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 Oct 9, 2020
more of a global perspective on the news

 Aug 2, 2020

 Mar 30, 2020
It's good, but it seems like they focus heavily on US-centric news for the most part, which there are plenty of shows about

 Mar 3, 2020

 Feb 25, 2020
It is useful for learning English. Some stories are lengthy and boring. It becomes better if it plays a sound when goes to next story.


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

Episode Date
Biden and Putin praise talks but discord remains
The US and Russia agree to nuclear arms control talks but progress at the Geneva summit was limited. Also: Facebook shuts Ethiopian accounts for fake news, and drone cameras record social lives of killer whales.
Jun 16, 2021
Putin and Biden hold talks in Geneva
Russian and US leaders attend summit at villa in Switzerland. It's their first meeting since Biden became President, and comes at a time of high tensions over several issues. Also, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un warns of food shortages following poor harvests, and what happened to a well-known company's shares when a global superstar publicly rejected its product.
Jun 16, 2021
Israeli nationalists march through Jerusalem
The parade risked igniting tensions with Palestinians, only weeks after a conflict in Gaza ended. Also: Taiwan angered by China's latest breach of air space, and plastic bottles could be turned into vanilla ice-cream!
Jun 15, 2021
The US and EU resolve aircraft trade row
They agree a deal in a 17 year dispute over subsidies to aircraft manufacturers. Also: Hungary passes a law banning what it calls the promotion of homosexuality to under-eighteens, and a deaf sheepdog learns how to work again.
Jun 15, 2021
Biden says China and Russia trying to ‘drive a wedge’ in Nato
Speaking after his first summit of Nato leaders since taking office, President Biden said he will lay down red lines to his Russian counterpart in their meeting on Wednesday, and acknowledged that he faced a tough opponent in Vladimir Putin. Also: Belarus parades the detained opposition journalist Roman Protasevich at a news conference in Minsk; and the American actor Ned Beatty - who appeared in Deliverance and Superman - dies at the age of 83.
Jun 14, 2021
NATO: America's back at the table
The head of Nato says it’s a pivotal moment in the seventy–two year history of the organisation, as he urged members to respond to China’s rise and Russia’s aggressive behaviour. Also: the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi has begun in Myanmar and is football still as important for Scotland now its back in the EUROS after a twenty-three year gap?
Jun 14, 2021
Naftali Bennett takes over as head of a fragile Israeli coalition.
After twelve years dominated by one man, Israel gets a new leader; The G-7 pledges a billion covid vaccine doses for poorer countries; How to film a sex scene without exploiting the actors...should all movie sets have an "intimacy coordinator"?
Jun 13, 2021
G7 leaders agree on spending plan to rival China
The US and its allies have agreed a huge infrastructure plan to counter China's Belt and Road initiative. Also: the Danish footballer, Christian Eriksen, is awake in hospital after collapsing during a European Championship match, and Saudi Arabia has announced strict limits for this year's Hajj pilgrimage because of the pandemic.
Jun 12, 2021
G7 leaders highlight issue of climate change by visiting the Eden Project
Queen Elizabeth greeted the G7 leaders on their 1st day of their summit in Cornwall. Also: a teenager who filmed George Floyd's murder is given a Pulitzer Prize, and Italy opens Euro 2020 with 3-0 win over Turkey.
Jun 12, 2021
G7 summit: Leaders to discuss climate and vaccines
The British Prime Minister has opened the G7 summit calling for lessons to be learned from the pandemic - and for the recovery to be green and more equally spread. Israel ex-top spy reveals Mossad operations against Iran. Hong Kong to censor films that ‘endanger national security’.
Jun 11, 2021
Biden confirms US will donate half a billion Covid vaccine doses
But critics say the donation to poor countries isn't enough to vaccinate the world. Also: the wife of Mexico's most notorious drugs lord pleads guilty to money laundering and drugs trafficking, and after 20 years - the end of the Kardashians' TV show.
