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


Dozens missing in Deadly Indian Floods
Severe flooding in the Indian state of Kerala leaves more than twenty six people dead and dozens missing; An American Christian organisation has confirmed that seventeen missionaries and family members have been kidnapped in Haiti and to what extent were modern European ideas of democracy influenced by Native Americans?Listen

Sudan protestors demand military coup as crisis deepens
The protests in Khartoum come as tensions rise between civilian and military rulers. Also: the French president asks Algerian veterans for forgiveness, and dormice favoured by Italian mafia seized in drugs raid.Listen

British anti-terror police investigate fatal stabbing of MP Sir David Amess
Police say a 25 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack in Leigh-on-Sea. Also: dozens killed in Afghan mosque suicide bombing, and US to lift travel ban on 8 November.Listen

Afghanistan: Dozens killed in suicide bombings at Kandahar mosque
Several blasts at Shi'a mosque where worshippers were attending Friday prayers. Eyewitnesses said three attackers detonated bombs inside the crowded building. Also, funerals held in Lebanon for victims of Thursday's street violence in Beirut, and why the world's only state-appointed wizard has been told his services are no longer required.Listen

There have been calls for calm following deadly clashes in Beirut
The UN, the US and France have all urged a de-escalation of the tensions in Lebanon. Also: US Congress is pursuing criminal charges for ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon, and Banksy's Love is in the Bin artwork sells for a record price.Listen

Beirut: Several deaths as gunfire erupts during protests in city centre
Shooting occurred during a march against the judge investigating last year's huge blast in city's harbour. It is believed that Shia and Christian militias exchanged fire during demonstration. Also, at least 46 people dead after a fire in a Taiwanese tower-block, and Norwegian officials say lethal bow-and-arrow attack appears to have been an act of terror.Listen

Putin denies weaponising energy amid Europe crisis
The Russian president says his country is not to blame for high gas prices elsewhere in Europe, a number of people have been killed in Norway bow and arrow attack, and Star Trek's William Shatner becomes the oldest person in space after blasting off in a Blue Origin rocket.Listen

EU outlines plans for surging energy prices
Reduced taxes and subsidies could cushion the impact. The Energy Commissioner said the EU would also explore the possibility of joint purchasing of strategic gas reserves. Also: increased costs and fewer choices in Northern Ireland. EU talks are taking place to find a new deal with the UK, and the Chinese boy band hopeful facing one obstacle ? she?s a girl.Listen

UN Court rules in long running Border Dispute
International court rules in favour of Somalia in sea border dispute with Kenya; Rich nations discuss how to help Afghanistan - without recognising the Taliban; and a rare Himalayan fungus that could be used to treat cancerListen

Macron aims to make France a global leader in new technologies
French President announces thirty-five-billion dollar programme to overhaul economy. He hopes investment will create thousands of jobs across 'green energy' sector. Also, G20 leaders discuss deepening economic crisis in Afghanistan, and Superman's son will come out as bisexual.Listen

Iraq election: Moqtada al-Sadr hails apparent victory
The Shia cleric promises to form a nationalist government free from foreign interference. Also: the Italian authorities come under pressure to ban neo-fascist parties, and life imitates art as the Star Trek actor William Shatner prepares to blast into space.Listen

Iraq captures senior Islamic State group official
Sami Jasim is alleged to have been running its finances. The prime minister announced his arrest, saying it involved a complex operation outside Iraq. Also: spy rings, drug factories and arms deals. Extraordinary allegations from a North Korean defector, and we hear from the first transgender person in Uganda to have their identity recognised by the government.Listen

Czech president in hospital amid election upheaval
Milos Zeman is in intensive care the day after a surprise opposition win in parliamentary elections. Also: the "father of Pakistan nuclear bomb" AQ Khan dies aged eighty-five, and UK to resettle teenage Afghan women footballers.Listen

US and Taliban hold first talks since withdrawal
The meeting came a day after Afghanistan suffered its deadliest attack since US forces withdrew. Also: Austrian chancellor resigns amid corruption inquiry, and what can you make with pinhead oatmeal, mushrooms and vegan cheese?Listen

Nations agree to 15% minimum corporate tax rate
The historic deal will make companies pay a fairer share of tax across the world. Also: Nigerian police rescue fifty people chained up at a rehabilitation centre, and fast fashion: the dumping ground for unwanted clothes.Listen

Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov win Nobel Peace Prize
The high profile Philippine and Russian journalists face threats and intimidation by doing their jobs. Also: suicide attack on Afghan mosque kills dozens of people, and moves in China to shut down the "dancing grannies".Listen

US warns Russia over energy crisis
The US national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said any attempts to exploit the crisis, which is causing gas shortages across Europe, would backfire. Also: the children of Islamic State fighters imprisoned in a camp in Syria, and the grand-daughter of the notorious gangster Al Capone sells his possessions.Listen

Texas abortion law temporarily blocked by judge
The White House praised the ruling as an important step to restoring women's constitutional rights. Also, Pakistan earthquake kills many in Balochistan province, and Juji, the Afghan mynah bird, is now living in a French ambassador's residence.Listen

Historic go-ahead for malaria vaccine in Africa
After years of trials, the vaccine has potential to save tens of thousands of children?s lives. Also: the persecution of the Hazara minority in Afghanistan, and why a drone is delivering mail to a remote Scottish island.Listen

Australia ends Papua New Guinea asylum detention
Australia has controversially held migrants in PNG since 2013, and will continue to do so in Nauru. Also: Taiwan says tensions with China worst in forty years, and the difficulties of playing sport when you are colour blind.Listen

Facebook harms children and weakens democracy, says ex-employee
Frances Haugen, a former product manager turned whistleblower, heavily criticised Facebook at a hearing on Capitol Hill, telling US lawmakers that the company repeatedly prioritised profits over its users safety. Facebook denied the claims and said Ms Haugen spoke about areas she has no knowledge of. Also: relations between France and Mali go from bad to worse, and a Russian film crew arrives at the International Space Station to shoot the first movie ever made in orbit.Listen

France: Report reveals huge scale of sexual abuse within Catholic church
Investigation says 216,000 children sexually abused over several decades. And more than 3000 paedophile priests operated within the Church. Also, a warning about future water-shortages across the globe, and we visit a wind-farm in the wild and stormy North Sea.Listen

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp hit by global outage
The three social media services, all owned by Facebook, were knocked offline for hours on Monday. Also: the US Trade Representative says China has failed to uphold commitments agreed under a trade deal last year; and scientists say they have successfully treated a case of severe depression with an electronic device implanted in the patient's brain.Listen

Pandora Papers: Leaders deny allegations of financial impropriety
Czech PM Andrej Babis says it is a political attack on him. Also, religious leaders call on politicians to agree to step up their commitment to the fight against global warming, and the Nobel prize for medicine is won by scientists investigating our ability to sense heat, cold and touch.Listen

Secret wealth and dealings of leaders exposed in huge data leak
King of Jordan and Tony Blair among those featured in the Pandora Papers. Also: an explosion in Kabul kills eight; and we remember the French businessman and politician, Bernard Tapie, who's died.Listen

Protesters march to defend US abortion rights
Thousands gather in every US state to march in support of abortion rights; Climate and energy ministers confer in Milan ahead of next month's summit and Did the last queen of France, Marie Antoinette, have a platonic admirer or a secret lover ?Listen

Covid antiviral pill can halve risk of hospitalisation
Emergency authorisation of molnupiravir is now being sought, though US chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci urges caution. Also: ex-president Saakashvili held on return to Georgia, and how do you capture an alligator using a wheelie bin?Listen

French ex-officer?s DNA ends 35-year murder hunt
The former officer - who killed himself this week - left a note confessing that he'd carried out attacks in Paris. Investigators have now matched his DNA with crimes in the eighties and nineties. Also: Australia which has some of the toughest Covid travel restrictions in the world is to reopen its borders from next month, and why the marriage of a Japanese princess won?t be a fairytale wedding.Listen

Congress narrowly averts US government shutdown
The measure passed in both chambers of the US Congress only hours before federal funding lapsed. Also: Nazi camp secretary caught after fleeing her trial, and "Rent-a-friend" as a solution to social isolation in China.Listen

Sarkozy: France's ex-PM given jail sentence over campaign funding
Nicolas Sarkozy given one-year sentence for illegally funding a 2012 re-election campaign. He denies any wrongdoing, and is expected to appeal against the ruling. Also, Italy's PM Mario Draghi tells climate conference that world leaders must be 'whipped into action' on global warning, and how one community in the US is fighting to save sea-turtles from extinction.Listen

Familes protest at Beirut blast investigation
No-one has yet been held accountable for the August 2020 explosion, which killed more than two hundred people. Also: Britney Spears' father suspended as conservator, and You Tube to remove all anti-vaccine misinformation.Listen

Fumio Kishida wins race to become Japan PM
Mr Kishida will succeed Yoshihide Suga, who's stepping down after one year in office. Also: North Korea says it fired a new hypersonic missile; and molten lava from La Palma volcano reaches the Atlantic Sea.Listen

US generals advised Biden against complete Afghan pull-out
The US generals recommended keeping two thousand five hundred troops in Afghanistan. Also: Russia opens new criminal case against Navalny and allies, and Daniel Craig's last Bond film finally premieres.Listen

Climate change: Greta Thunberg outlines challenges facing the world
Outspoken climate activist criticises what she sees as empty promises by those in power. She was among hundreds of other young campaigners at Youth 4 Climate conference in Milan. Also, Ukraine remembers one of the worst single massacres by Nazis in World War Two, and why campaigners in US want to tear down 'racist highways' running through ethnic minority communities.Listen

R. Kelly found guilty in sex trafficking trial
After decades of allegations, the singer was found guilty of running a scheme to abuse women and children. Also: Landsat-9 satellite is launched into space to picture Earth, and what does President Putin do on holiday?Listen

Germany election: narrow victory for centre-left
Olaf Scholz says his Social Democrats plan to build a new coalition government, working with the Greens and liberal Free Democrats, but Angela Merkel?s CDU party is still hoping to hold on to power. Also: China tries to restore electricity supplies after widespread power cuts, and how flip flops gave some exam students in India an unfair advantage.Listen

Germany: tight race for rivals to succeed Merkel
Social Democrats are on course for a narrow victory in parliamentary elections in Germany. Also, UN watchdog says Iran has not allowed its inspectors full access to its nuclear sites, and Swiss voters back legalisation of same-sex marriage.Listen

Chinese tech boss flies home to red carpet welcome
Huawei's Meng Wanzhou flew into Shenzhen -- hours after two Canadians freed by China also returned home. Also today: Germans go to the polls to elect Angela Merkel?s successor; Kabul?s schoolgirls demand a return to class; and Britain performs a Brexit u-turn to attract more lorry drivers.Listen

Deal struck to end legal standoff over Huawei telecom executive
The senior Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, is expected to return home to China under a deal with US prosecutors; Mixed reaction to plans to hold the football world cup every two years? and a Kenyan policeman is re-instated after being fired for failing to turn up for work - whilst in a coma.Listen

India: gunmen dressed as lawyers shoot gangster dead
Jitender Gogi was in court in Delhi when two people opened fire. Also the European Commission urges Poland to give the necessary care and assistance to migrants caught in a stand-off on the border between Poland and Belarus, a campaign in the UK to help female judges get out of Afghanistan, and an Australian doctor comes up with a new technique to save the lives of shark-bite victims.Listen

US Haiti envoy quits over 'inhumane' deportations
Daniel Foote said he resigned in protest at the treatment of Haitian migrants. Also, the main candidates to be German Chancellor have clashed in a final TV debate before the election, and scientists say a fossilised rib bone discovered in Morocco is part of the oldest armoured dinosaur ever discovered.Listen

Syria: Charity says wealthy nations have 'abandoned' children of IS fighters
Save The Children calls for help for more than 27,000 children in detention-centres. Many are citizens of EU nations, and the charity accuses those countries of failing to have them repatriated. Also, the EU wants new laws pushing for a universal phone-charger, and the BBC investigates how extremism is tainting some of the most popular online games.Listen

Biden promises global vaccine help
The US President told a virtual Covid-19 summit another 500m doses would go to developing countries. Also: WHO warns air pollution is more dangerous than previously thought; Netflix offers Kenyans free streaming; and could an app cure your fear of spiders?Listen

Campaigners welcome China?s coal promise
One group described it as a potential game changer. But the pledge didn't include a ban on new coal-fired power stations in China. Also; parts of Australia are hit by the strongest earthquake in centuries, and Netflix has bought the rights to Roald Dahl?s classic children?s books.Listen

China pledges to stop building coal-fired power stations overseas
The leaders of China and the US - Xi Jinping and Joe Biden - have announced new commitments to tackle climate change at the UN General Assembly. Also: there are further signs that the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region is spreading to neighbouring areas, and why was an athlete disqualified after running a half-marathon in England?Listen

Salisbury poisonings: Third man to face charges over Novichok attack
Third Russian to be charged over 2018 poisonings in UK which left one person dead. British police believe all three suspects worked for GRU - Russia's military intelligence service. Also, Sudan blames 'forces of darkness' for failed coup attempt, and Pakistani PM Imran Khan says a ban on women's education in Afghanistan would be 'un-Islamic'.Listen

Hotel Rwanda hero convicted on terror charges
Paul Rusesabagina, who saved hundreds of people during the 1994 genocide, has been sentenced to twenty-five years in prison by a Rwandan court for terrorist offences. Also, we hear from a teenager in Afghanistan about her fears that she will never be able to resume her education. And, Chinese social media has been following the story of the first deaf lawyer in the country.Listen

Russia: Gunman kills six people at university in Perm
A man has been arrested after deadly shooting-spree in Perm, a city in the Urals. Police believe he acted alone and had no political or religious motives. Also, 'Hotel Rwanda' hero Paul Rusesabinga is convicted on terror-charges, and celebration-time for the UK at this year's Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.Listen

Putin's party leads vote amid fraud claims
The pro-Kremlin United Russia party is on course to win amid allegations of fraud. Also: Australia denies lying to France in submarine deal, and a volcano on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma erupts after a week on alert.Listen

UN urges Taliban to re-open girls' schools
The UN calls on the Taliban to re-open girls' secondary schools in Afghanistan. The US moves thousands of migrants away from a Texas border town. And a new twist in the case of the missing travel blogger - as her fiance also disappears.Listen

US admits Kabul drone strike killed civilians
An inquiry finds that the strike, days before the US pullout, killed ten members of a family, not militants. Also: France recalls envoys amid security pact row, and New Zealand abandons Pakistan cricket tour over 'security alert'.Listen

Russia?s parliamentary election begins
Google and Apple remove a tactical voting app from their online stores on the first day. Voting will last three days. Also: the Austrian government is taken to court over its handling of a covid outbreak at a ski resort, and the secrets behind the best ocean photograph of the year.Listen

US tries to calm French anger over security pact with UK and Australia
The US tries to calm French anger over the new security pact with Britain and Australia. Iran sends fuel supplies to Lebanon, as the economic crisis deepens. And an early work by Vincent Van Gogh is discovered by art experts in the Netherlands.Listen

China denounces UK-US-Australia pact as 'damaging'
Beijing says new security pact is 'extremely irresponsible' and 'narrow-minded'. The alliance is widely seen as an effort to counter China's influence in the Indo-Pacific region. Also, France says its troops have killed the head of the Islamic State group in the Sahara, and how some Dutch people are changing their names - to reconnect with their African heritage.Listen

Simone Biles testifies about abuse by US Gymnastics doctor
She was joined before the US Senate by other athletes who were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar. Also: Rodrigo Duterte faces crimes against humanity investigation and the preacher promising to help anti-vaxxers.Listen

Afghan women's youth football team flees to Pakistan
The departure of the football team from Afghanistan comes as part of a wider exodus of female cultural and sporting stars. Also: the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says the EU needs the "political will" to intervene militarily without the US, and the Inspiration 4 space mission is ready for lift-off.Listen

Haiti PM in murder row
Ariel Henry fires his chief prosecutor after attempt to charge him over killing of president in July. Also: Europe tries to avoid winter Covid and cows trained where to pee.Listen

Climate change: Young people worldwide 'very worried' about future
New global survey shows high levels of anxiety among young people over climate change. Over half of those interviewed think that humanity is doomed. Also, BBC analysis reveals the world now sees twice as many days with temperatures over 50 Celsius compared with 1980s, and remembering George Wein - the jazz promoter who pioneered the modern music festival.Listen

Emergency conference in Geneva pledges more than 1 billion dollars in aid for Afghanistan
The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres says the Afghan people are facing perhaps their most perilous hour. Also:turmoil in cryptocurrency markets after a fake news release purporting to be from the US retail giant Walmart, and the Pope's mission to Slovakia.Listen

UN warns that Afghans face most perilous hour
The United Nations is seeking more than $600m in aid following the Taliban takeover last month. Also: tens of thousands of people in England are to take part in a "game-changing" blood test trial for cancer, and Britney Spears announces engagement.Listen

FBI releases document on Saudis and 9/11
The memo records contact between Saudi nationals and hijackers but doesn't implicate the government. Also: a deal is reached on monitoring Iranian nuclear sites, and some gorillas have tested positive for Covid.Listen

America stops to remember 9/11
Commemorations have taken place on the 20th anniversary of the 11 September attacks. Also: tennis history is made as British teenager Emma Raducanu wins the US Open, and Peru's Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman dies.Listen

Remembering 9/11 twenty years on
Nearly three thousand people died in New York, at the Pentagon and in a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001. Also: Lebanon gets a new government amid deepening crisis, and the tennis brand that is Emma Raducanu.Listen

Gazprom confirms that controversial Nordstream Two gas pipeline is complete
Russian state-run gas giant Gazprom says long-delayed pipeline is now ready for use. We examine why it's caused huge tensions within Europe. Also, woman who was former MP in Afghan parliament tells us she fled to escape being killed by Taliban, and how New Yorkers are coping - as 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches.Listen

Biden requires vaccines for millions of US workers
President Biden has announced sweeping federal Covid measures that require workers at large companies to be vaccinated or face weekly testing. Also: dozens of international passengers have flown out of Kabul in the first such flight since American forces left Afghanistan, and Morocco's ruling party suffers a crushing defeat in the country's parliamentary elections.Listen

Kabul airport prepares to reopen
Women in Afghanistan protest against the Taliban, in defiance of a ban. Also: North Korea marks its anniversary with a military parade featuring hazmat suits, and is there a mystery illness attacking American diplomats?Listen

Former Afghan president says he fled to avoid bloodshed
Ashraf Ghani has issued a statement on Twitter three weeks after leaving Afghanistan. Also, the man believed to be the only gunman to survive the Paris attacks in 2015 appears in court at the start of his trial, and the world's biggest plant to extract carbon dioxide from the air opens in Iceland.Listen

France: Trial begins of suspects over 2015 Paris attacks
20 suspects on trial over attacks which killed 130 people in November 2015. The wave of shootings and bombings by Islamic State extremists was France's worst attack since World War Two. Also, Afghan women protest against all-male Taliban government, and will snow soon disappear from Africa's highest mountain ?Listen

Hardliners get key posts in new Taliban government
The all-male cabinet in Kabul includes figures linked to attacks on US forces and a leader wanted by the FBI. Also: Mexico decriminalises abortion in landmark ruling, and youngest Catholic bishop in Spain resigns from church to marry erotic novelist.Listen

Taliban fire shots in Kabul to disperse protesters
Protests are the the biggest show of defiance since the militant group took power in Afghanistan. Also: supporters of Myanmar's deposed civilian government call for a mass uprising against the military government, and Bitcoin becomes joint legal tender in El Salvador.Listen

US evacuates four Americans overland from Afghanistan
The US State Department said the group had crossed into an unspecified neighbouring country, and that the Taliban had known about the departure and did not impede it. Also: Poland's parliament approves state of emergency on Belarus border, and the French film star Jean-Paul Belmondo dies aged eighty-eight.Listen

Taliban claim disputed Panjshir Valley
The Taliban say they've seized Afghanistan's Panjshir province, which would consolidate their control of the entire country, but resistance fighters dispute this. Also: The Belarusian woman who led mass protests against President Alexander Lukashenko is sentenced to eleven years in prison, and soldiers who have seized power in Guinea call government ministers to a meeting.Listen

Soldiers seize power in Guinea
Troops announced a takeover on TV, capturing the president Alpha Conde. Also: Taliban accused of killing pregnant Afghan police officer in Ghor province, and could seaweed be a key raw material for a sustainable future?Listen

Ethiopia claims thousands of Tigray rebels killed
An Ethiopian general says the rebels were killed in fierce fighting, aided by airstrikes. Also: Taliban break up women's rights protest in Kabul, and Vladimir Putin gets corrected by schoolboy about Russian history.Listen

Afghanistan: Fighting rages in Panjshir
Resistance fighters deny claims that the Taliban has overrun their stronghold in the Panjshir valley. Also, President Joe Biden urges US southern states to improve their infrastructure after Hurricane Ida. And, as Tokyo hosts the Paralympics, we look at the prejudice faced by people with disabilities in Japan.Listen

EU and AstraZeneca reach deal over vaccine row
AstraZeneca will give the EU 200 million doses by 31 March 2022, ending court action. Also: an Islamist under surveillance stabs 6 people in New Zealand and Para Taekwondo, the Paralympics' 1st full contact sport.Listen

President Biden blames climate change for deadly New York flood
More than 40 people are dead after Storm Ida hits the US. Also, one of the alleged Islamic State members dubbed "the Beatles" has pleaded guilty to conspiring to torture and behead American and European hostages in Syria. And Russian regulators say Apple and Google are breaking the law by offering an app created by the opposition activist Alexei Navalny.Listen

NY floods kill at least 9
A 2-year-old died, with many victims trapped in flooded basements. Also: the US Supreme Court refuses to block the abortion ban in Texas, and Mikis Theodorakis - the composer of Zorba the Greek - dies.Listen

The Afghan economy is close to collapse following the Taliban's victory.
The economy of Afghanistan collapses, while prices soar. Also: President Biden promises to fight to protect the constitutional right to abortion, and the British man told to avoid prison by going to the library.Listen

Climate change: Huge increase in weather-related disasters over last 50 years
World Meteorological Organisation issues stark warning about impact of climate-change. It says there's been 400% increase in weather-related disasters worldwide in last five decades. Also, Taliban prepare to announce new Afghan government - but women unlikely to have ministerial roles, and historians research the forgotten female army which helped shape West Africa.Listen

Biden defends Afghan exit amid Taliban joy
The US president Joe Biden says staying in Afghanistan was not an option, as Taliban militants celebrate. Also: USAID says forces from Ethiopia's Tigray region have looted its warehouses in Amhara, and will Afghanistan's all-female orchestra Zohra ever play again?Listen

The Taliban calls for good relations with the United States
After declaring victory belonged to all Afghans, the Taliban reaches out to former foes. Also: the BBC?s Moscow correspondent, Sarah Rainsford, has left Russia, after being labelled a threat to national security, and is being kind selfish ?Listen

US completes Afghanistan withdrawal
Taliban supporters fired into the air to celebrate the end of the 20-year occupation. Also: Brazilian bank robbers use hostages as human shields, and China cuts online gaming for under-18s to three hours a week.Listen

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?Listen

Louisiana hunkers down as Hurricane Ida strikes
Forecasters say the storm, which has now made landfall, is extremely dangerous. Also: US says drone strike thwarts Kabul airport attack, and the Jamaican soul of reggae Lee 'Scratch' Perry dies aged eighty-five.Listen

Biden warns another Kabul airport attack likely
The US president Joe Biden says commanders have told him another attack could happen within the next thirty-six hours. The final UK troops, diplomats and officials have now left Kabul. Also: thousands flee as hurricane Ida closes in on the Gulf Coast and do you fancy being a teacher on the beautiful Scottish island of Fair Isle?Listen

US to continue Kabul airlift 'until last moment'
The US is still evacuating Afghans desperate to leave. The Taliban said on Friday night they had taken control of parts of Kabul airport - the Pentagon has disputed this. Also: US spy agencies split on Covid origin theories, and scientists find world's northernmost island.Listen

Kabul: Evacuation enters final phase after deadly attacks
90 people were killed in bombings at Kabul airport on Thursday. The final evacuation and foreign troop withdrawals are scheduled to be completed by August 31st. Also, China fines a leading actress $46 million as part of campaign against 'chaotic' celebrity culture, and up for auction - the gun used to kill one of the most notorious outlaws of the Wild West.Listen

Biden vows to finish mission despite Kabul attacks
Twin bomb attacks at Kabul airport targeted people desperate to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover. Dozens of people died including US military personnel. Also: reports from Ethiopia say ethnic violence has left many people dead in the troubled Oromia region, and the hotter planets outside our solar system that astronomers say may support life.Listen

Afghanistan: time runs out for evacuations from Kabul airport
Hundreds of desperate people still there despite warnings of an IS attack. Also: crowds have also gathered at a border crossing with Pakistan in the hope of leaving Afghanistan by land, and a breakthrough in treatment for malaria could save the lives of many children, and the Swedish furniture giant, Ikea, is accused of destroying valuable forests in Romania.Listen

Afghanistan: Taliban committed to post-deadline safe passage
The US says the Taliban have promised to allow foreigners and Afghans to leave beyond 31 August, when a US-controlled airlift will end. Also: The World Health Organisation says time is running out to study the origins of Covid-19, and why the boss of world football has appealed for help from the British Prime Minister.Listen

Afghanistan: Woman journalist gives tearful interview to BBC at Kabul airport
Deeply emotional comments by Afghan reporter who fears she'll be killed by Taliban. Western nations are stepping up Kabul evacuation ahead of final deadline of August 31st. Also, China's schools are to teach ideology of President Xi Jinping, and one of the most famous album-covers in music history is generating a lawsuit - after thirty years.Listen

Biden sticks to Kabul withdrawal deadline
But US president says he's asked the Pentagon to have contingency plans ready. Also: Hackers share shocking images of Iranian prisoner abuse and remembering Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts who's died.Listen

Afghanistan: UN says reports of rights violations by Taliban are credible
These include executions, restrictions on women and recruiting child soldiers. Also: the 2020 Paralympic Games open in Tokyo; and uncovering the secret of the sound of the Stradivarius violin.Listen

Pressure to extend US-Afghan deadline
Allies want Biden to keep troops at Kabul airport beyond the end of this month but the Taliban warns against what it says would be a 'violation'. Also: the IMF gives member countries hundreds of billions of dollars for pandemic recovery; and how evolution has left humans one step behind chimpanzees.Listen

Afghanistan: Gunfire at Kabul airport
One Afghan guard killed in clashes with unknown assailants as evacuation continues. Meanwhile the Taliban say they won't extend deadline for foreign troops to leave the country. Also, Kamala Harris joins US diplomatic 'charm offensive' in SE Asia, and Tanzania's female president is criticised over harsh comments about women footballers.Listen

President Biden defends his actions in Afghanistan
President Biden defends actions in Afghanistan; resistance fighters take on the Taliban and the jazz star Josephine Baker is awarded one of France's top honours.Listen

US warning at Kabul airport amid crush fears
Thousands try to flee Kabul as chaos continues outside the airport. Also: provoking the wrath of the Taliban - by flouting the militants' dress code, and the paper horse - now an exhibit in a national museum.Listen

Biden on Afghanistan withdrawal: 'This is about America leading the world'
US President makes televised address as airlift from Kabul continues. Meanwhile reports emerge of alleged killings of Hazara minority by Taliban. Also, how one African migrant survived boat journey to Canary Islands while 52 others died, and why rainfall on a mountain in Greenland could be bad news for all of us.Listen

Afghanistan: UN warns of 'acute hunger' among population
A United Nations representative says food shortages have become critical. And reports continue of Taleban fighters searching for people who worked for NATO or previous government. Also, anger in Haiti where people are in desperate need after last week's deadly earthquake, and why baby bats and baby humans have a lot in common when it comes to communication.Listen

Taliban's 'door-to-door manhunt'
The BBC is told that militants are searching for government employees and those who worked with US forces. Also: one of Italy's leading drug traffickers is arrested, and why rattlesnakes have a two-speed warning system.Listen

Taliban blame foreigners for gunfire deaths at Kabul airport
The Taliban says it is investigating reports that people had been killed. Also: first Covid case detected at paralympic village, and in search of 007's Aston Martin DB5 car.Listen

Several dead as protesters defy Taliban
Firing was heard as protesters took to the streets waving the Afghan national flag in Jalalabad. Also: R Kelly is called a 'sexual predator' as his trial opens, and survivors of the Haiti earthquake say they have received no help.Listen

Afghanistan: How do women see their future under Taleban rule ?
Uncertainty and fear among many Afghan women as Taleban leaders return from exile. And protestors defy Taleban in one major city in east. Also, relief efforts underway in Haiti as death-toll from earthquake nears 2000, and singer R Kelly to face trial in New York on charges of racketeering and sexual abuse and bribery.Listen

Taliban pledges amnesty for all
The Taliban held their first news conference since taking control of Afghanistan. Their spokesman insisted women would be able to work as long as they complied with Sharia law. We hear what it's like now in Kabul, and have analysis from our correspondents. Also: astronomers have captured the most detailed images ever seen of galaxies light years away from Earth, and fears for koalas in Australia.Listen

Afghanistan: Taliban ask government employees to return to work
The group declares what it calls an 'amnesty' as Kabul enters an uneasy calm. Also: aid agencies say they're cautiously optimistic they'll be able to continue their work in Afghanistan for now, there's severe flooding in Haiti days after the latest catastrophic earthquake, and Bob Dylan denies allegations he sexually assaulted a 12 year old girl in the 1960's.Listen

Biden defends US withdrawal from Afghanistan
The US President blames Afghan leaders for Taliban takeover. Also: Zambia has a new President-elect; and the sticky tale of a piece of chewing gum, left behind by a music icon.Listen

Scenes of panic at Kabul airport
Several people are killed as hundreds scramble to escape the Taliban. Afghans have been seen clinging to - and apparently falling from - planes taking off from the runway. Also: Haiti braces itself for a tropical storm as rescue efforts continue after the devastating earthquake, and Zambia ushers in a new era of 'better democracy', which will respect human rights and restore order, according to the new president - Hakainde Hichilema - elected on his sixth attempt.Listen

Afghanistan: Taliban fighters enter Kabul as president flees
President Ashraf Ghani said he left the country to avoid bloodshed. The Taliban say they are awaiting a peaceful transition of power. Also, rescuers in Haiti continue to search for survivors of an earthquake and tributes are paid to the German football legend Gerd Mueller, who's died aged 75.Listen

Afghanistan: Taliban reach Kabul
The Afghan government says it's negotiating a peaceful transfer of power in the capital. The Taliban has assured civilians that they will not be harmed. We hear the latest, in this special edition of the Global News Podcast.Listen

Massive earthquake kills hundreds in Haiti
The powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake toppled many buildings including churches and hotels. Also: Taliban take Afghan government's last northern stronghold of Mazar-i-Sharif, and Polish move on Nazi-seized properties angers Israel.Listen

Diplomats hasten exit as Taliban near Kabul
US troops arrive to help with evacuation efforts as militants seize a city an hour's drive from the Afghan capital, Also: BBC condemns expulsion of journalist from Russia, and cooling down from Italy's heatwave on top of a volcano in Sicily.Listen

Afghanistan: Panic as civilians flee Taliban onslaught
Thousands of refugees seek sanctuary in Kabul as the militants seize more cities. Kandahar, the second largest city, has fallen, and the World Food Programme has warned of a humanitarian catastrophe. Also, China refuses to cooperate with World Health Organisation to further investigate origins of coronavirus, and why a project in Scotland is asking people to record the sounds of their workplace.Listen

Major cities in Afghanistan fall to Taliban amid heavy fighting
Militants now control many of Afghanistan's key regional cities, including Herat and Ghazni. Also: Russia holds hypersonic flight expert in spy probe, and Scotland's first electric-powered aircraft begins Orkney test flights.Listen

Taliban take tenth regional capital in under a week
The fall of Ghazni brings the militants closer to the Afghan capital. Their advance is causing destruction and a humanitarian catastrophe. Also: Australia's capital, Canberra, is in a snap lockdown because of one new Covid case, and the now freed American prisoner who was in solitary confinement for 37 years.Listen

Taliban back brutal rule as they strike for power
A BBC correspondent finds Afghanistan's ex-rulers still back brutal punishments, as he goes behind Taliban lines. Also: US gets a legal boost in its bid to extradite Julian Assange from the UK, and Google may cut pay of staff who work from home permanently.Listen

Afghanistan: President Ghani rallies troops in besieged city
President Ashraf Ghani has flown to Mazar-i-Sharif as Taliban militants close in. If this key northern city falls, it will be catastrophic for the Afghan government. Also, German police arrest British man in Berlin on suspicion of spying for Russia, and BBC investigation exposes role of Russian mercenaries in Libyan civil war.Listen

US Senate passes Biden's one-trillion-dollar infrastructure bill
The bill will address clean energy, the internet, trains and more. Also: the governor of New York state, Andrew Cuomo, resigns, and tests to diagnose dementia in a day.Listen

Afghanistan: Fighting exacting terrible toll on civilians
The UN says Taliban attacks on cities are striking fear into the population. Also: North Korea stops answering recently restored telephone hotline with South Korea, and China's wandering elephant herd finally nears home.Listen

Thousands flee Taliban onslaught
They are seeking refuge in the Afghan capital, telling of atrocities by the militants. Also: more than 120-million-dollars has been paid out to women who say they were abused by the disgraced financier, Jeffrey Epstein, and a South Korean golfer sets an unenviable record.Listen

Stark warnings in a climate change report
The UN says it's "code red for humanity", but that a catastrophe can be avoided if the world acts fast. Also: the latest from Greece where a record-breaking heatwave is fanning wildfires, and the world's smallest ever baby finally leaves hospital.Listen

Afghan cities fall to rapid Taliban advance
The Taliban say they?ve captured three more provincial capitals as they continue to make sweeping gains across the country. Also: Tokyo marks the end of an Olympic Games overshadowed by the pandemic. And Lionel Messi bids a tearful farewell to Barcelona. .Listen

US bombers carry out air strikes on the Afghan city of Sheberghan
The attacks came after Taliban insurgents claimed to have taken the city. Also, Cuba legalises privately-owned businesses of up to 100 employees, following mass protests against the government, and the tiny bat that flew from Britain to Russia.Listen

Afghanistan war: Taliban capture regional capital Zaranj
The UN warns that Afghanistan is facing a possible catastrophe after the Taliban make further gains. Also: nearly half the regions in Greece are on high alert as wildfires rage across the country, and firing employees who come to work unvaccinated ? could it be catching?Listen

Hezbollah fires rockets into Israel from Lebanon
Israel says most of the missiles were intercepted by its air defences. Also: a close associate of the Afghan president is assassinated in Kabul; and the Olympics expels Belarus coaches over the removal of an athlete.Listen

Iran's new president Ebrahim Raisi is sworn into office
The hardline cleric said that he would improve Iran's economy. Also: Ethiopian rebels take the Unesco World heritage town of Lalibela, and the footballer Lionel Messi will not stay at Barcelona.Listen

Iran's new hardline president sworn in
Ebrahim Raisi faces growing challenges, with an economy crippled by sanctions. Also: the gel that could transform the treatment of Parkinson?s disease, and the orangutan with a penchant for sunglasses.Listen

Mexico sues US gun manufacturers over arms trafficking
US gun makers and suppliers are accused of reckless business practices. Also: WHO calls for a suspension in booster vaccines for Covid-19 so that poorer nations can get the jab, and South Koreans have been paying tribute to the disabled mountaineer Kim Hong-bin, who died last month.Listen

Belarus activist on trial
Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of the challenge to President Lukashenko last year, resisted deportation and is accused of plotting to seize power. Also: the very young skateboarders leaping to success in Tokyo, and the skeletons reunited after spending a thousand years, a thousand kilometres apart.Listen

Biden says Cuomo should resign over misconduct report
The new report comes months after several women accused the New York governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual misconduct. Also: gunmen attack the home of the Afghan defence minister, and it seems giraffes need their grannies!Listen

Missing Belarus activist found dead in park
Vitaly Shishov lived in Ukraine, helping people flee the Belarus crackdown. Also: the Wuhan authorities test the whole city as the virus resurfaces, and so-called killer robots - how can we control these autonomous weapons?Listen

Street fighting rages in Lashkar Gah as the Taliban attack the Afghan city
A MSF doctor in the city says there is fighting all around and medical supplies are running low. Also: Belarus sprinter Krystina Tsimanovskaya given Polish humanitarian visa, and a Covid-19 app in England is tweaked to notify fewer contacts.Listen

Palestinians await key court ruling
The families are appealing against an order to leave their homes in East Jerusalem. Also: Olympic history is made as the transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard competes in women's weightlifting, and ancient baskets of fruit are discovered in a lost city that disappeared under the sea more than two thousand years ago.Listen

Olympic drama at Tokyo airport
Belarusian athlete claims officials from her country tried to forcibly repatriate her. Also: Myanmar's military ruler promises elections by 2023, Rio Tinto looks to Serbia to supply lithium for electric cars and the memoirs of an autograph hunter.Listen

Afghanistan: Fighting rages as Taliban besiege three key cities
Hundreds of Afghans have fled their homes. Covid: Pulse oxygen monitors work less well on darker skin, experts say. Plus a new exhibition on Mary Shelley and her most famous creation.Listen

IRS ordered to hand over Trump tax returns to Congress
Although not required by law, every US president since 1976 - except Mr Trump - has released their tax returns. Israel accuses Iran over deadly oil tanker attack. New Covid virus outbreak worst since Wuhan, say Chinese state media.Listen

North Korea suffering 'sharpest economic decline in over 20 years'
New report warns of hardship caused by Covid-19 and economic sanctions. Poverty is already known to be widespread in North Korea but true picture is hard to establish. Also, first group of Afghan interpreters arrives in US, and British teenager wins place at renowned dance academy despite suffering from cystic fibrosis.Listen

President Biden calls for $100 vaccine incentive
The US president announced that all federal workers must be vaccinated or subjected to testing. Also: a public inquiry has found the Maltese state responsible for journalist's death, and a chimney sweep finds Santa letter lost for decades.Listen

Britain and Kenya host summit to tackle global education crisis sparked by COVID
The summit is aiming to raise five billion dollars to help transform education in dozens of countries after the greatest disruption in a generation. South Africa riots: The inside story of Durban's week of anarchy. Johnny Ventura, one of the pioneers of Latin American merengue music, has died.Listen

