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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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Prince Philip: Private funeral to be held next week

In his first public statement since the Duke of Edinburgh?s death, Prince Charles says his father gave ?the most remarkable, devoted service? to his family, to Britain, and to the Commonwealth. Also, thousands of people flee their homes after a volcanic eruption on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. And a United Nations official warns that Myanmar could be headed toward civil war after February?s military coup.
2021-04-10
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Prince Philip: Tributes after Duke of Edinburgh dies aged 99

Prince Philip was the longest serving consort in British history, having been married to Queen Elizabeth for seventy- three years. The Palace said he died peacefully at Windsor Castle on Friday morning. It's been confirmed that his funeral will not be a state occasion -- in line with his wishes. Also: A volcanic eruption has blanketed the Caribbean island of St Vincent in ash and, a landmark effort by Amazon workers to form a union chapter at their warehouse in the US state of Alabama appears to have been defeated.
2021-04-10
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The life of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

In this special edition, we mark the death of Prince Philip - the Duke of Edinburgh. Jackie Leonard looks back at the life of Queen Elizabeth's husband, his place in British history and his contribution to the monarchy.
2021-04-09
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President Biden signs executive order to impose modest controls on gun ownership

The president says gun violence has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, also, French president Macron closes the elite school ENA, and the trouble with Peppa Pig in China.
2021-04-09
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AstraZeneca vaccine challenges

Countries across the world have changed their advice on who should have the AstraZeneca vaccine. Also, Call My Agent star joins plea to reopen French theatres, and mind altering art - we find out why prehistoric cave painters chose such remote chambers.
2021-04-08
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Under-30s offered alternative to AstraZeneca vaccine

A review finds a "plausible" link to rare blood clots but says the AstraZeneca vaccine remains beneficial for most people. Also: Myanmar ambassador to UK "locked out" of embassy, and "strong evidence" found for a new force of nature.
2021-04-08
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Coronavirus: How is Astra Zeneca vaccine safety row affecting public confidence ?

Concerns voiced over whether Astra Zeneca vaccine causes blood-clots in the brain. Several countries have restricted use of the vaccine until more is known about possible links. Also, China tries to persuade its 'one-child' generation to have more babies, and how Kim Kardashian has joined the ranks of the world's billionaires.
2021-04-07
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US joins talks aimed at reviving Iran nuclear deal

Diplomats in Vienna are discussing how the US can lift sanctions and Iran return to compliance. Also: Brazil variant drives South America covid surge, and a man is arrested over Van Gogh and Frans Hals art thefts.
2021-04-07
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N Korea to skip Tokyo Olympics over Covid

It ends S Korea's hopes of using the Games to engage with Pyongyang. Also: Netanyahu is asked to form a new Israeli government, and alone on a ship for four years.
2021-04-06
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US police chief says Chauvin broke force policy

The Minneapolis police chief has testified in the trial of the ex-officer accused of killing George Floyd. Also: Google handed win in 10 year Oracle court battle, and the demise of LG mobiles.
2021-04-06
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Jordanian prince vows to defy 'house arrest'

Prince Hamzah says he won't stay quiet after being accused of plotting to destabilise the state. Also: the Israeli PM's corruption trial is told he sought improper benefits from media bosses, and the business owner who offered a job to the man who tried to burgle his restaurant.
2021-04-05
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Jordan accuses Prince Hamzah of plotting to destabilise kingdom

The Jordanian deputy PM says King Abdullah's half-brother sought to mobilise tribal leaders against the government. Also: lorry boss apologises over Taiwan train crash, and tighter Covid restrictions for India's Maharashtra state.
2021-04-05
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Claims of a coup plot in Jordan

The authorities detain the former crown prince and other high profile figures in Jordan for what's been described as "security reasons". Also: the German president tells the country's political leaders to "get it together" in the face of a third wave of coronavirus, and a ceremony unlike any other in Cairo as mummified Pharaohs are moved to a new home.
2021-04-04
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The US Capitol goes into lockdown

A police officer has died after he was hit by car driven by a man who was shot and later pronounced dead. Also: we hear from a doctor in Myanmar who has been treating victims of the military crackdown, the Netherlands pauses the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and are we about to find out who will be the next James Bond?
2021-04-03
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Tigray conflict: World powers angry over 'human rights abuses'

G7 group of economic powers has condemned killing of civilians in northern Ethiopia. The group also called for investigation into reported crimes, and for those responsible to be held to account. Also, at least 50 people killed as a crowded train crashes in Taiwan, and how animals - just like humans - try to follow the latest trends and fashions.
2021-04-02
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Fresh evidence emerges of atrocities in Tigray

Videos appear to show the massacre of unarmed civilians by people in Ethiopian army uniforms. There?ve been persistent allegations of serious abuses by all sides in the conflict - but a government media blackout has so far limited attempts to examine them. Also today: The new head of the WTO condemns vaccine inequality. And has home advantage in football really disappeared during the pandemic?
2021-04-02
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Aung San Suu Kyi charged with violating Myanmar's official secrets act

