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The latest from Israel and Gaza and all the top stories from BBC News. Twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends and special episodes. Reports and analysis from around the world.


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The latest from Israel and Gaza and all the top stories from BBC News. Twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends and special episodes. Reports and analysis from around the world.






The Happy Pod: The giant Christmas 'tree' made of trees

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, the Italian town of Gubbio lights its world record breaking Christmas Tree. Also: how a medical clinic in Borneo is helping to reduce deforestation. And the loneliest manatee, lonely no more.


US vetoes UN Security Council resolution on Gaza ceasefire

The majority of the UN council supported an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, with 13 of 15 members voting in favour. Also: Russians to compete at Paris Olympics as neutrals, and Fairytale of New York sung at Pogues singer's funeral.


Vladimir Putin to stand for a fifth term as Russia President

A Kremlin official said that an 'astonishing' number of people wanted Mr Putin to continue. Also: the Palestinian health ministry in the occupied West Bank says six Palestinians have been killed in a raid by Israeli special forces on a refugee camp, and the scammers who are taking advantage of bed bugs in France.


UN says aid operations in southern Gaza can no longer be 'called by that name'

The UN's head of humanitarian affairs, Martin Griffiths, said Israel's military offensive meant there were no safe spaces left for aid agencies in southern Gaza. Also: Blinken and Cameron agree about the dangers of blocking US financial support for Ukraine, and Italian opera is added to UNESCO world heritage list.


Israeli forces push further into Khan Younis

Tens of thousands of Palestinians flee intense fighting throughout southern Gaza. Also: a meeting between the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, and the EU highlights differences over trade, international affairs and human rights and, the novelist, poet and playwright, Benjamin Zephaniah has died aged 65.


UN chief warns of 'humanitarian catastrophe' in Gaza

Antonio Guterres has invoked a rarely used article, urging the Security Council to act immediately to achieve a truce. Also: President Biden makes an impassioned plea to Republicans to approve funding for Ukraine's war effort. And Time Magazine names the American singer Taylor Swift its Person of the Year.


Israeli forces intensify fighting across Gaza

A journalist in Khan Younis told the BBC the ground has been shaking. The UN human rights chief Volker Türk says there's a heightened risk of atrocities. Also: the former British prime minister, Boris Johnson, says sorry to the Covid inquiry into the pandemic, and the BBC has spoken to one of the few families to escape from North Korea this year.


IDF: Fiercest day of fighting in Gaza conflict

Residents in Khan Younis have told the BBC they're scared and hungry and don't know what to do. Also: Washington is to refuse visas for extremist Israeli settlers who have attacked Palestinians, and we hear about the rise of Rolex ripping in central London.


Israel steps up military operation in Khan Younis

The World Health Organisation says the situation in Gaza is getting worse by the hour. Also: Britain and Rwanda agree a new treaty aimed at getting the British government's centrepiece asylum policy operational, and 26 years after Grand Theft Auto was first released, it has a female main character.


US says Israel's targeted evacuations in Gaza 'an improvement'

Washington says it's too early to say if Israel is heeding US advice to protect civilians as Israel's offensive in southern Gaza continues. Also: the president of the UN climate summit says he's dismayed by what he called the constant attempts to undermine his work, and fears for the future of the Commonwealth Games as Australia's Gold Coast pulls out of hosting them in 2026.


Tens of thousands more Palestinians told to leave parts of Khan Younis

The call comes as Israel presses ahead with its military operations in southern Gaza. Also, the harrowing testimony of a Ukrainian soldier on the banks of the Dnipro, and why there will be no giant pandas left in Britain.


Israeli forces pushing into southern Gaza

The head of the military says the operation will be no less powerful than in the north of the enclave. Also: Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen say they've attacked two ships in the Red Sea, and a leading figure in Hong Kong's democracy movement goes to Canada to avoid the threat of arrest.


Residents of south Gaza city say Israeli strikes heaviest so far

Civilians in parts of southern Gaza have been told to evacuate as Israel's renewed bombardment continues. Also: Russia media say police raid gay clubs in Moscow, and how does art affect our brainwaves?


The Happy Pod: India Tunnel Rescue Success

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, how hope and perseverance prevailed in the rescue of 41 workers trapped in a tunnel in India. Also: a set of earbuds that could revolutionise wheelchair mobility. And celebrating 100 years of Scottish dancing.


Hamas-run health ministry says scores killed in Gaza after fighting resumes

The Israeli military says it has struck hundreds of "terror targets" in Gaza. Also: George Santos expelled from US Congress in historic vote, and Putin's favourite conductor is to run the Bolshoi theatre.


Israel resumes airstrikes in Gaza as ceasefire ends

The IDF said the fighting resumed after it intercepted a rocket from inside the Gaza strip, while Hamas say Israel refused to accept offers to release other hostages. Also: world leaders address climate change at COP28, and author Omid Scobie denies naming two senior royals in controversial book.


Blinken warns Israel it must do more to protect civilians in Gaza

The US secretary of state says damage to hospitals and water supplies seen in the north of Gaza must not be repeated in the south. Also: surprise climate cash win for poor at COP28, and Russian court bans "LGBT movement".


Temporary ceasefire extended in Gaza into a seventh day

Three people were killed by Hamas gunmen in Jerusalem hours after the ceasefire in Gaza was extended into a seventh day. Also on the programme: the UN climate summit begins in Dubai, and the former top US diplomat Henry Kissinger dies aged 100.


More hostages released from Gaza on sixth day of truce

Thirty Palestinian prisoners are also due to be freed from Israeli jails. Also: US says it has foiled alleged plot to kill Sikh activist, and astronomers discover "the perfect solar system".


Israeli forces raid occupied West Bank refugee camp

The IDF says it has killed two Palestinian militant commanders. Also: An EU report lists who experiences the most online hate, and why there's a new dress code in Kenya's Parliament.