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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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Flight MH17: Four charged with shooting down airliner over Ukraine in 2014
Charges announced over destruction of Malaysian airliner in which 298 people died. The Dutch-led joint investigation team has named three Russians and a Ukrainian as suspects. Also, a UN report says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman 'should face investigation' over killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and why a Norwegian island community wants to stop time.
Jun 19, 2019
Contenders to become British PM clash on TV
The five candidates to replace Theresa May disagreed on whether a Brexit deal could be negotiated before the 31 October deadline. Also: the artists backing the resistance in Sudan, and a starving polar bear strays hundreds of kilometres into a Siberian town.
Jun 19, 2019
Gulf crisis: US sends more troops as tension rises with Iran
China urges US and China not to escalate tensions as Gulf crisis continues. Washington is deploying another 1000 troops to region following what it calls 'hostile behaviour' by Iran. Also, Michel Platini questioned by French police over awarding of World Cup to Qatar, and a BBC correspondent uncovers realities of life inside detention-camps set up by China for Xinjiang's Muslims.
Jun 18, 2019
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi dies in Cairo
The former President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, dies after fainting in a Cairo courtroom, The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, will make a rare state visit to North Korea on Thursday, One woman's campaign to save the Hammerhead shark - a delicacy for some:
Jun 17, 2019
Vatican to consider ordaining married men as priests in Amazon region
Pope says church to discuss idea of married priests in area with shortage of clergy. If approved by bishops, this would be a break with a Roman Catholic tradition dating back many centuries. Also, Iran announces it will breach the internationally-agreed limit on its stockpile of enriched uranium, and how a group of teenagers built their own plane - and are flying it across Africa.
Jun 17, 2019
Ousted Sudanese president charged with corruption
Sudan's former-President Omar al-Bashir has appeared in public for the first time since he was overthrown in a coup in April. He has been charged with corruption and illegally possessing foreign currency. Also: protesters in Hong Kong return to the streets to demonstrate against a controversial extradition bill, and India beats Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup.
Jun 16, 2019
Hong Kong suspends extradition bill
Protest leaders say that's not enough and will press ahead with a rally on Sunday. Also, Notre Dame Cathedral holds its first mass since the fire, and Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96.
Jun 15, 2019
Trump dismisses Iran tanker attack denials
The president cites footage the US says shows Iranian forces taking a mine off one of the ships. Also: World Health Organization says the deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is 'not a global threat', and Leonard Cohen's love letters fetch nearly nine hundred thousand dollars.
Jun 14, 2019
Trump accuses Iran of most recent attacks on oil tankers
It shows Iranian forces in a small boat taking an unexploded, magnetic mine off the hull of one of the ships after the attacks. The Iranians deny any involvement in the attacks. Doctors across India have stopped work to demand better protection from violence. And women across Switzerland hold a day of demonstrations against what they say is the country's unacceptably slow pace to equality.
Jun 14, 2019
US blames Iran for attacks on oil tankers
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States had made its assessment based on intelligence about the type of weapons used in the attacks in the Gulf of Oman. Also: Uganda has sent the family of two people who died of Ebola back into eastern Congo, and zebra stripes work as an elaborate cooling system.
Jun 13, 2019
Crews rescued after Gulf of Oman tanker blasts
The cause of the blasts in one of the world's busiest oil routes is unclear and both vessels are still afloat. It comes a month after four oil tankers were attacked off the UAE. In Uganda health authorities are on heightened alert after a second person dies from Ebola. And archaeologists in China have uncovered the earliest known evidence of cannabis use.
Jun 13, 2019
Hong Kong leader criticises 'organised riots'
Carrie Lam is backing a controversial bill which has provoked a wave of protest in Hong Kong. Also: US to send 1,000 troops to Poland, and the cyclist Chris Froome is out of the Tour de France after fracturing his femur in a high-speed crash.
Jun 12, 2019
Hong Kong: police fire rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators
The protesters are angry at a law that would allow extradition to mainland China. Also: President Trump and former vice-president Joe Biden trade insults at separate rallies in Iowa, and can fish feel emotion?