Peru's new president is sworn in
Pedro Castillo pledges to help the poor and tackle the pandemic. Also: Ethnic Serbs in Bosnia boycott parliament over a new law banning genocide denial, and a woman is jailed for swapping diamonds worth millions with pebbles.Listen

Macron says France 'owes debt' to Polynesia over nuclear tests
French President spoke while visiting French island territories in Pacific. France has carried out over 200 nuclear tests across the region. Also, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Afghanistan risks becoming 'pariah state' as Taliban continue to seize territory, and Portugal holds funeral for 'Otelo' - the man who oversaw a coup that paved the way for democracy.Listen

US policeman feared death in Capitol riots
Officers on duty when Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol give tearful testimony at an inquiry. Also: the American gymnast Simone Biles pulls out of the Olympic team competition over mental health issues; the former Spanish king's ex-lover claims he used the intelligence service to spy on her; and the world's largest star sapphire cluster is discovered in a Sri Lankan backyard.Listen

Hong Kong man guilty in first national security law trial
The 24-year-old had flown a flag with a protest slogan while riding a motorcycle into police officers in Hong Kong. Also: Vatican cardinal on trial in $142m fraud case, and do you like and appreciate insects?Listen

Tunisian president accused of coup after firing PM
Months of tension over Covid and the economy culminate in the sacking of the PM. Also: scientists don't know why Covid cases in the UK are plummeting, and how female athletes are giving short shrift to officials telling them what to wear.Listen

Tunisia: PM is sacked after violent Covid protests
President Kais Saied has sacked Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and says he's taken over. This follows angry nationwide protests on Sunday over the government's handling of the pandemic. Also, civilian casualties in Afghanistan are at a record level, and a disturbing report on the treatment of women in Britain's armed forces.Listen

US ready to continue airstrikes against Taliban
The head of US Central Command, Gen Kenneth McKenzie, said this could happen in weeks. Also: criticism of proposals for English football fans to show proof of Covid vaccinations before watching Premier League games, and tributes to US rabbi turned comedian Jackie Mason who has died.Listen

Afghanistan imposes night curfew
Move covers 31 of the country's 34 provinces to help protect urban areas from Taliban advance. Also: Landmark fuel deal between Iraq and Lebanon, Olympic host nation Japan picks up its first medals and the search for new Aussie rhyming slang.Listen

Tennis star Osaka lights flame to get delayed Olympics underway in Tokyo
The long delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics are finally underway - in a near deserted stadium; Haiti's assassinated president Jovenel Moïse is laid to rest... and why sales of foam clogs are soaring -- and dividing opinion among fashionistas.Listen

Olympics: Tokyo hosts opening ceremony of delayed 2020 Games
Due to Coronavirus, a subdued ceremony launches the much-postponed Olympics. Fewer than 1000 invited guests and no spectators are inside the huge main stadium. Also, President Xi Jinping makes first official visit to Tibet by a Chinese leader in 30 years, and one of India's most flamboyant businessmen is arrested for allegedly making porn films.Listen

US imposes sanctions on Cuban officials after protest crackdown
President Biden has been under pressure to respond to anti-regime protests. Also: the Senate in the Czech Republic has approved a plan to compensate Roma women who were forcibly sterilised, and beset by scandals and Covid-19 concerns, Tokyo prepares to hold the opening ceremony for the Olympics.Listen

Olympics ceremony boss sacked over Holocaust joke
The decision to remove Kentaro Kobayashi comes just a day before the opening show is due to be held. It?s the latest scandal to hit the Tokyo Games. Also: Famine stalks Angola as the worst drought in forty years ravages the south of the country; and Norway pauses to recall the mass murder committed by a far-right extremist ten years ago today.Listen

US life expectancy suffers steepest drop in decades
Life expectancy in the US has suffered its sharpest fall since the second world war; Chinese scientists say global warming has made China's annual flood season much more dangerous; and a gold toilet is discovered at the home of a Russian policeman, arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes.Listen

China Floods: 16 dead and many thousands evacuated
Record-breaking rainfall has brought deaths and chaos in China's Henan province. More than a dozen cities have been affected by the floods. Also, Nigeria secures release of 100 kidnapped women and children, and how a secret site in England is giving experts a glimpse into prehistory.Listen

Severe Floods hit China's Henan Province.
There have been severe floods in the central Chinese province of Henan with dramatic images of passengers in flooded subway trains; The US warns that the world can't wait for the pandemic to end before facing up to global warming; and are advances in running shoe technology giving today's sprinters an unfair advantage ?Listen

India's Covid death rate much higher than official count, says report
The US-based Centre for Global Development says the figure could be ten times as high. Also: migrants in Belgium on hunger strike, and why Israel is threatening consequences for Ben & Jerry's.Listen

China accused of Cyber-Attack on Microsoft.
The US and European countries say a huge cyber attack earlier this year came from China; In Germany - police say dozens of people are still missing following deadly floods last week; and a family of farmers in India whose cooking skills have made them an internet sensationListen

UK government lifts coronavirus restrictions in England despite surge
It's confident rules on mask wearing and social distancing won't be reintroduced. Also: Australian government scientists have said the outlook for the Great Barrier Reef remains "very poor" despite some recovery over the past year, and an investigation by global media outlets has said journalists, activists and opposition leaders around the world had been targeted with phone malware sold to various governments.Listen

In Tokyo, a growing number of Olympic athletes and officials test Covid-positive
The Tokyo Olympics is hit by a spate of coronavirus cases. Also: Mrs Merkel visits areas of western Germany affected by flooding, and the Vespa scooter celebrates its 75th anniversary.Listen

Afghanistan: Peace talks resume with Taliban
Officials sound optimistic after the first round of negotiations, but the Taliban says it?s confident it can still win on the battlefield. Also, rescue workers in Germany race to find survivors after deadly floods. And, with five days until the Tokyo Olympics, the first case of Covid-19 is detected at the athletes? village.Listen

Floodwaters begin to recede in northwestern Europe
Rescue workers struggle to reach survivors of the devastating floods with authorities in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands trying to take stock of the catastrophic damage. Also, rights groups have condemned raids on media organisations and journalists in Belarus, and the punk group that is asking the establishment to resolve a dispute over music rights.Listen

Europe floods: At least 120 dead and hundreds more missing
Northern Europe hit by some of the worst flooding in decades after record rainfall. Germany and Belgium are worst-affected, and European leaders have called for action on climate-change. Also, how a smartphone could reveal why three young British men joined the militants of Islamic State, and was South Africa's recent unrest planned in advance ?Listen

Floods in western Europe kill more than 60
Thousands of others in Germany and Belgium are forced to evacuate. Also: in Canada leaders of an indigenous nation call on the government to release residential school attendance records to help identify unmarked graves, and how DNA websites are helping US detectives to solve cold case murders - but what ethical questions does this raise? .Listen

Afghan Taliban offer a conditional ceasefire
It's unclear how the Afghan government will respond - as some say a previous release of Taliban detainees last year has fuelled violence. Dutch crime reporter de Vries dies from shooting. Britney Spears wants to press charges against father over 'conservatorship abuse'.Listen

EU Unveils Sweeping Climate Change Plans
European Commission announces radical plans to cut carbon emissions over next decade; King of the Zulu nation says recent rioting and looting in South Africa shames the whole country; Rare eye-witness testimony over what's happening in Ethiopia's disputed Tigray region.Listen

Syria: Islamic State children who face lifetime in prison
Plight of thousands of foreign children of IS members in Syrian camps and jails. Kurdish authorities who run these facilities say IS cells are recruiting and radicalising children as young as eight. Also, nine Chinese nationals are killed in explosion aboard Pakistani bus, and we meet Australian teenagers who want schools to teach about sexual consent.Listen

South Africa riots: Death toll rises in violent unrest
More than seventy people are now known to have died in disturbances sparked by the jailing of Jacob Zuma. Also, President Biden says changes to voting rights in some states pose a threat to US democracy and, two series tie for the most nominations in this year's Emmys.Listen

Google issued massive fine by French regulator
The fine is the latest skirmish in a global copyright battle between tech firms and news organisations. Iraq hospital fire: Protests as Covid ward blaze kills more than 60. Texas Democrats flee state to block Republican voting law.Listen

Dozens held after Cuban anti-government protests
Thousands rallied on Sunday, angry at Cuba's economic crisis and curbs on civil liberties. Also: South Africa deploys military to tackle Zuma riots, and Iran has unveiled a dating app said to facilitate lasting marriages.Listen

SA deploys military in Zuma riots
The jailing of the ex-president, Jacob Zuma, has triggered looting and arson. Also: the British PM condemns racist abuse aimed at black footballers after England's defeat in the Euros, and a lightning strike kills 16 taking selfies in India.Listen

Cubans stage rare protests over Covid measures
Thousands rally in several Cuban cities, with others showing support for the government. Also: billionaire Branson rockets to edge of space, and Italy's Euro 2020 triumph after England's penalty heartbreak.Listen

The widow of the former Haitian president says he was riddled with bullets
Martine Moise, who was injured in the attack which killed her husband, speaks for the first time. Also: a statue that sparked deadly US rally is taken down, and Auschwitz orchestra member Esther Bejarano dies aged 96.Listen

Taliban in Afghanistan seize key border crossings in new advance
The Taliban have captured major border crossings with Iran and Turkmenistan in a sweeping offensive across northern Afghanistan. Also: US and Colombia to send investigators to Haiti following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, and how does Jupiter produce X-rays every few minutes?Listen

Bangladesh factory fire kills at least 52
Blaze broke out overnight at a food-processing plant near Dhaka. It's feared that casualty-numbers will rise as many workers are unaccounted for. Also, Taliban capture a key crossing on Afghan-Iranian border, and why a Spanish government minister caused controversy - by urging people to eat less meat.Listen

Biden defends Afghan withdrawal
Mr Biden insisted the US military had achieved its goals by punishing the perpetrators of the terror attacks of 11 September 2001. Haiti seeks masterminds after 'assassins' detained. EU votes for action over Hungary's anti-LGBT law.Listen

Jovenel Moïse: Deadly gun battle after Haiti's president assassinated
Police say four suspects have been killed and two detained, but a manhunt is still under way. Also: The Olympic Games in Japan are to be held without spectators due to rising cases of coronavirus, and a major expedition to solve one of the world's greatest maritime mysteries.Listen

Jacob Zuma:Former South Africa president hands himself over to police
Last week the Constitutional Court handed down the prison term after he failed to appear before an inquiry into state corruption during his time in office. The Haitian security forces are searching for the gunmen who assassinated the former president, Jovenel Moïse.Trump sues Twitter, Google and Facebook alleging 'censorship'.Listen

Haiti: President Moise is killed in attack at his home
President Jovenel Moise has been shot dead and his wife injured by unidentified gunmen. They were attacked at their residence in the capital Port-au-Prince. Also, the Taliban battle their way into a key city in western Afghanistan, and tributes are paid to legendary Indian film star Dilip Kumar who's died at 98.Listen

More than 90% of US troops have now left Afghanistan
The Afghan government admitted that some of its forces are overstretched following the US withdrawal, but said it was determined to retake territory seized by the Taliban. Also: New York state has declared a disaster emergency following a sharp rise in the number of shootings, and we hear from the artist behind a new sculpture to be unveiled in London's Trafalgar Square that will confront Britain's colonial past.Listen

Belarus opposition leader jailed
Viktor Babaryko is sentenced to fourteen years in prison. Also: the new Afghan commander of the Bagram air base says the US left at night with no notice; and the Cannes Film Festival returns after a year off because of covid.Listen

Covid: Most rules set to end in England
The British Prime Minister has said vaccines had weakened the link between infections and hospitalisations. Georgia: Tbilisi Pride cancelled amid violent protests. Why Russia says real champagne can't come from France.Listen

Afghan troops flee after clashes with the Taliban
More than 1,000 soldiers retreat to Tajikistan as fighting with the militants intensifies. Also: Ethiopia's PM says Tigray withdrawal does not mean the country lost, and scientists say "rocking" bridges could be earthquake proof.Listen

Jacob Zuma refuses to hand himself in
The ex-South African president is defying a court order to start a 15-month jail sentence. Also: Lebanon's hospitals in crisis, and a fantastical tour of the new Hans Christian Andersen museum in Denmark.Listen

Demolition of Miami site brought forward
The standing portion of the collapsed complex will be destroyed as a tropical storm approaches. Also: the Vatican orders a cardinal to face an embezzlement trial, and the sexism row in Ukraine after female soldiers were made to parade in high heels.Listen

Corruption inquiry into Bolsonaro
Brazilian prosecutors aim to investigate whether the president failed to act over a Covid vaccine 'bribery scandal'. Also: why parents want Amazon to change the name of its virtual assistant, and can we all benefit from the space race?Listen

Last foreign forces leave Afghanistan's Bagram base
The sprawling airbase has been the centre of operations against the Taliban and Al Qaeda for almost 20 years. Also: Australia to halve arrivals to fight Covid-19 variant, and scientists are trying to fix a "crashed computer" on the Hubble space telescope.Listen

Trump organisation lawyers plead not guilty to tax fraud
The prosecutor said there had been a sweeping and audacious illegal payment scheme at the company. Also: the WHO warns Europe risks a new Covid wave, and the eighty-two-year-old - finally picked to go into space.Listen

Trump Organisation CEO surrenders to face charges in tax investigation
Allen Weisselberg turned himself in to authorities in New York on Thursday, ahead of the expected unsealing of as-yet-unknown charges. Also: high-profile women want action to stop online abuse and judge denies Britney Spears request to remove father from conservatorship.Listen

Bill Cosby freed after conviction overturned
US comedian leaves jail after court overturned his sexual assault conviction. Also: Former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, one of the main architects of the Iraq war, has died, and why Wimbledon's grass courts seem more slippery this year.Listen

The UN calls for urgent humanitarian access to northern Ethiopia
It warns thousands are at risk of famine in Tigray following eight months of conflict. But the government says its intent on retaking the regional capital. Also: Canada's unprecedented heatwave is blamed for dozens of deaths, and if aliens are out there, what do they want from us?Listen

Ethiopian rebels gain more ground in war-torn north
Tigrayan fighters continue their advance after seizing the regional capital Mekelle. Also: England beat Germany 2-0 at Wembley to reach the Euro 2020 football quarter-finals, and 5,000-year-old man was "oldest plague victim".Listen

South Africa's top court sentences ex-President Jacob Zuma
He has been given five days to hand himself in to police. Souvenirs but no tourists - a rare glimpse of life in war-ravaged Gaza. The Pacific heat dome explained - why Canada and the northwestern United States are experiencing record temperatures.Listen

Ethiopia's Tigray conflict: Rebels enter capital of northern region
Unconfirmed reports say rebel forces have captured Mekelle. Also, Facebook's stock market value has surpassed a trillion dollars for the first time after a US judge dismissed cases accusing the firm of monopoly practices and a new study casts doubt on a theory that there was evidence of life on Venus.Listen

Hundreds of reports of priests' alleged sexual abuse in Poland
The Roman Catholic church in Poland says that in the last three years it has received more than 360 new reports of clergy sexually abusing children. China's ruling Communist Party prepares to mark its centenary. Life threatening heat in the US north-west.Listen

South Africa imposes strict new measures to tackle alarming rise of Covid infections
The South African president Cyril Ramaphosa said the country was facing a grave challenge. Also: France's far-right National Rally loses key battlegrounds in regional elections, and China releases videos of its Zhurong Mars rover.Listen

British health minister Matt Hancock resigns after breaking Covid guidance
Pictures of Matt Hancock embracing an aide unleashed a storm of public anger. Also: a report had warned of major error in collapsed Florida building, and why is the sea around Scotland's Isle of Arran a turquoise blue colour?Listen

George Floyd's murderer sentenced to over twenty-two years
Derek Chauvin was convicted last month of killing Mr Floyd, whose death sparked global protests. Also: Germany knife attacker kills three, and scientists hail stunning 'Dragon Man' discovery.Listen

Rescue efforts continue after Miami building collapse
More than 150 people are still unaccounted for, also: Belorussian blogger moved to house arrest, and the tornado devastating parts of southern Czechia.Listen

Dozens missing after Miami building collapse
It is unclear how many people were in the 12-storey building at the time. Also: proposals by France and Germany to restart EU summits with Russia criticised, and Indian PM calls for 'Made in India Toys'.Listen

Desperate search for survivors after Miami building collapse
One side of the 12-storey beach-side apartment block sheared off. Also, an indigenous group says it has found hundreds of unmarked graves on the site of a former residential school in Canada, the extraordinary life and death of John McAfee the US entrepreneur and creator of the anti virus software, and the British Royal family concedes it needs to do more to increase diversity within its staff.Listen

Russian jets and ships shadow UK warship
More than 20 jets and 2 ships followed HMS Defender as it sailed near Crimea's coast. Also: a Japanese court rejects a challenge to a law requiring husbands and wives to share the same name, and new light on how migrating birds navigate huge distances.Listen

Hong Kong: pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily to close down
Highly popular 26 year-old paper accused of violating the national security law. Also: a BBC investigation finds widespread illness, overcrowding and even sexual assaults at an emergency US government camp housing migrant children in the Texan desert, and the singer Britney Spears is due to address a court in Los Angeles to try to wrest control of her financial affairs from her father.Listen

Heavy fighting reported in Northern Ethiopia
Ethiopian troops clash with Tigrayan rebels, as fighting resumes in eight month civil war; Thousands of young women in Tanzania return to the classroom - despite their pregnancies; Will British made TV programmes be restricted in European countries?Listen

Fighting in Myanmar's second city Mandalay
Security forces and civilian militia clash.This marks a new stage of resistance to February's military coup. Also: Spain pardons Catalan leaders over independence bid, and we look at who might be the next mayor of New York.Listen

Nicaragua political arrests lead Argentina and Mexico to recall envoys
Five opposition candidates for November's presidential election have been arrested in recent weeks.Listen

Up to 10,000 fans at Tokyo Olympics
Spectators will have to wear masks and follow social distancing measures. But events will be behind closed doors if coronavirus infections surge. Also: The Swedish government loses a vote of confidence for the first time in history, and a declassified report into UFO?s in America.Listen

International talks on Iran's nuclear programme make progress
It's not clear when the next round of talks will take place. Body of fugitive far-right Belgian soldier found. South Africa gems that sparked rush are quartz not diamonds.Listen

Covid: Brazil hits 500,000 deaths amid 'critical' situation
So far, only eleven per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. Iran's next president - the hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi - has promised to fight corruption, after winning an election in which most of his rivals were barred. Milkha Singh: India's 'Flying Sikh' dies from Covid.Listen

Iranians vote in presidential election
The winner will replace Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate who has served the maximum two terms. Also: Palestinians cancel vaccine swap deal with Israel, and Ukrainian couple break up after being handcuffed together for 123 days.Listen

Japanese disagree over Olympics spectators
Officials and politicians are in dispute over allowing fans to attend events next month. Also: Iranians vote in a presidential poll, and the new species of ancient giant rhino.Listen

US Supreme Court rejects big challenge to Obamacare
The justices' 7-2 ruling preserves medical insurance for millions of low-income Americans. Also: Zambia's first president Kenneth Kaunda dies aged 97, and the coelacanth - a 'living fossil' fish - may live for up to a century.Listen

HK police raid pro-democracy paper
500 officers raided Apple Daily, alleging its reports breached a national security law. Also: 1st crew blasts off to new China space station, and why millions of Chinese are mourning the death of a strong-willed pig.Listen

Biden and Putin praise talks but discord remains
The US and Russia agree to nuclear arms control talks but progress at the Geneva summit was limited. Also: Facebook shuts Ethiopian accounts for fake news, and drone cameras record social lives of killer whales.Listen

Putin and Biden hold talks in Geneva
Russian and US leaders attend summit at villa in Switzerland. It's their first meeting since Biden became President, and comes at a time of high tensions over several issues. Also, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un warns of food shortages following poor harvests, and what happened to a well-known company's shares when a global superstar publicly rejected its product.Listen

Israeli nationalists march through Jerusalem
The parade risked igniting tensions with Palestinians, only weeks after a conflict in Gaza ended. Also: Taiwan angered by China's latest breach of air space, and plastic bottles could be turned into vanilla ice-cream!Listen

The US and EU resolve aircraft trade row
They agree a deal in a 17 year dispute over subsidies to aircraft manufacturers. Also: Hungary passes a law banning what it calls the promotion of homosexuality to under-eighteens, and a deaf sheepdog learns how to work again.Listen

Biden says China and Russia trying to ?drive a wedge? in Nato
Speaking after his first summit of Nato leaders since taking office, President Biden said he will lay down red lines to his Russian counterpart in their meeting on Wednesday, and acknowledged that he faced a tough opponent in Vladimir Putin. Also: Belarus parades the detained opposition journalist Roman Protasevich at a news conference in Minsk; and the American actor Ned Beatty - who appeared in Deliverance and Superman - dies at the age of 83.Listen

NATO: America's back at the table
The head of Nato says it?s a pivotal moment in the seventy?two year history of the organisation, as he urged members to respond to China?s rise and Russia?s aggressive behaviour. Also: the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi has begun in Myanmar and is football still as important for Scotland now its back in the EUROS after a twenty-three year gap?Listen

Naftali Bennett takes over as head of a fragile Israeli coalition.
After twelve years dominated by one man, Israel gets a new leader; The G-7 pledges a billion covid vaccine doses for poorer countries; How to film a sex scene without exploiting the actors...should all movie sets have an "intimacy coordinator"?Listen

G7 leaders agree on spending plan to rival China
The US and its allies have agreed a huge infrastructure plan to counter China's Belt and Road initiative. Also: the Danish footballer, Christian Eriksen, is awake in hospital after collapsing during a European Championship match, and Saudi Arabia has announced strict limits for this year's Hajj pilgrimage because of the pandemic.Listen

G7 leaders highlight issue of climate change by visiting the Eden Project
Queen Elizabeth greeted the G7 leaders on their 1st day of their summit in Cornwall. Also: a teenager who filmed George Floyd's murder is given a Pulitzer Prize, and Italy opens Euro 2020 with 3-0 win over Turkey.Listen

G7 summit: Leaders to discuss climate and vaccines
The British Prime Minister has opened the G7 summit calling for lessons to be learned from the pandemic - and for the recovery to be green and more equally spread. Israel ex-top spy reveals Mossad operations against Iran. Hong Kong to censor films that ?endanger national security?.Listen

Biden confirms US will donate half a billion Covid vaccine doses
But critics say the donation to poor countries isn't enough to vaccinate the world. Also: the wife of Mexico's most notorious drugs lord pleads guilty to money laundering and drugs trafficking, and after 20 years - the end of the Kardashians' TV show.Listen

US president and British PM meeting on eve of G7 summit
The US president Joe Biden and the British prime minister Boris Johnson are having their first face-to-face talks in Cornwall. Also: Myanmar's Suu Kyi is accused of accepting bribes and faces up to 15 years in jail, and a nun in California admits stealing school funds for gambling.Listen

Biden in UK - for first foreign trip as president
Arriving for the G7 summit, Mr Biden pledged to act on climate change and challenge autocrats. Also: Mozambique's missing children, and Italy's declining birth-rate - due to Covid.Listen

US defends its efforts to share Covid-19 vaccines globally
The US National Security advisor Jake Sullivan accuses Russia and China of coercing countries into accepting their vaccines. Also: US super-rich 'pay almost no income tax'; France and Belgium loosen Covid-19 restrictions for summer.Listen

Reaction to UN court's rejection of Ratko Mladic genocide appeal
The court upheld the former Bosnian Serb leader's life sentence for 8,000 Bosnian Muslim deaths in 1995. Also: why astronauts get sick after being in space, and the woman who saved her twin sister from a crocodile attack by fighting back.Listen

FBI app lures global criminals
Hundreds are arrested worldwide after using the ANOM app, where their messages were monitored. Also: UN tribunal rejects appeal by Ratko Mladic against his genocide conviction, and the controversy over building a spaceport in rural Scotland.Listen

US approves new Alzheimer?s drug
Regulators in the United States approved a revolutionary drug for Alzheimer's, targeting - for the first time - the underlying causes of the devastating brain disease. Also: an independent inquiry in Cyprus has concluded that thousands of passports were issued illicitly from a controversial passports-for-cash scheme set up to attract investors, and how intimacy coordinators are changing the way we make films and TV.Listen

France fines Google more than $250m
Regulators ruled that Google gave preferential treatment to its own advertising online. Also: Jeff Bezos, the founder of the online retailer, Amazon, says he and his brother will journey into space, and how Greece plans to bring back tourists.Listen

Israeli police question prominent Palestinian activists
Muna and Mohammed el-Kurd have become the faces of a recent campaign to stop evictions of Palestinians in East Jerusalem. They were both later released by police. Also: El Salvador plans to make the cryptocurrency Bitcoin legal tender; and Prince Harry and his wife Meghan announce the birth of their baby girl, Lilibet.Listen

G7: Rich nations back deal to tax multinationals
Amazon and Facebook have said they welcome the agreement - even if they have to pay more tax. The US justice department is ending the practice of secretly obtaining reporters' records in order to identify sources leaking classified information. Nigeria will prosecute anyone found to have breached the country's ban on the social media firm Twitter.Listen

Facebook suspends Trump for two years
Facebook's move comes as the social media giant is also ending a policy shielding politicians from some content moderation rules. US military UFO report 'does not confirm or rule out alien activity'. Magawa the hero rat retires from job detecting landmines.Listen

Hong Kong: China clamps down firmly on Tiananmen Square commemorations
Authorities in Hong Kong have heavily curbed efforts to mark anniversary of 1989 massacre. This year's anniversary is first since introduction of controversial security law. Also, Nepal asks UK for vaccines to tackle Covid-19, and how supersonic air travel could be on the way back - but it won't be cheap.Listen

Biden sets out plan to share millions of Covid-19 vaccines globally
The plan covers around a third of eighty million doses the US has said it will share with the world. Also: UN warns of growing risk posed by stranded oil-tanker off Yemen, and echolocation could help blind people learn to navigate.Listen

The Games will go on say Tokyo Olympic organisers
The president of the Tokyo Olympic Games insists they will go ahead -- despite the pandemic and widespread opposition among ordinary Japanese. Also: could this be the end of Bibi Netanyahu?s career as Israel?s longest-serving prime minister, worms in space -- and the club helping shark attack survivors talk their way to mental health.Listen

Israel opposition parties agree to form government
Naftali Bennett would initially become PM, meaning an end to Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year tenure. Also: oil spill fears as ship sinks off Sri Lanka, and a teenage girl in California pushes a bear to protect her dogs.Listen

Israel: Opposition leaders say they're close to forming new government
Various opposition parties in talks to create new coalition government. If they succeed, this will end Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year stretch as Prime Minister. Also, China's president wants the country to create a more 'loveable' image abroad, and how an American woman discovered she's actually a Senegalese princess.Listen

Biden first US president to mark Tulsa massacre
The 1921 massacre in Oklahoma remains one of the worst incidents of racial violence in US history. Also: volcanic eruption in DR Congo leaves 500,000 without water, and Yemen fishermen find $1.5m of ambergris in a whale carcass.Listen

Ugandan minister shot in assassination bid
Gen Katumba Wamala is being treated for injuries, but his daughter and driver died. Also: Nestle reportedly admits most of its products are unhealthy, and the dead mother who can still wake up her son.Listen

Tulsa massacre remembered 100 years on
The 1921 Tusla massacre remains the worst single incident of racial violence in US history. Also: WHO renames Covid variants with Greek letters, and Naomi Osaka withdraws from the French Open tennis championships.Listen

China allows couples to have three children
Census results show a steep decline in births and an ageing population. Also: Vietnam is taking urgent measures to counter a surge in coronavirus, and the US city of Tulsa is marking one hundred years since a race massacre that's thought to have left up to 300 black people dead.Listen

Key Israeli party backs deal to oust Netanyahu
A right-wing leader, Naftali Bennett, says he's ready to help form a new governing coalition. Also: Nigerian gunmen abduct students, and an ode to a nightingale.Listen

Brazil protesters blame President Bolsonaro for Covid crisis
Thousands, angry at the slow vaccine rollout, have taken to the streets across Brazil. Also: N Korea says orphans are 'volunteering' as miners, and the Catholic church promotes virtual pilgrimages.Listen

Belarus: President Lukashenko seeks Russian support
The embattled Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, claims the West is trying to destabilise his regime, as he begins talks with Vladimir Putin. Also: more than 50 countries accuse World Health Organization officials of covering up sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by aid workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And in China, fans of the sitcom Friends are left disappointed after the special reunion episode is censored.Listen

Germany officially recognises colonial-era genocide in Namibia
Germany has acknowledged committing atrocities during early 20th century. Huge numbers of Herero and Nama people were killed by German troops. Also, hundreds of thousands flee Congolese city of Goma over fears of another volcanic eruption, and does the way we cough indicate whether or not we have Covid ?Listen

New map reveals cosmic mystery
Scientists have created the most detailed chart yet of how dark matter is spread out across the universe; their findings could challenge Einstein's theory of general relativity. Also: the UN Human Rights Council votes to investigate violence in the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, and the Brazilian samba composer, Nelson Sargento, dies at the age of 96.Listen

Macron asks Rwanda to forgive France over 1994 genocide role
Eight-hundred-thousand ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus died in the Rwandan genocide. China ridicules the US investigation into whether Covid-19 came from a lab. And a top Cuban baseball star defects at a tournament in Florida.Listen

Shell ordered to cut CO2 emissions
A Dutch court rules that the oil giant must reduce its emissions by 45% compared to 2019 levels. Also: US President Joe Biden orders intelligence agencies to investigate the origins of Covid-19, and Amazon has agreed to buy the historic MGM studios for $8.45bnListen

Jacob Zuma pleads 'not guilty' in corruption trial
Former South African president in court over $5 billion arms deal from 1990s. He's blamed political enemies in the ruling ANC party for his legal troubles. Also, president of Belarus hits back at critics after international outrage over forced re-routing of an airliner, and is a hot bath as good for you as an exercise-session ?Listen

US marks George Floyd killing anniversary
It is one year since the 46-year-old black man was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis. Also: families in anguish over pair in Belarus, and Emily Bronte poems set to fetch more than $1.4m at auction.Listen

US pledges help to rebuild Gaza
The US Secretary of State wants to consolidate the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Also: Hong Kong warns it may have to throw away Covid vaccines, and the Chinese shepherd who saved lives during a marathon.Listen

Belarus activist's family fear torture after his arrest
The father of Roman Protasevich, who was detained after his flight from Greece was diverted to Minsk, tells the BBC he is 'really afraid'. Also: Shining Path rebel group is blamed for more than a dozen deaths in Peru, and algae proteins partially restore man's sight.Listen

Ryanair accuses Belarus of hijacking
The airline spoke out after its plane was forced to land, and a journalist on board was arrested. Also: Myanmar's deposed leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has appeared in court in person for the first time since February's coup, and could man's best friend help sniff out Covid?Listen

Belarus 'diverts Ryanair plane to arrest journalist'
Many countries are demanding the release of the dissident Roman Protasevich, after a MiG-29 fighter jet escorted the Greece-Lithuania flight to Minsk. Also: fourteen killed after cable car accident in Italy, and is there a Quiet Park near you?Listen

Eyes on peace options as Gaza ceasefire holds
Mediators try to cement the truce, as Israel and Palestinian militants take stock of an 11-day conflict. Also: photo appears to show missing Emirati princess Latifa, and DR Congo volcano eruption sparks mass evacuation.Listen

Israel temporarily opens two crossings into Gaza
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees is helping tens of thousands of people displaced by the eleven-day conflict. The IOC says the Tokyo Games will go ahead even under a state of emergency. And why a pub in northern England is celebrating Christmas in May.Listen

Israel and Hamas both claim victory after truce
Ceasefire now in effect, but clashes have taken place in Jerusalem. Israeli police and Palestinians have confronted each other at Al-Aqsa mosque compound. Also, WHO warns that true global Covid-19 death-toll could be much higher than official figures, and why 68 big cats have been seized from park owned by stars of 'Tiger King' series.Listen

Israel and Palestinian militants agree ceasefire
The 11 day conflict has claimed at least 232 lives in Gaza and 12 in Israel. Also: An inquiry criticises the BBC over ?deceitful? way it secured Princess Diana interview, and why dogs are better than many lateral flow tests at detecting Covid-19 in humans.Listen

Israel-Gaza fighting continues as hopes for a ceasefire increase
Mediation efforts intensify on the eleventh day of the latest conflict. Also: a French court has ruled that hundreds of women who were given faulty breast implants are entitled to compensation, and a new book by the late grand master of spy novels, John Le Carre.Listen

International pressure mounts for Middle East ceasefire
US tells Israel it wants to see a "significant de-escalation" in the fighting with Palestinian militants. Also: Donald Trump denounces criminal investigation into his business in New York, Leonardo DiCaprio leads 43 million dollar pledge to restore the Galapagos Islands and Demi Lovato comes out as non-binary.Listen

Gaza-Israel: The plight of children caught up in conflict
How children are suffering as Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rocket-attacks continue. And we hear about diplomatic efforts to end the fighting. Also, we visit Russia's most northerly military base as tensions rise in Arctic between Moscow and Washington, and why Alice in Wonderland may be a heroine for our times.Listen

Israel's prime minister vows to continue the military operations against Hamas
Benjamin Netanyahu says the operations will continue as long as necessary. Also, Spain's prime minister visits the enclave of Ceuta after thousands of Moroccans enter the city illegally, and the Italian singer and songwriter Franco Battiato has died at the age of 76.Listen

No let-up in Israel-Gaza strikes and rocket attacks
There has been no let-up to the worst violence in years despite widespread calls for a ceasefire. Also: Russia's spy chief Sergei Naryshkin speaks to the BBC, and a study says just 20 companies make half of all one-use plastic.Listen

Israel-Gaza: US blocks UN statement for third time in a week
The Security Council statement would have called for an end to the violence. Also: most Britons are officially allowed to hug - as Covid rules are eased, and longevity tips from Australia's oldest man - who's 111.Listen

The US calls for Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza to avoid civilian casualties, as the hostilities continue
The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, urged Israel and the Palestinians to protect civilians, especially children. Also: no evidence of fraud in Myanmar vote, and India's Covid crisis hits the vaccine-sharing Covax scheme.Listen

Netanyahu says Gaza strikes to continue 'at force'
The Israeli PM's comments came as the UN Security Council met to try to broker a ceasefire. Also: the US climate envoy puts his faith in technologies that 'don't yet exist', and the take away musicians - delivered to your home to play live.Listen

Israeli airstrike destroys Gaza media tower block
Israel claims Hamas operated there; the block housed the AP news agency which says it can't verify the Israeli statement. Also: Covid - on Everest, and at the Eurovision Song Contest, and the plague of mice in Australia.Listen

Bloodshed in West Bank as conflict broadens
Palestinians and Israeli forces clash in the West Bank as Israel vows to continue military operations in Gaza. Also: the WHO warns the second year of the pandemic is likely to be deadlier than the first, and Prince Harry speaks of the pain and suffering of his upbringing.Listen

Gaza: Israeli warplanes and gunboats support artillery assault
Israel launches heaviest bombardment of Gaza so far as fighting continues. And US and Egyptian mediators arrive in Israel to broker talks to try and end conflict. Also, Turkish company that provides a quarter of Lebanon's electricity has halted supplies, and a work by Picasso is sold for more than one hundred million dollars.Listen

Israeli military intensifies attacks in Gaza
Jews and Arabs clash in several Israeli towns. Also: persuading the vaccine hesitant to get a covid jab; and Russia's space agency plans to make its first movie in spaceListen

Gaza: No let up in violence
Hamas remains defiant and the Israeli military considers possible ground invasion. Also 3 Kenyan MPs meet the speaker of parliament to explain allegations of widespread bribe-taking by their colleagues, and Bitcoin takes a nosedive as Elon Musk announces Tesla will no longer accept the cryptocurrency to buy its cars.Listen

Gaza: Dozens of deaths as Israel and Palestinians exchange fire
Israeli air strikes kill senior Hamas military commanders in Gaza City, as fighting with Palestinians goes on. Also, international leaders urge both sides to back down amid warnings of a full-scale war. And US Republicans oust Liz Cheney from a leadership position in Congress, over her opposition to Donald Trump.Listen

Israel-Gaza: More casualties as violence continues
At least 53 Palestinians and 6 Israelis have been killed since latest fighting began. Other nations have appealed for both sides to end confrontation. Also, the WHO issues damning report on global response to Covid-19 pandemic, and is another migrant crisis looming in the Mediterranean ?Listen

UN warns Israel and Hamas are heading for full scale war
Palestinian militants fired hundreds of rockets into Israel and Israel carried out heavy airstrikes on Gaza. We hear from the Israeli Defence Force and a man being bombed in Gaza City. Also: bodies wash up along India's River Ganges as crematoria struggle to keep up with Covid 19, and the Brit Awards are back in London with a live audience.Listen

Several killed in Russian school shooting
At least seven pupils and one teacher died in the attack in Kazan..Also, further heavy exchanges of fire between Palestinians and Israelis, and the legacy of Bob Marley 40 years after his death.Listen

Pleas for calm as Jerusalem violence escalates
The EU, the US and the UK have called for the violence to stop after the Palestinians and Israel exchange fire. Also: billions of cicadas are going to emerge in the US after living underground for 17 years, and NBC cancels Golden Globes over lack of diversity.Listen

Jewish nationalist march cancelled in Occupied East Jerusalem
Police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse stone-throwing crowds in and around Al-Aqsa mosque. Emergency legislation has taken effect in the United States to protect fuel supplies, after a cyber attack forced the closure of a major pipeline. German priests defy Vatican to bless gay couples.Listen

Russian doctor who treated Alexei Navalny goes missing
Police said Alexander Murakhousky had not reported back from a hunting trip in a Siberian forest since Friday. Also: more than 1,000 migrants arrive on the Italian island of Lampedusa, and Dracula's castle offers tourists Covid vaccine.Listen

Deadly attack at secondary school in Afghanistan
The attack took place as the students were leaving the school in Kabul. Also: India's PM asks EU support for Covid19 vaccine patents waiver, and high speed rail services cancelled in UK after cracks found in trains.Listen

US jobs fall short of expectations
Employers hired 266,000 people in the US last month, despite a $1.9tn stimulus package. Also: WHO approves Chinese covid vaccine, and California condors swoop on home.Listen

