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The day's top stories from BBC News, compiled twice daily in the week, once at weekends.

Episode Date
Nawaz Sharif's Corruption Conviction Suspended
The former Pakistani Prime Minister was forced out of office for the third time over corruption allegations connected to luxury flats in London. A Pakistani court ordered his release. Also: the head of Denmark's biggest bank has resigned over a money-laundering scandal, and Sesame Street insists Bert and Ernie are just friends.
Sep 19, 2018
German Top Spy Maassen Forced Out After Chemnitz
Germany's domestic intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen has been told to quit after his controversial response to far-right unrest in Chemnitz. Also, Trump accuses China of election meddling, German doctors say Pussy Riot activist Pyotr Verzilov was poisoned, and we hear about a new woman-only taxi app in Nairobi.
Sep 19, 2018
Israel Blames Syria for Russian Aircrew Deaths but 'Expresses Sorrow'
Israel says Syria is to blame for the shooting down of Russian plane over Mediterranean. Also, South Korean leader given warm welcome in North Korea, fury over video of Venezuelan President eating steak in luxury restaurant, New Zealand celebrates its Maori cultural heritage, and we meet the only African-American piano-maker in the US.
Sep 18, 2018
Russia and Turkey to Create Buffer Zone in Idlib
Russia and Turkey have agreed to create a buffer zone in Syria's Idlib province to separate government forces and rebel fighters. Also: a British cave diver is suing tech billionaire Elon Musk for defamation, and Saudi Arabia invests in electric cars.
Sep 18, 2018
Brexit: Theresa May Says 'It's Chequers Deal or No Deal'
Theresa May says that MPs will have a choice between her proposed deal or no deal at all. Also, Russia and Turkey begin new round of talks on the Syrian civil war, former KGB colonel Oleg Gordievsky explains how he escaped from Moscow to the West, Nigeria floods kill more than 100, and Michael Palin describes his visit to North Korea.
Sep 17, 2018
China Coast Lashed as Typhoon Toll Rises
A powerful storm that has already killed more than fifty people in the Philippines hits China. Also: a study says daily aspirin is "risky in old age" and Kipchoge smashes the marathon world record.
Sep 16, 2018
Storm danger not over says North Carolina governor
Roy Cooper urges people to remain vigilant a day after storm "Florence" made landfall, also: Rwanda pardons more than 2000 prisoners and: Pope Francis speaks out against the Mafia
Sep 15, 2018
Trump's Former Campaign Chief To Help Mueller Inquiry
Paul Manafort has agreed to co-operate with an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the US election as part of a plea deal. Also: the billion dollar space mission using lasers to map the extent that ice has melted on Earth, and Africa hosts its first ever Comic Con.
Sep 14, 2018
Hurricane Florence makes Landfall in US
Officials warn Hurricane Florence could kill 'a lot of people' as it hits the US East Coast. Also: millions in path of Philippines typhoon and Ig Nobel win for kidney stone removing rollercoaster.
Sep 14, 2018
Puerto Rico: Trump Provokes Angry Backlash
He claimed official death toll from Hurricane Maria was inflated to make him look bad. Also: Pakistan's top diplomat in Britain is called back to Islamabad to explain his strange behaviour at a TV awards ceremony, and a Yemeni film about young love in wartime draws enthusiastic crowds to its showing in Aden.
Sep 13, 2018
Skripal Suspects say They were Just Tourists
The men, named as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, told the RT television channel they had travelled to Salisbury on the recommendation of friends. Also: Suu Kyi defends jailing of journalists and mapping the earth's surface.
Sep 13, 2018
'Thousands' Abused by German Priests
Leaked report reveals more than 3,600 children in Germany assaulted by Catholic priests.The study was commissioned by the Church itself, and was due to be published on 25th September. Also: Donald Trump has signed an executive order, allowing imposition of sanctions on any party meddling in US elections, and a teenage pilot has successfully landed a plane on her first solo flight, despite the plane missing a wheel.
Sep 12, 2018
EU votes to punish Hungary over 'breaches' of core values
Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government has been accused of attacks on the media, minorities, and the rule of law -- charges which he denies. Also: President Putin says the two Russians accused of a nerve agent attack in England are civilians, not spies, and can Switzerland's medicinal cannabis industry expand abroad?
