Global News Podcast

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 Aug 2, 2020

S
 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

Libero
 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

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

Episode Date
When will the next US Supreme Court judge be nominated?
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Washington is split over who will take the position, following Ruth Bader Ginsberg's death. Also: a former British diplomat is being investigated for allegedly spying on the EU for China, and frozen ground in Siberia is thawing and contributing to climate change.
Sep 19, 2020
WHO warns pandemic is not going away anytime soon
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It comes as Israel returns to a nationwide lockdown and several countries tighten restrictions. Also: the US will ban downloads of the Chinese-owned apps, TikTok and WeChat, from Sunday, and seven footprints found in an Arabian desert may change the timeline of human history.
Sep 18, 2020
Israel marks Jewish New Year with 2nd Covid-19 lockdown
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Israel is trying to tackle the surge in coronavirus cases, with a new three-week lockdown. Also: China military drill as US envoy visits Taiwan, and an alligator on gas snaps up Ig Nobel prize.
Sep 18, 2020
Global coronavirus cases top 30 million
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The 30 million landmark comes as the World Health Organisation warns about the situation in Europe. Also: Fires devastate the world's largest wetland, and hear about the incredible life of the female secret agent who is said to have inspired the creator of James Bond.
Sep 17, 2020
China defends its mass 're-education' policies in Xinjiang
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China says millions of workers --mostly Muslim Uighurs -- have been retrained in centres, which the US has likened to concentration camps. Also: WHO warns of "very serious situation" regarding Covid-19 in Europe, and what are the bizarre new stunts included in the latest Guinness World Records?
Sep 17, 2020
Lamine Diack: Former head of World Athletics found guilty of corruption and jailed
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The ex-head of athletics’ governing body was convicted of accepting bribes from athletes suspected of doping to cover up test results and letting them continue competing, including in the 2012 London Olympics. Also: Venezuela says the UN report which accuses its government of systematic violations to suppress political opponents is riddled with falsehoods, and an artificial intelligence-powered ship aiming to recreate a historic voyage from 400 years ago.
Sep 16, 2020
Venezuela: UN investigators accuse government of crimes against humanity
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UN Human Rights Council looked into cases of killings, torture, and disappearances. Investigators say President Maduro and other top officials were implicated. Also, top intergovernmental group says global economy is doing better than expected, and should we all learn to appreciate statistics more ?
Sep 16, 2020
Israel signs diplomatic accord with UAE and Bahrain
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It was signed at the White House with President Trump. He hailed the dawn of a new Middle East. Also: India passes five million coronavirus cases - we hear how families are suffering, and the TV ad which overshadowed a reality star appearance on ‘Dancing With the Stars’.
Sep 16, 2020
Poisoned Navalny ‘will return to Russia’
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The Russian opposition leader posts on social media that he's getting better. A photo showed him sitting up in his Berlin hospital bed, surrounded by his wife and children. Also: new figures suggest China's economy is recovering from the pandemic, and hip hop fans prepare to bid on memorabilia at Sotheby’s in New York.
Sep 15, 2020
Evidence that Venus may harbour life
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Scientists discover a gas in the atmosphere of Venus that may have been produced by living organisms. Also: Climate change takes centre stage in the US presidential race, and the enduring appeal of Pinocchio, the tale of the wooden puppet who wants to be a real boy.
Sep 14, 2020
Belarus: UN calls for investigation of torture allegations
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Belarusians protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko have allegedly been kidnapped and beaten by security forces. Also, Yoshihide Suga is expected to be sworn in as Japan’s next prime minister, after being selected as leader of the governing Liberal Democratic Party. And one of the most powerful men in football – Nasser Al Khelaifi – goes on trial over the sale of World Cup television rights.
Sep 14, 2020
Belarus: Thousands rally against President Lukashenko
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More than 100,000 anti-government protestors took to the streets of Minsk. Also: Israel announces a new national lockdown to contain a surge in coronavirus infections, and a permanent migrant reception centre is to be built on the Greek island of Lesbos.
Sep 13, 2020
Afghan government urges ceasefire with Taliban
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At peace talks in Qatar, the Afghan delegation said war had no winners. Also: Pompeo in Cyprus warns US "deeply concerned" over Turkey energy search, and British designer, Sir Terence Conran, dies aged 88.
Sep 13, 2020
Bahrain says it is normalising ties with Israel
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Bahrain is only the fourth Arab country in the Middle East to recognise Israel. Also: dozens of people missing in Oregon fires; migrants and Greek islanders protest over new camp.
Sep 12, 2020
Moria: European Commission says migrant camp will be rebuilt after huge fire
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EC's Vice-president says burnt-out camp to be replaced by modern facility on same site. Residents of Moria camp have staged protest calling for right to leave island of Lesbos. Also, Rio Tinto's boss to quit over company's destruction of Aboriginal sacred sites, and we meet a man who reads out confessions of dead people at their own funerals.
Sep 11, 2020
EU ultimatum to UK over Brexit talks
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The UK is told to drop plans to rewrite the withdrawal agreement by end of the month or risk scuppering the trade deal. Also: Microsoft says Russia, China and Iran hackers are targeting Trump and Biden, and the British actress Dame Diana Rigg dies aged 82.
Sep 11, 2020
Greek ships to help shelter 13,000 migrants after camp burned
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A blaze engulfed Moria camp on Tuesday night, then another wiped out any remaining tents on Wednesday. Also: The opposition politician in Belarus told she would be deported ‘alive or in bits’ and backlash in China after attempts to bring in couples counselling before marriage.
Sep 10, 2020
Trump accused of deliberately misleading US on Covid-19
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The remark is contained in a book by the journalist, Bob Woodward, who broke the Watergate scandal. Also: Greek fire sparks race to shelter 13,000 migrants, and scientists develop a technique to spot fake Scotch whisky without opening the bottle.
Sep 10, 2020
Fire destroys Greece's largest migrant camp
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A huge fire has ravaged the Moria facility on the island of Lesbos. Thousands of migrants have been left homeless. Also, efforts to make the Oscars more diverse, and how one man developed a friendship with an octopus.
Sep 09, 2020
US protests: Rochester police leaders resign en masse
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Pressure is growing in Rochester over the death of a black man named Daniel Prude, who asphyxiated after being restrained by police. Also, Italy’s fashion industry grapples with racism. And, how will taking photos of broccoli today help scientists study space tomorrow?
Sep 08, 2020
Belarus: Lukashenko admits being in power too long
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The long term leader has told Russian media he won't be stepping down despite weeks of protests. Meanwhile Belarus opposition leader resists deportation. Also: the floods threatening Sudan's ancient ruins, and why Senegal has been praised for its handling of the coronavirus.
Sep 08, 2020
Russia's Alexei Navalny out of coma after poisoning
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Doctors treating Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny say he is out of an induced coma and his condition, since being poisoned, has improved. Also: A Saudi court commutes the death sentences of those convicted of murdering the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Afghan officials and the Taliban prepare for formal talks in Qatar.
Sep 08, 2020
Belarus opposition leader reportedly abducted
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Witnesses say Maria Kolesnikova was bundled into a minibus by masked men and driven away. Also: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appears in a London court to fight a US extradition request, and Nigerian doctors go on strike.
Sep 07, 2020
Belarus: Protesters gather for the fourth week in a row
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More than 100,000 anti-government demonstrators took to the streets in Minsk. Also: India now has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, and Jacob Blake sends his first public message from a hospital bed.
Sep 06, 2020
Rohingya refugees: Bangladesh plans to move thousands to an island
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Many refugees are reluctant to move to Bhashan Char island, even if it means leaving the crowded camps where they now live. Also, soldiers in Niger are accused of executing dozens of civilians earlier this year. And India introduces coronavirus tests on demand, as its outbreak surges.
Sep 06, 2020
US unemployment falls again - good news for Trump?
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US unemployment rate below 10% for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, also:Iran breached limits of nuclear agreement says UN watchdog and Messi stays with Barça
Sep 04, 2020
Islamic State: Giant library of group's online propaganda discovered
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Researchers find one of largest collections of IS online material. Experts say it enables group to continually replenish extremist content on the net. Also, Dutch far-Right politician Geert Wilders cleared of inciting hatred, and US academic says she lied about being black.
Sep 04, 2020
Biden speaks to Jacob Blake on Wisconsin visit
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The US Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, says the shooting victim told him he "won't give up". Also: Beirut rescuers investigate signs of life in rubble, and English Premier League terminates huge China TV rights deal.
Sep 04, 2020
Tycoon cleared of murders that rocked Slovakia
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The killing of the investigative journalist, Jan Kuciak, and his fiancée in 2018 led to protests and the collapse of the government. Also: President Trump tells voters in North Carolina to vote twice to test the system, and Brazil's men and women international football players get equal pay.
Sep 03, 2020
Russia's Navalny 'poisoned with Novichok'
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The German chancellor Angela Merkel says Alexei Navalny was a victim of attempted murder. Also: US sanctions staff at top war crimes court, and Prince Harry and Meghan to make shows with Netflix.
Sep 03, 2020
Charlie Hebdo: 14 suspects on trial over deadly Paris attacks
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Suspects are accused of helping radical Islamists who killed 12 people in January 2015. Most of alleged accomplices are in court in Paris but 3 are being tried in absentia. Also, scepticism in Lebanon about official investigation into Beirut blast, and how Earth is rattled after 7 billion years by signals from black holes' collision.
Sep 02, 2020
Trump visits Kenosha to back police after shooting
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The US president blames what he calls "domestic terror" for the "destruction" in the Midwestern city. Also: Zimbabwe to return farmland seized from foreigners; and with a changing world, Dictionary.com changes its definitions of many words.
Sep 02, 2020
Charlie Hebdo magazine republishes Mohammed cartoons
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Alleged accomplices to the deadly attack on the magazine go on trial on Wednesday. Twelve people were killed in 2015 including famous cartoonists. Also: students in Belarus protest against President Lukashenko on the first day of the university term. And, K-Pop conquers the US charts.
Sep 01, 2020
US election: Biden accuses 'weak' Trump of stoking violence
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The Democratic Party's candidate for the US presidency Joe Biden has challenged President Trump on law and order, asking voters if they feel safe with a leader who can’t control his supporters. Also: Australia says China has detained a prominent journalist without charge, and new figures show the Indian economy has been devastated by the pandemic.
Aug 31, 2020
Historic Israeli flight arrives in UAE
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The direct flight marks a major step in normalising ties between Israel and the Gulf Arab country. Also: Sudan 'on road to peace' after a deal is signed, and artificial intelligence is being trialled in Australia to improve the safety of female travellers at night.
Aug 31, 2020
Belarus: Mass rally keeps pressure on Lukashenko
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Tens of thousands again take to the streets in Belarus to protest against President Alexander Lukashenko. Also: the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, says there have been unpublicised talks with many more Arab countries about improving ties. And India and Russia declared joint winners at Chess Olympiad.
Aug 30, 2020
Belarus: Journalists covering protests stripped of accreditation
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Several thousand women in Belarus have rallied in central Minsk for a “March of Solidarity”, urging President Lukashenko and the government to resign. Also: German police have arrested hundreds of people demonstrating in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions, and hundreds of migrants are rescued from a ship funded by the British graffiti artist Banksy.
Aug 29, 2020
Thousands of Americans gather in Washington to protest against racism
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The rally was held on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech. Also: the outspoken head of Russia's anti-doping agency has been fired, and how a children's cartoon is helping a lonely penguin in Australia.