Jun 10, 2021
US president and British PM meeting on eve of G7 summit
The US president Joe Biden and the British prime minister Boris Johnson are having their first face-to-face talks in Cornwall. Also: Myanmar's Suu Kyi is accused of accepting bribes and faces up to 15 years in jail, and a nun in California admits stealing school funds for gambling.
Jun 10, 2021
Biden in UK - for first foreign trip as president
Arriving for the G7 summit, Mr Biden pledged to act on climate change and challenge autocrats. Also: Mozambique's missing children, and Italy's declining birth-rate - due to Covid.
Jun 09, 2021
US defends its efforts to share Covid-19 vaccines globally
The US National Security advisor Jake Sullivan accuses Russia and China of coercing countries into accepting their vaccines. Also: US super-rich 'pay almost no income tax'; France and Belgium loosen Covid-19 restrictions for summer.
Jun 09, 2021
Reaction to UN court's rejection of Ratko Mladic genocide appeal
The court upheld the former Bosnian Serb leader's life sentence for 8,000 Bosnian Muslim deaths in 1995. Also: why astronauts get sick after being in space, and the woman who saved her twin sister from a crocodile attack by fighting back.
Jun 08, 2021
FBI app lures global criminals
Hundreds are arrested worldwide after using the ANOM app, where their messages were monitored. Also: UN tribunal rejects appeal by Ratko Mladic against his genocide conviction, and the controversy over building a spaceport in rural Scotland.
Jun 08, 2021
US approves new Alzheimer’s drug
Regulators in the United States approved a revolutionary drug for Alzheimer's, targeting - for the first time - the underlying causes of the devastating brain disease. Also: an independent inquiry in Cyprus has concluded that thousands of passports were issued illicitly from a controversial passports-for-cash scheme set up to attract investors, and how intimacy coordinators are changing the way we make films and TV.
Jun 07, 2021
France fines Google more than $250m
Regulators ruled that Google gave preferential treatment to its own advertising online. Also: Jeff Bezos, the founder of the online retailer, Amazon, says he and his brother will journey into space, and how Greece plans to bring back tourists.
Jun 07, 2021
Israeli police question prominent Palestinian activists
Muna and Mohammed el-Kurd have become the faces of a recent campaign to stop evictions of Palestinians in East Jerusalem. They were both later released by police. Also: El Salvador plans to make the cryptocurrency Bitcoin legal tender; and Prince Harry and his wife Meghan announce the birth of their baby girl, Lilibet.
Jun 06, 2021
G7: Rich nations back deal to tax multinationals
Amazon and Facebook have said they welcome the agreement - even if they have to pay more tax. The US justice department is ending the practice of secretly obtaining reporters' records in order to identify sources leaking classified information. Nigeria will prosecute anyone found to have breached the country's ban on the social media firm Twitter.
Jun 05, 2021
Facebook suspends Trump for two years
Facebook's move comes as the social media giant is also ending a policy shielding politicians from some content moderation rules. US military UFO report 'does not confirm or rule out alien activity'. Magawa the hero rat retires from job detecting landmines.
Jun 04, 2021
Hong Kong: China clamps down firmly on Tiananmen Square commemorations
Authorities in Hong Kong have heavily curbed efforts to mark anniversary of 1989 massacre. This year's anniversary is first since introduction of controversial security law. Also, Nepal asks UK for vaccines to tackle Covid-19, and how supersonic air travel could be on the way back - but it won't be cheap.
Jun 04, 2021
Biden sets out plan to share millions of Covid-19 vaccines globally
The plan covers around a third of eighty million doses the US has said it will share with the world. Also: UN warns of growing risk posed by stranded oil-tanker off Yemen, and echolocation could help blind people learn to navigate.
Jun 04, 2021
The Games will go on say Tokyo Olympic organisers
The president of the Tokyo Olympic Games insists they will go ahead -- despite the pandemic and widespread opposition among ordinary Japanese. Also: could this be the end of Bibi Netanyahu’s career as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, worms in space -- and the club helping shark attack survivors talk their way to mental health.