Sep 12, 2018
Jailed Lula Pulls Out of Brazil Election
After Brazil's top electoral court barred his candidacy, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva steps aside. Also: thousands march in Barcelona streets and a rock and roll auction for Sir Rod Stewart.
Sep 11, 2018
Russia launches biggest war games since Cold War
For the first time, some of China's land forces are also taking part in the drill in Siberia. Also: Ethiopia-Eritrea border reopens after 20 years. And Serena Williams: an Australian cartoonist's depiction is criticised as racist.
Sep 11, 2018
US to Close PLO Mission in Washington
The US accuses the Palestinian leadership of failing to engage in peace efforts with Israel. Also: Hurricane Florence sparks evacuations along the US East Coast and Facebook animal trade exposed in Thailand.
Sep 10, 2018
China Accused of 'Political Indoctrination' of Muslim Minority
Human Rights Watch says it has new evidence that large numbers of Uighur Muslims in China are facing forced indoctrination. Also: the head of the UN nuclear watchdog has issued a fresh warning that North Korea is continuing to develop its nuclear programme, and huge gold-encrusted rocks unearthed in Australia.
Sep 10, 2018
Sweden Nationalists Make Election Gains
Anti-immigration Sweden Democrats claim their party's performance in the general election will give them "real influence" over Swedish politics. Also: Tennis authorities punish Serena Williams for her on-court outburst at the US Open and Netflix triumphs at the Venice Film Festival.
Sep 09, 2018
Amnesty strongly criticises mass trial of protesters in Egypt
Seventy-five sentenced to death in Egypt following mass trial of Islamist protesters; Ahead of a general election that could see big gains for the far right, the Swedish prime minister speaks out against extremism; Afghan government introduces special measures to protect the country's Shia minority
Sep 08, 2018
Barack Obama Slams the Trump Presidency
During a speech at the University of Illinois, the former President said Americans were living in "dangerous times" and urged people to vote in November's Congressional midterm elections. Also: tens of thousands of people in the Syrian province of Idlib are calling on the international community to protect them from a looming military assault, and how one dog managed to survive eating over 200 pebbles.
Sep 07, 2018
Fate of Idlib Looms over Syria Talks
A humanitarian disaster and use of chemical weapons are feared, if an offensive on rebels in Idlib begins. Also: the front-runner in Brazil's presidential election, Jair Bolsonaro, is recovering after being stabbed at a campaign rally, and British Airways boss apologises for data breach.
Sep 07, 2018
The front runner in Brazil's presidential election is stabbed
Brazil election campaign stabbing. Also: Fears over what might happen in Idlib and strong alcohol banned from college fraternity houses.
Sep 06, 2018
Historic India Ruling Legalises Gay Sex
The Indian ruling is a victory for many who have fought to end discrimination against same-sex couples. Also: South Sudan troops jailed for rape and murder, and London police celebrate one hundred years of The Flying Squad.
Sep 06, 2018
Trump Slams Damning Article
An anonymous senior member of President Trump's own administration has attacked him in a New York Times opinion piece and suggested White House workers are resisting him. Also: executives from Twitter and Facebook have acknowledged that they took too long to act against campaigns to meddle in US elections, and the city of Florence gets tough on tourists who eat on the street.
Sep 05, 2018
Novichok Attack Russian 'Agents' Named
Two men accused of the Salisbury poisonings are believed to be from Russia's military intelligence service. Also: Pompeo in Pakistan for talks with PM Khan and WHO says lack of exercise puts one in four people at risk.
Sep 05, 2018
'Mob Rule' Rocks Senate Hearing for Judge
Democrats demand an adjournment and protestors are dragged out in chaotic scenes at the confirmation hearing for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Also: the UN calls on Russia and Turkey to avert a bloodbath in Syria, and Judy Garland's stolen ruby slippers are found.
Sep 04, 2018
Syria War: Have Russian Warplanes Resumed Airstrikes on Idlib ?
Russian air force has reportedly bombed the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib. Also, trial resumes of Spanish doctor accused of stealing babies from government opponents during Franco dictatorship, Taliban announce death of militant leader Jalaluddin Haqqani, we go on campaign-trail with US military veterans who are running for Congress, and thieves take lunchbox once owned by one of the richest men in history.
Sep 04, 2018
Argentina to Axe Half its Ministries
President Macri says Argentina is facing an "emergency" as he abolishes ministries and raises taxes. Also: cuts blamed for Brazil museum inferno and is dark matter a fifth force of nature?
