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Global News Podcast

Global News Podcast

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

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India's Supreme Court orders an inquiry into government spying

An independent investigation will be conducted into allegations that India's government hacked the phones of journalists and political rivals. Also, a Brazilian senate committee recommends that President Jair Bolsonaro face criminal charges for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. And the Australian footballer Josh Cavallo comes out as gay, making him the only top-level male player in the world to be open about his homosexuality.
2021-10-27
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US revokes licence of top Chinese telecoms company

China Telecom must stop providing services in the US within 60 days. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission cited national security concerns. Also: Queen Elizabeth cancels her trip to Glasgow's UN climate conference, and we hear about the events in Afghanistan as President Ashraf Ghani fled the country before the Taliban took control.
2021-10-27
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Arrests over illicit trade on dark web

Police around the world have accused 150 people of trading illegal goods on the dark web - part of the internet that can only be accessed using special software. Also, the coup leader in Sudan says the army seized power to prevent a civil war. And the niece of the Japanese emperor, Princess Mako, has married a commoner and left the royal family.
2021-10-26
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Sudan: US suspends aid after coup

The $700m fund has been halted amid international condemnation of the military takeover. Also: Tesla surpasses $1 trillion valuation, and collector returns a Mayan artefact to Guatemala.
2021-10-26
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Sudan army stages coup

Military arrests civilian political leaders and declares a state of emergency. Also: China tries to control a new Covid outbreak ahead of the Winter Olympic Games, another record year for greenhouse gas emissions, and the WFP warns that more than half of Afghanistan?s population is going hungry.
2021-10-25
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Ethiopia airstrikes hit new Tigray targets

Previous bombardments in the Tigray region have focused on the regional capital, Mekelle. Also: Palestinians condemn Israeli settlement plans in West Bank, and the Friends actor, James Michael Tyler, dies aged 59.
2021-10-25
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Turkey moves to throw out US ambassador and nine others

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declares the ambassadors "persona non grata" for urging the release of the activist Osman Kavala. Also: hundreds of inmates escape in latest Nigeria jailbreak, and Australian scientists produce tadpoles better adapted to climate change.
2021-10-24
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UN suspends flights to Tigray amid Ethiopian air raids

It follows a government airstrike which forced a UN plane to abort its landing. Also: the actor Alec Baldwin says he's heartbroken by the fatal film set shooting of a cinematographer, and a US whistleblower is given a two-hundred million dollar reward.
2021-10-23
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Alec Baldwin fatally shoots woman on movie set

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed when film star fired prop gun. A man was also injured, and police say they're investigating but no charges have been filed. Also, our correspondent follows a group of migrants from Iraq to eastern Europe, and how ivory-poaching in Mozambique has led to more tuskless elephants being born.
2021-10-22
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The WHO complains about the seeming indifference of rich countries

The World Health Organisation that estimates millions of health workers are still unvaccinated and says that rich countries don't care. Also: Queen Elisabeth spends a night in hospital, and Donald Trump announces plans to launch a new social media network.
2021-10-22
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Leak reveals lobbying to change key climate report

Countries are asking the UN to play down the need to move rapidly away from fossil fuels. Also: WHO says jab inequity means COVID-19 pandemic will drag on, and when did the Vikings arrive in the New World?
2021-10-21
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Brazil parliament committee condemns Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic

It recommends he face a series of charges including crimes against humanity. Also, Kenya's president lifts a nationwide coronavirus curfew introduced 18 months ago, and new research into why the woolly mammoth died out suggests humans may be less to blame than previously thought.
2021-10-21
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Deadly attack in central Damascus

Fourteen military personnel killed in army bus bombings in the Syrian capital Damascus.. Also, pig kidney human transplant, Real Madrid striker on trial in sex tape case and Netflix sued after internet traffic surge from Squid Game.
2021-10-20
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Ethiopia: Federal and Tigrayan troops prepare for an existential fight

After months of relative peace, the Ethiopian government is reported to be sending busloads of poorly equipped soldiers to the front lines. Also, Chinese officials offer a $23,000 reward for a man who pulled off a daring prison escape. And in Spain, drones will be used to try to rescue three dogs from an erupting volcano.
2021-10-20
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Poland's PM accuses EU of 'blackmail' in row over rule of law

Mateusz Morawiecki accused the EU of 'blackmail' during a debate with European Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen. The clash followed a ruling by a top Polish court, which rejected key sections of EU law. Also, crisis in Romania as it records one of the world's highest Covid mortality-rates, and we meet Eric Zemmour - the politician who may challenge Marine Le Pen for leadership of France's far-Right.
2021-10-19
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Biden administration asks US Supreme Court to block Texas anti-abortion law

The law was blocked and then reinstated by lower courts, Also, Westminster memorial service for the murdered British parliamentarian Sir David Amess, and Italy's Five Star Movement loses control of Rome and Turin in local elections.
2021-10-19
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Colin Powell: Former US Secretary of State dies of Covid complications

