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Global News Podcast

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

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NASA: conclusive evidence of more water on the Moon

NASA says there is water on the Moon in far larger quantities than previously thought. Also, US Senate to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court justice, and a BBC investigation into a mass poisoning in Malaysia.
2020-10-27
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Trump nominee to be voted onto Supreme Court

The Republican-controlled Senate moves to confirm Amy Coney Barrett's appointment. Also: the general strike in Belarus, and the clock - frozen in time by Beirut's huge explosion.
2020-10-26
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Spain imposes national curfew to curb Covid

A coronavirus state of emergency with immediate effect - hits Spain; President Trump's coronavirus expert admits infections are still rising, and Lewis Hamilton has now won the most races in Formula One history.
2020-10-26
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Turkey condemns French pledge to defend secular society

France recalls its Ambassador to Turkey after President Erdogan launches personal attack on Emmanuel Macron; Trump comment on 'blowing up' dam angers Ethiopia, and hopes artificial intelligence could help diagnose Alzheimers disease.
2020-10-25
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Libya: Government and opposition sign permanent ceasefire deal

The deal between military leaders from Libya?s government and those from opposition forces lead by General Khalifa Haftar was brokered by the UN. Also: Sudan becomes the third Arab state in recent months to normalise relations with Israel, and a busker whose guitar was smashed by a passer-by receives a brand new one from a rock star.
2020-10-24
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Who came out on top? US debate fallout

Donald Trump and Joe Biden clash over pandemic, immigration and corruption allegations. Also: protests in Poland against court ruling to outlaw abortion in almost all cases, and Santa reassures children that Christmas isn't cancelled.
2020-10-23
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Final TV clash for Trump and Biden

We get analysis from our US correspondent and fact check the last presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden. Also: the controversial conservative nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, clears another hurdle on the way to a place on the US Supreme Court, Belgian doctors face a ?tsunami? of new Covid cases, and the wonder of Hermès ? how luxury goods are dodging the downturn.
2020-10-23
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Trump and Biden meet for final presidential debate

The battle lines are drawn for next month's election -- as the president and his Democratic Party challenger go head-to-head in the last TV debate before Election Day on November 3. Also today: the controversial conservative nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, clears another hurdle on the way to a place on the US Supreme Court, Belgian doctors face a ?tsunami? of new Covid cases, and the wonder of Hermès ? how luxury goods are dodging the downturn.
2020-10-23
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Australia aged care: sexual assault allegations

An estimated 50 sexual assaults occur each week across Australia, an inquiry has heard; also, heading to the afterlife - tales of human sacrifice in ancient China, and what we can learn from the diabolical ironclad beetle.
2020-10-22
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Unrest in Lagos after protest shooting

Amnesty International says at least 12 people were killed on Tuesday during protests in Nigeria's largest city. Also: Pope Francis indicates support for same-sex civil unions, and "cooling paint" could cut emissions from buildings.
2020-10-22
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Nigeria: President appeals for calm after unrest in Lagos

A number of people have reportedly been shot at a protest against police brutality. Also: at least fifteen people have died after stampede in eastern Afghanistan and an unknown attacker has vandalised art works on display at several galleries in Berlin.
2020-10-21
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Protestors 'shot dead' in Nigeria's biggest city

An indefinite 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Lagos and other regions. Also: US files landmark lawsuit against Google, and elation as NASA's Osiris-Rex probe tags asteroid Bennu in an effort to pick up samples.
2020-10-21
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US Election 2020: what the world wants

A special edition with a global perspective on the upcoming presidential election. We find out which countries are keeping a close eye on the vote, and hear from our correspondents around the world about the situation in their region. Also: we assess whether President Trump has kept his promises on trade, and how his strategies have shaped geopolitics.
2020-10-20
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Taliban conflict: Afghan fears rise

Afghanistan's National Security Advisor has warned that his country faces a very real threat of a renewed civil war. Also: Donald Trump and Joe Biden will have their microphones muted during portions of the second and final presidential election debate on Thursday and the Canadian town of Asbestos is hoping to get rid of its negative image with a new name.
2020-10-20
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US charges Russian intelligence officers in global cyber attacks

Prosecutors in Pittsburgh accuse the men, operating out of Moscow, of carrying out malware attacks between 2015 and 2019. Also: Trump says Sudan will be removed from terror list, and saving Australia's koalas by planting gum tree seeds using a drone.
2020-10-20
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France teacher attack: Police raid homes of suspected Islamic radicals

The Interior Minister said there would be no respite for enemies of France. Also: exit polls suggest the socialist party has won the election in Bolivia and China releases economic figures showing its recovery from Covid-19
2020-10-19
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Thousands rally to pay tribute to murdered French teacher

Samuel Paty was killed on Friday close to his school after showing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed to his pupils. Also: Thai police fire water cannon as crowds defy ban; and do sleep apps with "white noise" really work?
2020-10-19
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Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan agree new truce

