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By BBC World Service

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Episode Date
Saudi Arabia Lifts Its Ban On Women Drivers
Another step in the sweeping changes in Saudi Arabia. Also: Tens of thousands march in London over Brexit and final rallies before elections in Turkey.
Jun 23, 2018
Trump itensifies trade row with threat of car tariffs
Shares in European carmakers dip after Trump announces new tariff, also: Italy says Malta refuses to accept ship with 234 migrants and: a diplomatic row surrounding Boris Becker
Jun 22, 2018
UN says Rule of Law 'Virtually Absent' in Venezuela
Venezuelan security forces have carried out hundreds of arbitrary killings under the guise of fighting crime, the UN says in a new report. Also: Italy moves to seize migrant rescue ships and studying disco music of the 1970's.
Jun 22, 2018
US First Lady Melania Trump Visits Texas Child Detention Centre
Mrs Trump said she wanted to help reunite families separated by US immigration laws. The Justice Department has asked a federal court to ease restrictions on how long children can be detained alongside their parents. Also: mystery ape found in ancient tomb and the debate over eating dogs in Asia.
Jun 22, 2018
Italy wants EU Partner on Migrant Deal
Italy says curbing the boatloads of Mediterranean migrants is the priority. Also: Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud and Koko the famously social gorilla dies in California.
Jun 21, 2018
Trump Reverses Migrant Separation Policy
US President signs an executive order promising to keep families together. Also, the British government avoids defeat over Brexit and scientists create pigs that are resistant to a highly infectious disease by editing their DNA.
Jun 20, 2018
Hungary Outlaws Helping Illegal Migrants
The government says the new laws are needed to protect Hungary's security and identity. Critics say they demonise asylum seekers and will be used to target human rights activists and civil society groups working with migrants. Also: An inquiry into the deaths of elderly people at a hospital in southern England has concluded that more than 450 patients died as a direct result of being given powerful painkillers without medical justification, and China opens a research facility to continue the conservation of pandas and try to replicate the success with other threatened species.
Jun 20, 2018
Trump Defends Separating Immigrant Families Amid Outcry
President Trump had earlier sparked outrage for tweeting that undocumented immigrants would "infest" the US. Also: General Electric drops out of Dow index and medicinal cannabis use to be reviewed in UK.
Jun 19, 2018
Italy's Criticised for Threat over Roma Community
Italian Minister says he'll count Roma and potentially deport those without citizenship. A UN human rights official has condemned Matteo Salvini's comments as racist. Also: a controversial rapper is shot dead in Miami, and how Syrian schoolgirls continued their education in defiance of IS.
Jun 19, 2018
Trump Defends Immigration Policy
President Trump says he won't let the US become a migrant camp. Also, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel wins breathing space in immigration row. And the 'Paris Spiderman' who saved a child dangling from a balcony given a hero's welcome in his native Mali.
Jun 18, 2018
Spanish King's Brother-in-Law Jailed in Spain
Iñaki Urdangarin was permitted to choose where to serve his reduced sentence of five years and ten months. Also: Syria blames US for deadly air strike and gaming becomes the latest addiction.
Jun 18, 2018
Ivan Duque Wins Colombia's Presidential Election
The conservative candidate secured fifty four per cent of the vote. Also, President Trump's wife, Melania, has entered the debate about illegal immigration and three ships carrying more than six hundred migrants who were rescued off the coast of Libya eight days ago have arrived in the Spanish port of Valencia.
Jun 17, 2018
Death toll mounts in anti government protests in Nicaragua
Peace talks resume in Nicaragua despite protests over deadly arson attack which killed six members of the same family; The former head of France Telecom to stand trial over his alleged role in a series of staff suicides; Ethiopia and Somalia to work together to invest in four sea ports and build a road network linking the two countries.
Jun 16, 2018
US separates almost 2,000 migrant children since April
President Trump considers immigration policy as new figures reveal the scale of family separations on the US-Mexico border. Also: Portugal's Parliament votes to legalise marijuana-based medicines and why a visit to India 50 years ago had such an impact on The Beatles.
Jun 16, 2018
Trump Puts 25% Tariff on Chinese Goods
President Trump unveiled the tariffs on $34bn worth of Chinese goods, accusing Beijing of intellectual copyright theft. Also: US strike targets Pakistan Taliban chief and stars turn out for Stephen Hawking memorial at Westminster Abbey.
Jun 15, 2018
Trump Foundation Faces New York Lawsuit
New York's attorney general alleges "extensive and persistent" law breaking and also includes the President himself and three of Mr Trump's children. The Foundation denies the charges and says they're politically motivated. Also: Argentina's lower house votes to legalise abortion up to 14 weeks and a gadget has been invented to detect malaria without drawing blood.
Jun 14, 2018
US Warns North Korea Sanctions Will Not be Lifted Before Denuclearisation
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has said all three countries he's been briefing on the Singapore summit have agreed to maintain sanctions on North Korea for the time being. Also: memorial service held for Grenfell anniversary and Mars rover 'should ride out storm'.