Tributes paid to former top military commander and politician who has died aged 84. He was the first African-American to become Secretary of State, but was controversial due to his support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Also, China denies testing rare hypersonic missile, and why hundreds of people posed nude for a photo-shoot by the Dead Sea.
2021-10-18
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Dozens missing in deadly Indian floods

Severe flooding in the Indian state of Kerala leaves more than 26 people dead and dozens missing. An American Christian organisation has confirmed that 17 missionaries and family members have been kidnapped in Haiti. Also, to what extent were modern European ideas of democracy influenced by Native Americans?
2021-10-18
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Sudan protesters demand military coup as crisis deepens

The protests in Khartoum come as tensions rise between civilian and military rulers. Also, the French president asks Algerian veterans for forgiveness, and dormice favoured by Italian mafia seized in drugs raid.
2021-10-17
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British anti-terror police investigate fatal stabbing of MP Sir David Amess

Police say a 25 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack in Leigh-on-Sea. Also, dozens killed in an Afghan mosque suicide bombing, and US to lift travel ban on 8 November.
2021-10-16
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Afghanistan: Dozens killed in suicide bombings at Kandahar mosque

Several bomb blasts at a Shia mosque in Kandahar kill worshippers attending Friday prayers. Eyewitnesses said three attackers detonated bombs inside the crowded building. Also, funerals held in Lebanon for victims of Thursday's street violence in Beirut, and why the world's only state-appointed wizard has been told his services are no longer required.
2021-10-15
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There have been calls for calm following deadly clashes in Beirut

The UN, the US and France have all urged a de-escalation of the tensions in Lebanon. Also: US Congress is pursuing criminal charges for ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon, and Banksy's Love is in the Bin artwork sells for a record price.
2021-10-15
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Beirut: Several deaths as gunfire erupts during protests in city centre

Shooting occurred during a march against the judge investigating last year's huge blast in city's harbour. It is believed that Shia and Christian militias exchanged fire during demonstration. Also, at least 46 people dead after a fire in a Taiwanese tower-block, and Norwegian officials say lethal bow-and-arrow attack appears to have been an act of terror.
2021-10-14
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Putin denies weaponising energy amid Europe crisis

Russian President Putin says his country is not to blame for high gas prices elsewhere in Europe. A number of people have been killed in Norway bow and arrow attack, and Star Trek's William Shatner becomes the oldest person in space after blasting off in a Blue Origin rocket.
2021-10-14
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EU outlines plans for surging energy prices

Reduced taxes and subsidies could cushion the impact. The Energy Commissioner said the EU would also explore the possibility of joint purchasing of strategic gas reserves. Also, increased costs and fewer choices in Northern Ireland. EU talks are taking place to find a new deal with the UK, and the Chinese boy band hopeful facing one obstacle ? she is a girl.
2021-10-13
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UN court rules in favour of Somalia in sea border dispute with Kenya

International court rules in favour of Somalia in sea border dispute with Kenya. Also, rich nations discuss how to help Afghanistan - without recognising the Taliban; and a rare Himalayan fungus that could be used to treat cancer
2021-10-13
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President Macron aims to make France a global leader in new technologies

French president announces $35 billion programme to overhaul economy. He hopes investment will create thousands of jobs across the 'green energy' sector. Also, G20 leaders discuss deepening economic crisis in Afghanistan, and Superman's son will come out as bisexual.
2021-10-12
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Iraq election: Moqtada al-Sadr hails apparent victory

The Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr promises to form a nationalist government free from foreign interference. Also, the Italian authorities come under pressure to ban neo-fascist parties, and life imitates art as the Star Trek actor William Shatner prepares to blast into space.
2021-10-12
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Iraq captures senior Islamic State group official

Sami Jasim is alleged to have been running its finances. The prime minister announced his arrest, saying it involved a complex operation outside Iraq. Also, spy rings, drug factories and arms deals - extraordinary allegations from a North Korean defector, and we hear from the first transgender person in Uganda to have their identity recognised by the government.
2021-10-11
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Czech president in hospital amid election upheaval

Milos Zeman is in intensive care the day after a surprise opposition win in parliamentary elections. Also, the "father of Pakistan nuclear bomb" AQ Khan dies aged 85, and UK to resettle teenage Afghan women footballers.
2021-10-11
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US and Taliban hold first talks since withdrawal

The meeting came a day after Afghanistan suffered its deadliest attack since US forces withdrew. Also: Austrian chancellor resigns amid corruption inquiry, and what can you make with pinhead oatmeal, mushrooms and vegan cheese?
2021-10-10
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Nations agree to 15% minimum corporate tax rate

The historic deal will make companies pay a fairer share of tax across the world. Also, Nigerian police rescue 50 people chained up at a rehabilitation centre, and fast fashion's dumping ground for unwanted clothes.
2021-10-09
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Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov win Nobel Peace Prize

The high profile Philippine and Russian journalists face threats and intimidation by doing their jobs. Also, a suicide attack on an Afghan mosque kills dozens of people, and moves in China to shut down the "dancing grannies".
2021-10-08
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US warns Russia over energy crisis

