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 Dec 7, 2022
Better coverage of world events than US shows I've found. Usually includes a positive story at the end, which I find really helpful

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 Aug 19, 2022
extreme left

Mark F
 Jul 24, 2022
I enjoy this podcast and have listened for years. However, lately it often feels like an infomercial about UK achievement. The UK is wonderful and continues to be a great nation. But BBC, please put more "Global" back into your podcast.

Jay from Toronto
 Mar 21, 2022
One of the unbiased media who delivers news as l exactly as what's going on in place. Thank you and please don't let the upscale politics contaminate the true journalism.


The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends

Episode Date
US shoots down Chinese balloon over Atlantic
Beijing denies Washington's claims it was being used to spy on the US. Also: Thousands of Israelis protest in Tel Aviv against the plans by the Netanyahu government to give itself more powers over appointing judges, and the English National Opera prepares to stage a newly translated version of Wagner's The Rhinegold.
Feb 05, 2023
Chinese balloon flight violated US sovereignty and international law -- Blinken
US Secretary of State accuses Beijing of acting irresponsibly and postpones an upcoming trip to China. Also: The US will provide Ukraine with longer range guided rockets to help Kyiv take back Russian-occupied territory, and remembering the Spanish designer Paco Rabanne who has died aged 88.
Feb 04, 2023
Ukraine's President pushes for early entry on EU membership at Kyiv summit
EU says Ukraine has made "considerable efforts" towards membership. Also: Pope Francis is visiting South Sudan together with other Christian leaders, and meet Bobi, the world's oldest dog.
Feb 03, 2023
Israeli Attorney General scathing of planned legal reforms
Gali Baharav-Miara said the proposals would gravely damage the country's system of checks and balances and give the government unlimited power. Also: The Republican held House Of Representatives votes to oust the high profile Democratic representative Ilhan Omar from the foreign affairs committee, and the discovery of Yiddish songs not heard since World War II.
Feb 03, 2023
US secures deal to boost military presence in Philippines
The agreement gives the Americans access to four new bases not far from Taiwan, where there are growing fears of a Chinese invasion. Also, a senior former Russian army officer says he witnessed soldiers torturing Ukrainian prisoners, and scientists in the UK say they've found evidence of the bird flu virus infecting some mammals.
Feb 02, 2023
Tyre Nichols' family demand policing reform bill at funeral
The mother of the man who died after being beaten by police in Memphis gave a tearful address at his funeral. Also: Switzerland holds its annual sirens day, and do you know how much caffeine there is in your daily cup of coffee?
Feb 02, 2023
Ukraine: Police raid oligarch's home
A series of anti-corruption raids have been carried out in Ukraine targeting prominent figures including a billionaire backer of President Vlodymyr Zelensky. Opposition activists in Myanmar take part in a 'silent strike ' to mark two years since the military junta overthrew the democratically-elected government, a once in a fifty thousand year chance to see 'the green comet', and we look at the alarming world of deep fakes.
Feb 01, 2023
Top US diplomat says Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank hinders peace prospects
The US Secretary of state Antony Blinken met the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Also: the Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin is charged with involuntary manslaughter over shooting on Rust film set, and the dangers of taking your pet parrot to the local park.
Feb 01, 2023
Ukraine accused of using land-mines to fight Russia's invasion
Human Rights Watch says the mines were scattered in and around the city of Izyum while it was occupied by Russia. Also: Strikes and demonstrations in France to protest against raising the retirement age to 64, and the bed made for British monarchs that was lost for decades.
Jan 31, 2023
Top US diplomat calls for calm after days of Israeli-Palestinian violence
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken repeated the importance of a "two-state solution" to resolve the conflict. Also: Brazil's Bolsonaro seeks six-month US tourist visa, and the last Boeing 747 jumbo jet rolls off the production line.
Jan 31, 2023
Thirty two killed in Pakistan mosque attack
At least one hundred and fifty were also injured in the explosion in the city of Peshawar. Also: the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives in Israel, and the Chinese province of Sichuan tries to boost its population rate.
