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  • Uganda elections: President Museveni takes early lead

    Jan 15 2021

    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.

  • Brazil warns of a health system 'close to collapse'

    Jan 15 2021

    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.

  • Washington takes stock after vote to impeach Donald Trump

    Jan 14 2021

    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.

  • Historic second impeachment for President Trump

    Jan 14 2021

    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.

  • Trump faces second impeachment vote

    Jan 13 2021

    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 ?

  • President Trump dismisses moves to impeach him as a witch hunt

    Jan 12 2021

    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.

  • Uganda Elections: Opposition leader says military raided his home

    Jan 12 2021

    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.

  • Trump faces 'incitement of insurrection' charge

    Jan 12 2021

    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'.

  • US: What options available to Democrats as they try to oust Trump ?

    Jan 11 2021

    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.

  • Democrats ready for Trump impeachment after riot

    Jan 11 2021

    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.

  • US lifts restrictions on contacts with Taiwan

    Jan 10 2021

    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.

  • Democrats plan second impeachment of President Trump

    Jan 08 2021

    Democrats plan to start impeachment proceedings against President Trump for "inciting" the invasion of the US Capitol building. Also, the UK sees its highest daily toll of 1,325 coronavirus deaths. And the road signs bringing humour to the motorists in Cape Town.

  • Democrats plan second impeachment of President Trump

    Jan 08 2021

    Democrats in the US plan to start impeachment proceedings against President Trump on Monday for "inciting" the invasion of the US Capitol. Also, the UK sees its highest daily toll of 1,325 coronavirus deaths. And the road signs bringing humour to motorists in Cape Town.

  • US: Trump denounces supporters who 'defiled the seat of American democracy'

    Jan 08 2021

    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.

  • Calls grow for President Trump to be removed from office

    Jan 08 2021

    US President-elect Joe Biden is blaming President 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.

  • Capitol riots: US Congress certifies Joe Biden's victory after violent disruption

    Jan 07 2021

    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 ...more

  • President Trump supporters storm US Capitol building

    Jan 07 2021

    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.

  • US: Democrats poised to win control of Senate

    Jan 06 2021

    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 ?

  • A World Health Organisation warning about the way vaccines are used.

    Jan 06 2021

    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.

  • Polls open in unprecedented Senate race

    Jan 05 2021

    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.

  • Britain heads back to Covid lockdown

    Jan 04 2021

    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.

  • Britain rolls out the first Oxford AstraZeneca injections

    Jan 04 2021

    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.

  • Trump tells Georgia official to 'find more votes'

    Jan 04 2021

    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.

  • US senators dispute election certification

    Jan 02 2021

    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.

  • Setback for Trump as senate overrules his defence bill veto

    Jan 02 2021

    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 services

  • Brexit: What will it mean for UK's relations with the world ?

    Jan 01 2021

    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.

  • New era for UK as it separates from the European Union

    Jan 01 2021

    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.

  • China approves Covid vaccine

    Dec 31 2020

    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.

  • British MPs back post Brexit deal with EU

    Dec 31 2020

    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.

  • Covid-19: UK approves Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

    Dec 30 2020

    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 ?

  • Biden warns US vaccine roll-out falling behind

    Dec 30 2020

    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?

  • UK faces Covid 'catastrophe'

    Dec 29 2020

    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.

  • WHO says transparency is crucial in the fight against COVID-19

    Dec 29 2020

    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.

  • A Chinese journalist who helped reveal the scale of the coronavirus outbreak has been jailed

    Dec 28 2020

    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.

  • Covid: Trump fails to sign economic relief bill

    Dec 28 2020

    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.

  • Coronavirus: EU countries begin mass-vaccination

    Dec 26 2020

    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.

  • Happy News Podcast 2020

    Dec 25 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.

  • UK and EU agree post-Brexit trade deal

    Dec 25 2020

    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.

  • Brexit: UK set to unveil trade deal with EU

    Dec 24 2020

    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.

  • Trump vetoes 'unconstitutional' defence bill

    Dec 24 2020

    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.

  • Fire breaks out at migrant camp in Bosnia

    Dec 23 2020

    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?

  • France eases UK virus travel ban

    Dec 23 2020

    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.

  • French ban on lorries from UK remains for now

    Dec 22 2020

    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.

  • Flights cancelled as EU considers UK virus threat

    Dec 22 2020

    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.

  • Covid-19: US passes massive aid package

    Dec 21 2020

    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.

  • Covid: Nations impose UK travel bans over ‘out of control’ variant

    Dec 20 2020

    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...

  • Christmas rules tightened for millions in UK

    Dec 19 2020

    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.

  • WHO secures coronavirus vaccine for poorer countries

    Dec 18 2020

    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.

  • Nigeria school attack: Hundreds of boys return home after release

    Dec 18 2020

    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.

  • Hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian boys 'freed'

    Dec 18 2020

    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.

  • Putin faces questions about his handling of the pandemic

    Dec 17 2020

    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?

  • China's Chang'e-5 mission returns Moon samples

    Dec 17 2020

    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.

  • Global News Brexitcast

    Oct 25 2019

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