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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.

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


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

Episode Date
Russia ‘will make objective judgment’ about nuclear weapons
The Kremlin was responding after the leader of Chechnya said low yield nuclear weapons should be considered. Also: A major u-turn by the British government to scrap a controversial plan to cut taxes for the highest earners, and Egyptologists make a 'dream discovery'.
Oct 03, 2022
Brazil election: Bolsonaro and Lula in tight presidential race
Tens of millions voted Sunday to decide between the far-right current president Jair Bolsonaro and the left-wing Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Also: Indonesia investigates one of the deadliest football stadium disasters in decades, and thousands of runners have taken part in the London marathon.
Oct 03, 2022
Russian troops forced out of key east Ukraine town
Russian has withdrawn its troops from Lyman in a move seen as a significant setback for its campaign in eastern Ukraine. Also: a day after a coup in Burkina Faso there are protests in the capital, and Nandi - the 12 year old schoolgirl who drums and sings with the rock stars.
Oct 02, 2022
Russian annexation of Ukrainian territories widely condemned
President Biden said Moscow wouldn't be allowed to get away with seizing its neighbour's territory. Also; the leader of Burkina Faso is overthrown in a military coup, and it's curtains for Trevor Noah who announces his departure from The Daily Show.
Oct 01, 2022
Russia's President Putin annexes four areas of Ukraine
The territory is in occupied parts of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. Mr Putin promised to defend Russia's lands with every means available. Also: Hurricane Ian leaves a trail of devastation and death in Florida and, can listening to background noise help you relax?
Sep 30, 2022
'Many deaths' possible from hurricane Ian warns Biden
He said it could be the deadliest storm in Florida's history. Also; Russia gears up to complete its annexation of occupied Ukrainian territories in defiance of international law, and, Tom Hanks says he's made four 'pretty good films' -- so what's your favourite?
Sep 30, 2022
Russia to formally annex four areas of Ukraine
Vladimir Putin will hold a signing ceremony on Friday after self-styled referendums. Also: Hurricane Ian has weakened into a tropical storm as it moves across Florida but it's still drenching the peninsula in rain, and the new British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, has insisted that her government's controversial budget makes good economic sense despite the turmoil it's created in the financial markets.
Sep 29, 2022
'Catastrophic' storm surge as hurricane pounds Florida
Ian struck the Gulf coast, bringing powerful winds, severe flooding and power outages. Also; the US says it will rally global opposition to Russia's attempts to annex Ukrainian territory, and, a breakthrough in the treatment of Alzeimher's.
Sep 28, 2022
EU reacts to what it calls sabotage on two key gas pipelines
The EU and NATO stress the need to protect critical infrastructure after what they called acts of sabotage on two key gas pipelines. Also: Hurricane Ian strengthens into a Category Four storm as it approaches the Florida coast, and the lyrics for David Bowie's song 'Starman' are auctioned for more than two hundred thousand dollars.
Sep 28, 2022
Suspected sabotage of Russian-controlled pipeline
Baltic states say gas leaks appear to have been caused deliberately, and were probably linked to the war in Ukraine. Also; far-right militia leaders are going on trial in the United States, accused of plotting to block the peaceful transfer of power, and the Colombian popstar, Shakira, is ordered to go on trial for allegedly not paying millions in taxes.
Sep 27, 2022
Japan remembers Shinzo Abe
A state funeral is held for Japan's longest-serving prime minister. Also, it’s the final day of voting in widely discredited referendums in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, and the UN says the situation in Haiti is a humanitarian catastrophe.
Sep 27, 2022
White House warns Russia about annexing more Ukrainian territory
The US says it will impose further economic sanctions if Moscow annexes more territory in Ukraine. Also: Britain's central bank has said it's willing to hike interest rates to control inflation, and a direct hit as Nasa smashes spacecraft into an asteroid.