Jun 14, 2018
Aids agencies warn of humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen
UN Security Council to meet in emergency session to debate the crisis, also: Volkswagen fined more than a billion dollars and the raccoon that climbed a skyscraper in Minnesota
Jun 13, 2018
Battle Starts for Lifeline Port in Yemen
Rebel-held Hodeida is the main entry point for aid needed by millions of Yemenis at risk of starvation. Also: President Trump declares that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat and Banksy artwork originally rejected for Royal Academy summer exhibition.
Jun 13, 2018
Mixed reactions to Singapore Summit.
Donald Trump surprises many with his promises to North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore; Greek and Macedonian leaders agree a new name for the former Yugoslav state, to end a decades' old dispute; President Macron of France criticises Italy for turning away a ship full of migrants rescued from the Mediterranean.
Jun 12, 2018
Trump Claims Success after Historic Summit with Kim Jong-Un
US President and North Korean leader sign agreement after 'tremendous' talks. The document includes pledge by Kim Jong-Un to remove nuclear weapons from Korean peninsula. We assess what the talks have achieved, and the implications for the region and the wider world.
Jun 12, 2018
Trump and Kim Set for Historic Summit
The summit is being held at a hotel on the island of Sentosa, off the Singapore mainland. Also: Spain to accept disputed migrant ship and scientists shocked by the mysterious deaths of ancient baobab trees.
Jun 11, 2018
Singapore: Countdown to Summit between US and North Korea
US Secretary of State says summit must lead to denuclearisation of Korean peninsula. Also, Spain offers to take boatload of migrants that neither Italy nor Malta want to accept, two survivors of Grenfell Tower fire write song commemorating the victims, India police arrest sixteen people for murders committed after 'child kidnap' rumours, and have scientists discovered a technique to deal with obesity ?
Jun 11, 2018
War of Words Erupts After Tense G7 Summit
Germany's Angela Merkel said US president's decision to reject a joint communique was "sobering" and "depressing". Also: Trump and Kim fly into Singapore for historic summit, and marches in UK celebrate women's suffrage.
Jun 10, 2018
G7 Summit: 'Extremely Productive'
The US president says relations with the G7 leaders are good, despite tensions over trade. Also, the Taliban announces a three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan next week, and the deaf cat predicting this year's World Cup results.
Jun 09, 2018
World Leaders Try to Bridge Differences in Canada
Several nations taking part in the G7 summit said a closing joint statement was unlikely, although President Trump said he believed they would agree on one. Also: a landmark judgement made by the International Criminal Court against a former Congolese war lord is quashed, and tributes are paid to the American celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain, who has died.
Jun 08, 2018
Trump Wants Russia at G7 summit
The build-up to the meeting has seen major disagreements between the US president and other nations over his imposition of trade tariffs. Also: Austria to shut seven 'political' mosques, and plastic and other waste found in British mussels.
Jun 08, 2018
Donald Trump Says North Korea Summit 'ready to go'
The President also promises to raise Japan's concerns over security issues and the cases of abducted Japanese citizens. Also, new discoveries about the possibility of life on Mars, and mobile phones banned from French lower schools.
Jun 07, 2018
African Football Officials Filmed Taking Cash
More than a hundred African football officials have been filmed accepting cash, in apparent violation of the sport's rules, during an undercover investigation. Also: Supreme Court in Britain rejects Northern Ireland abortion law case and Texas man bitten by severed snake head.
Jun 07, 2018
Californian judge removed from office
Voters sack Aaron Persky after he sparked outrage for handing down a six month prison sentence to a student who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman. Also, "smartphone lanes" open in China for addicts who can't stop texting and walking and the Mexican nuns saving one of the world's most endangered amphibians.
Jun 06, 2018
Ukraine to Investigate Alleged Russian Hit-list of Journalists and Writers
Ukrainian security services launch probe after publication of leaked 'hit-list'. Also, jail term for Croatian football's 'Mr. Big', Argentina cancels World Cup friendly warm-up match with Israel, Myanmar minorities suffering as army assaults northern rebels, and what can humans learn from how animals communicate ?
Jun 06, 2018
Ethiopia Seeks to End Deadly Eritrea Feud
The dispute sparked Africa's deadliest border war in which tens of thousands of people were killed. Also: new explosion at Guatemalan volcano and Miss America says bye bye bikinis.
Jun 05, 2018
Jordan: King Calls For Review of Tax System Following Angry Protests
King Abdullah tells Prime Minister-designate that new law on tax needs rethink. Also, Austria defends decision to maintain close ties to Moscow, how Qatar has survived a year of blockade by neighbouring states, stark warning from UN about need to cut down global use of plastics, and we remember Robert Kennedy - 50 years after his assassination.
