Global News Podcast

Global News Podcast

By BBC World Service

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


Donald Trump reacts to grand jury indictment

His lawyer says he is upset and angry, but not worried. Also: we hear from Bucha one year after its liberation from Russian occupation, and do plants talk back to us?
31/03/23·31m 13s

Donald Trump indicted by New York grand jury

He is the first former US president to face criminal charges, over alleged hush money paid to a porn star. Finland will become the thirty-first member state of NATO, after the Turkish parliament voted to back its application to join the alliance, and the lengths being gone to to get 2 Chinese pandas in a Danish zoo to mate.
31/03/23·32m 28s

Bolsonaro back in Brazil

The controversial far right former president returns after his self-imposed exile. Also; concerns after a Wall Street Journal reporter is arrested in Russia, King Charles becomes the first British monarch to address the German parliament, and why moths are crucial in pollinating plants.
30/03/23·28m 48s

World's top court to weigh in on climate change

Low-lying Vanuatu has pushed for a legal opinion that could be cited in climate court cases. Also: Pope Francis has been taken to hospital with a respiratory infection, and Shaun the Sheep gets a hero's welcome following his trip around the moon.
29/03/23·32m 8s

Does failure to address climate change violate human rights?

The European Court of Human Rights hears a case brought against the Swiss Government over lack of action on climate change. Also, hundreds of people ask for a pause in the development of Artificial Intelligence, and young British men told to stay away from Amsterdam.
29/03/23·31m 41s

IOC recommends return of Russian and Belarusian athletes

The Olympic committee wants the athletes to compete as neutrals amid the ongoing ban in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Also: the scientists on a mission to make meatballs from the long-extinct mammoth, and the amateur Australian gold digger who has found a massive nugget.
28/03/23·29m 53s

39 dead in fire at Mexico migrant centre

The facility houses people detained while trying to enter the US. Also: Police say a mass shooting at a school in Nashville was a carefully planned attack, Elon Musk announces further changes to Twitter's blue tick, and the winners of the 2023 Polar Music Prize.
28/03/23·26m 32s

Israeli PM delays reforms after mass protests

Benjamin Netanyahu's plans provoked an outpouring of anger across Israeli society. Also: a heavily-armed young woman has killed six people, including children, at a school in the US state of Tennessee, and rehabilitating fictional villains - from being portrayed as ugly or disabled.
28/03/23·30m 30s

Netanyahu under pressure over judicial reforms

Israeli Prime Minister faces huge backlash, with widespread strikes and thousands protesting. Also: New leader of Scotland's main party pledges independence, and the eagerly awaited puffin migration to Northern Ireland.
27/03/23·29m 54s

Israel: Defence minister sacked by Benjamin Netanyahu

Yoav Gallant had called for plans to overhaul the judiciary to be scrapped. Also: NATO allies condemn Moscow's plans to station nuclear weapons in Belarus, Lebanon gains an extra time zone, and we look back at the life of the founder of one of the world's biggest dumpling empires.
26/03/23·25m 30s

Putin deploying nuclear weapons to Belarus

Russian President says move wouldn't violate nuclear non-proliferation agreements. Also: Israel's defence minister calls for a freeze of planned changes to the judiciary following another day of mass protests, and we meet the creator and author of the Oscar winning animated short film The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse.
25/03/23·31m 5s

The Happy Pod: The smiling cow

Our new weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, an unusual cow brings joy to Australia, the happiest places in the world are revealed and how shrimps are saving lives. Presented by Andrew Peach. Music produced by Iona Hampson.
25/03/23·26m 28s

Hotel Rwanda hero freed

Paul Rusesabagina's life inspired a Hollywood film about the 1994 genocide. Also: The UN has expressed grave concern about the summary killings of civilians and prisoners of war during Russia's war in Ukraine, highlighting a litany of other abuses, and The City Killer asteroid that's set to make a close-ish call with earth.
24/03/23·30m 20s

King Charles's state visit postponed after pension protests in France

There has been violence in some French cities in the latest round of demonstrations against proposals to raise the state pension age. Also: The US state of Utah gives parents control over their children's social media, and how a drawing by a Russian child sparked a police investigation.
24/03/23·26m 50s

