Global News Podcast

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


  • "You Sicken Me" - Florida Survivor's Message to President Trump

    Feb 19 2018

    Students from Florida shooting are preparing a national march. The event called March for Our Lives will take place next month in Washington. Also: Kurdish fighters in Syria say they've agreed to team up with Syrian government forces to repel the Turkish troops from Afrin and we find out who the winners are from the BAFTA ceremony in London.

  • 'Shame on You' - Florida Students Chant

    Feb 18 2018

    Survivors of the high school mass shooting demand tighter gun controls. Also, a man in Pakistan is sentenced to death for raping and murdering a six-year-old girl, and a rare cello stolen at knifepoint is returned anonymously.

  • Mueller Investigation: Thirteen Russians Charged

    Feb 17 2018

    They have been charged with interfering in the US 2016 election, in a major development in the FBI investigation. Also: in his first State of the Nation address, New South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has urged South Africans to continue the 'long walk' Nelson Mandela began, and we ask, has Facebook reached its peak?

  • US and Turkey 'to Defuse North Syria Crisis'

    Feb 16 2018

    The threat of military confrontation in north Syria between the Nato allies has been brewing. Also: Die Welt reporter to leave Turkey jail and cleaning products 'affect lung health'.

  • Trump Sympathy for Florida Shooting Victims

    Feb 16 2018

    Donald Trump says making American schools safer is his top priority, after seventeen pupils and staff were killed by a gunman in Florida. Also, the Oxfam aid worker blamed for the Haiti prostitute scandal gives his side of the story.

  • Ramaphosa Takes Over as South African President

    Feb 15 2018

    In his first presidential speech, the former mineworker and businessman vows to tackle corruption in South Africa. Also: Florida gunman has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and ultra-processed foods 'linked to cancer'.

  • South Africa's President Jacob Zuma Resigns

    Feb 14 2018

    President Jacob Zuma has resigned from his office with immediate effect. He made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening. Earlier, Mr Zuma's governing ANC party told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament. Also: Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa, where he'd received treatment for cancer, and Thailand's Prime Minister tries to woo his country with a love song on Valentine's Day.

  • Zuma: 'I've Done Nothing Wrong'

    Feb 14 2018

    South Africa's leader responds to growing calls for his resignation. Jacob Zuma was speaking after his ruling African National Congress gave him an ultimatum to resign by the end of the day or face a parliamentary vote of no confidence on Thursday. Also: Israel's PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, insists his government is stable despite facing possible corruption charges, and a special Valentine's Day report on how technology is changing dating habits.

  • Police Recommend Corruption Charges for Israeli PM

    Feb 14 2018

    Police say Netanyahu should be charged with bribery and fraud. They say he gave special treatment to wealthy friends after receiving gifts. He denies the allegations. Also: the Dutch foreign minister quits over Putin lie, and the all-female fish.

  • ANC Says Zuma Must go for Sake of South Africa

    Feb 13 2018

    ANC says Zuma must go for sake of South Africa. Mr Zuma has so far resisted increasing pressure to quit since December, when his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, replaced him as ANC leader. Also: the first doping ban of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and we answer the age old question, 'what is the secret to happiness?'

  • Trump's Infrastructure Blueprint

    Feb 13 2018

    The plan was an election promise but it could entail Americans paying higher local taxes and tolls. Also: ANC deciding President Zuma's fate and schizophrenia patients calmed by video game.

  • US Now Open to Korea Talks

    Feb 12 2018

    The United States appears to have a change of heart on talks following North Korea's diplomatic offensive at the Olympics. Also: Iraq appeals for billions of dollars for reconstruction and the slave history behind the song Kumbaya.

  • Russian plane crash kills all 71 people on board

    Feb 12 2018

    Investigators are searching snow-covered fields south of Moscow for the wreckage of the airliner, also: ANC leader says party impatient over Zuma future, and: What is Oumuamua?

  • Israeli Air Strikes Against Syria 'Biggest Since 1982'

    Feb 11 2018

    Israel says it has inflicted huge damage on Syrian air defences after one of its fighter jets was brought down during a raid over Syria. Also: Britain's foreign secretary is in Myanmar to discuss Rohingya refugees who fled the country for Bangladesh, and the Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, known for his film soundtracks, has died.

  • US Vice-President Skips Official Olympic Dinner With North Koreans

    Feb 10 2018

    The Games are taking place in PyeongChang amid tension over North Korea's nuclear programme. Also: the former Colombian rebel group, FARC, suspends its election campaign, and the race to find a mate for a lonely Bolivian water frog.

  • Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang Begin

    Feb 09 2018

    The Olympic flame has been lit at the stadium in Pyeongchang, where dozens of athletes from North and South Korea marched together side by side at the opening ceremony for the Winter games. Also: President Trump has signed into law a two-year budget passed by Congress and first human eggs grown in laboratory.

  • Two British Members of IS Captured by Syrian Kurdish Fighters

    Feb 09 2018

    The two men were involved in the torture and execution of western hostages including American journalist James Foley and Steven Sotloff. They were part of a notorious group of four British IS members known as "the Beatles" because of their English accents. Also: Bermuda becomes the first territory to repeal same-sex marriage laws, and Twitter announces its first profit since it started in 2006.

  • US Backed Rebel Attack on Syrian Allies

    Feb 08 2018

    US says scores of Syrian pro-government fighters were killed attacking US-backed forces. Also: North Korea holds pre-Olympic military show and sequencing the genomes of citrus fruits.

