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


  • Drone Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities

    Sep 14 2019

    Houthi rebels claim responsibility for attacks which the UN fears may severely limit production. Also, African leaders attend the state funeral of Robert Mugabe, but few Zimbabweans turn out; and the solid gold toilet stolen from an English palace.

  • Climate change: Electrical industry's 'dirty secret' boosts warming

    Sep 13 2019

    Sulphur hexafluoride, the most powerful greenhouse gas known to humanity, is widely used in the electrical industry to prevent short circuits and accidents. Also: The missing people crisis in Nigeria after the decade-long insurgency of the Islamist group Boko Haram; and the rapper in Idlib creating art amid the chaos.

  • Zimbabwe government wins its fight to give Mugabe a hero's burial

    Sep 13 2019

    Former president Robert Mugabe to be buried in National Heroes Acre monument in Harare. His family had wanted him to be buried in his home village. Also, thousands protest in Johannesburg at high levels of violence against women, and the Liverpool gardens that inspired a well-loved Beatles song are now open to the public.

  • Battle to save forests is being lost, advocates say

    Sep 12 2019

    An environmentalist coalition says an area of forest the size of 30 football pitches disappears every minute. Also, US congressional lawmakers grant themselves more power to investigate President Trump. And a Nigerian singer has been arrested after taking sides in a political row.

  • UK: Boris Johnson denies lying to Queen over Parliament suspension

    Sep 12 2019

    Britain's PM spoke after Scotland's highest civil court ruled shutdown was unlawful. The power to suspend - or prorogue - Parliament lies with the Queen, who follows advice of the PM. Also, how Syrian doctors in Idlib have moved underground to escape airstrikes by government, and the very unconventional life and music of US singer Daniel Johnston - who's died aged 58.

  • No-deal Brexit papers warn of shortages and riots

    Sep 11 2019

    Riots on the streets, food price rises and reduced medical supplies are real risks of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, a government document has said. Also: Water has been found on a potentially habitable planet, and commemorations have been held across America to mark 18 years since the 9/11 attacks.

  • Brexit: Scottish judges rule that Parliament suspension is unlawful

    Sep 11 2019

    Scotland’s highest civil court rules on Boris Johnson’s suspension of UK Parliament. A UK government appeal against the ruling will be heard by the Supreme Court in London next week. Also, Dutch doctor cleared in landmark euthanasia case, and how Jeanne Socrates became the oldest person to sail around the world solo and non-stop.

  • John Bolton: Trump's national security adviser is out

    Sep 10 2019

    Mr Bolton had disagreed with the president on a number of foreign policy challenges from Afghanistan to Iran. Also: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows to annex occupied Jordan Valley; and why social media influencers that get paid millions of dollars per post are here to stay.

  • Fukushima: Radioactive water may be dumped in Pacific

    Sep 10 2019

    More than a million tonnes of water that has been used to cool melted reactors is kept in giant tanks. Did President Trump's actions put a top US spy in jeopardy ? Plus convicted of trying to attend a football match - an Iranian female football fan who set herself on fire a week ago has died.

  • Brexit showdown in UK parliament

    Sep 09 2019

    British MPs reject government's calls for a snap election hours before a five-week suspension of parliament. Also: Trump says Afghan peace talks are dead, and a major operation is underway to save thousands of fish in the Darling River in Australia.

  • The British Prime Minister has been in Ireland trying to break the Brexit logjam

    Sep 09 2019

    Mr Johnson has ruled out asking the EU to delay the Brexit deadline of 31 October, although the Irish government has said it would support another extension. Early results suggest big losses for Vladimir Putin's party in Moscow city elections. British Airways pilots begin a two-day strike in an on-going dispute over pay and conditions.

  • USAID says hurricane damage in Bahamas looks like aftermath of nuclear bomb

    Sep 08 2019

    The head of the US agency for international development says the agency is working with the government of the Bahamas to provide emergency shelter, medical care, food and water. Also: the Taliban says the US has most to lose from cancelled talks, and the Spanish singer Camilo Sesto dies, aged 72.