Sep 27, 2022
Deadly gun attack at Russian school
Pupils were among at least 13 people killed after a gunman opened fire at a school in Izhevsk. The gunman killed himself at the scene and was a former student. Also: Italy's far-right leader claims victory in elections, and why a lottery winner in India is miserable.
Sep 26, 2022
Italy's far-right set to win election
Giorgia Meloni is on course to be Italy's first female PM, and the country's first far-right leader since Benito Mussolini. Also: Cuba's referendum on same-sex marriage; and how difficult will it be for football fans to find accommodation during the World Cup in Qatar?
Sep 26, 2022
Hundreds arrested at anti-war protests in Russia since President Putin called up reservists to fight in Ukraine
There've been a series of protests in Russia since President Putin announced that three hundred thousand reservists would be sent to fight in Ukraine. Also: scores killed during clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and storm Ian delays launch of Nasa's moon rocket.
Sep 24, 2022
International condemnation over sham referendums in occupied Ukraine
Ukrainians have reported armed soldiers going door-to-door in occupied parts of the country to collect votes for self-styled "referendums" on joining Russia. Also: the pound plunges after mini-budget in the UK, and the tennis star Roger Federer plays his last professional match.
Sep 24, 2022
Moscow staging referendums in four occupied areas of Ukraine
They're being seen in the West as an attempt to legitimise Russian annexation. Also researchers say a new type of cancer therapy that uses a common virus to destroy harmful cells is showing promise, and the awarding-winning author Hilary Mantel -- whose novels brought to life the political intrigues of Tudor England -- has died at the age of seventy.
Sep 23, 2022
Ukraine issues global warning over Russian aggression
The foreign minister says no nation should feel safe until Russia's behaviour is punished. Also: the US slaps sanctions on Iran's morality police as demonstrations sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini continue, and we look at the woman tipped to become Italy's next prime minister.
Sep 23, 2022
Iranian deaths rise as protest crackdown continues
Women led demonstrations are spreading across the country. Also, Russians jet off to Serbia to escape mobilisation for the war in Ukraine and a former Chinese justice minister is given a suspended death sentence for receiving millions of dollars in bribes.
Sep 22, 2022
'Russia must pay', Zelensky tells UN
He said Russia deserved to be punished for stealing Ukrainian territory and murdering civilians. Also, protests in Iran escalate with reports of pitched battles in the capital Tehran; and, after an 18 year winless streak, have San Marino finally won a football match?
Sep 22, 2022
Ukraine war: President Putin calls up military reservists
Mr Putin warns he's prepared to use all means including nuclear weapons to defend territories. Ukraine says the order shows the invasion is not going to plan. Western leaders say it marks another escalation. Also: protests continue in Iran over the death of a young woman after being arrested, and Roger Federer on his retirement from tennis.
Sep 21, 2022
Fresh Ukrainian claims of Russian torture
They come as pro-Moscow separatists announce referendum plans in four annexed regions. Also, women burn headscarves in Iran as protests against their suppression spread, and we finally have the answer to that crucial question - how many ants are there in the world?
Sep 21, 2022
Russia accelerates annexation plans in occupied Ukraine
Referendums on joining Russia are to be held in Luhansk and Donetsk. Two other regions, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, have indicated they will take similar steps. Also: Pakistan health officials warn of an increase in waterborne diseases following floods, the UN General Assembly gets underway in New York, and the sounds of meteorites striking Mars are recorded for the first time.
Sep 20, 2022
Queen Elizabeth buried at Windsor Castle
In a private ceremony, the Queen is interred alongside her parents, husband and sister. Also, two people killed in Iran following demonsrations sparked by the death of a young woman detained for allegedly dressing immodestly, and Hurricane Fiona hits the Dominican Republic.
Sep 19, 2022
The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
World leaders, royal dignitaries and members of the public attended the service at Westminster Abbey in London. It was the biggest single gathering of global statesmen and women in living memory. In his sermon, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, praised the Queen for leading a life of loving service.
