Global News Podcast

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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.

Best news podcast
 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


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Episode Date
Hundreds of Ukrainian fighters evacuated from Mariupol steelworks
Many have been admitted to hospital in the Russian controlled town of Novoazovsk. Also: Sri Lanka's new prime minister warns of further difficult months, a huge dust storm hits the Middle East, and how robot-assisted surgery might speed up recovery times.
May 16, 2022
Ukraine: the children's camp that became an execution ground
The authorities in Bucha accuse Russian soldiers of war crimes. Also: North Korea's leader orders his military to help respond to the Covid outbreak; and we report on how some people in the food-producing giant Brazil are struggling to get enough to eat.
May 16, 2022
Finland and Sweden confirm Nato bid
They want to join the alliance after Russia’s Ukraine invasion. Also, killing of 10 people in US supermarket shooting a “hate crime”, and Tonga’s volcano explosion was biggest in a century.
May 15, 2022
World's most powerful nations 'will never recognise' Ukraine border change
The G7 says it will not acknowledge land seized by Russian military action. Also: thousands of pro-life supporters march in the US, and India bans wheat exports with immediate effect.
May 14, 2022
Violence at funeral for Al Jazeera reporter
Israeli police with riot-gear hit mourners saying they were pelted with stones, as crowds carried the coffin. Also: Russia to suspend electricity supply to Finland, and critics praise "thrilling" Top Gun movie sequel.
May 14, 2022
Ukrainians trying to leave Russia complain of frightening interrogations
Men passing through a transit point in Estonia say they have been questioned for hours. Also, Russian troops fighting in Ukraine have suffered what looks like another major setback, and Platinum Pudding - Britain's new dessert to mark Queen Elizabeth's 70 years as monarch.
May 13, 2022
UN to investigate Russian abuses in Ukraine
The UN Human Rights Council has voted to set up an inquiry into allegations of abuses by Russian forces in Ukraine. Also, astronomers reveal the first ever image of the large black hole in our galaxy, and the Nepali woman who has climbed Everest 10 times.
May 13, 2022
Finland announces intention to join Nato
**The report on Nigeria in this podcast contains descriptions of violence that some listeners may find upsetting** Finland says its decision follows Russia's invasion of Ukraine; Moscow reacts angrily. Also, the White House says more than a million Americans have now lost their lives to Covid-19. And the professional aircraft designer hoping to set a new world record - with a paper plane.
May 12, 2022
Sri Lankan president says he will appoint a new cabinet within a week
The Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa used a late-night address to offer a number of concessions, but said he needed to stay on to stop the country descending into anarchy. Also, US Democrats' bid for federal abortion law fails, and a passenger who had 'no idea' how to fly lands a plane in Florida as pilot falls ill.
May 12, 2022
Al Jazeera reporter killed during Israeli raid in West Bank
Shireen Abu Aqla was shot while covering a military operation at a refugee camp. Also, Ukraine says it is suspending the flow of Russian natural gas through a transit point and the authorities in Shanghai extend a coronavirus lockdown.
May 11, 2022
Sri Lankan soldiers told to shoot law-breakers on sight
Troops are on the streets of Colombo after anti-government unrest, fuelled by the economic crisis. Also, US spy chief says Putin preparing for long war in Ukraine, and EA Sports to stop making Fifa video game.
May 11, 2022
Sri Lanka: Escalating violence as protests continue
Curfew in force across Sri Lanka amid mounting anger at the economic crisis. Also, the Marcos political dynasty returns to power in the Philippines, and Spain sacks spy chief over phone hacking scandal.
May 10, 2022
Ex-dictator’s son leads Philippines vote
Initial results suggest Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr is heading for a landslide win in the Philippines election. Also, Ukraine reacts to Putin’s Victory Day attempts to justify the war, and New York considers funding abortions for women from states which ban it.
May 09, 2022
Putin defends Ukraine war but no hint of next steps
The Russian president said the invasion of Ukraine was necessary and had been provoked by the West. Eastern and southern parts of Ukraine are still being hit by relentless Russian shelling. Also, the Sri Lankan prime minister has resigned as violence gripped parts of the capital, and the machine using light and sound to create illusions in the mind.
May 09, 2022
Zelensky: 60 people dead after bomb hits school
Volodymyr Zelensky says 60 people died after a bomb hit a school in the Donbas region. About 90 people had been sheltering in the building which Ukraine says was hit in a Russian strike. Also, the people of the Philippines are voting to choose a successor to President Rodridgo Duterte, and the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has travelled to Iran to meet the country's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
May 08, 2022
Afghanistan: Taliban orders women to wear full face veil in public
Afghan women already face restricted access to jobs, travel and education. Also, for the first time the Northern Ireland election is won by a party which wants a united Ireland, and Ukraine says all women, children and the elderly have been evacuated from the besieged steelworks in Mariupol.
