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


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






Albania approves deal to hold migrants in Italy

Albania has agreed to host two migrant processing centres that will be fully run by Italy, under a deal that worries many human rights activists. Also: Former Brazilian footballer Dani Alves is jailed in Spain for four and a half years for a sex attack, and the mystery of a village menaced by poison pen letters 100 years ago is turned into a film.


Ukrainian air strike 'kills dozens of Russians'

A Russian official confirmed that a strike took place but described the reports as 'grossly exaggerated'. Also: Israel's parliament overwhelmingly backs a resolution by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejecting any unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state, and why young women are key to creating new words.


UK deterrent missile fails second test in a row

The missile's booster rockets are reported to have failed and it landed in the sea close to the launch site. The failure is highly embarrassing for both the UK and the US manufacturer of the Trident missile. Also: new research links some of the world's largest meat-packing companies to illegal deforestation in Brazil, and the Premier League tackles online abuse of players and their families.


WHO transfers patients out of Nasser hospital in Gaza

UN doctors were granted access to the hospital in southern Gaza, days after it was raided by Israeli forces. Also: Pakistan political parties reach formal coalition agreement, and does exercise have the same benefits for both men and women?


US calls for temporary Gaza ceasefire

The draft resolution was proposed at the UN Security Council. Also, countries address the International Court of Justice on the legality of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, and the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, makes another attempt to halt his extradition to the US.


Brazil recalls its ambassador to Israel amid diplomatic tensions

Brazil recalled its ambassador after a row developed following President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's controversial statements about Israel's military operation in Gaza. Also: Navalny's grieving widow vows to continue his work, and British Museum's social media flooded with calls regarding return of Easter Island statues.


Navalny's widow vows to continue husband's fight

Yulia Navalnya accuses Putin of killing Alexei Navalny, because Russian President couldn't break him. Also: Africa bans slaughter of donkeys for their skin, and conjoined twins given days to live are proving world wrong.


Israel condemns Lula likening Gaza to Holocaust

The Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, said Israel's military campaign was between a "highly prepared army and women and children". Also: former Thai prime minister Thaksin freed on parole, and Shane Rose, an Australian Olympic showjumper, competes in a mankini.


Navalny's team accuses Russia of 'hiding his body'

The mother of the dead Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was told by the authorities his body would be handed over, once a post-mortem examination had been completed. Also: President Biden blames US Congress for the fall of the Ukrainian town of Avdiivka to Russian forces, and Harrison Ford's Star Wars script sells for $12k.


The Happy Pod: Eight-year-old steals the show at the Six Nations

This week, the eight-year-old boy who sang in front of tens of thousands of people at a rugby international. Also: the campaign encouraging appreciation of the people who do the vital job of waste picking in India. And how a penguin helps out his short-sighted friend.


Biden blames Putin for Alexei Navalny's death

The US President says people worldwide are mourning Mr Navalny because he was everything the Mr Putin wasn't, and it was more evidence of the Russian leader's brutality. Also: Donald Trump is ordered to pay more than $350 million in penalties in his civil fraud case in New York, and the British rom-com that's been a big hit on Netflix.


Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny dead, says Russian prison service

Domestic and international critics of President Putin accuse the Kremlin of killing Mr Navalny. He was serving a lengthy prison term on numerous charges. Also: The UN warns that the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo is becoming a regional war, and Paul McCartney is reunited with a bass guitar stolen 51 years ago.


'Dozens of suspects' detained in Gaza hospital raid

The director of the Nasser hospital said conditions were very dangerous and appealed to the UN and Red Cross for help. Also: Senegal's constitutional court annuls a presidential decree and vote in parliament delaying the election until December, and Greece becomes the first Orthodox Christian-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage.


Israeli special forces raid Gaza's Nasser hospital

The Israel Defence Forces says it has 'credible intelligence' that Hamas held hostages at the medical facility in Khan Younis. Also: Ukrainian soldiers say there are severe shortages of weapons and ammunition in the town of Avdiivka, which could fall at any moment; and how a stingray pregnancy is puzzling scientists.


Ukraine's campaign against Russia 'extremely difficult'

The comments from Ukraine's new commander-in-chief come as a senior US official says some units have run out of ammunition. Also: At least one person is killed and more than twenty wounded in a shooting at a victory parade for the American football Superbowl winners in Kansas City, and how great apes - like humans - like to tease each other.


Former military strongman poised to win Indonesia's presidential election

State-approved samples show Prabowo Subianto winning more than half of the votes cast. Human rights groups have voiced concerns about his past support for the former dictator Suharto. Also today: we hear what it's like to be trapped in Rafah amid the looming threat of an Israeli ground attack. And Ivory Coast's victorious manager looks forward to a well-earned rest after winning the Africa Cup of Nations.


Biden urges House to back Ukraine aid package

The $95 billion bill has been approved by the Senate and includes aid to Taiwan, Israel and humanitarian relief for Palestinians. Also: scientists say polar bears in the Arctic face an increasing risk of starvation as melting ice affects their ability to hunt seals, and the oldest intact egg in the world is discovered in England.


Cairo meeting to discuss Gaza ceasefire

The meeting of US, Egyptian and Qatari officials comes as aid groups warn of bloodbath if Israel attacks Rafah. Also: US Senate passes huge funding package of aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, and Greece set to become the world’s first Orthodox majority country to legalise same sex marriage.


Biden appeals for protection of Palestinians in Rafah

The US president again urged Israel not to carry out a big assault on the city in southern Gaza. Also: large gatherings are banned in Delhi ahead of a threatened farmers' march, and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" is 100 years old.


Two Israeli hostages freed from Gaza

The men - held by Hamas - were rescued from a residential building in the city of Rafah. Also: Kenyans mourns the tragic loss of their world record breaking marathon runner, and how Taylor Swift's boyfriend is looking forward to a special celebration after his Super Bowl win.