Jan 30, 2023
Brexit: Three years on
The UK formally left the European Union on the 31 January 2020. We look at what Brexit means for Britain's place in the world today. Has it unleashed the UK's global potential? Or has it been the disaster that many opponents predicted? BBC World Service presenter Oliver Conway, political correspondent Rob Watson, Global Trade correspondent Dharshini David, and Europe editor Katya Adler answer questions from Global News Podcast listeners.
Jan 30, 2023
British PM sacks Zahawi for 'serious breach' over tax
Nadhim Zahawi is sacked as Conservative party chairman after an inquiry finds he failed to disclose an investigation into his tax affairs. Also: Israel to speed up gun applications after attacks, and the guitarist Tom Verlaine dies aged 73.
Jan 30, 2023
Netanyahu warns of 'swift' response to Palestinian attacks
The Israeli Prime Minister was speaking as he convened his security cabinet. Also: The former NATO general and strong EU supporter, Petr Pavel, has been elected president in the Czech Republic following a bruising campaign, and can AI replace journalists?
Jan 29, 2023
Seven killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack
Israeli police killed the suspect as he tried to escape. It comes amid escalating violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Also: The video is released of police officers in the US city of Memphis savagely beating a black motorist, Tyre Nichols - who later died, and as the world marked Holocaust Memorial Day we hear about the growing numbers of people who think the holocaust was a myth.
Jan 28, 2023
Fears mount of fresh Israel-Palestinian violence
Israeli air raids and Palestinian rocket fire raise tensions. The violence follows a deadly Israeli army raid on the occupied West Bank. Also: Shares slump in one of India's biggest companies after allegations of financial misconduct -- and the mystery of the miraculously growing Vladimir Putin.
Jan 27, 2023
Five police officers charged over Tyre Nichols' death in Memphis
The 29-year-old was stopped on 7 January for reckless driving, and died three days later. Also: fear of flare-up after deadly Israeli raid in Jenin, and why do some men wear shorts in cold weather?
Jan 27, 2023
Deadly West Bank clashes in Jenin
At least nine Palestinians were killed during an Israeli military raid, one of them an elderly woman. Israel said its troops went in to arrest Islamic Jihad militants. The Palestinian authorities accused them of a massacre. Also: A sharp rise in Myanmar's opium harvest, and why elephants aren’t just big and beautiful -- but vital for biodiversity too.
Jan 26, 2023
US joins Germany in sending tanks to Ukraine
Ukraine hails the announcements of the tanks as a turning point, while Russia says they are a provocation. Also: Lebanon's top prosecutor lays charges against the judge who is investigating the 2020 Beirut port explosion, and the Sesame Street co-creator Lloyd Morrisett dies aged 93.
Jan 26, 2023
German Leopard tank training for Ukrainian troops to begin soon
German Chancellor confirms his country will send battle tanks to Ukraine. Also: A BBC investigation finds evidence of alarming coronavirus death rates in rural China, and how humans share common sign language with wild chimps and bonobos.
Jan 25, 2023
Germany approves Leopard tanks for Ukraine - reports
Chancellor Olaf Scholz has faced weeks of pressure from Kyiv and its allies. Also: Classified documents have been found at the home of the former US vice-president Mike Pence in the latest discovery of secret papers, and we hear who's been nominated for this year's Oscars.
Jan 25, 2023
Ukrainian officials quit in anti-corruption drive
President Zelensky has removed five regional governors and four deputy ministers in a reshuffle. Also, the Afghan authorities say more than 120 people have died because of freezing temperatures, and instead of flowers, why one bride in the Philippines chose to have a bouquet of onions!
Jan 24, 2023
US court convicts far-right militia members of seditious conspiracy
The four men - who belong to the Oath Keepers group - were charged in connection with the attack on the Capitol two years ago. Also: Ukraine's foreign minister appeals to countries with Leopard tanks to make a formal request to Germany to allow them to hand the tanks over, and a four-year-old English boy with an unusual IQ.