India: Communities take action to tackle Covid crisis
Sikhs in Delhi convert temple into hospital for Covid patients. And Supreme Court orders government to supply 700 metric tonnes of oxygen to capital's hospitals every day. Also, UN urges Brazil to investigate police raid which resulted in at least 25 deaths, and the refugee athletes who dream of Olympic glory - despite having no country to represent.Listen

WHO: India accounts for nearly half of Covid-19 cases
More than 4,000 Indians have died in 24 hours, and some experts say the real Covid-19 figures could be much higher. Also, South Africa?s governing ANC party is plunged into a power struggle. And Malawi?s government orders refugees to move to a camp, after decades of integration in society.Listen

Blinken: US will respond to 'reckless' Russian acts
The US Secretary of State urged Moscow to end its 'reckless and aggressive' actions to Ukraine. Also: the Ugandan former child soldier sentenced to 25 years in jail by the International Criminal Court, and the plight of women in Afghanistan.Listen

Facebook's Trump ban upheld for now
Facebook?s Oversight Board however criticised the permanent nature of the ban and ordered the site to review the decision and ?justify a proportionate response? that is applied to everyone. Also: the World Health Organisation sets up a global intelligence centre in Berlin to identify future pandemics, and scientists have uncovered what may be Africa's oldest ceremonial human burial 78,000 years ago.Listen

Myanmar: Opposition say they'll create armed protection force
Opponents of military coup have announced setting up of armed wing. This follows months of clashes with security forces, in which more than 700 demonstrators have been killed. Also, entire Indian delegation at G7 talks in London must self-isolate after Covid cases detected, and how Napoleon's controversial legacy still divides France 200 years after his death.Listen

Mexico City metro: Authorities promise full investigation into deadly crash
The Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said ?nothing would be hidden? while the mayor of Mexico City said an external company would be involved in the inquiry. Also: the American drugmaker Pfizer has markedly increased its projected revenue and profits as a result of increasing demand for its coronavirus vaccine, and a diplomatic crisis is averted in Belgium, after a farmer there accidentally redraws his country?s border with FranceListen

Mexico City train crash kills over 20 people
The Mexican authorities promise an independent investigation. Also: India suspends the IPL cricket tournament; and Bill and Melinda Gates are to divorce after 27 years of marriage.Listen

WHO wants more funding for COVAX
The World Health Organisation has appealed for more help from rich countries to protect poorer nations against the coronavirus as the global vaccination gap widens. The EU unveils plans for overseas tourists to return. Escape from China by boat - one man's perilous dinghy ride to what he hopes is a new life in Taiwan.Listen

German police shut down online child abuse platform
Officials say the site had more than four- hundred- thousand members across the globe. Four men have been arrested in an international operation. Also: the European Commission says restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU should be eased, and scientists discover a way to redress the shortage of male sea turtles due to climate change.Listen

India: Modi loses battleground state amid Covid surge
The BJP has been defeated in state elections in West Bengal where it had held huge rallies despite a surge in coronavirus cases. Colombia's president has cancelled planned tax reforms which had triggered days of violent protests. Manchester United v Liverpool game postponed after fan protest.Listen

US commander warns against attacks in Afghanistan as deadline passes
The Taliban have warned they are no longer bound by an agreement not to target international troops in Afghanistan. Also: Turkey arrests two hundred people in May Day protests, and the Oscar winning actress Olympia Dukakis dies aged 89.Listen

Brazilian Amazon now a net emitter of greenhouse gases
The Brazilian part of the Amazon rainforest has released 20% more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in the past decade than it has absorbed. Also: Israel buries first victims after festival crush, and the surge in men using Botox to look better.Listen

Israel: At least 44 killed in stampede at religious festival
Prime Minister Netanyahu has pledged an investigation into disaster. Reports say it began when people leaving Orthodox Jewish event slipped in overcrowded passageway. Also, India's supreme court warns government not to silence criticism over its handling of pandemic, and why US podcaster Joe Rogan has described himself as a 'a moron.'Listen

Brazil hits 400,000 deaths amid slow vaccination
The 14-day average of deaths and coronavirus cases in Brazil has seen a slight fall but remains high. Also: Turkey enters first full Covid-19 lockdown, and wasps don't get enough credit for their work!Listen

Alexei Navalny appears in court virtually - gaunt but defiant
The Kremlin critic told the court President Putin was turning Russians into slaves. Also: China launches the first module of its new space station, and the contestant who begged to be voted off a reality TV show.Listen

Biden: 'America is on the move again'
President Biden delivers his first address to a joint session of the US Congress. He outlined massive spending packages to create green jobs and ensure all children had access to a good education. Also: hospitals in India are overwhelmed as Covid-19 pandemic continues, and the Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins dies aged 90.Listen

US investigators raid Rudy Giuliani's home
The former New York mayor and lawyer to Donald Trump is being investigated for dealings with Ukraine. Also: hospitals in India are overwhelmed as Covid19 pandemic continues, and the Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins dies aged ninety.Listen

India: Official Covid death-toll is now above 200,000
Experts warn that the true number of deaths could be much higher. We speak to emergency workers, and hear how major cities and rural communities are affected by deepening crisis. Also, how neighbouring Pakistan is responding to India's plight, and Britain's PM Boris Johnson to face investigation over funding for his apartment.Listen

Rising anger in India
The government is under pressure to reveal the true number of Covid deaths as India's healthcare system buckles under a huge second wave of infections. Also: teenage girls could be at a higher risk of concussion than boys when playing football and the women who pioneered electronic music are celebrated in a new film.Listen

India: Covid pandemic 'beyond crisis point'
It's thought officials have under-reported the death rate. Also: Brazil launches inquiry into President Bolsonaro's handling of the pandemic; and police officers in the Philippines are cleared of wrongdoing after they were found holding people in a secret jail cell.Listen

AstraZeneca: US to share up to 60m vaccine doses
The US has announced it will share its supplies of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine with other countries once a safety review by the Food and Drug Administration has been completed. Also: Opposition forces occupy key parts of Mogadishu in Somalia and we hear from Italy?s Robinson Crusoe, who has been forced to leave his secluded island home after 32 years.Listen

India's relentless Covid crisis
New Indian cases of coronavirus top 300,000 for a fifth day. Moscow's prosecutor has ordered that the political offices of Alexei Navalny suspend their activities across Russia. The British-Iranian charity worker, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, has been sentenced to another year in an Iranian jail.Listen

Deadly inferno devastates Iraqi Covid ward
The blaze, which killed at least 82, is thought to have been caused by an exploding oxygen canister. Some people were forced to jump from windows to escape the burning building. Also: Iran's foreign minister is caught on tape criticising the hardline Revolutionary Guards. And lockdown languishing ? how the pandemic is creating new states of mind.Listen

President Biden describes mass killings of Armenians in WWI a genocide
Turkey reacts angrily to the US president's remarks, also, debris from missing Indonesian submarine found, dashing hopes that crew has survived, and the award nobody wants - who got the Razzies this year?Listen

Desperation as Indian hospitals buckle under Covid
The health-care system is failing as a record surge in cases drains oxygen supplies. Also: the diplomatic row sparked by pomegranates, and saving the northern white rhino from extinction.Listen

Russia: Opposition activist Alexei Navalny ends prison hunger-strike
Announcement by outspoken critic of president Putin follows 24 days of refusing food. He began hunger-strike to demand better medical care while in jail. Also, Tokyo faces new Covid restrictions but Olympic Games' organisers say tournament will go ahead, and why 'new nomads' are hitting the road in the US.Listen

European leaders welcome Biden's pledge to halve emissions by 2030
But can the US persuade other countries to step up efforts to fight climate change? Also: hundreds attend the funeral of the black man shot by US police, and the stranded sailor - allowed to leave his ship after four years.Listen

Biden: 'Decisive decade' to tackle climate change
The White House says the US has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 50-52%, as leaders take part in virtual summit. Also: India sees world's highest-ever daily Covid cases, and breathable oxygen made on Mars for first time.Listen

US launches federal probe into Minneapolis police
The justice department will probe police practices after the George Floyd murder verdict. Also: Russian police arrest hundreds of opposition protesters, and the Italian employee who was paid for fifteen years - without doing a day's work.Listen

Putin accuses West of picking on Russia like 'jackals round a tiger'
Russian President makes criticism in annual 'state of the nation' address. He also warns West against crossing a 'red line' with Russia. Also, US President Joe Biden welcomes conviction of Derek Chauvin for murder of George Floyd, and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli says European Super League football project cannot proceed.Listen

George Floyd officer convicted of murder
Jurors found Derek Chauvin guilty of all charges over Mr Floyd's death. Also: all six English football clubs have left the European Super League, and the Burmese food entrepreneur turned activist - who's now fled Myanmar.Listen

Chad's president dies 'in clashes with rebels'
Chad's President Idriss Déby has died suddenly in clashes with rebels in the north. Also, the head of world football has attacked plans to form a breakaway European super-league, and Youtube says it won't let a beauty influencer earn money from his videos.Listen

George Floyd: Jury deliberates Chauvin verdict
Security has been ramped up around the court building in the US city of Minneapolis, as jurors retire in the trial into the death of George Floyd. Also: Delhi announces a new lockdown as Covid-19 cases in India surge; and Marvel releases the trailer for its first Asian superhero in a Hollywood film.Listen

Mars: NASA carries out the first flight on the planet
A small helicopter controlled from Earth has become the first craft to take off from the surface of Mars, as NASA works towards sending humans to the red planet. Also, Russian authorities say the opposition activist Alexei Navalny has been moved to a prison hospital after 20 days on hunger strike. And outrage grows in the world of football, as the biggest teams in England, Spain and Italy announce the new European Super League.Listen

Europe's top football clubs form breakaway super-league
At least twelve European football clubs have signed up despite warnings from UEFA. Also: Moscow announces tit for tat diplomatic expulsions in an escalating row with the Czech Republic, and how to get into good habits and help your health during a pandemic by doing just one thing.Listen

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is laid to rest
The funeral in Windsor was attended by thirty members of the British royal family. Also: the Czech government expels eighteen Russian diplomats, accusing Moscow of blowing up an arms depot seven years ago; and NASA chooses Elon Musk's SpaceX company to help get humans back to the moon.Listen

Russia retaliates for US diplomatic expulsions
Moscow expels ten diplomats and blacklists eight US officials after the US imposed sanctions. Also: Raul Castro steps down as Cuban communist leader, and "whitest ever" paint reflects 98% of sunlight.Listen

Hong Kong: Several leading pro-democracy activists are jailed
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai among prominent campaigners who've been given prison sentences. The verdicts come as Beijing cracks down on Hong Kong's rights and freedoms. Also, eight people killed in mass-shooting in Indianapolis, and why research on monkey embryos has generated much interest - and deep controversy.Listen

US imposes sanctions on Russia for cyber-attacks
The US says the measures, which target dozens of Russian entities and officials, aim to deter "Russia's harmful foreign activities". Also: ex-officer Chauvin will not testify in his defence, and the French president visits Notre Dame cathedral two years after fire.Listen

Covid-19 surge in India
The virus is spreading faster in India than anywhere else in the world. Also: the US expels ten Russian diplomats and imposes sanctions, and researchers say magic mushrooms could treat depression.Listen

US president says 'it's time to end America's longest war'
President Joe Biden pledges to support Afghanistan after withdrawing all US troops by the 11th of September. Also: police officer charged over the killing of black motorist in Minnesota, and a grandfather gets lucky after forgetting his reading glasses.Listen

Biden's envoy John Kerry goes to China for climate-change talks
Kerry to talk with Chinese leaders about co-operation in tackling global warming. He says Beijing's involvement is 'absolutely critical' in battle against climate-change. Also, we assess Vladimir Putin's strategy as tensions rise between Russia and Ukraine, and UN issues report on how much 'bodily autonomy' women have across the world.Listen

US troops to leave Afghanistan by 11th of September
President Biden is to announce on Wednesday US troops will leave Afghanistan by mid-September. Also: police chief resigns over black motorist's death in Minnesota, and Mick Jagger tackles the Covid-19 lockdown by writing "Easy Sleazy" song.Listen

Ukraine urges NATO to stand up to Russia
Kyiv wants help with Russian 'aggression'; Moscow says its border troops are no threat. Also: Japan approves releasing Fukushima water into the sea, and a new form of tribal warfare in Papua New Guinea.Listen

Minneapolis: State of emergency declared
The Mayors of Minneapolis and St Paul also impose an overnight curfew in the twin US cities, after unrest that followed the police shooting of a young black man. Also, fears for the health of Russia's opposition leader, Alexei Navalny after 15 kilo weight loss since being sent to prison camp, and W-H-O warns complacency is prolonging the pandemic.Listen

Unrest as police shoot a black man near Minneapolis
Tear gas was fired and an overnight curfew imposed amid anger at the fatal shooting. Also: Iran vows 'to avenge Israeli attack' on its nuclear site, and remembering Yuri Gagarin - the first man in space.Listen

Iran says incident at nuclear facility was 'terrorist act'
Teheran said the plant had been hit by what it called a terrorist act. There?s been no official Israeli comment. Also, the US Secretary of State says he has real concerns about Russia's military build-up on its border with Ukraine, and an iconic Moscow food hall shuts up shop.Listen

Prince Philip: Private funeral to be held next week
In his first public statement since the Duke of Edinburgh?s death, Prince Charles says his father gave ?the most remarkable, devoted service? to his family, to Britain, and to the Commonwealth. Also, thousands of people flee their homes after a volcanic eruption on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. And a United Nations official warns that Myanmar could be headed toward civil war after February?s military coup.Listen

Prince Philip: Tributes after Duke of Edinburgh dies aged 99
Prince Philip was the longest serving consort in British history, having been married to Queen Elizabeth for seventy- three years. The Palace said he died peacefully at Windsor Castle on Friday morning. It's been confirmed that his funeral will not be a state occasion -- in line with his wishes. Also: A volcanic eruption has blanketed the Caribbean island of St Vincent in ash and, a landmark effort by Amazon workers to form a union chapter at their warehouse in the US state of Alabama appears to have been defeated.Listen

The life of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh
In this special edition, we mark the death of Prince Philip - the Duke of Edinburgh. Jackie Leonard looks back at the life of Queen Elizabeth's husband, his place in British history and his contribution to the monarchy.Listen

President Biden signs executive order to impose modest controls on gun ownership
The president says gun violence has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, also, French president Macron closes the elite school ENA, and the trouble with Peppa Pig in China.Listen

AstraZeneca vaccine challenges
Countries across the world have changed their advice on who should have it. Call My Agent star joins plea to reopen French theatres. Mind altering art, we find out why prehistoric cave painters chose such remote chambers.Listen

Under-30s offered alternative to AstraZeneca vaccine
A review finds a "plausible" link to rare blood clots but says the AstraZeneca vaccine remains beneficial for most people. Also: Myanmar ambassador to UK "locked out" of embassy, and "strong evidence" found for a new force of nature.Listen

Coronavirus: How is Astra Zeneca vaccine safety row affecting public confidence ?
Concerns voiced over whether Astra Zeneca vaccine causes blood-clots in the brain. Several countries have restricted use of the vaccine until more is known about possible links. Also, China tries to persuade its 'one-child' generation to have more babies, and how Kim Kardashian has joined the ranks of the world's billionaires.Listen

US joins talks aimed at reviving Iran nuclear deal
Diplomats in Vienna are discussing how the US can lift sanctions and Iran return to compliance. Also: Brazil variant drives South America covid surge, and a man is arrested over Van Gogh and Frans Hals art thefts.Listen

N Korea to skip Tokyo Olympics over Covid
It ends S Korea's hopes of using the Games to engage with Pyongyang. Also: Netanyahu is asked to form a new Israeli government, and alone on a ship for four years.Listen

US police chief says Chauvin broke force policy
The Minneapolis police chief has testified in the trial of the ex-officer accused of killing George Floyd. Also: Google handed win in 10 year Oracle court battle, and the demise of LG mobiles.Listen

Jordanian prince vows to defy 'house arrest'
Prince Hamzah says he won't stay quiet after being accused of plotting to destabilise the state. Also: the Israeli PM's corruption trial is told he sought improper benefits from media bosses, and the business owner who offered a job to the man who tried to burgle his restaurant.Listen

Jordan accuses Prince Hamzah of plotting to destabilise kingdom
The Jordanian deputy PM says King Abdullah's half-brother sought to mobilise tribal leaders against the government. Also: lorry boss apologises over Taiwan train crash, and tighter Covid restrictions for India's Maharashtra state.Listen

Claims of a coup plot in Jordan
The authorities detain the former crown prince and other high profile figures in Jordan for what's been described as "security reasons". Also: the German president tells the country's political leaders to "get it together" in the face of a third wave of coronavirus, and a ceremony unlike any other in Cairo as mummified Pharaohs are moved to a new home.Listen

The US Capitol goes into lockdown
A police officer has died after he was hit by car driven by a man who was shot and later pronounced dead. Also: we hear from a doctor in Myanmar who has been treating victims of the military crackdown, the Netherlands pauses the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and are we about to find out who will be the next James Bond?Listen

Tigray conflict: World powers angry over 'human rights abuses'
G7 group of economic powers has condemned killing of civilians in northern Ethiopia. The group also called for investigation into reported crimes, and for those responsible to be held to account. Also, at least 50 people killed as a crowded train crashes in Taiwan, and how animals - just like humans - try to follow the latest trends and fashions.Listen

Fresh evidence emerges of atrocities in Tigray
Videos appear to show the massacre of unarmed civilians by people in Ethiopian army uniforms. There?ve been persistent allegations of serious abuses by all sides in the conflict - but a government media blackout has so far limited attempts to examine them. Also today: The new head of the WTO condemns vaccine inequality. And has home advantage in football really disappeared during the pandemic?Listen

Aung San Suu Kyi charged with violating Myanmar's official secrets act
She faces up to fourteen years in prison. Also: seven Hong Kong activists are found guilty of organising unauthorised pro-democracy protests in 2019; and the Eurovision Song Contest allows fans in as part of a covid trial.Listen

Biden unveils two trillion dollar package to boost economy
The aim is to modernise roads, repair bridges and promote climate initiatives. The plan will be financed by a tax increase on corporations. Also: the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says he is going on hunger strike to demand better medical treatment in jail, and Russia has registered the world?s first coronavirus vaccine for animals.Listen

Italy: Naval officer 'caught selling secrets to Russia'
Police say officer was caught in act of handing secret documents to Russian official. Russia's ambassador has been summoned to Foreign Ministry in Rome. Also, heavy gunfire close to presidential palace in Niger two days before new leader due to be sworn in, and new report says white-majority countries should look to UK for model of how to reduce racial inequality.Listen

More work needed to rule out Covid lab leak - WHO
A report says all possible causes of the pandemic remain on the table. Also: Germany is limiting the use of the AstraZeneca Covid jab, and how far can sperm counts fall?Listen

China limits Hong Kong parliament to 'patriots'
The sweeping changes are the latest efforts by Beijing to step up its influence in Hong Kong. Also: world leaders call for treaty on future pandemics, and Nike sues over "Satan Shoes" with human blood.Listen

George Floyd trial under way
The white former policeman Derek Chauvin is accused of murdering the African American. Also: the Suez Canal has reopened after a stranded ship was freed, and the Italian gangster identified by his tattoos.Listen

Final operation to free Suez Canal ship
The 400m Ever Given has been wedged across the canal, one of the world's busiest trade routes. Also, the Thai Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, has said his country is preparing for a potential flood of refugees from Myanmar following the military coup there, and baby Galapagos tortoises wrapped in plastic found in suitcases.Listen

Dozens dead after Islamist attack in Mozambique
Civilians with boats have been evacuating survivors of the violent raid on Palma. Also: watching a volcano erupt, and how to perform a socially-distanced 'Romeo and Juliet'.Listen

More than 90 killed in Myanmar 'day of terror'
Dozens of deaths were reported as anti-coup activists defied warnings and protested. Also: Mozambique militants 'ambushed workers', and fresh efforts to refloat ship stuck in Suez Canal.Listen

France was 'blind' to Rwanda genocide, report says
French historians say France bears "heavy responsibilities" over the 1994 Rwanda massacres, but they found no evidence of French complicity. Also: at least 32 people are killed in a train crash in Egypt, and Fox News is sued for $1.6bn over an election fraud claim.Listen

Abiy Ahmed: 'Eritrea to withdraw its troops from Tigray conflict'
Ethiopian PM says Eritrean forces to leave Tigray, nearly 5 months after conflict began. Eritrean soldiers have fought alongside Ethiopia in war that's reportedly claimed thousands of lives. Also, Suez Canal remains completely blocked for fourth day by huge stranded container-ship, and new research shows an octopus may be able to dream.Listen

Joe Biden gives his first news conference as US President
Mr Biden pledged to deliver 200 million Covid jabs to Americans in his first one-hundred days in office, double his original goal. Also: AstraZeneca has published revised results for the US trial of its Covid vaccine after its earlier report was criticised for using outdated information, and the acclaimed French director Bertrand Tavernier has died at the age of 79.Listen

EU Summit on Covid
Many European countries are facing a surge in Covid infections. H&M and Nike face a backlash in China for acknowledging human rights concerns about cotton grown in Xinjiang. The African elephant is now critically endangered.Listen

China hackers 'target Uighurs on Facebook'
Social media giant says platform used to spy on activists, journalists and dissidents living abroad. Also: India halts AstraZeneca vaccine exports, the saliva test that detects concussion on the spot and are food apps killing the restaurant business.Listen

Germany cancels plans for Easter lockdown - a day after it was announced
Chancellor Merkel announces sudden U-turn on strict Coronavirus lockdown measures. She calls plan a 'mistake' and takes 'ultimate responsibility' for reversal. Also, disruption to world trade as huge container-ship blocks Suez Canal, and Prince Harry finds new job - in Silicon Valley.Listen

Netanyahu claims 'huge win' in Israel election
Analysts say the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, could win the most seats but without winning a parliamentary majority. Also: US president Joe Biden calls for swift action on gun control following mass killing in Colorado, and Banksy painting raises more than $23m for health charities.Listen

Hundreds missing after fire at Bangladeshi refugee camp
The UN has described the blaze in Cox's Bazaar as catastrophic. Also: Germany extends its coronavirus lockdown, and new data from the Large Hadron Collider could change our understanding of the universe.Listen

US government to ask Mexico and Guatemala to help reduce flow of migrants
The United States says it is concerned about the number of unaccompanied children arriving at border crossings. Also: western states sanction China for Uighur "abuses", and Aretha Franklin's family reject Genius biopic.Listen

US trial of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine confirms safety
It proved nearly eighty per cent effective at stopping Covid-19 symptomatic cases and there were no problems regarding blood clots. This paves the way for the US to start administering the jab. Also: the French subsidiary of the Swedish retail giant IKEA has gone on trial accused of spying on staff, and how ?adopt a kiosk? is saving a British icon that has lost its purpose.Listen

US defence secretary's surprise Afghan visit
Lloyd Austin's trip comes weeks before a planned withdrawal of all remaining US troops. Also: Buckingham Palace reviews diversity policies, and a large asteroid swings by Earth.Listen

Protests against Covid-19 restrictions in many European cities
In the German city of Kassel, police used pepper spray and batons to disperse demonstrators. Also: Turkey pulls out of gender violence convention, and Iceland's lava-spewing Fagradalsfjall volcano is "subsiding".Listen

COVID-19: Europe expects a third wave amid vaccine shortage
Sixteen regions of France, including Paris, go back into lockdown, while Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany could see more restrictions. Also, the US and China conclude a two-day meeting marked by confrontation and blunt talk. And Samia Suluhu Hassan becomes the first female president of Tanzania.Listen

BBC journalist detained in Myanmar
Aung Thura was taken by unknown men as more people were reportedly killed by the military. Also: virtual reality Shakespeare, and the organisers of this year's Oscars ban Zoom.Listen

EU agency says AstraZeneca vaccine is 'safe and effective'
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) reviewed the jab after 13 EU states suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine over fears of a link to blood clots. Following the announcement, Germany, France, Italy and Spain announced they would restart their roll-out of the vaccine. Also: President Biden has announced that the US will on Friday meet his target of vaccinating a-hundred million people in his first one-hundred days in office, more than a month ahead of schedule, and up to ten Russian track and field athletes will be able to compete as neutrals at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.Listen

WHO endorses AstraZeneca jab - as Europe awaits safety verdict
The European regulator's decision is due - following EU countries' pause of the jab. Also: the Covid survivor who was left with a stutter, and why Donald Trump's time in the White House has left him poorer.Listen

Russia recalls envoy after Biden remarks about Putin
President Joe Biden said Vladimir Putin would "pay the price" for alleged election meddling. Also: The European Union threatens to block Covid vaccine exports to countries including the UK, and the President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, has died aged 61.Listen

Coronavirus: EU announces plans for 'vaccine passport'
Officials say digital certificate to boost foreign travel should be issued to EU citizens. But announcement overshadowed by threats to restrict exports of coronavirus vaccine from EU. Also, 8 people shot dead in attacks in and around US city of Atlanta, and why an Australian bird species forgot how to sing its own song.Listen

Europe's medicines regulator says benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh its risks
The French president calls EMA assurance 'encouraging', also, new study reveals what may have happend to the water on Mars, and why pickleball has become more popular in the US.Listen

Mozambique militants 'beheading children'
Aid agency says Islamist fighters are targeting children as young as 11 in northern province of Cabo Delgado. Also: Britain shifts foreign policy focus to Asia, Facebook 'friends' Australia's News Corp, and what's in a name? Tesla boss Elon Musk changes his title to "Technoking".Listen

More European countries suspend use of AstraZeneca vaccine
Their decision comes despite the WHO urging use of the vaccine, Also, Nigerian primary school children kidnapped, and the unusual visitor to the west coast of Ireland.Listen

Myanmar military continues its suppression of protesters
More than 50 people were killed in the worst single day of brutality since the protests began. Also: a new UN push to end the decade-long Syrian war; and we hear who's been nominated for this year's Oscars.Listen

Myanmar: Protesters killed in clashes
Security forces opened fire on demonstrators in Yangon where martial law has been declared. Also, the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the US is brought in to care for migrant children, and there's controversy in Afghanistan where girls over the age of 12 have been banned from singing in public.Listen

Leader of shadow civilian government in Myanmar vows resistance to military
In his first public address, uploaded onto Facebook, Mahn Win Khaing Than said this was Myanmar's darkest moment. Also: Moscow police raid election forum, and former F1 motor racing commentator Murray Walker dies aged ninety-seven.Listen

Minneapolis to pay George Floyd family $27m
The settlement comes as a jury selection resumes for the murder trial of ex-officer Derek Chauvin. Also: Covid vaccines top the agenda at "Quad" meeting, and scientists unlock mysteries of ancient "computer".Listen

Mozambique: Can the government defeat radical Islamist insurgency ?
A report from an area of northern Mozambique that's under siege by Islamists. More than half a million people have fled their homes to escape the insurgents' brutal attacks. Also, gunmen abduct dozens of students near army base in Nigeria, and how the disappearance - and killing - of a young woman in London has generated debate in UK about women's safety.Listen

Brazil hospitals struggle as Covid death toll soars
The governor of Brazil's most populous state, Sao Paulo, has announced tough restrictions. Also: UN alleges the military regime in Myanmar is most probably guilty of crimes against humanity, and sniffing out Parkinson's disease.Listen

Army accuses Suu Kyi of taking $600,000 and gold
Myanmar's military claims the ousted leader took illegal payments, but offers no evidence. Also: Prince William says the royal family is 'very much not racist', and China approves a plan to control HK elections.Listen

The US gets huge Covid financial relief
The green light is given for President Biden's $1.9 trillion package which provides additional funding for vaccine distribution as well as one-off payments of $1,400 for most Americans. Also: the pro-democracy activist in Myanmar who helped elderly people escape a police raid and, for the first time, the sound of lasers are heard being fired on another planet.Listen

Syria: How war has left young people with both trauma and hope
Research by International Red Cross looks at the civil war's impact on younger Syrians.While most have suffered pain and loss, many are optimistic about the future. Also, efforts in India to save a 4000-year-old community from extinction, and Japan's award for the Most Sexist Remark has been won by a woman.Listen

WHO: 1 in 3 women suffer violence
It says situation will be even worse since the report due to the pandemic. Also: The British Royal family responds to allegations of racism from Harry and Meghan; and the highly diverse BAFTA nominations.Listen

EU parliament lifts Catalan ex-leader?s immunity
Carles Puigdemont is wanted in Spain over a failed independence referendum. Also: A leading international agency has upgraded its forecasts for global economic growth, and the family driveway hit by a meteorite.Listen

Brazil?s Lula cleared of corruption
A Supreme Court judge annuls ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva?s conviction -- clearing the way for a possible presidential run next year. Lula was freed in 2019 after 18 months in jail over a huge bribery scandal which ensnared politicians and business leaders. Also today: the shockwaves from Meghan and Harry?s Oprah interview continue, fear on the streets of Myanmar, and giving voice to Ghanaian women accused of witchcraft.Listen

Harry and Meghan interview
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a series of dramatic revelations about their life inside the British Royal family. Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, said concern had been expressed by a member of the royal family about how dark the skin of her first baby might be. Also: President Biden's climate envoy John Kerry heads to Europe on a quest to reduce global warming, and we hear about a standoff between the elephant and the avocado in Kenya.Listen

Explosions rock the economic capital of Equatorial Guinea
The blasts in Bata killed many and injured hundreds, Also, the people of Switzerland vote to ban the public wearing of face coverings such as niqab and burqa, and the sailors from Kiribati stranded in Hamburg.Listen

US Senate passes Covid relief plan
President Biden called it a 'giant step forward' and said it should become law next week. Also: the Yazidi women - raped by IS fighters - who are reunited with their children, and the 130 kilometre journey to pick up a sandwich.Listen

WHO head warns of more pandemic waves
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there must be no relaxation in the fight against Covid-19. Also: the Pope's first visit to Iraq, and Ukraine's campaign to have Borscht recognised as its national dish.Listen

Pope Francis begins tour of Iraq
Pontiff intends to show support for Iraqi Christians and foster dialogue with Muslims. This is considered the Pope's riskiest international trip yet - due to instability and the pandemic. Also, China reveals plans to tighten its grip on Hong Kong, and the world's oldest known wild bird has a chick - at the age of 70.Listen

Italy blocks AstraZeneca shipment to Australia
The ban on shipping 250,000 doses, amid a row with the firm, is backed by the EU. Also: the store where shoppers walk out without paying, and saving the butterfly.Listen

Myanmar: Opponents of the coup continue to demonstrate
There are reports that the police used tear gas and gunfire to break up the protesters. The UN human rights chief has demanded the military government stop murdering and jailing protesters. Also: Hong Kong has been excluded from an annual league table of the world's most free economies, and we hear how poetry is helping one doctor cope with the coronavirus pandemic.Listen

ICC 'war crimes' inquiry in West Bank and Gaza
Israel rejects the court's investigation, while the Palestinians praise it. Also: S Korea's first transgender soldier is found dead, and the vultures threatened by poison in Kenya.Listen

Myanmar: Further deadly clashes despite appeals for calm
At least 9 people killed in confrontations between security forces and demonstrators. One teenager is reported to be among the dead. Also, BBC investigation finds evidence that members of China's Uighur minority are being uprooted from their homeland, and country superstar Dolly Parton reworks one of her best-known songs to encourage Americans to be vaccinated against Covid-19.Listen

US sanctions Russians over Navalny poisoning
The Biden administration imposes its first sanctions on Russia over what it says was Moscow?s attempt to kill Alexei Navalny. The move, which targets Russia's top spy and six other officials, was co-ordinated with the European Union. Also: scientists discover a group of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are able to suppress HIV without medication, and one of reggae's most important voices, Bunny Wailer, dies at the age of 73.Listen

Hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls freed
The girls were abducted by gunmen from their boarding school in Zamfara state and taken to a forest. Also: the Prime Minister of Singapore condemns the violence in Myanmar, and the extraordinary journey of a wolf on the west coast of the United States.Listen

Jamal Khashoggi: US defends decision not to punish Saudi Crown Prince
The Biden administration had been strongly criticised for not sanctioning the Crown Prince directly, despite blaming him for the journalist's murder in an official report last week. The US State Department insists it is focused on Saudi Arabia?s future conduct. Also: a BBC reporter covering the deadly conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray province is detained by the military, and the Nobel prize winning author Kazuo Ishiguro discusses the inspiration behind his new novel.Listen

Fresh charges against deposed Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi is charged with two more offences, as the security forces again use tear gas and stun grenades against peaceful protesters. Also: the former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, is found guilty of corruption and influence peddling; and Donald Trump hints at a new bid for the White House.Listen

Donald Trump returns to political stage
Mr Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference he would not be starting a new political party. Also, police in Myanmar open fire on protesters, and a Russian warship enters a port in Sudan where Russia is planning to build a new naval base.Listen

Political tensions escalate in Armenia
The Armenian president has refused to follow through an order from the prime minister to sack the army chief. Also: hundreds of arrests across Myanmar as the military authorities harden their response, and researchers dig out a near intact Roman ceremonial chariot in Pompeii.Listen

Jamal Khashoggi: US says Saudi prince approved Khashoggi killing
A US intelligence report has found that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the murder of exiled journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. The report said this conclusion was based on the crown prince's absolute control over the security apparatus, and his willingness to use violence to silence critics. Also, Myanmar's ambassador to the UN has condemned the military coup in his country and has sided strongly with mass protests, and we hear why fish in Kenya are dying in large numbers.Listen

Nigeria: More than 300 schoolgirls kidnapped
Unidentified gunmen abducted the girls in early morning from a school in Zamfara state. This is latest in a series of attacks targeting schools in northern Nigeria in recent years. Also, court rules that British-born IS recruit Shamima Begum cannot return to UK from Syria, and BBC investigation finds portions of Brazil's Amazon rainforest being sold illegally on internet.Listen

EU leaders vow to speed up vaccine production
Greece and Austria are urging other EU states to adopt coronavirus vaccination "passports". Also: jailed Putin critic Alexei Navalny "moved out of Moscow remand centre", and the black browed babbler bird is not extinct after all.Listen

Armenian leader denounces 'attempted coup'
PM Nikol Pashinyan leads crowds of supporters after the army says he must resign. Also: how elephants in zoos are helping their relatives in the wild, and the pandemic's impact on the German language.Listen

US says report on Khashoggi murder in Saudi consulate expected 'soon'
A US intelligence report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul will be published soon. Also: single-shot Covid-19 vaccine ?stable and effective?, and Van Gogh painting on show for the first time.Listen

Covid: WHO's Covax scheme delivers first vaccines
Ghana is first nation to receive Coronavirus vaccines through sharing initiative. Covax scheme aims to encourage richer countries to share vaccines with poorer nations. Also, German court jails Syrian former intelligence agent for complicity in crimes against humanity, and the Texan truck-driver who rescued hundreds of people stranded by ferocious winter storm.Listen

Capitol security officials blame US intelligence failures in January 6 riot response
Testifying to a Senate committee, officials said that the rioters 'came prepared for war'. Also: suspect in Malta journalist murder pleads guilty. Thousands protest in Tbilisi after arrest of Georgian opposition leader, and the American Beat poet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, has died at the age of 101.Listen

UN could suspend aid for N Korea's 'hungry millions'
The UN's World Food Programme says Pyongyang's strict Covid rules could halt its aid. Also: Facebook reverses its ban on news in Australia, and how wasps helped date cave paintings of kangaroos.Listen

US Covid-19 deaths pass half a million
President Biden describes it as a truly grim heartbreaking milestone. Also: NASA releases videos of its Perseverance rover landing on Mars and the first audio recording from the surface of the planet, and the French electronic dance group Daft Punk announce a split after 28 years.Listen

Italian ambassador killed in DR Congo
Luca Attanasio and two others died after a UN convoy was attacked near Goma. Also: Boeing 777 airliners are grounded after an engine falls apart in mid-air, and a Chinese tea shop chain apologises for calling women a 'bargain' on its mugs.Listen

Myanmar: Huge crowds mourn three demonstrators killed in protests
Thousands of Burmese activists held ceremonies and vigils for those killed by the military authorities as they try to suppress a campaign of civil disobedience against their coup. Also: The head of the UN nuclear watchdog says Iran has agreed to extend UN inspectors' access to its nuclear sites for a further three months, and NASA is to reveal the first video footage containing the sounds of the Red Planet captured by the cameras onboard its rover in Mars.Listen

Myanmar: Two protestors shot dead
Myanmar security forces open fire on protestors in the city of Mandalay, in the bloodiest show of force since the military coup earlier this month. Also, police in Barcelona clash with supporters of the jailed Catalan rapper Pablo Hasel. And Australian entrepreneurs look to the ocean for sustainable business opportunities.Listen

G7 leaders pledge billions of dollars for UN global vaccination fund
The jabs will be distributed by the UN's COVAX scheme, also, a more lenient approach to drugs possession in Norway, and why a black footballer won't 'take the knee'.Listen

Harry and Meghan not returning as working members of Royal Family
Buckingham Palace has said Prince Harry and Meghan "remain much loved members of the family". UK Supreme Court rules Uber drivers are workers, not self-employed. The UN asks for proof that Dubai's Princess Latifa is alive.Listen

NASA's Perseverance Rover lands on Mars
The robot will spend the next two years looking for evidence of past life. Also: an inquiry in Colombia finds that the army under President Alvaro Uribe killed more than six thousand civilians, passing them off as combat deaths; and the scientists trying to create a robotic nose to detect cancer - inspired by dogs.Listen

US life expectancy falls by a year amid pandemic
The life expectancy for the entire population dropped to 77.8 years. The Australian Prime Minister says his government will not be intimidated by Facebook blocking news feeds to users. New Tokyo Olympics chief is seven times Olympian Seiko Hashimoto.Listen

Biden administration to transfer more than 200 million dollars to WHO
Transfer is part of new president's reversal of his predecessor's policies, also, Britain to launch Covid trial with healthy young volunteers, and what mice learn of men.Listen

Myanmar: Roads blocked in Yangon as thousands protest
Demonstrators used vehicles to obstruct major roads across city. UN's special rapporteur for Myanmar has warned of potential violence. Also, gunmen have abducted dozens of schoolchildren in raid in northern Nigeria, and former pop star Glenn Medeiros alleges that 1980s music business was rife with sexual exploitation and Mafia links.Listen

