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 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.

Reasonably informative
 Feb 16, 2020
World news is mostly Trump. Some countries are treated very kindly and others with derision. The obvious bias is embarrassing

 Feb 6, 2020


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

Episode Date
The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is in intensive care
The British Prime Minister's coronavirus symptoms worsen. He's moved to an intensive care unit. Also: A New York politician warns that bodies may have to be buried in parks, and practical tips to cope with self isolation - from a former NASA astronaut.
Apr 06, 2020
Austria plans to ease some of the restrictions imposed because of coronavirus
Austrians will have to wear masks in all shops and on public transport, and there will be no public events until June at the earliest. Also, Ecuador’s Vice-President apologises after bodies of people killed by coronavirus are abandoned in the streets. And, scientists use cold war nuclear tests to work out the age of the world’s biggest fish.
Apr 06, 2020
British prime minister admitted to hospital
Boris Johnson taken to hospital 10 days after testing positive, also Queen Elizabeth urges people to show self-discipline and resolve, and how the virus affects religious feasts
Apr 05, 2020
US Covid-19 deaths top 8,000 – but hopes rise in Europe
New York records its worst day yet -- but Spain and Italy sense the worst may soon be past. Also: India’s wildlife reclaims the streets, and dating in the days of social distancing.
Apr 04, 2020
IMF head says Coronavirus pandemic has created economic crisis like no other
Kristalina Georgieva says the IMF has a one trillion dollar war chest, also how Andorra is coping with the outbreak and love across borders during the pandemic
Apr 03, 2020
Another huge daily toll of Covid-19 deaths in Spain
Spain and Italy are the European countries with the most coronavirus cases. Also, Google has released data showing which governments are succeeding in restricting people's movements, and bones found in a cave in South Africa show that three different species of mankind's ancestors existed at the same time more than two million years ago.
Apr 03, 2020
Coronavirus: Confirmed global cases pass one million
The US accounts for the most cases; Italy the highest death toll. Also: NATO steps up efforts to help member states fight the virus, and the faith healer selling ‘plague protection’ oil he claims can cure the virus.
Apr 02, 2020
US Coronavirus Death Toll exceeds 5000
President Trump says US stockpiles for tackling coronavirus are almost exhausted; Also: More than ten thousand people in Spain have now died of coronavirus, And India's largest slum records its first coronavirus death, raising fears about the rapid spread of the disease there.
Apr 02, 2020
WHO says it's extremely concerned about the rapid rise in coronavirus cases worldwide
The head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the global number of confirmed coronavirus cases would reach a million in the coming days. Also: in the US more than two hundred thousand people have been infected with Covid-19, and Britain has recorded its worst one- day figure for coronavirus-related mortality.
Apr 02, 2020
Coronavirus: Are loss of smell and taste key symptoms?
Research has backed the finding that a loss of smell and taste may be one of the first signs that a person has been infected with Coronavirus. Also: the health authorities in the Netherlands have invited thousands of people to take part in a controversial investigation into herd immunity, and as millions of us are now having to use video calls to keep in touch, a video messaging app comes under scrutiny for privacy hacks.
Apr 01, 2020
US coronavirus death toll overtakes China's official count
The number of people who've died in the United States from Covid-19 is now more than 3600. Also: Italy records a relatively low number of new infections for a second day in a row, and an invention by a Jamaican student that could help fight the virus.
Mar 31, 2020
Spain suffers highest daily death toll so far
Hospitals are struggling to deal with the pandemic after 849 die in 24 hours. Also: Russia introduces strict measures aimed at containing the Covid-19 outbreak, and what to watch while you're in lockdown - the surprise TV hit about the eccentrics and cult personalities in the stranger than fiction world of big cat fanciers.
Mar 31, 2020
Italy reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases in two weeks
Italy reckons the peak will come in just over a week’s time, as officials say it is evidence the country is heading in the right direction after three weeks of lockdown. Also, a new date for the Tokyo Olympics is announced. And, a Van Gogh painting is stolen from a museum in the Netherlands.