Jan 24, 2023
Poland to ask Berlin's permission to send tanks to Ukraine
Germany's permission is required, because it built and sold the vehicles originally. But the Polish government has suggested it might ignore this and send the tanks anyway. Also, we head to one of the eastern Ukrainian towns retaken from Russian forces, and Japan's prime minister warns the declining birth rate is putting the future of the country at risk.
Jan 23, 2023
Body of main suspect in California mass shooting reportedly found
It's reported police found the body in a van as they were continuing their search for the wanted man. Also: Netanyahu sacks Israeli interior minister after court ruling, and milk may have fuelled a growth spurt in ancient Europeans.
Jan 23, 2023
Thousands protest against Netanyahu's justice plans
Protestors say plans to limit the powers of the Israeli judiciary are a direct attack on democracy. Also: Brazil's army chief sacked after Congress riots, and why are baguettes such an important part of French life?
Jan 22, 2023
Zelensky will 'keep pushing' for German tanks
The Ukrainian president spoke after a meeting of allied nations failed to agree to give Kyiv modern tanks. Also: the quest for life on Jupiter's icy moons, and why walking upright isn't that hard for baboons.
Jan 21, 2023
Ukraine: 'Give us tanks' says Zelensky
Kyiv's allies are meeting at a US airbase to hash out further military support. Also: A court in Romania extends police detention for the influencer, Andrew Tate, and his brother, and a giant toad weighing more than two and a half kilos has been found in a north Australian rainforest.
Jan 20, 2023
Alec Baldwin to be charged over fatal shooting
The actor is being charged with involuntary manslaughter over a cinematographer's death on a film set. Also: scientists say light pollution has reduced the number of stars we can see, and bringing back to life General de Gaulle's BBC war time broadcast.
Jan 19, 2023
Strikes in France to halt pension age rise
President Macron's plans raise retirement age from 62 to 64. Also: New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, steps down -- she says because of burnout, and researchers say investing more in carbon capture and storage technologies is vital to limit global warming.
Jan 19, 2023
Ukraine: Zelensky appeals to allies to quicken the delivery of heavy weapons
Zelensky told delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos: "It was not us who started the war but it is us who will have to end it." Also: Israel's top court has blocked the appointment of an ultra-Orthodox politician as a minister in Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government because of a recent criminal conviction and staying in Israel scientists there have created a robot that can detect smells.
Jan 18, 2023
Ukrainian officials killed in helicopter crash
Ukraine's interior minister is among the dead. The crash happened near a kindergarten in an eastern suburb of Kyiv. Also: The Philippines Nobel prize winner, Maria Ressa, is acquitted in a move hailed as a victory for press freedom, why seals have been attacking humans in South Africa, and international diplomacy in a sauna.
Jan 18, 2023
EU strikes deal with suspect in corruption scandal
Former Italian politician Pier Panzeri promises to tell investigators who else was involved. Also: aid agencies partially resume work in Afghanistan, the funeral of an LGBTQ activist in Kenya, and a BBC documentary brings fresh insight into the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Jan 17, 2023
China's population falls
China's population falls for the first time in 60 years. Also, the Belarussian opposition leader on trial - and counting walruses.
Jan 17, 2023
Italy's Mafia boss arrest hailed as 'major blow' to crime
Celebrations have continued across Sicily at the news of the capture of Matteo Messina Denaro. Also: Could Nasa technology help reduce the risks of older people falling over? And the Australian woman who's just run the entire length of her country - a marathon every day for a hundred and fifty days.
Jan 17, 2023
Italy's most-wanted mafia boss arrested in Sicily
Matteo Messina Denaro is captured after 30 years on the run. More than 100 members of the armed forces were involved in his arrest. Also: a British Police officer admits to multiple rapes and sexual assaults over the course of almost two decades, and conservation organisations are seeking volunteers to become 'walrus detectives'.
