Global News Podcast

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 Oct 17, 2021
Timely, global, neutral, informative. Ok level of advertisement, pls don't increase.

 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


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

Episode Date
Myanmar's deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi is given a prison sentence
The UN leads condemnation of the country's military rulers after she was convicted of inciting unrest and violating coronavirus restrictions during last year's election campaign. Also: a scientist who helped develop the AstraZeneca vaccine has warned the next pandemic could be worse than COVID-19 and we hear about drill, which was the big winner at Britain's MOBO awards celebrating black music.
Dec 06, 2021
Myanmar military lorry driven at protesters in deadly clash
Several people are dead after the military drove through demonstrators, then opened fire on them. Also: the longtime US senator and Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole has died; and Pope Francis urges political leaders to show compassion for migrants.
Dec 06, 2021
The French president meets the Saudi crown prince, amid much criticism
Emmanuel Macron is the first major Western leader to meet the Saudi crown prince since the murder of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. Also: a big shake-up of the vital state mining company in the DRC amid allegations of corruption, and 'Moulin Rouge', the musical, makes its stage debut in London.
Dec 05, 2021
Police hunt parents charged in US school shooting
The authorities say the Michigan couple's son killed four students with his father's handgun. Also: Ethiopia closes schools to boost war effort, and the actor Sir Antony Sher dies of cancer aged 72.
Dec 04, 2021
Taliban decree says Afghan women are 'not property, but free human beings'
The decree on women's rights makes no mention of education or work. Also, the actor, Alec Baldwin, says he does not feel guilty over the fatal shooting on his latest film, and Steven Spielberg on directing West Side Story.
Dec 03, 2021
US to restart 'Remain in Mexico' policy
More than 60,000 asylum seekers were originally sent back to Mexico under the controversial programme. Also: Germany bars the unvaccinated from much of public life, and older drivers in Britain could avoid fines for careless driving under new proposals.
Dec 03, 2021
Scientists find trigger for rare AstraZeneca clots
Findings should help company make any necessary changes; Meghan Markle wins a major legal battle with a UK newspaper. How high school basketball players tried to message a friend, but ended up talking to Tom Brady.
Dec 02, 2021
WTA suspends China tournaments over Peng Shuai
The Women's Tennis Association announces the immediate suspension amid concern for the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai. Also, the actor Alec Baldwin says he did not fire gun on film set, and rare access to the USS Carl Vinson off the coast of Japan.
Dec 02, 2021
Countries around the world step up Covid prevention measures
More travel bans and vaccine booster programmes as the Omicron variant is closely tracked. Also, the EU unveils a global infrastructure investment plan to rival China's Belt and Road initiative. And the sea goddess sculpture that is helping efforts to sustain coral reefs in the Caribbean.
Dec 01, 2021
Ex-Trump aide Mark Meadows to co-operate with 6 January investigations
The US congressional committee investigating the deadly assault on the Capitol building says Mark Meadows has agreed to appear before it 'soon'. Also, IS man is found guilty of genocide in Yazidi murder trial in Germany under the principle of Universal Jurisdiction, and the Arctic could see more rain than snow in thirty years.
Dec 01, 2021
Barbados becomes world's newest republic
The Caribbean island removes Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. Also: France's far right polemicist, Eric Zemmour announces his bid for the presidency, and Greece imposes fines for the over 60s if they don't get vaccinated against Covid-19.
Nov 30, 2021
Ghislaine Maxwell goes on trial for sex trafficking
The former British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell goes on trial in New York, accused of trafficking underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein; Also President Biden says the Omicron covid variant is a cause for concern, not panic. And Barbados becomes the world's youngest Republic.
Nov 29, 2021
WHO: Omicron poses very high global risk
The World Health Organisation calls for solidarity and a global push to get jabs to poorer countries. Japan closes its borders to foreigners, and we find out what we know about the new variant. Also, Jeffrey Epstein's former lover Ghislaine Maxwell goes on trial accused of sex trafficking, and after 40 days on the run, Chinese police recapture an escaped prisoner. But it was not just jail he was trying to avoid.
Nov 29, 2021
Omicron reaches Australia and Canada
In Europe, the Netherlands has the highest number of cases of the new Omicron strain. Also, a special report from Colombia where mass killings are continuing five years after a peace deal with left-wing rebels FARC, and the Indian stand-up comic who says he may have to give up his routine because of Hindu fundamentalists.
Nov 28, 2021
New Covid variant spreads across Europe
Omicron strain detected in Belgium, Britain, Germany and Italy. Also: the story of one victim of last week's migrant boat tragedy in the English Channel and remembering American composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim, who has died at the age of 91.
Nov 28, 2021
WHO labels new coronavirus strain
Omicron is designated fifth variant "of concern" and could be more resistant to vaccines. Also: Ukraine claims Russian-backed coup imminent, climate change misinformation and Queen's Gambit online chess boom.
Nov 26, 2021
New coronavirus variant emerges in South Africa
Several countries impose travel restrictions on the region. Also, the French President Emmanuel Macron accuses the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of not taking the migrant crisis seriously. And the music producer Nile Rogers is to auction many of his guitars for his charitable foundation We Are Family Foundation.