Mar 30, 2020
Special: Your coronavirus questions answered
In our latest coronavirus special, we put your questions about Covid-19 to experts in the fields of health and science, business, and politics around the world.
Mar 30, 2020
Spain registers more cases of Coronavirus than China
But the Spanish foreign minister says the upward rise in cases appears to be flattening. Also: the Japanese media says the government is preparing to deny entry to foreigners; and how sports organisers are turning to online gaming to fill the void left by cancelled fixtures.
Mar 30, 2020
President Trump vows to ‘vanquish’ coronavirus amid warning 200,000 Americans may die
Mr Trump said death rates would peak in two weeks' time and movement restrictions would be extended until the end of April. Also: Italy sees its first drop in the number of deaths and new infections, Britain is told to brace itself for a possible six months of isolation and tips from a neuroscientist on how to combat loneliness during isolation.
Mar 29, 2020
New York quarantine proposal
New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, said he hadn't discussed a mandatory quarantine with President Trump but didn't like the sound of it. Also: Italy has become the first country in which more than ten-thousand people have died of the coronavirus, and we look at the growth of online exercise classes, including yoga, for those people in self-isolation.
Mar 29, 2020
Trump signs largest bailout in US history
The $2 trillion boost is the largest ever in the United States as virus cases continue to rise, hitting the economy. Also: the World Health Organisation has warned that the chronic global shortage of personal protective equipment is now one of the biggest obstacles to preventing deaths from Covid-19.
Mar 28, 2020
Coronavirus: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive
Following Mr Johnson's announcement, Health Secretary Matt Hancock also said he had tested positive for the virus. Also: The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, tells Donald Trump that Washington and Beijing should work together to tackle the pandemic, and how to stay safe if living in shared accommodation.
Mar 27, 2020
US overtakes China with most coronavirus cases
According to John Hopkins University, the United States has more than eighty-two thousand positive tests. Also: a nationwide three-week lockdown has begun in South Africa, and Russia has grounded all international flights apart from those bringing Russian nationals home from abroad.
Mar 27, 2020
G20 countries assemble to devise coronavirus action plan
The UN has warned the world leaders that they must focus on the severe threat to millions of displaced people and refugees worldwide. Also: 3.3 million people sign on for unemployment benefits in the US, and how to get married in a world that’s shutting down.
Mar 26, 2020
UN says the coronavirus is a threat to all of humanity
The United Nations says the coronavirus outbreak is threatening the entire human race, as it launches a multi-billion dollar appeal for the world's poorest people. Also: the US Secretary of State has repeated criticism of what he called Chinese disinformation in the early stages of the pandemic, and the Village People's YMCA is preserved for posterity.
Mar 26, 2020
Coronavirus: US Senate agrees 2 trillion dollar emergency deal
Markets surged in the US on Tuesday in anticipation of a deal, and shares rose in Europe and Asia on Wednesday. Also: China's Hubei province tentatively emerges from lockdown, and have scientists found a way to reverse the ageing process?
Mar 25, 2020
India in lockdown
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told the population of 1.3 billion to stay at home for the next three weeks. Also, the US state of New York demands a massive increase in hospital beds, and Manu Dibango, a giant of African music, has died.
Mar 25, 2020
Tokyo Olympics postponed until 2021
The Games, due to begin in July, will now take place no later than summer next year because of the pandemic. They will still be called Tokyo 2020. Also: we hear from a Wuhan resident getting ready to leave the city as authorities say restrictions will soon be lifted, tips about self-isolation and the cultural importance to France of Asterix and Obelix after their creator dies.
Mar 24, 2020
Coronavirus: British PM says 'stay at home' as UK locks down
Gatherings of more than two people outside the home are now forbidden. Also: more African countries have imposed strict regulations to tackle the Coronavirus, including Ethiopia which has closed its borders, and how in Catalonia -- in the north east of Spain -- researchers have turned to 3D printing to plug a desperate shortage of life-saving ventilators.