Aug 29, 2020
Shinzo Abe: Japan's PM resigns for health reasons
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Longest-serving Japanese PM has suffered for many years from ulcerative colitis. He will remain in his post until a successor is chosen. Also, Trump tells Republican convention that Biden will 'demolish' the American dream if he becomes president, and UK honours World War 2 heroine Noor Inayat Khan.
Aug 28, 2020
Trump brands NBA a "political" organisation
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US president was responding to players' walkout over police violence. Also: Four die as Hurricane Laura batters US Gulf coast; Russian police 'on standby' to enter Belarus; and the world's most expensive sheep.
Aug 27, 2020
'Catastrophic' hurricane Laura lashes Louisiana
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The storm, one of the strongest to hit the US Gulf coast, has caused flash flooding and power cuts. Also: the wearing of facemasks in public is to be made compulsory in Paris because of Covid-19, and the London Symphony Orchestra comes out of lockdown and begins rehearsing again.
Aug 27, 2020
Teenager charged over Wisconsin protesters' deaths
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The two people were killed following the police shooting of a black man. Also: Mladic denounces UN court in genocide appeal, and the doctor who says a safe social distance is eight metres.
Aug 26, 2020
Jacob Blake: Two shot dead during third night of unrest in Kenosha
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Violence continues in city in Wisconsin following police shooting of a black man. Jacob Blake was shot by officers on Sunday in the presence of his children. Also, Melania Trump makes plea for racial harmony at Republican party convention, and deadly flash-floods hit northern Afghanistan.
Aug 26, 2020
Africa declared free of wild polio in 'milestone'
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Nigeria is now rid of wild polio despite having more than half of all cases a decade ago - a major success in efforts to eradicate the disease. Also: The family of an unarmed black man shot by police in Wisconsin say he is paralysed from the waist down, and the captain of the Manchester United football club is found guilty of attempting to bribe a Greek police officer.
Aug 25, 2020
Ratko Mladic appeals against genocide conviction
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The court hearing has already been delayed by the ex-Bosnian Serb commander's health issues and the coronavirus pandemic. Also: Gaza imposes lockdown following first Covid-19 cases, and researchers find method to regrow cartilage in arthritic mice.
Aug 25, 2020
US Election: Republican Party nominates Donald Trump as its presidential candidate
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At the event, President Trump told the crowd that this was the most important election in the history of the country. Also: Scientists in Hong Kong say they have confirmed the first reinfection of the coronavirus, and an Israeli teenager discovers a jar filled with gold coins at an archaeological site.
Aug 24, 2020
Belarus holds opposition figures after mass rally
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The latest detentions come amid a border row with neighbouring Lithuania. Also: Christchurch gunman 'planned third mosque attack', and are full stops intimidating?
Aug 24, 2020
Belarus: Opposition holds mass rally in Minsk despite ban
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President Lukashenko has vowed to crush unrest and blamed the dissent on unnamed "foreign-backed revolutionaries". Also: US President Donald Trump's eldest sister says her brother is a liar who "has no principles", secret recordings reveal, and in football Bayern Munich beat Paris Saint Germain to be crowned champions of Europe for a sixth time.
Aug 23, 2020
NATO rejects Belarus claim of border threat
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Claims by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko that "foreign powers" are organising a build-up of troops on the country's border are baseless, says NATO. Also: The World Health Organisation says children over 12 years old should wear masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and violence in Ivory Coast as President Alassane Ouattara is nominated for a third term in office.
Aug 22, 2020
Russian doctors allow Navalny to go to Germany
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They had earlier said the Kremlin critic, in a coma in Omsk, was too ill to be moved for treatment in Germany. They relented after appeals by his family and aides, who said Mr Navalny’s life was in danger in Russia. Also: Libya's rival authorities announce a ceasefire, and the man known as the Golden State Killer is sentenced to life in prison.
Aug 21, 2020
Alexei Navalny's wife appeals to Putin to let her husband be flown abroad for treatment
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Russian doctors say prominent opposition figure is too ill to be taken to Germany. Navalny's supporters believe he's been poisoned. Also, Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya urges followers to continue defying government, and Lebanese singer Mika organises concert to raise money for his homeland.
Aug 21, 2020
Steve Bannon charged with fraud over Mexico wall funds
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Mr Bannon, once one of President Trump's most trusted advisers, was arrested and charged with fraud over a fundraising campaign to build a Mexican border wall. He denied the charge in court in New York. Also: scientists say the loss of ice in Greenland has reached "unprecedented" levels, and why singing is no more likely to transmit Covid-19 than talking - unless you do it loudly.
Aug 21, 2020
Russian opposition leader 'fights for life'
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A prominent Putin opponent, Alexei Navalny, is unconscious after a suspected poisoning. Also: Barack Obama makes his most scathing attack on President Trump so far, and British scientists develop a new method of administering radiotherapy that they say could revolutionise the treatment of breast cancer.
Aug 20, 2020
UN joins global condemnation of Mali coup
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President Keita was forced to resign after being detained by soldiers. Also: Belarus leader orders clampdown on unrest, and 'walkies' could become the law for German dog owners.
Aug 20, 2020
Mali: Soldiers promise elections after ousting President
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Troops have pledged to set up a civilian transitional government and hold elections. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned on Tuesday night after a coup that’s been widely condemned by the international community. Also, Joe Biden is named as US Democratic candidate for presidency, and India’s Supreme Court orders probe into death of Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput.
Aug 19, 2020
Mali president seized by mutinying soldiers
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France and regional bloc Ecowas have condemned the mutiny that began with gunfire early on Tuesday. Also: US postal service halts controversial changes, and fans flock to save Elsa - Berlin's cheeky wild boar.
Aug 19, 2020
Guilty verdict over assassination of Lebanon ex-PM
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One of four men accused of killing Rafik Hariri in Beirut in 2005 has been convicted by a special UN-backed court. The judges said Salim Ayyash had a central role in the murder. Also: shots are fired inside a military base in Mali and, a lost species is rediscovered in the wilds of Djibouti, Africa.
Aug 18, 2020
Protests continue in Belarus
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Opposition protestors in Belarus have held a ninth night of protests against the leadership of Alexander Lukashenko. Also: US Democrats set for virtual political show piece, and the Indian classical vocalist, Pandit Jasraj, has died aged ninety.
Aug 18, 2020
Belarus: striking workers boo the president as his authoritarian rule hangs in the balance
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Lukashenko's main challenger says she's ready to become the transitional leader. Also: the Democrat convention gets underway in the US city of Milwaukee, and can Jesus Christ make theatres work during the pandemic?
Aug 17, 2020
Mass protest eclipses Belarus leader's rally
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Protestors keep up pressure over disputed elections, as President Lukashenko calls opponents "rats". Also: New Zealand delays election over coronavirus fears, and a gardener claims a new speed record in a motorised wheelbarrow.
Aug 17, 2020
Belarus: President Lukashenko claims he has Russian support against protests
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The man called “Europe’s last dictator” asks for Vladimir Putin’s help, as anti-government demonstrations gain momentum. Meanwhile, international leaders mark Victory in Japan Day, and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. And a restaurant in China is forced to apologise, after telling its patrons to weigh themselves before ordering.
Aug 16, 2020
Pressure grows on Belarusian president to resign
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Alexander Lukashenko’s opponents say his regime’s “hours are numbered” after five days of anti-government protest. Meanwhile, the leader of Hezbollah threatens to take action if Israel is responsible for last week’s devastating explosion in Beirut. And we look at the US government’s censorship of climate scientists.
Aug 15, 2020
Belarus: 'Widespread torture' inflicted on jailed protesters
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Freed detainees have given details of beatings during days in custody that Amnesty International said suggested "torture" on a significant scale. Also: The president of Mozambique, visits a province where the army is fighting Islamist insurgents, and the latest move against the murder hornets.
Aug 14, 2020
Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to fully normalise relations
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The deal involves Israel suspending its plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. Also: Washington suspends all private charter flights to Cuba, and DNA analysis of the Siberian woolly rhino gives new clues to the reason for its extinction.
Aug 13, 2020
Women form ‘solidarity chains’ in Belarus protests
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Many dressed in white as they called for an end to police brutality. Several strikes have also been reported at state-owned factories in protest against President Lukashenko. Also: the Chinese president launches a clean plate campaign to reduce food waste, and why Donald Trump is demanding more powerful showers.
Aug 13, 2020
Harris joins Biden at first event as running mate
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Joe Biden has formally introduced Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential pick at a rally in Delaware. Senator Harris said four years of Donald Trump's presidency had left America 'in tatters'. Also in this edition: Beirut’s broken hospitals – and the day Margaret Thatcher came face-to-face with the BBC’s African Service.
Aug 12, 2020
Belarus: police clash with demonstrators for third night
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Violence reported in Minsk and several other cities. A BBC crew has been attacked by police, who've been accused of brutality. Also, UK slides into recession due to impact of pandemic, and how prehistoric humans worked together to find food and share it.
Aug 12, 2020
Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate
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The former California attorney-general had long been considered the front runner for the role. Also: opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya fled Belarus "for sake of her children", and Mauritius fears a stranded ship that is leaking oil may "break in two".
Aug 12, 2020
Global Covid-19 cases top 20 million
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Russia approves its own vaccine for use, but international experts are sceptical. Also: The main opposition candidate flees Belarus for 'sake of her children', and Benin restores statues to slave traders.
Aug 11, 2020
Lebanon cabinet resigns as anger over blast mounts
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The Lebanese prime minister announced the move in a TV address as clashes continued in Beirut for a third day. Also: Trump says someone shot near White House, and the website that creates the sounds of the office for those working from home.
Aug 11, 2020
Belarus opposition disputes leader's landslide win
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President Lukashenko accuses foreign-inspired agitators of sparking violence. Also: HK tycoon arrested under security law, and the poem published 100 years late.
Aug 10, 2020
Clashes erupt after disputed Belarus election
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A state TV exit poll showed a victory for President Alexander Lukashenko but the opposition cried foul. Also: more protests in Beirut as international donors pledge aid, and who owned the old pair of round rimmed spectacles that are now up for auction?
Aug 10, 2020
Lebanese army retakes government buildings stormed by protestors
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The demonstrators in Beirut had earlier entered government ministries venting their anger at politicians who they blame for Tuesday's devastating explosion. Also:  President Trump signs executive orders extending Covid-19 economic relief, and an oil spill in Mauritius is threatening an ecological disaster.
Aug 09, 2020
Air India jet breaks in two in Kerala
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The Boeing 737 was repatriating Indians stranded overseas by the coronavirus crisis. Also: US imposes sanctions on Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, and the British Foreign office cat Palmerston retires to the countryside.
Aug 08, 2020
Beirut explosion: many Lebanese blame government negligence
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Rescue-workers search for dozens still reported missing after Tuesday's deadly blast. The UN has warned of a humanitarian crisis and is promising emergency supplies. Also, how Covid-19 has affected tourism in city that was at heart of Italian Renaissance, and why music festival is going ahead on Greek island - despite virus restrictions.
Aug 07, 2020
New York sues America's powerful National Rifle Association
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New York’s attorney general Letitia James alleges financial misconduct in the organisation. She accuses NRA leaders of using its funds for their personal benefit. Also: President Macron of France has promised to co-ordinate an international aid effort for Lebanon, and in the Channel Island of Guernsey police try a novel recruitment campaign.