Jun 03, 2021
Israel opposition parties agree to form government
Naftali Bennett would initially become PM, meaning an end to Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year tenure. Also: oil spill fears as ship sinks off Sri Lanka, and a teenage girl in California pushes a bear to protect her dogs.
Jun 03, 2021
Israel: Opposition leaders say they're close to forming new government
Various opposition parties in talks to create new coalition government. If they succeed, this will end Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year stretch as Prime Minister. Also, China's president wants the country to create a more 'loveable' image abroad, and how an American woman discovered she's actually a Senegalese princess.
Jun 02, 2021
Biden first US president to mark Tulsa massacre
The 1921 massacre in Oklahoma remains one of the worst incidents of racial violence in US history. Also: volcanic eruption in DR Congo leaves 500,000 without water, and Yemen fishermen find $1.5m of ambergris in a whale carcass.
Jun 02, 2021
Ugandan minister shot in assassination bid
Gen Katumba Wamala is being treated for injuries, but his daughter and driver died. Also: Nestle reportedly admits most of its products are unhealthy, and the dead mother who can still wake up her son.
Jun 01, 2021
Tulsa massacre remembered 100 years on
The 1921 Tusla massacre remains the worst single incident of racial violence in US history. Also: WHO renames Covid variants with Greek letters, and Naomi Osaka withdraws from the French Open tennis championships.
Jun 01, 2021
China allows couples to have three children
Census results show a steep decline in births and an ageing population. Also: Vietnam is taking urgent measures to counter a surge in coronavirus, and the US city of Tulsa is marking one hundred years since a race massacre that's thought to have left up to 300 black people dead.
May 31, 2021
Key Israeli party backs deal to oust Netanyahu
A right-wing leader, Naftali Bennett, says he's ready to help form a new governing coalition. Also: Nigerian gunmen abduct students, and an ode to a nightingale.
May 30, 2021
Brazil protesters blame President Bolsonaro for Covid crisis
Thousands, angry at the slow vaccine rollout, have taken to the streets across Brazil. Also: N Korea says orphans are 'volunteering' as miners, and the Catholic church promotes virtual pilgrimages.
May 29, 2021
Belarus: President Lukashenko seeks Russian support
The embattled Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, claims the West is trying to destabilise his regime, as he begins talks with Vladimir Putin. Also: more than 50 countries accuse World Health Organization officials of covering up sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by aid workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And in China, fans of the sitcom Friends are left disappointed after the special reunion episode is censored.
May 29, 2021
Germany officially recognises colonial-era genocide in Namibia
Germany has acknowledged committing atrocities during early 20th century. Huge numbers of Herero and Nama people were killed by German troops. Also, hundreds of thousands flee Congolese city of Goma over fears of another volcanic eruption, and does the way we cough indicate whether or not we have Covid ?
May 28, 2021
New map reveals cosmic mystery
Scientists have created the most detailed chart yet of how dark matter is spread out across the universe; their findings could challenge Einstein's theory of general relativity. Also: the UN Human Rights Council votes to investigate violence in the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, and the Brazilian samba composer, Nelson Sargento, dies at the age of 96.
May 27, 2021
Macron asks Rwanda to forgive France over 1994 genocide role
Eight-hundred-thousand ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus died in the Rwandan genocide. China ridicules the US investigation into whether Covid-19 came from a lab. And a top Cuban baseball star defects at a tournament in Florida.
May 27, 2021
Shell ordered to cut CO2 emissions
A Dutch court rules that the oil giant must reduce its emissions by 45% compared to 2019 levels. Also: US President Joe Biden orders intelligence agencies to investigate the origins of Covid-19, and Amazon has agreed to buy the historic MGM studios for $8.45bn
May 26, 2021
Jacob Zuma pleads 'not guilty' in corruption trial
Former South African president in court over $5 billion arms deal from 1990s. He's blamed political enemies in the ruling ANC party for his legal troubles. Also, president of Belarus hits back at critics after international outrage over forced re-routing of an airliner, and is a hot bath as good for you as an exercise-session ?