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to another humanitarian ceasefire in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Also: French prosecutors say the teenager who beheaded a teacher outside a school was a Chechen refugee from Russia, and thousands of anti-government protesters have again taken to the streets in Thailand.
2020-10-18
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Terror inquiry launched after teacher beheaded in Paris

The victim reportedly showed controversial cartoons of Prophet Muhammad to his students. Also: the UN warns that peace talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban could be derailed by a new wave of violence, and a new study suggests flying during the pandemic may be safer than you think.
2020-10-17
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Brexit: Johnson says UK must prepare for a 'no deal' trade relationship with EU

Britain's PM said unless EU changed course, there'd be no post-Brexit trade agreement. Also, China denies report that it is separating Muslim Uighur children from their parents in Xinjiang, and Disney updates warning about racist content in classic films.
2020-10-16
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US: Republican leaders accuse Twitter of electoral interference over Biden article

Twitter prevented people from posting links to a New York Post article, which contained screenshots of emails to and from Mr Biden's son, Hunter, as well as photos of him. Also: The Democratic presidential and vice-presidential candidates, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, have both flown on planes on which a fellow traveller has tested positive for coronavirus, and we look into the one sector of the entertainment industry that?s benefitting from the virus.
2020-10-16
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Thai protesters defy emergency rules with rally

Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters gather in Bangkok despite a new emergency decree. More than 20 people were arrested, including a number of the movement's leaders. Also: the President of Kyrgyzstan resigns, how thousands of people are living with long-term coronavirus symptoms, and why biodegradable glitter is environmentally no better than the original product.
2020-10-15
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France orders curfew to combat second wave

President Macron imposes strict night-time restrictions on Paris and eight other cities as coronavirus cases surge. They?ll come into effect from Saturday and last for six weeks. Also: the Netherlands extends its controversial 'right to die' laws to children as young as one. And humanitarian medics in Afghanistan tell us of their battle to save lives as the battle rages for Helmand.
2020-10-15
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Thai protests: Police stop pro-democracy demonstrators from reaching PM's office

Big demonstrations staged in Bangkok by pro-democracy activists and their royalist rivals. Pro-democracy protestors want the King's powers curbed and the Prime Minister's resignation. Also, a report on Armenian community in Nagorno-Karabakh where ceasefire looks in danger of collapsing, and a veteran astronaut tells us we need to cherish our planet.
2020-10-14
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China and Russia join the UN Human Rights Council - but Saudi Arabia is rejected

They were elected despite criticism of their human rights records. Also: US Supreme Court nominee Barrett evades questions on key issues, and the flight record without aeroplane.
2020-10-14
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Coronavirus: China reports strong growth in trade

China was the first country hit by the virus - and its economy appears to have been the first to recover. Also: President Trump returns to the campaign trail, less than two weeks after being diagnosed with Covid-19, and the race to defuse a world war two bomb in Poland.
2020-10-13
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Trump Supreme Court nominee testifies

Amy Coney Barrett said she was 'honoured' by the controversial nomination. Also: Facebook bans content that denies or distorts the Holocaust, and the row over the remake of the film Cleopatra.
2020-10-13
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Bangladesh is to introduce the death penalty for rape

The announcement follows days of protests about levels of sexual violence against women. Also: Aboriginal groups in Australia tell an inquiry they are in mourning over the damage done to sacred sites by mining, and the Nobel Prize for Economics has been awarded to two American professors for their work on the theory of auctions.
2020-10-12
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Mutual accusations over broken ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh

Azerbaijan and Armenia accuse one another of having violated ceasefire after shelling of Ganja, Also: brutal crackdown on protests in Belarus, and the asteroid hurtling towards earth turns out to be something more innocent.
2020-10-12
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Nagorno-Karabakh: Reports of fresh shelling dent ceasefire hopes

The violence came just hours after a ceasefire came into force, with both Armenia and Azerbaijan swapping blame. Also: Donald Trump makes his first significant campaign appearance since being diagnosed with coronavirus, and what role are online conspiracy theories playing in this presidential election?
2020-10-11
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President Trump re-launches campaign as he recovers from coronavirus

Less than a week after leaving hospital with coronavirus, President Donald Trump will speak to hundreds of supporters at the White House on Saturday. Also: The World Bank says Latin America and the Caribbean are suffering the worst economic and health impacts from the virus, and what role do national anthems play in international football games when there are no fans?
2020-10-10
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Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 awarded to UN's World Food Programme

WFP was given prize for its efforts to combat hunger and improve conditions for peace. The agency said it was 'deeply humbled' to have won. Also, Moscow tries to broker a ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh, and the Cook Islands' leader causes controversy - by giving himself nearly all the posts in his cabinet.
2020-10-09
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FBI busts militia 'plot' to abduct Michigan governor

The Democrat was targeted by coronavirus sceptics after enacting strict lockdown measures. Also: European nations impose new restrictions as the continent records almost 100,000 new coronavirus cases, and the US places more sanctions on Iran.
2020-10-09
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Trump says he will not participate in next US presidential debate