Sep 04, 2018
China's President Xi Jinping Announces Huge New Investment in Africa
Beijing pledges $60 billion for Africa - but what will the long-term impact be ? Also, fire destroys millions of cultural treasures at Brazil's national museum, warning over online sexual abuse of children in UK, the dangers faced by migrants who enter Europe via the Balkans, and how a young Jordanian woman is changing attitudes towards disability.
Sep 03, 2018
White House Criticised for Withholding Kavanaugh Documents
Lawyers for the former US president George W Bush have decided that twenty-seven thousand documents relating to Brett Kavanaugh's time working during Mr Bush's presidency should be protected under constitutional privilege. Also: EU 'strongly opposed' to May Brexit plan and Seoul to check public toilets for hidden cameras.
Sep 02, 2018
Family and Former Presidents Pay Tribute to John McCain
Former presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush deliver eulogies at John McCain's funeral; Rival demonstrations take place in the German city of Chemnitz; Top South Korean footballer is spared from military service
Sep 01, 2018
The US cuts all funding for Palestinian refugees.
The US ends all funding for United Nations body that supports Palestinian refugees; Family, friends and fans pay tribute at the funeral of Aretha Franklin in Detroit; Scientists decode the golden eagle's DNA.
Aug 31, 2018
US-Canada Trade Talks Going Down to Wire
Talks between the US and Canada about amending the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are heading into their final day with no deal in sight. Also: Coca-Cola to buy Costa Coffee for $5bn and astronauts tackle leak on space station.
Aug 31, 2018
Argentina Raises Rates as Peso Plummets
The central bank raised interest rates in an effort to stabilise the country's financial crisis. The value of Argentina's peso continued to fall on Thursday, plunging by more than 13% after a 7% drop a day earlier. Also, the number of black women on the front covers of fashion magazines is up, but is it a fad or part of a long lasting change? And the man known as the Russian Frank Sinatra, Iosif Kobzon, has died at the age of 80.
Aug 30, 2018
UN Calls for Humanitarian Corridors in Idlib
The United Nations special envoy for Syria said that a perfect storm could be coming in Idlib with the potential for escalation beyond the region and Syria. Also: Suu Kyi 'should have resigned' on Rohingya and China officials 'faked water tests with bottled water'.
Aug 30, 2018
Argentine Peso Plummets After Macri Plea to IMF
Argentina's government asks for the early release of a $50 billion loan from the IMF. President Mauricio Macri said quicker access to the funds would restore market confidence. Also, former FIFA vice-president jailed for nine years. And racing pigeons catch a bullet train.
Aug 29, 2018
President Putin Softens Pension Reforms After Outcry
He said the retirement age for women will go up by five years instead of eight. In a rare TV address, the Russian leader said the country's working-age population was shrinking, making change essential. Also, Germany hands back the remains of indigenous people killed during a genocide in Namibia more than a century ago, whose bodies were taken for experiments, and, kid you not: A new study has discovered that goats can recognise and are apparently attracted to happy human faces.
Aug 29, 2018
Puerto Rico Increases Hurricane Maria Death Toll
Officials in Puerto Rico now say nearly three thousand people died following Hurricane Maria in 2017, instead of a previous estimate of sixty-four. Also: UN Security Council urged to act on Myanmar and public outcry in Japan after dolphin abandoned in aquarium.
Aug 29, 2018
Air Pollution Could Damage Intelligence
Researchers from the US and China believe that the negative impact on cognitive performance increases with age, and affects men with less education the worst. Also: UN human rights experts believe war crimes may have been committed by all parties in the conflict in Yemen, and why the life of a massive bull elephant called Riff Raff is in danger.
Aug 28, 2018
Trump Hails 'Incredible' Deal with Mexico
The two countries agreed terms but Canada, the third member of the Nafta accord, was not part of the discussions. Also: Yemen cholera epidemic 'controlled' by computer predictions and the whale menopause.
Aug 27, 2018
Myanmar Rohingya: UN says military leaders must face genocide charges
A UN report has said top military figures in Myanmar must be investigated for genocide in Rakhine state and crimes against humanity in other areas. It's the strongest condemnation from the UN so far of violence against Rohingya Muslims. And Iran is suing the US over its latest sanctions and withdrawal from the deal on Teheran's nuclear programme, arguing they violate an old friendship treaty. trouble in France over swimming with a frisky dolphin.