May 07, 2022
Amnesty International accuses Russia of inaction over human rights abuses
The human rights group says there is evidence of attacks on civilians and extrajudicial killings. Also: a rescue operation is underway in Cuba after an explosion at a hotel in Havana; and Yemeni prisoners freed by the Saudi-led coalition have been flown back to Yemen.
May 06, 2022
Fresh fighting scuppers rescue of civilians trapped in besieged Mariupol steelworks
Ukrainian soldiers accuse Russians of ruining plans for an evacuation ceasefire. The UN and Red Cross are expected to make another attempt to extricate non-combatants from the 'hellscape' of the Azovstal plant. Also: the Philippines prepares to elect a new president; the first African American - and openly gay woman -- to be White House press secretary; and the world's smallest porpoise fights back from the edge of extinction.
May 06, 2022
UN says evacuation convoy heading to Mariupol 'hellscape'
Another attempt to get civilians out of the besieged Azovstal steelworks is planned for today. Also:  a number of fatalities in attack in Israeli city of Elad, and Queen Elizabeth to miss upcoming garden parties.
May 06, 2022
Ukraine says Russia is trying to destroy Mariupol defenders
Russia denies storming Azovstal steelworks, saying it has offered a ceasefire instead. Also, World Health Organisation says nearly 15 million people have died due to the coronavirus pandemic since 2020, and Bill Gates talks to the BBC about divorce, conspiracy theories and his feud with Elon Musk.
May 05, 2022
Russia launches major assault on Mariupol steelworks
Ukraine says Russian forces have entered the city's Azovstal complex. Also: French Left join forces to fight Macron, and Maradona's "Hand of God" shirt sells for millions of dollars.
May 04, 2022
EU proposes total ban on oil imports from Russia
The head of the European Commission says it should come into force by the end of the year. Also; Sri Lankan government faces no-confidence vote, and the sweaty football shirt worth millions of dollars.
May 04, 2022
Relief as Mariupol steelworks refugees reach safety
Hundreds of civilians still remain trapped in the bunkers under the industrial site in Mariupol. Also: US Supreme Court says abortion ruling leak is genuine, and the Sex Pistols re-release God Save The Queen song.
May 04, 2022
US Supreme Court may overturn abortion rights, leak suggests
A draft opinion leaked from the top court in the US appears to show that the judges will reverse Roe vs. Wade, the landmark ruling which guarantees abortion rights nationwide. Also, Washington accuses Russia of trying to legitimise its occupation of eastern Ukraine with a sham referendum on independence. And in Somalia, Al-Shabaab militants attack an African Union peacekeeping base.
May 03, 2022
Hundreds of civilians still trapped in Mariupol steel complex
The Ukrainian defenders of the Azovstal steel works in Mariupol say Russian troops are using planes, tanks and warship missiles to pound the sprawling industrial site. Also: EU divided over how to step away from Russian energy, and the hunt in Alabama for missing prison inmate and guard.
May 03, 2022
Israel outrage after Russia's foreign minister claims Hitler had Jewish roots
Israel demands an apology and summons the Russian ambassador for clarification. Also: Spain says the mobile phones of the prime minister and his defence minister have been infected with spyware, and New Zealand reopens to tourists.
May 02, 2022
Dozens of citizens evacuated from Mariupol
Evacuees speak of desperate conditions for those holding out there against Russian forces. Also: a week-long protest march against the Sri Lankan government's mishandling of the economy has culminated in a mass demonstration in the capital, and three critically endangered Asiatic cheetah cubs are born in Iran as part of a captive breeding programme.
May 01, 2022
Kyiv warns that Russia is gearing up to intensify its assault in eastern Ukraine
A Ukrainian spokesman says Moscow's objectives remained to surround Ukrainian troops. Also: an MP in the UK announces his resignation after admitting watching pornography in the House of Commons, and the story of the Duke and the Queen - the jazz legend and the British monarch.
Apr 30, 2022
Suicide attack in Kabul mosque
Religious leaders in Afghanistan say at least fifty people have been killed. Also: the former tennis star, Boris Becker, is jailed, and preparations for biggest fight in female boxing.