Jan 16, 2023
Nepal mourns its worst air disaster in 30 years
The Yeti Airlines flight came down near the town of Pokhara on Sunday morning. Also: a bomb attack on worshippers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushes ahead with controversial reforms, and Jordan’s plans to increase tourism.
Jan 15, 2023
Russia fires new waves of missiles across Ukraine
Several Ukrainian cities were struck including Dnipro, where an apartment block was hit. Also: more classified material found at Biden's home, and Ray Cordeiro -- the world's longest working disc jockey -- dies aged 98.
Jan 15, 2023
Trump's company fined $1.6m for tax crimes
The Trump Organization was found guilty of fraud and falsifying business records. Also: Russia claims victory in battle for Soledar, and why does chocolate feel so good to eat?
Jan 14, 2023
Ukraine defence minister: We are a de facto member of Nato alliance
Oleksii Reznikov says he's confident the west will supply the heavy weapons needed to defeat Russia. Also: Kazakhstan has stripped the former president Nursultan Nazarbayev of his honorary status as head of the nation, and the man accused of killing Japan's former prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has been charged with murder.
Jan 13, 2023
Special counsel to investigate Biden files
It follows the discovery of classified material in the US president's home and an office. Also: The Brazilian president says the protesters who ransacked government buildings on Sunday had inside help from members of the security forces, and the hunt for a cat that's been missing in an airport in Bolivia for a month.
Jan 13, 2023
UAE oil boss to lead UN climate summit
Climate change campaigners express outrage at Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber's appointment. Also: a French huntsman who killed a man he mistook for a wild boar avoids prison, and we look back at the life of the influential British guitarist Jeff Beck.
Jan 12, 2023
Ukraine war: Fighting rages for control of Soledar
Ukraine disputes new claim by Russian mercenary group, Wagner, that the town has been captured. Also: Police are on high alert in Brazil as protests are held by supporters of the former president, Jair Bolsonaro, and the seal that's eating its way through all the fish in an English lake.
Jan 12, 2023
Soledar: Reports from Eastern Ukraine hint at rift in pro-Russian forces
Russia's defence ministry and the mercenary Wagner Group give competing versions of events. Also: Uganda says the Ebola epidemic that killed 56 people is over, and the workers in Japan getting a huge pay rise.
Jan 11, 2023
Chinese crematoriums 'swamped' as Covid surges
The revelations follow new detailed analysis of satellite imagery by the Washington Post into the low official death rate. Also: Up to 100 Ukrainian soldiers will arrive in the US as early as next week to start training for the Patriot missile system, and the singing bus driver who has become an internet sensation.
Jan 11, 2023
China accuses countries of discrimination over Covid
Beijing suspends visas for some of its neighbours amid surging coronavirus infections. Also: heavy casualties in Ukraine as both sides resort to fierce trench warfare in the east, and it's finally here! Prince Harry's autobiography goes on sale.
Jan 10, 2023
Mass arrests in Brazil following Congress attack
Protest camps outside military barracks across the country are also being dismantled. Also: Western countries register strong protests with Iran for executing young people after anti-government protests, and why people in Ghana are angry with the American rapper Meek Mill.
Jan 10, 2023
Brazil police surround protest camps after Congress attack
Thousands of demonstrators ransacked government buildings in the capital on Sunday. Also: Pakistan asks the international community for billions of dollars of support after last year’s devastating floods, and former employees of a Belarusian news website which covered mass protests against the President have gone on trial.
Jan 09, 2023
Tear gas fired in Brazil as Bolsonaro supporters storm Congress
Thousands of demonstrators broke into Brazil's Congress, Supreme Court and presidential palace. Also: Kyiv denies Russia claim it killed hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers in an attack, and are you ready to pre-order your first flying car?
Jan 09, 2023
International outrage over executions in Iran
Two men were executed in Iran for allegedly killing a security official during ongoing protests. Also: China suspends Weibo accounts of Covid policy critics, and how good was Roman concrete?