Nov 26, 2021
UN says migrant deaths were avoidable
The UN Refugee Agency warns that closing off legal routes to people seeking asylum will lead to more dangerous attempts to reach safe countries. Also: a general from the UAE - accused of torture - is the new head of the international police agency, Interpol. And the singer the music industry tried to turn into Africa's Grace Jones.
Nov 25, 2021
Poland-Belarus border migrant crisis
Poland says 200 migrants tried to cross with the help of Belarus guards. Also: the French president says European countries need to work together to deal with the migration issue, and a documentary that might throw new light on the break-up of The Beatles.
Nov 25, 2021
Dozens drown in migrant boat sinking
Tragedy happened in the waters between France and Britain; three US men guilty of murdering a black jogger. We take you into the surreal world of the non fungible token.
Nov 24, 2021
US declares three IS leaders in Afghanistan 'global terrorists'
The action - which follows a series of major attacks by the Islamic State group - makes it illegal to have any business transactions with the men, who include the group's leader, Sultan Azam. Also, Nasa launches a mission to nudge an asteroid off course, and Magdalena Andersson has become Sweden's first female prime minister.
Nov 24, 2021
US and others co-ordinate mass release from strategic oil reserves
The move is part of a major effort to moderate fuel prices. Also, Bulgaria launches an investigation into the deadly bus crash in which dozens were killed, and Mexican lottery win attracts violent gangsters.
Nov 24, 2021
Dozens killed in bus crash on Bulgarian motorway
Many people died when a bus returning to North Macedonia caught fire. Also: Turkish lira collapses after President Erdogan defends sharp rate cuts, and please switch off your device before entering the Mobile Phone museum.
Nov 23, 2021
Concern spreads across Europe over Covid-19
Latest phase sees some countries report highest ever rates. Also: ICRC operations director makes impassioned plea for international support for Afghanistan, and why there will no longer be best male and best female artist categories for the Brit Awards.
Nov 22, 2021
At least five dead as car ploughs into US Christmas parade
Police in Wisconsin question the man who drove through crowds of people. Also, Austria announces its fourth Covid lockdown. And Kenya gives its citizens one month to get vaccinated, or be barred from in-person government services.
Nov 22, 2021
Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai tells IOC she is safe
The Chinese tennis star, Peng Shuai, who disappeared after alleging a sexual assault, tells the International Olympic Committee she is safe. Also, Sudan's opposition dismiss a deal reappointing ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and female journalists and presenters in Afghanistan are ordered to wear headscarves on television.
Nov 21, 2021
Tens of thousands of Austrians protest against strict Covid measures
The Austrian Chancellor, Alexander Schallenberg, defends his plans to make vaccination mandatory. Also, Afghanistan's Taliban government says it can start paying government workers, and Sesame Street has its first Asian-American character.
Nov 21, 2021
Kyle Rittenhouse cleared over Kenosha killings
US teenager, Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot dead two men during racial unrest has been found not guilty of homicide after claiming self-defence. We hear reaction from a council member from Kenosha city. Also, President Lukashenko of Belarus admits his security forces have beaten up protesters in prison, and Wikipedia’s language barrier to getting the truth about global warming.
Nov 20, 2021
Austria orders full lockdown as Covid surges
Days after imposing a lockdown on the unvaccinated, Vienna announces a full nationwide Covid-19 lockdown starting on Monday. Also, farmers in India welcome a dramatic U-turn by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who is scrapping hugely controversial agricultural reform laws. And the United Nations joins calls for China to prove that its missing tennis star, Peng Shuai, is safe.
Nov 19, 2021
Poland says Belarus has cleared a migrant camp on its border
More than a thousand people trying to reach Poland from Belarus have been moved to a warehouse. Also: Muslim cleric shot dead after Uganda bombings, and the Chinese food vlogger barred from a restaurant for eating too much.
Nov 19, 2021
Germany approves new coronavirus measures
MPs in Germany approve urgent measures to control Covid-19 following another big leap in the number of new infections; Also, 24 aid workers go on trial in Greece. And doubt is cast over an email said to be from the missing Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai.
Nov 18, 2021
Two men convicted of killing Malcolm X to be exonerated
A Manhattan district attorney says Muhammed Aziz and Khalil Islam did not get the justice they deserved. Also: deaths at Sudan pro-democracy protests, and the DogPhone that lets pets ring their owners at work.
Nov 18, 2021
Delhi shuts schools and colleges as air pollution worsens
It is the latest measure to try to clear the toxic smog in the Indian capital. Also: new protests begin in Sudan against last month’s coup, and the growing appeal of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo as one of her paintings fetches a record price.
Nov 17, 2021
Armenia and Azerbaijan agree ceasefire after border clashes
The Russian defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, brokered the ceasefire during separate talks with his counterparts from the two countries. Also, Rosalinda Gonsalez, the wife of Mexico's most wanted cartel boss is arrested, and there has been a steep decline in the number of birds in Europe.