Aug 06, 2020
President Macron says political change is needed in Lebanon
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The French President made the comments on a visit to an area devastated by the explosion. Also: tougher internal border restrictions are being introduced in Australia to curb the spread of Covid-19, and social media networks push back against President Trump after he says children are "almost immune" to the coronavirus.
Aug 06, 2020
Anger in Beirut at failure to prevent devastating explosion
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The governing elite of Lebanon is coming under unprecedented attack after an explosion in the capital on Tuesday, which killed at least 135 people. Also: emergency departments in the US state of Mississippi are overflowing with Covid-19 patients, and the French Government pledges millions of dollars to save the country's wine industry.
Aug 06, 2020
Rescue workers in Beirut search for missing bodies after explosion
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The blast killed more than 100 people and injured thousands. Also: Indian prime minister lays the foundation stone for a Hindu temple on a long-disputed religious site, and why there are more emperor penguins in the Antarctic than we previously thought.
Aug 05, 2020
Beirut blasts: Dozens dead and thousands injured in unexplained explosions
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At least 78 people are dead and around 4,000 injured. Also: the BBC gets a rare look inside a Chinese ‘re-education’ camp for Uighur muslims and hears accounts of torture, and the man who found out aged 24 that his father was the world famous drug lord, Pablo Escobar.
Aug 04, 2020
Hefty fines for lockdown rule-breakers in Australia
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On-the-spot fines of more than 3 thousand US dollars for breaking isolation rules in the Australian state of Victoria, as military and police get tough with dissenters. Also: fears that new ID rules for voting in Ghana could deter some voters, and in Italy a Grand Slam great interrupts girls playing rooftop tennis.
Aug 04, 2020
Spain's ex-King Juan Carlos leaves the country
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This comes weeks after the embattled former King was slinked to an inquiry into alleged corruption. Also: red card for footballers caught deliberately coughing, and other mammals lose out in panda conservative drive.
Aug 04, 2020
Iran cover-up of Covid-19 deaths revealed
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A BBC investigation has found almost three times the number of reported deaths. Also: we hear from Zimbabwe where a doctor says, despite capacity, staff shortages mean she's turning Covid-infected patients away, and could the staunchly conservative US state of Kansas turn Democrat?
Aug 03, 2020
NASA astronauts make landmark splashdown
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The SpaceX capsule touched down off Florida, in the first crewed US water landing in 45 years. Also: top US Democrat rounds on virus chief Birx, and New Zealand's most popular albatross chick needs a name.
Aug 03, 2020
Facebook forced to block pro-Bolsonaro accounts
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The social media giant vows to appeal against the Brazilian Supreme Court ruling. Also: TikTok "here for the long run" in the US after president Trump said he would ban it, and Japan's Kabukiza theatre reopens.
Aug 02, 2020
WHO head says pandemic will be felt for decades
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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says there will be no return to the 'old normal' soon. Also: Maxwell-Epstein emails shown in new court papers, and the 100th Salzburg Music Festival opens this weekend.
Aug 01, 2020
Hong Kong postpones elections by year due to 'virus concerns'
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Government says delay in parliamentary elections is due to rise in Covid-19 infections. But opposition accuses authorities of using pandemic as excuse to prevent people from voting. Also, Eurozone suffers its worst economic contraction on record due to Coronavirus, and a website that lets you see the view from other people's windows across the world.
Jul 31, 2020
Threat to delay US presidential election
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President Trump suggests delaying the US election. Also: Switzerland launches criminal proceedings against the president of FIFA, and a new app to help people treat sleeplessness.
Jul 30, 2020
Hong Kong bars 12 opposition candidates from election
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The government said the candidates were not fit to run for office. Also: The German economy suffers its biggest quarterly fall since records began, and the world’s largest frog- known as the ‘wrinkly scrotum’ frog is under threat because of human consumption.
Jul 30, 2020
US tech giants face Congress grilling
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Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon have appeared before Washington lawmakers to defend their firms against claims they abuse their power to quash competitors. Also: the chief organiser of the Tokyo Olympics hopes they will take place next year - but can't rule out another delay, and an enduring mystery from one of Britain's most famous archaeological sites, Stonehenge, appears to have been solved.
Jul 29, 2020
Hong Kong: 'Large-scale' coronavirus outbreak looming, says city's leader
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Carrie Lam urges people to stay indoors and says hospital system could face 'collapse'. But pro-democracy protestors unconvinced by reports that outbreak means local elections should be postponed. Also, drastically scaled-down Hajj pilgrimage begins in Saudi Arabia, and how fugitive Mexican drug-lord built his own private hospital.
Jul 29, 2020
US Attorney General defends deploying federal agents to Portland
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In heated testimony to Congress, William Barr said protesters in Portland, Oregon, were committing "an assault on the government of the United States". Democrats accuse Mr Barr of trying to aid the president's re-election campaign. Also: leaders in Western Europe warn of a second wave of the coronavirus, and there is positive news for tiger populations in the wild.
Jul 29, 2020
Construction starts for the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor in France
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French President Emmanuel Macron praised the international venture as a project for the future of humanity. He delivered a video address at a ceremony to mark the start of the assembly of the ITER reactor. Also: the former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption charges slinked to the 1MDB scandal, and why people are abandoning their dogs post-lockdown.
Jul 28, 2020
Netanyahu accuses Hezbollah of trying to infiltrate Israel
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Israeli PM says army shot at Hezbollah fighters to stop them crossing the border. Also: WHO calls Covid-19 the most severe global health emergency it’s ever seen, and the music inspired by the 1984 universal declaration of human rights.
Jul 28, 2020
Alarm over Vietnam’s first coronavirus cases in months
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The city of Da Nang has been closed to tourists to contain a new Covid-19 outbreak. Hundreds of flights have been laid on to take thousands of domestic tourists home. Also: Egypt jails TikTok users over ‘indecent’ videos, and the Japanese designer of some of David Bowie’s most famous outfits has died.
Jul 27, 2020
Hollywood star Olivia de Havilland dies aged 104
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Her career spanned more than fifty years and she was the last surviving star of Gone with the Wind. Also: US diplomats to leave Chengdu consulate, and the Martian meteorite that is returning home.
Jul 27, 2020
UK brings back 14-day quarantine for Spain
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The decision came following a spike in coronavirus cases in Spain. Also: Poland to leave treaty on violence against women, and Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green dies aged 73.
Jul 26, 2020
British PM says his government could have done things differently regarding Covid-19
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Boris Johnson says there are "open questions" about whether the coronavirus lockdown came too late. Also: Trump signs order to lower the price of prescription drugs, and journalists resign over press freedom at Hungary's independent news site, Index.
Jul 25, 2020
Hagia Sophia: Muslim Friday prayers held as former museum becomes mosque again
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President Erdogan attends first Friday prayers held in historic building since 1934. The decision to turn Hagia Sophia - a former cathedral - back into a mosque has been criticised worldwide. Also, China orders closure of US consulate in Chengdu after Washington shuts down Chinese consulate in Texas, and Iraqi militiamen help bury the bodies as their country's Covid 19 death-toll rises steeply.
Jul 24, 2020
US Congresswoman denounces colleague's 'sexist slur'
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"I am someone's daughter," says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Also: Russia accused of firing satellite weapon in space, and a letter by King George VI to his speech therapist has been sold at auction.
Jul 24, 2020
US accuses China of spying
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The US says a fugitive is hiding in China's San Francisco consulate. Also: The experiment to find out if singers are vulnerable to Covid-19, and China launches a mission to Mars.
Jul 23, 2020
Trump to send 'surge' of federal agents to cities
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Chicago and two other Democratic-run cities are being targeted in the Republican president's move, amid a spike in violence. Also, top editor of Hungary's leading independent news website sacked, and coronavirus - cracking the secrets of how bats survive viruses.
Jul 22, 2020
US orders China to close consulate in Houston
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Washington says Chinese consulate in Texas must be closed by Friday 24th July. Beijing says this is a 'political provocation'. Also, Twitter bans accounts slinked to QAnon conspiracy-theory, and how a producer is turning songs of endangered bird species into music.
Jul 22, 2020
US accuses China of Covid-19 vaccine hack
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American authorities have charged two Chinese nationals in the alleged theft of information from medical, software and defence companies. Also, a standoff in Ukraine ends peacefully after the president gives in to a hostage-taker’s strange demand. And the smallest village in Italy celebrates its first birth in eight years.
Jul 22, 2020
UK 'actively avoided' investigating Russian threat
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MPs say the government didn't want to know if Russia interfered in the Brexit referendum. Also: How poaching is threatening half the world's mountain gorillas, and Zoom weddings in Nigeria.
Jul 21, 2020
Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial shows promise
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A vaccine developed by Oxford University appears safe and triggers an immune response. But the lead scientist advises caution. Also, as Cuba's currency crisis deepens, state-run shops begin selling some goods in US dollars; and scientists predict that polar bears could be extinct by the end of the century as a result of climate change.
Jul 20, 2020
Covid-19 treatment trial described as ‘breakthrough’
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The results suggest a new treatment reduces the number of patients needing intensive care, according to the UK company that developed it. The treatment uses a protein called interferon beta which the body produces when it gets a viral infection. Also we hear about Gaza’s disturbing cases of suicide, and Kanye West launches his 2020 presidential campaign.
Jul 20, 2020
US Covid death toll passes 140.000
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Donald Trump says US coronavirus mortality rate is among the lowest in the world; President Erdogan inspects preparations ahead of Hagia Sophia changing back to a mosque; the United Arab Emirates launches its first ever mission to Mars.
Jul 19, 2020
'Moment of truth' in EU Covid talks
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EU leaders hope fresh proposals can end deadlock over covid recovery package; In Russia - thousands more join protests in support of local governor And why smiling while wearing a face mask matters
Jul 18, 2020
Fauci says all Americans should wear masks to stop a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases
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The US top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, made the comment as the country struggles to control a sustained surge in coronavirus infections. Also: "moment of truth" as EU leaders seek Covid deal, and Captain Tom Moore is knighted in "unique ceremony" after raising millions of pounds for Britain's health service.
Jul 18, 2020
India reports over one million cases of Covid 19
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The country's Coronavirus case-load has doubled in last three weeks. Intermittent local lockdowns are likely to be the 'new normal.' Also, EU leaders discuss 800 billion dollar coronavirus recovery-plan but are deeply divided over how to spend it, and US campaign-group wages legal battle for the rights of 'the world’s loneliest elephant.'
Jul 17, 2020
Russia rejects Western allegations of cyber-attacks
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Moscow says it didn't mount campaign against efforts to develop coronavirus vaccine. The US, Canada and UK have accused hackers slinked to Russian intelligence services of trying to steal vaccine research. Also, number of coronavirus cases recorded in Brazil has passed 2 million, and scientists study the closest pictures ever taken of the Sun.
Jul 17, 2020
Russian hackers 'targeting Covid-19 vaccine research'
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Security services have warned that Russian hackers are targeting organisations in the UK, US and Canada. Also: the number of coronavirus cases in Brazil has passed two million, and the Solar Orbiter spacecraft takes the closest ever pictures of the Sun.
Jul 17, 2020
Russian hackers 'targeting Covid-19 vaccine research'
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Security services have warned that Russian hackers are targeting organisations in the UK, US and Canada. Also: the number of coronavirus cases in Brazil has passed two million, and the Solar Orbiter spacecraft takes the closest ever pictures of the Sun.