May 26, 2021
US marks George Floyd killing anniversary
It is one year since the 46-year-old black man was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis. Also: families in anguish over pair in Belarus, and Emily Bronte poems set to fetch more than $1.4m at auction.
May 26, 2021
US pledges help to rebuild Gaza
The US Secretary of State wants to consolidate the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Also: Hong Kong warns it may have to throw away Covid vaccines, and the Chinese shepherd who saved lives during a marathon.
May 25, 2021
Belarus activist's family fear torture after his arrest
The father of Roman Protasevich, who was detained after his flight from Greece was diverted to Minsk, tells the BBC he is 'really afraid'. Also: Shining Path rebel group is blamed for more than a dozen deaths in Peru, and algae proteins partially restore man's sight.
May 25, 2021
Ryanair accuses Belarus of hijacking
The airline spoke out after its plane was forced to land, and a journalist on board was arrested. Also: Myanmar's deposed leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has appeared in court in person for the first time since February's coup, and could man's best friend help sniff out Covid?
May 24, 2021
Belarus 'diverts Ryanair plane to arrest journalist'
Many countries are demanding the release of the dissident Roman Protasevich, after a MiG-29 fighter jet escorted the Greece-Lithuania flight to Minsk. Also: fourteen killed after cable car accident in Italy, and is there a Quiet Park near you?
May 24, 2021
Eyes on peace options as Gaza ceasefire holds
Mediators try to cement the truce, as Israel and Palestinian militants take stock of an 11-day conflict. Also: photo appears to show missing Emirati princess Latifa, and DR Congo volcano eruption sparks mass evacuation.
May 23, 2021
Israel temporarily opens two crossings into Gaza
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees is helping tens of thousands of people displaced by the eleven-day conflict. The IOC says the Tokyo Games will go ahead even under a state of emergency. And why a pub in northern England is celebrating Christmas in May.
May 21, 2021
Israel and Hamas both claim victory after truce
Ceasefire now in effect, but clashes have taken place in Jerusalem. Israeli police and Palestinians have confronted each other at Al-Aqsa mosque compound. Also, WHO warns that true global Covid-19 death-toll could be much higher than official figures, and why 68 big cats have been seized from park owned by stars of 'Tiger King' series.
May 21, 2021
Israel and Palestinian militants agree ceasefire
The 11 day conflict has claimed at least 232 lives in Gaza and 12 in Israel. Also: An inquiry criticises the BBC over ‘deceitful’ way it secured Princess Diana interview, and why dogs are better than many lateral flow tests at detecting Covid-19 in humans.
May 20, 2021
Israel-Gaza fighting continues as hopes for a ceasefire increase
Mediation efforts intensify on the eleventh day of the latest conflict. Also: a French court has ruled that hundreds of women who were given faulty breast implants are entitled to compensation, and a new book by the late grand master of spy novels, John Le Carre.
May 20, 2021
International pressure mounts for Middle East ceasefire
US tells Israel it wants to see a "significant de-escalation" in the fighting with Palestinian militants. Also: Donald Trump denounces criminal investigation into his business in New York, Leonardo DiCaprio leads 43 million dollar pledge to restore the Galapagos Islands and Demi Lovato comes out as non-binary.
May 19, 2021
Gaza-Israel: The plight of children caught up in conflict
How children are suffering as Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rocket-attacks continue. And we hear about diplomatic efforts to end the fighting. Also, we visit Russia's most northerly military base as tensions rise in Arctic between Moscow and Washington, and why Alice in Wonderland may be a heroine for our times.
May 19, 2021
Israel PM vows to continue military operations against Hamas
Benjamin Netanyahu says the operations will continue as long as necessary. Also, Spain's prime minister visits the enclave of Ceuta after thousands of Moroccans enter the city illegally, and the Italian singer and songwriter Franco Battiato has died at the age of 76.
May 18, 2021
No let-up in Israel-Gaza strikes and rocket attacks
There has been no let-up to the worst violence in years despite widespread calls for a ceasefire. Also: Russia's spy chief Sergei Naryshkin speaks to the BBC, and a study says just 20 companies make half of all one-use plastic.
May 18, 2021
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