The US national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said any attempts to exploit the crisis, which is causing gas shortages across Europe, would backfire. Also: the children of Islamic State fighters imprisoned in a camp in Syria, and the grand-daughter of the notorious gangster Al Capone sells his possessions.
2021-10-08
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Texas abortion law temporarily blocked by judge

The White House praised the ruling as an important step to restoring women's constitutional rights. Also, Pakistan earthquake kills many in Balochistan province, and Juji, the Afghan mynah bird, is now living in a French ambassador's residence.
2021-10-07
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Historic go-ahead for malaria vaccine in Africa

The WHO announced on Wednesday that it is recommending the use of the first proven malaria vaccine following the success of a number of trials. The vaccine has potential to save tens of thousands of children?s lives. Also, the persecution of the Hazara minority in Afghanistan, and why a drone is delivering mail to a remote Scottish island.
2021-10-07
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Australia ends Papua New Guinea asylum detention

Australia has controversially held migrants arriving by boat in processing centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru since 2013. Thirteen are known to have died as a result of violence, medical problems or suicide. Also, Taiwan says tensions with China is the worst in 40 years, and the difficulties of playing sport when you are colour blind.
2021-10-06
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Facebook harms children and weakens democracy, says ex-employee

Frances Haugen, a former product manager turned whistleblower, heavily criticised Facebook at a hearing on Capitol Hill, telling US lawmakers that the company repeatedly prioritised profits over its users safety. Facebook denied the claims and said Ms Haugen spoke about areas she has no knowledge of. Also, relations between France and Mali go from bad to worse, and a Russian film crew arrives at the International Space Station to shoot the first movie ever made in orbit.
2021-10-06
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France: Report reveals huge scale of sexual abuse within Catholic church

Investigation says 216,000 children sexually abused over several decades. And more than 3000 paedophile priests operated within the Church. Also, a warning about future water-shortages across the globe, and we visit a wind-farm in the wild and stormy North Sea.
2021-10-05
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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp hit by global outage

The three social media services, all owned by Facebook, were knocked offline for hours on Monday. Also: the US Trade Representative says China has failed to uphold commitments agreed under a trade deal last year; and scientists say they have successfully treated a case of severe depression with an electronic device implanted in the patient's brain.
2021-10-05
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Pandora Papers: Leaders deny allegations of financial impropriety

Czech PM Andrej Babis says it is a political attack on him. Also, religious leaders call on politicians to agree to step up their commitment to the fight against global warming, and the Nobel prize for medicine is won by scientists investigating our ability to sense heat, cold and touch.
2021-10-04
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Secret wealth and dealings of leaders exposed in huge data leak

King of Jordan and Tony Blair are among those featured in the Pandora Papers. Also: an explosion in Kabul kills eight; and we remember the French businessman and politician, Bernard Tapie, who's died.
2021-10-04
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Protesters march to defend US abortion rights

Thousands gather in every US state to march in support of abortion rights. Climate and energy ministers confer in Milan ahead of next month's summit and did the last queen of France, Marie Antoinette, have a platonic admirer or a secret lover ?
2021-10-03
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Covid antiviral pill can halve risk of hospitalisation

Emergency authorisation of Molnupiravir is now being sought, though US chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci urges caution. Also, ex-president Saakashvili has been held on his return to Georgia, and how do you capture an alligator using a wheelie bin?
2021-10-02
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French ex-officer?s DNA ends 35-year murder hunt

A former police officer who killed himself this week left a note confessing that he had carried out a series of sexual attacks in Paris. Investigators have now matched his DNA with crimes in the '80s and 90s. Also, Australia which has some of the toughest Covid travel restrictions in the world is to reopen its borders from next month, and why the marriage of a Japanese princess will not be a fairytale wedding.
2021-10-01
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Congress narrowly averts US government shutdown

The measure passed in both chambers of the US Congress only hours before federal funding lapsed. Also: Nazi camp secretary caught after fleeing her trial, and "Rent-a-friend" as a solution to social isolation in China.
2021-10-01
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Sarkozy: France's ex-PM given jail sentence over campaign funding

Nicolas Sarkozy given one-year sentence for illegally funding a 2012 re-election campaign. He denies any wrongdoing, and is expected to appeal against the ruling. Also, Italy's PM Mario Draghi tells climate conference that world leaders must be 'whipped into action' on global warning, and how one community in the US is fighting to save sea-turtles from extinction.
2021-09-30
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Families protest at Beirut blast investigation

No-one has yet been held accountable for the August 2020 explosion in Beirut, which killed more than 200 people. Also, Britney Spears' father suspended as conservator, and YouTube to remove all anti-vaccine misinformation.
2021-09-30
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Fumio Kishida wins race to become Japan PM

Mr Kishida will succeed Yoshihide Suga, who is stepping down after one year in office. Also, North Korea says it fired a new hypersonic missile; and molten lava from La Palma volcano reaches the Atlantic Sea.
2021-09-29
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US generals advised Biden against complete Afghan pull-out

The US generals recommended keeping 2500 troops in Afghanistan. Also, Russia opens new criminal case against Navalny and his allies, and Daniel Craig's last Bond film finally premieres.
2021-09-29
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