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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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US exceeds 3 million coronavirus cases

Despite surges in new infections, the White House wants to reopen schools. Also: UN warns Yemen is threatened by famine, and Brazil's president repeats support for antimalarial drug to fight Covid-19.
2020-07-09
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China opens new security office in Hong Kong

Beijing opens office to enforce stringent new national security laws in the territory. Shortly afterwards, Hong Kong's government bans all political activity in schools. Also, world-famous writers denounce 'cancel culture' as threat to free speech, and test cricket resumes - but with a difference.
2020-07-08
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Brazil's Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19

The president has repeatedly belittled the risks posed by the virus. Also: FBI director calls China 'greatest threat' to US, and Dutch torture chamber found.
2020-07-08
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Coronavirus: Melbourne returns to lockdown as cases surge

Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews announced the lockdown after the state saw 191 new infections, its highest daily number since the pandemic began. Also, the Chinese-owned app TikTok says it is ending operations in Hong Kong following the introduction of Beijing?s new security law on the city, and two children in the US find a way to travel safely during lockdown.
2020-07-07
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WHO: More than 70 countries could run out of HIV medicine

A third of those taking anti-retroviral drugs could experience shortages due to Covid-19. Also: UN report on animal-to-human diseases, and is group singing bad for your health?
2020-07-07
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China warns UK over Hong Kong 'interference'

China has accused the British government of political manipulation after London offered approximately three million Hong Kong residents a path to British citizenship. The man behind one of the world's largest child porn websites is freed from jail in South Korea. The Italian prime minister has led tributes to the composer, Ennio Morricone, who's died at the age of ninety-one.
2020-07-06
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India overtakes Russia for Covid-19 infections

India becomes the third worst affected nation in the world, after the US and Brazil. Also: another local lockdown in Spain, and Lewis Hamilton takes a knee as F1 returns, but some drivers choose not to join him.
2020-07-05
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Trump 4 July message: We're beating 'China plague'

The president claims the US is on course to overcome the coronavirus, despite a soaring infection rate that has dampened Independence Day celebrations across the nation. Also: pubs across England have begun serving customers again after more than three months in lockdown, and a key witness in a case against Argentina's former president has been found dead.
2020-07-04
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WHO warns Covid-19 vaccine 'unlikely' this year

Dr Mike Ryan said it was unwise to make predictions. Also: Brazil's president sanctions new law making face coverings obligatory in public and a state in Florida introduces a curfew after rise in coronavirus cases.
2020-07-03
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Khashoggi: Turkey begins trial of 20 Saudis in absentia

Two of the Saudi nationals on trial over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are former senior aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Also, centre-right mayor Jean Castex is named as the French PM after Edouard Philippe?s resignation, and how residents of US care home found pen-pals across the world.
2020-07-03
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Epstein ex girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell charged

The British socialite is accused of grooming underage girls for the late sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein. She has previously denied wrongdoing. Also: Texas governor mandates the wearing of face masks, and no, a human year isn't equivalent to 7 "dog years".
2020-07-03
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Myanmar jade mine landslide kills more than 100

A wave of mud and rock was triggered by heavy rain in Kachin state. Also: hundreds arrested after police in Europe crack EncroChat, and a man from Argentina sails solo across the Atlantic to reach his family during lockdown.
2020-07-02
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Early results show Putin strongly backed in reform vote

Victory would allow the Russian president to stay in power until 2036. Also: California closes bars and indoor dining after Covid-19 spike, and the core of a gas planet is seen for the first time.
2020-07-02
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Hong Kong: First arrests made under new 'anti-protest' law

Police seize dozens of demonstrators under new law imposed by Beijing. Pro-democracy protests were held to mark 23 years since end of British rule. Also, Russians vote in referendum which could give President Putin another 16 years in office, and why residents of a US city are urged to 'walk with Shawn'.
2020-07-01
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Fauci warns of 100,000 US Covid-19 cases per day

The US infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, has said that unless the country manages to control the spread of the coronavirus, the infection rate could more than double to 100,000 cases a day from its current level of 40,000. Also: an explosion and a fire at a hospital in the Iranian capital has killed a number of people, and koalas face extinction in New South Wales.
2020-07-01
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China approves controversial Security Law.