She faces up to fourteen years in prison. Also: seven Hong Kong activists are found guilty of organising unauthorised pro-democracy protests in 2019; and the Eurovision Song Contest allows fans in as part of a covid trial.
2021-04-01
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Biden unveils two trillion dollar package to boost economy

The aim is to modernise roads, repair bridges and promote climate initiatives. The plan will be financed by a tax increase on corporations. Also: the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says he is going on hunger strike to demand better medical treatment in jail, and Russia has registered the world?s first coronavirus vaccine for animals.
2021-04-01
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Italy: Naval officer 'caught selling secrets to Russia'

Police say officer was caught in act of handing secret documents to Russian official. Russia's ambassador has been summoned to Foreign Ministry in Rome. Also, heavy gunfire close to presidential palace in Niger two days before new leader due to be sworn in, and new report says white-majority countries should look to UK for model of how to reduce racial inequality.
2021-03-31
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More work needed to rule out Covid lab leak - WHO

A report says all possible causes of the pandemic remain on the table. Also: Germany is limiting the use of the AstraZeneca Covid jab, and how far can sperm counts fall?
2021-03-31
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China limits Hong Kong parliament to 'patriots'

The sweeping changes are the latest efforts by Beijing to step up its influence in Hong Kong. Also: world leaders call for treaty on future pandemics, and Nike sues over "Satan Shoes" with human blood.
2021-03-30
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George Floyd trial under way

The white former policeman Derek Chauvin is accused of murdering the African American. Also: the Suez Canal has reopened after a stranded ship was freed, and the Italian gangster identified by his tattoos.
2021-03-30
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Final operation to free Suez Canal ship

The 400m Ever Given has been wedged across the canal, one of the world's busiest trade routes. Also, the Thai Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, has said his country is preparing for a potential flood of refugees from Myanmar following the military coup there, and baby Galapagos tortoises wrapped in plastic found in suitcases.
2021-03-29
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Dozens dead after Islamist attack in Mozambique

Civilians with boats have been evacuating survivors of the violent raid on Palma. Also: watching a volcano erupt, and how to perform a socially-distanced 'Romeo and Juliet'.
2021-03-29
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More than 90 killed in Myanmar 'day of terror'

Dozens of deaths were reported as anti-coup activists defied warnings and protested. Also: Mozambique militants 'ambushed workers', and fresh efforts to refloat ship stuck in Suez Canal.
2021-03-28
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France was 'blind' to Rwanda genocide, report says

French historians say France bears "heavy responsibilities" over the 1994 Rwanda massacres, but they found no evidence of French complicity. Also: at least 32 people are killed in a train crash in Egypt, and Fox News is sued for $1.6bn over an election fraud claim.
2021-03-27
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Abiy Ahmed: 'Eritrea to withdraw its troops from Tigray conflict'

Ethiopian PM says Eritrean forces to leave Tigray, nearly 5 months after conflict began. Eritrean soldiers have fought alongside Ethiopia in war that's reportedly claimed thousands of lives. Also, Suez Canal remains completely blocked for fourth day by huge stranded container-ship, and new research shows an octopus may be able to dream.
2021-03-26
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Joe Biden gives his first news conference as US president

Mr Biden pledged to deliver 200 million Covid jabs to Americans in his first 100 days in office, double his original goal. Also, AstraZeneca has published revised results for the US trial of its Covid vaccine after its earlier report was criticised for using outdated information, and the acclaimed French director Bertrand Tavernier has died at the age of 79.
2021-03-26
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EU summit on Covid

EU leaders discuss how to increase vaccine production and tighten export controls, as many European countries face a surge in Covid infections. H&M and Nike face a backlash in China for acknowledging human rights concerns about cotton grown in Xinjiang, and why the African elephant is now critically endangered.
2021-03-25
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China hackers 'target Uighurs on Facebook'

Social media giant says platform used to spy on activists, journalists and dissidents living abroad. Also, India halts AstraZeneca vaccine exports, the saliva test that detects concussion on the spot and are food apps killing the restaurant business?
2021-03-25
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Germany cancels plans for Easter lockdown - a day after it was announced

Chancellor Merkel announces sudden U-turn on strict Coronavirus lockdown measures. She calls plan a 'mistake' and takes 'ultimate responsibility' for reversal. Also, disruption to world trade as huge container-ship blocks Suez Canal, and Prince Harry finds new job - in Silicon Valley.
2021-03-24
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Netanyahu claims 'huge win' in Israel election

Analysts say the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, could win the most seats but without winning a parliamentary majority. Also:, US president Joe Biden calls for swift action on gun control following mass killing in Colorado, and Banksy painting raises more than $23m for health charities.
2021-03-24
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Hundreds missing after fire at Bangladeshi refugee camp