Apr 29, 2022
Former Afghan general vows new war against Taliban
Operations could begin next month but many are weary of more conflict. Also: the World Health Organisation accuses baby milk producers of unethical social media practices, James Corden announces his departure from The Late Late Show, and why assumptions about certain breeds of dogs may not be true.
Apr 29, 2022
Russian missiles strike Kyiv during visit by UN chief
Antonio Guterres criticises Security Council's failure to end the war in Ukraine. Also: Indonesia bans exports of palm oil, people in China rail against Covid measures, and evidence of a fearsome prehistoric predator is found in the Swiss Alps.
Apr 28, 2022
Ukrainian civilians forcibly deported to Russia
Human rights groups say tens of thousands are being relocated. Also: The United States and Russia carry out a prisoner swap, the 3D printed wind turbines, and why virtual meetings could limit our creativity.
Apr 28, 2022
EU says it won't give in to Russian blackmail
The statement comes after Russia stopped gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria. Also: Bitcoin becomes legal tender in the Central African Republic; and calls for action to save reptiles from extinction.
Apr 27, 2022
Russia cuts gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria
Both countries have refused Russia's demand to pay for gas in roubles. Also: Aung San Suu Kyi is sentenced to jail for corruption; and a methane mask for cows wins a climate design award.
Apr 27, 2022
UN chief tells Putin Ukraine invasion contradicts UN charter
Antonio Guterres said he was deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. Also: Gazprom to suspend supplies to Poland, and the tiny book that sold for more than one million dollars.
Apr 27, 2022
UN chief in Russia for Ukraine talks
António Guterres says he is "messenger of peace". Also: reaction to Elon Musk's Twitter deal and we hear from the Oscar winning star Viola Davis.
Apr 26, 2022
Elon Musk strikes deal to buy Twitter for $44bn
The billionaire said he would unlock the social media firm's potential. Also: US judge holds Donald Trump in contempt, and smelly art at the Prado Museum in Madrid.
Apr 26, 2022
US defense secretary: 'We want Russia weakened'
Washington pledges another $700 million in military aid to Ukraine, as US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin says Moscow should not be left with the capability to launch another invasion. Also: panic buying in Beijing, as the Chinese capital braces for another potential Covid lockdown; and the Ethiopian town of Lalibela - once a major tourist site - struggles to regain its footing in the midst of a pandemic and a war.
Apr 25, 2022
Macron defeats Le Pen and vows to unite France
Emmanuel Macron triumphs over his far-right rival and becomes the first French president to win re-election in 20 years. Also: a father of a baby killed in a missile attack in Odesa says his world has been destroyed, and on the ganja trail in Jamaica.
Apr 25, 2022
Odesa apartment block hit by missiles
Ukraine says the fatalities in Odesa included a baby. Also: new Ebola case confirmed in DR Congo, and how does a mountain lion cross a major highway in California?
Apr 23, 2022
Dozens killed in a bomb blast at a mosque in Afghanistan
The attack happened during Friday prayers in the northern province of Kunduz. The Taliban say children are among the dead. Also: Indonesia bans the export of palm oil, researchers say Anglo-Saxon nobles were mostly vegetarian, and music lovers get ready for Record Store Day.
Apr 22, 2022
UN calls Ukraine war a 'horror story of rights violations'
The UN Human Rights Office said that respect for international law has been "tossed aside". The UN monitoring mission has received allegations of more than 300 unlawful killings in Ukraine. Also, Shanghai escalates Covid lockdown restrictions, and an international arrest warrant has been issued for Carlos Ghosn, the former executive of the car maker Nissan, who escaped from Japan hidden in a box.
Apr 22, 2022
Mariupol: 'We have wounded and dead inside the bunkers'
One of the city's last defenders tells the BBC conditions are dire and they won't surrender. Also: the Honduran ex-leader is extradited to the US on drug charges, and how dressing up as a vampire could break a world record.
Apr 21, 2022
Putin claims victory over Mariupol
President Putin says Russia controls the strategic port city, and tells his troops to seal off the Azovstal steel plant. Also: clashes between Israelis and Palestinians at the al-Aqsa Mosque; and Manchester United confirm their next boss.
Apr 21, 2022
French rivals for presidency clash in TV debate
Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen argued over her links to Vladimir Putin. Also: the anguish continues for thousands trapped in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, and the producers of a film whose cinematographer was accidentally shot dead by Alec Baldwin have been given the maximum fine possible.
Apr 20, 2022
Mariupol commander pleads for international help
In a video sent from the besieged city, a Ukrainian marine says his men might have only hours left. Also, French presidential rivals Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen prepare to go head to head in a televised debate, and China signs a controversial security pact with the Solomon Islands.