Chinese president, Xi Jinping, signs security law providing new powers over Hong Kong; The King of Belgium has issued an unprecedented statement of regret for atrocities inflicted during colonial times in Congo; New research into child development says there is one crucial thing parents can do to improve the future temperament of their offspring...
2020-06-30
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WHO says worst could be 'yet to come' in Covid-19 pandemic

The World Health Organization's chief says the pandemic is "not even close to being over". Also: lockdown tightened in English city of Leicester over Covid-19 surge, and critical Boeing 737 Max test flights begin.
2020-06-30
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France: Former PM Francois Fillon and wife given jail sentences over fake jobs

Court finds Fillon guilty of paying wife $1.3 million dollars for work she never did. The couple are appealing against the sentences. Also, gunmen carry out deadly attack on Pakistan's stock exchange, and a 'Wild West' village goes on sale in New Zealand.
2020-06-29
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Trump tweets clip of supporter yelling 'white power'

The video showed the president's supporters and opponents hurling abuse at one another. His spokesman said he hadn't heard the 'white power' comment. Also: A US hospital at 'breaking point', and art masterpieces on TikTok.
2020-06-29
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Malawi opposition leader wins historic poll rerun

Lazarus Chakwera got nearly 60% of the vote to defeat the incumbent and become president. Also: Infections surge in reopened US sun belt states, and the psychology of queuing in lockdown.
2020-06-28
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Two US states go back into lockdown

The states of Florida and Texas are in lockdown again, as cases of the coronavirus surge. Also: The Pakistani government says it's starting criminal proceedings against almost thirty pilots, and archaeologists excavate the first Viking ship found in Norway in more than a hundred years.
2020-06-26
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UK: PM speaks out over danger of 'serious spike' in coronavirus cases

Boris Johnson issues warning after huge crowds flocked to beaches on Thursday. Ministers say UK beaches could be closed if infections rise. Also, Prince Charles urges world to live in harmony with nature in response to pandemic, and NASA starts competition to design a toilet for astronauts.
2020-06-26
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WHO warns of COVID-19 resurgence in Europe

Global health officials say the infection rate is already increasing in multiple countries that have relaxed their lockdowns. Also, one month after the killing of George Floyd, an unprecedented number of Black women are running for political office in the state where he died. And Pakistan grounds 150 airline pilots, saying they had fake licenses.
2020-06-25
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Russians vote on Putin's reforms to constitution

The ballot is being held despite a growing number of coronavirus cases. DR Congo's deadliest Ebola outbreak declared over. Preventing a plague - fighting Kenya's locusts.
2020-06-25
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IMF warns world economy faces grim pandemic hit

Millions of jobs at risk as new forecast slashes 12 trillion dollars over next two years. Also: New York imposes quarantine restrictions on nine US states with high rates of coronavirus infection; Kosovo?s president faces indictment on war crimes; and remembering the Korean War, seventy years on.
2020-06-24
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Russia stages WW2 victory parade in shadow of pandemic

Huge military parade in Moscow was postponed from 9th May due to coronavirus. President Putin rescheduled celebrations ahead of key constitutional vote which could give him two more terms in power. Also, how pandemic forces women to seek backstreet abortions, and the much-hyped Segway 2-wheeler ceases production after 19 years.
2020-06-24
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Rayshard Brooks' funeral takes place in Atlanta

The 27-year-old black man was fatally shot by police in the city. Also: a judge in Brazil has ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public or face a daily fine, and Li Zhensheng - a Chinese photographer who documented the horror and violence of China's Cultural Revolution - has died in the United States
2020-06-24
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British PM announces significant easing of lockdown

Boris Johnson told parliament that the two-metre social distancing rule would be reduced to one metre where necessary. Newborn Mexican triplets test positive in 'unprecedented' coronavirus case. A snub to the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK.
2020-06-23
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US designates another four Chinese media outlets as 'foreign missions'

The Trump administration has placed new restrictions on more Chinese state-run media outlets that have operations in the US, in a sign of worsening tensions between the two countries. Also: Saudi Arabia bars international Hajj pilgrims, and the Hollywood director, Joel Schumacher, whose films included St Elmo's Fire and two Batman sequels, has died at the age of 80.
2020-06-23
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'Record deadly week' for Afghan army

The Taliban is accused of killing almost three hundred security forces. Brazil becomes the second country to pass 50,000 Coronavirus deaths. Wirecard missing millions may not exist.
2020-06-22
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Trump campaign rejects low turnout manipulation

A teen social media campaign claimed to have caused a lower-than-expected turnout at a Trump rally. Also: Somali soldiers end protest over unpaid salaries, and discovering a 1968 concert recording of the jazz pianist Thelonious Monk.
2020-06-22
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Crowds attend Trump rally despite virus fears

The US president held his first rally since March in Tulsa, when the US coronavirus lockdown began. Also, a number of people have been stabbed in a park in southern England, and Pakistan is bracing itself for an attack of locusts.
2020-06-21
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Trump's Oklahoma rally can go ahead

Court says Donald Trump's campaign rally, his first in months, can go ahead in Tulsa. Also, waste water study finds, Coronavirus Virus already in Italy by December, and the BBC speaks to Russia's top spy.
2020-06-19
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Coronavirus: EU leaders discuss recovery fund

Talks held on bailout package worth over $800 billion. Further discussions to take place in July. Also, how Lombardy became known as 'the Wuhan of the West', and new awards ceremony celebrates African-American theatre talent.
2020-06-19
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Trump's bid to end Obama-era immigration policy ruled unlawful

