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

50 billion years out of earth's 4.5 billion years or the universe's 13.8 billion years. stupid.

May 27th
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Alexis Medina Achon

Hi. Down here in Panama. Couldn’t care less about a cabinet member issue. Global? Please...

May 26th
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Matt Pando

So it's Treason then... WHO would rather us all DIE then risk Donald Trump Be Right, And China Wrong. Damn Them To Hell.

May 26th
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Matt Pando

But hey, gotta keep stumping for China right? They can only do good. Trust the WHO guys. Ignore the crimes against humanity they are literally committing right NOW. Because Trust china or else...

May 22nd
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Denise Lam

Hi, may I know the name of the author and the essay you mentioned at the end of the podcast please. Thanks.

May 21st
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Alex K.

That town Mogo in New South Wales where I live is not pronounced "mog oh" but rather "mow go"

May 21st
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Matt Pando

As he, and we all, should. There seems to be a certain bias here? As if the WHO is a trustworthy organ if the CCP?

May 19th
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siqi yin

This Matt Pando has once again proved himself a stupid parochialism. No need to argue with the fool.

May 19th
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Matt Pando

It's not unproven though. That is a lie. Doctors around the world have used it for years. Google it.

May 18th
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Matt Pando

I would believe the US over China Anyday of the week. Is that Racist or just seeing a pattern of behavior?

May 14th
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Matt Pando

You mean china...lied people...died?

May 13th
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K Muzaffar

awesome

May 10th
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Don Purpura

US companies are dumpling Vegetables ,Beef , Milk, Poultry 🐔 Pork 🐷 .Means Starvation !

May 7th
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