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BBC Global News Podcast

BBC Global News Podcast

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The Global News brings you news and views from around the world. It offers the best of Newshour, The World Today, and World Briefing in a digestible 30 minutes compiled twice daily.

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  • Ireland Votes to Liberalise its Abortion Laws
    Sat, May 26, 2018

    The Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkarsaid it was a 'momentous day' for the country.Also, the leaders of North and South Korea have met at an unexpected summit,and a US citizen has been released after two years in prison in Venezuela.

  • Brazil: President Orders Troops to Break Strike
    Fri, May 25, 2018

    The main truckers' association in Brazil tells members to end a five-day protest. The announcement came after President Terner authorised the armed forces to end the blockade. Also: exit polls published after Ireland's referendum on abortion suggest a clear majority have backed liberalising the law, andAmazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a family's private conversation, then send the recording to an acquaintance.

  • Harvey Weinstein Charged with Rape
    Fri, May 25, 2018

    The Hollywood mogul faces a number of charges in New York relating to two separate women. Also: Russia 'liable' for downing MH17 airliner and the problems of crazy ants in Australia.

  • Summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un is off - amid mutual recriminations.
    Thu, May 24, 2018

    President Trump calls off the planned summit with his North Korean counterpart; The UN nuclear watchdog says Iran is still complying with the main elements of the 2015 international deal; How security cameras could soon be able to tell if we're lying:

  • Trump cancels Kim summit amid North Korea 'hostility'
    Thu, May 24, 2018

    US President Donald Trump cancelled a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Also: an international investigation team says Russian armed forces supplied the missile that shot down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine four years ago and why environmentalists have concerns about balloons at one of the world's greatest motor races.

  • Ukraine 'Paid Trump Lawyer for Talks'
    Wed, May 23, 2018

    Michael Cohen allegedly took at least $400,000 to arrange a meeting between President Trump and the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Mr Cohen denies the allegation.Also, health workers are battling an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and would you send a naked picture of yourself to Facebook?

  • Philip Roth: Acclaimed American Novelist Dies Aged 85
    Wed, May 23, 2018

    Death of Award-winning Author Who Entertained and Scandalised America.Also, prominent Egyptian blogger is 'arrested', India's battle to bring electricity to its remote villages, hundreds attend Karachi funeral of teenager killed in Texas mass-shooting, and is the Loch Ness Monster mystery closer to being solved ?

  • Trump Casts Doubt on Historic Kim Summit
    Tue, May 22, 2018

    The US president says North Korea must meet certain conditions for the summit to go ahead next month. Also: MEPs frustrated by Zuckerberg questioning and satellites are launched to weigh Earth's water.

  • North Korea: Journalists Arrive to Witness Dismantling of Nuclear Test-site
    Tue, May 22, 2018

    South Korean journalists excluded from visit to remote Punggye-ri nuclear test-site.Also, Palestinians ask International Criminal Court to investigate alleged war crimes by Israel,Australian archbishop convicted of covering up child sexual abuse, service held for first anniversary of deadly Manchester Arena attack, and $100 million prize-pot offered for players of competitive video-game.

  • Iran Condemns US Sanctions Move
    Tue, May 22, 2018

    Tehran dismisses Washington's pledge to impose the 'strongest sanctions in history'. Also: modern germ-free life 'causes' childhood cancer, and tribute to dead baby as Grenfell fire inquiry opens.

  • Venezuela Election: Maduro Wins Second Term Amid Claims of Vote-rigging
    Mon, May 21, 2018

    President Nicol?s Maduro wins another six-year term in vote marred by opposition boycott.Also, UN warning over rise in illegal drug-production in South East Asia,deadly Nipah virus claims victims in India, growing illegal trade in EU passports and travel documents, and China launches satellite in preparation for Moon rover landing.

  • Venezuelan Polls Close as Opposition Cries Foul
    Sun, May 20, 2018

    President Maduro's opponents claim Sunday's election was marred by irregularities. The government says it was 'free and fair'. Also: lava from Hawaii volcano reaches coast, and what Hitler's teeth tell us about his death.