Jun 05, 2018
Guatemala Searches for Volcano Missing
Scores of people are known to have died when the Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday. Also: 'remarkable' therapy beats terminal breast cancer and the politics of the office kitchen.
Jun 04, 2018
Jordan: Prime Minister Resigns After Anti-austerity Protests
Prime Minister Hani Mulki resigns after days of demonstrations against austerity-measures. Also, dozens killed as Guatemala volcano erupts, suicide-bomber attacks gathering of clerics in Afghanistan, French President's chief of staff is investigated over corruption allegations, and ex-President Bill Clinton teams up with author James Patterson to write a novel.
Jun 04, 2018
Matteo Salvini Urges Crackdown on Migration
Italy's new interior minister calls for an end to the Sicily refugee camp. Also, a landmark study offers hope for women suffering from breast cancer, and the heroic crustacean who's become a social media star.
Jun 03, 2018
G7 Finance Ministers Urge US Not To Go Ahead With Tariffs
US allies try to avoid a trade war. Also: Independence for Catalonia comes to the fore again in Spanish politics and Spotify reverses its playlist policy.
Jun 02, 2018
President Trump says Summit with North Korea Back On
He says summit will be successful though he describes it as just the start of a process, and relations with North Korea were building - to use his word - and that this was very positive. The Pyongyang envoy delivered a letter from Kim Jong-un, which Mr Trump first described as ' very interesting ' but then said he hadn't opened it. Also: the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has said that senior civil servants will have to take lie-detector tests as part of a crackdown on corruption, and an academic conference on the sport of skateboarding gets underway in London.
Jun 01, 2018
Spanish PM Rajoy Forced Out of Office
Mariano Rajoy loses a no-confidence vote after his party was implicated in a big corruption scandal. Also: new government agreed in Italy and methane ice dunes found on Pluto.
Jun 01, 2018
US Imposes Metal Tariffs on Key Allies
The EU, Canada, and Mexico vow to retaliate saying the US action is totally unacceptable. Also, Italy gets a new government after weeks of political uncertainty, and the appeal of the Yorkshire accent in the north of England
Jun 01, 2018
European States 'Complicit in CIA Torture'
European judges have ruled that Lithuania and Romania violated the rights of two al-Qaeda terror suspects by allowing the CIA to torture them. Also: MSF says thousands of people are suffering as result of violence in South Sudan, and Zidane to leave Real Madrid.
May 31, 2018
Ukraine Staged Fake Murder of Journalist
Kiev says Arkady Babchenko’s ‘death’ was an operation to foil a Russian assassination plot. Also: Donald Trump weighs in on the scandal surrounding the American actress Roseanne Barr following her racist tweets, and why a million bank staff in India have taken to the streets.
May 30, 2018
Italy's leaders struggle to avoid crisis
There is still no government in Italy three months after elections and a new poll might be on the cards. Also: the president of Zimbabwe has announced that new elections will be held in July, and a new report says Japanese hunters killed hundreds of whales last year.
May 30, 2018
Hurricane Maria 'killed 4,600 in Puerto Rico'
A Harvard University study contradicts the official toll of 64. Researchers say a third of deaths after September's hurricane were due to delays in medical care caused by power cuts and broken roads. The Puerto Rico government said it 'always expected the number to be higher than what was previously reported'. Also: a Russian investigative journalist is shot dead at his home in Kiev, and New Zealand uses comedy to help teenagers struggling with mental health problems.
May 29, 2018
Italy: Efforts to Form New Government as Political Crisis Continues
Prime Minister-designate Carlo Cottarelli has continued to try to create a government. Libya's rival factions hold talks in Paris in effort to end civil war, South Africa facing growing demands to redistribute white-owned land to blacks, former chief of Pakistan's intelligence agency collaborates with Indian counterpart on a book, and Starbucks train their US staff to avoid racial bias.
May 29, 2018
Italy PM-designate Promises New Election
Italian President Sergio Mattarella has asked an ex-IMF economist, Carlo Cottarelli, to form a government as the country faces fresh political turmoil. Also: EU proposes single-use plastics ban and Springboks name first black test captain.
May 28, 2018
Italy: President Names Carlo Cottarelli as Temporary PM
President Sergio Mattarella asks ex-IMF economist to form government amid ongoing political turmoil. Also, anger as Syria becomes head of global disarmament body, heroic 'Spiderman' rescuer Mamoudou Gassama to be made French citizen, calls for fresh investigation into 1968 murder of Bobby Kennedy, and BTS become first K-pop band to top US album charts.
May 28, 2018
Bid to Form Government in Italy Fails
The president refused to accept an arch Euro-sceptic as finance minister. Also, two contenders for the Colombian presidency go through to the second round, and the end of an era for the BBC's listening station.
May 27, 2018
Ireland Votes to Liberalise its Abortion Laws
The Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar said 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.
May 26, 2018
Brazil: President Orders Troops to Break Strike
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, and Amazon 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.
May 25, 2018
2017: The Predictions Podcast
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.
Jan 04, 2017