  • British government minister, Amber Rudd, resigns over PM's Brexit stance

    Sep 07 2019

    Amber Rudd said she no longer believed leaving the European Union with a deal was the British government's "main objective". Also: Russia and Ukraine in landmark prisoner exchange, and climate protestors hold red carpet sit-in at Venice Film Festival.

  • Hundreds remain missing in the Bahamas following hurricane Dorian

    Sep 07 2019

    Officials say hundreds, possibly thousands, are still missing in the Abacos and Grand Bahama. Also: India's Moon landing attempt appears to fail, and a pub landlord makes plans for world-record gathering of Nigels.

  • Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe, strongman ex-president, dies aged 95

    Sep 06 2019

    We look at legacy of controversial and authoritarian figure who ruled for 37 years. He was renowned as a liberation fighter and statesman, but criticised for his repressive and intolerant policies. Also, Bahamas government says that death toll from Hurricane Dorian will be 'staggering', and concern in China over use of AI to monitor schoolchildren.

  • Architect of Trump’s Middle East peace plan resigns

    Sep 05 2019

    The architect of Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan announces his resignation to spend more time with his family. One of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record lashes America's south east coast, flooding parts of Charleston in South Carolina. And South Africa temporarily closes its embassy in Nigeria after deaths, violent protest and accusations of xenophobia.

  • UK: Prime Minister's brother Jo Johnson quits as Conservative MP and minister

    Sep 05 2019

    Boris Johnson's brother Jo says he is 'torn between family loyalty and national interest.' His decision has generated enormous controversy at a time of high tension in UK politics. Also, residents of South Carolina prepare for Hurricane Dorian, and how music superstar Sir Paul McCartney's grandchild gave him inspiration for his new book.

  • Boris Johnson's Brexit strategy is in tatters

    Sep 04 2019

    Parliament rejects the British Prime Minister's call for a snap election after it passed legislation forcing him to ask for a third delay to the UK's departure from the European Union. Also: the number of people killed by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas has risen to twenty and the photographer, Peter Lindbergh, who helped create the concept of the supermodel, has died.

  • Hong Kong leader to withdraw extradition bill

    Sep 04 2019

    The proposal, introduced in April, would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China.Britain's prime minister, Boris Johnson, faces a vote by MPs later on whether to force a delay to Brexit. An outcry in India over new traffic penalties, with one rickshaw driver fined nearly forty times his day's earnings.

  • Boris Johnson suffers historic defeat in Parliament

    Sep 04 2019

    Boris Johnson loses his majority in Parliament and suffers a stinging defeat over Brexit, raising the prospect of a snap general election. After battering The Bahamas for a whole day, Hurricane Dorian has finally begun to move on - heading towards the United States. But the scale of the damage is not yet known. And scientists believe an Indonesian volcano could pose a greater threat than first thought.

  • Hurricane Dorian stalls over Bahamas

    Sep 03 2019

    Dorian fell in strength on Tuesday to category three, but Grand Bahama island faced at least another day of heavy rain, high winds and storm surges. The British parliament has just reconvened after its summer break for what's expected to be one of the stormiest sessions in decades - on Brexit. Plus we report from Poland where a government scheme is trying to persuades citizens to come back home.

  • British prime minister insists Brexit will happen on October 31st

    Sep 02 2019

    PM says under no circumstances will departure from the EU be delayed, also: Hurricane Dorian "devastates" the Bahamas and why not losing got an Iranian sportsman into trouble.

  • Bahamas battered by Hurricane Dorian

    Sep 02 2019

    The category-five hurricane has torn off roofs and caused severe flooding. Also: election discussions in Downing Street amid Brexit battle, and investigating the palm oil industry in Papua New Guinea.

  • Hurricane Dorian slams into Bahamas

    Sep 02 2019

    Residents post footage showing flood waters engulfing homes and cars being swept away. Also: why Amsterdam wants a certain type of tourist, and the trainee pilot who landed his plane after his instructor collapsed.

  • Protesters defy ban and occupy Central Hong Kong

    Aug 31 2019

    Police and pro-democracy demonstrators have fought running battles in Hong Kong; Reports of another deadly shooting in the US with multiple victims in the State of Texas; Tens of thousands demonstrate against the suspension of parliament in the run-up to Brexit:

  • BBC finds evidence of alleged war crimes in Syria

    Aug 30 2019

    An aircraft hit the same location in the province of Idlib twice in half an hour, killing nearly forty people. The plane was from a Russian airbase. Russia has denied involvement. Also, people in Florida are preparing for Hurricane Dorian as it gathers strength in the Caribbean, and if you like fancy dress and can engage with dignitaries there might be a job for you on St Helena.