Jun 12, 2019
Accused Russian reporter is freed after outcry
Drug charges against the investigative journalist Ivan Golunov are dropped after newspapers unite in defence. Also: Sudan talks 'to resume soon' as strikes halted, and Queen Elizabeth's former Malta home Villa Guardamangia is up for sale.
Jun 11, 2019
Botswana decriminalises homosexuality in landmark ruling
Botswana's High Court rejects laws that impose jail-sentences for same-sex relationships. Activists welcome the decision as a significant step forward for gay rights on the African continent. Also, controversial Pakistani politician Altaf Hussain is arrested in UK, and the US national women's football team demand to be paid the same as men.
Jun 11, 2019
Mali Massacre: Officials say about one hundred people killed
Local officials blame Fulani herdsmen for the attack on the Sobame Da village, inhabited by three hundred people from the Dogon ethnic group. Also: Ten British MPs have put their names forward to succeed Theresa May as party leader and Prime Minister, and the wine from 1066 that's still being enjoyed now.
Jun 10, 2019
India: Three men given life sentences for rape and murder of Muslim girl
Three men jailed for life for a brutal killing that shocked India and the wider world. And three police officers jailed for five years for destroying evidence. Also, three leading Russian newspapers show support for reporter charged with drug offences, and why a mango surplus is causing a crisis for farmers in the Philippines.
Jun 10, 2019
Hong Kong protesters demonstrate against extradition bill
Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Hong Kong against the proposals. Police in Kazakhstan make arrests during a much criticised vote to elect the country's first new president in 30 years. Also, Sudanese security forces fire tear gas to disperse crowds in Khartoum on the first day of a campaign of civil disobedience.
Jun 09, 2019
Russian journalist under house arrest after controversial drug charges
Ivan Golunov's supporters say he was framed by the state as punishment for investigating political and financial corruption. Also: Sudan's opposition call for a campaign of civil disobedience after three of their leaders were arrested. And a Dutch restaurant is leading the charge against food waste by serving gourmet meals from discarded ingredients.
Jun 08, 2019
Women's Football World Cup starts with France victory
Hosts beat South Korea 4:0 in opening match, also: NASA opens the ISS for space tourism and how water availability determines wedding preparations in India.
Jun 07, 2019
Liberian capital brought to a standstill by protest against the president
The former football star is accused of concentrating on acquiring personal wealth instead of focusing on the needs of impoverished people. Also: North Korea postpones an international youth football tournament - prompting speculation about internal tensions, and the new 'Superwoman' movement aiming to revolutionise the entertainment industry.
Jun 07, 2019
Sudan: Further details of violence and abuse emerge days after civilians killed by security forces
The African Union tries to move forward the transfer of power by suspending Sudan and threatening sanctions. Also: Hong Kong lawyers protest against a plan to extradite criminal suspects to mainland China, and researchers say your anxiety may be putting your dog in a bad mood.
Jun 06, 2019
Sudan suspended from The African Union over violent deaths of protesters
The country has been suspended with immediate effect until a civilian-led transitional authority is in place. Also: World leaders gather in Normandy, France for D-Day tributes, and the locked safe in Canada that was opened by a one in a million chance.
Jun 06, 2019
'Bodies pulled from Nile' after Sudan crackdown
Doctors linked to the Sudanese opposition said the bodies were among scores believed killed by security forces on Monday. Also: three large meth labs dismantled in Mexico and commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Jun 05, 2019
Sudan: Head of military council offers to hold talks with opposition
Sudan: Head of military council offers to hold talks with opposition. But Khartoum residents say the RSF militia - formerly known as Janjaweed - are attacking civilians. Also, commemorations are held for 75th anniversary of the historic D-Day landings in 1944, and we meet the photographer who's documented Europe's African communities.
Jun 05, 2019
Trump promises a 'phenomenal' trade deal for the UK after Brexit
The US president said the US and UK have the "greatest alliance the world has ever known". Also: Ethiopia’s anger over US gay tour plan.
Jun 04, 2019
Tiananmen 30th anniversary: Thousands attend vigil in Hong Kong
Hong Kong vigil commemorates 1989 crackdown on protestors in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Hundreds of demonstrators are believed to have been killed during attack by the army. Also, thousands of protestors gather in London on second day of President Trump's visit, and do India's schools fail to prepare pupils for realities of the job-market ?