  • Prince Harry Marries Meghan Markle
    Sun, May 20, 2018

    Two billion across the globe watch the couple exchange vows at Windsor Castle. Also: ceremony combines British tradition and African-American culture, and US bishop wows guests with 'power of love' address.

  • More than 100 Die in Cuba Plane Crash
    Fri, May 18, 2018

    Just three survivors are found after a passenger plane crashes near Havana.Also, ten people are killed in a Texas high school shooting - police have arrested the shooter, and scientists warn that fungal infections are becoming increasingly difficult to cure because of their resistance to the drugs that treat them.

  • All of Chile's Catholic Bishops Offer to Resign
    Fri, May 18, 2018

    34 Chilean Bishops offer Pope Francis their resignation following a child sex scandal and cover-up. They asked forgiveness from victims and the Church for their "grave errors and omissions". Also, the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is discharged from hospital after being poisoned and three US states are trialling the use of nitrogen as a method of execution.

  • EU Moves to Block US Sanctions on Iran
    Thu, May 17, 2018

    The measures will protect EU firms following the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. Also, the controversial nominee, Gina Haspel, is confirmed as the CIA's first female director, and a school in China pilots a high-tech surveillance system to see if pupils are paying attention.

  • Ebola Outbreak Spreads to DR Congo City
    Thu, May 17, 2018

    The World Health Organization says the spread of Ebola to Mbandaka means there is the potential for an "explosive increase" in the number of cases. Also: Meghan Markle is said to be sad over the absence of her father from the Royal wedding, and why are whale sharks heading to Madagascar?

  • Trump on North Korea Summit: 'We'll Have to See'
    Wed, May 16, 2018

    The US President says it's unclear if his planned meeting with Kim Jong-un will go ahead. Also, Michigan State University agrees to pay $500m to gymnasts who were abused by ex-team doctor Larry Nassar, and astronomers make the most distant ever detection of oxygen.

  • N Korea Threatens to Cancel Trump Summit
    Wed, May 16, 2018

    Pyongyang says it may pull out of a summit with US President Donald Trump if the US insists it gives up its nuclear weapons. Also, Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes' found in hidden diary pages.

  • North Korea Raises Doubts Over US Summit
    Tue, May 15, 2018

    Pyongyang cancels talks with Seoul over US military exercises and tells Washington to think carefully about the Summit; angry exchanges at the UN over deaths and injuries on the border between Israel and Gaza; American author Tom Wolfe dies at the age of eighty-eight.

  • Gaza Tense as Palestinians Begin to Bury 58 Dead
    Tue, May 15, 2018

    Funerals held in Gaza after deadliest day of violence there since a war in 2014.Also, fierce fighting between Taliban and government forces in Afghan city of Farah, why brutal gangs dominate Guyana's border with Venezuela, appeals for understanding after Meghan Markle's father says he won't attend royal wedding, and the 'man with magic blood' who's saved over two million lives.

  • Israel Defends Gaza Action as Dozens Killed
    Mon, May 14, 2018

    The violence came as the US opened its embassy in Jerusalem. Also: Catalans elect new separatist leader and UK scientists believe they have found a way to combat the common cold.

  • Gaza Clashes: Dozens Killed in Protests as US opens Jerusalem Embassy
    Mon, May 14, 2018

    More Palestinians killed by Israeli troops in deadliest day of clashes in several years.Also, Iraqi Prime Minister trails rivals as election results counted, family of five bomb Indonesian police headquarters, international concern over young Sudanese woman facing death-sentence, and 104 year old pianist releases new CD.

  • Trump Seeks to Save Chinese ZTE Jobs
    Sun, May 13, 2018

    In April, American firms were banned from exporting parts to ZTE because it had broken a deal not to trade with Iran and North Korea. Also: Indonesian family of bombers 'had been to Syria' and outrage over death of young French mother after ambulance call mocked.

  • 'Terror' Attack in Paris
    Sun, May 13, 2018

    A knifeman allegedly shouting "Allahu Akbar" - meaning "God is Great" - has been shot dead after he killed one person and wounded four others in central Paris. Also, Malaysia's former Prime Minister, Najib Razak, is banned from leaving the country and Israel wins the Eurovision Song Contest which was disrupted by a man who stormed the stage.