Jul 17, 2020
Russian hackers 'targeting Covid-19 vaccine research'
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Security services have warned that Russian hackers are targeting organisations in the UK, US and Canada. Also: the number of coronavirus cases in Brazil has passed two million, and the Solar Orbiter spacecraft takes the closest ever pictures of the Sun.
Jul 17, 2020
Russian hackers 'targeting Covid-19 vaccine research'
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Security services have warned that Russian hackers are targeting organisations in the UK, US and Canada. Also: the number of coronavirus cases in Brazil passes two million, and the Solar Orbiter spacecraft takes the closest ever pictures of the Sun.
Jul 17, 2020
Court rules Shamima Begum can return to UK to fight for citizenship
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Judges in London have ruled that Shamima Begum, who left Britain to support the Islamic State group, can return to challenge a government decision to revoke her UK citizenship. Also: the Twitter accounts of famous celebrities are hacked in a huge social media scam and Donald Trump revamps his campaign team, four months before the November election.
Jul 16, 2020
US disease expert Anthony Fauci calls White House attacks 'bizarre'
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Dr Anthony Fauci described recent efforts by the Trump administration to discredit him as "bizarre" and "nonsense". Also: Ethiopia says Nile reservoir is filling up, and the actor Viola Davis says she betrayed herself in The Help film.
Jul 16, 2020
China hits out at US and UK
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Beijing criticises recent commercial restrictions imposed by Washington and London. These include US sanctions over new Hong Kong security law, and UK decision not to use Huawei to help build 5G networks. Also, inside South Africa's 'hospitals of horrors' as staff overwhelmed by Covid-19, and researchers predict 'jaw-dropping' fall in global fertility-rates.
Jul 15, 2020
US judge denies Ghislaine Maxwell bail
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The ex-girlfriend of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been denied bail in a high profile case. Also: Trump signs order targeting China over Hong Kong, and why do your spectacles fog up when wearing a face-covering?
Jul 15, 2020
UK bans Chinese tech giant Huawei from 5G network
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The British government has confirmed it will exclude the Chinese firm Huawei from its 5G telecoms networks, after the US raised concerns about security. Also: Tensions between India and Nepal increase and California reimposes lockdown measures after a spike in coronavirus cases.
Jul 14, 2020
WHO gives a stark warning on coronavirus
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The head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says too many countries are mishandling the coronavirus pandemic and that defeating public enemy number one is a long way off. Also: after years of campaigning by Native Americans the Washington Redskins cave into pressure to change their name, and the pub in England which has gone to extreme measures to enforce social distancing rules.
Jul 13, 2020
China slaps sanctions on top US officials
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China has announced sanctions against prominent US politicians who challenged its treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. Also: Some of the world's richest people urge governments to raise taxes on the wealthy, and Manchester City football club overturns a two-year ban from European club competitions.
Jul 13, 2020
Covid 19: South Africa reimposes total alcohol ban
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The move is to ease pressure on hospitals struggling to cope with a surge in cases. Also: Florida has record number of new infections in any US state, and the care home in Britain which has been lifting lockdown boredom among elderly residents by recreating famous pop music album covers.
Jul 12, 2020
Srebrenica: Bosnia marks 25 years since massacre
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Present and former world leaders address the ceremonies. Also: tens of thousands of people demonstrate in eastern Russia after the arrest of a regional leader and, how the performing arts in Germany are coping in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
Jul 11, 2020
Turkey turns Hagia Sophia into mosque
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President Erdogan signed decree after court ruling, also dramatic rise in deforestation in the Amazon region and the row over facial treatments in the UK
Jul 10, 2020
Russia's Foreign Minister says there's growing risk of nuclear confrontation
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Sergei Lavrov's warning came in an address to an international conference. The nuclear treaty between US and Russia expires next year, but there are doubts that it will be extended. Also, notorious Indian gangster is killed one day after being arrested over deadly attack on police, and Barbados invites people to come there and work from home.
Jul 10, 2020
Supreme Court: Prosecutors can see Trump taxes
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But the court ruled this information did not have to be shared with Congress. Also: Missing Seoul mayor found dead, and Egyptian sex attacks prompt law change.
Jul 10, 2020
Oxfam: Hunger could be bigger killer than the coronavirus
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Disruptions caused by the pandemic may lead to malnutrition in the poorest countries. Also: China says relations with the US are facing their most serious challenge in four decades, and the mayor of the South Korean capital has gone missing.
Jul 09, 2020
US exceeds 3 million coronavirus cases
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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.
Jul 09, 2020
China opens new security office in Hong Kong
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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.
Jul 08, 2020
Brazil's Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19
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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.
Jul 08, 2020
Coronavirus: Melbourne returns to lockdown as cases surge
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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.
Jul 07, 2020
WHO: More than 70 countries could run out of HIV medicine
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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?
Jul 07, 2020
China warns UK over Hong Kong 'interference'
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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.
Jul 06, 2020
India overtakes Russia for Covid-19 infections
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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.
Jul 05, 2020
Trump 4 July message: We're beating 'China plague'
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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.
Jul 04, 2020
WHO warns Covid-19 vaccine 'unlikely' this year
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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.
Jul 03, 2020
Khashoggi: Turkey begins trial of 20 Saudis in absentia
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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.
Jul 03, 2020
Epstein ex girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell charged
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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".
Jul 03, 2020
Myanmar jade mine landslide kills more than 100
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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.
Jul 02, 2020
Early results show Putin strongly backed in reform vote
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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.
Jul 02, 2020
Hong Kong: First arrests made under new 'anti-protest' law
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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'.
Jul 01, 2020
Fauci warns of 100,000 US Covid-19 cases per day
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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.
Jul 01, 2020
China approves controversial security law
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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...
Jun 30, 2020
WHO says worst could be 'yet to come' in Covid-19 pandemic
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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.
Jun 30, 2020
France: Former PM Francois Fillon and wife given jail sentences over fake jobs
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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.
Jun 29, 2020
Trump tweets clip of supporter yelling 'white power'
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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.
Jun 29, 2020
Malawi opposition leader wins historic poll rerun
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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.
Jun 28, 2020
Two US states go back into lockdown
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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.
Jun 26, 2020
UK: PM speaks out over danger of 'serious spike' in coronavirus cases
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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.
Jun 26, 2020
WHO warns of COVID-19 resurgence in Europe
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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.
Jun 25, 2020
Russians vote on Putin's reforms to constitution
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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.
Jun 25, 2020
IMF warns world economy faces grim pandemic hit
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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.
Jun 24, 2020
Russia stages WW2 victory parade in shadow of pandemic
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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.
Jun 24, 2020
Rayshard Brooks' funeral takes place in Atlanta
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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
Jun 24, 2020
British PM announces significant easing of lockdown
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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.
Jun 23, 2020
US designates another four Chinese media outlets as 'foreign missions'
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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.
Jun 23, 2020
'Record deadly week' for Afghan army
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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.
Jun 22, 2020
Trump campaign rejects low turnout manipulation
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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.
Jun 22, 2020
Crowds attend Trump rally despite virus fears
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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.
Jun 21, 2020
Trump's Oklahoma rally can go ahead
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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.
Jun 19, 2020
Coronavirus: EU leaders discuss recovery fund
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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.
Jun 19, 2020
Trump's bid to end Obama-era immigration policy ruled unlawful
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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.
Jun 18, 2020
EU top court rules against Hungary's NGO law
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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.
Jun 18, 2020
Rayshard Brooks shooting: US policeman could face death penalty
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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.
Jun 17, 2020
India-China clash: Narendra Modi says his country will respond if provoked
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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.
Jun 17, 2020
India - China border dispute claims lives
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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.
Jun 17, 2020
North Korea blows up joint liaison office with the South
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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.
Jun 16, 2020
US Supreme Court backs protection for LGBT workers
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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.
Jun 16, 2020
US 'outraged' by Russian prison sentence for Paul Whelan
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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.
Jun 15, 2020
France lifts curbs for 'summer unlike any other'
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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.
Jun 15, 2020
Protestors clash with police in central London
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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".
Jun 14, 2020
Covid-19: Brazil now second in world for virus deaths
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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.
Jun 13, 2020
UK economy in record slump due to Coronavirus
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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 ?
Jun 12, 2020
America's top military officer says sorry for Trump photo op
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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.
Jun 11, 2020
US: Confederate statues torn down
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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.
Jun 11, 2020
George Floyd death: 'Stop the pain', brother tells US Congress
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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.
Jun 10, 2020
Sweden: Investigators name man they believe killed PM Olof Palme in 1986
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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.
Jun 10, 2020
George Floyd funeral: Powerful calls for racial justice
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His killing by a white policeman sparked protests around the world. Also, the president of Burundi dies shortly before leaving office, and the largesse of the Chechen leader.
Jun 09, 2020
Mourners gather in Houston for George Floyd funeral
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The US presidential hopeful, Joe Biden, has said he thinks the death of George Floyd - the unarmed black man killed by police - will mark a turning point for the world. India's Supreme Court orders the Government to transport millions of migrant workers home.The hotline goes cold between North and South Korea.
Jun 09, 2020
Pandemic pushes US into official recession
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Economists say America's economic expansion ended in February but markets remain on the upswing. Also: George Floyd murder suspect's bail set at $1.25m, and UAE's first Mars mission "to launch within weeks".
Jun 09, 2020
Indian economy reopens, despite surge in coronavirus infections
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India begins the most significant easing of coronavirus restrictions since the start of lockdown. The tourists swapping coronavirus lockdown for Sweden. US Rocky Mountain treasure worth $1m found after decade-long hunt.
Jun 08, 2020
Trump withdraws National Guard from Washington
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In a tweet, the US president said everything in the city was under perfect control. Also: protestors in UK tear down a statue amid anti-racism demos, and trying to find love in lockdown dating.
Jun 08, 2020
Thousands protest against racism in Washington
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Rallies took place in US capital as protests sparked by George Floyd's death continue. Also: thousands took part in demonstrations across the UK -- in defiance of appeals to stay at home because of coronavirus, and safaris go virtual as Covid-19 hits tourism.
Jun 07, 2020
California and Minnesota are to restrict police officers from using chokeholds following the death of George Floyd
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There's growing anger at the levels of violence meted out in the policing of the demonstrations sparked by George Floyd's death. Also: a French minister claims the leader of Al- Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has been killed in Mali, and the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra has given its first live performance since the coronavirus lockdown.
Jun 06, 2020
Australia: Court bans Black Lives Matter march due to coronavirus
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Court bans protest that was planned for Sydney, saying it poses Covid-19 health risk. But organisers say they're determined to go ahead with march. Also, scientists say 2020 had hottest May ever recorded, and the Samoan ruby team that left home 104 days ago and still hasn't returned,
Jun 05, 2020
Memorial service for George Floyd
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Mourners heard that a 'pandemic of racism' had caused the African-American's death. Also: Iran's second coronavirus spike, and why the French are turning wine into sanitiser.
Jun 05, 2020
Hong Kong: Thousands defy ban to attend Tiananmen vigil
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Officers erected barricades around the city's Victoria Park, but protesters knocked them down and held candlelit gatherings.In Libya, the government regains full control of Tripoli from General Haftar. The US city of Minneapolis prepares to hold a memorial service for George Floyd.