US Congress harshly grills TikTok boss

Video-sharing app accused of being an agent of the Chinese Communist party amid calls for it to be banned. Also: The Israeli prime minister vows to press ahead with his planned overhaul of the judiciary but says he wants to unite the country behind the changes, and the campaign in New Zealand to help youngsters navigate their breaks ups amicably.
24/03/23·32m 28s

Protests as Israel passes law which protects PM

Israel's parliament has passed a law limiting how a prime minister can be removed from office. The Israeli opposition says the legislation is aimed at protecting the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu who is facing corruption charges. We hear the view of former Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Also: A Nigerian senator and his wife have been convicted of trafficking a man to harvest a kidney for their daughter, and the good and the bad news about drinking coffee.
23/03/23·31m 27s

Johnson denies lying to parliament over partygate

The former British prime minister was grilled about whether he lied about breaching Covid lockdown rules. Also: The White House warns Uganda of possible economic repercussions if a new law banning people from identifying as LGBT comes into force, and could the mystery surrounding what killed Beethoven finally have been solved?
23/03/23·32m 29s

UN warns of looming global water crisis

Overconsumption and climate change threaten future supplies. Also: Volodymr Zelensky visits Ukrainian troops near the embattled town of Bakhmut, Boris Johnson fights for his political life -- and everything you need to know about 3D cheesecake.
22/03/23·31m 5s

Earthquake hits Afghanistan as tremors felt in Pakistan and India

The quake, with a magnitude of 6.5, was centred in the Hindu Kush mountains. Also: UK defends sending shells made with depleted uranium to Ukraine after Putin warning, and Gwyneth Paltrow in court as ski crash trial begins.
22/03/23·32m 24s

Russia's and China's leaders debate the war in Ukraine

Xi Jinping calls Moscow and Beijing 'strategic partners and great neighbouring powers'; Also: Britain's biggest police force accused of racism, sexism and homophobia, and why do fish sing?
21/03/23·31m 55s

UN chief warns a 'climate time bomb' is ticking

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres says that all countries should bring forward their net zero carbon plans by a decade. Also: France's government survives a no-confidence vote, and the Chinese city of Guixi launches its own dating app for residents.
21/03/23·30m 18s

UN says new report on climate change is 'a survival guide for humanity'

Scientists say clean energy and technology can be exploited to avoid the growing climate disaster. But they warn a key global temperature goal will probably be missed. Also: Russia's playing host to the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, in Moscow, and twenty years on - we hear from our correspondent who was there at the start of the US-led invasion of Iraq.
20/03/23·31m 55s

UBS agrees 'emergency rescue' of Credit Suisse bank

The deal, backed by the Swiss government, follows weekend talks aimed at preventing the collapse of the Credit Suisse bank. Also: Saudi King invites Iran's president to visit Riyadh, and a skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex is to be auctioned in Europe.
20/03/23·31m 0s

Trump says he expects to be arrested on Tuesday

The case focuses on alleged hush money paid on Mr Trump's behalf to a former porn star. Also: Russia and Ukraine agree to extend grain deal, and the hunt for olive thieves in Spain.
19/03/23·31m 39s

The Happy Pod

Our new weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, how a computer data centre could heat pools around the globe, Paris Opera appoints its first black star ballet dancer, and a robotic elephant helping to improve animal rights in India. Presented by Andrew Peach. Music produced by Iona Hampson.
18/03/23·26m 28s

International Criminal Court issues arrest warrant for Putin

It alleges the Russian President is responsible for war crimes for the unlawful deportation of children from Ukraine to Russia. Also: Shares in the troubled banks, Credit Suisse and First Republic, have plunged again as fears persist about their financial health, and the former soldier who has spent nearly 6 years walking the coastline of Great Britain.
18/03/23·32m 26s

China's Xi to meet Putin in Moscow

The visit comes as Beijing, an ally of Russia, has offered proposals to end the war in Ukraine, to which the West has given a lukewarm reception. Also: Slovakia follows Poland in sending fighter jets to Kiev and scientists say they have found a way to avoid peanut allergies…
17/03/23·31m 5s