  • US Offers To Help Rebuild N Korea Economy
    Fri, May 11, 2018

    Pompeo: Washington will aid Pyongyang if it gives up nuclear arms. The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and President Trump will meet in Singapore on 12 June. Also: Health experts prepare for 'worst case scenario', after new outbreak of Ebola, and why a sad song can be good news if you want to win Eurovision.

  • Malaysia's jailed Anwar 'To Get Pardon'
    Fri, May 11, 2018

    Anwar Ibrahim, once considered a potential future leader, was jailed on charges of corruption and sodomy after falling out with the government. Also: France condemns US move to re-impose sanctions and US scientists have developed a way of making objects invisible under water.

  • Trump to meet Kim Jong-Un next month
    Fri, May 11, 2018

    The US and North Korean leaders agree to hold crunch talks in Singapore on June 12th. They'll aim to defuse military tensions -- and begin the process of ridding the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.Also: the campaign to save a Sudanese teenager sentenced to death for killing the man who raped her, the Russian orphans getting joy from their love of football, and we hear from the fans gearing up for the annual Eurovision extravaganza.

  • 'Israel-Iran' Fight Flares Up in Syria
    Thu, May 10, 2018

    Israel launches a massive wave of strikes on Iranian forces in Syria, after coming under rocket fire. Also: UK apology over Libyan dissident treatment and exploring the differences between chimpanzee vocal communication and human speech.

  • Dramatic Win for Former Malaysian Prime Minister
    Wed, May 09, 2018

    Mahathir Mohammad, has made an extraordinary comeback at the age of 92. Also,the woman chosen by President Trump to lead the CIA has facedquestions in Congress over her role in the interrogations of Al Qaeda suspects, and how a Chinese mountain school succeeds at producing young footballers.

  • Iran: Can World Leaders Save Nuclear Deal ?
    Wed, May 09, 2018

    Global reaction to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from nuclear deal.Also, huge parade in Red Square as Russia remembers victory over Nazi Germany, why the legacy of Israel's founding has shaped the modern Middle East, Nigeria's cattle war fuels religious tensions, and how elephants communicate in more ways than we'd realised.

  • Trump Pulls US out of Iran Deal
    Tue, May 08, 2018

    In response, Iran said it was preparing to restart uranium enrichment, key for making both nuclear energy and weapons. Also: Ebola returns to DR Congo and potential new cure found for baldness.

  • Trump to Reveal His Iran Nuclear Decision
    Tue, May 08, 2018

    President to say whether US will abandon nuclear deal with Iran and reimpose sanctions.Also, Armenian protest leader Pashinyan wins vote to become new PM, brother of murdered Nicaraguan journalist demands justice, Zimbabwe's femaleanti-poaching squad fights to protect wildlife, and how long before everyone on earth has access to a toilet ?

  • Trump to Announce Decision on Nuclear Deal with Iran
    Mon, May 07, 2018

    Britain, France and Germany have urged Trump not to abandon nuclear deal. Also: Italy's coalition-building talks have failed and tithing at one of Africa's biggest mega-churches.

  • Putin Sworn in For Fourth Term as President
    Mon, May 07, 2018

    Vladimir Putin promises to harness Russia's talents "to achieve breakthroughs". Also: Israeli minister threatens Assad over Iran and vanilla price rise proves chilling for ice-cream makers.

  • Pressure Mounting on US over Iran
    Sun, May 06, 2018

    British Foreign Secretary urges President Trump not to walk away from Iran nuclear deal. Boris Johnson joins President Macron and Chancellor Merkel in encouraging the US to renew the waiving of sanctions. Also: the Pakistani Interior Minister escapes an assassination attempt, and The Big Mac celebrates its 50th birthday.

  • Russian Opposition Leader Arrested
    Sat, May 05, 2018

    Alexei Navalny is held following protests against President Putin's upcoming inauguration. A human rights group said more than a thousand people had been detained across Russia. Also: the former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, is recovering after emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage, and the countdown has begun until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

  • Trump Defends Use of Guns
    Fri, May 04, 2018

    US President tells members of America's powerful gun lobby he's against stricter controls. Also, Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, apologises for Holocaust comments, and former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard signs a four-year deal to manage Scottish side Rangers.