Jun 04, 2020
George Floyd death: New charges for all four sacked officers
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The charge against Derek Chauvin has been elevated to second-degree murder, while three of his colleagues now face abetting charges. The family of Mr Floyd called the move a significant step on the road to justice. Also, scientists say identifying and stopping so-called 'superspreaders' will be key to tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
Jun 03, 2020
Hong Kong: China accuses UK of ‘gross interference’
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Beijing hits out after Britain criticises plans to impose new security law in Hong Kong. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says the UK should give up what he called ‘its colonial state of mind.’ Also, further protests held across US but violence falls, and Cyclone Nisarga makes landfall near Mumbai.
Jun 03, 2020
Thousands march through George Floyd's hometown
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His family members were among the tens of thousands of people protesting in Houston, Texas. The continued violence in the US has prompted international concern. Also, scientists say the blood of someone with coronavirus could provide clues as to how ill they are likely to become.
Jun 02, 2020
US: Protests continue after Trump's threat to deploy army
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President Trump has been criticised for threatening to use military force to end the unrest. TV, radio and music industries mark 'Blackout Tuesday'. Germany divided as states lift coronavirus lockdown.
Jun 02, 2020
Trump calls on state governors to be tough over protests
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President's call comes as protests across the United States continue, also: new ebola cases in the DRC and what to do about smombies?
Jun 01, 2020
US George Floyd death: Violence continues on sixth day of protests
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Unrest over the death in police custody of an unarmed black man has now spread to 75 cities across the United States. Police in Hong Kong ban a vigil for victims of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre. A glimmer of hope for the world's rarest primate.
Jun 01, 2020
Protests erupt in the US for a sixth day over the death of a black man in police custody
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Almost a week after George Floyd died as a police officer knelt on his neck, there’ve been fresh demonstrations in dozens of American cities. One sacked officer is due in court today charged with third degree murder. Also: Brazil records the world's fourth highest coronavirus death toll; and a privately built rocket delivers two American astronauts to the International Space Station.
May 31, 2020
Minnesota governor says protests ‘no longer’ about Floyd death
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Minnesota fully mobilises the National Guard as it and other US cities prepare for more unrest. Also: private SpaceX rocket takes astronauts to space station, and 12-year-old Keedron Bryant’s song about Floyd death goes viral.
May 31, 2020
A police officer is charged with murder in Minneapolis
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Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on George Floyd's neck for several minutes before he died. Also: President Trump says he is ending Washington's relationship with the World Health Organisation, and the Self-Isolation choir prepares to perform Handel's Messiah despite the lockdown.
May 30, 2020
US: Protesters set fire to police station in Minneapolis
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Station attacked on third night of protests over death of black man in police custody. President Trump described demonstrators as 'thugs' and called on National Guard to restore order. Also, Philippines reports rise in online child abuse during lockdown, and how two men in Australia broke into wrong house during 'fantasy role play'.
May 29, 2020
Trump signs order targeting social media giants
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The US president's move follows a decision by Twitter to add a "fact-check" notice to his tweets. Also: Moscow more than doubles Covid-19 death tolls, and scientists in Peru discover a population of Chinchilla rats -- thought to have been extinct.
May 29, 2020
China passes controversial Hong Kong law
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The law allows China's intelligence agencies to be present in the territory. Also: Workers protest at plans to close Nissan factory in Spain, and the spike in coronavirus cases in South Korea.
May 28, 2020
US coronavirus deaths top 100,000
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The United States has seen more deaths and infections than any other country. Also: top Huawei executive suffers US extradition ruling, and the big day for Nasa and SpaceX hindered by the weather.
May 28, 2020
Hong Kong: Police use force to disperse new wave of protests
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Police arrest hundreds of demonstrators angry over new laws planned by Beijing. These include a bill penalising any insult against the Chinese national anthem, and new security measures. Also, a warning that Coronavirus crisis may affect young people throughout their working lives, and a Pakistani pigeon is held by India on charges of spying.
May 27, 2020
Coronavirus: Is Latin America the new epicentre?
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Brazil is now second only to the US in the number of confirmed cases and the rate of infection is increasing. Also: how billions of years of evolution is under threat from humans, and JK Rowling reveals her first non-Harry Potter children's book.
May 26, 2020
Hong Kong leader dismisses concerns over security law
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Carrie Lam says the new law proposed by China will protect the law-abiding majority. Critics say it will curtail civil rights. Also: Egypt doctors accuse government over medics' deaths and Stanley Ho, Hong Kong's 'King of Gambling' dies aged 98.
May 26, 2020
WHO suspends testing of malaria drug for Covid-19 patients
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Testing of hydroxychloroquine was put on hold due to safety concerns. Some public figures including President Trump had suggested it could work against Covid-19. Also: the British Prime Minister' chief advisor has said he has no regrets about travelling several hundred kilometres during the coronavirus lockdown, and security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir say they have a pigeon in custody on suspicion of spying for Pakistan.
May 25, 2020
Japan lifts Covid-19 state of emergency
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Japan's Prime Minister ends Tokyo's seven-week long coronavirus state of emergency; A German pensioner wins a landmark court case against the carmaker Volkswagen, and a very special guitar goes on sale
May 25, 2020
Israel’s Prime Minister stands trial over corruption charges
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Israel's longest serving Prime Minister has become the first holder of that office to stand trial in a criminal case while still in power. Also: Protests return to Hong Kong as China plans to ban what it calls "treason, secession, sedition and subversion”, and the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defends his senior aide after claims he broke lockdown rules.
May 24, 2020
Afghan Taliban announce Eid ceasefire
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Three-day truce with government forces timed to coincide with Muslim festival marking the end of Ramadan. The move has been welcomed by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Also: Myanmar tries to convince the world it's turned its back on what's been dubbed a textbook case of ethnic cleansing; and the end of the road for the octogenarian reptile known as ‘Hitler’s alligator’.
May 23, 2020
Trump declares houses of worship 'essential' amid the pandemic
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President Trump has told US state governors they must immediately reopen places of worship. Also: quarantine plans for UK arrivals revealed, and the African music star Mory Kanté dies aged 70
May 23, 2020
Pakistan: Passenger plane crashes in Karachi
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Pakistan International Airlines plane carrying 99 people crashes in residential area. A major rescue-operation is underway to find survivors. Also, how middle-class New Yorkers are relying on food-banks as US unemployment soars, and why bumble-bees are much cleverer than we'd realised.
May 22, 2020
China proposes controversial Hong Kong security law
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The law could ban what Beijing defines as subversion and sedition, and may spark new social unrest. Also: US pulling out of 'Open Skies' arms control deal, and what did two school boys discover in an attic in rural France?
May 21, 2020
Cyclone wrecks Kolkata and leaves scores dead
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Amphan struck land on Wednesday, lashing coastal areas with ferocious wind and rain. Also: Facebook to 'take down' coronavirus misinformation, and Spandau Ballet and a $10K riddle.
May 21, 2020
Brazil approves anti-malarial drugs to treat Covid-19 despite warnings
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President Jair Bolsonaro has promoted the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine. Also: Greece to start tourist season in mid-June, and the spiral twist leading to the birth of a planet.
May 21, 2020
Cyclone Amphan makes landfall in India and Bangladesh
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Millions of people have been evacuated before arrival of super-cyclone. Storm is forecast to cause huge waves, ferocious winds and torrential rains. Also, Taiwan's re-elected president demands that China learn to coexist with the island, and will the French have to give up their traditional greeting kiss ?
May 20, 2020
Climate change: Huge daily drop in CO2 during lockdowns
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Scientists warn that the reduction is likely to be temporary, as people around the world return to work. Also: the head of the WHO defends its role in the coronavirus pandemic, and in China, a son is reunited with his parents - 32 years after being abducted.
May 19, 2020
Trump lashes out again at the WHO
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President Trump accuses the WHO of being a 'puppet of China'. Also: TikTok appoints a new boss from Disney, and why the Getty Museum in LA now has a toilet paper genre.
May 19, 2020
President Trump taking unproven drug to ward off Covid-19
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US president says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine despite medical warnings about its safety. Also: US firm reports promising early results in its vaccine trial, and a Ghanaian war veteran aims to follow in Colonel Tom Moore’s fundraising footsteps.
May 18, 2020
Italian business reopens after months of lockdown
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Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Greece and Poland are also further relaxing restrictions imposed because of Covid19. China backs a virus inquiry but not until after the pandemic. In Hong Kong, parliamentary mayhem as lawmakers are dragged out of the chamber.
May 18, 2020
Israel swears in unity government after long crisis
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Benjamin Netanyahu will serve for another 18 months as prime minister under the new deal. Also: Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah have signed a power-sharing agreement, and Brazil struggles to cope with a surge in coronavirus infections.
May 18, 2020
European football resumes after the coronavirus shutdown
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The German Bundesliga matches took place in crowd-free stadiums. Also, a man suspected of involvement in the Rwandan genocide has been arrested in France, and the former US president, Barack Obama, has delivered a scathing attack on the Trump administration.
May 16, 2020
Second Brazil health minister quits in a month
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Nelson Teich resigned after disagreements with President Jair Bolsonaro, who opposes lockdown measures. Also: Trump outlines plans for coronavirus vaccine, and the Beatles photographer Astrid Kirchherr dies aged 81.
May 16, 2020
Hong Kong: police watchdog clears officers over crackdown
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Official report largely exonerates police over handling of pro-democracy protests in 2019. The report's welcomed by the territory's leader Carrie Lam, but opposition groups dismiss it as a whitewash, Also, a warning that Covid-19 could kill nearly 200,000 across Africa, and does the pandemic mean that spontaneous socialising is a thing of the past ?
May 15, 2020
Yemen sees ‘surge’ in coronavirus deaths
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There are reports of a huge rise in people dying with coronavirus-like symptoms in the city of Aden. Also: a former top health official says the US risks its ‘darkest winter in modern history’, and the Hollywood actor Matt Damon breaks Irish lockdown cover with a surprise radio call.
May 15, 2020
State of emergency lifted in most of Japan
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Covid-19 infections have fallen in much of the country, but the Japanese prime minister has urged the public to be vigilant. Also: shops, parks and cafes reopen in New Zealand, and scientists in Australia say they've found a way to make coral more heat-resistant.
May 14, 2020
US accuses China of hacking coronavirus research
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The FBI said it had seen hacking attempts on groups researching vaccines, treatments and testing. Also: the Chilean government is to impose a total lockdown across the capital, Santiago on Friday, following a spike in the number of coronavirus infections, and two giant pandas from a zoo in Canada are being sent home to China early because of a shortage of bamboo.
May 14, 2020
China responds to new Coronavirus clusters
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Small groups of new infections reported in Wuhan city and Jilin province. These come as China eased its restrictions in recent weeks. Also, EU's executive outlines plans to gradually lift borders and restart tourism, and how moths play 'secret role' - as vital pollinators of wide range of plants.
May 13, 2020
Fauci warns of 'needless suffering and death'
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The top infectious diseases doctor in the United States has warned senators the virus will spread if the country opens up too soon. Also: the British government is extending its coronavirus job retention scheme until October, but businesses will be asked to pick up some of the costs, and a New York law firm acting for many celebrities says hackers have stolen vast amounts of documents and are demanding ransom.
May 13, 2020
Gunmen storm Afghanistan maternity hospital
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Two babies among those killed in an attack on a hospital in the Afghan capital. Also: The Chinese city of Wuhan is drawing up plans to test its entire population of 11 million people for Covid-19, and celebrating the cancelled Eurovision Song Contest on the day the semi-finals should have been performed.