Aug 27, 2018
Several Shot Dead in Florida
Reports say the shootings happened at a video game tournament in Jacksonville. As well as the deaths, a number of injured people were taken to hospital. The only suspect died at the scene. Also: tributes to US Senator John McCain and could birds be dinosaurs?
Aug 26, 2018
Pope Shamed by Church's Abuse Scandal
On a historic visit to Ireland, Pope Francis reportedly called clerical sex abuse 'filth'. He met victims, who say he told them he was determined to rid the Church of corruption and cover-ups. Also: the daily challenges for Venezuelans and think twice about driving with a hangover.
Aug 25, 2018
Trump's financial chief 'given immunity'
Donald Trump's financial chief reportedly given legal immunity in Michael Cohen probe. Allen Weisselberg was summoned to testify earlier this year in the investigation into Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's longtime former lawyer. Also: Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court has upheld the election victory of President Mnangagwa, and the Republic of Ireland awaits the arrival of Pope Francis.
Aug 24, 2018
Spain paves way to remove Franco remains
Spain's government has passed a decree to exhume the remains of Francisco Franco from a huge mausoleum. The Valley of the Fallen monument near Madrid was created by the dictator and the site is seen as glorifying his victory in the 1936-39 Civil War. Also Australia gets a new PM after a brutal party coup. And Hawaii is hit by flooding and landslides as Hurricane Lane nears.
Aug 24, 2018
US Attorney General Hits Back at Trump
Jeff Sessions insists justice department won't bow to pressure over Russia probe, following another outspoken attack on him by President Trump. Also: Italy's Deputy Prime Minister, Luigi Di Maio, has threatened to stop his country's payments to the European Union unless other EU countries take in migrants being held at a port in Sicily, and a British Iranian woman has been temporarily released from prison in Iran.
Aug 23, 2018
President Trump: Impeach Me and the Economy Crashes
After a difficult week, Donald Trump addresses suggestions of his impeachment by saying that everybody would be left 'very poor'. The President said he'd done 'a great job'. Also: a second round of tariffs in the deepening trade war between the US and China, and a trans woman shares her experiences of gender affirmation surgery gone wrong.
Aug 23, 2018
President Trump Denies Misuse of Campaign Finance
President Trump says he did not use election campaign funds to make payments to two women who say he had affairs with them. Also, musicians across the world campaign for the release of the jailed Ugandan opposition MP Bobi Wine, and what you think you know about turtles is flipped on its shell.
Aug 22, 2018
Nicky Verstappen Breakthrough: Suspect Named in Dutch Boy's 1998 Death
The eleven year old was at a summer camp when he vanished from his tent.His body was discovered in the forest the next day. Police say they now have a suspect named Jos Brech, who lived nearby - and who disappeared earlier this year. Also: Donald Trump's lawyer defends the President after two of his former aides were convicted of crimes in separate court cases and why tourists in Nepal could find it hard to get insurance - after alleged medical fraud.
Aug 22, 2018
Former Associates of President Trump Appear in Court
President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws at the direction of "the candidate", for the "principal purpose of influencing the election". The president's ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort has been found guilty on eight charges including tax fraud. Also, Venezuela is in chaos two days after the introduction of a new currency, and how listening to a cricket commentary helped a family cope with death.
Aug 21, 2018
Microsoft Claims Victory over 'Russian Political Hackers'
The software company says Russian hackers tried to steal data from conservative US think-tanks. Also, militants fire mortars at Kabul's diplomatic quarter during speech by President Ashraf Ghani, Czech Republic marks 50 years since Soviet-led invasion, and could US scientists be in early stages of developing revolutionary treatment for cancer ?
Aug 21, 2018
Measles Cases Hit Record High in Europe
More than 41,000 people have been infected with measles in the first six months of 2018. Also: Pope Francis condemns sex abuse 'atrocities' and Eagles overtake Michael Jackson with biggest-selling album.
Aug 20, 2018
2017: The Predictions Podcast
What is going to happen in 2017? President Marine Le Pen of France? The end of the Iran nuclear deal? Some of the BBC’s most senior correspondents forecast what might or might not happen during the next 12 months. Make your own predictions and join the discussion on the World Service Facebook page.
Jan 04, 2017