  • Nobel Literature Prize Shelved Over Sex Scandal
    Fri, May 04, 2018

    The Swedish Academy says there won't be a 2018 winner. Eighteen women claim they were sexually assaulted by a board member's husband. Six board members have resigned. Also: Hawaii volcano emergency, and at 104, Australia's oldest scientist goes to Switzerland to end his life - but the country's medical profession says it's wrong

  • Trump: No Campaign Cash To Silence Porn Star
    Fri, May 04, 2018

    The US president said his lawyer had paid off Stormy Daniels during the campaign and was reimbursed. Also, the former chief executive of Volkswagen has been charged in the US for his role in the company's diesel emissions scandal and the organisation that runs the Oscars has voted to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski.

  • Spanish PM says No Impunity for Eta
    Thu, May 03, 2018

    An audio tape provided to the BBC by the Basque separatist group says it has ceased all political activity. Also: dust storms kill nearly one hundred in India and the world's largest greenhouse at Kew reopens.

  • Cambridge Analytica to Close
    Wed, May 02, 2018

    The company at the centre of the Facebook data-harvesting scandal is shutting down. Also, Armenia's opposition leader calls an end to protests, and how ecstasy mayprovide a cure for post traumatic stress syndrome.

  • Protests Bring Armenia Cities to Standstill
    Wed, May 02, 2018

    Roads and buildings in Armenia are blockaded after the ruling party rejects the protest leader as prime minister. Also: deadly attack on Libya election HQ and mantis shrimps have the world's best eyes -- but why?

  • Armenia: Political Turmoil Worsens
    Tue, May 01, 2018

    Opposition leader, Nikol Pashinyan, calls on supporters to join civil disobedience campaign in protest at MPs refusal to choose him as PM. Also, UN envoys in Myanmar want a proper investigation into the treatment of Rohingya Muslims, were British forces responsible for some civilian deaths in the battle for Mosul? And how technology seeks to preserve braille literacy.

  • Armenia:Peaceful Mass Protests Bring a Watershed Moment
    Tue, May 01, 2018

    Opposition politician Nikol Pashinyan faces vote in parliament to become prime minister.Also, Taiwan more isolated on the international stage and blames China, Zimbabwe's struggle to revive its battered economy, Nigerian policeman given award for not taking bribes, and scientists map the full genome of the rose.

  • Israel says Iran Hid Nuclear Arms Work
    Tue, May 01, 2018

    The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu reveals what he says are "Iran's secret nuclear files". Also: deadline looms for US trade tariffs on EU and Nigeria's deadly codeine cough syrup epidemic.

  • UK: Sajid Javid to be New Home Secretary After Amber Rudd Resigns
    Mon, Apr 30, 2018

    Javid says his most 'urgent task' is to help the Windrush generation.Also, BBC reporter is among dozens killed in Afghanistan, inmates languish in Manila's City Jail while awaiting trial, migrant caravan is stuck at US-Mexico border,and why melting of Antarctic glacier could threaten coastal communities worldwide.

  • Amber Rudd Resigns as British Home Secretary
    Mon, Apr 30, 2018

    Ms Rudd said she "inadvertently misled" MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants. Also: ruling party in Armenia gives up PM race and rotten durian causes Melbourne university evacuation.

  • More Protests Over Spain Rape Trial Verdict
    Sat, Apr 28, 2018

    Anger grows after five men are cleared of rape on a lesser charge of sexual abuse.Also, India's Red Fort to be privatised in a controversial deal; and half of paintings found to be fake in French museum dedicated to Etienne Terrus.

  • Merkel Lobbies Trump on Iran Nuclear Deal
    Sat, Apr 28, 2018

    During a visit to Washington, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, urges the US President not to back out of the nuclear deal with Iran. Also: the world reacts with optimism and caution to the breakthrough Korean summit, and could the football World Cup in Russia help reverse the country's declining birth rate?

  • 2017: The Predictions Podcast
    Wed, Jan 04, 2017

    What is going to happen in 2017? President Marine Le Pen of France? The end of the Iran nuclear deal? Some of the BBC’s most senior correspondents forecast what might or might not happen during the next 12 months.Make your own predictions and join the discussion on the World Service Facebook page.

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