Leading Democratic Congressman files federal lawsuit against Donald Trump
Bennie Thompson who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee also accused Mr Trump?s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and far right groups, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers of inciting the crowd to disrupt the certification of the election results by the use of force, intimidation and threat. Also: the Hamas authorities in Gaza have agreed to revise a controversial ruling that banned women from travelling without the permission of a male relative, and the European Space Agency says it's planning to recruit someone with a physical disability as a potential astronaut.Listen

Princess Latifa: 'I want to be free'
In secretly recorded messages, the Dubai ruler's daughter says she's being 'held hostage'. Also: Cuba's coronavirus vaccine programme, and the big freeze on the Texas riviera.Listen

Myanmar protestors threatened with 20 years in jail
The military says fines will also apply to those found to incite "hatred" towards the coup leaders. Also: World Trade Organization names its first female African boss, and high-altitude birds have evolved thicker "jackets".Listen

Myanmar soldiers use rubber bullets against protesters
The military has also warned protesters they could face up to twenty years in jail. Also: searching for the vanishing great white shark, and the new way of photographing subjects - without the photographer being there.Listen

Myanmar: Armoured vehicles roll through the streets
The leaders of Myanmar's military coup try to consolidate power, as they face continued protests across the country. Also, the World Health Organization plans a mission to Guinea, where an Ebola epidemic has been declared. And the Catalan region of Spain holds elections for the first time since its failed bid for independence in 2017.Listen

Trump acquitted of inciting mob to attack US Capitol
Fifty-seven senators voted to convict Mr Trump - 10 short of the number needed to convict. Mario Draghi is sworn in as Italy's new prime minister. Fifty years on, why Carole King's Tapestry remains influential.Listen

Trump's lawyers present impeachment defence
Lawyers for the former president, Donald Trump, argue that his remarks in the hours leading up to the storming of the US Capitol should be protected by free speech laws. Also, Iran reacts defiantly to warnings that it once again breached the 2015 nuclear deal. And the United Nations Security Council calls on the leaders of Myanmar's military coup to give up power.Listen

Nigeria: Polluted communities 'can sue Shell in English courts'
UK Supreme Court ruling allows lawsuit by oil-polluted Niger Delta communities. People in this area say their lives and health have suffered because repeated oil-spills have heavily contaminated their land and water. Also, Russia warns it may cut ties with EU if the bloc imposes sanctions over treatment of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and was Stonehenge originally built in Wales ?Listen

US Impeachment: 'Convict Trump or it could happen again'
They said the rioters who stormed Congress believed they were acting on Trump's orders. The Duchess of Sussex has won a privacy case against a British newspaper. Ten years on from the Arab Spring, what life like in Egypt?Listen

Myanmar is planning to increase internet censorship as protests continue
There's been a fresh wave of arrests in Myanmar of officials linked to the former civilian government. Also: Tokyo Olympics chief to step down over sexism row, and are pigs clever enough to play computer games?Listen

Trump: New footage of Capitol violence
Democrats tell his impeachment trial his election fraud claims led directly to the riots. Also: we hear from young activists in Myanmar, and the reinvention of the Barbie doll.Listen

Covid-19: EU's von der Leyen admits failures in vaccine rollout
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen publicly accepts criticism. She says EU was slow to authorise vaccines, overconfident about meeting production-targets, and 'still not where we want to be.' Also, why Serbia's achieved huge success with its vaccination-effort, and how a Texas lawyer became an internet star - as a cat.Listen

US Senate votes to continue with Trump impeachment
The Senate found that the trial is constitutional, allowing full proceedings to begin. Also: the UAE puts a space probe into orbit around Mars, and the 82-year-old climber breaking records to pay tribute to the elderly victims of coronavirus.Listen

WHO says Covid-19 laboratory leak 'extremely unlikely'
A team of international and Chinese experts say more work is needed to identify the source of the virus. Also: rubber bullets used as Myanmar protestors defy ban, and the Supremes co-founder and singer Mary Wilson dies aged seventy-six.Listen

Trump's second impeachment trial
The trial starts today, with Mr Trump's lawyers denying he incited supporters to riot. Also: Myanmar's military defends its coup, and Tesla buys more than a billion dollars of Bitcoin.Listen

Myanmar: Military issues warning as protests continue
State TV tells protestors that action will be taken if they threaten 'rule of law'. Tens of thousands of people have demonstrated for third day following military coup. Also, rescuers search for 200 people who are missing after flood in northern India, and US Senate prepares for second impeachment trial of Donald Trump.Listen

Haiti 'coup foiled'
Officials say a bid to murder the president and overthrow the government has been halted. Also: protests sweep Myanmar, and rebuilding the old Iraqi city of Mosul.Listen

Myanmar coup: Internet shutdown as crowds protest against military
The national blackout comes amid the biggest protest so far against this week's military takeover. Thousands of people took to the streets of the main city, Yangon. Also: remembering the 'Wuhan whistleblower' doctor a year after his death, and rare meteorites from the Moon, Mars, and beyond, go under the hammer in New York.Listen

ICC rules its jurisdiction extends to Palestinian Territories
The International Criminal Court's decision could lead to an investigation into alleged war crimes by Israel and the Palestinian armed group Hamas. Also: Russia expels European diplomats over Navalny protests, and the Sound of Music star Christopher Plummer dies at the age of 91.Listen

Russia: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny in court to face fresh charges
Mr. Navalny is accused of slandering an elderly Second World War veteran, which he denies. His lawyer says this is 'criminal persecution' aimed at preventing his client from standing in parliamentary and presidential elections. Also, how the pandemic has made life even harder for Bulgaria's Roma minority, and scientists discover a reptile the size of a sunflower seed.Listen

President Biden promises that US will re-engage with the world
In his first major foreign policy speech, Joe Biden said global challenges could be solved by nations working together. Also, the Brazilian mining firm, Vale, has agreed to pay seven billion dollars in damages for the collapse of the Brumadinho dam, and Denmark plans to build the world's first energy island.Listen

Former child soldier convicted of war crimes
Dominic Ongwen was abducted by the LRA in Uganda and had argued he was a victim. Also: the Myanmar military has blocked Facebook in a clampdown on the opposition days after the coup, and doctors in New York hail the first operation to transplant a face and hands from the same person to have been a success.Listen

Canada labels Proud Boys a terrorist organisation
The Canadian minister Bill Blair said the decision was influenced by the group's "pivotal role" in January's riots at the Capitol in Washington. Also: the European Union warns there's a real danger of renewed civil war in Afghanistan, and expect a socially distanced Eurovision song contest 2021.Listen

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi is charged after army coup
Police bring charges against elected civilian leader whose whereabouts are unclear. She and the President were detained during military coup on February 1st. Also, Uighur women detainees in China allege systematic rape and torture in 're-education' camps, and how a 110-year-old British great-grandmother became an internet singing sensation.Listen

Russia jails Putin critic Navalny despite protests
Alexei Navalny had returned to Russia after treatment in Germany for Novichok poisoning. Also: US Democrats lay out impeachment case against Trump, and a prize for those who invented LEDs - Light Emitting Diodes.Listen

Mass arrests as Russian court considers Navalny jail term
The court is deciding whether to convert a suspended sentence given to the Russian dissident Alexei Navalny into an actual prison term. Women struggle over their inheritance rights in Nigeria. Top tips on working from home.Listen

Biden threatens sanctions following Myanmar coup
The US president, Joe Biden, has strongly condemned the military coup in Myanmar, saying those responsible would be held to account. Also: the head of the UNHCR says the situation in Ethiopia's Tigray province is "extremely grim", and why are readers of the Times newspaper getting annoyed?Listen

Unease and anger in Myanmar after a military coup
Myanmar's democratically-elected leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, detained, also: international condemnation of the military takeover, and: Silver rises to an eight-year high.Listen

Thousands join Navalny protests across Russia
More than 5,000 people have been arrested amid demonstrations for the jailed activist. Also: AstraZeneca 'agrees to boost EU vaccine supplies', and the first commercial launch of a rocket powered partially by bio fuel.Listen

WHO criticises EU over Covid vaccine export controls
The WHO says the controls on vaccines produced in the bloc could prolong the pandemic. Also: Vladimir Putin's judo partner says he owns the mansion said to be for the president, and a four-year-old girl finds a dinosaur footprint on a beach.Listen

EU confirms new export controls on vaccines
The controls will apply to vaccines made in the bloc, following a shortfall in deliveries. Also: the French village - left a fortune by a fugitive from the Nazis, eighty years after the residents there saved his life, and buying books to impress on a video call.Listen

Myanmar: UN and US and EU warn military not to stage a coup
Warnings issued as Myanmar's military threaten to revoke constitution. This follows their poor performance in elections in November 2020. Also, EU publishes its contract with AstraZeneca as row continues over Covid-19 vaccine supplies, and pioneering African-American actress Cicely Tyson dies aged 96.Listen

Biden starts rebuilding Obamacare
President Joe Biden says he is ?undoing the damage? done by Donald Trump, as he reopens online enrolment for government-subsidised healthcare. Also, the European Union has sent inspectors to an AstraZeneca plant to find out why Covid-19 vaccine goals are not being met. And Facebook?s new oversight board hands down its first decision.Listen

Germany warns Europe's vaccine shortage could last months
The shortage of Covid-19 vaccines in the European Union is being felt across the continent. Also: China tells the US not to interfere with a WHO investigation into the origins of the virus, and Alexei Navalny denounces his detention as illegal after a judge turns down his appeal for release.Listen

Biden signs executive orders on climate change
He says the US will lead a global response to the climate crisis. Also: police in Russia search properties linked to Alexei Navalny, and a previously unknown work by Mozart has its world premiere.Listen

Coronavirus: French firm agrees to manufacture vaccine developed by German rival
Sanofi pledges to manufacture 125 million doses of Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine. European Union is currently struggling with vaccine supply issues amid a row over shortages. Also, a stark warning from South Africa about future danger posed by new Coronavirus variants, and how one man cheered up his US neighbourhood - by giving away free pizza.Listen

Britain records 100,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus
The UK has one of the highest death rates in the world, Also: President Biden raises concerns in his first talk with Vladimir Putin and a former slave and abolitionist on the US 20 dollar bill.Listen

Further calls for fairer distribution of coronavirus vaccines
The European Commission President has added her voice to the growing number of world leaders. Also: Chaos in parts of the Indian capital as thousands of farmers converge on the Red Fort to demand that the government drop its agricultural reforms, and the Thai parliament has voted to allow abortions in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy.Listen

Trump article of impeachment delivered to US Senate
US Democrats have delivered an impeachment charge to the Senate - accusing Donald Trump of inciting insurrection - and triggering the process of putting him on trial. Also: Covid-19 has cost global workers $3.7tn in lost earnings, and baby tyrannosaurs - the size of Border Collie dogs.Listen

Boeing 737 Max: 'new safety concerns'
A whistle-blower has raised fresh concerns about the safety of Boeing's 737 Max aircraft. Also: President Putin condemns protesters demanding the release of the jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and the international appeal of Scotland's National Bard.Listen

US passes 25m Covid-19 cases
President Biden has implored Americans to wear masks, warning that the death toll could get worse. Also: clashes erupt during Dutch Covid curfew demo, and SpaceX sets a world record for the number of satellites launched.Listen

'Thousands detained' at Navalny protests in Russia
Tens of thousands joined some of the largest rallies against President Vladimir Putin in recent years. Also: Italian PM brands Covid-19 vaccine delay "unacceptable", and the veteran talk show host Larry King dies aged eighty-seven.Listen

Trump impeachment trial to begin in February
The US House of Representatives will send an impeachment article, or charge, to the Senate on Monday. Also: UK Covid-19 variant "may be more deadly", and SpaceX is to repurpose oil platforms as launch pads.Listen

Coronavirus: Delivery delays halt Pfizer jabs in parts of Europe
Cut in delivery of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine slows down inoculations in several countries. The European Commission has asked for clarification from Pfizer about delays. Also, Japan's government denies claims that it's considering cancelling Tokyo Olympic Games, and how Donald Trump was prank-called by someone impersonating Piers Morgan.Listen

President Biden warns Covid-19 death toll will soon exceed 500,000
The US President has promised 100 million vaccinations within his first 100 days in office. Also: China calls for a renewal of cooperation with the United States, and the Mexican Government welcomes a new bill sent to the US Congress.Listen

US top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci addresses the WHO
The top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci addresses the WHO as the US administration under Biden prioritises its fight against Covid and joins the global vaccine plan. Also: we hear from Central American migrants as they attempt to reach the United States, and we look back at the 1980s HIV Aids pandemic in Britain.Listen

Joe Biden sworn in as 46th US president
He promises to work to heal the bitter political divisions of recent years. Also in this podcast which is entirely devoted to the inauguration, we look at the challenges facing the new administration, how Kamala Harris has made history by becoming the first female, first black, first Asian-American vice-president, how the news of the inauguration is being received around the world, and we ask what next for Donald Trump and his supporters?Listen

Trump leaves White House and pledges 'We will be back in some form'
Donald Trump has departed White House for last time as President. His successor Joe Biden will be inaugurated amid heavy security. Also, we look at Trump's legacy as President, and key challenges facing Biden's administration on the international stage.Listen

Donald Trump bids US presidential farewell
He said he was proud of what he'd achieved and asked Americans to pray for the incoming Biden administration. Also: The Italian Senate backs PM in confidence vote, the smart watches being used in the early detection of coronavirus and a new German exhibition about female concentration camp guards.Listen

Trump's last day in office
We look back at Donald Trump?s four very eventful years as US President. Also: We get an update on the Chinese miners trapped underground for nine days, and Oxford university researchers start tackling antibiotic resistance due to overuse thanks to a multimillion dollar donation.Listen

WHO warns of 'catastrophic moral failure'
Unequal Covid vaccine policies are blamed. Also: dozens of the Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny's supporters are arrested for demanding his release from prison, tens of thousands of people respond to a social media campaign in France designed to shed light on sexual abuse within families, and what is the perfect background for video-conferencing?Listen

Alexei Navalny jailed in Russia
Russia's most prominent opposition figure has been jailed for 30 days after returning to Moscow,. Also: WHO chief warns of "catastrophic moral failure" over vaccine rollouts. And the unusual bat discovered in West Africa.Listen

Poisoned Kremlin critic Navalny detained in Russia
The activist returned to Moscow from Germany months after a nerve agent nearly killed him. Also: the music producer and convicted murderer, Phil Spector, has died, and climbing a Hong Kong skyscraper in a wheelchair.Listen

Uganda's Museveni declared election winner
His main rival, Bobi Wine, claims vote-rigging and vows to produce evidence. Also: India launches 'the world's biggest vaccination drive', and Nepali climbers make history with K2 winter summit.Listen

Biden unveils vaccination plan
He gave details after it was announced two million people worldwide had died with Covid. Also: the sports doctor - sent to prison for masterminding an international doping ring, and English football players face a ban on hugs on the pitch.Listen

Uganda elections: President Museveni takes early lead
President's main challenger Bobi Wine alleges vote-rigging on huge scale. Mr. Museveni has been in power for 35 years and is hoping for 6th term. Also, North Korea unveils new ballistic missile which state media describes as 'the world?s most powerful weapon', and we mark 100th anniversary of one of the greatest ever feats of stage magic.Listen

Brazil warns of a health system 'close to collapse'
Officials in Manaus say hospitals are failing as a new Covid strain fuels infections. Also: France tightens its Covid curfew, and why the number 39 is so unpopular in Afghanistan.Listen

Washington takes stock after vote to impeach Donald Trump
President-elect Biden welcomes the vote but doesn't want trial to delay urgent business. Mr Trump was impeached for inciting insurrection, after his supporters attacked Congress to stop it confirming his election defeat. Also: Uganda elections - Bobi Wine takes on Yoweri Museveni, and in Indonesia archaeologists find world's oldest animal cave painting.Listen

Historic second impeachment for President Trump
Ten Republicans joined the Democrats in the House of Representatives in finding the president guilty of inciting insurrection through his words to his supporters shortly before they stormed the US Capitol building a week ago. He?ll face a Senate trial next, but what does it mean for his political influence? Also: How Indonesia's vaccination programme is giving priority to its working population, and the Duchess's new venture as a romantic novelist.Listen

Trump faces second impeachment vote
US politicians debate whether to charge President over his supporters' riot at Capitol. A growing number of Republicans have voiced support for impeachment. Also, trial begins of hundreds of alleged members of Italy's biggest mafia group, and do zebras' stripes help them evade their enemies ?Listen

President Trump dismisses moves to impeach him as a witch hunt
Mr Trump said his speech urging supporters to march on Congress was totally appropriate. Also: Britain and Canada announce sanctions on companies which profit from China's persecution of its Uighur minority, and farewell to Inji, the world's oldest orangutan, who's died at the age of 61.Listen

Uganda Elections: Opposition leader says military raided his home
The incident comes just two days before Ugandans vote in a general election following a campaign marked by violence which has killed dozens of people. Also: an Indonesian search team has recovered a black box flight recorder from the airliner which crashed on Saturday, and we hear from one of the advocates who assisted the defence team of Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row in America, after her execution is postponed just hours before it?s due to be held.Listen

Trump faces 'incitement of insurrection' charge
Democrats introduce a resolution to impeach President Trump for his role in the attack on the Capitol in Washington last week and give the vice president, Mike Pence, 24 hours to respond to their demand that he invokes the 25th amendment to remove Trump. Also: The World Health Organisation warns that herd immunity to the coronavirus will not be achieved this year, and plans to convert Paris's most famous boulevard into an 'extraordinary garden'.Listen

US: What options available to Democrats as they try to oust Trump ?
President Trump has 9 days left in office but Democrats want him out sooner. We look at the tactics they could use. Also, Beijing accuses Washington of trying to sabotage its interests over Taiwan, and how 'DNA origami' might change the way scientists create new medicines.Listen

Democrats ready for Trump impeachment after riot
The Democrats say the House of Representatives could vote on Tuesday on whether to impeach Donald Trump. Also: Indonesia crashed plane?s ?black boxes? located, and South Africa?s efforts to save the rare pangolin.Listen

US lifts restrictions on contacts with Taiwan
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says contact with officials in Taiwan should no longer be shackled. Also: Boeing 737 plane feared crashed in Indonesia; Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip vaccinated against Covid-19.Listen

Democrats plan 2nd Trump impeachment move
Democrats plan to start impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump on Monday, for inciting the invasion of the US Capitol. Also: UK sees highest daily toll of 1,325 Covid deaths, and the signs bringing humour to the motorists in Cape Town.Listen

Democrats plan 2nd Trump impeachment move
Democrats plan to start impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump on Monday, for inciting the invasion of the US Capitol. Also: UK sees highest daily toll of 1,325 Covid deaths, and the signs bringing humour to the motorists in Cape Town.Listen

US: Trump denounces supporters who 'defiled the seat of American democracy'
Donald Trump criticises followers who occupied Capitol on Wednesday. But more and more senior officials are quitting his administration. Also, Indonesia releases radical Muslim cleric linked to deadly 2002 Bali bombings, and young children contribute to book aimed at helping families survive Covid-19 lockdown.Listen

Calls grow for Trump to be removed from office
US President-elect Joe Biden is blaming Donald Trump for the recent insurrection on Capitol Hill. Also: China places eleven million people under lockdown following Covid-19 outbreak, and Elon Musk becomes world?s richest person.Listen

Capitol riots: US Congress certifies Joe Biden's victory after violent disruption
Lawmakers resumed the session after police managed to remove the mob, which had been encouraged by President Trump in a bid to overturn his defeat. Four people were killed during the attack. In response, Mr Trump finally pledged an ?orderly transition? of power. And the World Health Organization warns that Europe is facing a dire situation in its fight against coronavirus and says measures need to be intensified. Plus a British man stuck in Taiwan due to the pandemic inspires locals to clean up a river.Listen

Trump supporters storm US Capitol building
Police say one person is dead after protesters broke into the US congress. Meanwhile, the Democrat party has gained control of the US senate, after victories in Georgia?s runoff elections. And we hear from staff at a UK hospital struggling to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.Listen

US: Democrats poised to win control of Senate
Biden's party hoping for victory in two run-offs in southern state of Georgia. Full control of Senate would make it easier for Mr. Biden to put his agenda into practice. Also, new crackdown in Hong Kong as Communist authorities tighten their grip, and 10 years after start of Arab Spring - what happened to hopes of a better future for Middle East and North Africa ?Listen

A World Health Organisation warning about the way vaccines are used.
A WHO warning, as the coronavirus lockdown is extended in Germany. Also: A run-off for control of the Senate in the US State of Georgia. And the world's music festivals try to work out how they can take place this year.Listen

Polls open in unprecedented Senate race
Crucial Georgia Senate run-off will decide whether Democrats or Republicans control the Senate. Also: France takes measures to speed up its Covid vaccination campaign and why car companies from Italy, France, and the USA are merging.Listen

Britain heads back to Covid lockdown
Prime minister Boris Johnson warns next weeks will be the hardest yet as he issues a tough new ?stay at home? order for England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also tighten restrictions. Also: decision day dawns for the US state of Georgia in a knife-edge Senate race, fighting for justice for the poor in Africa?s jails ? and how the pandemic?s changed life for new mums.Listen

Britain rolls out the first Oxford AstraZeneca injections
It has been described as a game-changer in the fight against Covid-19. Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange's extradition to the US is blocked by a UK judge. Iran resumes enriching uranium to 20% purity.Listen

Trump tells Georgia official to 'find more votes'
A recording has been released of President Trump urging Georgia's Secretary of State to overturn Joe Biden's electoral victory there. Also: how safe is the vaccine developed in India, and Gerry Marsden, the singer of Liverpool Football Club's anthem, dies.Listen

US senators dispute election certification
The group of Republican senators want an investigation into alleged voter fraud. Also, India approves a second Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, and police in France shut down an illegal rave which breached the coronavirus curfew.Listen

Setback for Trump as senate overrules his defence bill veto
Republican-controlled chamber delivers rebuke to the president, also: India takes big step towards approving Covid-19 vaccine, and The KLF allow their music on streaming servicesListen

Brexit: What will it mean for UK's relations with the world ?
We look at look at implications for future British trade across the globe. And which countries will be UK's key partners from now ? Also, why some believe the noble South African ideal of 'Ubuntu' has been exploited, and how new technology allows you to travel the world - without leaving your home.Listen

New era for UK as it separates from the European Union
The British prime minister, Boris Johnson, has called it a new beginning. Also: Covid dampens New Year celebrations around the world, and Australia changes anthem to reflect indigenous past.Listen

China approves Covid vaccine
Beijing says it hopes to inoculate tens of millions by Chinese New Year in February. Also: 'Glacier Bro' is presumed dead after a waterfall accident, and sitting your exams up a tree.Listen

British MPs back post Brexit deal with EU
The British PM's agreement is on its way to becoming law after parliament approves it by 521 votes to 73. Also: houses buried as landslide hits Norwegian village, and the project that ensures wildlife and humans co-exist in the Masai Mara.Listen

Covid-19: UK approves Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
New vaccine is much cheaper and easier to store than existing ones. UK will begin rollout of this vaccine alongside Pfizer jab. Also, deadly attack on Aden airport as government ministers fly in, and what can we expect from the global economy in 2021 ?Listen

Biden warns US vaccine roll-out falling behind
The US president-elect calls for vaccinations to be ramped up as he warns of a "tough period" ahead. Also: there is "extreme concern" in UK as Covid cases surge, and could drinking tea help our brains function better as we get older?Listen

UK faces Covid 'catastrophe'
A leading scientist says immediate government action is needed to halt soaring cases. Also: a child is killed and rescuers search the rubble after an earthquake strikes Croatia, and the French designer Pierre Cardin dies.Listen

WHO says transparency is crucial in the fight against COVID-19
The World Health Organization is working with the UK and South Africa on how to tackle new variants of the coronavirus. Also: Biden says "enormous damage" to US agencies by Trump, and illustrating a diary in the year of Covid-19.Listen

A Chinese journalist who helped reveal the scale of the coronavirus outbreak has been jailed
Her lawyer says she is weak as a result of a hunger strike. Also: hundreds of British tourists are reported to have fled the Swiss ski resort of Verbier to avoid having to quarantine, and goodbye to 2020 - New Yorkers send in the things they would rather forget about this year to be shredded in Times Square on Good Riddance Day.Listen

Covid: Trump fails to sign economic relief bill
Millions of Americans lost their unemployment benefit on Sunday as President Donald Trump failed to sign into law the coronavirus relief package. If he doesn?t sign it by Tuesday it could result in a US government shutdown. Also: Care homes and health staff are the first to get Covid jabs as mass vaccinations start across the EU, and why it?s been winning year for the gaming industry.Listen

Coronavirus: EU countries begin mass-vaccination
Several EU member-states have started inoculations using Pfizer/BionNTech vaccine. This comes as a new more infectious strain of coronavirus begins to spread from UK to mainland Europe. Also, China's economy forecast to overtake US by 2028 due to Covid-19, and infamous former Cold War double-agent George Blake dies in Russia aged 98.Listen

Happy News Podcast 2020
As 2020 comes to a close, we present this collection of our favourite stories from the past year, ranging from the inspirational to the uplifting to the silly: A nine-year-old Kenyan inventor helps his village take coronavirus precautions. Scientists make major advancements in preventing serious illness. And the power of music.Listen

UK and EU agree post-Brexit trade deal
The deal ends months of arguments over business rules and fishing rights. Also: the journalist who knew one of the victims of an explosion she was reporting on, and why a digitally-created Queen Elizabeth is delivering a Christmas message to the nation.Listen

Brexit: UK set to unveil trade deal with EU
Britain and EU say they're near agreement on post-Brexit trade and security. This follows months of complicated and tense negotiations. Also, at least 20 people die as a boat carrying migrants sinks off Tunisian coast, and Bethlehem to hold its Christmas festivities despite pandemic.Listen

Trump vetoes 'unconstitutional' defence bill
He objects to troop withdrawal limits and removing Confederate names from military bases. Also: hopes of an EU-UK trade deal rise, and why more than half of Chinese adults are overweight.Listen

Fire breaks out at migrant camp in Bosnia
Thousands of migrants are having to live outside in freezing conditions after an emergency camp in Lipa was closed. Also: Afghan election activist killed in Kabul ambush, and is there a connection between Santa Claus and quantum physics?Listen

France eases UK virus travel ban
EU citizens and residents, and freight drivers can return - with a recent negative test. Also: Israel heads for an election as its unity government falls, and a giant iceberg breaks into large fragments.Listen

French ban on lorries from UK remains for now
France shut its UK border on Sunday amid fears of a new coronavirus variant. Also: Russia hits EU with sanctions in Navalny backlash, and Thai man revives baby elephant with CPR.Listen

Flights cancelled as EU considers UK virus threat
EU officials discuss a joint response to a new, more infectious Covid-19 strain in the UK. Also: Joe Biden is vaccinated on live TV, and tips to lighten your mood under coronavirus.Listen

Covid-19: US passes massive aid package
Republican and Democrat lawmakers in Washington agree to a stimulus plan worth nearly $900 billion. Also, the European Union?s health authorities have approved the Pfizer- BioNTech vaccine for use against the coronavirus. And the Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton is voted the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.Listen

Covid: Nations impose UK travel bans over ?out of control? variant
European nations have begun to impose travel bans on the UK after it reported a more-infectious and "out of control" coronavirus variant. Also: A new $900 bn support package for US citizens is edging closer- after months of deadlock, and the French film fuelling conspiracy theories about the virus...Listen

Christmas rules tightened for millions in UK
Tough new lockdown measures are being imposed on London in response to a highly infectious new strain of coronavirus. And: President Trump dismisses allegations made by his own administration about a massive espionage attack, and hundreds of people line up for the famous Christmas lottery in Madrid.Listen

WHO secures coronavirus vaccine for poorer countries
The first of two billion doses are due to be delivered in early 2021.The World Health Organisation's COVAX initiative was set up to ensure that vaccines are distributed fairly around the world. Also: a suicide bomber kills at least 10 people at a stadium in Somalia where the prime minister was due to speak, and why Sony has pulled Cyberpunk 2077 - one of the year's most-anticipated games - from its PlayStation store.Listen

Nigeria school attack: Hundreds of boys return home after release
More than 300 schoolboys are reunited with their families, a week after mass-kidnapping. Local authorities say the boys were abducted by 'bandits' and not by Boko Haram militants. Also, hundreds of thousands flee Islamist insurgency in Mozambique, and how an American couple's dream home contained a hidden surprise.Listen

Hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian boys 'freed'
The authorities in northern Nigeria say more than 300 boys are on their way home, but it's unclear if all have been freed. Also: US warns of "grave" threat from major cyber-attack, and for football fans the correct spelling is Mauritius not Mauritus.Listen

Putin faces questions about his handling of the pandemic
The Russian president spoke at his annual news conference, also: The French president tests positive for Covid-19, and what is the ugliest orchid in the world?Listen

China's Chang'e-5 mission returns Moon samples
A capsule landed in Inner Mongolia with the first lunar rock to be brought to Earth in 44 years. Also: fourteen guilty in 2015 Paris terror attacks trial, and Qatar beats Saudi Arabia to host 2030 Asia Games.Listen

EU countries begin vaccinations against Covid-19 next week
The European Commission president says they have enough doses for everyone in the EU. Tougher Covid-19 restrictions have come into force in Germany. Also: schools have been closed across much of northern Nigeria after the kidnapping of hundreds of pupils last week, and can kangaroos communicate with humans?Listen

Top Trump ally ends silence to congratulate Biden
Weeks after the election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulates the US president-elect. Also: EU outlines digital services rules overhaul, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sign podcast deal with Spotify.Listen

Putin congratulates Biden
Six weeks after the election, the Russian leader sent Mr Biden a telegram on his victory. Also: Pakistan's new anti-rape law, and the monster iceberg of the South Atlantic.Listen

Joe Biden wins electoral college vote to confirm US presidential win
The electors in each US state are appointed to reflect the popular vote, which was won by Mr Biden in November. Also: report names "Russian agents" in Navalny poisoning, and South Korea to ban balloon leafleting of North.Listen

Covid-19: US begins its biggest vaccination programme ever
America's first Covid-19 inoculation has taken place. The programme aims to vaccinate 100 million people by April. Also, continuing confusion over fate of missing schoolchildren in NW Nigeria, and why one man spent 10 years collecting world's weirdest books.Listen

Brexit: Negotiators say they will ?go the extra mile?
Britain and the European Union have agreed to keep talks going until the end of the transition period on 31 December. Also, hundreds of Nigerian children are still unaccounted for after an attack on a school. And John Le Carré, the author of such classic novels as Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, has died.Listen

UN says the world needs to declare ?climate emergency?
António Guterres was speaking at a virtual summit on the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate agreement. Around 70 world leaders took part in the meeting organised by the UN, UK and France. Also: the Red Cross delivers aid to the capital of Tigray in northern Ethiopia for the first time since fighting broke out last month, and why scotch eggs have seen an unexpected boost in sales due to coronavirus restrictions in Britain.Listen

Ethiopia?s Tigray crisis: UN ?alarmed? by treatment of Eritrean refugees
The head of the UN refugee agency Filippo Grandi said if such acts were confirmed, it would be a major breach of international law. Also: the World Health Organisation says nearly a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines have been acquired for low and middle income countries, and Mariah Carey?s All I Want for Christmas Is You finally reaches number one in the UK singles chart after being released 26 years ago.Listen

Brexit: Boris Johnson and EU say trade deal 'unlikely' by Sunday
Sunday deadline was set after months of talks failed to achieve agreement. If trade deal isn't achieved by December 31, the EU and UK could impose taxes on each other's goods. Also, EU leaders set higher targets for cutting greenhouse gases by 2030, and new film celebrates singer Ma Rainey - 'Mother of the Blues'.Listen

Morocco and Israel agree to diplomatic relations
For the fourth time this year the US has brokered a deal between Israel and an Arab country, but peace with the Palestinian Authority remains elusive. Also, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says there's a "strong possibility" the UK will fail to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union. And the French football star Antoine Griezmann drops the tech firm Huawei as his sponsor, over an app that could help China track Uighur Muslims.Listen

Europe sets out contingency plans in case of a no-deal Brexit
It's proposing reciprocal measures covering air and road connections, and fishing. Also: Facebook hits back after legal action is launched over competition, and the musicals brought to your door in London.Listen

Brexit: UK prime minister and EU Commission president hold crucial talks
The two leaders meet in Brussels to discuss "critical issues". Also, the French cabinet endorses proposed new laws targeting extremism and, scientists say the weight of human-made objects could soon exceed that living things.Listen

Climate change: UN says global 'elite' must cut carbon-emissions
Report says wealthiest 1% generate more than twice the carbon emitted by poorest 50%. UN urges developed nations to rapidly cut CO2 'footprint' to avoid dangerous rise in global temperatures. Also, how race and inequality shape death-toll from Covid-19 in US capital, and why 'Miracle on 22nd Street' brought joy to thousands at Christmas.Listen

Biden vows 100m vaccinations in first 100 days
The US President-elect says he can't promise to end Covid-19 quickly but he can change its course. Also: British PM heads to Brussels on Wednesday for Brexit talks, and the England Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson says he is suffering from early onset dementia.Listen

UK pensioner is world's 1st to get Pfizer vaccine
90 year-old Margaret Keenan got the jab as the UK's largest vaccination programme began. Also: John Lennon's legacy - 40 years after the murder of the former Beatle, and Everest is now officially 86 centimetres higher.Listen

British PM to meet EU chief in bid to save Brexit deal
The UK and EU say "significant differences" still remain as the leaders prepare to talk face-to-face. Also: Eritrea releases Jehovah's Witnesses after they served prison terms of over twenty years, and Bob Dylan sells song rights to Universal Music Group.Listen

UK-EU talks resume in final push for trade deal
The EU?s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has told diplomats that talks with Britain are not going well. Mr Barnier said he could not guarantee a deal would be struck. Also: Large parts of California have been placed under a strict new Covid lockdown, and could breakdancing be coming to the Olympics.Listen

UK-EU trade talks continue as 'sticking points' remain
The UK chief negotiator David Frost is taking part in discussions with his EU counterpart Michel Barnier in Brussels. Also: Iran says the assassination of its top nuclear scientist last month was carried out using a satellite-controlled machine gun, and the voice of golf, Peter Alliss has died at the age of 89.Listen

UK-EU trade talks to resume over 'critical issues'
Negotiators will talk on Sunday but 'significant differences' between the two sides in post-Brexit talks remain. Also: French security bill protests turn violent again, and Australia's rugby team sings anthem in indigenous language.Listen

The UN says the fighting goes on in Tigray
This is despite the Ethiopian government declaring victory there last week. The United Nations says it's unable to deliver aid supplies because of the crisis. Also: Brexit talks are on hold after negotiators admit they're deadlocked and the Earth Orchestra which features a musician from every country in the world.Listen

Brexit: Critical talks in London between UK and EU
Time is running out for post-Brexit trade deal between EU and UK. Britain has accused EU of making last-minute demands - which EU's negotiators deny. Also, organisers of Tokyo Olympics say they'll need billions of dollars more if games are to go ahead, and why US is introducing new laws on private ownership of big cats.Listen

Coronavirus: Hackers targeted vaccine supply
The tech company IBM says it tracked a campaign aimed at the delivery "cold chain" used to keep vaccines at the right temperature during transportation. The attackers' identity is unclear - but IBM said the sophistication of their methods indicated a nation state. Also: Facebook says it will start removing false claims about Covid-19 vaccines and the winner of this year?s Global Teacher Prize gives half awayListen

Coronavirus: Moscow will begin immunising people on Saturday with Sputnik-V vaccine
Medical staff, teachers and social workers will be eligible for the first jabs. Also: Hundreds of Rohingya refugees are moved to a remote island and, a warning about the effect of digital technology on climate change.Listen

Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use
Britain's medicines regulator, the MHRA, says the jab is safe to be rolled out. The first doses are already on their way to the UK, with 800,000 due in the coming days. Also: The US Department of Justice is investigating claims that lobbyists offered bribes in exchange for a presidential pardon, and two otters find love during lockdownListen

Covid-19: UK is first country to approve Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
Decision paves the way for mass-vaccination in Britain. Vaccine offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19. Also, Nigeria is epicentre of new cyber-crime networks, and Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher's son hopes to follow in his footsteps.Listen

No evidence of widespread fraud in the US presidential poll says one of President Trump's closest allies
Attorney General has seen nothing that could have overturned Biden victory, Also: Chinese craft lands on the moon, and Belgian orgy that caused a Hungarian politician's downfall.Listen

US cases soar but 'light at the end of the tunnel'
America's top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, says vaccines offer hope as the county hits its worst period of the pandemic. Also: controversy in France over a proposed charter aimed at integrating all groups of Muslims into society, and an extraordinary rescue at sea.Listen

Biden picks Janet Yellen for US treasury secretary
She is on a diverse list of officials chosen for top economic roles in his administration. Also: France is to rewrite its police bill after protests, and the dramatic increase in Brazil's Amazon deforestation.Listen

Iran buries assassinated nuclear scientist
State funeral held in Tehran for Mohsen Fakhrizadeh who was killed on Friday. Iran blames Israel for his death. Also, Australia demands apology from China for 'repugnant' fake image on Twitter, and a new film profiles colourful and contradictory singer-songwriter Shane McGowan.Listen

Trump attacks FBI
The president said the FBI had thwarted his bid to overturn the election result. Also: Maradona's doctor is investigated over his death, and the flying elephant - on his way to a new life after years of suffering.Listen

Ethiopian PM claims capture of Tigray capital
Abiy Ahmed said the army had taken control of Mekelle from the dissident local leadership. Also: the Pope installs the first African American cardinal, and washing your dirty laundry in space.Listen

Israel blamed for assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist
Tehran believes Israel was involved when gunmen targeted Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Also: the Inuit hunter whose habitat is changing, and the refugee who is now an MP in New Zealand.Listen

Ethiopia: The PM meets an African Union delegation seeking to end the conflict in Tigray
Prime Minister Ahmed rejected offers of mediation and is still insisting there can be no foreign interference in an internal affair. Also: Sri Lanka bans commemorations for Tamil Tigers killed in the country's decades-long civil war. And, how a locust genome could be the key to ending devastating crop damage.Listen

Body of late Argentine footballer Maradona taken for burial
A motorcade has taken Maradona's remains from the presidential palace in Buenos Aires to the Bella Vista cemetery in the west of the capital where the bodies of his parents are also interred. Also: the head of AstraZeneca says fresh trials will be conducted on its coronavirus vaccine after some scientists questioned its results, and a man in Florida saves a puppy from an alligator attack.Listen