Sep 19, 2022
Britain and the world prepare to say a final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II
The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will take place today in Westminster Abbey in London. King Charles III says he is deeply touched by the public's support. Millions of people around the world are expected to watch the event on television.
Sep 19, 2022
Queen Elizabeth's eight grandchildren hold vigil around her coffin
Princes William and Harry and their cousins stood guard at the Queen's lying-in-state at Westminster Hall in London. Also: Iran headscarf protest at arrested woman's funeral, and could listening to music help to reduce comfort eating?
Sep 18, 2022
Mass exhumations at Ukraine forest graves site
Western leaders have condemned Russia after the discovery of hundreds of bodies near Izyum in north-eastern Ukraine. Also: Putin says Ukraine counter-offensive won't change Russia's plans, and King Charles III leads a silent vigil as Queen Elizabeth's coffin lies in state in Westminster Hall in London.
Sep 17, 2022
Ukraine: Bodies exhumed in city taken back from Russian forces
Officials think that there are more than 450 bodies buried at Izyum. Also, Italians head to the polls divided over energy and Ukraine and why a carrot emoji on Facebook doesn’t mean what you might think it means.
Sep 16, 2022
Ukrainian police say they've found evidence of a mass grave near Izyum
Police say they will carry out exhumations near the city of Izyum to get a clear picture of the number of victims. Also: A UN building in Haiti is ransacked by thousands of people desperately seeking food, and Roger Federer announces plans to retire from tennis.
Sep 16, 2022
The presidents of China and Russia meet for the first time since the invasion of Ukraine
Mr Putin said he appreciated what he called China's "balanced position" on Ukraine. Also: Buckingham Palace releases details of Queen Elizabeth's state funeral, and the billionaire businessman who's given away his company to help fight climate change.
Sep 15, 2022
'We will come' Zelensky warns Russians
President Volodymyr Zelensky vows to liberate more Ukrainian territory, and says plans are in place. Also, queues of mourners have stretched more than four kilometres as thousands pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth who is lying in state in Westminster Hall, and - could Ecuador be disqualified from the upcoming World Cup in Qatar?
Sep 15, 2022
Queen Elizabeth's coffin leaves Buckingham Palace
Her Majesty will lie in state for four days. Thousands of people lined the streets to pay their respects. Also: the EU Commission president declares support for Europeans struggling with energy bills, and President Zelensky has visited Izyum, a key city retaken in Ukraine's ongoing counter-offensive.
Sep 14, 2022
Ukrainian accounts of torture by retreating Russian forces
They come as Kyiv's offensive to regain further lost territory continues with footage showing troops raising their flag over several recently-liberated villages. Also, Twitter's former head of security has accused the platform of being unable to protect its data properly, in forthright testimony to a US Senate hearing, and could Japan be missing a trick by not investing more in Africa?
Sep 14, 2022
Ukraine continues to take land back from Russia
Ukrainian officials say the army is pushing ahead with its counter-offensive in the north-east of the country. Also: King Charles has met political leaders in Northern Ireland; and the French film director, Jean-Luc Godard, has died.
Sep 13, 2022
Ukraine claims fresh territorial gains against Russians
President Zelensky says forces have recaptured nearly 6,000 square kilometres since their September offensive began. Also, a warning from the UN that Afghan women and girls have faced staggering repression since the Taliban seized power, and, with votes still being counted, we hear about the rise of the far-right Sweden Democrats in the recent election.
Sep 13, 2022
Russians 'outnumbered eight to one’ in Ukraine counter-attack
Russia's top occupation official says Ukraine has regained more northern villages. Also, King Charles III arrives in Edinburgh to lead a procession behind the Queen's coffin, and officials say more villages in southern Pakistan could be flooded due to the country's largest fresh water lake overflowing.