Apr 20, 2022
Clashes continue in eastern Ukraine
Dozens of missiles are launched as Russian and Ukrainian forces fight along a 480km front in the Donbas region. Also: British PM sorry for party during Covid-19 lockdown as opposition calls apology a joke, and what are the rules determining a double-barrelled name?
Apr 20, 2022
Russian forces clash with Ukrainian troops in eastern Ukraine
Also: Israel has carried out its first air strikes on the Gaza Strip for months in response to a Palestinian rocket attack, and The World Food Programme is warning that up to twenty million people are at risk of hunger in the Horn of Africa.
Apr 19, 2022
Zelensky says the battle for the Donbas region has begun
Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, says he can now confirm that Russian troops have begun the second phase of the war. Also: Libya’s National Oil Corporation says a wave of protests affecting the energy sector are likely to get worse, and British PM's Downing Street network targeted with spyware.
Apr 18, 2022
Russia launches missiles on Lviv in western Ukraine
Ukraine says seven people were killed in the city, which had largely escaped attack until now. Also: South Africa deploys thousands of troops to help with the rescue efforts in KwaZulu-Natal province where flooding and mudslides have killed more than 400 people, and China acknowledges for the first time that there have been deaths in the current coronavirus outbreak in Shanghai.
Apr 18, 2022
Ukraine says Russian forces are determined to destroy Mariupol
The Ukrainian foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, says the situation in the besieged port of Mariupol is both dire and heartbreaking. Also: Iranian authorities investigate a multi-million dollar cryptocurrency scam, and Finland is named the happiest country in the world -- for a fifth year in a row.
Apr 18, 2022
Russia claims it has taken nearly all of Mariupol
The Russian defence ministry says the only remaining defenders of the Ukrainian port of Mariupol are in the Azovstal steelworks. President Zelensky says the situation is extremely difficult. Also: remembering the film "Bend It Like Beckham" 20 years on.
Apr 17, 2022
Ukraine says 900 civilian bodies recovered in Kyiv region
The areas have recently been liberated from the Russian army. Also: Ukraine says Russia did not manage to evacuate all the crew from the Moskva, and the Algerian migrant who's struggling to claim a lottery prize
Apr 15, 2022
Russia attacks Ukrainian missile factory after Black Sea warship sinks
Russia says it hit the factory after losing the flagship, Moskva. The attack came hours after it admitted that the warship had sunk following an explosion on Wednesday. Also: a city on edge, as clashes take place in one of Jerusalem holiest sites; and how the hacking attack of a Vietnamese computer game has been linked to North Korea.
Apr 15, 2022
Russian warship Moskva 'sinks in storm'
President Zelensky calls on the West to give Ukraine more weapons now. Also: there's criticism of the UK's plan to fly asylum seekers to Rwanda; and a guilty verdict for the Islamic State 'Beatle' jihadist.
Apr 14, 2022
Russia says its Black Sea flagship is afloat after Ukraine claims missile strike
Moscow says the Moskva was damaged by a fire on board. Fifty days into the conflict our security correspondent gives us his assessment. Also: Britain strikes a deal to send asylum seekers arriving by boat on a one way trip to Rwanda, and the tech billionaire Elon Musk makes a takeover bid for Twitter.
Apr 14, 2022
Mariupol: Ukraine says it still controls the city
Ukraine denies mass surrender of troops to Russia as the US boosts military assistance to the tune of 800 million dollars. Also: New York police arrest a suspect for the shooting at a subway on Tuesday, and we find out why the Brazilian army says it is buying Viagra.
Apr 14, 2022
Mariupol: Russia says Ukrainian troops are surrendering
Ukraine denies that the besieged port city has fallen, after Moscow says it accepted the surrender of more than 1,000 Ukrainian marines. Also: President Biden accuses Vladimir Putin of genocide. And we hear about the campaign to free the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda, now serving 25 years in prison.
Apr 13, 2022
British Prime Minister apologises for not observing Covid lockdown rules
Boris Johnson was fined by the police for going to a birthday party at Downing Street. Also: Ukraine and Russia are ramping up forces in the eastern Donbas region, and the police in New York are searching for a man who shot ten people at a Brooklyn subway station during the morning rush hour.
Apr 12, 2022
British prime minister and finance minister to receive fines
Police say this is in connection with gatherings at government buildings during lockdown. Also: President Putin defends Moscow's military operation in Ukraine, and the world's skinniest skyscraper opens in New York.
Apr 12, 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