Mar 23, 2020
Coronavirus: Italy tightens lockdown despite fall in daily deaths
Italy has entered an even tougher phase of lockdown, as the government clamps down on travel and businesses to try to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Also, the OECD says a huge, co-ordinated effort is needed to stop the coronavirus pandemic causing a long global recession. And, keepers move in to a wildlife sanctuary to look after animals when it closes due to coronavirus.
Mar 23, 2020
Coronavirus: Germany bans gatherings of more than two people
Germany is banning groups of more than two people in public outside work, as part of new measures to try to curb the spread of coronavirus. Also, for the first time since the pandemic began, Italy has announced a slight decrease in the number of new infections. And, how religious leaders are staying connected with their followers amid worldwide suspension of religious services.
Mar 23, 2020
Coronavirus: Italy reports the highest daily number of deaths worldwide
The number of deaths in Italy from the coronavirus is up more than a quarter on the previous worst figure, which was announced on Friday. New infections have also risen considerably. Also, Australia closes its iconic Bondi Beach due to coronavirus. And, what should parents tell their children about the virus?
Mar 22, 2020
Coronavirus: WHO delivers stark warning to young people
The World Health Organisation says young people are not invincible and must avoid social contact to save their lives and others. Also: governments ramp up quarantine measures to stop the virus spreading; and the song that’s uniting people anxious about the pandemic.
Mar 21, 2020
Coronavirus: number of deaths worldwide exceeds 10,000
German state to lock down after authorities say people aren't taking it seriously enough. Also: four men are hanged in India after they were convicted of gang raping a young woman in 2012, and the Olympic flame arrives in Tokyo but will the games go ahead?
Mar 20, 2020
Italy coronavirus death toll overtakes China
The number of deaths in Italy has risen to more than three thousand four hundred, which is more than in China where the virus originated. Also: President Trump has announced that the anti-malarial drug, chloroquine, has been approved for use as a treatment for Covid-19, and the Congress in Chile has agreed to postpone a referendum on a new constitution so the country can deal with the pandemic.
Mar 20, 2020
Coronavirus: Nationwide shutdown in Italy extended
The number of deaths there may soon overtake China, where the outbreak began. Also: there are calls in the United States for shelters to be built to house thousands of homeless people sleeping rough in big cities and who are at risk from the Coronavirus, and a project in Britain to establish an online choir to boost people's mental health during the crisis.
Mar 19, 2020
Italy virus deaths rise by a record number in a day
Nearly three thousand people have now died from the coronavirus in Italy - the most affected country after China. Also: the World Health Organisation says sub-Saharan Africa has recorded its first deaths from the coronavirus.
Mar 19, 2020
Coronavirus: More countries close their borders and lockdown
Tough new measures restrict free movement as the number infected with Covid-19 passes 200k. Also, in the US, Joe Biden has swept to victory in Florida, Illinois and Arizona accelerating his momentum in the race to be the Democrats' candidate in November's presidential election, and abortion becomes legal in New Zealand.
Mar 18, 2020
US and UK announce massive economic packages to counter the coronavirus pandemic
The US Treasury Secretary,Steven Mnuchin, says he supports sending money directly to Americans as part of a $1tn stimulus package aimed at averting an economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. Also: the European Union has agreed to ban most foreigners from entering the territory for thirty days, with exceptions for Britain, Switzerland and three other states.
Mar 18, 2020
Social restrictions ramped up around the world following coronavirus outbreak
The outbreak of the coronavirus has led to the emptying of public spaces around the world, whether by government decree or by more personal responses. Also: Euro football 2020 is postponed until 2021.
Mar 17, 2020
Europe expands lockdown in battle against coronavirus
President Trump has warned that the coronavirus outbreak could push the US economy into recession. Also: the United Arab Emirates has sent two plane-loads of gloves, surgical masks, and other medical supplies to Iran to help combat the virus.
Mar 17, 2020
Coronavirus: Restrictions continue to tighten across Europe as outbreak worsens
Meanwhile the Head of France’s health service says the situation is deteriorating fast in France. Also, airlines across the world cut more flights as demand slumps as the result of the virus. And, why we stockpile items in times of crisis.
