "laziest citizen".


Ukraine missile strikes Russia’s Black Sea fleet HQ

A Ukrainian missile damages the Sevastopol HQ of Russia's Black Sea naval fleet in occupied Crimea. Also: The Pope says it's humanity’s duty to rescue migrants crossing the Mediterranean, and the lock of hair on its way back to Ethiopia.


Nagorno-Karabakh: anti-government protests are held in Armenia after defeat

Demonstrators are demanding a humanitarian corridor to be opened for Karabakh Armenians. Also: The Indian parliament passes a bill that will reserve a third of seats in the lower house and state assemblies for women, and 7 years after blasting off - a rocket prepares to deliver what scientists hope will be the secrets of how life began on Earth.


Biden tells Zelensky US will pay for air defence upgrades in Ukraine

At talks in the White House, the US president told his Ukrainian counterpart that he has approved $325m worth of security assistance for Kyiv. Also: Rupert Murdoch's eldest son Lachlan to head Fox and News Corp, and what has been threatening the orange juice industry in some parts of the world?


Peace talks held over Nagorno-Karabakh dispute

The Azeri government meets ethnic Armenians to discuss integrating the region as part of a ceasefire agreement. Also: India suspends visas for Canadian citizens, and King Charles gets warm welcome in French Senate.


Azerbaijan hails surrender of Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians

Ethnic Armenian separatists agree to disband and give up their weapons as part of a ceasefire. Also: Venezuelan security forces regain control of a prison run by a powerful criminal gang, and the discovery of ancient wooden logs suggests humans were building shelters almost half a million years ago.


Azerbaijan announces ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian separatists will disarm and surrender to Azerbaijan following an agreement reached with the mediation of Russian peacekeepers in the contested territory. Also: Spain's women's football team agree to return to the pitch in exchange for reforms to the sport, and the opera performer who hit back at a mistaken critic.


Zelensky tells UN that Russian 'evil cannot be trusted'

The Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky tells the UN General Assembly that the world must unite to end Russia's aggression. Also: Azerbaijan targets Nagorno-Karabakh and demands surrender, and a new AI tool speeds up search for disease genes.


Azerbaijan launches military action in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

Azerbaijan described the intervention in the majority ethnic Armenian territory as an "anti-terrorist" operation. Also: Canada and India both expel diplomats in a row over the murder of a Canadian citizen and, is the social media platform X about to make all users pay for access?


Trudeau says India may be linked to Sikh leader's death in Canada

The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, says there are "credible allegations" that India was involved in Hardeep Singh Nijjar's death. Also: US citizens freed from Iran in $6bn prisoner swap, and the blue crab -- loved by the Koreans.


US and Iran swap prisoners

Five Americans have been freed in a deal that sees five Iranians released from US jails and $6 billion in frozen assets made available to Tehran. Also, a new lawsuit claims the Australian government failed to protect the Great Barrier Reef from climate change. And the grandfather of Russian rock music leads a star-studded charity album for Ukraine.


Von der Leyen: Lampedusa migrant crisis is a European challenge

The European Commission president promises a detailed plan on a visit to the Italian island, which has seen thousands of migrants arrive. Also: Rescue teams are still recovering bodies in the flood stricken Libyan city of Derna as the international aid effort gathers pace and, the Grammy-award winning producer who has made an album with prisoners in a notorious US jail.


Mounting anger over slow response to Libya floods

Furious survivors in the worst-affected city of Derna accuse the divided administration of failing them. Also: Sporadic anti-government demonstrations have been held in Iran - and across the world - to mark the first anniversary of the death of Mahsa Amini, which inspired a mass protest movement, and the British comedian, Russell Brand is accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse.


The Happy Pod: Superhero dog saves family from fire

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, the superhero hero dog who saved a family from a fire finds a forever home, the international effort to rescue a man from a cave in Turkey. And the electronic bra that can spot signs of breast cancer.


Few signs of foreign aid in devastated Derna

International agencies still have to arrive in force to help the victims of the deadly floods in Libya. Also: The former head of the Spanish Football Federation is handed a restraining order over the controversial Women's World Cup kiss and, the acclaimed Colombian artist, Fernando Botero, has died at the age of ninety-one.


Special Edition - Artificial Intelligence - who cares?

What is AI? What can it do and what are its current limitations? A tool for good - or should we be worried? Will we lose our jobs? Are we ready to be cared for by machines? Our Tech Editor, Zoe Kleinman, and a panel of international experts explore AI's impact on healthcare, the environment, the law and the arts in a special edition recorded at Science Gallery London.


Breakdown in US Motor City

Autoworkers at Detroit's three big car firms launch a simultaneous strike over pay that could cost the economy billions. Also: Scientists discover how brain cells die in Alzheimer's patients, Spanish prosecutor seeks restraining order for disgraced former football president and Iran one year after the Mahsa Amini protests.


Hunter Biden indicted on gun charges

He's the first child of a sitting US president to be criminally prosecuted. Also: The Red Crescent in Derna says eleven thousand people are now thought to have died in the catastrophic flooding that swept through the Libyan port, and the bull sharks that adapted swimmingly to life on an Australian golf course.


UN sends aid after deadly Libya floods

Thousands are feared dead after the catastrophe in the city of Derna. Also: BBC learns a Russian fighter pilot attempted to shoot down a British surveillance aircraft and an Australian multi-millionaire rows back on his controversial comments after a backlash.