May 12, 2020
Russia to ease its coronavirus lockdown despite a record number of new infections
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President Vladimir Putin's decision comes after Russia registered a record number of daily cases on Monday. Also: The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defends his plan to relax restrictions in England, and White House staff told to wear masks at work after high-profile infections.
May 11, 2020
Coronavirus restrictions eased across Europe
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Many businesses and shops are starting up again. The British government publishes a detailed strategy after initial plans for a relaxation of lockdown in England is criticised for a lack of clarity. And the Chinese city of Wuhan reports a new virus cluster.
May 11, 2020
Special: Postcards from isolation
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In this special edition of the Global News Podcast, we share your experiences of isolation and quarantine during the pandemic. Whether its music, nature, craft or doing good deeds, there’s lots of inspiring tales and tips from across the globe. And we’ll pick some of the most intriguing contributors to have a longer chat with, as Jackie Leonard learns more about life in lockdown.
May 10, 2020
British Prime Minister announces easing of coronavirus lockdown
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Boris Johnson signals 'a change of emphasis' on the rules. Also: Italy ends earlier release of senior mafia figures from jail, and has the pandemic brought an end to kissing?
May 10, 2020
Obama describes Trump's handling of pandemic as 'chaotic'
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In a leaked web call Obama said Trump had only been thinking about what was in it for him. Also: one of the kings of rock and roll - Little Richard - is dead, and British-based airlines are told that a 14-day quarantine period is likely to be imposed for almost everybody arriving in the UK.
May 09, 2020
Queen Elizabeth marks 75th VE Day anniversary with a televised address
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The queen said the message of VE day was never give up, never despair, also Gurkhas rescue British tourists stranded in Nepal, and a renaissance of bartering in Fiji.
May 08, 2020
VE Day: Europe marks 75th anniversary amid coronavirus lockdown
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Nations across Europe hold low-key ceremonies on anniversary of Nazi Germany's surrender. Celebrations are small-scale due to lockdown measures. Also, WHO warns it could take at least a year to determine exact origins of Covid-19, and Germany bans use of 'gay conversion therapy' on children.
May 08, 2020
Charges dropped against former Trump adviser
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Michael Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI shortly before Donald Trump took office. Now the Justice Department is dropping the charges against Mr Trump’s former national security adviser. Also: Paris faces continuing curbs as France plans to relax its coronavirus restrictions from Monday; and marking seventy-five years after the end of the Second World War in Europe.
May 07, 2020
Indian gas leak leaves at least 13 dead
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There's been a leak of poisonous gas in India. At least thirteen people have died; After a record daily coronavirus death toll in Brazil, there's growing criticism of president Bolsonaro, and how joining video calls when working from home during the lockdown can be fraught with danger.
May 07, 2020
Germany is easing lockdown restrictions
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Shops and schools are reopening and the German football league will restart next week. Also: China refuses to allow international experts into the country to investigate the origins of the virus, and how one Danish musician held a drive-in concert amid the lockdown.
May 06, 2020
Coronavirus: A warning that EU faces 'worst economic crisis since 1930s'
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A new forecast says the European Union faces a 'deep and uneven recession'. European Commission says this could be worst downturn since the Great Depression. Also, Joe Biden demands justice over killing of unarmed black man in US state of Georgia, and how pandemic is harming Africa's lucrative tourist trade.
May 06, 2020
White House plans to disband coronavirus task force
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US Vice-President says the task force may wind down by the end of the month. Also: UK overtakes Italy to have the highest number of officially recorded coronavirus deaths in Europe, and Chinese Olympic champion Sun Yang tries to overturn an eight year doping ban.
May 05, 2020
India records biggest daily jump in infections and deaths
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It's the 4th day of rising figures and comes as India continues to ease its lockdown; also: evidence emerges that Covid-19 was present in France in December, and what next for the US film industry which has been crippled by the lockdown?
May 05, 2020
World leaders pledge billions for vaccine development
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More than $8 billion has been pledged to develop a vaccine and fund research into the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the money would help kickstart global co-operation. Also: scientists have discovered a microbe that completely protects mosquitoes from being infected with malaria, and the US has said it wants to borrow a record $3 trillion in the second quarter, to cope with the economic fallout from COVID-19.
May 04, 2020
Italy begins to relax its lockdown
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Italy has started easing some of the restrictions it introduced to curb the coronavirus. The number of deaths there is at its lowest since the lockdown began 2 months ago. Also, virtual conference attempts to raise $7.5 billion to combat the virus, and young people in the US use music to express their feelings about the lockdown.
May 04, 2020
Coronavirus: Europe passes 100,000 deaths, but the outbreak is slowing
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Italy and Spain both reported the lowest number of daily fatalities since their lockdowns began - at under 200. Also: Russia records its biggest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases and the city of Madrid finds a novel way for some residents to go to the cinema together.
May 03, 2020
Spain eases lockdown and allows adults out to exercise
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The Spanish PM says people will have to wear facemasks on public transport. Also: India orders workers to use an app that traces the infection, and the blood plasma trials to treat patients with coronavirus.
May 02, 2020
India extends its lockdown for two more weeks
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The restrictions have slowed the infections, but brought hardship to millions. Also: Canada bans military-grade assault weapons, and the US presidential contender, Joe Biden, denies allegations of sexual assault.
May 01, 2020
UN's chief: Lack of global co-ordination enabled virus to spread
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UN Secretary-General says he's 'shocked but not surprised' by global response to pandemic. Antonio Guterres also hit out at criticism of the World Health Organisation. Also, Sudan criminalises female genital mutilation, and Tony Allen - the 'world's greatest drummer' - dies aged 79.
May 01, 2020
President Trump claims coronavirus may have come from Chinese lab
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President Trump says he's seen evidence linking the coronavirus to a laboratory in Wuhan in China. Also: Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has gone to hospital after he was diagnosed with coronavirus, and Britain celebrates the 100th birthday of the Second World War veteran and master fundraiser Captain Tom.
Apr 30, 2020
Steep rise in daily Covid-19 infections in Russia
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The number of coronavirus cases in Russia has now passed the one-hundred-thousand mark and a-thousand people have died, France suffers its worst economic downturn in decades, due to the pandemic and the global lockdown is affecting how we sleep, with people reporting unusually vivid and strange dreams.
Apr 30, 2020
Hope grows for coronavirus drug breakthrough
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The United States' top infectious diseases expert says the trial of an antiviral drug to treat Covid-19 has produced promising results. Dr Anthony Fauci said tests suggested the drug remdesivir could cut patient recovery times. Also: the world of film mourns the Indian actor, Irrfan Khan; and hugs are back – at least for Swiss grandparents.
Apr 29, 2020
China angry over Australian PM Scott Morrison's call for coronavirus inquiry
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Morrison says it's 'entirely reasonable and sensible' to find out how pandemic began. His comments have generated anger among Chinese leadership. Also, US economy sees worst slump in over a decade, and remembering Irrfan Khan - Indian film actor who became global star.
Apr 29, 2020
Number of coronavirus cases in US passes one million
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President Trump says milestone was passed because US was carrying out so many tests, also: France will start lifting restrictions in 2 weeks, and how to dial a hymn.
Apr 28, 2020
IRC says 'one billion' could become infected with Covid-19
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The International Rescue Committee said financial and humanitarian aid were needed to help slow the global spread of the virus. Also: BP profits dive 66% as coronavirus hits oil demand, and the hills are alive in a small English village.
Apr 28, 2020
The WHO says its coronavirus warnings were ignored
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The World Health Organization insists that it gave the United States and the rest of the world the right advice on dealing with Covid-19 following stinging criticism from President Trump. Also: the rabbi in New York helping families who can't be at the graveside for Jewish burials, and the Dutch teenagers and their teachers who sailed across the Atlantic to get home during the pandemic.
Apr 28, 2020
British PM Boris Johnson is back at work after recovering from Covid-19
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Mr Johnson says he will not endanger lives by relaxing coronavirus lockdown measures in UK too soon. Also: schools are reopening in some of China's biggest cities, after a lengthy closure during the pandemic, and we hear from the Gruffalo illustrator helping children understand the coronavirus.
Apr 27, 2020
Italy to ease some lockdown restrictions from early May
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Italian bars and restaurants will be allowed to serve takeaways from May 4, also: Spanish children enjoy first day outdoors in weeks, and the challenges of home schooling
Apr 26, 2020
Worldwide Covid-19 death toll climbs to 200,000
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The worst hit countries so far have been the United States, Italy, Spain, France and Britain. Also: the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to return to work on Monday after recovering from the virus, and Colombian police capture a top drug-trafficking suspect after he held a lavish party in breach of the lockdown.
Apr 25, 2020
US coronavirus deaths surge past 50,000
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The grim news comes as parts of the US reopen after weeks of lockdown. Also: the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro defends his actions, after the explosive resignation of his justice minister; and after raising millions of dollars for charity, 99 year old 'Captain Tom' becomes the oldest person to have a number one single in the UK music charts.
Apr 24, 2020
Outcry after Trump suggests injecting disinfectant
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Trump also appeared to propose irradiating patients' bodies with UV light. Also: the 30th anniversary of Hubble, and the toilet roll hoarder told to "bog off."
Apr 24, 2020
Syria civil war: Germany holds unprecedented state torture trial
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Two suspects are on trial in the first case worldwide examining the use of torture under Syria's regime. Also: the latest on the coronavirus pandemic as the US warns it might never resume its funding of the WHO, and children in Spain get an apology from the government after being confined to their homes for weeks during lockdown.
Apr 23, 2020
China denies a cover up over coronavirus
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The Chinese ambassador to London said blaming and scapegoating were futile. Also: there are concerns Japan's healthcare system could become overwhelmed after a worrying rise in Covid-19 cases, and the Zoom video conferencing app enhances security after so called "Zoom bombing" incidents, where uninvited guests crash meetings.
Apr 23, 2020
Worrying upward trends in virus cases, warns WHO
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The head of the World Health Organization singles out Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Also: we hear from the French pastor who's received death threats over his decision to hold a church gathering, coronavirus sniffer dogs and Roger Federer's tennis merger plan
Apr 22, 2020
Spain debates lockdown extension
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It has been one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Also: the World Bank warns of a huge drop in the sums of money migrant workers are sending home, and Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it's launched a military satellite into space.
Apr 22, 2020
Trump says he will suspend immigration for sixty days
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President Trump has said he will temporarily halt immigration into the United States for foreign nationals seeking permanent residency, a move that he said would protect American jobs during the coronavirus crisis. Also: oil price falls to 18-year low as turmoil persists, and Oktoberfest in Germany cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak.
Apr 22, 2020
Coronavirus: Immigration to US to be suspended amid pandemic
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President Trump has said he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend all immigration to the US because of the coronavirus. Also: Indonesia bans Ramadan exodus over Covid-19 fears, and Kim Jong-un illness rumours denied amid intense speculation.
Apr 21, 2020
US oil prices turn negative as demand dries up
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Coronavirus downturn has put major pressure on oil prices with demand slumping and storage running out. Also: Netanyahu and Gantz sign Israel coalition deal, and Thailand reports cleaner seas as a result of less tourism due to the pandemic.
Apr 21, 2020
India eases virus restrictions
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India is allowing millions of people to return to work such as farmers and construction workers, but most people will remain at home in the world’s biggest coronavirus lockdown. Also: an investigation into the alleged exploitation of migrant workers in Spain and how nature and wildlife are pushing back.
