BBC World Service
BBC World Service

The day's top stories from BBC News compiled twice daily in the week, once at weekends.

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30 min

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

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.
28 min

UN Security Council meets to discuss US missile test

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?
29 min

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

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.
23 min

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

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.
30 min

Sudan's new supreme authority sworn into office

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?
26 min

Italian Prime Minister resigns

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.
28 min

Syria rebels pull out of key town after five years

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.
25 min

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

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.
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