More than 300 people are sentenced to life in prison in Turkey
In 2016 a faction within the Turkish military spearheaded a failed coup against President Erdogan. Also: Argentinians have been paying their respects to the footballer, Diego Maradona, whose body is lying in state in the presidential palace, and a British genetic research project is seeking to eradicate scarring within a generation by studying the Zebra fish.Listen

Football genius Maradona dies aged 60
Argentina declares three days of national mourning. Also: President Trump pardons ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and could a long-extinct volcano heat homes in southern New Zealand?Listen

France to tax US high-tech giants on 2020 earnings
French government wants to impose new digital tax on huge firms like Google and Amazon. The US says it will retaliate with tariffs on imports from France. Also, Ethiopia tells international community to avoid 'interference' in Tigray crisis, and why some US families will be deeply divided at this year's Thanksgiving.Listen

Joe Biden says 'America is back'
The US President-elect Joe Biden says America is back, ready to lead the world as he unveils his top team. Also: a patriotic board game is released in Russia, and Beyonce leads the pack in the Grammy?s with the most nominations.Listen

Trump acknowledges transition of power to Biden
The US president says the ?initial protocols? must be carried out, though he?s stopped short of admitting defeat. Also, a European Union report finds that Afghanistan has become a major producer of crystal meth. And Russian scientists announce the promising results of their coronavirus vaccine trials.Listen

John Kerry named as Biden's climate envoy
The former secretary of state is among the names announced for key roles in the new US administration. Also: Qantas says a Covid-19 vaccination will be a requirement to fly, and is Hanko about to disappear from being a Japanese tradition?Listen

British coronavirus vaccine up to 90 percent effective
The Oxford University jab, developed with the drug company AstraZeneca, is cheaper and simpler to store than its rivals. As a result, it should be easier to supply to developing countries. Also: the 23 year-old who?s created a home cancer test kit, the words that have been making headlines this year, and the American kid who survived life in Syria under the Islamic State group.Listen

Merkel 'worried' over vaccine rollout despite G20 pledge
G20 leaders said they will "spare no effort" to ensure fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. Also: Ethiopia PM issues 72-hour ultimatum to Tigray, and the environmental problems caused by disposable synthetic gloves.Listen

California imposes Covid-19 curfew as US cases hit 12 million
Millions face stay-at-home orders as the US faces a surge in coronavirus infections. Also: a virtual G20 summit opens in Saudi Arabia, and Sentinel-6 - a "dog-kennel" shaped satellite blasts off on ocean mission.Listen

UN warns Yemen is in imminent danger of a catastrophic famine
The UN secretary general Antonio Guterres blamed the situation on Yemen's continuing war. Also: Georgia officially certifies Joe Biden as winner, and the travel writer Jan Morris dies aged ninety-four.Listen

Uganda: Politician Bobi Wine released on bail
Outspoken presidential candidate released after being charged with spreading coronavirus. Human rights groups say the virus charge is pretext to suppress opposition ahead of election on Jan 14. Also, Japanese retail store introduces robots to make customers comply with Covid restrictions, and Melania Trump's home town in Slovenia uses pastries to celebrate its links with her.Listen

Americans urged not to travel for Thanksgiving holiday
US health officials say coronavirus infections were spreading rapidly and they were alarmed at the speed at which intensive care beds were filling up. Also, President-elect Joe Biden has warned that the US faces a "dark winter" due to the pandemic, and how a mass extinction millions of years ago is helping to understand our current environmental problemsListen

Pompeo makes unprecedented visit to Israeli settlement
The Secretary of State is the first top US official to tour a West Bank settlement. Also: Australian troops 'killed Afghan civilians', and turning the weather on Mars into music.Listen

New York schools close amid virus surge
Return to remote learning comes as US approaches 250,000 Covid deaths. Also: vaccines ready for distribution across US within weeks, Boeing's 737 Max cleared to fly and understanding our digital legacy.Listen

DR Congo declares latest Ebola outbreak is over
Democratic Republic of Congo say it's Ebola-free after more than 40 days without a case. The country has seen 11 outbreaks since virus was discovered there in 1976. Also, Trump fires top election official who contradicted his claims of voter fraud, and how Rocky the disabled dog found a new life in a new country.Listen

Facebook and Twitter bosses defend social media
Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey have been grilled by US Senators over their platforms' election role. Democrats questioned whether the social media giants had done enough to flag up disputed claims. Also: the Pentagon confirms that Donald Trump will almost halve America's troop presence in Afghanistan before he leaves office, and the human cost of Ethiopia's action in Tigray.Listen

Ethiopia humanitarian crisis warning
UNHCR fears for civilians fleeing fighting in Tigray. Also: A BBC investigation on the treatment of women working in India's garment industry, the European scientists creating an archive of historic smells and the business of royal fashion.Listen

COVID-19 vaccine: Concerns over global distribution
Experts say poorer countries could struggle to access new vaccinations, once they are approved. Also, Greek police have charged an Afghan asylum seeker whose son died at sea. And Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are set to buy a little Welsh football club.Listen

Second promising coronavirus vaccine
US firm, Moderna, claims clinical trials show its jab is nearly 95% effective. Also: BBC investigation uncovers evidence of illegal child theft and trafficking in Kenya, IOC says Tokyo 2020 Games likely to go ahead with spectators and a new device which helps drinkers sober up.Listen

Asia-Pacific countries form world's largest trading bloc
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is made up of 10 Southeast Asian countries, as well as South Korea, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The pact is seen as an extension of China's influence in the region. Also: the founder of the German firm behind the first successful coronavirus vaccine says he is confident that life can return to normal by next winter, and the British racing driver Lewis Hamilton becomes the most successful driver in the history of Formula One motor racing.Listen

Rockets 'fired from Ethiopian region' hit Eritrea
An internal conflict over Ethiopia's Tigray region is spreading, with thousands of civilians fleeing. Also, pro-Trump protestors hold rallies as tensions grow, and Egypt unveils ancient coffins and mummies found in huge necropolis.Listen

Trump speaks in public for first time since defeat
The US president, who has yet to concede, focused on the US response to Covid-19.  Also: Biden takes Georgia to solidify victory, and Australia showcases its diverse indigenous languages.Listen

US Election: Security officials reject Trump's fraud claims
Officials say 2020 presidential election was the 'most secure in American history'. They spoke after Mr. Trump alleged that 2.7 million votes for him had been 'deleted.' Also, France remembers victims of deadly attacks in Paris in 2015 by Islamist militants, and how one young man in Siberia went to great lengths - and heights - to access the internet.Listen

Amnesty says 'hundreds massacred' in Ethiopia
Fighting between the federal army and Tigrayan forces broke out last week. Also: scores die in migrant shipwreck off Libya, and the popularity of playing music during Covid-19 lockdown.Listen

China condemns mass resignation of pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong
Beijing says the move is a blatant challenge to its authority. Also, the Armenian prime minister defends his peace deal with Azerbaijan and how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting some provinces in Russia.Listen

Tigrayans ordered to defend against Ethiopia army
Ethiopia's northern region orders the total mobilisation of its population as a crisis escalates. Also: UK coronavirus death toll passes 50,000 and why did the cuddle of a panda by a K-pop band raise hackles in China?Listen

Hong Kong: Pro-democracy lawmakers resign after China ruling
Opposition legislators quit after Beijing forced removal of four of their colleagues. The dismissal of the four is seen as China's latest attempt to restrict Hong Kong's freedoms - something Beijing denies. Also, several wounded in bomb-attack on Remembrance Day ceremony in Saudi city of Jeddah, and Britney Spears loses court bid to end her father's control over her estate.Listen

Vatican report finds Catholic Church ignored sex abuse allegations about US cardinal
The 450-page report includes testimonies and dozens of letters and transcripts from Vatican and US Church archives. Mr McCarrick is alleged to have assaulted a teenager in the early 1970s, while working as a priest in New York. Also: a new species of monkey is found in the remote jungles of Myanmar, and the co-creator of the TV cartoon character Scooby-Doo Ken Spears has died at the age of 82.Listen

Russia brokers a deal over Nagorno-Karabakh
Celebrations and protests greet the deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia to end the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. Russia is deploying hundreds of peacekeeping troops. Also: the BBC is to investigate how a reporter gained an interview with Princess Diana 25 years ago, and the veteran Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat has died at the age of sixty-five, after contracting coronavirus.Listen

World reacts to the news of first Covid vaccine
The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it is still early days and the US President-elect Joe Biden said the virus was far from over, while the World Health Organisation also remained cautious. Also: the former Bolivian leader Evo Morales returns home from exile in Argentina, and a look at the future of transportation.Listen

First 'milestone' Covid vaccine offers 90% protection
The developers - Pfizer and BioNTech - described it as a "great day for science and humanity", and say they plan to apply for emergency approval to use the vaccine by the end of the month. There are still huge challenges ahead, but the announcement has been warmly welcomed and the international stock markets have soared. Also: Azerbaijan's president rejects eye-witness accounts by BBC journalists of civilians being targeted in Nagorno-Karabakh.Listen

US Election: World leaders react to Biden?s win
The president-elect of the US received congratulatory messages from leaders around the world including the UK?s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Also: Luis Arce is sworn in as President of Bolivia a year after the resignation of Evo Morales, and why Joe Biden?s win was extra special for one American boy.Listen

Joe Biden makes victory speech
The president-elect of the US called for the country to unite and heal, Kamala Harris will be the first woman of colour to become vice-president but says she hopes not to be the last, and President Trump says he'll go to court on Monday.Listen

Joe Biden is America's president-elect
Mr Biden won the key state of Pennsylvania, taking him beyond the necessary 270 electors, Kamala Harris will be the first female vice-president; Also: President Trump says he'll go to court on Monday.Listen

Biden widens lead over Trump
Biden overtakes Trump in Pennsylvania; if he wins the state, he wins the presidency. Also: Johnny Depp is sacked from a major film role after losing his libel case, and Swiss employers object to the world's highest minimum wage.Listen

US Election: Biden leading in Pennsylvania and Georgia
Democratic candidate has pulled ahead of Donald Trump in two key battleground states. If Mr. Biden wins Pennsylvania, he will secure overall victory in election. Also, Ethiopian PM insists that army operation in Tigray state has 'clear, limited and achievable objectives', and how an English couple earned a fortune from the contents of some rubbish-bags.Listen

Trump sues as path to victory over Biden narrows
The Trump campaign launches lawsuits in key states as Joe Biden moves nearer to the presidency. Also: France increases security following terror attacks, and the Formula One controversy over human rights in Saudi Arabia.Listen

US Election: Counting goes on in key states
The final result hinges on the states of Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The Trump campaign is taking legal action in several states. Also: a new hotline in Hong Kong to encourage people to snitch on their neighbours, and we look at America?s election through African eyes.Listen

US Election: Biden takes Michigan and says ?clear we will win?
Democratic challenger Joe Biden says it is clear he is winning enough states to take the US presidency, despite key results still outstanding. Also: Austria?s intelligence service is criticised over Monday's deadly shootings by a convicted Islamist, and more European nations introduce coronavirus restrictions.Listen

US Election: Tense wait as winner remains unclear
Donald Trump and his rival Joe Biden are neck-and-neck in key swing-states. The final result may not emerge for days. Also, Ethiopia's PM orders a military response to 'attack' in Tigray state, and why a South Atlantic island is under threat from a gigantic iceberg.Listen

US presidential election on a knife edge
Both Donald Trump are Joe Biden are optimisitic of victory after a nail biting night which saw the president projected to hold the key states of Florida and Ohio. Mr Biden told supporters that he was still on track to win but President Trump accused him of trying to "steal" the election. We take you through the night as it came down to a handful of states in the American midwest.Listen

Arrests after ?freed jihadist? kills four in Vienna
Austria has been mourning the four victims of an Islamist attack in Vienna. Fourteen people are held but authorities now believe the dead gunman may have acted alone. Also in the programme; the world's biggest stock market listing has been postponed just two days before shares were to make their debut, and a new study which examines the effects of light pollution on different species.Listen

US election: Polls open in presidential vote
Voting begins in one of the most divisive elections in recent US history. Also, in the wake of a deadly act of terrorism in Vienna, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says the country?s real enemy is intolerance. And a company in Tunisia is creating 3-D printed body parts for amputees.Listen

US Election: Biden and Trump make final pitches to voters
Joe Biden and Donald Trump are using the last hours before election day on Tuesday to exhort supporters in battleground states to get out and vote. Also: Austrian police describe a shooting in Vienna as a terrorist attack, and more lockdowns are introduced across Europe as coronavirus cases climb.Listen

US Election: Final day of campaigning
Donald Trump and Joe Biden hold last rallies in swing states. Also, nineteen people are killed in an attack at Kabul university, and Hollywood actor Johnny Depp loses libel case against a newspaper that labelled him 'wife beater'.Listen

Trump and Biden criss-cross the US as vote nears
Both candidates are making last ditch appeals to voters in battleground states that could determine the outcome of Tuesday's presidential election. Also: Hong Kong police arrest seven pro-democracy MPs after a parliamentary meeting descended into violence, and security forces in Belarus fire stun grenades and warning shots at protesters in the capital Minsk.Listen

England to lock down for four weeks
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces a second national lockdown from Thursday. Also: a Greek Orthodox priest is seriously wounded in a shooting in the French city of Lyon, and the search for survivors continues in the Turkish city of Izmir, after Friday's powerful earthquake.Listen

Deaths and floods as quake hits Turkey and Greece
There were fatalities in Turkey's Izmir province and on Greece's Samos island, with a mini tsunami triggered. Also: France increases its security at places of worship and schools following stabbings in Nice, and Qatar to prosecute officials over forced examinations of women at airport.Listen

Earthquake strikes Aegean coasts of Greece and Turkey
Reports of deaths and injuries due to powerful quake centred off Turkey's Izmir province. Tremors were felt as far away as Athens and Istanbul. Also, troops deployed on French streets following deadly knife-attack in Nice, and what do Russian politicians and public expect from US election ?Listen

French church attacker arrived in Europe from Tunisia last month
Three people were stabbed to death in Nice in what France says was an "Islamist terrorist attack". Also: Argentine police evict hundreds of families from makeshift homes in Buenos Aires, and what does the DNA show us about dogs as man's "best friend"?Listen

Three killed in France 'terror attack'
Three people were stabbed to death at a church in the southern city of Nice. France has raised its terrorism alert to the highest level. Also: The German chancellor has warned of a long, hard winter ahead as Europe tries to contain coronavirus cases, and why scientists have printed the first 3-D replica of the human tongue.Listen

Macron declares 2nd national lockdown in France
Non-essential businesses in France will close, but schools and factories will remain open. Also: Tech chiefs face tough questions over internet law, and remembering John Blanke - the black trumpeter at the royal court of Henry VIII.Listen

Coronavirus: Germany and France to decide on new lockdowns
Both nations are preparing to further tighten Covid restrictions as cases rise. An EU advisor says 1000 Europeans are now dying every day from the virus. Also, Philadelphia rocked by further protests over shooting of black man by police, and why Kim Kardashian West's birthday party has created controversy on social media.Listen

Biden hits new election battleground, Trump blitzes Midwest
In Georgia, Joe Biden attacked Donald Trump's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic; in Michigan, Donald Trump warned the state's "economic survival" was on the line if Mr Biden won the US presidential election. Also: Hong Kong activist Tony Chung detained near US consulate.Listen

UN: '100,000 children could die in Yemen'
The UN says malnutrition rates among the under-fives are the highest ever recorded. Also: immunity to Covid-19 may not last long, and an Islamic religious school is bombed in Pakistan.Listen

NASA: conclusive evidence of more water on the Moon
NASA says there is water on the Moon in far larger quantities than previously thought. Also, US Senate to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court justice, and a BBC investigation into a mass poisoning in Malaysia.Listen

Trump nominee to be voted onto Supreme Court
The Republican-controlled Senate moves to confirm Amy Coney Barrett's appointment. Also: the general strike in Belarus, and the clock - frozen in time by Beirut's huge explosion.Listen

Spain imposes national curfew to curb Covid
A coronavirus state of emergency with immediate effect - hits Spain; President Trump's coronavirus expert admits infections are still rising, and Lewis Hamilton has now won the most races in Formula One history.Listen

Turkey condemns French pledge to defend secular society
France recalls its Ambassador to Turkey after President Erdogan launches personal attack on Emmanuel Macron; Trump comment on 'blowing up' dam angers Ethiopia, and hopes artificial intelligence could help diagnose Alzheimers disease.Listen

Libya: Government and opposition sign permanent ceasefire deal
The deal between military leaders from Libya?s government and those from opposition forces lead by General Khalifa Haftar was brokered by the UN. Also: Sudan becomes the third Arab state in recent months to normalise relations with Israel, and a busker whose guitar was smashed by a passer-by receives a brand new one from a rock star.Listen

Who came out on top? US debate fallout
Donald Trump and Joe Biden clash over pandemic, immigration and corruption allegations. Also: protests in Poland against court ruling to outlaw abortion in almost all cases, and Santa reassures children that Christmas isn't cancelled.Listen

Final TV clash for Trump and Biden
We get analysis from our US correspondent and fact check the last presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden. Also: the controversial conservative nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, clears another hurdle on the way to a place on the US Supreme Court, Belgian doctors face a ?tsunami? of new Covid cases, and the wonder of Hermès ? how luxury goods are dodging the downturn.Listen

Trump and Biden meet for final presidential debate
The battle lines are drawn for next month's election -- as the president and his Democratic Party challenger go head-to-head in the last TV debate before Election Day on November 3. Also today: the controversial conservative nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, clears another hurdle on the way to a place on the US Supreme Court, Belgian doctors face a ?tsunami? of new Covid cases, and the wonder of Hermès ? how luxury goods are dodging the downturn.Listen

Australia aged care: sexual assault allegations
An estimated 50 sexual assaults occur each week across Australia, an inquiry has heard; also, heading to the afterlife - tales of human sacrifice in ancient China, and what we can learn from the diabolical ironclad beetle.Listen

Unrest in Lagos after protest shooting
Amnesty International says at least 12 people were killed on Tuesday during protests in Nigeria's largest city. Also: Pope Francis indicates support for same-sex civil unions, and "cooling paint" could cut emissions from buildings.Listen

Nigeria: President appeals for calm after unrest in Lagos
A number of people have reportedly been shot at a protest against police brutality. Also: at least fifteen people have died after stampede in eastern Afghanistan and an unknown attacker has vandalised art works on display at several galleries in Berlin.Listen

Protestors 'shot dead' in Nigeria's biggest city
An indefinite 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Lagos and other regions. Also: US files landmark lawsuit against Google, and elation as NASA's Osiris-Rex probe tags asteroid Bennu in an effort to pick up samples.Listen

US Election 2020: what the world wants
A special edition with a global perspective on the upcoming presidential election. We find out which countries are keeping a close eye on the vote, and hear from our correspondents around the world about the situation in their region. Also: we assess whether President Trump has kept his promises on trade, and how his strategies have shaped geopolitics.Listen

Taliban conflict: Afghan fears rise
Afghanistan's National Security Advisor has warned that his country faces a very real threat of a renewed civil war. Also: Donald Trump and Joe Biden will have their microphones muted during portions of the second and final presidential election debate on Thursday and the Canadian town of Asbestos is hoping to get rid of its negative image with a new name.Listen

US charges Russian intelligence officers in global cyber attacks
Prosecutors in Pittsburgh accuse the men, operating out of Moscow, of carrying out malware attacks between 2015 and 2019. Also: Trump says Sudan will be removed from terror list, and saving Australia's koalas by planting gum tree seeds using a drone.Listen

France teacher attack: Police raid homes of suspected Islamic radicals
The Interior Minister said there would be no respite for enemies of France. Also: exit polls suggest the socialist party has won the election in Bolivia and China releases economic figures showing its recovery from Covid-19Listen

Thousands rally to pay tribute to murdered French teacher
Samuel Paty was killed on Friday close to his school after showing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed to his pupils. Also: Thai police fire water cannon as crowds defy ban; and do sleep apps with "white noise" really work?Listen

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan agree new truce
Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to another humanitarian ceasefire in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Also: French prosecutors say the teenager who beheaded a teacher outside a school was a Chechen refugee from Russia, and thousands of anti-government protesters have again taken to the streets in Thailand.Listen

Terror inquiry launched after teacher beheaded in Paris
The victim reportedly showed controversial cartoons of Prophet Muhammad to his students. Also: the UN warns that peace talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban could be derailed by a new wave of violence, and a new study suggests flying during the pandemic may be safer than you think.Listen

Brexit: Johnson says UK must prepare for a 'no deal' trade relationship with EU
Britain's PM said unless EU changed course, there'd be no post-Brexit trade agreement. Also, China denies report that it is separating Muslim Uighur children from their parents in Xinjiang, and Disney updates warning about racist content in classic films.Listen

US: Republican leaders accuse Twitter of electoral interference over Biden article
Twitter prevented people from posting links to a New York Post article, which contained screenshots of emails to and from Mr Biden's son, Hunter, as well as photos of him. Also: The Democratic presidential and vice-presidential candidates, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, have both flown on planes on which a fellow traveller has tested positive for coronavirus, and we look into the one sector of the entertainment industry that?s benefitting from the virus.Listen

Thai protesters defy emergency rules with rally
Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters gather in Bangkok despite a new emergency decree. More than 20 people were arrested, including a number of the movement's leaders. Also: the President of Kyrgyzstan resigns, how thousands of people are living with long-term coronavirus symptoms, and why biodegradable glitter is environmentally no better than the original product.Listen

France orders curfew to combat second wave
President Macron imposes strict night-time restrictions on Paris and eight other cities as coronavirus cases surge. They?ll come into effect from Saturday and last for six weeks. Also: the Netherlands extends its controversial 'right to die' laws to children as young as one. And humanitarian medics in Afghanistan tell us of their battle to save lives as the battle rages for Helmand.Listen

Thai protests: Police stop pro-democracy demonstrators from reaching PM's office
Big demonstrations staged in Bangkok by pro-democracy activists and their royalist rivals. Pro-democracy protestors want the King's powers curbed and the Prime Minister's resignation. Also, a report on Armenian community in Nagorno-Karabakh where ceasefire looks in danger of collapsing, and a veteran astronaut tells us we need to cherish our planet.Listen

China and Russia join the UN Human Rights Council - but Saudi Arabia is rejected
They were elected despite criticism of their human rights records. Also: US Supreme Court nominee Barrett evades questions on key issues, and the flight record without aeroplane.Listen

Coronavirus: China reports strong growth in trade
China was the first country hit by the virus - and its economy appears to have been the first to recover. Also: President Trump returns to the campaign trail, less than two weeks after being diagnosed with Covid-19, and the race to defuse a world war two bomb in Poland.Listen

Trump Supreme Court nominee testifies
Amy Coney Barrett said she was 'honoured' by the controversial nomination. Also: Facebook bans content that denies or distorts the Holocaust, and the row over the remake of the film Cleopatra.Listen

Bangladesh is to introduce the death penalty for rape
The announcement follows days of protests about levels of sexual violence against women. Also: Aboriginal groups in Australia tell an inquiry they are in mourning over the damage done to sacred sites by mining, and the Nobel Prize for Economics has been awarded to two American professors for their work on the theory of auctions.Listen

Mutual accusations over broken ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh
Azerbaijan and Armenia accuse one another of having violated ceasefire after shelling of Ganja, Also: brutal crackdown on protests in Belarus, and the asteroid hurtling towards earth turns out to be something more innocent.Listen

Nagorno-Karabakh: Reports of fresh shelling dent ceasefire hopes
The violence came just hours after a ceasefire came into force, with both Armenia and Azerbaijan swapping blame. Also: Donald Trump makes his first significant campaign appearance since being diagnosed with coronavirus, and what role are online conspiracy theories playing in this presidential election?Listen

President Trump re-launches campaign as he recovers from coronavirus
Less than a week after leaving hospital with coronavirus, President Donald Trump will speak to hundreds of supporters at the White House on Saturday. Also: The World Bank says Latin America and the Caribbean are suffering the worst economic and health impacts from the virus, and what role do national anthems play in international football games when there are no fans?Listen

Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 awarded to UN's World Food Programme
WFP was given prize for its efforts to combat hunger and improve conditions for peace. The agency said it was 'deeply humbled' to have won. Also, Moscow tries to broker a ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh, and the Cook Islands' leader causes controversy - by giving himself nearly all the posts in his cabinet.Listen

FBI busts militia 'plot' to abduct Michigan Governor
The Democrat was targeted by coronavirus sceptics after enacting strict lockdown measures. Also: European nations impose new restrictions as the continent records almost 100,000 new coronavirus cases, and the US places more sanctions on Iran.Listen

Trump says he will not participate in next US presidential debate
Donald Trump says he will not ?waste his time? on the second debate of the US presidential campaign, after organisers announced it would take place virtually. Also, a Spanish court has struck down a partial Covid lockdown in Madrid. And Britain?s Prince William and nature broadcaster Sir David Attenborough launch a prize for environmentalism, worth more than $60 million.Listen

Islamic State 'Beatles' charged in US over hostages' deaths
Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh appeared in a US federal court in Virginia by video link, accused of killing four American hostages in Syria. The men, who were part of a group known as 'The Beatles' because of their British accents, face life imprisonment if convicted. Also: the former US police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd in May is released from prison on bail, and billionaires see their fortunes hit record highs during the pandemic.Listen

Greece: extreme nationalist political party Golden Dawn is outlawed
Leaders of Neo-Nazi party found guilty of running criminal organisation. And members found guilty of range of crimes - including murder. Also, two women scientists given 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing tools to edit DNA, and how traditional method of gathering wild honey is being revived in mountains of Georgia.Listen

Trump ends Covid budget stimulus relief talks
The US president says he will only resume talks after the election. Also:  opposition 'seize power' in Kyrgyzstan, and the legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen dies aged sixty-five.Listen

Kyrgyzstan election result annulled after night of violence
Demonstrators storm parliament in the former Soviet republic. Also: President Trump is criticised for playing down the severity of Covid-19, and Singapore offers a 'baby bonus' to couples prepared to have a child during the pandemic.Listen

Trump leaves hospital to continue Covid-19 treatment
The US president vowed to hit the campaign trail very soon, though he is still receiving medical care. Also: riot police clash with protestors in Kyrgyzstan, and feuding in the world of Japanese mascots.Listen

President Trump criticised over drive-past
The decision to greet supporters while being treated for Covid-19 is under scrutiny. Also: The WHO?S top officials meet to discuss the global response to the pandemic, and the creature being reintroduced to mainland Australia after three thousand years.Listen

Trump briefly leaves hospital to greet supporters
The US president is seen waving inside a car, hours after doctors said he might be discharged on Monday. Also: Nagorno-Karabakh conflict grows as big cities hit, and the Kenzo fashion brand founder dies from Covid-19.Listen

Confusion over timeline of Trump's diagnosis
The US president was given oxygen before his admission to hospital. Also: Sudan's transitional government has signed a peace deal with an alliance of rebel groups aimed at ending decades of conflict, and Egypt announces the discovery of dozens of sarcophagi at an ancient site, south of the capital Cairo.Listen

Trump flown to hospital with Covid-19
The White House said he was admitted for tests as a precaution. Also: Germany's bid to reform social media, and Scottish criminals turn to music.Listen

Trump and Melania test positive for Coronavirus
White House says President has 'mild symptoms' and he and First Lady are self-isolating. We assess likely impact of Mr. Trump's announcement on presidential elections - due on 3rd November. Also, Spain sees new surge in cases of Covid 19, and how European cities are changing as pandemic leads more people to take up cycling.Listen

Anger grows after India 'gang rape' deaths
The death of a second Dalit woman after an alleged gang rape has shocked India. Also: More fires in the Amazon, and when bread is not bread.Listen

Brexit: EU starts legal action against UK
Legal proceedings begin after UK refuses to ditch plans to override Brexit divorce deal. Also: Kremlin critic Navalny blames Putin for poisoning, and scientists say people who have a certain gene inherited from Neanderthals are more at risk from Covid-19.Listen

Nagorno-Karabakh: Turkey denies sending Syrian mercenaries to fight
The battle in Nagorno-Karabakh, between Azerbaijan and Armenian separatists, is just the latest in a decades-long struggle for control of the region. Also, China and Russia react to the chaotic US presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. And, from pop concerts to professional wrestling, fans are being asked to keep their mouths shut, to stop the spread of the coronavirus.Listen

Presidential debate: Trump and Biden in chaotic encounter
President Trump and Joe Biden have held a bitter and angry White House debate. They argued fiercely over Coronavirus, the economy, healthcare and far-Right extremism. Also, senior figures in India's governing BJP found not guilty of inciting Hindu extremists to demolish mosque, and why some experts think the world needs to drastically change its diet.Listen

US presidential debate
Donald Trump and Joe Biden clash in a chaotic and combative debate. We hear from Cleveland, Ohio, where this first election debate is taking place and have analysis from our reality check correspondent. Also: the young people born and raised in Italy who are fighting for their right to citizenship, and could keeping exotic pets lead to their extinction?Listen

UN holds emergency meeting about Azerbaijan and Armenia
Dozens have been killed as the violence between the countries escalates. Also: a horrific rape case in India has once again raised questions about women's rights and the caste system, and more people are keeping exotic reptiles as pets than previously thought...but could it lead to their extinction?Listen

Global coronavirus deaths pass one million
The US, Brazil and India account for nearly half the total. Experts say the true figure is probably much higher. Also: Amnesty International says it has been forced to stop work in India, could emergency teams soon be using jetpacks to get to patients, and how the fashion world is adapting designs for the Covid era.Listen

WHO to give cheap, quick coronavirus tests to poorer countries
They cost 5 dollars and give results in less than 30 minutes. Also: fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia escalates; and a pigeon that went missing 24 years ago in New Zealand has finally come home.Listen

India passes six million coronavirus cases
It comes on the day eighty-two thousand new cases were reported. We look at where the pandemic is heading there. Also: why the English football league system could be facing financial collapse, and we hear from the veteran naturalist and now Instagram king, David Attenborough.Listen

New York Times says Donald Trump 'paid $750 in federal income taxes' in 2016
The newspaper says it has obtained tax records for the US president over two decades. Mr Trump denied the report as "totally fake news". Also: Armenia and Azerbaijan battle over disputed region.Listen

Trump picks Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court
The nomination of a conservative judge paves the way for a bitter Senate fight as an election looms. Also: Madrid at "serious risk" without virus lockdown, and NASA is working with a cosmetics company on space station commercialization.Listen

Trump 'to pick Amy Coney Barrett' for Supreme Court
The judge and former law professor from Indiana is a favourite of social conservatives. Also: Paris stabbing attack 'an act of terrorism', and polio vaccination campaigners in Pakistan battle misinformation and distrust.Listen

Paris attack: Two hurt, two arrested near former Charlie Hebdo office
One of the arrested suspects was found with blood on his clothing, according to a police source. Also: Farmers in India are blocking roads and railways using tractors and livestock during protests and the elite rat saving lives by sniffing out landminesListen

Vatican cardinal resigns unexpectedly
Cardinal Becciu became involved in a controversial deal to buy a luxury building in London. He denies any wrongdoing. Also: the US Republican leader has said there will be an "orderly" post presidential election transition, and how lockdown birds sang to a different note.Listen

UK chancellor announces new job support scheme
It begins in November and means the government will pay part of workers? wages who have lost hours because of the coronavirus pandemic. Also: South Korea has condemned North Korea's killing of a civilian official who was apparently trying to defect as unforgivable, and we look at some of the contenders for the Mercury music prize.Listen

Protests in Kentucky after Grand Jury decision
Grand jury decides not to charge police officers over fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor; mass protests in Belarus after Alexander Lukashenko is secretly sworn in for another term as president; and why Africa is seeing a sustained fall in the number of new coronavirus infections.Listen

EU proposes new migration rules
All countries will have to take in refugees or sponsor the return of those refused asylum. Also: the Russian opposition politician, Alexei Navalny, has been discharged from hospital where he was being treated for Novichok nerve agent poisoning, and a Grammy-nominated singer is building a high-tech city in Senegal with its own cryptocurrency.Listen

Coronavirus: US death toll passes 200,000
President Trump's administration has been repeatedly criticised over its handling of the virus. In March, President Trump said if deaths were between 100,000 and 200,000, the country would have done a "very good job". Also: police forces around the world seize more than 6.5 million dollars in cash and virtual currencies, as well as drugs and guns in a co-ordinated raid on dark web marketplaces, and NASA announces a plan for the first woman on the Moon by 2024 as a staging post for the first human mission to Mars.Listen

China tycoon critical of Xi gets 18 years in jail
Ren Zhiqiang went missing earlier this year after writing an essay said to be critical of President Xi. Also: Arctic sea-ice shrinks to a near record low extent, and the Italian university accused of fixing a language exam for the footballer Luis Suarez.Listen

10pm curfew for English pubs and restaurants
Order comes as scientists increase the UK's coronavirus alert level. Also: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's last dictated message to her grand-daughter, Twitter's apparent racial bias and China's Hollywood propaganda videos.Listen

'Be brave', Svetlana Tikhanovskaya tells the EU
The Belarusian opposition leader wants the EU to impose sanctions against President Lukashenko and senior officials. Also: a global poll shows the world is split on the urgency of tackling climate change, and the big winners at the virtual Emmys.Listen

Leaks show scale of bank laundering
BBC investigation reveals how criminals were helped to move dirty money around the world. Also: reprieve for We Chat after US judge blocks Trump ban order, hundreds protest against Madrid lockdowns and Gore-Tex creator dies.Listen

When will the next US Supreme Court judge be nominated?
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.Listen

WHO warns pandemic is not going away anytime soon
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.Listen

Israel marks Jewish New Year with 2nd Covid-19 lockdown
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.Listen

Global coronavirus cases top 30 million
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.Listen

China defends its mass 're-education' policies in Xinjiang
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?Listen

Lamine Diack: Former head of World Athletics found guilty of corruption and jailed
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.Listen

Venezuela: UN investigators accuse government of crimes against humanity
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 ?Listen

Israel signs diplomatic accord with UAE and Bahrain
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?.Listen

Poisoned Navalny ?will return to Russia?
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.Listen

Evidence that Venus may harbour life
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.Listen

Belarus: UN calls for investigation of torture allegations
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.Listen

Belarus: Thousands rally against President Lukashenko
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.Listen

Afghan government urges ceasefire with Taliban
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.Listen

Bahrain says it is normalising ties with Israel
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.Listen

Moria: European Commission says migrant camp will be rebuilt after huge fire
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.Listen

EU ultimatum to UK over Brexit talks
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.Listen

Greek ships to help shelter 13,000 migrants after camp burned
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.Listen

Trump accused of deliberately misleading US on Covid-19
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.Listen

Fire destroys Greece's largest migrant camp
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.Listen

US protests: Rochester police leaders resign en masse
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?Listen

Belarus: Lukashenko admits being in power too long
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.Listen

Russia's Alexei Navalny out of coma after poisoning
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.Listen

Belarus opposition leader reportedly abducted
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.Listen

Belarus: Protesters gather for the fourth week in a row
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.Listen

Rohingya refugees: Bangladesh plans to move thousands to an island
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.Listen

US unemployment falls again - good news for Trump?
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 BarçaListen

Islamic State: Giant library of group's online propaganda discovered
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.Listen

Biden speaks to Jacob Blake on Wisconsin visit
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.Listen

Tycoon cleared of murders that rocked Slovakia
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.Listen

Russia's Navalny 'poisoned with Novichok'
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.Listen

Charlie Hebdo: 14 suspects on trial over deadly Paris attacks
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.Listen

Trump visits Kenosha to back police after shooting
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, changes its definitions of many words.Listen

Charlie Hebdo magazine republishes Mohammed cartoons
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.Listen

US election: Biden accuses 'weak' Trump of stoking violence
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.Listen

Historic Israeli flight arrives in UAE
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.Listen

Belarus: Mass rally keeps pressure on Lukashenko
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.Listen

Belarus: Journalists covering protests stripped of accreditation
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.Listen

Thousands of Americans gather in Washington to protest against racism
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.Listen

Shinzo Abe: Japan's PM resigns for health reasons
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.Listen

Trump brands NBA a "political" organisation
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.Listen

'Catastrophic' hurricane Laura lashes Louisiana
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.Listen

Teenager charged over Wisconsin protesters' deaths
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.Listen

Jacob Blake: Two shot dead during third night of unrest in Kenosha
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.Listen

Africa declared free of wild polio in 'milestone'
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.Listen

Ratko Mladic appeals against genocide conviction
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.Listen

US Election: Republican Party nominates Donald Trump as its presidential candidate
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.Listen

Belarus holds opposition figures after mass rally
The latest detentions come amid a border row with neighbouring Lithuania. Also: Christchurch gunman 'planned third mosque attack', and are full stops intimidating?Listen

Belarus: Opposition holds mass rally in Minsk despite ban
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.Listen

NATO rejects Belarus claim of border threat
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.Listen

Russian doctors allow Navalny to go to Germany
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.Listen

Alexei Navalny's wife appeals to Putin to let her husband be flown abroad for treatment
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.Listen

Steve Bannon charged with fraud over Mexico wall funds
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.Listen

Russian opposition leader 'fights for life'
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.Listen

UN joins global condemnation of Mali coup
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.Listen

Mali: Soldiers promise elections after ousting President
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.Listen

Mali president seized by mutinying soldiers
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.Listen

Guilty verdict over assassination of Lebanon ex-PM
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.Listen

Protests continue in Belarus
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.Listen

Belarus: striking workers boo the president as his authoritarian rule hangs in the balance
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?Listen

Mass protest eclipses Belarus leader's rally
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.Listen

Belarus: President Lukashenko claims he has Russian support against protests
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.Listen

Pressure grows on Belarusian president to resign
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.Listen

Belarus: 'Widespread torture' inflicted on jailed protesters
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.Listen

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to fully normalise relations
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.Listen

Women form ?solidarity chains? in Belarus protests
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.Listen

Harris joins Biden at first event as running mate
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.Listen

Belarus: police clash with demonstrators for third night
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.Listen

Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate
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".Listen

Global Covid-19 cases top 20 million
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.Listen

Lebanon cabinet resigns as anger over blast mounts
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.Listen

Belarus opposition disputes leader's landslide win
President Lukashenko accuses foreign-inspired agitators of sparking violence. Also: HK tycoon arrested under security law, and the poem published 100 years late.Listen

Clashes erupt after disputed Belarus election
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?Listen

Lebanese army retakes government buildings stormed by protestors
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.Listen