Jun 04, 2019
Sudan military condemned for deadly operation
Security forces attack pro-democracy protestors in Khartoum, killing many people. Also: Trump praises 'eternal friendship' of US and UK, and a family in Scotland has discovered a medieval chess piece in their drawer, missing for almost 200 years.
Jun 03, 2019
Sudan: Deadly clashes as soldiers disperse protestors
Troops attack pro-democracy protest outside military headquarters in Khartoum. Medical sources say at least 12 people were killed and dozens of others injured. Also, President Trump begins state visit to Britain, rescuers see bodies during search for missing climbers in Indian Himalayas, and official report in Canada describes 'genocide' among indigenous women.
Jun 03, 2019
Pope Francis apologises to the Roma people for Catholic discrimination
Pope Francis addressed the ‘discrimination, segregation, and mistreatment’ Roma people suffered at the hands of the church. Also: The US says it will make its own assessments to ensure that Iran is never able to build a nuclear weapon and, the man set to release an angry Baby Trump blimp into the skies above London, as the US president visits
Jun 02, 2019
Hopes for Afghan ceasefire dashed
The leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan has vowed to continue fighting until foreign forces have left the country and an Islamic system is established. Also, President Trump breaks diplomatic convention by intervening in the contest to be the next British prime minister and jubilant Liverpool fans celebrate after winning the Champions League in Madrid.
Jun 01, 2019
Most displaced since start of Syrian conflict
Syrian activists say President Assad's latest offensive has led to the biggest wave of displaced people since the conflict began. Also, the Kosovan prime minister orders the expulsion of a Russian UN official accused of obstructing the police. And the US says it may not pass on intelligence to allies who use Huawei in their 5G networks.
May 31, 2019
Trump to hit Mexico with tariffs
President Trump announces tariffs on imports, to make Mexico curb illegal immigration into the US. Mexico's president says taxes won't solve social problems. Also, US-led coalition against IS says it killed 1,300 civilians in Syria and Iraq, and a UN expert says Julian Assange has been subjected to psychological torture.
May 31, 2019
Donald Trump lashes out at Robert Mueller
President Trump attacks former special counsel's refusal to exonerate him, Saudi Arabia holds emergency talks about Iran - and even invites its rival Qatar. And the smallest premature baby is released from hospital
May 30, 2019
Hungary boat disaster: Seven South Koreans die on Danube
Seven South Korean tourists have died and tens are missing after a boat sank on the Danube river in Hungary's capital, Budapest. Also: Narendra Modi has been sworn-in as India's prime minister for his second term, and the lock of hair that may fetch $20,000 at auction.
May 30, 2019
Fresh election in Israel as coalition talks fail
Lawmakers in Israel vote to dissolve parliament after prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form a coalition. Also: Mueller says charging Trump not an option, and Banksy mural in Wales moved from garage to art gallery.
May 30, 2019
Nigeria's President Buhari sworn in for second term
President Buhari promised to continue his anti-corruption campaign during his 2nd term. His to-do list also includes reviving a weak economy and tackling insecurity. Also, Boris Johnson to appear in court over Brexit misconduct claims and eight years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, farmers are allowed back to sow crops.
May 29, 2019
Johnson & Johnson in billion-dollar opioid trial
Johnson & Johnson, one of the world's largest drug manufacturers, has gone on trial in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit brought by the US state of Oklahoma. Also: 'unfolding humanitarian disaster' in north-west Syria and Canada fines man after smuggling thousands of leeches.
May 28, 2019
Sinai: Report accuses Egyptian forces and Islamists of 'war crimes'
Human rights campaigners say both sides may have committed crimes against humanity. Human Rights Watch accuses the Egyptian government and radical Islamists of wide range of abuses as they fight for control of Sinai. Also, how North Koreans have to bribe officials in order to survive amid desperate food-shortages, and a Vatican report has some surprising news about atheists.
May 28, 2019
Austrian leader ousted after secret video row
Opposition parties in Austria backed the vote after the collapse of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's coalition. Also: Myanmar soldiers accused of a massacre 'released early' and a rare archive film of Queen Victoria has been rediscovered.
