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BBC World Service

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

5607 - Leaders discuss Ukraine peace proposals at Swiss summit
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  • 5607 - Leaders discuss Ukraine peace proposals at Swiss summit

    The two-day gathering follows President Putin outlining Russia’s ceasefire terms, which have been widely dismissed. Russia has not been invited to the peace summit and China, a key strategic partner, is not attending. Also: Israel has launched an investigation into the deaths of eight IDF soldiers in Rafah, and Sweden welcomes home two citizens who had been arrested in Iran after a prisoner swap.

    Sat, 15 Jun 2024
  • 5606 - The Happy Pod Special: The Happiest Country in the World

    This week's edition comes from Finland, the country repeatedly crowned the happiest in the world, and the Helsinki Happiness Hacks event introduced people - selected from thousands of applicants across the globe - to Finns willing to share the secrets of their contentment. These include skateboarding, dancing with friends, messy art, walking barefoot, ice cream for breakfast, and of course, a sauna. And we explore how happiness is measured and why a dose of pessimism doesn’t preclude happiness.

    Sat, 15 Jun 2024
  • 5605 - US Supreme Court lifts ban on rapid-fire gun accessories

    Bump stocks were banned after they were used in America's deadliest mass shooting in 2017. Western leaders dismiss Russian President Putin's call for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, as they meet at the G7 summit in southern Italy. Also: A Chinese court sentences a journalist who reported on #MeToo to jail for "subversion", and why grey whales are shrinking.

    Fri, 14 Jun 2024
  • 5604 - Coalition government agreed in South Africa

    Three political parties have supported the ANC’s bid for a unity government. The ANC lost its parliamentary majority in last month’s election. Parliament has already been sworn in. Also: G7 leaders focus on tensions with China on the second day of their summit in Italy; And the authorities in Thailand search for three oil tankers which went missing.

    Fri, 14 Jun 2024
  • 5603 - G7 agrees to loan Ukraine $50 billion based on frozen Russian funds

    In a separate landmark security deal, the US pledges to provide Ukraine with a range of military aid and training over the next decade. Also: The US Supreme Court rejects an attempt to restrict access to a widely-used abortion drug, and endangered wild horses return to the Kazakh plains for the first time in centuries.

    Thu, 13 Jun 2024
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