Global News Podcast

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 Oct 9, 2020
more of a global perspective on the news

 Aug 2, 2020

 Mar 30, 2020
It's good, but it seems like they focus heavily on US-centric news for the most part, which there are plenty of shows about

 Mar 3, 2020

 Feb 25, 2020
It is useful for learning English. Some stories are lengthy and boring. It becomes better if it plays a sound when goes to next story.


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

Episode Date
Iran's new hardline president sworn in
Ebrahim Raisi faces growing challenges, with an economy crippled by sanctions. Also: the gel that could transform the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, and the orangutan with a penchant for sunglasses.
Aug 05, 2021
Mexico sues US gun manufacturers over arms trafficking
US gun makers and suppliers are accused of reckless business practices. Also: WHO calls for a suspension in booster vaccines for Covid-19 so that poorer nations can get the jab, and South Koreans have been paying tribute to the disabled mountaineer Kim Hong-bin, who died last month.
Aug 05, 2021
Belarus activist on trial
Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of the challenge to President Lukashenko last year, resisted deportation and is accused of plotting to seize power. Also: the very young skateboarders leaping to success in Tokyo, and the skeletons reunited after spending a thousand years, a thousand kilometres apart.
Aug 04, 2021
Biden says Cuomo should resign over misconduct report
The new report comes months after several women accused the New York governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual misconduct. Also: gunmen attack the home of the Afghan defence minister, and it seems giraffes need their grannies!
Aug 04, 2021
Missing Belarus activist found dead in park
Vitaly Shishov lived in Ukraine, helping people flee the Belarus crackdown. Also: the Wuhan authorities test the whole city as the virus resurfaces, and so-called killer robots - how can we control these autonomous weapons?
Aug 03, 2021
Street fighting rages in Lashkar Gah as the Taliban attack the Afghan city
A MSF doctor in the city says there is fighting all around and medical supplies are running low. Also: Belarus sprinter Krystina Tsimanovskaya given Polish humanitarian visa, and a Covid-19 app in England is tweaked to notify fewer contacts.
Aug 02, 2021
Palestinians await key court ruling
The families are appealing against an order to leave their homes in East Jerusalem. Also: Olympic history is made as the transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard competes in women's weightlifting, and ancient baskets of fruit are discovered in a lost city that disappeared under the sea more than two thousand years ago.
Aug 02, 2021
Olympic drama at Tokyo airport
Belarusian athlete claims officials from her country tried to forcibly repatriate her. Also: Myanmar's military ruler promises elections by 2023, Rio Tinto looks to Serbia to supply lithium for electric cars and the memoirs of an autograph hunter.
Aug 01, 2021
Afghanistan: Fighting rages as Taliban besiege three key cities
Hundreds of Afghans have fled their homes. Covid: Pulse oxygen monitors work less well on darker skin, experts say. Plus a new exhibition on Mary Shelley and her most famous creation.
Jul 31, 2021
IRS ordered to hand over Trump tax returns to Congress
Although not required by law, every US president since 1976 - except Mr Trump - has released their tax returns. Israel accuses Iran over deadly oil tanker attack. New Covid virus outbreak worst since Wuhan, say Chinese state media.
Jul 30, 2021
North Korea suffering 'sharpest economic decline in over 20 years'
New report warns of hardship caused by Covid-19 and economic sanctions. Poverty is already known to be widespread in North Korea but true picture is hard to establish. Also, first group of Afghan interpreters arrives in US, and British teenager wins place at renowned dance academy despite suffering from cystic fibrosis.
Jul 30, 2021
President Biden calls for $100 vaccine incentive
The US president announced that all federal workers must be vaccinated or subjected to testing. Also: a public inquiry has found the Maltese state responsible for journalist's death, and a chimney sweep finds Santa letter lost for decades.
Jul 29, 2021
Britain and Kenya host summit to tackle global education crisis sparked by COVID
The summit is aiming to raise five billion dollars to help transform education in dozens of countries after the greatest disruption in a generation. South Africa riots: The inside story of Durban's week of anarchy. Johnny Ventura, one of the pioneers of Latin American merengue music, has died.