Mar 16, 2020
Coronavirus: US slashes rates, adds $700bn emergency funds
It is part of a co-ordinated action announced on Sunday by some of the world’s leading economies. Also: Germany closes significant parts of its borders with its neighbours and why some South Africans are laughing in the face of the pandemic.
Mar 16, 2020
Sweeping new Coronavirus restrictions are introduced across Europe:
France closes its cafes, restaurants, and most shops, and Spain bans non essential travel. Also as Covid-19 continues to spread across Africa, six more countries have reported their first cases. After last month's inter-communal riots, can India still be considered a secular country? And the havoc the coronavirus pandemic is causing in the film industry.
Mar 15, 2020
Coronavirus: Trump declares national emergency in the US
The move loosens regulations on the provision of healthcare and could speed up testing – the slow pace of which has been criticised widely. Also, the head of the World Health Organisation says Europe is now the epicentre of the global coronavirus pandemic. And, why Tik Tok might be the next big thing for businesses.
Mar 14, 2020
Coronavirus: English Premier League football season suspended due to outbreak
EPL joins long list of major sporting fixtures halted by pandemic. French football federation and European Champions league announce similar measures. Also, New Zealand 'fundamentally changed' since Christchurch mosque attacks one year ago says PM Jacinda Ardern, and a South African king is arrested after 'axe rampage.'
Mar 13, 2020
How different countries deal with the spread of the Coronavirus
While Italy is in lockdown, the UK aims to delay drastic measures, also: Are sanctions hampering Iran's efforts to fight the virus? And the dangers of the internet for women?
Mar 13, 2020
Coronavirus: Trump suspends travel from Europe to US
Mr. Trump imposing travel restrictions on 26 European countries to curb coronavirus. The EU condemned the measures, which it said were taken "unilaterally and without consultation". Also, India suspends all travel visas until mid-April due to virus, and why young French people are switching from wine to beer.
Mar 12, 2020
Italy shuts most shops in virus crisis
Only food stores and pharmacies will stay open, as the WHO declares a pandemic. Also: Harvey Weinstein is jailed for 23 years, and how rugby is helping women in Pakistan.
Mar 12, 2020
Coronavirus: Merkel warns that up to 70% of Germany could become infected
German chancellor Angela Merkel says large numbers of Germans might contract COVID-19. Countries across Europe step up efforts to deal with outbreak. Also, Joe Biden extends lead over rival Sanders in Democratic presidential race, and pranksters say they duped Prince Harry by impersonating activist Greta Thunberg and her father in phone-calls.
Mar 11, 2020
US fights virus outbreak near New York
The National Guard cleans a New York suburb as the US unveils new measures against Covid-19. Also: the coronavirus in Italy and Iran, and rape as a weapon of war.
Mar 11, 2020
Italy struggles to cope with coronavirus lockdown
Pope Francis has urged priests to visit those suffering from the virus, despite official advice to avoid contact. Ugandans arrested for distributing a fake coronavirus vaccine. A US appeals court rules Led Zeppelin did not steal part of 'Stairway to Heaven' from another band.
Mar 10, 2020
Coronavirus: Italy extends quarantine measures nationwide
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says people will only be allowed to travel for work or family emergencies. Also: Sudan's prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, survives an apparent assassination attempt, and Meghan and Harry make their final public appearance as working members of the British royal family.
Mar 10, 2020
Shares plunge around the world
The coronovirus is threatening the health of millions of people and is causing chaos on global stock markets. The MH17 plane crash trial opens in the Netherlands. Was the Earth once fully covered in water?
Mar 09, 2020
Coronavirus: Italian deaths soar
Italy's Lombardy region records a significant increase in daily deaths from Covid-19, Afghanistan's defence minister issues an ultimatum to the Taliban over its commitment to reduce violence - and a battle between old and new on the canals of Amsterdam.
Mar 09, 2020
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