  • Hong Kong: leading pro-democracy activists defiant despite arrests

    Aug 30 2019

    Several prominent campaigners detained amid a police crackdown. They include Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow of political party Demosisto, and independence campaigner Andy Chan. Also, residents of Indian-administered Kashmir accuse security forces of carrying out beatings and torture, and how our ancient ancestors had a much bigger impact on our planet than we'd previously realised.

  • Trump's military command for space warfare

    Aug 29 2019

    President Trump announces a new command, saying enemies of the US are weaponising earth's orbit and threatening its vital interests. Also: why there's no single 'gay gene', and the car driven with another car on its roof

  • UK: Opponents of Boris Johnson try to stop him shutting down Parliament

    Aug 29 2019

    Prime Minister's critics say he's trying to prevent MPs from blocking a no-deal Brexit. But British government says the 5-week suspension of Parliament will still allow time to debate withdrawal from EU. Also, a new government for Italy, Brazil's jailed former President criticises his successor, and how technology will shape our lives in next 50 years.

  • Queen approves Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament

    Aug 28 2019

    There’s been outrage among opposition MPs after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will suspend parliament just before Britain is due to leave the EU. He insists the decision was not motivated by a desire to force through a no deal Brexit. Also: Italy looks set to form a new coalition government and a skull that’s more than 3 million years old shines a new light on human evolution.

  • Brexit: UK's Parliament to be suspended in September

    Aug 28 2019

    British government set to shut down Parliament - just weeks before UK due to leave EU. This could mean opposition politicians won't have time to stop a 'no deal' Brexit. Also, how communities in Amazon rainforest are responding to wildfires crisis, controversy over Palestinian children in Israeli jails, and what happened when Costco opened its first branch in China.

  • Spat escalates between French and Brazilian Presidents

    Aug 27 2019

    Jair Bolsonaro, escalates dispute with his French counterpart over fires raging in the Amazon; The women who've accused the late American financier, Jeffrey Epstein, of abusing them sexually have their day in court; How insects could be the future of pet food - as long as they're treated humanely...

  • Opposition MPs in Britain agree strategy to block no-deal Brexit

    Aug 27 2019

    The British MPs said using a vote of no confidence to bring down the government remained an option. Also: Brazil has rejected a G7 offer of $22m aid to tackle the fires in the Amazon, and sleep tales for people who struggle with insomnia.

  • World Leaders end G7 Summit in France

    Aug 26 2019

    President Trump says he has "good feelings" about a possible new deal with Iran; Drug maker Johnson and Johnson fined for its part in Oklahoma's opioid addiction crisis; Kenya becomes the first East African country to export oil

  • Trump says US and China to resume trade talks

    Aug 26 2019

    President Donald Trump said the two countries will 'very shortly' resume discussions. International leaders at the G7 summit have agree to provide logistical and financial support to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest. Plus how a vast 'pumice raft' drifting through the Pacific Ocean could help the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Iran Foreign Minister's 'surprise' visit to G7 summit

    Aug 25 2019

    US officials at the G7 summit in Biarritz have expressed surprise at the unscheduled visit by Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Also: violent clashes intensify amid Hong Kong protests, and marking forty years since a landmark flamenco record was released in Spain.

  • Macron calls for unity at G7 summit to tackle trade issues

    Aug 24 2019

    The French President Emmanuel Macron said he will try to convince the G7 leaders that tensions, especially trade tensions, were bad for everybody. Also: Brazilian officials say hundreds of new fires are now burning in the Amazon region, and NASA is reported to be investigating the first allegation of a crime in space.

  • Brazil sends army to tackle Amazon fires

    Aug 24 2019

    President Jair Bolsonaro orders soldiers to be sent to the region, after pressure from European Union leaders. Also: Trump says US firms "hereby ordered to quit China", and vets harvest eggs from the last two surviving female northern white rhinos in Kenya.

