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Gaza's only power plant re-starts generating electricity

Much needed aid and fuel begin arriving after a ceasefire ends three days of conflict. Also: a report says Russia is struggling to replenish its stocks of weapons because they contain high-tech components only made in the West, and retiring at the age of 103 - the British actress bowing out from the world's longest running soap opera.

30m
Aug 08
US Senate passes landmark climate and healthcare bill

The legislation includes billions of dollars to fight climate change. Also: Hopes as Gaza ceasefire comes into effect, and Carlo Bonomi - the voice of Pingu the penguin dies at the age of 85.

30m
Aug 08
'Russian rockets damaged part of nuclear plant at Zaporizhzhia'

Ukraine says Russian rockets hit part of the giant nuclear plant but Russia blames Ukraine for it. Also: Gaza death toll rises as Israel targets militants, and The Seekers lead singer Judith Durham dies aged 79.

27m
Aug 07
Israel strikes Gaza killing top militant

Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad fire dozens of rockets into Israel in response. Also; Russia and Ukraine say shells have hit the site of Europe's biggest nuclear power plant, at Zaporizhzhia, and the busiest climbing season ever for K2 the savage killer mountain.

30m
Aug 05
China halts co-operation with US over climate change and defence

It's in retaliation for Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, as China continues its military show of force for a second day. Also: what are Russian forces up to at Ukraine's largest nuclear power plant? And the Bangladeshi man arrested for singing out of tune.

26m
Aug 05
Russia jails Griner for nine years

President Biden says Washington will use all means possible to guarantee the the double Olympic gold medallist basketball player's release. Also; vigilantes in a South African township have been hunting down illegal mine workers days after a gang rape in an abandoned mine, and, the pioneering Jamaican film, The Harder They Come, returns to the cinema 50 years after its debut.

31m
Aug 05
Japan says Chinese missiles have landed in its territory

Beijing is conducting live fire exercises around Taiwan after Nancy Pelosi's visit. Also: temperatures in parts of Iraq have risen above fifty degrees Celsius, and tourists flock to see a volcano erupt in Iceland.

29m
Aug 04
Guterres accuses energy firms of grotesque greed

Antonio Guterres urges governments to tax excessive profits made by oil and gas companies, accusing them of exploiting the poor. Also; experiments on pigs have led scientists to claim a breakthrough on organ transplants and, 90 million dollars blown as Batgirl the film based on DC comics is binned.

31m
Aug 04
Nancy Pelosi leaves Taiwan after controversial visit

The US Speaker met leaders in the capital Taipei. China responded by announcing live fire exercises in Taiwanese waters. Also: the American state of Kansas votes to uphold abortion rights and the British supermarket selling carbon-neutral eggs.

29m
Aug 03
Chinese fury at Pelosi's Taiwan visit

Washington urges Beijing not to turn the trip into a crisis - saying it is consistent with America's longstanding one-China policy. Also: the first shipment of grain from a Ukarinian port since the Russian invasion reaches Turkish waters; and why the Commonwealth Games is a golden opportunity for smaller countries to shine on the global stage.

29m
Aug 03
Al Qaeda leader killed in US drone strike in Kabul

Washington says the Taliban should not have been harbouring Ayman al-Zawahiri. Also: Imran Khan's political party is accused of concealing foreign funding; and Ian McKellen plays Hamlet in a ballet.

29m
Aug 02
UN says world is one misstep from nuclear annihilation

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres made his remarks at a conference in New York. Also: al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is killed in a US drone strike, and would you fancy getting woken up at 6am by the sounds of Scottish bagpipes?

31m
Aug 02
First grain ship leaves Ukraine

A deal with Russia allows passage through a safe corridor. Also: Myanmar's military leaders extend emergency rule until 2023, and researchers find a lack of sleep in childhood can effect brain development.

29m
Aug 01
UN troops in shootout at DR Congo-Uganda border

Arrests are made after at least two people were killed when UN peacekeeping troops opened fire at a border crossing. Also: Ukraine grain tycoon killed in Russian shelling, and England beat Germany to win their first major women's football trophy.

31m
Aug 01
Protestors injured as Iraqi parliament stormed again

Supporters of the Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr breach the high-security Green Zone in Baghdad, as they oppose the nomination of a pro-Iran rival candidate for PM. Also: Biden positive for Covid after "rebound infection", and Bob - a lost homing pigeon - back in UK after American adventure.