Air India jet breaks in two in Kerala
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.Listen

Beirut explosion: many Lebanese blame government negligence
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.Listen

New York sues America's powerful National Rifle Association
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.Listen

President Macron says political change is needed in Lebanon
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.Listen

Anger in Beirut at failure to prevent devastating explosion
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.Listen

Rescue workers in Beirut search for missing bodies after explosion
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.Listen

Beirut blasts: Dozens dead and thousands injured in unexplained explosions
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.Listen

Hefty fines for lockdown rule-breakers in Australia
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.Listen

Spain's ex-King Juan Carlos leaves the country
This comes weeks after the embattled former King was linked to an inquiry into alleged corruption. Also: red card for footballers caught deliberately coughing, and other mammals lose out in panda conservative drive.Listen

Iran cover-up of Covid-19 deaths revealed
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?Listen

NASA astronauts make landmark splashdown
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.Listen

Facebook forced to block pro-Bolsonaro accounts
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.Listen

WHO head says pandemic will be felt for decades
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.Listen

Hong Kong postpones elections by year due to 'virus concerns'
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.Listen

Threat to delay US presidential election
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.Listen

Hong Kong bars 12 opposition candidates from election
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.Listen

US tech giants face Congress grilling
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.Listen

Hong Kong: 'Large-scale' coronavirus outbreak looming, says city's leader
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.Listen

US Attorney General defends deploying federal agents to Portland
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.Listen

Construction starts for the world?s largest nuclear fusion reactor in France
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 linked to the 1MDB scandal, and why people are abandoning their dogs post-lockdown.Listen

Netanyahu accuses Hezbollah of trying to infiltrate Israel
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.Listen

Alarm over Vietnam?s first coronavirus cases in months
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.Listen

Hollywood star Olivia de Havilland dies aged 104
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.Listen

UK brings back 14-day quarantine for Spain
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.Listen

British PM says his government could have done things differently regarding Covid-19
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.Listen

Hagia Sophia: Muslim Friday prayers held as former museum becomes mosque again
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.Listen

US Congresswoman denounces colleague's 'sexist slur'
"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.Listen

US accuses China of spying
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.Listen

Trump to send 'surge' of federal agents to cities
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.Listen

US orders China to close consulate in Houston
Washington says Chinese consulate in Texas must be closed by Friday 24th July. Beijing says this is a 'political provocation'. Also, Twitter bans accounts linked to QAnon conspiracy-theory, and how a producer is turning songs of endangered bird species into music.Listen

US accuses China of Covid-19 vaccine hack
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.Listen

UK 'actively avoided' investigating Russian threat
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.Listen

Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial shows promise
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.Listen

Covid-19 treatment trial described as ?breakthrough?
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.Listen

US Covid death toll passes 140.000
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.Listen

'Moment of Truth' in EU covid talks
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 mattersListen

Fauci says all Americans should wear masks to stop a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases
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.Listen

India reports over one million cases of Covid 19
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.'Listen

Russian hackers 'targeting Covid-19 vaccine research'
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.Listen

Court rules Shamima Begum can return to UK to fight for citizenship
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.Listen

US disease expert Anthony Fauci calls White House attacks "bizarre"
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.Listen

China hits out at US and UK
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.Listen

US judge denies Ghislaine Maxwell bail
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?Listen

UK bans Chinese tech giant Huawei from 5G network
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.Listen

WHO gives a stark warning on coronavirus
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.Listen

China slaps sanctions on top US officials
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.Listen

Covid 19: South Africa reimposes total alcohol ban
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.Listen

Srebrenica: Bosnia marks 25 years since massacre
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.Listen

Turkey turns Hagia Sophia into mosque
President Erdogan signed decree after court ruling, also dramatic rise in deforestation in the Amazon region and the row over facial treatments in the UKListen

Russia's Foreign Minister says there's growing risk of nuclear confrontation
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.Listen

Supreme Court: Prosecutors can see Trump taxes
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.Listen

Oxfam: Hunger could be bigger killer than the coronavirus
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.Listen

US exceeds 3 million coronavirus cases
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.Listen

China opens new security office in Hong Kong
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.Listen

Brazil's Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Melbourne returns to lockdown as cases surge
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.Listen

WHO: More than 70 countries could run out of HIV medicine
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?Listen

China warns UK over Hong Kong 'interference'
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.Listen

India overtakes Russia for Covid-19 infections
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.Listen

Trump 4 July message: We're beating 'China plague'
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.Listen

WHO warns Covid-19 vaccine 'unlikely' this year
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.Listen

Khashoggi: Turkey begins trial of 20 Saudis in absentia
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.Listen

Epstein ex girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell charged
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".Listen

Myanmar jade mine landslide kills more than 100
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.Listen

Early results show Putin strongly backed in reform vote
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.Listen

Hong Kong: First arrests made under new 'anti-protest' law
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'.Listen

Fauci warns of 100,000 US Covid-19 cases per day
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.Listen

China approves controversial Security Law.
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...Listen

WHO says worst could be 'yet to come' in Covid-19 pandemic
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.Listen

France: Former PM Francois Fillon and wife given jail sentences over fake jobs
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.Listen

Trump tweets clip of supporter yelling 'white power'
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.Listen

Malawi opposition leader wins historic poll rerun
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.Listen

Two US states go back into 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.Listen

UK: PM speaks out over danger of 'serious spike' in coronavirus cases
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.Listen

WHO warns of COVID-19 resurgence in Europe
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.Listen

Russians vote on Putin's reforms to constitution
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.Listen

IMF warns world economy faces grim pandemic hit
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.Listen

Russia stages WW2 victory parade in shadow of pandemic
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.Listen

Rayshard Brooks' funeral takes place in Atlanta
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 StatesListen

British PM announces significant easing of lockdown
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.Listen

US designates another four Chinese media outlets as 'foreign missions'
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.Listen

'Record deadly week' for Afghan army
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.Listen

Trump campaign rejects low turnout manipulation
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.Listen

Crowds attend Trump rally despite virus fears
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.Listen

Trump's Oklahoma rally can go ahead
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.Listen

Coronavirus: EU leaders discuss recovery fund
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.Listen

Trump's bid to end Obama-era immigration policy ruled unlawful
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.Listen

EU top court rules against Hungary's NGO law
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.Listen

Rayshard Brooks shooting: US policeman could face death penalty
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.Listen

India-China clash: Narendra Modi says his country will respond if provoked
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.Listen

India - China border dispute claims lives
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.Listen

North Korea blows up joint liaison office with the South
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.Listen

US Supreme Court backs protection for LGBT workers
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.Listen

US 'outraged' by Russian prison sentence for Paul Whelan
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.Listen

France lifts curbs for 'summer unlike any other'
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.Listen

Protestors clash with police in central London
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".Listen

Brazil has 2nd highest death toll
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.Listen

UK economy in record slump due to Coronavirus
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 ?Listen

America's top military officer says sorry for Trump photo op
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.Listen

US: Confederate statues torn down
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.Listen

George Floyd death: 'Stop the pain', brother tells US Congress
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.Listen

Sweden: Investigators name man they believe killed PM Olof Palme in 1986
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.Listen

Powerful calls for racial justice at the funeral in Texas of George Floyd
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.Listen

Mourners gather in Houston for George Floyd funeral
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.Listen

Pandemic pushes US into official recession
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".Listen

Indian economy reopens, despite surge in coronavirus infections
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.Listen

Trump withdraws National Guard from Washington
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.Listen

Thousands protest against racism in Washington
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.Listen

California and Minnesota are to restrict police officers from using chokeholds following the death of George Floyd
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.Listen

Australia: Court bans Black Lives Matter march due to coronavirus
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,Listen

Memorial service for George Floyd
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.Listen

Hong Kong: Thousands defy ban to attend Tiananmen vigil
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.Listen

George Floyd death: New charges for all four sacked officers
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.Listen

Hong Kong: China accuses UK of ?gross interference?
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.Listen

Thousands march through George Floyd's hometown
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.Listen

George Floyd violence continues after Trump's army threat
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.Listen

Trump calls on state governors to be tough over protests
President's call comes as protests across the United States continue, also: new ebola cases in the DRC and what to do about smombies?Listen

US George Floyd death: Violence continues on sixth day of protests
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.Listen

Protests erupt in the US for a sixth day over the death of a black man in police custody
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.Listen

Minnesota governor says protests ?no longer? about Floyd death
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.Listen

A police officer is charged with murder in Minneapolis
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.Listen

US: Protestors set fire to police station in Minneapolis
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'.Listen

Trump signs order targeting social media giants
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.Listen

China passes controversial Hong Kong law
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.Listen

US coronavirus deaths top 100,000
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.Listen

Hong Kong: Police use force to disperse new wave of protests
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Is Latin America the new epicentre?
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.Listen

Hong Kong leader dismisses concerns over security law
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.Listen

WHO suspends testing of malaria drug for Covid-19 patients
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.Listen

Japan lifts Covid-19 State of Emergency
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 saleListen

Israel?s Prime Minister stands trial over corruption charges
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.Listen

Afghan Taliban announce Eid ceasefire
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?.Listen

Trump declares houses of worship 'essential' amid the pandemic
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 70Listen

Pakistan: Passenger plane crashes in Karachi
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.Listen

China proposes controversial Hong Kong security law
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?Listen

Cyclone wrecks Kolkata and leaves scores dead
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.Listen

Brazil approves anti-malarial drugs to treat Covid-19 despite warnings
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.Listen

Cyclone Amphan makes landfall in India and Bangladesh
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 ?Listen

Climate change: Huge daily drop in CO2 during lockdowns
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.Listen

Trump lashes out again at the WHO
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.Listen

President Trump taking unproven drug to ward off Covid-19
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.Listen

Italian business reopens after months of lockdown
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.Listen

Israel swears in unity government after long crisis
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.Listen

European football resumes after the coronavirus shutdown
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.Listen

Second Brazil health minister quits in a month
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.Listen

Hong Kong: police watchdog clears officers over crackdown
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 ?Listen

Yemen sees ?surge? in coronavirus deaths
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.Listen

State of emergency lifted in most of Japan
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.Listen

US accuses China of hacking coronavirus research
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.Listen

China responds to new Coronavirus clusters
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.Listen

Fauci warns of 'needless suffering and death'
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.Listen

Gunmen storm Afghanistan maternity hospital
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.Listen

Russia to ease its coronavirus lockdown despite a record number of new infections
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.Listen

Coronavirus restrictions eased across Europe
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.Listen

Special: Postcards from Isolation
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.Listen

British Prime Minister announces easing of coronavirus lockdown
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?Listen

Obama describes Trump's handling of pandemic as 'chaotic'
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.Listen

Queen Elizabeth marks 75th VE Day anniversary with a televised address
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.Listen

VE Day: Europe marks 75th anniversary amid coronavirus lockdown
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.Listen

Charges dropped against former Trump adviser
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.Listen

13 Dead and hundreds injured in Indian gas leak.
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.Listen

Germany is easing lockdown restrictions
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.Listen

Coronavirus: A warning that EU faces 'worst economic crisis since 1930s'
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.Listen

White House plans to disband coronavirus task force
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.Listen

India records biggest daily jump in infections and deaths
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?Listen

World leaders pledge billions for vaccine development
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.Listen

Italy begins to relax its lockdown
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Europe passes 100,000 deaths, but the outbreak is slowing
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.Listen

Spain eases lockdown and allows adults out to exercise
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.Listen

India extends its lockdown for two more weeks
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.Listen

UN's chief: Lack of global co-ordination enabled virus to spread
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.Listen

Trump says he?s seen evidence that coronavirus came from Chinese lab
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.Listen

Steep rise in daily Covid-19 infections in Russia.
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.Listen

Hope grows for coronavirus drug breakthrough
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.Listen

China angry over Australian PM Scott Morrison's call for coronavirus inquiry
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.Listen

Number of coronavirus cases in US passes one million
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.Listen

IRC says 'one billion' could become infected with Covid-19
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.Listen

The WHO says its coronavirus warnings were ignored
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.Listen

British PM Boris Johnson is back at work after recovering from Covid-19
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.Listen

Italy to ease some lockdown restrictions from early May
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 schoolingListen

Worldwide Covid-19 death toll climbs to 200,000
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.Listen

US coronavirus deaths surge past 50k
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.Listen

Outcry after Trump suggests injecting disinfectant
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."Listen

Syria civil war: Germany holds unprecedented state torture trial
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.Listen

China denies a cover up over Coronavirus
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.Listen

Worrying upward trends in virus cases, warns WHO
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 planListen

Spain debates lockdown extension
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.Listen

Trump says he will suspend immigration for sixty days
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Immigration to US to be suspended amid pandemic
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.Listen

US oil prices turn negative as demand dries up
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.Listen

India eases virus restrictions
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.Listen

Cuomo says NY state to test thousands for Covid-19 antibodies
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.Listen

Trump says some US states 'to begin a safe, gradual and phased opening'
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.Listen

Coronavirus: President Trump ?incites? protests against lockdowns
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.Listen

China increases official coronavirus death toll in Wuhan by 50%
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.Listen

Trump?s guidelines for reopening the US economy
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.Listen

EU offers heartfelt apology to Italy over coronavirus
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.Listen

The WHO regrets President Trump's decision to halt US funding
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.Listen

Trump faces international anger over ?dangerous? decision to freeze global health funding
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.Listen

Coronavirus: 'World faces worst recession since Great Depression'
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.Listen

India: doctors say Covid-19 death toll much worse than reported
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.Listen

Pressure grows to ease coronavirus lockdowns ? but the WHO urges caution
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.Listen

Spain eases some lockdown restrictions
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.Listen

British PM thanks hospital staff after being treated for coronavirus
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.Listen

US coronavirus death toll the highest in the world
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.Listen

Number of confirmed deaths from coronavirus worldwide has surpassed 100,000
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.Listen

New Tokyo measures to tackle Covid-19
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.Listen

EU agrees ?500bn coronavirus rescue package
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.Listen

Italy PM warns EU future could be at risk
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.Listen

Coronavirus: World facing ?the deepest economic recession of our lifetimes? say experts
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.Listen

Top EU scientist forced out in Covid-19 row
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.Listen

Lockdown restrictions lifted in Wuhan
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.Listen

China reports no new deaths from coronavirus for the first time since January
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.Listen

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is in intensive care
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.Listen

Austria plans to ease some of the restrictions imposed because of coronavirus
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.Listen

British prime minister admitted to hospital
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 feastsListen

US Covid-19 deaths top 8,000 ? but hopes rise in Europe
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.Listen

IMF head says Coronavirus pandemic has created economic crisis like no other
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 pandemicListen

Another huge daily toll of Covid-19 deaths in Spain
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Confirmed global cases pass one million
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.Listen

US Coronavirus Death Toll exceeds 5000
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.Listen

WHO says it's extremely concerned about the rapid rise in coronavirus cases worldwide
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Are loss of smell and taste key symptoms?
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.Listen

US coronavirus death toll overtakes China's official count
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.Listen

Spain suffers highest daily death toll so far
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.Listen

Italy reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases in two weeks
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.Listen

Special: Your coronavirus questions answered
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.Listen

Spain registers more cases of Coronavirus than China
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.Listen

President Trump vows to ?vanquish? coronavirus amid warning 200,000 Americans may die
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.Listen

New York quarantine proposal
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.Listen

Trump signs largest bailout in US history
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.Listen

Coronavirus: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive
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.Listen

US overtakes China with most coronavirus cases
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.Listen

G20 countries assemble to devise coronavirus action plan
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.Listen

UN says the coronavirus is a threat to all of humanity
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.Listen

Coronavirus: US Senate agrees 2 trillion dollar emergency deal
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?Listen

India in lockdown
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.Listen

Tokyo Olympics postponed until 2021
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.Listen

Coronavirus: British PM says 'stay at home' as UK locks down
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Italy tightens lockdown despite fall in daily deaths
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Germany bans gatherings of more than two people
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Italy reports the highest daily number of deaths worldwide
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?Listen

Coronavirus: WHO delivers stark warning to young people
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.Listen

Coronavirus: World Health Organisation delivers stark warning to young people
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.Listen

Coronavirus: number of deaths worldwide exceeds 10,000
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?Listen

Italy coronavirus death toll overtakes China
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.Listen

Coronavirus: nationwide shutdown in Italy extended after almost 3,000 deaths
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.Listen

Italy virus deaths rise by a record number in a day
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.Listen

Coronavirus: More countries close their borders and lockdown
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.Listen

US and UK announce massive economic packages to counter the coronavirus pandemic
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.Listen

Social restrictions ramped up around the world following coronavirus outbreak
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.Listen

Europe expands lockdown in battle against coronavirus
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Restrictions continue to tighten across Europe as outbreak worsens
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.Listen

Coronavirus: US slashes rates, adds $700bn emergency funds
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.Listen

Sweeping new Coronavirus restrictions are introduced across Europe:
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Trump declares national emergency in the US
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.Listen

Coronavirus: English Premier League football season suspended due to outbreak
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.'Listen

How different countries deal with the spread of the Coronavirus
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?Listen

Coronavirus: Trump suspends travel from Europe to US
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.Listen

Italy shuts most shops in virus crisis
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Merkel warns that up to 70% of Germany could become infected
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.Listen

US fights virus outbreak near New York
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.Listen

Italy struggles to cope with coronavirus lockdown
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Italy extends quarantine measures nationwide
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.Listen

Shares plunge around the world
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?Listen

Italian Death Toll Soars
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.Listen

Italy to quarantine 10 million people in Lombardy
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Global number of cases reaches 100,000
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Iran suspends Friday prayers in major cities
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.Listen

Russia and Turkey agree a ceasefire in Idlib
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.Listen

Afghanistan: Top international court backs war crimes probe
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 ?Listen

Coronavirus: Italy to close all schools as deaths rise
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.Listen

Biden wins big on Super Tuesday
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.Listen

Interest Rates cut to protect world economies from Coronavirus
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 monitorsListen

US Election 2020: Joe Biden boosted on Super Tuesday
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.Listen

Increased Coronavirus death toll in the United States
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 nosesListen

Official deaths in Iran from Covid19 rise to 66 - the highest outside China
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.Listen

Coronavirus Special
We put your questions about Covid-19 to experts in the fields of health and science, business, politics and communications.Listen

Coronavirus: US state of Washington declares state of emergency
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.Listen

Trump hails deal with Taliban
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.Listen

WHO says global risk of the coronavirus is ?very high?
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.Listen

Syria: NATO appeals for halt to Idlib offensive after 33 Turkish soldiers killed
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.'Listen

Coronavirus: Outbreak at 'decisive point'
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Japan to close all schools to halt spread of disease
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.Listen

Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America
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.Listen

Covid19 now spreading faster outside China than inside
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.Listen

Fears as Coronavirus outbreak worsens
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.Listen

Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president ousted during Arab spring, dies at 91
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.Listen

Harvey Weinstein convicted of rape and sexual assault
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.Listen

Coronavirus spread raises fears of global pandemic
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.Listen

Venice carnival closes amid coronavirus outbreak
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.Listen

Coronavirus cases double in one day in South Korea
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.Listen

WHO says there's a 'narrowing window' to contain virus outbreak
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.Listen

Coronavirus: South Korea 'emergency' measures as infections increase
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.Listen

Trump Ally Roger Stone sentenced to prison.
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 speakerListen

Germany: Suspected far-right extremist kills 9 people in gun-attack
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.Listen

Optimistic signs over global Coronavirus crisis
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?Listen

Coronavirus: ?Quarantined? cruise ship criticised by experts
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.Listen

Bloomberg to join Democrat debate
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.Listen

Fresh Chinese data on Covid-19 fatality rates
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...Listen

Uighurs ?detained for beards and veils? ? leak
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.Listen

Coronavirus threatens to push Japan into recession
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.Listen

Americans from virus cruise ship leave Japan
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.Listen

Coronavirus: First death confirmed in Europe
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.Listen

1,700 Chinese health care workers infected with Coronavirus
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 eventsListen

Coronavirus: New China figures reveal toll on medical staff
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.Listen

Thousands of Syrians camp in freezing conditions
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.Listen

Coronavirus: China reports steep rise in cases in Hubei
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 ?Listen

Coronavirus: Extreme caution urged by experts
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 courtroomListen

Coronavirus: Formula 1 calls off April's Chinese Grand Prix race
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.Listen

Sudan agrees ex-president must face ICC
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.Listen

New coronavirus named Covid-19 by the World Health Organisation
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?Listen

President Trump presents election year budget
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.Listen

Germany's 'successor' to Merkel quits
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.Listen

Millions in China due to return to work despite coronavirus outbreak
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.Listen

Thai soldier kills many people in shooting rampage
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.Listen

Hong Kong imposes new quarantine rules over virus
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Death of Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang sparks public anger
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.Listen

Coronavirus kills Chinese whistleblower doctor
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.Listen

Coronavirus: Beijing introduces tough measures to try and stem the outbreak
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.Listen

President Trump acquitted of all impeachment charges
The Senate, run by the president's fellow Republicans, voted to acquit him 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress. Also, the World Health Organisation asks for nearly seven hundred million dollars to help developing countries prepare for the coronavirus which has killed nearly 500 people. And, Finland's new government has announced plans to give all parents the same parental leave.Listen

Coronavirus: China takes further steps to address the epidemic
China takes further steps to address the coronavirus epidemic, as death toll nears 500. Also, the new coronavirus will finally get a proper name. State of the Union: Trump hails 'American comeback'. And why penguins' speech patterns are similar to humans.Listen

Iowa Caucus: Pete Buttigieg leads US Democratic hopefuls as partial results are released
With 62 per cent of the votes counted, Pete Buttigieg leads this first leg of the race to be the Democrats? presidential candidate, while Bernie Sanders is a close second. Also, the WHO praises China for containing the new strain of coronavirus, but patients in the city of Wuhan struggle to get treatment. And, in southern Africa, the wife of Lesotho?s prime minister is charged with the murder of his previous wife.Listen

Coronavirus outbreak not yet pandemic
A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease, according to the WHO. The Democrats get off to a bad start in the US presidential contest, as the Iowa results are delayed. Kenya's former President Daniel arap Moi dies aged 95.Listen

HIV vaccine hopes dashed by trial results
An experimental trial of a new HIV vaccine has been abandoned after an independent study found it was ineffective, dashing high hopes. We hear from Democrats as they take their first step towards confirming who will challenge President Donald Trump in November. Also: Chinese artist Ai WeiWei explains why he's left Germany for the United Kingdom.Listen

Coronavirus:China accuses US of causing panic and 'spreading fear'
The virus has now killed more than 360 people, triggered a sharp fall in shares as China's financial markets reopened after the Lunar New Year holiday. Yemen's medical air bridge offers a rare glimpse of hope. Chaos as Nigeria's commercial capital bans motorbike taxis.Listen

Police shoot man dead in London terror attack
The attacker, who stabbed two people in South London, had been released from prison in January. He had been sentenced in 2018 for terrorism-related offences. Also: as fears rise about the coronavirus, China injects a hundred and seventy billion dollars into the economy; and the British war film '1917' dominates the BAFTA awards.Listen

Hong Kong hospital workers call for border with China to be closed to halt spread of new coronavirus
Health workers threaten to strike from Monday unless checkpoints are closed. Also, the Arab League condemns President Trump's new Middle East peace plan, and new evidence suggests the composer Beethoven was able to hear his final compositions.Listen

Brexit: UK leaves the EU
Britain has taken one of the most momentous steps in its recent history. We look at how this moment was marked, UK's Brexit journey, and what happens next. Also: Donald Trump's impeachment trial is basically over and a new voice for Peppa Pig.Listen

Brexit: UK prepares to leave EU as PM promises 'new dawn'
UK will officially leave European Union at 23:00 GMT after 47 years of membership. In pre-recorded video message, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call Brexit a "new dawn." Also, debate over whether China could have acted sooner to tackle coronavirus epidemic, and Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop series on Netflix is criticised by chief of UK's National Health Service.Listen

Coronavirus declared a global health emergency
The World Health Organization says efforts must be made to stop the virus spreading to vulnerable countries. Also: the Palestinian PM defends stance on Trump Middle East plan, and governing body of world athletics set to rule on Nike running shoe range.Listen

Coronavirus: Russia closes its border with China
Russia orders the closure of its 4,000km-long border and imposes visa restrictions to help prevent the spread of the virus, which has now known to have killed 170 people and infected thousands. Also, Mali launches an army recruitment drive to fight jihadists, and the longest drug-smuggling tunnel ever is found on the US border with Mexico.Listen

WHO says world 'must be alert' over China virus
The World Health Organization will hold a further emergency meeting on the coronavirus on Thursday. Also: White House warns former advisor, John Bolton, not to publish book, and scientists say lungs "magically" heal damage from smoking.Listen

Evacuation of foreigners from virus-hit China
Hundreds fly out of Wuhan, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak. Also: the Syrian army 'recaptures' a key town, and the challenge of researching climate change in Antarctica.Listen

President Trump releases his Middle East peace plan.
It's been applauded by Israel, but condemned by the Palestinians. President Xi Jinping says China is sure to beat the new coronavirus; and, #Girldad - inspired by Kobe Bryant.Listen

Coronavirus: Hong Kong to slash border travel
Japan and Germany have both reported their first cases of the new coronavirus in individuals who did not travel to China. Huawei is allowed a limited role in UK 5G networks. Jeffrey Epstein accusers outraged by Prince Andrew's 'lack of co-operation'.Listen

Remembering Auschwitz
Survivors return to the Nazi death camp 75 years after it was liberated. Also: a revolutionary approach to removing cancerous lungs, the danger posed by shipping to whale sharks off Australia and the perils of competitive eating.Listen

Coronavirus: Death toll rises to 81 as China extends holiday
China?s People?s Daily reports one wing of the new specialist hospital in Wuhan has already been constructed, in just 16 hours. Mystery surrounds a plane crash in Taliban territory in Afghanistan. Billie Eilish is the big winner at the Grammys.Listen

Kobe Bryant: Basketball legend dies in helicopter crash
The five-time NBA champion was widely considered one of the greatest players in the game's history. Also: China is extending its Lunar New Year holiday to help control the coronavirus outbreak, and the sheep that only eat seaweed foraged from beaches and are apparently more environmentally friendly because of it.Listen

Democrats trying to undo election, say Trump lawyers
President Trump's lawyers have begun defending him at his impeachment trial, accusing Democrats of seeking to overturn the result of the 2016 election. Also: Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned that the spread of a deadly new coronavirus is accelerating, and Brazil marks the first anniversary of the Brumadinho dam collapse.Listen

Virus casts shadow over Chinese New Year
Growing threat interrupts holiday plans as France confirms three people there are sick with coronavirus. Also in this edition: thousands of civilians flee a fresh front in Syria?s civil war, and one of England?s top football clubs tackles racism head on.Listen

WHO says it's too early to declare a global epidemic
Coronavirus in China has killed 26 people and infected more than 800; In Iraq, tens of thousands of people march to demand the removal of US troops; There are fears about huge swarms of locusts in East Africa which are destroying crops:Listen

China fights to stop new virus spreading
Beijing cancels Lunar New Year celebrations and cities like Wuhan curb public transport. Also: The world remembers Auschwitz, and a 3000 year-old Egyptian priest speaks againListen

China coronavirus: more cities under lockdown
Beijing's palace complex, the Forbidden City,will be closed to the public. The International Court of Justice has ordered measures to prevent the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. World leaders attend a forum in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.Listen

Probe of Saudi crown prince urged over Bezos phone hacking
UN experts say they've seen information suggesting prince may have been involved, also no international health crisis yet over Coronavirus and billionaire helps Zimbabwe's doctorsListen

China warns against travel to virus-hit Wuhan
China says it is now at the "most critical stage" of prevention and control of the new virus. Also: Saudi Arabia denies that its crown prince was responsible for hacking Amazon boss Jeff Bezos' phone, and why are iguanas falling out of trees in Florida?Listen

Trump impeachment trial starts with rule wrangling
Debate on witnesses and evidence marks the start of Senate proceedings. Also: First coronavirus case diagnosed in US, and swimming in freezing Antarctic waters - to save the planet.Listen

Trump decries 'prophets of doom' on environment
President Trump attacks activists at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, with Greta Thunberg in the audience. Also: there's a warning against a cover-up as China virus cases jump, and what did a man and two dogs find on a beach?Listen

Sri Lankan president says war missing are dead
Gotabaya Rajapaksa announces the deaths of thousands who disappeared in the civil war. Also: the stand-off between Central American migrants and Mexican border forces, and the two men on opposite sides of the world who tried to make an Earth Sandwich.Listen

China virus: Cases triple as infection spreads to Beijing and Shanghai
State media in China has been urging people not to panic as the new respiratory virus spreads across the country. The long-awaited extradition hearing in Canada of the senior Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou. Africa's richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, tells the BBC she's the victim of a politically motivated witch-hunt by the Angolan government.Listen

Progress reported at Libya summit in Berlin
World powers agree to uphold weapons embargo as part of efforts to end Libya conflict; General support for deal allowing Duke and Duchess of Sussex to step back from their royal duties - but Meghan's estranged father is critical; SpaceX has conducted a successful test of the emergency systems of its new spacecraft.Listen

Prince Harry and Meghan drop royal duties and HRH titles
The couple also intend to repay more than $3m of taxpayer money for the refurbishment of their UK home. The Queen and Buckingham Palace have issued statements following recent talks to discuss new roles for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Also: Violent clashes in Beirut between anti-government protesters and the Lebanese security forces have left 160 people injured, and why The Simpsons actor Hank Azaria says he will no longer voice the character Apu.Listen

Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr to defend Trump
President Donald Trump brings in high-powered legal firepower for his impeachment trial. The team include a prosecutor who helped to impeach President Bill Clinton more than twenty years ago - and a celebrity defence lawyer. Also: The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, demands Iran pay compensation for the shooting down of a plane with many Canadians on board, and why Apple's Lightning cable could soon be outlawed in the European Union.Listen

Malta's police chief resigns after heavy criticism over journalist murder investigation
No one has yet been convicted of the murder in 2017 of Daphne Caruana Galizia. She'd been investigating corruption among Malta's political and business elite. Also: Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has led Friday prayers for the first time in eight years, appealing for national unity while criticising the US, and a horse becomes a surprise passenger on a bus in Wales.Listen

Senators sworn in for Trump impeachment trial
The articles of impeachment were read aloud on the Senate floor. Also: "alarming" one in five deaths worldwide due to sepsis, and an English bookshop has been inundated with orders after tweeting it hadn't sold a single book last Tuesday.Listen

Russian parliament elects new prime minister
New PM is Mikhail Mishustin, a little- known former head of the federal tax service, also Hong Kong's freedoms could last beyond 2047 and a turn of fortune for a Paris dustmanListen

Trump impeachment case heads to Senate
Donald Trump will become only the third US president to face trial in the US upper chamber. Also: last decade confirmed as warmest on record, and Neanderthals 'dived in the ocean' for shellfish.Listen

Russian PM and government resigns
The resignations came after President Putin proposed constitutional changes that could prolong his own grip on power. Also: a treason trial has begun of the Cambodian opposition leader, Kem Sokha, and we hear about a man who broke a marathon world record after being told ten years ago that he would never walk again.Listen

Army clashes with mutineers in Sudanese capital
Sudan's army has overrun the HQ of mutinous forces from an intelligence agency once loyal to ex-leader Omar al-Bashir. Also: Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen says China needs to show Taipei respect, and scientists claim the first 'living robots' have been developed.Listen

Iran nuclear deal: European powers trigger dispute mechanism
France, Germany and Britain say Iran has violated the existing deal but they hope the agreement can be saved through the dispute resolution mechanism. More than a hundred people have died in northern Pakistan and Afghanistan as a result of unusually heavy snow. Spike Lee becomes first black Cannes jury head.Listen

Sahel summit partners step up jihadist fight
France and nations from Africa's Sahel region have agreed to step up military co-operation. Also: Queen Elizabeth agrees prince Harry and Meghan 'transition period' and the trees grown from seeds that spent months in space.Listen

Royal "Sandringham summit"
Meanwhile, ahead of the talks, the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge have dismissed a "false story" in a UK newspaper speculating about their relationship. Iranian police deny shooting anti-government protesters. Pope Francis is warned by his predecessor Benedict not to relax the rules on priestly celibacy.Listen

Iran: Anti-government protests continue after plane crash
Many Iranians remain angry that Tehran took days to admit the military shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane. Also: Australia?s prime minister concedes he could have responded better to the bush fires still raging across the country. And Buckingham Palace prepares for a meeting on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their plans to step back from royal duties.Listen

Anti-regime protests in Iran over downing of civilian jet
Tehran admits it shot down the Ukrainian airliner in error killing all 176 people on board. Also,Taiwan's president, Tsai Ing-wen is re-elected with a record vote; and, the centenarian who's fathered 800 children.Listen

Ukraine says Iran is cooperating in plane crash inquiry
Kyiv is considering if the jet was shot down but warns against drawing hasty conclusions. Also: Mexican boy kills teacher, and the teenager whose life was saved by a friend thousands of kilometres away.Listen

Iran plane crash: Tehran rebuffs claims it shot down jet
Victims of the crash included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians as well as nationals from Sweden, the UK, Afghanistan and Germany. The Duchess of Sussex has returned to Canada to join her son amid discussions within the Royal Family. Also how fat is your tongue? How losing weight there could help with sleep.Listen

Iran plane crash: ?Evidence? jet downed by missile
The leaders of Canada and the UK are calling for a full and thorough investigation into the crash, which killed all 176 people on board. Also: Queen Elizabeth is said to be working with Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan as they step back from royal duties, and how satellites in the night sky are causing problems for astronomers.Listen

Iran crash: Airliner 'was trying to return to airport'
Iranian investigators said preliminary findings indicated the plane had tried to turn back to Tehran airport, but that the pilot hadn't made a distress call. Prince Harry and his wife Megan say they want to "step back" from their roles as senior royals and become financially independent, but how will that work? A campaign to end rape in war spearheaded by Angelina Jolie and a British politician is heavily criticised.Listen

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle step back from royal duties
The announcement is said to have been made without consultation with senior royals. Also: President Trump has said the military confrontation with Iran has de-escalated, and the Japanese Justice Minister rejects criticism of the country's legal system made by the fugitive Renault Nissan boss, Carlos Ghosn.Listen

Iran attack: Missiles fired at US forces in Iraq
President Donald Trump responded on twitter saying ?all is well?. Also: A Ukraine International Airlines plane crashes near a Tehran airport killing everyone on board, and a man on trial in Japan for killing nineteen mentally disabled residents of a care home admits the killings - but denies murder.Listen

President Trump backs down from his repeated threat to target Iranian cultural sites
After criticism that such attacks could constitute a war crime, Mr Trump said if that were the case, he would obey the law. Also: the foreign exchange company Travelex is being held to ransom by hackers, and a vast "star nursery" region has been found in our galaxy.Listen

Stampede kills dozens at burial in Iran
Calls for retaliation over the US killing of the top General continue. A British teenager, found guilty of lying about being gang-raped by Irsraeli men in Cyprus, has been given a four-month suspended sentence. Plus Facebook is to ban 'deepfakes'.Listen

Libya rebel forces 'take over' strategic city of Sirte
General Khalifa Haftar's forces say they have taken Sirte from fighters loyal to the Tripoli government. Also: Trump under fire for threat to Iran cultural sites, and a new plant-based burger launched in the UK is "not for vegans".Listen

Milions pack Tehran for commander's funeral
The vast event was part of three days of nationwide ceremonies. Britain's 'most prolific rapist' is jailed for life. Plus we look at what's behind violent disturbances at one of India's top universities.Listen

Iran rolls back nuclear deal commitments
Tensions have been high over the killing of the Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, by the US in Baghdad. Also: Guaido's rival declares himself parliament speaker in Venezuela, and Georges Duboef, the "Pope of Beaujolais" wine dies aged 86.Listen

Thousands mourn assassinated Iranian general
The funeral procession which began in Baghdad on Saturday marks the beginning of days of mourning for Qasem Soleimani. Also: strong winds whip up Australian bushfires, and the Chinese paddlefish has been declared extinct.Listen

Fears of fallout from US assassination of top Iranian General
President Trump says United States killed General Soleimani to stop not start a war; But Iran describes the assassination as an act of international terrorism and vows to respond at a time and place of its choosing; and the Chinese authorities say they're investigating the source of a mysterious pneumonia outbreakListen

Iran swears revenge for killing of top general
The US killing of Qassem Soleimani marks a major rise in tensions between the countries. Also: Why some European countries are slow to reform their rape laws, and how protest groups across the world share tactics.Listen

Turkish troops to be deployed in Libya
Turkey's parliament approves troop deployment to support UN-backed government in Libya; Australian Prime Minister heckled for his handling of the devastating bushfires; Why tourists are unwittingly helping poachers in South Africa's biggest wildlife reserve:Listen

Thousands of people flee bushfires in Australia
The evacuation of communities is underway in Victoria and New South Wales. Interpol issues a request for the arrest of the fugitive ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, and Turkey's parliament debates a bill which would allow troops to be sent to Libya.Listen

Netanyahu requests immunity from prosecution
The Israeli prime minister?s move could delay the start of his trial on corruption charges. Also in this edition: a German zoo mourns the loss of its collection of endangered apes and monkeys, Hong Kong sees in the New Year as it saw out the old ? with another big pro-democracy demonstration, and the footballers taking the long view of life after the beautiful game.Listen

Thousands join a pro-democracy march in Hong Kong
Protesters formed human chains stretching along busy roads. At least eight more people have died in bushfires in Australia, and North Korea ends its suspension of nuclear testing.Listen

Australia sees in 2020 as wildfires rage across countryside
Thousands flee to a beach to avoid flames in Victoria. Also: How did Carlos Ghosn smuggle himself out of Japan? And will one of the brightest stars explode?Listen

US Baghdad embassy attacked by protesters
The protest by the Iranian-backed militia group was in response to American air strikes on Sunday which killed at least twenty-five of its members. Australia burns while parts of India suffer the worst cold for more than a century. Plus the Greeks swapping New Year clubs for dance classes.Listen

Nissan's ex-head Ghosn in surprise Lebanon arrival
Carlos Ghosn was arrested over allegations of financial misconduct in 2018. He denies any wrongdoing. Also: Bolivia is planning to expel foreign diplomats, and Neil Innes, the Monty Python songwriter dies aged seventy-five.Listen

Death sentences for Sudanese intelligence officers over teacher's killing
It's the first time Sudanese courts have handed down convictions over the violent response to the protests. China jails 'gene-edited babies' scientist for three years. A British teenager is found guilty of lying about being gang-raped by Israeli youths in Cyprus.Listen