Jan 08, 2023
McCarthy says he has the votes to be US House Speaker
Despite losing 13 rounds of voting, the Republican Kevin McCarthy says he will prevail when lawmakers reconvene. Also: Russian forces are accused of opening fire in Ukraine despite Vladimir Putin's proposed truce for Orthodox Christmas, and an old Nazi map sparks a treasure hunt in the Netherlands.
Jan 07, 2023
Special episode: Indigenous peoples
We hear from our Indigenous and tribal listeners around the world, as we mark US Indigenous Peoples’ Day. We also meet an Amazon tribe defending their land from illegal loggers; a Maori singer who makes pop music in his traditional language; Native American chefs bringing cultural foods to the restaurant scene; and more.
Oct 10, 2022
Live special episode: Cost of living
The global price crisis. Our first ever “live audience show” – recorded in Malaysia. Listeners around the world and in the audience in Kuala Lumpur share their experiences and ask questions about spiralling costs and what can be done. Hear from our panel of BBC correspondents. What are the implications of the increases in food and fuel prices? How are governments and communities responding - and what does the future look like?
Sep 08, 2022
Special episode: Abortion rights around the world
In June, the US Supreme Court overruled Roe v Wade and ended the constitutional right to abortion in America. In a special episode, we investigate the changing dynamic of abortion rights globally in countries like Colombia, China and Ireland. We'll also be examining the restrictions still faced by women in Africa and places like Malta and El Salvador. Audio for this episode was updated on 4 July 2022, due to a factual error in an earlier version.
Jul 01, 2022
Young voices special
Is the nuclear threat real? What does Putin want? Who is winning the war in Ukraine? We took questions on the invasion from young people around the world and looked for answers from BBC correspondents. Jackie Leonard speaks to Martin Forster, a senior child psychologist with the healthcare company, Kry, in Sweden. Listeners' questions are tackled by Vitaliy Shevchenko, Paul Adams, Theo Leggett, Lyse Doucet and Mark Lowen.
Mar 25, 2022
Special: Global News Ukrainecast part 2
A month since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we are collaborating with Ukrainecast again. We answer more of your questions. Jackie Leonard, presenter of the Global News Podcast, alongside Gabriel Gatehouse and Vitaliy Shevchenko from Ukrainecast, guide us through questions about civilian life in the country, military tactics, and the international response to the invasion. BBC chief international correspondent, Lyse Doucet, joins us from Kyiv to talk through what is happening on the ground there, and BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner, tells us the latest on the physical and information war. This episode was made by Chris Flynn. The studio director was Ash Taylor. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
Mar 24, 2022
Special: Global News Ukrainecast
BBC correspondents tackle questions from listeners around the world about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Jackie Leonard speaks to Gabriel Gatehouse, Vitaliy Shevchenko, Lyse Doucet and James Landale.
Mar 08, 2022
Russia-Ukraine: On the brink of war?
Our experts in Moscow, Kyiv and London answer your questions about the crisis.
Jan 28, 2022
Omicron versus the world: Your questions answered
As the Omicron variant spreads around the world and cases surge, BBC correspondents tell us how Covid-19 is impacting our lives, our businesses and our economies.
Dec 21, 2021
Afghanistan Special: Your Questions Answered
BBC correspondents answer your questions about the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan. We ask how did the Taliban overthrow the Afghan government so quickly? What now for human rights, the economy and international relations? Photo:People on board an evacuation flight out of Kabul airport, August 21, 2021 Credit:MoD/PA Wire
Aug 30, 2021
Global News Brexitcast
We team up with the award-winning Brexitcast team to bring you a special update on what Britain leaving the EU means for you. You’ve sent us questions from around the world and Jackie Leonard puts them to the experts from the podcast that’s all about Brexit. There’s also cake, phew. Spread the word! #GlobalNewsPod #Brexitcast Find the Brexitcast podcast here:
Oct 25, 2019