Jul 29, 2021
Peru's new president is sworn in
Pedro Castillo pledges to help the poor and tackle the pandemic. Also, ethnic Serbs in Bosnia boycott parliament over a new law banning genocide denial, and a woman is jailed for swapping diamonds worth millions with pebbles.
Jul 28, 2021
Macron says France 'owes debt' to Polynesia over nuclear tests
The French president spoke while visiting French island territories in Pacific. France has carried out over 200 nuclear tests across the region. Also, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Afghanistan risks becoming a 'pariah state' as the Taliban continue to seize territory, and Portugal holds funeral for 'Otelo' - the man who oversaw a coup that paved the way for democracy.
Jul 28, 2021
US policeman feared death in Capitol riots
Officers on duty when Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol give tearful testimony at an inquiry. Also, the American gymnast Simone Biles pulls out of the Olympic team competition over mental health issues; the former Spanish king's ex-lover claims he used the intelligence service to spy on her; and the world's largest star sapphire cluster is discovered in a Sri Lankan backyard.
Jul 27, 2021
Hong Kong man guilty in first national security law trial
The 24-year-old had flown a flag with a protest slogan while riding a motorcycle into police officers in Hong Kong. Also: Vatican cardinal on trial in $142m fraud case, and do you like and appreciate insects?
Jul 27, 2021
Tunisian president accused of coup after firing PM
Months of tension over Covid and the economy culminate in the sacking of the PM. Also: scientists don't know why Covid cases in the UK are plummeting, and how female athletes are giving short shrift to officials telling them what to wear.
Jul 26, 2021
Tunisia: PM is sacked after violent Covid protests
President Kais Saied has sacked Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and says he's taken over. This follows angry nationwide protests on Sunday over the government's handling of the pandemic. Also, civilian casualties in Afghanistan are at a record level, and a disturbing report on the treatment of women in Britain's armed forces.
Jul 26, 2021
US ready to continue airstrikes against Taliban
The head of US Central Command, Gen Kenneth McKenzie, said this could happen in weeks. Also, criticism of proposals for English football fans to show proof of Covid vaccinations before watching Premier League games, and tributes to US rabbi turned comedian Jackie Mason who has died.
Jul 25, 2021
Afghanistan imposes night curfew
Move covers 31 of the country's 34 provinces to help protect urban areas from Taliban advance. Also: Landmark fuel deal between Iraq and Lebanon, Olympic host nation Japan picks up its first medals and the search for new Aussie rhyming slang.
Jul 24, 2021
Tennis star Osaka lights flame to get delayed Olympics underway in Tokyo
The long delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics are finally underway - in a near deserted stadium; Haiti's assassinated president Jovenel Moïse is laid to rest... and why sales of foam clogs are soaring -- and dividing opinion among fashionistas.
Jul 23, 2021
Olympics: Tokyo hosts opening ceremony of delayed 2020 Games
Due to Coronavirus, a subdued ceremony launches the much-postponed Olympics. Fewer than 1000 invited guests and no spectators are inside the huge main stadium. Also, President Xi Jinping makes first official visit to Tibet by a Chinese leader in 30 years, and one of India's most flamboyant businessmen is arrested for allegedly making porn films.
Jul 23, 2021
US imposes sanctions on Cuban officials after protest crackdown
President Biden has been under pressure to respond to anti-regime protests. Also: the Senate in the Czech Republic has approved a plan to compensate Roma women who were forcibly sterilised, and beset by scandals and Covid-19 concerns, Tokyo prepares to hold the opening ceremony for the Olympics.
Jul 22, 2021
Olympics ceremony boss sacked over Holocaust joke
The decision to remove Kentaro Kobayashi comes just a day before the opening show is due to be held. It’s the latest scandal to hit the Tokyo Games. Also: Famine stalks Angola as the worst drought in forty years ravages the south of the country; and Norway pauses to recall the mass murder committed by a far-right extremist ten years ago today.
Jul 22, 2021
US life expectancy suffers steepest drop in decades
Life expectancy in the US has suffered its sharpest fall since the second world war; Chinese scientists say global warming has made China's annual flood season much more dangerous; and a gold toilet is discovered at the home of a Russian policeman, arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes.