Trump urges unity against anti-Semitism 'scourge' following an attack in New York
The US president described the stabbing attacks on a New York rabbi's house as "horrific". Also: Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists swap prisoners, and Big Ben will bong for New Year 2020.Listen

Rush-hour bomb kills dozens in Somali capital
The blast took place at a checkpoint at a busy intersection in Mogadishu. Also: Biden appears to rule out testifying at Trump's impeachment trial, and more than one thousand addresses published in UK honours list error.Listen

Survivors describe Kazakhstan air-crash
Remarkable stories from those who emerged unscathed from the aircraft wreckage at Almaty airport; A quarter of a million people flee Syrian government military offensive in Idlib province; French government to inspect social media for signs of tax avoidance and fraud.Listen

Dozens survive Kazakhstan plane crash
At least twelve die after the Fokker 100 crashes on take-off from Almaty airport. The aircraft was carrying one hundred passengers. Also, Nigerian Islamists release a video showing the execution of Christians; and, New England - in Crimea.Listen

Mexico and Bolivia in diplomatic row
Mexico says it's taking Bolivia to the International Court of Justice over the intimidation of its diplomats in La Paz. Also, Iranian security forces have been patrolling Tehran and other cities to try to prevent widespread protests and one of the leading lyric tenors of the last century, Peter Schreier, has died at the age of eighty-four.Listen

Russia: Security forces raid offices of Alexei Navalny
Raid carried out on premises of opposition leader's Anti-Corruption Foundation. Mr. Navalny says raid is linked to his refusal to comply with a court order to delete an online film accusing Russian Prime Minister of corruption. Also, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces challenge for leadership of Likud party, and how eco-activist Greta Thunberg inspired remix of a dance music classic.Listen

The Happy Pod 2019
The most inspiring, uplifting and heartwarming stories from 2019 with lots of brilliance, bravery and courage. How rugby raised South Africa to heights not seen since Nelson Mandela; a 50th birthday for Big Bird and friends; plus singing seals, driving rats and a flying fat cat. Photo: Siya Kolisi lifts Webb Ellis Cup after South Africa won the Rugby World Cup in 2019 Credit: Getty ImagesListen

Pope Francis celebrates Midnight Mass at the Vatican
The leader of the Catholic church called on people not to abandon God?s love. Also, India agrees to hold a census and national population survey, thousands of people in northern Ghana remain displaced after floods in October, and thirty years after Romania deposed Nicolae Ceausescu we hear how the country has changed.Listen

India National Population Register: Database agreed amid protests
Critics say it will be a list from which "doubtful citizens" will be asked to prove they are Indian. We'll hear from Russia's reluctant teen activist, whose mum is under house arrest. Prince Philip leaves hospital for Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham.Listen

Boeing fires boss amid 737 Max troubles
The company says it hopes to "restore confidence" but still faces questions about its commitment to safety. Also: Romanian court acquits UK trafficking suspects, and Putin takes Crimea train over new rail link.Listen

Saudis sentence five to death for Khashoggi murder
Jamal Khashoggi was killed last year inside the kingdom's consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul by a team of Saudi agents. Warnings that the defeated Islamic State group is on the rise once again in Iraq. We hear from an Australian mayor about bushfire flames that are seventy metres high.Listen

Turkey says it can't cope with any more Syrian refugees
The Turkish president says more than eighty thousand people have fled Idlib province. Also: an email reveals that the White House blocked Ukraine aid just after Trump call, and a young girl's find in a Tesco card halts China production.Listen

Pompeo condemns Russia and China for veto on cross border aid to Syria
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said the vetoes cast were shameful, and that the two countries now had blood on their hands. Also: Germany and Russia condemn US pipeline sanctions, and the 1966 football World Cup winner Martin Peters dies aged 76.Listen

MPs back British PM's plan to leave EU on the 31st of January
The British PM Boris Johnson says Brexit is "one step closer" after MPs back his EU withdrawal bill by a majority of 124. Also: ICC seeks inquiry into alleged West Bank and Gaza "'war crimes", and Boeing astronaut capsule stalls in orbit.Listen

Brexit: MPs debate Boris Johnson's bill for UK to leave EU
The bill was expected to pass after Conservatives won huge majority in general election. Also, former bosses jailed following suicides among France Telecom staff, and Australian PM apologises for taking US holiday while huge bushfires rage at home.Listen

Trump impeachment: a country divided
The bitter divisions again on show in US politics, as Republican and Democrats argue over the impeachment of President Trump. Also, one dead after attack outside Russian spy HQ in Moscow, and astronomers discover how 'monster' black holes are born.Listen

India: Thousands held for defying ban on protests
Demonstrators have defied a ban on protests against a controversial new citizenship law. The measure offers citizenship to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Also, reaction in Washington DC as the House of Representatives votes to impeach President Trump, and the Queen sets out the new British government's plans for the year ahead.Listen

Will President Trump be impeached?
Donald Trump is expected to become only the third US president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. Also: Bolivia's attorney-general issues a warrant for the arrest of the former president Evo Morales; and the small Welsh community putting on a Christmas nativity- with just a few students playing all of the rolesListen

Report says UN peacekeepers in Haiti fathered hundreds of children
Interviews by a team of researchers found young mothers were abandoned. The report says girls as young as 11 were forced to trade sex for food. Also: a new chemotherapy delivery method for cancer patients is tried out by doctors, and Europe sends a planet hunting telescope into space.Listen

Trump impeachment: President pens ?open war? letter on eve of vote
Mr Trump faces an impeachment vote on Wednesday over allegations he pressured Ukraine for personal political gain. Also: Scientists in Denmark sequence the genetic code of a stone-age woman using a piece of ancient chewing gum and why Lord of the Rings casting directors are searching for ?ugly? people.Listen

First Global Refugee Forum underway in Geneva
Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants a million Syrians to be resettled in a part of northern Syria where Turkey recently forced out Kurdish fighters. The Pope lifts the 'pontifical secret' rule in sex abuse cases. A Pakistani court has sentenced the former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to death in absentia for treason.Listen

Mexico: 50 bodies found in mass graves
Forensic experts say they have been able to establish the identities of more than a dozen people. Also: The French official in charge of pension reforms which have triggered nationwide strikes resigns; and the hospital in Syria operating entirely below ground.Listen

India protests: PM appeals for calm
The demonstrators see the new law as "anti-Muslim" and in conflict with India's secular traditions. China accuses the Arsenal footballer, Mesut Ozil, of being deceived by fake news after he criticised the treatment of Muslim Uighurs. Also, why a Californian church nativity scene is depicting Mary, Joseph and Jesus in cages.Listen

UN climate talks called a "failure"
The longest summit on record has ended with a compromise deal that left many big questions unanswered. Also: Indian police have been accused of forcefully entering a university campus and beating students. And an undercover investigation into the women being trafficked from Africa to India for prostitution.Listen

UN climate talks hit rough waters
Negotiators in Madrid are working towards a deal for countries to commit to new carbon emissions cuts by the end of 2020. Also: "Sardines" pack in for anti-Salvini Rome protest, and is it possible to complete Beethoven's unfinished Tenth Symphony using artificial intelligence?Listen

British PM urges let the healing begin after poll win
Boris Johnson says he hopes his party's "extraordinary" election victory will bring "closure" to years of acrimony. Also: Key committee passes Trump impeachment charges, and Algeria hit by more protests as new leader elected.Listen

UK general election 2019: Boris Johnson says it's time to 'get Brexit done'
UK's PM says he hopes his party's election win will bring 'closure' to Brexit debate. And Labour's leader Jeremy Corbyn gives his response to his party's huge defeat. Also, we look at the challenges ahead for Britain's Conservative government after election victory, and how they'll handle relations with the EU and the US.Listen

Resounding win for the Conservatives in Britain's general election
With most of the votes counted PM Boris Johnson secures overall majority. It means he can push through his plans for Britain to leave the EU at the end of next month. The Scottish National Party surges in Scotland. The SNP says it is has a mandate for a 2nd independence referendum.Listen

Exit poll suggests Conservatives on course to win majority in UK general election
Exit poll suggests the prime minister, Boris Johnson has secured a strong overall majority with his promise to get Brexit done. Also: New Zealand troops on volcanic island to recover bodies, and Paul McCartney unwraps his 'secret' Christmas album.Listen

Protests mar Algeria's presidential election
Demonstrators boycott the vote demanding the sweeping away of the entire political establishment. Also, the 44,000 year-old cave paintings that may be the oldest story ever told, and the lucky employees sharing an unexpected ten million dollar Christmas bonus.Listen

India approves 'anti-Muslim' citizenship law
The controversial law offers amnesty to non-Muslim immigrants from three countries. Also: it's reported that the disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinsten has reached a multi-million dollar settlement with accusers, and a painting has been found in Italy after a 22 year Klimt mystery.Listen

Aung San Suu Kyi defends Myanmar against genocide allegations
Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected the allegations of genocide against Rohingya Muslims at the International Court of Justice. Also; Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addresses the UN climate change conference in Madrid, and how much exercise do you need to burn off the calories contained in a chocolate bar?Listen

Democrats unveil Trump impeachment charges
US president accused of abusing his powers and obstructing Congress. Also: Ex Mexican security minister arrested on drugs charges; new warning over Greenland ice melt and music industry mourns Roxette singer.Listen

Myanmar Rohingya: Suu Kyi to defend genocide charge at UN court
It marks a remarkable fall from grace for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi. In the Czech Republic, a gunman has killed six people in a hospital waiting room. And a paramedic rescuer describes a 'Chernobyl'- like scene on New Zealand's White Island after Monday's volcanic eruption.Listen

No sign of life after volcanic eruption in New Zealand.
New Zealand's Prime Minister says further survivors unlikely following White Island eruption; High level talks taking place in Paris on the conflict in eastern Ukraine; Healthy body, healthy mind - how sport can help your brain.Listen

'No sign of life' after New Zealand volcano erruption
Conditions are too dangerous for a rescue mission to take place at the popular tourist destination. Russia has been handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Finnish minister Sanna Marin who's 34 is to become world's youngest PM.Listen

FBI believes Florida navy attacker acted alone
The FBI says it is treating Friday's deadly attack on a Florida navy base as a presumed terrorist attack. Also: Police in India have arrested the owner of a Delhi factory where a fire killed 43 people, and an artwork of a banana duct-taped to a wall that sold for $120,000 has been eaten by a separate performance artist.Listen

US and Iranian men in prisoner swap
Iran freed US student Xiyue Wang; America released Iranian scientist Massoud Soleimani. Also: Oceans running out of oxygen, and the ID photo that sparked an antisemitism debate in Sweden.Listen

Saudi student kills 3 in US
Donald Trump says the Saudi king has expressed condolences. Also: how to translate foreign languages in one-and-a-half seconds, and the child who invited school mates to his adoption.Listen

Auschwitz visit: Angela Merkel warns of resurgence of intolerance
German Chancellor makes her first trip while in office to Auschwitz death-camp in Poland. She says Germany has an unending responsibility to remember the Nazis' war crimes. Also, Indian police have shot dead four men suspected of raping and killing a young woman, and how a British woman was revived after a six-hour cardiac arrest.Listen

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Trump impeachment will go ahead
Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House of Representatives will file impeachment charges against US President Donald Trump for alleged abuse of power. Also: The World Health Organisation says the cases of measles are rising at dangerous levels, and six rowers are planning to make a trip from Cape Horn in South America to Antarctica.Listen

Workers in France stage a nationwide strike against pension reforms
Transport workers, teachers and other public sector workers join demonstrations. Also; an Indian woman who was raped has been attacked and set on fire on her way to court, and scientists have developed a pioneering new vaccine against typhoid.Listen

Trump impeachment: Law experts give legal opinion for and against impeachment
As the investigation entered a new phase, law experts testified to the House Judiciary Committee which began hearings aimed at drawing up articles of impeachment. Also: Greenpeace accuses the Japanese government of covering up hotspots near the starting point of the 2020 Olympic torch relay in Fukushima, and New York launches a test-run for cargo bikes to replace delivery trucks and vans.Listen

NATO leaders signal unity at meeting amid rows
Despite a joint condemnation of Russian aggression, the French president Emmanuel Macron repeated his belief that NATO should not be structured around treating Russia and China as enemies. Also: Germany expels Russia diplomats over Berlin murder, and researchers suggest that people should check their cholesterol from the age of twenty-five.Listen

Trump impeachment evidence 'overwhelming'
The impeachment inquiry report says evidence suggests Donald Trump abused his powers. Also: Scientists develop artificial neurons to fight disease, and Utopia, North Korean-style.Listen

Nato: Trump blasts Macron 'brain dead' comments as 'nasty'
He also said he could see France 'breaking off' from Nato, but did not explain why. The Syrian currency has slumped to a record low. Which European country is outperforming all others when it comes to education?Listen

Prince Andrew's accuser calls for public support
A US woman who says she was brought to Britain aged 17 to have sex with Prince Andrew has implored the British public to "stand beside her". Prince Andrew has denied any such relationship. Also: Scientists have identified parts of the brain that appear to be linked to an increased chance of suicide, potentially offering a way to identify those at risk, and why the fashion rental industry is now bigger than ever.Listen

Climate change: COP25 Madrid gets underway
World leaders have been urged to take rapid action to tackle the climate emergency. Vigils are held in England to pay tribute to the victims of last week's London Bridge terror attack. Continuing protests in India after the alleged gang-rape and murder of a 27-year-old woman.Listen

Malta prime minister Joseph Muscat to resign in new year
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has announced on national television that he will step down in the new year, amid a crisis over a murdered journalist. The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres declares efforts to tackle climate change ?utterly inadequate?. And at least seventy people have been killed in Syria in two days of fighting between government forces and militias in the last major rebel-held region of Idlib.Listen

Maltese businessman charged over journalist murder
Yorgen Fenech is charged in connection with the 2017 murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The investigation has rocked the island's government and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is under pressure to resign. Also: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro blames the Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio for the recent Amazon fires, and why the city of Bethlehem will have more reason to celebrate Christmas this year.Listen

London Bridge attacker had terror conviction
Two members of the public died and three were injured in what British police declared a terrorist incident. Also: Suriname president Bouterse sentenced to twenty years for 1982 killings, and can music return life to dead coral reefs?Listen

Iraq: PM Abdul Mahdi to resign after bloodiest day of protests
Announcement comes after more than 40 anti-government protestors were killed in one day. Earlier, Iraq's top Shi'a cleric condemned use of force against protesters and called for new government. Also, South Korean court sentences two K-Pop stars to prison for sex-crimes, and do mobile phones damage children's emotional and mental health ?Listen

Trump makes first Afghan trip for Thanksgiving
In an unannounced visit to American troops, the US president says the "Taliban wants to make a deal". Also: Turkey accuses Macron of sponsoring terrorism, and the row in Ireland over a giant printer bought for parliament.Listen

Iraq: More deaths in latest wave of protests
More than 20 anti-government protestors killed in clashes with security forces. For several weeks, demonstrators have been demanding more jobs, an end to corruption, and better public services. Also, China rebukes US for its support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, and why Scotland's Gaelic-speakers are using modern technology to preserve an ancient language.Listen

More protests in Malta demanding the resignation of PM Muscat over murder scandal
The demonstrators in Valletta have criticised the Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat over his handling of the murder of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Also: Zimbabwe doctors say hospitals are "death traps", and Russian cows get Virtual Reality headsets "to reduce anxiety".Listen

Bangladesh: Islamists sentenced to death for 2016 attack at Dhaka cafe
Seven Islamists sentenced for attack in which 22 people, mostly foreigners, were killed. Eight people were on trial, accused of planning assault on the Holey Artisan cafe and supplying the weapons used. Also, senior doctors in Zimbabwe go on strike in support of their junior colleagues, and why robot police-dogs are being tested in the US.Listen

Resignations spark Malta crisis in murder scandal
Two years after the murder of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, a volley of resignations has rocked Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's government. Also: rescuers continue their search after Albania quake, and in England a couple speak of their shock at winning $135m.Listen

UN says drastic action needed over carbon emissions
Warnings that current targets fall far short of what's required to avert disastrous climate change. UN says if strategies don't change then global temperatures could rise to more than double the limit agreed under the Paris climate deal. Also: Albania is struck by a powerful earthquake, and why bad dreams could be good for you.Listen

Argentina: Catholic priests sentenced in child sex abuse case
The clerics were convicted of sexually assaulting children at a school for the deaf, over 12 years. Also: on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, France and South Africa both announce plans to prevent domestic abuse. And the residents of a Nigerian village called Area of Idiots decide their home needs a new name.Listen

Hong Kong elections: Carrie Lam promises 'open mind' after election
It's thought 17 of the 18 district councils are now controlled by pro-democracy councillors. Thieves have stolen three priceless sets of jewellery from one of Europe's largest treasure collections - the Dresden Green Vault in eastern Germany. Uber loses licence to operate in London.Listen

Opposition win huge victory in Hong Kong election
Pro-democracy candidates deliver a stunning reverse to the pro-Beijing chief executive, Carrie Lam. Also: the WWW founder wants a ?Contract for the Web?; and, the search for the sunken cocaine-carrying submarine.Listen

Bolivian Senate approves election bill
The bill allows a fresh presidential election. Marches in France against domestic violence, and dozens of pirates surrender to police in Bangladesh.Listen

Donald Trump wants full trial in impeachment investigation.
The president says he?ll welcome the chance to defend himself in the Senate against the allegations that he tried to coerce Ukraine into investigating his political rival Joe Biden. Also: India says more than 30,000 of its citizens have died while working in the Persian Gulf in recent years. And a woman makes a surreptitious call to the police, while pretending to order a pizza.Listen

Chagos Islands dispute: UK misses deadline to return control
UK has ignored a deadline to return control of an overseas territory to Mauritius. Britain says it does not recognise Mauritius' claim to sovereignty over the islands. Also, why a social media influencer is accused of contributing to the suicides of at least two of her followers, and how computer animation will be used to bring iconic 1950s film star James Dean back to life.Listen

Israel PM Netanyahu charged with corruption
The prime minister calls the charges an "attempted coup, insisting he will not resign. Also: tuk tuk drivers storm a morgue in Indonesia to take a dead baby for burial; And, how being a K-pop star doesn't get you out of military service in S Korea.Listen

DR Congo: Measles outbreak kills nearly 5000
Health ministry says there have been nearly 250,000 cases since January. This is the world's worst current outbreak of the disease. Also, why Russian women struggle to address domestic abuse, and the band Coldplay they'll stop performing abroad - to help save the planet.Listen

Prince Andrew stepping back from royal duties
The Duke of York says he is stepping back from royal duties because the Jeffrey Epstein scandal has become a "major disruption" to the Royal Family. Also: US diplomat says Trump directed Ukraine pressure, and what is the best passport to own in the world?Listen

UK consulate worker in Hong Kong alleges Chinese torture
Simon Chen says he was abused for allegedly inciting unrest in Hong Kong. Also: Malta businessman arrested in an investigation into killing of journalist, and a nine-year old is set to become world?s youngest university graduate.Listen

Impeachment witness 'concerned' by Trump call
Lt Col Alexander Vindman told Congress that President Trump made "inappropriate" political demands of his Ukrainian counterpart. Also: Sweden drops Assange alleged rape investigation, and does Marie Kondo's online store spark joy?Listen

Iran protests: UN fears dozens of people have been killed
The protests in Iran started on Friday and were sparked by a sharp rise in petrol prices. US and Australian hostages are freed in a Taliban prisoner swap. Do you know what the gayageum is?Listen

US says Jewish settlements no longer illegal
The United States reverses four decades of foreign policy in a move seen as a boost to Israel. Also: Brazil's Amazon deforestation 'highest since 2008', and rare Charlotte Bronte miniature work returning to UK after sale in French auction.Listen

Hong Kong Polytechnic University: Protesters arrested as they run from campus
Protesters trapped inside the Polytechnic University are attempting to escape a police blockade of the campus. Demonstrations across Iran over fuel price rises have left at least twelve people dead. A rare Charlotte Bronte book is coming home.Listen

Fires blaze as Hong Kong police move on university
Police had warned protestors in Hong Kong that they could use live bullets if violence against officers continued. Also: Sri Lanka wartime defence chief wins presidency, and the British photographer Terry O'Neill dies aged 81.Listen

Prince Andrew: exclusive BBC interview
The Queen's second son discusses his relationship with convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, and denies ever meeting the teenage girl who says she was forced to have sex with him. Also: Chinese Communist Party documents leaked to the New York Times reveal new details about the mass detention of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, and we hear from the man some call the Indiana Jones of the art world.Listen

Trump accused of witness intimidation
The US president tweeted his contempt as Congress interviewed a key impeachment witness. Donald Trump attacked the former US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, in the middle of her testimony to the Congressional impeachment inquiry. Also: echoes of the Cold War with a spy swap on the Russian border, and is broadband internet access really an essential human right?Listen

US: Ex-ambassador speaks at Trump impeachment inquiry
Second day of public hearings in impeachment inquiry into Mr. Trump. The former US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, is giving her testimony. Also, how African migrants are brutally mistreated by traffickers shipping them to Europe, and should the office meeting be seen as a form of therapy ?Listen

MH17 disaster: Phone-taps show 'Russia directed Ukraine rebels'
Investigators allege a top aide of President Vladimir Putin was in contact with rebel leaders on a regular basis. Also: Italy declares a state of emergency in Venice, following catastrophic flooding, and the young scientist that's made a new form of plastic out of fish waste materials.Listen

Gaza: Rockets fired at Israel after ceasefire starts
Palestinian militants in Gaza launch rockets towards Israel, hours after ceasefire begins. The truce was meant to end two days of intense fighting, in which 34 Palestinians were killed and dozens of Israelis injured. Also, India's Supreme Court to review landmark judgement allowing women of menstruating age to enter a Hindu shrine, and how a group of cows in the US showed some remarkable survival skills.Listen

Trump calls impeachment hearings 'a joke'
The first public hearings heard Mr Trump cared more about Ukraine investigating his rival, Joe Biden, than the country itself. Also: The importance of coffee to the Swiss, and cherry blossom to the Japanese.Listen

Hong Kong: police warn of total law and order breakdown
Parts of the territory are paralysed for a third weekday in a row due to street battles. Also, people in Venice battle the highest water levels for fifty years, the public hearings into the impeachment inquiry of President Trump get underway, and the curious case of the cat and the airline.Listen

Bolivian leader arrives in Mexico for asylum
Attempts to choose an interim leader to replace Evo Morales are thrown into confusion. Also: The Zimbabwean dollar makes a come back, and how cocaine washed up on French beaches has the police baffled.Listen

Flare-up as Israel kills top Palestinian militant
Dozens of rockets hit Israel after Palestinian Islamic Jihad vows to avenge Baha Abu al-Ata's death. Also: American IS suspect "stranded on Turkey border", and Lilou - the world's first airport therapy pig.Listen

Bolivia?s ex-president offered asylum in Mexico
Mexico says the decision was taken for "humanitarian reasons" after a request from Mr Morales. Also: A vast area of Australia's east coast is bracing itself for one of the nation's worst ever bushfire threats, and the co-founder of the White Helmets aid organisation has been found dead in Turkey.Listen

Two people critical after Hong Kong day of chaos
Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam has warned that protestors will not succeed in getting their demands. Also: Brexit Party rules out standing in Tory seats, and shopping frenzy in China's Single's day event.Listen

Bolivian president resigns after protests
Evo Morales quit following his disputed re-election last month. Also: the drunken man trying to dispose of his murdered lover, and Sesame Street at 50.Listen

"No wall too high to be broken down" says German Chancellor
Germany celebrates 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall; Powerful cyclone forces thousands of people from their homes in Bangladesh; India and Pakistan agree visa free corridor to allow Sikhs to visit a holy site:Listen

Brazil's ex-President Lula released from jail
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was freed from jail after the Supreme Court ruled that convicted criminals should go to prison only if they have exhausted their appeal options. Also, firefighters in Australia are battling an 'unprecedented' number of bushfires across the state of New South Wales, and why the hashtag 'KFC proposal' has gone viral worldwide.Listen

Hong Kong: Student's death leads to fresh protests
Student Alex Chow has died after being injured during pro-democracy protests on Monday. News of his death sparked impromptu protests and vigils by fellow-activists. Also, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns of dangers posed by Russia and China, and why Albania is providing a home for thousands of Iranian opposition activists.Listen

Judge orders President Trump to pay $2m for charity fund misuse
The Donald J Trump Foundation closed down in 2018, after prosecutors accused it of working as "little more than a chequebook" for Mr Trump's interests. Also, an Italian Holocaust survivor has been given police protection after receiving threats from the far-right, and archaeologists in Mexico have discovered at least fourteen Mammoth skeletons in what they say is the first man-made mammoth trap discovered anywhere in the world.Listen

Iran cancels accreditation of IAEA nuclear inspector
Teheran says inspector triggered an alarm at gate to a uranium-enrichment plant, and may have been carrying "suspicious material". Also, President Emmanuel Macron of France describes NATO as 'brain dead', and one of Africa's most notorious warlords is jailed at International criminal Court.Listen

Trump impeachment: Public hearings start next week
Democrats announce public hearings next week in an inquiry that may seek to remove President Donald Trump from office. Until now, lawmakers from three key Congress committees have heard witnesses behind closed doors. Also: Police in Mexico have arrested three men in connection with an attack on a US Mormon convoy which killed nine people, and why staff at a zoo in Japan are dressing up as penguins.Listen

Tourists stabbed at popular Jordanian site
Four tourists and four Jordanians have been wounded in the attack in Jerash, also: election campaign begins in Britain and a victory for women's football in AustraliaListen

Trump envoy revises testimony on Ukraine aid
Gordon Sondland says he now remembers saying US aid "likely" hinged on an inquiry sought by President Trump. Also: thousands of scientists warn climate emergency "clear and unequivocal", and a New Zealand man accidentally buys 1000 hens for less than 1 US$.Listen

Iran rolls back another nuclear deal commitment
This is the fourth step taken by Iran since July in response to US sanctions reinstated by President Donald Trump. At least nine US citizens, including six children, have been killed in a violent attack by suspected drug cartel gunmen in northern Mexico. Chilean President Piñera tells the BBC he will not resign despite mass anti-government protests.Listen

Recalled US ambassador felt 'threatened by Trump'
Marie Yovanovitch said Mr Trump's remark in a call to Ukraine's leader left her "very concerned". Also: It's just emerged that a Dutch air strike killed about seventy in Iraq in 2015, and the veteran Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne dies aged 85.Listen

Delhi air quality: Judges accuse authorities of 'passing the buck'
Levels of dangerous particles in the air - known as PM2.5 - are at well over 10 times safe limits in the capital. Also: Vietnamese police have arrested eight people over the deaths of 39 people found inside a lorry trailer in the UK, and behind the Hollywood curtain with the actor Julie Andrews who played Mary Poppins.Listen

Huge anti-government protests in Lebanon, despite appeals for unity.
Lebanese President calls for national unity but anti-government protesters remain defiant; The Indian capital is engulfed in a choking smog - residents are told to stay indoors; And why is an oven and baking ingredients aboard a rocket going to the International Space Station ?Listen

Deadly car bomb in Turkish controlled border town.
At least thirteen people killed in a bomb explosion in a town on the Syria-Turkey border; Fresh clashes between police and protestors on the streets of Hong Kong; And what European bee-keepers have to do to prepare their charges for the winterListen

Progress reported in stalled Trade Talks
The White House raises hopes of a deal to end the US - China trade war; Demonstrators on the streets in Algeria calling for revolution; And a new insight into how sleep helps clean your brain.Listen

Five million face masks handed out in Delhi
A public health emergency has been declared in Delhi, which is ranked as the world's most polluted city. Also: the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is told to scrap his deal with the EU and form an alliance with Nigel Farage in December's general election, and we hear from a women's rugby team in South Africa which is hoping for Springbok success in Saturday's World Cup final.Listen

US House endorses impeachment inquiry into President Trump
The US House of Representatives has passed a resolution to formally proceed with the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, setting the rules for the next stage of a bitter political battle; A study of measles has found the virus has a devastating impact on the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight other infections; And a warning that the global outbreak of African swine fever could kill a quarter of the world's pigs.Listen

Pakistan train fire kills dozens
More than 70 passengers have died in Pakistan's worst rail disaster in over a decade. The train was travelling between the Pakistani cities of Karachi and Rawalpindi. Also: Just over a week after the bodies of 39 people were discovered in the back of a trailer in England, we hear from others who have taken the dangerous human smuggling route, and how spiders might be able to help stick body tissue together after surgery.Listen

Social media giant Twitter to ban all political adverts
Social media giant Twitter will ban all political advertising worldwide, saying the reach of such messages "should be earned, not bought"; Chile?s embattled president cancels two major international summits because of domestic unrest; And survivors of London?s tragic Grenfell Tower blaze are calling for senior fire brigade staff to be sacked.Listen

Talks start on new Syria Constitution.
After years of civil war, fresh efforts to kick start Syrian peace talks; Turkey rejects US Congress vote recognising the mass killings of Armenians as genocide; And how the England team hacked-off World Rugby.Listen

British MPs vote to hold a general election on 12th December
Boris Johnson is hopeful he can secure a parliamentary majority and push through a Brexit deal, as the turmoil surrounding the UK?s departure from the EU drags on. Also: The prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, has said he?ll step down after facing two weeks of anti-government protests. And a Nepali mountaineer has set a new climbing record, scaling the world?s fourteen tallest peaks in just seven months.Listen

Heavy casualties in overnight protests in Kerbala.
Protests in the Iraqi capital Baghdad - and reports of deaths in the Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala; Britain looks to be heading towards a snap December election after the opposition Labour Party gave its backing; Researchers say they've identified the birthplace of modern humans in southern AfricaListen

Boris Johnson fails to trigger general election
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has again failed to secure backing for a general election, as the tortuous agony of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union continues. Also: Senior US military figures are unable to confirm President Donald Trump's description of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death. And a scientific breakthrough promises to transform our understanding of time and space.Listen

EU approves another Brexit extension
EU leaders have agreed in principle to extend Brexit until 31 January 2020 - meaning the UK will not leave as planned on Thursday. Meanwhile British MPs are due to vote on proposals to hold an early general election. Also, Alberto Fernandez has been elected as Argentina's new President and Virgin Galactic becomes the first space company to list on the New York Stock Exchange.Listen

President Trump confirms death of IS leader
The US says t the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has blown himself upafter being cornered by US special forces in Syria. Also: thousands turn out for a Spanish unity march in Barcelona and a painting which hung in a French kitchen for years sells for 26 million dollars.Listen

New evacuations and power cuts as wild fires hit California
Fifty-thousand more people ordered to leave their homes which are threatened by the fires,Listen

Mueller report: Criminal probe into Russia inquiry begins
US Justice Department launches criminal investigation into origins of Mueller inquiry. The investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election did not establish any criminal conspiracy between Moscow and the Trump campaign. Also, Vietnamese families fear their relatives are among 39 dead in UK lorry-trailer, and how migrating eagles ran up huge roaming-charges.Listen

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Boeing 737 Lion Air crash caused by series of failures
Five months after the disaster in October last year, an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed, killing all 157 people on board, which led to the grounding of the entire 737 Max fleet. Also: Iraqi security forces have fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters marching in Baghdad, and the Australian rock closed to climbers in case they were ?hurting? it.Listen

US Vice-President launches a scathing attack on China
Ahead of fresh trade talks, Mike Pence accused Beijing of military posturing against its neighbours, criticising its trading behaviour and treatment of religious minorities. Also: Britain's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is giving the opposition more time to discuss his Brexit deal ... so long as they agree to a General Election in just seven weeks. And Asterix the Gaul gets its first female heroine.Listen

UK Police: 39 found dead in truck are Chinese nationals
Police are questioning a lorry driver on suspicion of murdering 8 women and 31 men. Also: The remains of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco have been moved from a vast mausoleum to a low-key grave, and how a global pop band took promoting new music to a local level.Listen

Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey over Syria assault
President Trump says he will lift sanctions on Turkey but makes no apology to the Kurds; Republicans have stormed into a hearing of US congressional committees to disrupt the impeachment investigation into the president; Google says it has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing, with a machine that far exceeds the power of conventional computers.Listen

39 dead bodies found in UK lorry
The driver has been arrested on suspicion of murder and there is speculation the lorry started its journey in Bulgaria. Also: NATO says the ceasefire in northeast Syria could form the basis for a lasting solution; and the rodents that are being sent to driving school.Listen

Brexit deal "in limbo" as MPs reject timetable.
Defeat for the British Prime Minister means he's unlikely to meet his pledge to get Brexit done by the end of October, Kurdish fighters in northern Syria face deadline to withdraw thirty kilometres from the Turkish border, And have scientists made a major breakthrough in the treatment of dementia?Listen

Canada election: Trudeau's Liberals win but lose majority
The Liberals will be forced to depend on other parties to govern. Japan's Emperor Naruhito formally ascends to the throne in a lavish ceremony in Tokyo. Anger mounts in Bolivia over election result confusion.Listen

Israeli PM Netanyahu fails to form a government
Mr Netanyahu gives up on building a coalition after the recent election deadlock - his rival now gets to try. Also: Protests continue in Lebanon, despite the government announcing emergency reforms. And the British government fails in its latest attempt to hold a vote on the Brexit deal in parliament.Listen

Lebanon protests: cabinet agrees reforms
The proposals involve scrapping new taxes and halving the salaries of top officials. Canadians are voting on whether to give Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal party a second term. A Royal rift ? Prince Harry says he and his brother, William, are on 'different paths'.Listen

Kurdish-led forces in Syria say they have left a strategic border town
The withdrawal is part of a truce brokered by the US. Also: Green parties' success in Swiss elections, and the price for gorillas of the perfect Instagram shot.Listen

Brexit: British PM sends letter to Brussels seeking further delay
British PM Boris Johnson has sent a request to the EU for a delay to Brexit - but without his signature. Also: A state of emergency has been declared in the Chilean capital, and a football match in London is abandoned when players are racially abused by fans.Listen

British parliament votes to force further Brexit delay
Amendment forces Boris Johnson to seek another delay - but he says he won't do it, meanwhile hundreds of thousands march in London against BrexitListen

Barcelona hit by fresh protests amid general strike
Half a million Catalans on the streets in protest against their leaders' jail sentences, also: crunch time in Westminster over Brexit deal and Nelson's battle plan discovered.Listen

Catalonia: Barcelona paralysed by protests and general strike
Tens of thousands on streets amid ongoing fury over jailed Catalan separatist leaders. Also, Turkey's president says Kurdish fighters are withdrawing from Syrian border, and two NASA astronauts make the first ever all-female spacewalk.Listen

Turkey suspends Syrian offensive- for now
The five day pause in hostilities was announced after talks in Ankara between the Turkish president and the US Vice President, Mike Pence. Also: The British prime minister, Boris Johnson, says he's convinced the British parliament will back his new Brexit deal, and the ?smart? bracelet that the Vatican hopes will get young people praying more.Listen

Brexit: EU and UK reach a deal
A Brexit agreement has been drawn up - but it needs approval by UK's parliament. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged MPs to 'get this excellent deal over the line'. Also, US Vice President Mike Pence visits Ankara to urge halt to offensive against Syrian Kurds, and scientists discover the world's fastest ant.Listen

US House of Representatives condemns Trump on Syria
129 Republicans voted with Democrats against Donald Trump's withdrawal of US forces. The president told reporters Syria wasn't America's problem. Also: artificial wombs, and the return of humpback whales.Listen

Hong Kong: Opposition lawmakers shout down Chief Executive Carrie Lam
Pro-democracy politicians in the Chinese territory demand Ms. Lam?s resignation in chaotic council meeting. Also: Turkish President Recep Erdogan says nothing will stop his military assault on Syrian Kurds. And we learn more about the school in Nigeria where dozens of men and boys were held captive and abused.Listen

Turkey-Syria offensive: Russia vows to prevent clashes with Assad's forces
Russia's defence ministry said its forces, which have been deployed in Syria since 2015, were patrolling along the "line of contact" between Syrian and Turkish forces. Also: Hunter Biden denies wrongdoing over business dealings, and Elton John reveals the one person he spent his life trying to impress.Listen

Fighting intensifies on the Turkish-Syria border
We'll hear from our correspondent on the ground and look at who is selling weapons to Turkey. 'Tortured' and shackled pupils are freed from a Nigerian Islamic school. Bulgaria's Football Union president Borislav Mihaylov resigns following the racist abuse of England players by fans in Sofia.Listen

Trump?s new threats to ?destroy? Turkey?s economy
The US President has tweeted that he will sign an executive order in response to Turkey?s military incursion in northern Syria. Also: Angry protests across Catalonia over the sentencing of twelve leaders for the failed attempt to break away from Spain, and the winner of the Booker prize is revealed? and this year there?s a twist.Listen

Catalonia leaders jailed for sedition by Spanish court
The verdicts have drawn thousands onto the streets in protest. Syrian government forces agree to help the Kurds battle the Turkish military incursion; they're now within the range of Turkish artillery. Tragedy in K-pop, the star Sulli has died aged 25.Listen

Kurdish forces reach deal with Damascus over Turkish offensive
Agreement allows the Syrian army to deploy along the border. Also: Japan deploys military in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis and the backlash against vaping and the use of e-cigarettes in the United States.Listen

Syrian Kurds say guarding IS prisoners not a priority
Kurdish forces fighting a Turkish offensive in northern Syria have said the United States has a moral obligation to help them. Also: Ecuador imposes curfew amid violent protests, and parachutist hits lamp-post on Spain's national day.Listen

100,000 flee as Turkey steps up Syria offensive
The US says it wants to step up efforts to stop Turkey's offensive in northern Syria against Kurdish forces. Also: major payments companies abandon Facebook's Libra, and the cosmonaut Alexei Leonov who became the first person to walk in space, has died aged 85.Listen

Nobel Peace Prize: Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed is winner for 2019
Ethiopian PM given prize for efforts to 'achieve peace and international cooperation.' His peace deal with Eritrea ended a 20-year military stalemate following a border war between the two nations. Also, casualties increase as Turkey continues its offensive into Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria, and we look back at the life of singer Karel Gott - the 'Sinatra of the East.'Listen

Tens of thousands flee as Turkey steps up offensive in Syria
International clamour increases for a halt to the attack, but Turkey encircles key Syrian towns. Also: Johnson and Varadkar "'can see pathway to a Brexit deal", and Japan ninja student gets top marks for writing essay in invisible ink.Listen

