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Author: BBC World Service

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The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends
53 Episodes
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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.
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'.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Comments (668)

Alex K.

The Pope's statement was remarkably stupid. "It affects all, rich and poor alike" was the first sentence. No, sorry, Pope, the poor are being hit harder. The BBC allocating 3 and a half minutes of this episode to this rambling and pointless speech was quite needless.

Jun 23rd
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Matt Pando

china would do something that caused loss of life? whaaaaaa?

Jun 17th
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Matt Pando

WTF are you idiots doing?!? Don't Start With "North Korea Blows Up..." Anything!!!!!!!!!!!! Unless it's happening! What are you doing!!??!? Do you want to panic people MORE!?!?! lol

Jun 16th
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siqi yin

stop this disgusting double-standard about HongKong! It is not peaceful protests! It is the abhorrent thuggery ur Prime Minister has labeled!

Jun 14th
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ForexTraderNYC

appalling to hear black adidas employee to demand rights with such exortion like attitude. ridicoulous opportunist rejecting affirmative action even. counter movt will emerge n i foresee civil war 2.0

Jun 11th
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Mir

29:25 Good observation about how Ariana's music is labelled as pop and not urban.

Jun 9th
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Mir

3:30 the person being interviewed talks in the. most. grating. and. annoying. manner. Like she's talking to a bunch of 2 year olds.

Jun 9th
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Nicolò Castioni

Does the final article of every episode requires to be dumb and to end with an equally meaningless joke?

Jun 8th
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Moon English Academy

Hello I'm Boubacar BAH from Guinea Conakry in West Africa. Mory KANTE was really a great African musician who broke the record and brought a huge change into African culture by modernising the KORA. African music is in mourning! Peace and and may Allah Grant him Paradise. Amen!

Jun 7th
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brian gallagher

Great to get up to date on last months news! Thank you Alex, for making me laugh out loud! 😂

Jun 4th
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Sri Vyas

Presenter started with news on 4th of May

Jun 4th
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Matt Pando

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Jun 3rd
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Montana_Jack

you people are the worst news podcast ever. keep the hate up.

Jun 2nd
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Matt Pando

riots not protests

Jun 1st
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Joe Pero

what is the BBC talking about of course the mail in ballot is a political move. I live in California and have dead grandparents that got absentee ballots long after dying. This move is for illegal voting plain and simple.

May 30th
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siqi yin

If you call the violent protestors in Minneapolis, US as "thugs", why the hell you call exactly the same kind protestors in Hongkong as "prodemocracy fighters"? Shame on Donald Trump and all the prejudiced western media(basically most of the media)!

May 29th
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ID18111935

I started listening to BBC World News Podcast a month ago and was glad to be able to discover what people across the world have been living and the unreported stories like the surrogate babies in Ukraine. But recently I found that BBC has been increasingly showing bias over the news about the politics in HK/China. I’m particularly saddened when today a reported was asked about how HK people reacted over the passing the Hong Kong National Security Law. She said “HK people were angry”. Did she have any statistics how many HK people were angry? Many people I know and myself are certainly not among those “HK people”. And certainly a lot of them are not. 2M people going on the street to protest last year doesn’t mean the whole HK was against the Extradition Bill. There are 7.5M people in HK!! 52% of the UK population voted leaving the EU doesn’t mean that ALL UK citizens wanted to leave!! Please be professional and do not generalize the public opinions base on your personal bias!! You will ruin people’s lives!

May 29th
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ForexTraderNYC

Twitter was put in place to follow celebs until to Trump's credit it became mouth piece of every one wanting to amplify their voice n views on global scale then all types of people starting broadcast on Twitter.. Twitter good cuz it prevents censorship of human voice n common man can have conference without spending a dime. Sadly twitter has been used by trump as his trolling piece instead of mouth piece to utter things to harm others..destructive instead of constructive use.

May 29th
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Alexis Medina Achon

Great to have 2 podcasts a day with global news!

May 28th
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Joe Rule

r it 9o o or ok e

May 27th
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