Sep 12, 2022
Russian attacks cause blackouts in eastern Ukraine
Ukraine's President says they were in retaliation for the recent big gains made by his forces in the northeast. Also, The right wing opposition in Sweden is running neck and neck with the centre-left governing coalition as votes are counted in the election, and, why nooses have been hanging from trees in the Iranian capital as a sign of protest.
Sep 12, 2022
King Charles III pays tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth
The new King addressed the British nation from Buckingham Palace after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth. Also: King Charles says his son William will become the Prince of Wales, and his wife Catherine the Princess of Wales.
Sep 09, 2022
A period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II is underway
Bells and gun salutes sound across the UK as tributes come in from across the world. Also: the new King, Charles III, returns to London from Balmoral Castle in Scotland - but what kind of monarch will he be?
Sep 09, 2022
The death of Queen Elizabeth II
Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has died aged 96. The Queen had served as head of state for more than 70 years. She was the longest-reigning still-serving monarch in the world and was head of state of the UK and 14 other countries. Her son, King Charles III, said the death of his beloved mother was a "moment of great sadness" for him and his family and that her loss would be "deeply felt" around the world.
Sep 09, 2022
Queen Elizabeth is under medical supervision after doctors express their concern
Buckingham Palace says the 96 year old monarch "remains comfortable". Prince Charles and Princess Anne are with Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Also, defence ministers and military officials meet in Germany to discuss support for Ukraine and, the UN warns that decades of progress around the world is now in reverse.
Sep 08, 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
Brazil's President Bolsonaro dismisses opinion polls as 'a lie'
The figures suggest that he will lose next month's election to his left-wing rival, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Also: The UN Security Council has called for increased support for Somalis threatened by famine. And we meet the woman who can detect disease using her sense of smell.
Sep 07, 2022
President Putin says sanctions on Russia pose a threat to the world economy
Mr Putin said they were not working and it was impossible to isolate Russia. Also: Britain's new prime minister, Liz Truss, makes her first address to parliament, and scientists discover wild chimpanzees like drumming.
Sep 07, 2022
Calls for demilitarised zone around Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant
UN inspectors are recommending a security zone should be set up immediately to shield the facility from fighting. Also, Britain's new Prime Minister Liz Truss sets out her key priorities as she takes over from Boris Johnson, and, the extraordinary story of Tico the country hopping manatee.
Sep 07, 2022
New UK PM confirmed after meeting Queen at Balmoral
Liz Truss is appointed prime minister as the country faces a deepening economic crisis. Also, the UN warns that parts of Somalia are on brink of famine, and Brazil judge suspends easing of gun laws because of fears of election violence.
Sep 06, 2022
Trump gets a rare legal victory
A special master will carry out a review of the documents seized by FBI agents from Donald Trump's Florida home last month. Also, Canadian police say one of the suspects in the mass stabbings in Saskatchewan has been found dead. And, why Venice has had enough of mass tourism.
Sep 05, 2022
Liz Truss will be the next British Prime Minister
She won the contest to be leader of the governing Conservative Party. She'll be appointed Prime Minister by Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday. Also: the Supreme Court in Kenya confirms William Ruto's victory in the presidential election, and we follow the water police in Los Angeles.
Sep 05, 2022
Voting ends in Chilean constitutional referendum
If approved, it will replace the current text imposed by the military dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1980. Also, the military leaders of Mali and Burkina Faso join forces to drive jihadists from their countries, and, why rocketing energy bills have threatened the lighting of the iconic Blackpool illuminations.
Sep 05, 2022
NASA Moon rocket launch delayed for weeks
The lift-off was postponed after a fuel leak was detected. Also; Pakistan says it's facing the worst climate change-induced disaster of any country in recent years as the impact of floods continues to be felt, and the grueling race to sail around the world with no technology is set to get under way.
Sep 04, 2022
IAEA voices concern over state of Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant
The head of the IAEA has said the physical integrity of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine has been violated several times as a result of military activity. Also: Russia to keep key gas pipeline to European Union closed, and what have been the most popular soundtracks streamed this summer?
Sep 03, 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