May 27, 2019
European Elections: What are implications after traditional power-blocs lose support ?
Centrist blocs in European Parliament have now lost their combined majority. There've been big gains in several countries by liberals, the Greens and nationalists. Also, President Trump backs possible face-to-face meeting between leaders of Japan and North Korea, and Fiat Chrysler proposes a merger with French carmaker Renault.
May 27, 2019
Centrist parties lose seats in European elections
Europe's major centre-left and centre-right parties set to lose dozens of seats and their combined majority, green parties and some far-right parties did well. This year saw the highest turnout in 20 years. Also: three French citizens sentenced to death in Iraq after being found guilty of joining the Islamic State group, and what’s cute, fluffy and white all over? An all-white panda photographed for the first time in the wild.
May 26, 2019
Russia ordered to release Ukrainian sailors
An international tribunal has ordered Russia to "immediately" release 24 Ukrainian sailors and three naval ships it seized off Crimea in November. Also: Ireland looks set to liberalise divorce laws and we’ll hear about the winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival.
May 25, 2019
Theresa May quits: Contest for PM begins
Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister. Also: The High Court in Kenya has ruled against campaigners seeking to overturn a law banning gay sex, and children around the world skip school to protest against climate change.
May 24, 2019
Theresa May quits: UK set for new PM
She'll stay on as prime minister until a successor is chosen, but has warned candidates that compromise will be necessary to secure a Brexit deal. Police in Indian-administered Kashmir say they've killed one of the most wanted separatist leaders. Plus the disgraced Hollywood Producer, Harvey Weinstein, is reported to have reached a multi-million dollar compensation agreement with his victims.
May 24, 2019
US lays new charges against Assange
The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, is charged with 17 new spying offences. He is currently in prison in London. Also: John Walker Lindh - the man dubbed the American Taliban - is released from prison early, and the inspirational story of the Indian man who became an opera singer by chance.
May 23, 2019
Narendra Modi secures landslide win in India election
Supporters of India's governing BJP have been celebrating. The leader of the main opposition Congress Party, Rahul Gandhi, has admitted defeat. Tornadoes in the US state of Missouri have killed at least three people. Also, Judith Kerr, author of the picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, has died at the age of 95.
May 23, 2019
White House and Congress trade insults over Infrastructure
Political drama in Washington as President Trump cuts short a meeting with the Democrats, Who caused mysterious increase in chemical that destroys ozone in the atmosphere ? and why a propaganda song on social media is the latest weapon in China's trade war with the US.
May 22, 2019
Indonesia: Deadly post-election clashes in Jakarta
Police say 6 people killed during protests against re-election of President Joko Widodo. Protests began after official election results showed Mr. Widodo had beaten his long-time rival Prabowo Subianto. Also, voters in Philippines give President Duterte more power to implement his controversial agenda, a warning from former UN Secretary-general about need to tackle climate-change, and we meet winner of BBC's Woman Footballer Of The Year award.
May 22, 2019
British PM says one last chance to get Brexit done
Theresa May says MPs will get a vote on whether to hold another referendum on Brexit if they back her bill. Also: US says Iranian threats 'put on hold', and the mating antics of the Bonobo.
May 21, 2019
Spain: Jailed Catalan MPs attend parliament's opening
Five Catalan separatist leaders - on trial for rebellion - have taken seats in parliament. All face prosecution for their role in organising unauthorised referendum and unilaterally declaring independence for Catalonia in 2017. Also, trial begins in Germany of suspected leaders of huge sex-trafficking gang, and tributes paid to three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda who's died aged 70.
May 21, 2019
All ministers from Austria's far right party resign
The resignations come after the party leader was caught on tape offering contracts to an oligarch's niece. Also: White House tells ex-aide not to testify, and French court reverses life support ruling.
May 20, 2019
2017: The Predictions Podcast
What is going to happen in 2017? President Marine Le Pen of France? The end of the Iran nuclear deal? Some of the BBC’s most senior correspondents forecast what might or might not happen during the next 12 months. Make your own predictions and join the discussion on the World Service Facebook page.
Jan 04, 2017