Turkey's Syria offensive: Erdogan hits back at criticism of assault
Turkish President strongly defends incursion into Kurdish-held territory in Syria. He threatens to send millions of Syrian refugees to Europe if the Turkish offensive is described as an 'occupation.' Also, Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke win Nobel Prizes for Literature for 2018 and 2019, and Iranian women are allowed to attend a men's football match for first time in decades.Listen

Turkey launches ground offensive in Syria
The move comes hours after warplanes and artillery began hitting areas held by Kurdish-led forces. Also: two dead as gunman targets German synagogue, and a study suggests that owning a dog can help you live longer.Listen

Kurds in northern Syria told to mobilise against Turks
People are being urged to head to the Syrian border to resist the Turkish assault. This follows President Trump's controversial decision to withdraw US troops from the area. Also: northern California braces for huge power cuts to prevent wildfires, and the brown bears of Alaska eating their way to success.Listen

White House and Congress at odds over key witness in impeachment inquiry
Trump says he doesn't want his ambassador appearing before what he calls a kangaroo court. Also: We hear from the commander of Kurdish forces in Syria, and scientists say that salts found in a crater on Mars tell us more about what happened to the planet's water.Listen

Chinese TV scraps plans to show basketball games
Houston Rockets boss Daryl Morey tweeted support for Hong Kong protesters. Also: Brexit talks between Britain and the EU reach breaking point, and a new scheme to even up the gender pay gap by employees deciding their own salary.Listen

Trump defends US troop pull out
Turkey is expected to invade the border area after US troops began withdrawing from the war-torn country on Monday, with Mr Trump saying it was "time to get out of these ridiculous endless wars". Also: Striking doctors in Zimbabwe are defying government orders to go back to work, and the Korean musical genre that's churning out rock stars- and no, it?s not K PopListen

Kurdish fighters accuse US of treachery
The US withdraws troops from northern Syria, leaving its former Kurdish allies - who helped America defeat the Islamic State group - open to a Turkish attack. Also: Extinction Rebellion kicks off a wave of international climate change protests and anger over a tweet about Hong Kong prompts an apology from the Houston Rockets basketball team.Listen

Second whistle-blower emerges with information on Donald Trump?s Ukraine call
A US official says they have first-hand knowledge of a phone conversation in which Mr Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden. Also, the Iraqi government announces sweeping social reforms after security forces kill dozens of protestors. And Ginger Baker, the legendary drummer of the rock bank Cream is dead at the age of 80.Listen

Paris knife attacker adhered to radical Islam says prosecutor
Questions why attacker's recent behavioural changes went unnoticed, also: Pope creates 13 new cardinals, and why some consider the film 'Joker" dangerousListen

Trump Toughs It Out
Critics circle the president over his attempt to dig the dirt on a political rival ? but he remains defiant, saying he?s fighting corruption. He?s been accused of abusing his position by urging Ukraine to investigate the leading Democratic Party presidential candidate, Joe Biden. Also: Clashes on the streets of Hong Kong as a new ban on face masks comes into force. And, in Britain, Prince Harry takes on the tabloids in his battle for privacy.Listen

Hong Kong: Anger as authorities ban face-masks after months of protests
Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam bans face masks to try to quell unrest. Protesters have pledged to defy the new law, and immediately took to the streets in response. Also, Iraq's most senior Shi'a cleric appeals for calm after days of clashes between police and protestors, and are we damaging the environment by buying too many trainers ?Listen

Trump Wants China to Investigate the Bidens
US Democrats accuse the President of betraying his oath of office. BBC investigation into Iraq 'pleasure' marriages; and, we hear from two women who forgave the men who killed their childrenListen

Brexit: Boris Johnson says his plan is 'genuine attempt to bridge chasm'
UK Prime Minister tells Parliament he's made serious attempt to get Brexit deal with EU. But opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has described the proposals as 'unrealistic and damaging.' Also, curfew imposed in Baghdad as 18 die in clashes between police and protestors, and should tourists to America's South be told more about the brutal legacy of slavery ?Listen

Trump lashes out at impeachment inquiry
Using a vulgarity, President Trump accused Democrats of dishonesty and even treason. Also: British government publishes new Brexit proposals, and the rare cases of male breast cancer.Listen

Brexit: Boris Johnson says No-deal is only alternative to his withdrawal plan
Britain's Prime Minister makes key speech at his Conservative party's conference. The UK is set to leave the EU on 31 October.Listen

Pompeo accuses Democrats of impeachment 'bullying'
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said five officials due to testify before committees this week would not appear. Also: Peru in turmoil after president dissolves parliament, and Russian alcohol consumption falls steeply.Listen

China at 70: Tanks parade on Tiananmen Square
The police in Hong Kong have shot and injured a protester, during some of the worst clashes in nearly four months. There's turmoil Peru after President Vizcarra dissolves Congress. And how baby scans show body parts dating back 250 million years.Listen

President Trump faces further controversy
Australia confirms Donald Trump asked their prime minister to help investigate the Russia inquiry as Congress orders his lawyer to hand over documents related to the impeachment investigation. Also: a controversial change in health advice as scientists say we can carry on eating red meat, and more than 500 years after their ancestors were forced into exile Jews with roots in Spain are being welcomed back.Listen

Jihadists attack US training base in Somalia
Al Shabab militants blasted though gates and sent in fighters before being reportedly pushed back. Also: France pays final respects at the funeral of Jacques Chirac, and inequalities in heart attack care in UK "costing women's lives".Listen

Sebastian Kurz will be Austrian Chancellor once again
Four months after a scandal brought him down, Sebastian Kurz has been returned to power but he will need to form another coalition to govern. Also, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, defiantly insists that a no-deal Brexit can happen regardless of a law to stop it - even as newspapers publish claims about his private life. And one of Latin America's best known singers, José José, has died.Listen

Afghans vote in shadow of violence
Afghanistan's presidential election is held amid insurgent bomb attacks. Also: British PM under pressure to explain relationship with American businesswoman, new treatment halves the number of deaths from skin cancer and The Irishman enters Oscars race with world premiere.Listen

Pakistan warns India of war over Kashmir
India and Pakistan have already fought two wars over the disputed territory. Also: Half a million people have taken part in a demonstration in the Canadian city of Montreal led by the teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg, and how Saudi Arabia is relaxing dress codes and visa rules as it tries to attract more tourists.Listen

Former Ukraine FM Rejects Trump Claims against Biden
Pavlo Klimkin contradicts Donald Trump's claims about the role played by his presidential rival Joe Biden in the sacking of Ukraine's chief prosecutor. Prince Harry in the footsteps of Princess Diana in Angola minefields; and, long lost Liszt composition to be performedListen

Trump accused of trying to conceal attempt to dig dirt on Biden
Top Democrats on Capitol Hill accuse Donald Trump of trying to cover up details of a phone call to his Ukrainian counterpart. They say Mr Trump?s lawyers ordered a transcript of the call ? in which he urged Ukraine to investigate his possible presidential rival, Joe Biden -- to be moved to a computer server usually reserved for matters of national security. Also: the dangers lurking in a friendly cup of tea. And Britain?s poet laureate ponders the impact of climate change.Listen

Former French president Jacques Chirac dies
The committed Europhile whose later years were blighted by corruption scandals has died at the age of eighty-six. Also: White House "tried to cover up Trump call details", and UK's new polar research ship officially named the "Sir David Attenborough".Listen

Memo confirms Trump urged Biden investigation
The notes show Mr Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate his Democratic rival, Joe Biden. Also: Netanyahu is asked to try to form Israeli government, and the transgender man who gave birth and wants to be recognised as a father - not a mother.Listen

UN panel signals alert on Blue Planet
Scientists say the oceans and frozen regions are feeling the heat from rising temperatures as never before. Also: angry exchanges in UK parliament over recent suspension and US toy maker launches a gender neutral doll.Listen

Democrats launch formal Trump impeachment inquiry
US Democrats have opened a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump over claims that he sought political help from Ukraine. Also: Boris Johnson says he ?profoundly disagrees? with UK Supreme Court ruling, and a French chef sues the Michelin guide over star rating.Listen

UK court rules suspending parliament was unlawful
The British PM Boris Johnson says he will "respect the verdict" but "strongly disagrees" with the judges' decision. Also: Spain court backs dictator Franco's exhumation, and the German illness of a hangover.Listen

Thunberg: 'If you choose to fail us we will never forgive you'
In an emotional address to the UN climate summit, the Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg warned of people dying, ecosystems collapsing and said we were on the brink of mass extinction. She accused world leaders of not doing enough. Also, President Trump says the scandal over a phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart is a "Democrat witch hunt", and we'll hear the claims about how seat belts and the temperature of an office can contribute to gender inequality.Listen

Thomas Cook customers begin repatriation after the travel firm collapses
The collapse of Thomas Cook puts 22,000 jobs at risk worldwide. Also: French trial on fatal weight-loss drug begins and what is the Autumn equinox?Listen

Climate change 'accelerating', say scientists
Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are reportedly rising at their fastest rate. Also: Could a phone call by Donald Trump lead to his impeachment? And Iranian women will be allowed to attend an international football match.Listen

Joe Biden accuses Trump of an abuse of power
Joe Biden calls for President Trump to be investigated over an alleged phone call to Ukraine's leader about him and his son. Also: Saudi Arabia once again blames Iran for last week's drone strikes. And health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo plan to roll out a second Ebola vaccine.Listen

Greta Thunberg:?We deserve a safe future?
Millions of young people across the globe campaigned against climate change and Greta Thunberg the teenager who started the movement addressed crowds in New York. This comes before Monday?s UN climate summit. Also: President Trump dismisses whistleblower allegations, and we hear from the young people on the Kosovo Serbian divide.Listen

Climate change protests take place across the world
Millions of people worldwide join a strike led by schoolchildren. Demonstrators are calling for global action on climate change. Also, Philippines government's rewards for convicts to be returned to prison prove a bit too effective, and a German ship sets off on what's billed as the biggest Arctic research expedition ever.Listen

Canada's PM apologises for 'blackface' images
Justin Trudeau admits wearing blackface make-up is racist. The revelations have rattled his campaign to win a second term. Also: the former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, reveals he asked the Queen for help ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, and Tunisia's ousted ex-president, Zine al Abidine Ben Ali, dies in exile aged 83.Listen

Afghanistan: Taliban bomb-attack kills at least 20 at hospital
Truck packed with explosives was detonated by Taliban outside hospital in city of Qalat. Local media say many victims were doctors and patients. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz jostle over terms of a unity government, and how teenage boys at a South African school are trying to curb violence against women.Listen

Saudis say weapons prove Iran behind recent oil attacks
Saudi Arabia says missile and drone debris shows Yemen was not the source of the assaults. Also: California barred from setting own emission rules, and India bans e-cigarettes.Listen

Governments Unprepared for Global Pandemic
WHO says flu-like pandemic can spread in just 36 hours and kill 80 million around the world. After the attacks on its oil facilities, Saudi Arabia says another war is the last thing the region needs; and what's happened to Delhi's only privately-owned elephant.Listen

Israeli election result too close to call
Exit polls suggest there will be no clear winner in Israel's second election in five months. Also: US officials say Saudi oil attack drones launched from Iran, and soot pollution particles "cross the placenta".Listen

A Month of Killing in Afghanistan
A BBC investigation finds nearly 500 civilians were killed during August - more than in Syria and Yemen combined. Also, the UK's highest court decides on the legality of the government's suspension of Parliament.Listen

Turkey wants to return three million refugees to safe zone in Syria
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the zone needed to be extended for the goal to be met. Also: Boris Johnson attacked by Luxembourg PM over Brexit, and scientists think they have found a way to stop the common cold.Listen

Oil prices soar after attacks on Saudi facilities
Brent crude, the international benchmark used by oil traders, jumped to $71.95 a barrel at one point. Also: UN investigators warn that ethnic Rohingyas who are still in Myanmar face the continuing threat of genocide, and the world's first climate telethon in Denmark raises enough money to plant almost a million trees.Listen

Petrol bombs and water cannon amid Hong Kong clashes
Violence breaks out after thousands defy a police ban to march as unrest continues unabated. Also: Tunisia holds second free presidential election and why are thousands flocking to corgi cafes?Listen

Drone Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities
Houthi rebels claim responsibility for attacks which the UN fears may severely limit production. Also, African leaders attend the state funeral of Robert Mugabe, but few Zimbabweans turn out; and the solid gold toilet stolen from an English palace.Listen

Climate change: Electrical industry's 'dirty secret' boosts warming
Sulphur hexafluoride, the most powerful greenhouse gas known to humanity, is widely used in the electrical industry to prevent short circuits and accidents. Also: The missing people crisis in Nigeria after the decade-long insurgency of the Islamist group Boko Haram; and the rapper in Idlib creating art amid the chaos.Listen

Zimbabwe government wins its fight to give Mugabe a hero's burial
Former president Robert Mugabe to be buried in National Heroes Acre monument in Harare. His family had wanted him to be buried in his home village. Also, thousands protest in Johannesburg at high levels of violence against women, and the Liverpool gardens that inspired a well-loved Beatles song are now open to the public.Listen

Battle to save forests is being lost, advocates say
An environmentalist coalition says an area of forest the size of 30 football pitches disappears every minute. Also, US congressional lawmakers grant themselves more power to investigate President Trump. And a Nigerian singer has been arrested after taking sides in a political row.Listen

UK: Boris Johnson denies lying to Queen over Parliament suspension
Britain's PM spoke after Scotland's highest civil court ruled shutdown was unlawful. The power to suspend - or prorogue - Parliament lies with the Queen, who follows advice of the PM. Also, how Syrian doctors in Idlib have moved underground to escape airstrikes by government, and the very unconventional life and music of US singer Daniel Johnston - who's died aged 58.Listen

No-deal Brexit papers warn of shortages and riots
Riots on the streets, food price rises and reduced medical supplies are real risks of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, a government document has said. Also: Water has been found on a potentially habitable planet, and commemorations have been held across America to mark 18 years since the 9/11 attacks.Listen

Brexit: Scottish judges rule that Parliament suspension is unlawful
Scotland?s highest civil court rules on Boris Johnson?s suspension of UK Parliament. A UK government appeal against the ruling will be heard by the Supreme Court in London next week. Also, Dutch doctor cleared in landmark euthanasia case, and how Jeanne Socrates became the oldest person to sail around the world solo and non-stop.Listen

John Bolton: Trump's national security adviser is out
Mr Bolton had disagreed with the president on a number of foreign policy challenges from Afghanistan to Iran. Also: Israel?s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows to annex occupied Jordan Valley; and why social media influencers that get paid millions of dollars per post are here to stay.Listen

Fukushima: Radioactive water may be dumped in Pacific
More than a million tonnes of water that has been used to cool melted reactors is kept in giant tanks. Did President Trump's actions put a top US spy in jeopardy ? Plus convicted of trying to attend a football match - an Iranian female football fan who set herself on fire a week ago has died.Listen

Brexit showdown in UK parliament
British MPs reject government's calls for a snap election hours before a five-week suspension of parliament. Also: Trump says Afghan peace talks are dead, and a major operation is underway to save thousands of fish in the Darling River in Australia.Listen

The British Prime Minister has been in Ireland trying to break the Brexit logjam
Mr Johnson has ruled out asking the EU to delay the Brexit deadline of 31 October, although the Irish government has said it would support another extension. Early results suggest big losses for Vladimir Putin's party in Moscow city elections. British Airways pilots begin a two-day strike in an on-going dispute over pay and conditions.Listen

USAID says hurricane damage in Bahamas looks like aftermath of nuclear bomb
The head of the US agency for international development says the agency is working with the government of the Bahamas to provide emergency shelter, medical care, food and water. Also: the Taliban says the US has most to lose from cancelled talks, and the Spanish singer Camilo Sesto dies, aged 72.Listen

British government minister, Amber Rudd, resigns over PM's Brexit stance
Amber Rudd said she no longer believed leaving the European Union with a deal was the British government's "main objective". Also: Russia and Ukraine in landmark prisoner exchange, and climate protestors hold red carpet sit-in at Venice Film Festival.Listen

Hundreds remain missing in the Bahamas following hurricane Dorian
Officials say hundreds, possibly thousands, are still missing in the Abacos and Grand Bahama. Also: India's Moon landing attempt appears to fail, and a pub landlord makes plans for world-record gathering of Nigels.Listen

Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe, strongman ex-president, dies aged 95
We look at legacy of controversial and authoritarian figure who ruled for 37 years. He was renowned as a liberation fighter and statesman, but criticised for his repressive and intolerant policies. Also, Bahamas government says that death toll from Hurricane Dorian will be 'staggering', and concern in China over use of AI to monitor schoolchildren.Listen

Architect of Trump?s Middle East peace plan resigns
The architect of Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan announces his resignation to spend more time with his family. One of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record lashes America's south east coast, flooding parts of Charleston in South Carolina. And South Africa temporarily closes its embassy in Nigeria after deaths, violent protest and accusations of xenophobia.Listen

UK: Prime Minister's brother Jo Johnson quits as Conservative MP and minister
Boris Johnson's brother Jo says he is 'torn between family loyalty and national interest.' His decision has generated enormous controversy at a time of high tension in UK politics. Also, residents of South Carolina prepare for Hurricane Dorian, and how music superstar Sir Paul McCartney's grandchild gave him inspiration for his new book.Listen

Boris Johnson's Brexit strategy is in tatters
Parliament rejects the British Prime Minister's call for a snap election after it passed legislation forcing him to ask for a third delay to the UK's departure from the European Union. Also: the number of people killed by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas has risen to twenty and the photographer, Peter Lindbergh, who helped create the concept of the supermodel, has died.Listen

Hong Kong leader to withdraw extradition bill
The proposal, introduced in April, would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China.Britain's prime minister, Boris Johnson, faces a vote by MPs later on whether to force a delay to Brexit. An outcry in India over new traffic penalties, with one rickshaw driver fined nearly forty times his day's earnings.Listen

Boris Johnson suffers historic defeat in Parliament
Boris Johnson loses his majority in Parliament and suffers a stinging defeat over Brexit, raising the prospect of a snap general election. After battering The Bahamas for a whole day, Hurricane Dorian has finally begun to move on - heading towards the United States. But the scale of the damage is not yet known. And scientists believe an Indonesian volcano could pose a greater threat than first thought.Listen

Hurricane Dorian stalls over Bahamas
Dorian fell in strength on Tuesday to category three, but Grand Bahama island faced at least another day of heavy rain, high winds and storm surges. The British parliament has just reconvened after its summer break for what's expected to be one of the stormiest sessions in decades - on Brexit. Plus we report from Poland where a government scheme is trying to persuades citizens to come back home.Listen

British prime minister insists Brexit will happen on October 31st
PM says under no circumstances will departure from the EU be delayed, also: Hurricane Dorian "devastates" the Bahamas and why not losing got an Iranian sportsman into trouble.Listen

Bahamas battered by Hurricane Dorian
The category-five hurricane has torn off roofs and caused severe flooding. Also: election discussions in Downing Street amid Brexit battle, and investigating the palm oil industry in Papua New Guinea.Listen

Hurricane Dorian slams into Bahamas
Residents post footage showing flood waters engulfing homes and cars being swept away. Also: why Amsterdam wants a certain type of tourist, and the trainee pilot who landed his plane after his instructor collapsed.Listen

Protesters defy ban and occupy Central Hong Kong
Police and pro-democracy demonstrators have fought running battles in Hong Kong; Reports of another deadly shooting in the US with multiple victims in the State of Texas; Tens of thousands demonstrate against the suspension of parliament in the run-up to Brexit:Listen

BBC finds evidence of alleged war crimes in Syria
An aircraft hit the same location in the province of Idlib twice in half an hour, killing nearly forty people. The plane was from a Russian airbase. Russia has denied involvement. Also, people in Florida are preparing for Hurricane Dorian as it gathers strength in the Caribbean, and if you like fancy dress and can engage with dignitaries there might be a job for you on St Helena.Listen

Hong Kong: leading pro-democracy activists defiant despite arrests
Several prominent campaigners detained amid a police crackdown. They include Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow of political party Demosisto, and independence campaigner Andy Chan. Also, residents of Indian-administered Kashmir accuse security forces of carrying out beatings and torture, and how our ancient ancestors had a much bigger impact on our planet than we'd previously realised.Listen

Trump's military command for space warfare
President Trump announces a new command, saying enemies of the US are weaponising earth's orbit and threatening its vital interests. Also: why there's no single 'gay gene', and the car driven with another car on its roofListen

UK: Opponents of Boris Johnson try to stop him shutting down Parliament
Prime Minister's critics say he's trying to prevent MPs from blocking a no-deal Brexit. But British government says the 5-week suspension of Parliament will still allow time to debate withdrawal from EU. Also, a new government for Italy, Brazil's jailed former President criticises his successor, and how technology will shape our lives in next 50 years.Listen

Queen approves Boris Johnson?s decision to suspend Parliament
There?s been outrage among opposition MPs after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will suspend parliament just before Britain is due to leave the EU. He insists the decision was not motivated by a desire to force through a no deal Brexit. Also: Italy looks set to form a new coalition government and a skull that?s more than 3 million years old shines a new light on human evolution.Listen

Brexit: UK's Parliament to be suspended in September
British government set to shut down Parliament - just weeks before UK due to leave EU. This could mean opposition politicians won't have time to stop a 'no deal' Brexit. Also, how communities in Amazon rainforest are responding to wildfires crisis, controversy over Palestinian children in Israeli jails, and what happened when Costco opened its first branch in China.Listen

Spat escalates between French and Brazilian Presidents
Jair Bolsonaro, escalates dispute with his French counterpart over fires raging in the Amazon; The women who've accused the late American financier, Jeffrey Epstein, of abusing them sexually have their day in court; How insects could be the future of pet food - as long as they're treated humanely...Listen

Opposition MPs in Britain agree strategy to block no-deal Brexit
The British MPs said using a vote of no confidence to bring down the government remained an option. Also: Brazil has rejected a G7 offer of $22m aid to tackle the fires in the Amazon, and sleep tales for people who struggle with insomnia.Listen

World Leaders end G7 Summit in France
President Trump says he has "good feelings" about a possible new deal with Iran; Drug maker Johnson and Johnson fined for its part in Oklahoma's opioid addiction crisis; Kenya becomes the first East African country to export oilListen

Trump says US and China to resume trade talks
President Donald Trump said the two countries will 'very shortly' resume discussions. International leaders at the G7 summit have agree to provide logistical and financial support to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest. Plus how a vast 'pumice raft' drifting through the Pacific Ocean could help the Great Barrier Reef.Listen

Iran Foreign Minister's 'surprise' visit to G7 summit
US officials at the G7 summit in Biarritz have expressed surprise at the unscheduled visit by Iran?s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Also: violent clashes intensify amid Hong Kong protests, and marking forty years since a landmark flamenco record was released in Spain.Listen

Macron calls for unity at G7 summit to tackle trade issues
The French President Emmanuel Macron said he will try to convince the G7 leaders that tensions, especially trade tensions, were bad for everybody. Also: Brazilian officials say hundreds of new fires are now burning in the Amazon region, and NASA is reported to be investigating the first allegation of a crime in space.Listen

Brazil sends army to tackle Amazon fires
President Jair Bolsonaro orders soldiers to be sent to the region, after pressure from European Union leaders. Also: Trump says US firms "hereby ordered to quit China", and vets harvest eggs from the last two surviving female northern white rhinos in Kenya.Listen

Amazon fires: Brazil's President chairs emergency meeting on crisis
President Jair Bolsonaro considers options for tackling fires across Amazon rainforest. Several countries have expressed concern over destruction of precious habitat - and possible impact on global warming. Also, Russia launches world's first floating nuclear power-station, and how 'body positivity' is a top theme at biggest arts festival on earth.Listen

UN Security Council meets to discuss US missile test
Russia remains concerned about the possible deployment of US missiles not only in the Asia-Pacific region but also in Europe. Also: the French President Emmanuel Macron says the record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest is an "international crisis", and why is Taylor Swift re-recording her old albums?Listen

South Korea and Japan: why they're having a feud
Seoul pulls out of intelligence-sharing agreement with Tokyo, as trade-dispute worsens. We look at the implications of this announcement. Also, France's President Macron tells UK Prime Minister Johnson that Brexit backstop is indispensable, why low-skilled migrant workers in Japan are protesting, and how US is witnessing a cheese revolution.Listen

Merkel challenges British PM to come up with plan to avoid no-deal Brexit
At his first meeting with Mrs Merkel since taking office, Mr Johnson repeated his demand that the EU scrap the backstop - a previously negotiated guarantee of an open border on the island of Ireland. Also: Nigeria said to be on the brink of being declared polio-free and there's shock in Russia after a couple who took their baby to an opposition rally are threatened with having their children put into care.Listen

Sudan's new supreme authority sworn into office
The power sharing government in Sudan is finally taking charge after months of negotiations. Denmark defiant on Greenland after President Trump cancels state visit. Why are Spiderman fans railing against Sony?Listen

Italian Prime Minister resigns
Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has resigned following a blistering attack on his coalition partner. Also: Sudan's military leaders and opposition alliance have formed a sovereign council to lead the country during its transition to civilian rule, and how hackers are finding new ways to access personal information.Listen

Syria rebels pull out of key town after five years
Government forces, backed by Russia, closed in on the town in recent weeks. A new study shows children make you happier - once they've left home. Plus we'll hear from a teenage Somali poet who's just been published on iTunes in the US.Listen

NY officer fired over ?I can?t breathe? death
The New York City police officer involved in the high-profile 2014 chokehold death of an African-American man has been fired. Also: Twitter and Facebook have taken steps to block what they described as a state-backed Chinese misinformation campaign, and a French couple who were caught with Sardinian sand in their car could face up to six years in jail.Listen

Sudan's ousted president appears in court in a cage
He's admitted receiving ninety million dollars from the Saudi Crown Prince. Turkey has condemned an air attack on a convoy it says was reinforcing one of its observation posts in northern Syria. Plus Prince Andrew says any suggestion he exploited young girls with the disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is abhorrent.Listen

Canadian criticism for UK decision to strip former IS fighter of citizenship
Jack Letts was both a British and Canadian citizen when he joined IS, also 1.7 million protest in Hong Kong and the Chilean school run by a folk bandListen

Bomber strikes wedding in Kabul
A suicide bomber targets guests at a Shia marriage in the Afghan capital. Initial reports say many of the victims were women and children. Also: a landmark deal between Sudan?s military and the civilian opposition, and why a woman may be the next person to walk on the MoonListen

US Congresswoman refuses delayed Israeli offer to visit her grandmother
Conditional Israeli offer- to allow US politician to make personal visit to the occupied West Bank; Brother of the leader of the Afghan Taliban is killed in a mosque in Pakistan; And a judge in Germany rules against a girl who wanted to sing in an all-boys choirListen

Hong Kong's richest man calls for calm
Li Ka-shing's appeal came as the Chinese military gathered at the Hong Kong border. The territory has seen political unrest for 10 weeks, and more protests are due this weekend. Also: Greenland says it's not for sale, after reports that Donald Trump wants the US to buy it, and a 9 year old girl sues an all male choir which won't let her join.Listen

Israel bars two members of US Congress
The US president had said Israel should stop Rashia Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting. Also: Gibraltar releases Iranian oil tanker, and thousands sign a petition to rename 5th Avenue outside Trump Tower in New York after Barack Obama.Listen

Indian PM says the scrapping of Kashmir's special status is a 'major achievement'
The Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has said his decision to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its special status will restore the region to its "past glory". Also: the remarkable escape of passengers and crew on a Russian airliner that made an emergency landing, and the secret search for a huge dinosaur hoard.Listen

Trudeau 'broke rules in SNC-Lavalin affair'
The Canadian PM Justin Trudeau says he accepts the ethics commissioner report, but disagrees with some of its conclusions. Also: stock markets tumble in US as recession fears grow, and 'human-sized penguin' lived in New Zealand.Listen

Hong Kong protestors warned they could be jailed for life
After days of disruptions, the Airport Authority in Hong Kong said it had obtained a temporary injunction banning protesters from entering certain areas. Also: the latest on the ASAP Rocky case in Sweden, and the advert for cheese that's been banned for sexism.Listen

Chaotic scenes at Hong Kong airport
Squads of riot police arrived after thousands of demonstrators flooded the terminal buildings. Also: Trump delays some tariffs on Chinese imports, and a British university has banned beef to help climate change.Listen

Hong Kong protests disrupt airport for second day
Our correspondent there says what has been a peaceful awareness exercise on previous days has become an active attempt to shut down business. The sister of the jailed Saudi women's rights activist, Loujain al-Hathloul, says she's been offered her freedom if she says she hasn't been tortured.The sixteen year-old Swedish climate activist - Greta Thunberg - prepares to set sail to the US on a zero-carbon yacht.Listen

Trump announces new measures targeting legal immigrants
The new policy, known as the 'public charge rule', aims to deny permanent residency and citizenship, mainly to millions of undocumented, low-paid Hispanic people. Also: Authorities start to resume services in Hong Kong airport as hundreds of protesters leave for the night, and the little boy who broke his nose trying to meet his idol.Listen

Hong Kong protests: Airport cancels flights as thousands occupy
Some of the demonstrators have begun to leave after a dire warning from the Chinese authorities. We hear from disputed Kashmir - still under lockdown - as it celebrates Eid al Adha. Plus Priyanka Chopra defends herself against accusations she's a warmonger.Listen

Yemen: Saudi-led coalition warns of more air strikes over Aden
Yemeni separatists have taken control of the port city after days of fighting with troops loyal to the government. The UN says up to forty people have been killed and more than two-hundred-and-fifty wounded so far. Also: Pro-democracy protesters and police clash in Hong Kong, as both sides change tactics; and the herd of dairy cows living on a robot island.Listen

Disgraced American financier, Jeffrey Epstein, found dead
The 66-year-old, who once counted President Trump and the British royal, Prince Andrew, as his friends, died in an "apparent suicide" in prison. He was due to stand trial next year on charges of trafficking dozens of underage girls for sex. Also: southern separatists in Yemen seize the presidential palace in Aden and a British lawyer warns Muslims against making the Hajj after pilgrims were swindled out of thousands of dollars.Listen

Trump says 'serious' talks on gun control under way
The US president also said he had spoken to the NRA gun lobby so their views could be "represented and respected". Also: civilians have been killed in renewed fighting in the Yemeni port of Aden, and the unusual T-shirt that a six year old boy wore at school.Listen

Kashmir dispute: Residents attend Friday prayers amid intense lockdown
Heavy security presence across Indian-administered Kashmir remains largely in place. Thousands of troops are patrolling the streets, four days after the Indian government revoked the Muslim-majority state's autonomy. Also, Malaysia files corruption charges against current and former directors of Goldman Sachs, and is it a good idea to build a helter-skelter inside a cathedral ?Listen

Indian PM defends lifting Kashmir's special status
Narendra Modi says he revoked Kashmir's autonomy to free it from terrorism and separatism. Also: Russian radiation scare and German far-right extremism.Listen

UN: 'A plant-based diet can fight climate change'
United Nations experts say a switch to a plant-based diet can help reduce climate change. A major report warns that increasing global consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming. Also, Kyrgyzstan's ex-president is arrested after raids on home, the two Saudi sisters who are in hiding in Turkey after fleeing their family, and why Germany no longer leads the world in nudism.Listen

President Trump visits cities hit by mass shootings
President's visits to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso in Texas not welcomed by all, also Afghan bomb kills 15 as peace talks continue and Atomik Vodka from the Chernobyl exclusion zoneListen

Taliban bomb Kabul amid peace talk 'progress'
A huge bomb went off outside a police station in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Also: Pakistan downgrades ties with India in Kashmir row, and scientists say staring at seagulls helps protect food.Listen

Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison dies aged 88
Toni Morrison was not only the first African American woman to win a Nobel Prize for literature but she also won the Pulitzer Prize and became the first black female editor of Random House. Her work mostly focused on slavery, the experiences of the black community and racial prejudice. Also: twenty seven years after the civil war ended, Mozambique has officially signed a peace deal, and thousands of tardigrades may have been scattered on the moon- but what are they?Listen

China warns Hong Kong protesters not to 'play with fire'
It is one of the strongest warnings Beijing has issued over the protests so far. What's happening in Indian administered Kashmir- a day after it was stripped of its special status? Plus the artificial 'tongue' helping to tackle the counterfeit whisky trade.Listen

US 'progress' on deal with Taliban
US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad says talks in Doha with the Afghan Taliban are making progress. Also: Barack Obama urges Americans to reject the language of hate, and the world's 'most humane' prison.Listen

Hong Kong faces travel chaos amid city-wide strike
Hundreds of flights are cancelled and train services disrupted during the city?s morning rush-hour. Also: India to revoke special status of Kashmir, and President Donald Trump has said "hate has no place" in the US after two mass shootings over the weekend.Listen

Texas Walmart shooting ?domestic terrorism?
A shooting at a supermarket in the US state of Texas that left 20 dead is being investigated as domestic terrorism. Also: A key leader in Cambodia's Khmer Rouge who was convicted of genocide has died, and a Frenchman has become the first person to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered flyboard.Listen

Deadly shooting at US shopping Mall in El Paso.
At least nineteen people reported killed in another mass shooting in the United States, this time in a shopping mall in El Paso, Hundreds of protesters in Moscow are detained at the latest rally calling for free and fair elections; And how Detroit in Michigan once seen as the epitome of the rust belt is making an impressive economic comeback,Listen

Trump withdraws pick for US intelligence director
Texas congressman, John Ratcliffe, is withdrawn from consideration, amid criticism that he is under-qualified. He is also accused of padding his intelligence credentials. Also, officials in the DRC say only half of ebola cases are identified; and the head of Brazil's space research institute loses his job after a row with the President over deforestation.Listen

Japan imposes new tariffs against South Korea
Seoul says the taxes are retribution after its government demanded reparations for Japanese atrocities committed before and during World War II. Also, the US pulls out of a nuclear arms treaty with Russia, sparking fears of an arms race. And cognac sees a revival in North America, as the favourite drink of rap stars.Listen

Trump to impose more tariffs on Chinese goods
The US president announced fresh tariffs of 10% on another $300bn of Chinese products from September. Also: Rwanda reopens DR Congo border amid Ebola crisis, and Saudi Arabia allows women to travel independently.Listen

Rwanda closes part of the Congolese border over Ebola outbreak
Measure comes as 2 deaths from the disease are confirmed in Goma, also: attack on military parade in Yemeni city of Aden kills 30, and how effective can the Dutch burka ban be?Listen

US sanctions Iran's foreign minister Zarif
The sanctions freeze any assets of Mohammed Javad Zarif in America, or controlled by US entities. Also: a second person has died of Ebola in eastern Congo, and will the threatened vaquita porpoise survive?Listen

US Democratic presidential hopefuls clash over ways to topple Trump
Healthcare was on the agenda as the first group of Democratic candidates debated in Detroit. Also: all schools in Sudan have been closed following demonstrations over the death of students at an earlier rally, and the pretty Austrian village that is being overrun by tourists.Listen

Protests as Trump marks Jamestown democracy anniversary
President Trump took part in events at the historical settlement of Jamestown in Virginia, marking the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of democracy in America. Also: 'World shrugging' as Syria death toll mounts, and ear 'tickling' therapy could 'help thwart ageing'.Listen

China says 're-educated' Uighurs released home
Up to a million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are believed to have been detained in the camps for months, or years, without trial. The ruler of Dubai ruler and his estranged wife begin a London court battle. Plus in Sweden the American rapper ASAP Rocky has appeared in court, pleading not guilty to assault.Listen

Brazil jail riot leaves scores dead
Officials say a fight between rival gangs in the northern Brazilian prison lasted five hours. Also: outrage as high school students shot dead in Sudan, and India tiger census shows rapid population growth.Listen

China condemns 'horrendous' Hong Kong protests
The city has seen eight consecutive weekends of anti-government protests. In India, an investigation is underway after a teenager who's accused a politician of rape is seriously injured in a road accident. And we'll explain why some are calling today 'Earth Overshoot Day'.Listen

Dan Coats US intelligence chief to 'step down'
Dan Coats is leaving office after clashing with President Trump on national security. Also, dozens of mourners 'killed by Boko Haram' at a funeral in north Nigeria. And Brazil miners kill tribal leader in Amazon land invasion.Listen

Outrage at Trump's remarks about black Congressman
Mr Trump called Elijah Cummings a 'brutal bully', and his district a 'rat infested mess'. Mr Cummings had criticised conditions in migrant detention centres. Also: Russian police detain more than a thousand activists and the joke of the Roman pen.Listen

Guatemala agrees to US migration deal
The agreement will force thousands of Central American migrants to seek asylum in Guatemala instead of the US. Also, pro-democracy demonstrations last late into the night at Hong Kong?s airport. And Russians are urging their government to act, as hundreds of forest fires tear through the Arctic.Listen

Syria war: UN criticises 'apparent international indifference' as civilians are killed
UN human rights chief says over 100 people died in government attacks in past 10 days. Michelle Bachelet criticised the 'failure of leadership by the world's most powerful nations'. Also, pro-democracy protestors hold sit-in at Hong Kong's international airport, and a young Rwandan man walks across his country - to raise awareness of the 1994 genocide.Listen

New refugee tragedy off the coast of Libya
Migrant boat with 300 people aboard sinks attempting crossing to Europe. Initial reports say as many as one hundred and fifty people died -- though the final figure remains unclear. Also: Europe swelters, the US government announces the return of the death penalty for federal crimes, and the threat of annihilation facing Kenya?s donkeys.Listen

Europe: second heatwave breaks high-temperature records
Much of northern Europe swelters as second heatwave in one month reaches its peak. Highest-temperature records broken in UK, France, Germany and Netherlands. Also, Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson promises "beginning of a golden age", and French inventor fails in attempt to cross English Channel on jet-powered flyboard.Listen

New British PM Boris Johnson overhauls cabinet
Mr Johnson has given senior positions to fellow Brexiteers. Also: Facebook's five billion dollar fine for violating consumer privacy, and Lapland's indigenous people under threat.Listen

UK leadership handover
She hands over the reins of power to her successor, Boris Johnson, along with the keys to Number 10 Downing Street. Later, Mr Johnson will announce his most senior cabinet appointments. In the US the former special counsel Robert Mueller is testifying before Congress on his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.Listen

Brexit challenges for Britain's new PM
We hear about Boris Johnson from the people who know him best as European lea