  • Amazon fires: Brazil's President chairs emergency meeting on crisis

    Aug 23 2019

    President Jair Bolsonaro considers options for tackling fires across Amazon rainforest. Several countries have expressed concern over destruction of precious habitat - and possible impact on global warming. Also, Russia launches world's first floating nuclear power-station, and how 'body positivity' is a top theme at biggest arts festival on earth.

  • UN Security Council meets to discuss US missile test

    Aug 22 2019

    Russia remains concerned about the possible deployment of US missiles not only in the Asia-Pacific region but also in Europe. Also: the French President Emmanuel Macron says the record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest is an "international crisis", and why is Taylor Swift re-recording her old albums?

  • South Korea and Japan: why they're having a feud

    Aug 22 2019

    Seoul pulls out of intelligence-sharing agreement with Tokyo, as trade-dispute worsens. We look at the implications of this announcement. Also, France's President Macron tells UK Prime Minister Johnson that Brexit backstop is indispensable, why low-skilled migrant workers in Japan are protesting, and how US is witnessing a cheese revolution.

  • Merkel challenges British PM to come up with plan to avoid no-deal Brexit

    Aug 21 2019

    At his first meeting with Mrs Merkel since taking office, Mr Johnson repeated his demand that the EU scrap the backstop - a previously negotiated guarantee of an open border on the island of Ireland. Also: Nigeria said to be on the brink of being declared polio-free and there's shock in Russia after a couple who took their baby to an opposition rally are threatened with having their children put into care.

  • Sudan's new supreme authority sworn into office

    Aug 21 2019

    The power sharing government in Sudan is finally taking charge after months of negotiations. Denmark defiant on Greenland after President Trump cancels state visit. Why are Spiderman fans railing against Sony?

  • Italian Prime Minister resigns

    Aug 20 2019

    Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has resigned following a blistering attack on his coalition partner. Also: Sudan's military leaders and opposition alliance have formed a sovereign council to lead the country during its transition to civilian rule, and how hackers are finding new ways to access personal information.

  • Syria rebels pull out of key town after five years

    Aug 20 2019

    Government forces, backed by Russia, closed in on the town in recent weeks. A new study shows children make you happier - once they've left home. Plus we'll hear from a teenage Somali poet who's just been published on iTunes in the US.

  • NY officer fired over ‘I can’t breathe’ death

    Aug 19 2019

    The New York City police officer involved in the high-profile 2014 chokehold death of an African-American man has been fired. Also: Twitter and Facebook have taken steps to block what they described as a state-backed Chinese misinformation campaign, and a French couple who were caught with Sardinian sand in their car could face up to six years in jail.

  • Sudan's ousted president appears in court in a cage

    Aug 19 2019

    He's admitted receiving ninety million dollars from the Saudi Crown Prince. Turkey has condemned an air attack on a convoy it says was reinforcing one of its observation posts in northern Syria. Plus Prince Andrew says any suggestion he exploited young girls with the disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is abhorrent.

  • Canadian criticism for UK decision to strip former IS fighter of citizenship

    Aug 18 2019

    Jack Letts was both a British and Canadian citizen when he joined IS, also 1.7 million protest in Hong Kong and the Chilean school run by a folk band

  • Bomber strikes wedding in Kabul

    Aug 17 2019

    A suicide bomber targets guests at a Shia marriage in the Afghan capital. Initial reports say many of the victims were women and children. Also: a landmark deal between Sudan’s military and the civilian opposition, and why a woman may be the next person to walk on the Moon

  • US Congresswoman refuses delayed Israeli offer to visit her grandmother

    Aug 16 2019

    Conditional Israeli offer- to allow US politician to make personal visit to the occupied West Bank; Brother of the leader of the Afghan Taliban is killed in a mosque in Pakistan; And a judge in Germany rules against a girl who wanted to sing in an all-boys choir

  • Hong Kong's richest man calls for calm

    Aug 16 2019

    Li Ka-shing's appeal came as the Chinese military gathered at the Hong Kong border. The territory has seen political unrest for 10 weeks, and more protests are due this weekend. Also: Greenland says it's not for sale, after reports that Donald Trump wants the US to buy it, and a 9 year old girl sues an all male choir which won't let her join.