The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends
Ukraine: Russian forces intensify attacks in Donbas region
President Zelensky says the situation there is "hell". Also: a court in Argentina finds the state guilty of the massacre of indigenous people nearly a century ago, and eight UK towns are made cities for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee.
US accuses Russia of using food as weapon of war in Ukraine
The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, told the UN that Russia was deliberately worsening a growing global food crisis. Also: Biden says US fully backs Sweden and Finland Nato bids, and Chariots of Fire composer Vangelis dies aged 79.
Report says nearly 60 million people internally displaced
Conflict and climate change are driving the numbers up globally. Also: the police in Britain have closed their investigation into breaches of Covid rules in the prime minister's office, and the Ethiopian man finally following his dream at the age of 69.
UN chief warns of global hunger, urging Russia to free Ukrainian grain
Antonio Guterres said the war in Ukraine was compounding global food insecurity, already worsened by warming temperatures and the pandemic. Also: Russian soldier pleads guilty in war crimes trial, and US Soccer agrees to equal pay deal.
UN warns climate catastrophe getting closer
The annual report by the World Meteorological Organisation says four key indicators of climate change hit record levels in 2021. Also, the secret schools for girls in Afghanistan, federal agents find an underground railway between Mexico and the US, and how victory celebrations knocked a ground-breaking African cyclist out of the race.
ICC sends 'largest ever' team of investigators to Ukraine
The International Criminal Court will collaborate with French detectives who have been working at suspected crime scenes in Ukraine. Also, few answers at rare US Congressional UFO hearing, and movie stars gather as the Cannes Film Festival gets underway.
Simon Drought - great summary
Great podcast. Love staying informed about what’s going on in the world.
Listening from Aotearoa New Zealand