Apr 20, 2020
Cuomo says NY state to test thousands for Covid-19 antibodies
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The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, said the test had been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Also: Turkey has overtaken China as the Asian country with the most coronavirus cases, and in search of global sounds while in isolation.
Apr 19, 2020
Trump says some US states 'to begin a safe, gradual and phased opening'
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The US president said Texas and Vermont would allow certain businesses to open on Monday with "appropriate social distancing precautions". Also: Spanish PM promises to ease confinement of children, and One World music event pays tribute to health workers.
Apr 19, 2020
Coronavirus: President Trump ‘incites’ protests against lockdowns
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The tweets followed mainly right-wing protests in several states calling on governors to relax stay-at-home orders so they can resume normal activities. Also: The World Health Organisation has cast doubt on the usefulness of antibody tests for COVID-19, and an expert gives tips on how to be happy during this pandemic.
Apr 17, 2020
China increases official coronavirus death toll in Wuhan by 50%
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China has been accused of downplaying the severity of its virus outbreak. Also, Germany’s health minister says the month-long lockdown has brought his country’s Covid-19 outbreak under control. And, three astronauts return to a very different Earth they left last year.
Apr 17, 2020
Trump’s guidelines for reopening the US economy
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President Donald Trump proposes a three-phase lifting of the lockdown. Also, Brazil’s Health Minister is sacked; and in India hundreds attend a bull’s funeral.
Apr 16, 2020
EU offers heartfelt apology to Italy over coronavirus
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Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio welcomed Ms von der Leyen's comments, calling them "an important act of truth". Also, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announces a boost to its Covid-19 relief fund. And, the Queen of Denmark celebrates her 80th birthday.
Apr 16, 2020
The WHO regrets President Trump's decision to halt US funding
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Head of WHO calls for unity in the fight against coronavirus. Also: The G-20 suspends debt repayments to help the world's poorest countries, and a Second World War veteran smashes his own record.
Apr 15, 2020
Trump faces international anger over ‘dangerous’ decision to freeze global health funding
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The US is by far the World Health Organisation's biggest contributor. Also: Nurseries and primary schools have reopened across Denmark, with young children being kept further apart than usual, and the Canadian who is the worldwide self-isolation champion sailing the world alone during the pandemic.
Apr 15, 2020
Coronavirus: 'World faces worst recession since Great Depression'
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The IMF’s latest forecasts for the global economy see massive hits from COVID-19 lockdowns. Also: President Trump is suspending US funding for the World Health Organization, and Amazon is ordered to deliver only essential items in France.
Apr 14, 2020
India: doctors say Covid-19 death toll much worse than reported
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Lockdown is extended as doctors say far more people have died than figures say; also President Trump hits out at media as he is accused of not having done enough to stop the spread of the disease, and the extraordinary story of the reluctant French aviator who ended up having the flight of his life.
Apr 14, 2020
Pressure grows to ease coronavirus lockdowns – but the WHO urges caution
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Italy becomes the latest country to relax restrictions – but Emanuel Macron extends France’s lockdown. Also: the schoolkids helping beat the shortage of personal protective equipment – and star crossed lovers meet across a street in the city that gave us Romeo and Juliet.
Apr 13, 2020
Spain eases some lockdown restrictions
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Some factories have resumed work to end 'economic hibernation'; also China steps up controls around its north-eastern border with Russia which has emerged as its new frontline for coronavirus infections, and the bad luck that began even before the Apollo 13 spacecraft blasted off the launch pad in April 1970.
Apr 13, 2020
British PM thanks hospital staff after being treated for coronavirus
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After leaving hospital, the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, said there was no question the National Health Service had saved his life. Also: Pope Francis calls for global solidarity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, and Andrea Bocelli live streams a concert from empty cathedral in Milan.
Apr 13, 2020
US coronavirus death toll the highest in the world
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The governor of the worst affected state, New York -- said the death rate there is stabilising, but at a horrific level. Also: there are concerns in Sweden about its strategy to fight the Covid-19 outbreak.
Apr 11, 2020
Confirmed coronavirus deaths pass 100,000
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Italy has suffered the most deaths, followed by the United States. Lockdowns imposed to limit the spread of the virus have crippled economic activity, and many governments are facing a dilemma on when to start easing restrictions.
Apr 11, 2020
New Tokyo measures to tackle Covid-19
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The city's governor has been arguing for tougher restrictions for some time. Also: some Botswana MPs under quarantine go shopping, and Google data charts people on the move during lockdown.
Apr 10, 2020
EU agrees €500bn coronavirus rescue package
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EU finance ministers reached the deal after marathon talks in Brussels. Also: the US state of New York has seen its highest number of deaths in a single day since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, and the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is now out of intensive care but is still being treated for symptoms of coronavirus in hospital.
Apr 10, 2020
Italy PM warns EU future could be at risk
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Giuseppe Conte says leaders need to rise to the challenge of coronavirus. Also: after a period of strict quarantine a three man crew heads to the International Space Station, and celebrating online the Jewish festival of Passover.
Apr 09, 2020
Coronavirus: World facing ‘deepest economic recession of our lives'
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The global trade body is projecting steep falls in every region of the world. Also: Britain records its worst daily death toll as coronavirus infections increase around the world, and the Russian ballerinas taking their traditional moves into a novel setting during isolation.
Apr 08, 2020
Top EU scientist forced out in Covid-19 row
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Mauro Ferrari says he's lost faith in the system, but officials say he was asked to leave. Also: the pandemic pushes South African gangs into some unlikely alliances, and JK Rowling shares a coronavirus tip.
Apr 08, 2020
Lockdown restrictions lifted in Wuhan
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The Chinese city where the coronavirus outbreak began has been re-opened. Also: the acting secretary of the US Navy has resigned, and European finance ministers are meeting to discuss an economic recovery plan in response to the pandemic.
Apr 07, 2020
China reports no new deaths from coronavirus for the first time since January
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The report comes as the Chinese government is under scrutiny as to whether it is underreporting its figures. Also, the British Prime Minister remains in intensive care due to coronavirus but ministers insist the business of government will carry on. And, the Vatican says it welcomes an Australian court’s decision to quash Cardinal Pell’s sentence for child abuse.
Apr 07, 2020
British PM Boris Johnson in intensive care
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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: World Health Organisation delivers stark warning to young people
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The global health body 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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:
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Lombardy Region records significant increase in the daily death toll from Covid-Nineteen; Afghanistan's defence minister issues ultimatum to Taliban over its commitment to reduce violence; A battle between old and new on the canals of Amsterdam.
Mar 09, 2020
Italy to quarantine 10 million people in Lombardy
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The Italian government is preparing to introduce radical new restrictions in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus. Also: Three senior members of the Saudi Royal Family are reported to have been arrested in the Kingdom, and the jazz world loses one of its most influential pianists, McCoy Tyner.
Mar 08, 2020
Coronavirus: Global number of cases reaches 100,000
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The number of people that have been infected with the coronavirus since it first emerged in China has now surpassed the hundred-thousand mark. Also, the French publisher Hachette has decided not to release the memoirs of the Oscar-winning film-maker, Woody Allen, after a protest by employees, and NASA says that lettuce grown in space is just as nutritious as when it's grown on earth.
Mar 07, 2020
Coronavirus: Iran suspends Friday prayers in major cities
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Iranian authorities take measures to try and halt spread of virus. This comes as people complain of shortages of food and essential medical equipment. Also, chaos in Kabul as gunmen kill dozens at ceremony, and how plastic is affecting all marine species - including those we've never encountered before.
Mar 06, 2020
Russia and Turkey agree a ceasefire in Idlib
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan also agreed to establish a security corridor and joint patrols. Also, Elizabeth Warren announces the end of her presidential campaign and a truck crashes into a sacred statue on Easter Island.
Mar 05, 2020
Afghanistan: Top international court backs war crimes probe
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International Criminal Court says investigation of alleged war crimes can go ahead. It's expected the actions of the Taliban, the Afghan government and US forces since May 2003 will be scrutinised. Also, Putin and Erdogan hold talks on Syrian conflict, and why is Nigeria failing to provide adequate housing for millions of its people ?
Mar 05, 2020
Coronavirus: Italy to close all schools as deaths rise
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A total of 107 people have now been killed by the coronavirus in Italy, which has the most serious outbreak in Europe. Also: The billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg pulls out of the US presidential race, and the 80s rock favourites returning to the scene.
Mar 05, 2020
Biden wins big on Super Tuesday
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The former vice president seals his comeback - just weeks after looking like a lost cause. He won nine of the 14 states that voted to pick a Democratic White House candidate. Also: The World Bank announces a multibillion dollar package to help the world's poorest countries combat the new coronavirus outbreak, and the Anglo-Saxon epic, Beowulf, rewrites its own history -- as it's released for the first time as an audiobook.
Mar 04, 2020
Interest Rates cut to protect world economies from Coronavirus
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An emergency interest rate cut in the US because of the economic risks posed by the new coronavirus ... Coronavirus leads to tens of thousands of prisoners being temporarily freed in Iran; How to stop criminals gaining remote access to baby monitors
Mar 04, 2020
US Election 2020: Joe Biden boosted on Super Tuesday
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US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has picked up three endorsements from former rivals on the eve of the most important day in the 2020 White House race so far. On Super Tuesday, voters in 14 states will pick their preferred Democratic candidate for November's election; Iran coronavirus cases continue to rise; Why today's children have nightmares about climate change.
Mar 03, 2020
Increased Coronavirus death toll in the United States
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The number of confirmed deaths in the western US state of Washington has trebled to six; Exit polls suggest yet another inconclusive Israeli general election - though indicted prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu may remain in office; And scientists sniff out the reason why dogs have wet noses
Mar 03, 2020
Official deaths in Iran from Covid19 rise to 66 - the highest outside China
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Other reports suggest the real figures on the virus in Iran are much higher. The Vatican opens archives of Holocaust-era Pope Pius XII. Pete Buttigieg drops out of the Democratic race for the White House.
Mar 02, 2020
Coronavirus Special
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We put your questions about Covid-19 to experts in the fields of health and science, business, politics and communications.
Mar 02, 2020
Coronavirus: US state of Washington declares state of emergency
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Up to fifteen hundred people could be infected with the virus. Over the weekend, a man in his fifties from the northwestern state became the first confirmed fatality from the virus in the US. Also, Turkey has shot down two Syrian fighter jets in Idlib. And, Germany’s harvest of ice wine fails for the first time due to the winter being too warm.
Mar 01, 2020
Trump hails deal with Taliban
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He says the deal will end the Afghan conflict and 'bring our people back home'. Also: the first coronavirus death in the US, and the country where public transport is free for all.
Mar 01, 2020
WHO says global risk of the coronavirus is 'very high'
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The BBC understands more than 200 people have died in Iran, as the outbreak worsens. Also: The UN describes the rising conflict in Idlib as one of the most alarming moments of the Syrian War, and the US and Taliban are set to sign a peace deal.
Feb 28, 2020
Syria: Nato appeals for halt to Idlib offensive after 33 Turkish soldiers killed
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Many Turkish soldiers died in Syrian government attack on opposition-held enclave. Russia, Syria's key ally, says Turkish troops were attacked by Syrian forces while operating alongside jihadist fighters. Also, Coronavirus has reached Nigeria - Africa's most populous country, and astronomers have discovered 'biggest explosion since the Big Bang.'