29m
Jul 31
Ukraine seeks UN and Red Cross prison deaths probe

More than 50 prisoners of war were killed in a prison camp in the occupied part of Donetsk region. Also: "major disaster" in Kentucky as floods toll rises, and eye-popping fossil fish found in cattle-field.

27m
Jul 30
Hope for Ukraine grain blockade

The first grain ship from Ukraine since Russia's invasion is ready to leave port. Also; Wagatha Christie legal case reaches its climax and the multi billion dollar pests.

28m
Jul 29
China warns US not to 'play with fire' over Taiwan

Beijing says Mr Xi told his American counterpart that "those who play with fire will only get burnt." Also: Is the world's largest economy in trouble or not? Plus, tiger populations bounce back in Nepal, but it’s not good news for everyone.

22m
Jul 28
Ukraine’s counter offensive gathers pace

Forces are using US long-range rockets. Also, President Biden and China’s Xi Jinping hold their first talks since March. We look at the ways the paper industry is trying to cut carbon emissions. And after nearly four decades on screen, we say goodbye to the Australian soap opera "Neighbours".

28m
Jul 28
HIV surges globally

The UN warns that millions of lives are at risk around the world. Also: we hear from Haiti where gang violence has killed hundreds so far this month, and Neom -- a future city in the Arabian desert with no streets or cars and horizontal skyscrapers .

29m
Jul 27
Russia halves Nord Stream pipeline gas flow to Germany

Long: Russian state-controlled energy giant Gazprom cuts gas being delivered. Also: Turkey opens centre for Ukrainian grain exports, a magnitude seven earthquake strikes the Philippines and the economic crisis affecting Argentina.

25m
Jul 27
Trump’s Washington comeback speech

The former President returned to a familiar theme, the US Mexico border, in his first address in the capital since riots by his supporters 18 months ago. Also: a warning that the bleak economic outlook could tip the world into recession; and the men who tried to flee a car crash in an English market town, only to be stopped by Emus.

31m
Jul 27
EU agrees to curb gas demand

The bloc reach a compromise deal to limit the cuts to some countries as Russian reductions in supply loom. Also: A row over gay marriage is overshadowing the start of a once-in-a-decade conference of Anglican bishops, and the infestation of giant African snails that is worrying the US state of Florida.

29m
Jul 26
Pope Francis makes ‘pilgrimage of penance’ after child abuse in Canada

Indigenous children were abused over decades in Catholic- run schools. Also: Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky says he's confident grain exports will restart this week and scientists uncover a fossil of the world's earliest animal predator.

27m
Jul 25
Myanmar military executes four democracy activists including ex-MP

The executions mark the first cases of capital punishment in the country in decades. Also: Tunisians vote on an increase to President Saied’s powers, and the UK will host Eurovision next year after organisers said the event could not take place in Ukraine.

30m
Jul 25
Russia denies causing global food crisis

The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, who is visiting Egypt, says the West is distorting the truth as the Ukraine war rages. Also: The Pope's "pilgrimage of penance" to Canada, and the model Kate Moss reveals how a photoshoot as a teenager opened her eyes to the dangers of the fashion industry.

28m
Jul 25
WHO declares highest alert over monkeypox

The World Health Organization says more than 16,000 monkeypox cases have been reported from seventy-five countries. Also: Missile strike in the port of Odesa puts Ukraine grain deal in doubt, and calling all potential crime fiction writers - head to Harrogate.

33m
Jul 24
Steve Bannon found guilty of contempt of US Congress

A former senior advisor to Donald Trump, Mr Bannon refused to co-operate with the 6 January committee. Also: Ukraine and Russia sign "beacon of hope" grain deal, and rolling pins are at the ready as "The Great British Bake Off" television programme becomes a musical.

28m
Jul 23
Officials say Ukraine-Russia grain deal agreed

The deal will allow Ukraine to reopen its Black Sea ports for grain exports. Also: Sri Lanka's president swears in new unity government to tackle the political and economic crisis and, the authorities in Mali say they've repelled an Islamist attack on the country's main military base.

31m
Jul 22
Ukraine and Russia 'poised to sign grain deal'

There's been a global shortage of Ukrainian grain since Russia invaded the country. Also: Sri Lanka forces raid anti government camp, and Biden "doing well" after testing positive for Covid.

34m
Jul 22