Jul 21, 2021
China floods: 16 dead and many thousands evacuated
Record-breaking rainfall has brought deaths and chaos in China's Henan province. More than a dozen cities have been affected by the floods. Also, Nigeria secures release of 100 kidnapped women and children, and how a secret site in England is giving experts a glimpse into prehistory.
Jul 21, 2021
Severe floods hit China's Henan province
There have been severe floods in the central Chinese province of Henan with dramatic images of passengers in flooded subway trains. The US warns that the world cannot wait for the pandemic to end before facing up to global warming, and are advances in running shoe technology giving today's sprinters an unfair advantage ?
Jul 20, 2021
India's Covid death rate much higher than official count, says report
The US-based Centre for Global Development says the figure could be ten times as high. Also: migrants in Belgium on hunger strike, and why Israel is threatening consequences for Ben & Jerry's.
Jul 20, 2021
China accused of Cyber-Attack on Microsoft.
The US and European countries say a huge cyber attack earlier this year came from China; In Germany - police say dozens of people are still missing following deadly floods last week; and a family of farmers in India whose cooking skills have made them an internet sensation
Jul 19, 2021
UK government lifts coronavirus restrictions in England despite surge
It's confident rules on mask wearing and social distancing won't be reintroduced. Also: Australian government scientists have said the outlook for the Great Barrier Reef remains "very poor" despite some recovery over the past year, and an investigation by global media outlets has said journalists, activists and opposition leaders around the world had been targeted with phone malware sold to various governments.
Jul 19, 2021
In Tokyo, a growing number of Olympic athletes and officials test Covid-positive
The Tokyo Olympics is hit by a spate of coronavirus cases. Also: Mrs Merkel visits areas of western Germany affected by flooding, and the Vespa scooter celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Jul 18, 2021
Afghanistan: Peace talks resume with Taliban
Officials sound optimistic after the first round of negotiations, but the Taliban says it’s confident it can still win on the battlefield. Also, rescue workers in Germany race to find survivors after deadly floods. And, with five days until the Tokyo Olympics, the first case of Covid-19 is detected at the athletes’ village.
Jul 18, 2021
Floodwaters begin to recede in north-western Europe
Rescue workers struggle to reach survivors of the devastating floods with authorities in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands trying to take stock of the catastrophic damage. Also, rights groups have condemned raids on media organisations and journalists in Belarus, and the punk group that is asking the establishment to resolve a dispute over music rights.
Jul 16, 2021
Europe floods: At least 120 dead and hundreds more missing
Northern Europe hit by some of the worst flooding in decades after record rainfall. Germany and Belgium are worst-affected, and European leaders have called for action on climate-change. Also, how a smartphone could reveal why three young British men joined the militants of Islamic State, and was South Africa's recent unrest planned in advance ?
Jul 16, 2021
Floods in western Europe kill more than 60
Thousands of others in Germany and Belgium are forced to evacuate. Also: in Canada leaders of an indigenous nation call on the government to release residential school attendance records to help identify unmarked graves, and how DNA websites are helping US detectives to solve cold case murders - but what ethical questions does this raise? .
Jul 15, 2021
Afghan Taliban offer a conditional ceasefire
It's unclear how the Afghan government will respond - as some say a previous release of Taliban detainees last year has fuelled violence. Dutch crime reporter de Vries dies from shooting. Britney Spears wants to press charges against father over 'conservatorship abuse'.
Jul 15, 2021
EU Unveils Sweeping Climate Change Plans
European Commission announces radical plans to cut carbon emissions over next decade; King of the Zulu nation says recent rioting and looting in South Africa shames the whole country; Rare eye-witness testimony over what's happening in Ethiopia's disputed Tigray region.
Jul 14, 2021
Syria: Islamic State children who face lifetime in prison