Nov 17, 2021
Uganda: Two blasts kill several people in Kampala
The authorities blame an Islamist group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), for the attacks. Also, Polish border guards fire water cannon and tear gas at stone-throwing migrants trying to cross from Belarus, and the French mayor who proclaimed a new principality in his village.
Nov 16, 2021
EU widens Belarus sanctions
The crisis intensifies as hundreds more migrants, allegedly being pushed towards the EU by Belarus, arrive at the border with Poland. Also, former Trump aide Steve Bannon claims criminal charges are "all noise" after surrendering to FBI, and the use of facial recognition in goat farming in China.
Nov 16, 2021
Poland-Belarus border crisis
Polish police have confronted a large crowd of migrants on the border with Belarus, as EU ministers in Brussels discuss further sanctions against Minsk. Also, an American journalist sentenced to 11 years in prison in Myanmar has been released and is on his way home. And officials in Delhi, say they are ready to impose a complete city-wide lockdown in the Indian capital to curb air pollution.
Nov 15, 2021
US condemns Belarus over migrant crisis
The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, says Belarus has put security under threat at the border with Poland. Also, Austria begins a lockdown for the unvaccinated, and a decade after Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed, his son wants to run for president of Libya.
Nov 15, 2021
Climate deal struck in Glasgow
New global climate deal is agreed at COP26 summit in Glasgow after last-minute wrangling over cutting coal production. Also, at least 68 people die in clashes between rival gangs in a jail in Ecuador, and the deadly scorpions of Egypt that have been washed out into the streets by stormy weather.
Nov 13, 2021
Steve Bannon charged with contempt of Congress
Former Trump strategist refused to testify about the US Capitol riot. Also: the UN Climate Summit runs into extra time; and a previously unseen mineral is found inside a diamond.
Nov 12, 2021
COP26 goes to the wire
Negotiations continue in Glasgow to try to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Also: the migrants in Belarus enduring life-threatening temperatures to try to reach the European Union, and is one of China's most powerful business leaders about to hand over to someone more than 40 years her junior?
Nov 12, 2021
Worsening conditions for migrants in Belarus
Thousands are gathering in the country, hoping to cross the Polish border. Also: FW de Klerk’s message from beyond the grave, and Steven Gerrard returns to the English Premier League as manager.
Nov 12, 2021
South Africa's last Apartheid-era president has died
FW de Klerk oversaw the country's transition from white minority rule. Also: environmental campaigners give a cautious welcome to a surprise joint pledge from China and the United States to increase efforts to tackle global warming, and how a lockdown hobby led to the discovery of a new species of dinosaur.
Nov 11, 2021
China and US climate agreement
The US and China make surprise announcement on climate co-operation. German Covid-19 surge prompts deadly warning and the popular Spanish dish - paella - gets protected cultural status.
Nov 11, 2021
Afghan minister blames corruption for Taliban takeover
Former Afghan Finance Minister Khalid Payenda says troop numbers were not accurate. Germany's anti-vaxx lobby. Also, how ketchup is getting involved in the space race.
Nov 10, 2021
State of emergency in Lithuania over Belarus migrants
Lithuania's parliament declares a state of emergency at the country's border with Belarus. Also: scientists warn that oceans are becoming less able to absorb carbon emissions because of rising temperatures, and Marie Antoinette's diamond bracelets sell at auction for $8.18 million (£6.03 million).
Nov 10, 2021
Belarus-Poland border tensions
The EU says it will impose more sanctions on Belarus because of its treatment of migrants. Thousands of people are at the border trying to get into Poland. Also: Malawi celebrates the election of its first albino MP, Overstone Kondowe, and diamonds worn by Marie Antoinette are up for sale.
Nov 09, 2021
Poland deploys thousands of troops on the border with Belarus
Poland has accused Belarus of encouraging people to enter the country illegally. Also: Obama tells young people to stay angry on climate, and the South African authorities say the convicted murderer and former Paralympic star, Oscar Pistorius, is eligible to be considered for parole.
Nov 09, 2021
China’s President Xi Jinping tightens grip on power
Top communist leaders discuss China’s political future. The gathering is expected to approve a resolution to praise the Communist Party's achievements. Also: the UN warns of a dire humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan, and we look back 13 billion years with the help of a massive new telescope.
Nov 08, 2021
Climate Special: Your questions answered
Our experts address your concerns about climate change. As the COP 26 summit continues in Glasgow, we look at the science behind global warming and the impact on our environment. Is there enough political will to make a difference? What can we as individuals do? Can technology help?
Nov 08, 2021
Protesters tear-gassed at rally against Sudan coup
The protesters are demanding the Sudanese military step back and allow the transition to civilian rule. Also, the US reopens its borders to vaccinated foreign travellers after 20 months of restrictions, and the result of a Twitter poll says Musk should sell 10% of Tesla stake.
Nov 08, 2021
Scores dead in Sierra Leone tanker explosion
The accident happened after a fuel tanker collided with another vehicle in the capital, Freetown. Also: Texas police open criminal investigation into deaths at festival, and a dig in Pompeii yields rare window on daily life of Roman slaves.
Nov 07, 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
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Oct 25, 2019