The UN has described the blaze in Cox's Bazaar as catastrophic. Also, Germany extends its coronavirus lockdown, and new data from the Large Hadron Collider could change our understanding of the universe.
2021-03-23
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US government to ask Mexico and Guatemala to help reduce flow of migrants

The United States says it is concerned about the number of unaccompanied children arriving at border crossings. Also, western states sanction China for Uighur "abuses", and Aretha Franklin's family reject Genius biopic.
2021-03-23
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US trial of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine confirms safety

It proved nearly eighty per cent effective at stopping Covid-19 symptomatic cases and there were no problems regarding blood clots. This paves the way for the US to start administering the jab. Also: the French subsidiary of the Swedish retail giant IKEA has gone on trial accused of spying on staff, and how ?adopt a kiosk? is saving a British icon that has lost its purpose.
2021-03-22
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US defence secretary's surprise Afghan visit

Lloyd Austin's trip comes weeks before a planned withdrawal of all remaining US troops. Also, Buckingham Palace reviews diversity policies, and a large asteroid swings by Earth.
2021-03-22
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Protests against Covid-19 restrictions in many European cities

In the German city of Kassel, police used pepper spray and batons to disperse demonstrators. Also: Turkey pulls out of gender violence convention, and Iceland's lava-spewing Fagradalsfjall volcano is "subsiding".
2021-03-21
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COVID-19: Europe expects a third wave amid vaccine shortage

Sixteen regions of France, including Paris, go back into lockdown, while Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany could see more restrictions. Also, the US and China conclude a two-day meeting marked by confrontation and blunt talk. And Samia Suluhu Hassan becomes the first female president of Tanzania.
2021-03-20
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BBC journalist detained in Myanmar

Aung Thura was taken by unknown men as more people were reportedly killed by the military. Also: virtual reality Shakespeare, and the organisers of this year's Oscars ban Zoom.
2021-03-19
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EU agency says AstraZeneca vaccine is 'safe and effective'

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) reviewed the jab after 13 EU states suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine over fears of a link to blood clots. Following the announcement, Germany, France, Italy and Spain announced they would restart their roll-out of the vaccine. Also: President Biden has announced that the US will on Friday meet his target of vaccinating a-hundred million people in his first one-hundred days in office, more than a month ahead of schedule, and up to ten Russian track and field athletes will be able to compete as neutrals at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
2021-03-19
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WHO endorses AstraZeneca jab - as Europe awaits safety verdict

The European regulator's decision is due - following EU countries' pause of the jab. Also: the Covid survivor who was left with a stutter, and why Donald Trump's time in the White House has left him poorer.
2021-03-18
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Russia recalls envoy after Biden remarks about Putin

President Joe Biden said Vladimir Putin would "pay the price" for alleged election meddling. Also: The European Union threatens to block Covid vaccine exports to countries including the UK, and the President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, has died aged 61.
2021-03-18
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Coronavirus: EU announces plans for 'vaccine passport'

Officials say digital certificate to boost foreign travel should be issued to EU citizens. But announcement overshadowed by threats to restrict exports of coronavirus vaccine from EU. Also, 8 people shot dead in attacks in and around US city of Atlanta, and why an Australian bird species forgot how to sing its own song.
2021-03-17
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Europe's medicines regulator says benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh its risks

The French president calls EMA assurance 'encouraging', also, new study reveals what may have happend to the water on Mars, and why pickleball has become more popular in the US.
2021-03-17
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Mozambique militants 'beheading children'

Aid agency says Islamist fighters are targeting children as young as 11 in northern province of Cabo Delgado. Also: Britain shifts foreign policy focus to Asia, Facebook 'friends' Australia's News Corp, and what's in a name? Tesla boss Elon Musk changes his title to "Technoking".
2021-03-16
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More European countries suspend use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Their decision comes despite the WHO urging use of the vaccine, Also, Nigerian primary school children kidnapped, and the unusual visitor to the west coast of Ireland.
2021-03-16
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Myanmar military continues its suppression of protesters

More than 50 people were killed in the worst single day of brutality since the protests began. Also, a new UN push to end the decade-long Syrian war and the nominations for this year's Oscars.
2021-03-15
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Myanmar: Protesters killed in clashes

Security forces opened fire on demonstrators in Yangon where martial law has been declared. Also, the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the US is brought in to care for migrant children, and the controversy in Afghanistan where girls over the age of 12 have been banned from singing in public.
2021-03-15
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Leader of shadow civilian government in Myanmar vows resistance to military

In his first public address, uploaded onto Facebook, Mahn Win Khaing Than said this was Myanmar's darkest moment. Also, Moscow police raid election forum, and former F1 motor racing commentator Murray Walker dies aged 97.
2021-03-14
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Minneapolis to pay George Floyd family $27m

The settlement comes as a jury selection resumes for the murder trial of ex-officer Derek Chauvin. Also, Covid vaccines top the agenda at Quad meeting, and scientists unlock mysteries of ancient "computer".
2021-03-13
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