Plight of thousands of foreign children of IS members in Syrian camps and jails. Kurdish authorities who run these facilities say IS cells are recruiting and radicalising children as young as eight. Also, nine Chinese nationals are killed in explosion aboard Pakistani bus, and we meet Australian teenagers who want schools to teach about sexual consent.
Jul 14, 2021
South Africa riots: Death toll rises in violent unrest
More than seventy people are now known to have died in disturbances sparked by the jailing of Jacob Zuma. Also, President Biden says changes to voting rights in some states pose a threat to US democracy and, two series tie for the most nominations in this year's Emmys.
Jul 13, 2021
Google issued massive fine by French regulator
The fine is the latest skirmish in a global copyright battle between tech firms and news organisations. Iraq hospital fire: Protests as Covid ward blaze kills more than 60. Texas Democrats flee state to block Republican voting law.
Jul 13, 2021
Dozens held after Cuban anti-government protests
Thousands rallied on Sunday, angry at Cuba's economic crisis and curbs on civil liberties. Also: South Africa deploys military to tackle Zuma riots, and Iran has unveiled a dating app said to facilitate lasting marriages.
Jul 13, 2021
SA deploys military in Zuma riots
The jailing of the ex-president, Jacob Zuma, has triggered looting and arson. Also: the British PM condemns racist abuse aimed at black footballers after England's defeat in the Euros, and a lightning strike kills 16 taking selfies in India.
Jul 12, 2021
Cubans stage rare protests over Covid measures
Thousands rally in several Cuban cities, with others showing support for the government. Also: billionaire Branson rockets to edge of space, and Italy's Euro 2020 triumph after England's penalty heartbreak.
Jul 12, 2021
The widow of the former Haitian president says he was riddled with bullets
Martine Moise, who was injured in the attack which killed her husband, speaks for the first time. Also: a statue that sparked deadly US rally is taken down, and Auschwitz orchestra member Esther Bejarano dies aged 96.
Jul 11, 2021
Taliban in Afghanistan seize key border crossings in new advance
The Taliban have captured major border crossings with Iran and Turkmenistan in a sweeping offensive across northern Afghanistan. Also: US and Colombia to send investigators to Haiti following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, and how does Jupiter produce X-rays every few minutes?
Jul 10, 2021
Bangladesh factory fire kills at least 52
Blaze broke out overnight at a food-processing plant near Dhaka. It's feared that casualty-numbers will rise as many workers are unaccounted for. Also, Taliban capture a key crossing on Afghan-Iranian border, and why a Spanish government minister caused controversy - by urging people to eat less meat.
Jul 09, 2021
Biden defends Afghan withdrawal
Mr Biden insisted the US military had achieved its goals by punishing the perpetrators of the terror attacks of 11 September 2001. Haiti seeks masterminds after 'assassins' detained. EU votes for action over Hungary's anti-LGBT law.
Jul 08, 2021
Jovenel Moïse: Deadly gun battle after Haiti's president assassinated
Police say four suspects have been killed and two detained, but a manhunt is still under way. Also: The Olympic Games in Japan are to be held without spectators due to rising cases of coronavirus, and a major expedition to solve one of the world's greatest maritime mysteries.
Jul 08, 2021
Jacob Zuma:Former South Africa president hands himself over to police
Last week the Constitutional Court handed down the prison term after he failed to appear before an inquiry into state corruption during his time in office. The Haitian security forces are searching for the gunmen who assassinated the former president, Jovenel Moïse.Trump sues Twitter, Google and Facebook alleging 'censorship'.
Jul 07, 2021
Haiti: President Moise is killed in attack at his home
President Jovenel Moise has been shot dead and his wife injured by unidentified gunmen. They were attacked at their residence in the capital Port-au-Prince. Also, the Taliban battle their way into a key city in western Afghanistan, and tributes are paid to legendary Indian film star Dilip Kumar who's died at 98.
Jul 07, 2021
More than 90% of US troops have now left Afghanistan
The Afghan government admitted that some of its forces are overstretched following the US withdrawal, but said it was determined to retake territory seized by the Taliban. Also: New York state has declared a disaster emergency following a sharp rise in the number of shootings, and we hear from the artist behind a new sculpture to be unveiled in London's Trafalgar Square that will confront Britain's colonial past.
Jul 06, 2021
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