The Supreme Court decision comes at the same time as Facebook saying it has removed adverts Mr Trump's re-election campaign that featured a symbol used in Nazi Germany. Also: China is reported to have released ten Indian soldiers, three days after a brutal border clash, and we speak to a Kenyan born musician in Minneapolis about living in the city where George Floyd was killed.
2020-06-18
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EU top court rules against Hungary's NGO law

The EU's highest court strikes down a Hungarian law restricting foreign funding of NGOs. The European Court of Justice said the restrictions violated fundamental rights and the free movement of capital. Also, what is the true death toll of the coronavirus pandemic? and Dame Vera Lynn, who entertained British troops during the Second World War, has died aged 103.
2020-06-18
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Rayshard Brooks shooting: US policeman could face death penalty

The case comes amid US protests over police killings of black Americans. Also: The former US national security adviser says President Trump asked for help from China to help him get re-elected, and how to avoid 'stranger danger' in a post COVID world.
2020-06-17
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India-China clash: Narendra Modi says his country will respond if provoked

Indian PM addresses nation as 20 Indian soldiers reported killed in border-skirmish. China has not released casualty-figures for its own troops. Also, Facebook bans all foreign adverts ahead of US presidential election to prevent political interference, and English Premier League football is back - after 100 days of lockdown.
2020-06-17
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India - China border dispute claims lives

It is the first deadly skirmish in decades between the two regional powers. Also: UK scientists say dexamethasone - a widely available drug - dramatically lowered the mortality rates in patients with severe Covid-19 symptoms, and Royal Ascot gets underway without horse-racing fans because of coronavirus restrictions.
2020-06-17
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North Korea blows up joint liaison office with the South

Seoul has warned that if the situation with the North worsens it will react strongly. Indian soldiers are killed in a clash with Chinese forces. A German neo-Nazi has gone on trial in Frankfurt accused of murdering a politician for being sympathetic to migrants.
2020-06-16
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US Supreme Court backs protection for LGBT workers

The court has ruled that workplace law protects gay and transgender employees. Also: Beijing tightens controls to tackle a spike in Covid-19, and the spacecraft Solar Orbiter has made its first close approach to the Sun.
2020-06-16
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US 'outraged' by Russian prison sentence for Paul Whelan

State secrets or just holiday photos - what was on a computer flash drive found in the Moscow hotel room of a former US Marine? 'Deadly police brutality' in the battle against coronavirus in Kenya. France's ancient burial brotherhood defies Covid-19.
2020-06-15
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France lifts curbs for 'summer unlike any other'

President Emmanuel Macron proclaimed that France had won its "first victory" against coronavirus. Also: UN "appalled" by twin jihadist attacks in Nigeria, and the Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput dies aged 34.
2020-06-15
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Protestors clash with police in central London

The British PM said "racist thuggery has no place on our streets". Also: French police clash with anti-racism activists, and the Dalai Lama says "compassion and humanity important during coronavirus pandemic".
2020-06-14
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Covid-19: Brazil now second in world for virus deaths

With nearly 42,000 deaths, President Bolsonaro continues to play down Covid-19. Also: New York State governor sets police reform deadline, and how organised crime benefits from coronavirus.
2020-06-13
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UK economy in record slump due to Coronavirus

British GDP fell by 20.4% in April - the largest fall since monthly records began in 1997. Contraction is three times greater than decline during all of 2008-9 economic downturn. Also, Myanmar army battles new Buddhist insurgency in Rakhine state, and how will Indian film industry be affected by release of first major Bollywood movie to go straight to small screen ?
2020-06-12
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America's top military officer says sorry for Trump photo op

General Milley says he made a "mistake" by accompanying Trump during anti-racism protests in Washington DC, and being photographed in combat uniform as part of Mr Trump's entourage raised perceptions of military involvement in domestic politics. Also: the happy and sometimes sad stories of babies born in Ukraine to surrogate mothers and destined to grow up abroad, and during the lockdown Queen Elizabeth uses video conferencing technology to congratulate young carers in Britain.
2020-06-11
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US: Confederate statues torn down

Anti-racism protesters tear down statues of Confederate leaders in the US. China-Australia diplomatic row escalates as Beijing asks students not to visit Australia, and a grizzly bear thought to have died, is sighted in Yellowstone National Park in the US with four cubs.
2020-06-11
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George Floyd death: 'Stop the pain', brother tells US Congress

Philonise Floyd told a House hearing that his brother George should not become "another name on a list". Also: A British scientist says the UK could have halved its coronavirus deaths if it had brought in lockdown a week earlier, and a lost Banksy paying homage to the Paris terror attack has resurfaced in another country.
2020-06-10
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Sweden: Investigators name man they believe killed PM Olof Palme in 1986

Prosecutors say graphic designer Stig Engstrom shot dead former PM in Stockholm street. Engstrom killed himself in 2000, and investigation is now closed. Also, OECD warns of 'dire' outlook for virus-hit global economy, and film classic 'Gone With the Wind' is removed from HBO Max due to portrayal of African-Americans.
2020-06-10
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