Clashes as Macron pushes through controversial pension reforms

The French President used special powers to force the bill through Parliament without a vote. Also: Some of the biggest banks in the US pump billions of dollars into rescuing the struggling lender, First Republic, and the competition to help decipher scrolls that survived the volcanic eruption in Pompeii almost 2000 years ago.
17/03/23·32m 15s

Britain bans TikTok from government mobile devices

US, Canada and EU have taken similar action amid concerns over data collection that they fear could be accessed by Beijing. Also: A United Nations commission says Russia has committed war crimes in Ukraine but a genocide has not taken place, and the 'Home of Cricket' is forced to overturn a plan to modernise because of a backlash from its members.
16/03/23·30m 21s

More market jitters as Credit Suisse shares plunge

Swiss financial regulators say they are ready to help the troubled bank. Also: Poland arrests a group of foreigners on suspicion of spying for Russia, and nearly 200,000 are hospitalised in Thailand because of air pollution.
16/03/23·30m 32s

Malawi floods: hundreds dead and thousands homeless

The commercial capital, Blantyre, is worst-affected, with many having died in landslides. Also: the Pakistani authorities say they have suspended efforts to arrest the opposition leader, Imran Khan, because they're disrupting a prestigious cricket tournament, and celebrations - and controversy - over the re-introduction of wolves to Europe.
15/03/23·30m 48s

US drone crashes after incident with Russian fighter jet

Washington said it was operating in international airspace, and accused Moscow of recklessness. Also: The former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says police acted outside the law when they tried to arrest him at his home in Lahore, and why the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard is making Tom Cruise's latest mission impossible.
15/03/23·32m 26s

China and Russia denounce a defence deal by the US, UK and Australia

Beijing has described the move as embarking on a 'path of error and danger.' Russia said the submarine pact would bring years of confrontation to Asia. Also: India's supreme court has dismissed an appeal seeking more compensation for victims of the Bhopal gas leak, and riding motorbikes could become harder for tourists in Bali.
14/03/23·29m 48s

UK, US and Australia reveal details of nuclear submarine deal

Their partnership aims to combat a perceived threat from China. Also: Russia and Ukraine extend a grain deal to prevent a global food crisis, and Dick Fosbury, the man who revolutionised the high jump in athletics has died at the age of 76.
13/03/23·26m 43s

BBC ends stand-off with Gary Lineker after impartiality row

Lineker 'delighted' to return as BBC reviews social media rules. The BBC Director General, Tim Davie, insists he has not backed down. Also: President Biden says the US banking system will hold up despite last week's collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, and the sci-fi movie Everything Everywhere All at Once wins seven Oscars, including best actress for Michelle Yeoh.
13/03/23·33m 16s

International concern after Saudi Arabia executes Jordanian accused of drug smuggling

The family of Hussein Abu Al-Khair say he was tortured until he made a confession. Also: Nicaragua has suspended relations with the Vatican, and the head of the WHO says it is vital to find the origins of the Covid virus.
12/03/23·28m 33s

Italy's coastguard rescues more than 1,000 migrants from the Mediterranean

The huge sea rescue operation comes nearly two weeks after a deadly shipwreck involving migrants off the Italian coast. Also: South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa is cleared of wrongdoing by anti-corruption authorities, and renewed calls to tighten Germany’s gun laws after a deadly shooting in Hamburg.
11/03/23·30m 13s

The Happy Pod

Our new weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world. This week, sharing the things about your home country that make you happy, NASA's new head of science on how her dad gave her a love of space, and how bees can not only solve puzzles, but teach each other how to do it. Presented by Andrew Peach. Music produced by Iona Hampson.
11/03/23·26m 28s

Iran and Saudi Arabia restore diplomatic ties

They broke ties in 2016 and have taken different sides in wars in Yemen and Syria. Also: The US sees its first major bank failure since the 2008 financial crisis, and Donald Trump has been invited to testify to a grand jury over the Stormy Daniels case.
11/03/23·32m 26s

Xi Jinping begins historic third term as China's president

It caps a consolidation of power that has made him China's most dominant leader in generations. Also: rare and deadly Cyclone Freddy is expected to hit Mozambique for a second time, and scientists create the first detailed map of how an insect's brain is wired.
10/03/23·29m 31s

Biden: US Budget 'for those who hold country together'