Donald Trump says he will not ?waste his time? on the second debate of the US presidential campaign, after organisers announced it would take place virtually. Also, a Spanish court has struck down a partial Covid lockdown in Madrid. And Britain?s Prince William and nature broadcaster Sir David Attenborough launch a prize for environmentalism, worth more than $60 million.
2020-10-08
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Islamic State 'Beatles' charged in US over hostages' deaths

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh appeared in a US federal court in Virginia by video link, accused of killing four American hostages in Syria. The men, who were part of a group known as 'The Beatles' because of their British accents, face life imprisonment if convicted. Also: the former US police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd in May is released from prison on bail, and billionaires see their fortunes hit record highs during the pandemic.
2020-10-08
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Greece: extreme nationalist political party Golden Dawn is outlawed

Leaders of Neo-Nazi party found guilty of running criminal organisation. And members found guilty of range of crimes - including murder. Also, two women scientists given 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing tools to edit DNA, and how traditional method of gathering wild honey is being revived in mountains of Georgia.
2020-10-07
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Trump ends Covid budget stimulus relief talks

The US president says he will only resume talks after the election. Also:  opposition 'seize power' in Kyrgyzstan, and the legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen dies aged sixty-five.
2020-10-07
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Kyrgyzstan election result annulled after night of violence

Demonstrators storm parliament in the former Soviet republic. Also: President Trump is criticised for playing down the severity of Covid-19, and Singapore offers a 'baby bonus' to couples prepared to have a child during the pandemic.
2020-10-06
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Trump leaves hospital to continue Covid-19 treatment

The US president vowed to hit the campaign trail very soon, though he is still receiving medical care. Also: riot police clash with protestors in Kyrgyzstan, and feuding in the world of Japanese mascots.
2020-10-06
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President Trump criticised over drive-past

The decision to greet supporters while being treated for Covid-19 is under scrutiny. Also: The WHO?S top officials meet to discuss the global response to the pandemic, and the creature being reintroduced to mainland Australia after three thousand years.
2020-10-05
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Trump briefly leaves hospital to greet supporters

The US president is seen waving inside a car, hours after doctors said he might be discharged on Monday. Also: Nagorno-Karabakh conflict grows as big cities hit, and the Kenzo fashion brand founder dies from Covid-19.
2020-10-05
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Confusion over timeline of Trump's diagnosis

The US president was given oxygen before his admission to hospital. Also: Sudan's transitional government has signed a peace deal with an alliance of rebel groups aimed at ending decades of conflict, and Egypt announces the discovery of dozens of sarcophagi at an ancient site, south of the capital Cairo.
2020-10-04
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President Trump flown to hospital with Covid-19

The White House says he was admitted for tests as a precaution. Also: Germany's bid to reform social media, and Scottish criminals turn to music.
2020-10-03
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Trump and Melania test positive for Coronavirus

White House says President has 'mild symptoms' and he and First Lady are self-isolating. We assess likely impact of Mr. Trump's announcement on presidential elections - due on 3rd November. Also, Spain sees new surge in cases of Covid 19, and how European cities are changing as pandemic leads more people to take up cycling.
2020-10-02
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Anger grows after India 'gang rape' deaths

The death of a second Dalit woman after an alleged gang rape has shocked India. Also: More fires in the Amazon, and when bread is not bread.
2020-10-02
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Brexit: EU starts legal action against UK

Legal proceedings begin after UK refuses to ditch plans to override Brexit divorce deal. Also: Kremlin critic Navalny blames Putin for poisoning, and scientists say people who have a certain gene inherited from Neanderthals are more at risk from Covid-19.
2020-10-01
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Nagorno-Karabakh: Turkey denies sending Syrian mercenaries to fight

The battle in Nagorno-Karabakh, between Azerbaijan and Armenian separatists, is just the latest in a decades-long struggle for control of the region. Also, China and Russia react to the chaotic US presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. And, from pop concerts to professional wrestling, fans are being asked to keep their mouths shut, to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
2020-10-01
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Presidential debate: Trump and Biden in chaotic encounter

President Trump and Joe Biden have held a bitter and angry White House debate. They argued fiercely over Coronavirus, the economy, healthcare and far-Right extremism. Also, senior figures in India's governing BJP found not guilty of inciting Hindu extremists to demolish mosque, and why some experts think the world needs to drastically change its diet.
2020-09-30
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US presidential debate

Donald Trump and Joe Biden clash in a chaotic and combative debate. We hear from Cleveland, Ohio, where this first election debate is taking place and have analysis from our reality check correspondent. Also: the young people born and raised in Italy who are fighting for their right to citizenship, and could keeping exotic pets lead to their extinction?
2020-09-30
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UN holds emergency meeting about Azerbaijan and Armenia

Dozens have been killed as the violence between the countries escalates. Also: a horrific rape case in India has once again raised questions about women's rights and the caste system, and more people are keeping exotic reptiles as pets than previously thought...but could it lead to their extinction?
2020-09-30
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