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Biggest moments from the coronation: King Charles and Camilla crowned

King Charles III and Queen Camilla

King Charles III has officially been crowned after taking oath as the British monarch during coronation. His wife, Queen Consort Camilla, was also crowned at the coronation.

The ceremony Saturday marked a formal confirmation of the role as head of state for Charles, who has been monarch from the moment his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on Sept. 8, 2022.

The coronation saw the expected pomp and circumstance from fancy crowns to elaborate wardrobes, celebrity appearances from Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, Prince William kneeling before his father, Prince William and Princess Kate's children participating in the service and the return of Prince Harry.


Ukraine: Wagner Group boss says he will pull fighters out of Bakhmut

Russian mercenary Wgner Group

The leader of Russia's Wagner mercenary group says he will withdraw his troops from the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut on 10 May because of ammunition shortages.

Yevgeny Prigozhin's statement came after he posted a video of him walking among his dead fighters' bodies, blaming top Russian defence officials.

"Tens of thousands" had been killed and injured there, Prigozhin said.

Russia has been trying to capture the eastern city for months, despite its questionable strategic value.

Wagner troops have been heavily involved.

US denies involvement in Kremlin drone attack and says Moscow lacks strength to mount large attacks – as it happened

US denies role in drone attack

Here’s a summary of the day’s main events:

  • Russian forces in Ukraine are so degraded they cannot mount any significant offensive moves and are focused for now on consolidating control of occupied territory, the US intelligence chief said. Avril Haines said Putin’s strategy is likely to be to prolong the conflict until western support for Kyiv wanes.

  • The White House denied any involvement in an alleged drone attack on the Kremlin. The spokesperson for its National Security Council John Kirby told MSNBC: “We had nothing to do with this.”

  • Moscow has accused Kyiv of attempting a drone strike on the Kremlin with the aim of killing the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin said two drones had been used in the attack but were disabled by Russian defences. In a statement on its website, the Kremlin said it considered the attack a planned terrorist act and an attempt on the life of the president of the Russian Federation.

Uganda anti-gay laws: Beaten and forced to flee for being LGBT

Uganda gays beaten and fleeing

Last month the Ugandan parliament passed an anti-homosexuality bill that meant anyone who identifies as LGBT could face life in prison.

That part has now been removed in a slightly watered down version but it's still one of the toughest pieces of anti-gay legislation in Africa.

The new bill - which hasn't been signed into law by the president yet - has been heavily criticised by international human rights groups.

It prescribes the death penalty for what it calls aggravated offences such as child abuse.

And landlords who knowingly rent premises for homosexual acts risk going to prison for seven years.

Last month, the BBC got access to secret shelters in Uganda where LGBT people have sought refuge after being kicked out of their homes.



BBC Analysis: Kremlin drone attack is highly embarrassing for Moscow

Drone strike by Ukraine

A dramatic statement from the Russian presidential administration claimed that Ukraine had used two drones to attack the Kremlin - at the heart of Moscow - overnight.

Russian forces apparently used radar equipment to disable the drones. There were no casualties, and the president was unhurt, it said.

A number of videos then surfaced. They appear to show at least one drone flying towards the Kremlin, followed by an explosion. Another appears to show smoke rising from a Kremlin structure, and a fire. The BBC has been unable to verify that it was a drone and it is unclear what really happened.

But if what the Kremlin is saying is true, and this was a genuine attempt on the president's life, then it would be a highly embarrassing incident for the Kremlin.


Putin warned of arrest if he attends summit; Kremlin rejects U.S. claim of 100,000 Russian casualties

Putin may be arrested at Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin was warned he could be arrested if he attends a BRICS summit in South Africa in August.

Authorities in the country warned that would be compelled to detain the president following a warrant for his arrest issued in March by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Meanwhile, the White House on Monday estimated that Russia’s military has suffered 100,000 casualties in the last five months of fighting in the area around Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine and other areas.

On Sunday, White House national security spokesperson John Kirby told reporters that the figures, based on U.S. intelligence estimates, included more than 20,000 dead Russian soldiers. Half of the fatalities were fighters from the Wagner Group private military company.


Ukraine war: Russia launches second pre-dawn missile attack in three days

Russian attacks against Ukraine in third day

Russia has launched a series of missiles at Ukrainian cities in the second pre-dawn attack in three days.

Pavlohrad, a logistics hub near the central city of Dnipro, was hit ahead of a much-anticipated counter-offensive by Ukraine.

The strike sparked a major fire, destroyed dozens of houses, and wounded 34 people.

Hours later, the air raid alert sounded across the country, with the capital Kyiv among the targets.

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