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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.






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.


Trapped Indian workers freed after 17 days

Amid scenes of jubilation, the operation was finally completed despite numerous problems and setbacks. Also: Hamas releases 12 more hostages and Israel hands over 30 more Palestinian prisoners on day 5 of a temporary truce, and the wolf spider that decided to lay its eggs in a cruise ship passenger's toe.


Indian rescuers reach 41 trapped tunnel builders

An evacuation pipe has been inserted into the collapsed tunnel, where the men had been trapped for more than two weeks. Also: the truce in Gaza appears to be holding for a fifth day - after a swap deal between Israel and Hamas was extended, and the first transatlantic flight powered by an alternative fuel has taken off from London.


Israel and Hamas truce extended by two days

The Israeli army says that eleven hostages released by Hamas from Gaza are now in Israeli territory. In return, thirty-three Palestinian prisoners are being freed. Also: The government of Sierra Leone blames renegade soldiers for a series of attacks in Freetown on Sunday that left twenty people dead, and the festive video by a family-run pub in Northern Ireland that's getting rave reviews and giving big retailers a run for their money.


Pressure mounts to extend Israel-Gaza ceasefire

Israel's allies and neighbours are hopeful that the pause in fighting can be extended beyond the fourth exchange of hostages and prisoners. Also, environmental activists say they're shocked at claims the United Arab Emirates has used its role as host of UN climate talks to make oil and gas deals. And six former pupils at a school in France go on trial over their alleged links to the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty in 2020.


Israel-Gaza: More prisoner and hostage exchanges

Hamas and US President Joe Biden say they'd like an extension of the current four-day truce that's seen dozens released, but Israel's Prime Minister says that after the truce, his country will return to war. Also: The government of Sierra Leone says it's back in control, after gunmen attacked a barracks and several prisons in the capital, and The Irish writer Paul Lynch wins this year's Booker prize.


COP 28 special: Your climate questions answered

Our climate editor Justin Rowlatt and The Climate Question presenter Graihagh Jackson address issues including whether the oil-producing UAE is the right host for the meeting, what one thing we can all do to save the planet, and is a plant-based diet on the agenda?


Israel-Gaza: Second day of hostage and prisoner releases

Hamas has handed back thirteen Israeli and four Thai nationals, and Israel is returning thirty-nine Palestinian prisoners. Also: Tens of thousands of Italians protest against gender based violence, and the BBC's Doctor Who marks its sixtieth anniversary with a special TV series.


The Happy Pod: It's never too late to graduate

Our weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, the war veteran from Texas who's graduated from high school 60 years after he left. Also: the comic book that is educating girls all over the world about periods and menstruation. And: the cat meowing her way to a Christmas hit.


Twenty four hostages released by Hamas now back in Israel

Israel says the hostages, who were held in Gaza, are all in good health. In exchange for their freedom, thirty-nine Palestinian prisoners have been released. Also: A fishing vessel has been seized by suspected Somali pirates, and the French government urges shoppers to think twice before spending money on Black Friday.


Israel media says 13 hostages held in Gaza are freed

They have been handed over to the Red Cross and are on their way to the Egypt border. Also: the convicted murderer and South African former athlete Oscar Pistorius is to be released on parole; and the singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading on writing her first classical symphony.


Israel and Hamas truce imminent

Qatar says it hopes the pause in fighting it's helped arrange can be turned into a longer-term ceasefire. Also: Riot police in the Irish capital, Dublin, clash with crowds of protesters near the scene of a multiple stabbing, and parts of the state of Queensland in Australia have been over-run with a plague of rats.


Israel continues to bombard Gaza as truce delayed

Qatar says it's continuing work to finalise a pause in the fighting in Gaza. Also, Ukraine's stolen children, the return of the blue whales and Doctor Who at 60.


Anti-Islam populist leads in Dutch exit polls

Exit polls from the parliamentary election put the Freedom party well ahead of its rivals. Also: Relatives of the hostages held in Gaza wait to see who could be freed, and rescue workers close in on more than 40 workers trapped under a collapsed tunnel in India.


Israel's cabinet approves deal with Hamas to release hostages

Hamas will free 50 hostages in exchange for 150 Palestinian prisoners. Israel is continuing military operations against Hamas in Gaza ahead of a planned pause in the conflict. Also: OpenAI announces Sam Altman to return as CEO, and it's kimchi day in South Korea. How has the fermented vegetable dish become such a global phenomenon?


Israel's cabinet votes on hostage deal as Netanyahu says war will continue

The PM discusses with top officials a deal that could see at least 50 hostages freed from Gaza and a temporary pause in fighting. Also: the CEO of the world's largest crypto-exchange, Binance, pleads guilty to money laundering charges, and the venomous two metre long green mamba - on the loose in a Dutch city.


US says Israel hostage deal 'closer than ever'

A deal to release hostages taken from Israel during Hamas attacks last month is "closer than ever before", according to a senior US official. Also : The first images have emerged of 41 men trapped for more than a week in a highway tunnel in the Indian Himalayas and a lost BBC interview with street artist Banksy is unearthed


Majority of OpenAI staff threaten to quit

In a letter they demand the reinstatement of Sam Altman who was sacked on Friday. Also: The United Nations says the world is on course for a catastrophic warming -- even if countries meet their current pledges to cut emissions, and the global rise in the number of young sharing a bed to tackle the cost of living crisis.