Feb 28, 2020
Coronavirus: Outbreak at 'decisive point'
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The WHO says new cases outside China are now 'the greatest concern', as more than forty countries struggle to contain the infection. Also: an airstrike in Idlib province in northern Syria kills Turkish soldiers, and why you'll never see a baddie in the movies with an iPhone.
Feb 27, 2020
Coronavirus: Japan to close all schools to halt spread of disease
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Japan's Prime Minister says government will ask all schools to close from Monday. And governments worldwide take tougher measures to try and halt the outbreak. Also, the realities of life - and death - inside Syria's last rebel-held enclave, and why a new perfume's been launched in Russia to commemorate a dark episode in history.
Feb 27, 2020
Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America
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World Health Organization says Covid-19 is not yet a pandemic. Also: Genetic study shows the red panda is actually two separate species, and Maria Sharapova retires from tennis.
Feb 27, 2020
Covid19 now spreading faster outside China than inside
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In Europe the virus has spread to new areas, with Greece reporting its first case. Delhi remains tense after Hindu-Muslim clashes leave 23 dead. Democratic rivals intensify attacks on Bernie Sanders at the South Carolina debate.
Feb 26, 2020
Fears as Coronavirus outbreak worsens
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World Health Organization says sudden increase in cases outside China is "deeply concerning"; European Union sets negotiating goals for post-Brexit UK trade deal; Israeli government to build thousands of new homes in occupied West Bank.
Feb 26, 2020
Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president ousted during Arab spring, dies at 91
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The country was stable during his time in power, but many Egyptians saw him as a dictator who governed with an iron grip. Iran's deputy health minister tests positive as the coronavirus outbreak worsens. Plácido Domingo apologises to women who accused him of sexual harassment.
Feb 25, 2020
Harvey Weinstein convicted of rape and sexual assault
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The film producer was found guilty of two of the five charges he faced. Also, the WHO urges countries to prepare for a possible coronavirus pandemic, and a man is arrested in Germany after a car drove into people at a carnival.
Feb 24, 2020
Coronavirus spread raises fears of global pandemic
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There are concerns about cases in countries with a weak health infrastructure like Iraq and Afghanistan. US President Donald Trump visits India. The world's oldest prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has submitted his shock resignation.
Feb 24, 2020
Venice carnival closes amid coronavirus outbreak
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Italy quarantines whole towns, closes schools and cancels sports fixtures as infections increase. Also: protests in Budapest against anti-Roma campaign, and celebrating the theremin -- the Soviet-invented hands-free electronic instrument.
Feb 24, 2020
Coronavirus cases double in one day in South Korea
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The South Korea PM Chung Sye-kyun described the situation as "grave". Also: South Sudan rivals strike power-sharing deal and remembering Ladysmith Black Mambazo's founder, Joseph Shabalala.
Feb 23, 2020
WHO says there's a 'narrowing window' to contain virus outbreak
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The World Health Organization says the number of Covid-19 cases with no clear link to China is a concern. Also: US and Afghan Taliban start partial truce, and the buzz around brainy bees.
Feb 22, 2020
Coronavirus: South Korea 'emergency' measures as infections increase
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The country's army is on lockdown after several soldiers tested positive. After Hanau attacks, Germany boosts security amid far-right threat. Lesotho's Prime Minister fails to appear in court to face charges of murdering his estranged wife.
Feb 21, 2020
Trump Ally Roger Stone sentenced to prison.
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President Trump's former adviser Roger Stone is sentenced to forty months in prison for lying to Congress; Angela Merkel leads condemnation of an attack by a far right extremist that left nine dead; A special bracelet designed to switch off any prying Alexa speaker
Feb 21, 2020
Germany: Suspected far-right extremist kills 9 people in gun-attack
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Police investigate background of gunman who carried out mass-killing in western Germany. Most of his victims had migrant backgrounds. Also, South Korea becomes latest focus of global concern over coronavirus, and Swiss prosecutors bring corruption charges against two leading figures in world of football.
Feb 20, 2020
Optimistic signs over global Coronavirus crisis
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Japan rejects criticism of its handling of the coronavirus cruise ship; More bad news for Boeing after debris is found in the fuel tanks of brand new 737 Max aircraft; Could ammonia prove the green alternative to diesel to transform the world's shipping industry?
Feb 20, 2020
Coronavirus: ‘Quarantined’ cruise ship criticised by experts
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Japan is facing mounting international criticism of its response to the outbreak on the ship, the largest outside of mainland China. Also: Controversy at the Brit awards in London as a rapper calls the Prime Minister a racist on live TV, and the new research which claims to explain why modern dating isn’t working.
Feb 19, 2020
Bloomberg to join Democrat debate
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Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg will take part in a nomination debate for the first time on Wednesday. Also: The judge in the Harvey Weinstein rape case has warned the lead defence lawyer not to talk to the press, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed one of his closest advisers.
Feb 19, 2020
Fresh Chinese data on Covid-19 fatality rates
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Health officials in China say Coronavirus shows a fatality rate of two point three per cent; Europe's biggest bank, HSBC, says it will axe 35.000 jobs, after pre- tax profits fell by a third last year; We hear what it's like to get caught up in a swarm of locusts as South Sudan braces for their arrival...
Feb 18, 2020
Uighurs ‘detained for beards and veils’ – leak
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A document that appears to give the most powerful insight yet into how China determined the fate of hundreds of thousands of Muslims held in a network of internment camps has been seen by the BBC. Also: The United Nations says fighting in the Syrian province of Idlib has displaced 900,000 people since December, and a woman who dated more than 100 men and remained a virgin until she was 41 years old.
Feb 18, 2020
Coronavirus threatens to push Japan into recession
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Analysts are concerned travel restrictions, which have led to a sharp drop in tourism from China, will cause Japan's economy to contract further. General Motors scraps the historic Holden car brand in Australia. A Spanish actor is being tried for insulting God.
Feb 17, 2020
Americans from virus cruise ship leave Japan
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Hundreds will be quarantined in the US, while 40 confirmed cases will be treated in Japan. Also: Elton John halts concert due to pneumonia, and turning human corpses into compost for green burials.
Feb 17, 2020
Coronavirus: First death confirmed in Europe
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The victim was an 80-year-old man from China's Hubei province. Chinese officials say the coronavirus outbreak is generally under control but the World Health Organisation insists it's too early to predict whether it will become a global epidemic. Also, Europeans and Americans hold different views on the health of the Western alliance at the annual Munich Security Conference. And, how an overnight trans-European sleeper train could be part of the solution for climate change.
Feb 16, 2020
1,700 Chinese health care workers infected with Coronavirus
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China's National Health Commission says there's high pressure on doctors and nurses, also a short truce could be in sight in Afghanistan and some different Valentine's Day events
Feb 15, 2020
Coronavirus: New China figures reveal toll on medical staff
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Chinese officials have given figures for health workers infected with the new virus. More than 1700 have fallen ill and at least 6 have died. Also, concern over plight of people fleeing across Mediterranean from Libya to Europe, and how an iconic photo was taken - showing Earth from deep space.
Feb 14, 2020
Thousands of Syrians camp in freezing conditions
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The UN says 800,000 have been displaced since December in the government offensive in northwestern Syria. Also: The row over whether music festivals book enough female performers, and what one Russian grandmother thinks of President Putin.
Feb 14, 2020
Coronavirus: China reports steep rise in cases in Hubei
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Beijing confirms huge increase in deaths and infections in worst-hit province. And top officials have been sacked over their handling of crisis. Also, city of Dresden marks 75th anniversary of WW2 bombing-raids which killed tens of thousands of civilians, and could children's drawings be used as evidence in trial of Sudan's former president ?
Feb 13, 2020
Coronavirus: Extreme caution urged by experts
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Measures include the provision of straightforward diagnostic kits in all countries, implementing robust infection prevention measures, and accelerated research into treatments and possible vaccines. Also: A major shake up in the Italian parliament as right-wing politician Matteo Salvini faces a trial for illegally detaining migrants, and how a Russian man shot himself dead in the middle of a packed courtroom
Feb 13, 2020
Coronavirus: Formula 1 calls off April's Chinese Grand Prix race
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Motor-racing officials cancel race due to fears over spread of virus. Meanwhile World Health Organisation holds summit on how to deal with outbreak. Also, Pope France rules against allowing married men to become Catholic priests in Amazon, and Syrian refugees in Jordan grow crops - using old mattresses instead of soil.
Feb 12, 2020
Sudan agrees ex-president must face ICC
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Omar al-Bashir will answer genocide and war crimes charges. Also: Spain's high court upholds a company's right to deduct break times from employees' working day, and music fans pay tribute to Joseph Shabalala, the founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo - who's died at the age of seventy-eight.
Feb 12, 2020
New coronavirus named Covid-19 by the World Health Organisation
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The name was chosen so that it 'did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people'. Thousands pack a stadium for the funeral of Kenya's Daniel arap Moi. More than three decades after the end of apartheid in South Africa, what is it like to be in a Blasian relationship?
Feb 11, 2020
President Trump presents election year budget
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The President asks for increases in military spending and cuts to social programmes. Also,Turkey says Syrian government shellfire has killed Turkish soldiers in Idlib and the US has charged four Chinese military officers over a cyber attack on a credit rating agency.
Feb 10, 2020
Germany's 'successor' to Merkel quits
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The decision comes as questions were raised about her ability to command authority in the party, after CDU delegates in eastern Germany defied the party headquarter’s ban on cooperating with the far right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). China's president Xi Jinping say his government will work to prevent large-scale job losses due to the coronavirus. Joe Biden's race for the White House gets into trouble - again.
Feb 10, 2020
Millions in China due to return to work despite coronavirus outbreak
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Many factories and offices in China have been ordered to stagger their working hours to limit the number of people in public places. Also: Sinn Fein to try to form governing coalition after Irish election success, and the renowned opera singer Mirella Freni has died at the age of eighty-four.
Feb 09, 2020
Thai soldier kills many people in shooting rampage
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Thai security forces rescued hundreds of people from a shopping centre while searching for the gunman. Also: WHO says the number of new coronavirus cases has stabilised in Hubei province, and "lightning strike" kills rare mountain gorillas in Uganda.
Feb 09, 2020
Hong Kong imposes new quarantine rules over virus
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Travellers from mainland China will be isolated for 14 days in new efforts to stem the coronavirus. Also: Impeachment witness escorted from the White House, and unseen Charles Dickens letters open a window into the life of a genius.
Feb 07, 2020
Coronavirus: Death of Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang sparks public anger
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Widespread grief after death of doctor who tried to warn about the coronavirus outbreak. Dr. Li died after contracting the virus while treating patients in Wuhan. Also, Syrian army says it's seized a key target in Idlib province, and we meet a Kenyan singer who uses music to challenge attitudes about sexual consent.
Feb 07, 2020
Coronavirus kills Chinese whistleblower doctor
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The hospital in Wuhan treating Li Wenliang confirms his death after a day of conflicting reports. Also: Trump celebrates acquittal and blasts rivals, and climate change could push bumblebees to extinction.
Feb 06, 2020
Coronavirus: Beijing introduces tough measures to try and stem the outbreak
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China's government insists it's doing all it can to contain the virus. More than 560 people have now died and nearly 30,000 been infected. Also, UN Security Council will meet to discuss situation in Syrian rebel-held enclave of Idlib, and we look back at the career of Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas.
Feb 06, 2020