It includes big spending plans, worth more than six trillion dollars, with the focus on social programmes. Also: Italy's prime minister announces tough new penalties for people smugglers, after a cabinet meeting on the coast where dozens of migrants drowned last month, and the UK reveals its entrant for the Eurovision song contest.
10/03/23·29m 51s

Nuclear watchdog head demands action to prevent disaster in Ukraine

Rafael Grossi's remarks came after more Russian shelling of the Zaporizhzhia plant in southern Ukraine. Also: Tens of thousands of Israelis have been staging mass protests against proposed judicial reforms, and we look back at the life of Chaim Topol who's died aged 87.
09/03/23·29m 15s

Mass protests in Georgia against 'Russian-style laws'

Demonstrators say the legislation is aimed at stifling the opposition. Also: A US congressional probe into the origins of the Covid pandemic opens, with a former top health official saying he believes the virus probably escaped from a Chinese lab, and the scientist who has created eggs from the cells of male mice.
09/03/23·32m 25s

Afghan women protest against Taliban rulers on International Women's Day

The United Nations says Afghanistan is the "most repressive country in the world" for women's rights. Also: Demonstrations continue in Georgia over fears a new law could limit free speech, and the world's first 3D printed space rocket prepares to launch.
08/03/23·27m 51s

Six Palestinians killed in Israeli army raid in Jenin

Israel claims one of the dead killed two Jewish settlers. Also: Five women have sued the American state of Texas, saying they were denied abortions even though their lives were in danger, and we go behind the scenes of David Attenborough’s new wildlife documentary on the British Isles.
07/03/23·31m 36s

China’s leader makes direct rebuke of US

Xi Jinping blames it for trying to 'contain', 'encircle' and 'suppress' his country. Also: Britain sets out legislation designed to stop asylum seekers crossing the English channel on small boats, and the head of Japan's space agency apologises for the failed launch of a new flagship rocket.
07/03/23·31m 2s

Ukraine to strengthen positions in embattled Bakhmut

The city has been under sustained Russian bombardment for months. Also: Turkish opposition parties agree on a single candidate to challenge President Erdogan in elections due in May, and the couple jailed for 4 years in Spain for stealing wine.
06/03/23·30m 52s

Turkey-Syria earthquakes one month on

UN says millions of people still homeless and living in fear. Also: Elon Musk mocks BBC report about abuse on Twitter, South Korean plan to resolve wartime labour dispute with Japan and Toblerone loses iconic Swiss mountain logo.
06/03/23·28m 27s

Violence erupts at Greek train crash protests

Petrol bombs were thrown at police who fired tear gas and stun grenades. Also: A fire in a refugee camp in Bangladesh has left thousands homeless, and a deal has been reached to protect the world's oceans.
05/03/23·28m 47s

UN and Iran announce deal on nuclear access

Iran has agreed to restore surveillance cameras and allow inspections at its sites. Also: The Russian army and Wagner mercenaries put increasing pressure on Ukraine's soldiers to withdraw from the shattered city of Bakhmut, and the latest on what is believed to be the biggest drug bust in Australia's history.
04/03/23·28m 10s

The Happy Podcast

Our new weekly collection of the happiest stories in the world along with the sounds that bring joy to our listeners. This week, the naughty Finnish huskies who've found a new home, the Caribbean sailor who survived 24 days at sea on ketchup, and the crafty octogenarian who knits for Hollywood. Presented by Andrew Peach. Music produced by Iona Hampson.
04/03/23·26m 28s

Prominent US lawyer gets life in prison for double murder

Alex Murdaugh shot his wife and son on the family estate in South Carolina. Also: Pressure mounts on the former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over what he said about Covid lockdown parties, and the White House reveals that President Biden has had a cancerous skin lesion successfully removed from his chest.
03/03/23·30m 11s

Belarusian Nobel Peace Prize winner Ales Bialiatski jailed for 10 years

Bialiatski's protest group Viasna has documented human rights abuses carried out by the regime of the Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko. Also: Dozens of police officers are taken hostage in Colombia, and women footballers are unhappy with Fifa's choice of ambassador.
03/03/23·28m 27s

Putin accuses Ukraine of border 'terrorist act'

Kyiv denies Moscow's claim that saboteurs fired at civilians in a border village. Also: The head of Britain’s domestic intelligence service apologises for MI5's failure to prevent a terrorist attack in Manchester in 2017, and the celebrated jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter has died aged 89.
02/03/23·31m 59s

India G20: War in Ukraine overshadows talks

The meeting fails to produce a joint statement, as US and Russia clash over Ukraine. Also: there's growing anger in Greece after the country's worst ever train crash, and Egyptian archaeologists are celebrating the discovery of a hidden tunnel in the Great Pyramid of Giza.
02/03/23·28m 35s

Greek PM: 'Unprecedented' train collision was 'human error'

The transport minister resigns and three days of mourning are declared after more than 40 people are killed in a rail disaster. Also: Guinea and Ivory Coast are sending planes to evacuate their citizens from Tunisia following inflammatory remarks by the president against sub-Saharan Africans, and the singing legend Joni Mitchell is honoured by the US Library of Congress.
02/03/23·29m 48s

Special episode: Indigenous peoples

We hear from our Indigenous and tribal listeners around the world, as we mark US Indigenous Peoples’ Day. We also meet an Amazon tribe defending their land from illegal loggers; a Maori singer who makes pop music in his traditional language; Native American chefs bringing cultural foods to the restaurant scene; and more.
10/10/22·34m 32s

Live special episode: Cost of living

The global price crisis. Our first ever “live audience show” – recorded in Malaysia. Listeners around the world and in the audience in Kuala Lumpur share their experiences and ask questions about spiralling costs and what can be done. Hear from our panel of BBC correspondents. What are the implications of the increases in food and fuel prices? How are governments and communities responding - and what does the future look like?
08/09/22·33m 27s

Special episode: Abortion rights around the world

In June, the US Supreme Court overruled Roe v Wade and ended the constitutional right to abortion in America. In a special episode, we investigate the changing dynamic of abortion rights globally in countries like Colombia, China and Ireland. We'll also be examining the restrictions still faced by women in Africa and places like Malta and El Salvador. Audio for this episode was updated on 4 July 2022, due to a factual error in an earlier version.
01/07/22·31m 38s

Young voices special

Is the nuclear threat real? What does Putin want? Who is winning the war in Ukraine? We took questions on the invasion from young people around the world and looked for answers from BBC correspondents. Jackie Leonard speaks to Martin Forster, a senior child psychologist with the healthcare company, Kry, in Sweden. Listeners' questions are tackled by Vitaliy Shevchenko, Paul Adams, Theo Leggett, Lyse Doucet and Mark Lowen.
25/03/22·35m 22s

Special: Global News Ukrainecast part 2

A month since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we are collaborating with Ukrainecast again. We answer more of your questions. Jackie Leonard, presenter of the Global News Podcast, alongside Gabriel Gatehouse and Vitaliy Shevchenko from Ukrainecast, guide us through questions about civilian life in the country, military tactics, and the international response to the invasion. BBC chief international correspondent, Lyse Doucet, joins us from Kyiv to talk through what is happening on the ground there, and BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner, tells us the latest on the physical and information war. This episode was made by Chris Flynn. The studio director was Ash Taylor. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
24/03/22·32m 49s

Russia-Ukraine: On the brink of war?

Our experts in Moscow, Kyiv and London answer your questions about the crisis.
28/01/22·34m 2s

Omicron versus the world: Your questions answered

As the Omicron variant spreads around the world and cases surge, BBC correspondents tell us how Covid-19 is impacting our lives, our businesses and our economies.
21/12/21·33m 36s

Afghanistan Special: Your Questions Answered

BBC correspondents answer your questions about the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan. We ask how did the Taliban overthrow the Afghan government so quickly? What now for human rights, the economy and international relations? Photo:People on board an evacuation flight out of Kabul airport, August 21, 2021 Credit:MoD/PA Wire
30/08/21·35m 17s

Global News Brexitcast

We team up with the award-winning Brexitcast team to bring you a special update on what Britain leaving the EU means for you. You’ve sent us questions from around the world and Jackie Leonard puts them to the experts from the podcast that’s all about Brexit. There’s also cake, phew. Spread the word! #GlobalNewsPod #Brexitcast Find the Brexitcast podcast here:
25/10/19·50m 39s
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