  • US government reaches two-year budget deal

    Feb 08 2018

    The agreement was reached by the leaders of both the Republican and Democrat parties. US budget hawks have labelled a plan to hike defence and domestic spending by up to $300bn as a debt-ballooning "monstrosity". Also: The autonomous republic of Somaliland has banned the most severe forms of female genital mutilation, and we meet the Syrian refugee-turned-chef serving traditional Syrian food in Colombia's capital city, Bogota.

  • Merkel Clinches Germany Coalition Deal

    Feb 07 2018

    If the German coalition deal is approved - including in a vote of the Social Democrat membership - it would end months of political deadlock. Also: the influential sister of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is to attend the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea and DNA shows early Briton had dark skin and blue eyes.

  • Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully

    Feb 06 2018

    The US entrepreneur launched his new rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The world's most powerful rocket lifted clear of its pad without incident to soar high over the Atlantic Ocean. Also: Rescuers in Taiwan are searching for people trapped in a partially-collapsed ten-storey hotel after a strong earthquake, and the UK celebrates 100 years since some women were granted the right to vote.

  • Global Stock Markets Suffer Steep Losses

    Feb 06 2018

    Sharp falls on Wall Street on Monday spark sell-off in Asia and Europe. Also, Hong Kong's top court throws out jail terms against three leading pro-democracy campaigners, former North Korean bomber says Pyongyang's current diplomacy is 'fake', Ukrainian pastor helps civilians made homeless by fighting, and one of Britain's most outspoken women activists has been honoured by her descendants - in music.

  • Security Forces Storm the Supreme Court in Maldives

    Feb 05 2018

    The Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has declared a state of emergency and has ordered the arrest of the former president, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Also: tech giants Uber and Waymo begin a court battle over alleged stolen trade secrets and dinosaurs may have become extinct because of their own success.

  • Syria: 'Chlorine Attack' on Rebel-held Town in Idlib

    Feb 05 2018

    Allegations that government used chemical weapons on opposition forces and civilians. Also, Paris attacks suspect criticises 'anti-Muslim bias', ANC leaders hold emergency meeting on Jacob Zuma's future, one of top investigators of illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn has been killed in Kenya, and does English spelling need a complete reform ?

  • Greek Protests over Macedonia Name Dispute

    Feb 05 2018

    Many Greeks object to the country of the same name calling itself Macedonia, saying it implies a territorial claim on Greece's northern Macedonia region. Also: the Israeli authorities tell African migrants to leave or else face imprisonment and a British ferry deck officer saves a drowning man.

  • Uma Thurman Says she was Attacked by Harvey Weinstein

    Feb 04 2018

    The US actress says she was assaulted in London in 1994 - something Weinstein denies. Dozens of actresses accuse Weinstein of preying on them. He denies having non-consensual sex. Also: African migrants are targeted by a gunman in Italy in an apparently racist attack, and archaeologists in Egypt uncover a 4000 year-old tomb.

  • Secret Republican Memorandum Published in US

    Feb 03 2018

    US proposes extending its nuclear capabilities, Hidden Mayan ruins found, New Zealand's lonely gannet

  • Scores of Migrants Feared Drowned off Libya

    Feb 02 2018

    Three survivors said most of those who drowned were Pakistani nationals. Also: relief as hundreds of trapped miners in South Africa are freed and polar bears 'running out of food'.

  • No Aid in Besieged Areas of Syria since November

    Feb 01 2018

    UN official, Jan Egeland, says hundreds of thousands of Syrians are in desperate need. We ask why the aid isn't getting through. Also: President Trump plans to publish a controversial intelligence memo on Friday which is thought to accuse the FBI of bias against him and we report from the African city running out of water.

  • Banned Kenyan TV Stations Win Reprieve

    Feb 01 2018

    TV channels in Kenya were taken of-air over plans to broadcast opposition leader Raila Odinga's unofficial 'inauguration'. Also: court overturns Olympic life bans on Russians and Canada votes for gender-neutral anthem.

  • Cost of Attacks on Medical Facilities in CAR

    Feb 01 2018

    Civil war in the Central African Republic has all but destroyed the country's health system, More people say they were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar, The latest on the BBC pay row, And could locusts threaten this year's football World Cup tournament in Russia?

  • Trump hails 'new American moment' in his State of the Union speech

    Jan 31 2018

    How has US responded to Mr. Trump's talk of 'building a safe, strong and proud America' ? Also, BBC investigation shows the Taliban is active in 70% of Afghanistan, Istanbul court orders release of head of Turkish branch of Amnesty International, we meet the killer whale that can mimic human speech, and skywatchers see a 'super blue blood Moon'.

  • Special Edition: Trump's State of the Union Address

    Jan 31 2018

    US President Donald Trump has delivered his first State of the Union Address in Washington. Analysis from our correspondents on Capitol Hill and beyond. Plus our podcast listeners in Washington gave us their reactions.

  • Final Preparations for the State of the Union Address

    Jan 31 2018

    The US president is expected to highlight a growing economy in his State of the Union speech. Also: Yemen separatists 'take most of the port city of Aden' and viola player sues Royal Opera House in London for 'irreversible' hearing loss.

  • Kenya's Raila Odinga 'Inaugurates' Himself as President

    Jan 30 2018

    Odinga declares himself 'people's president' at controversial 'swearing-in' ceremony in Nairobi. Also, Yemen's PM 'holed up' as presidential palace in Aden surrounded by separatists, Putin says US sanctions list targets all Russians, and we look back at Mahatma Gandhi's assassination 70 years ago.

  • CIA says Russia 'Will Target US Mid-Term Election'

    Jan 30 2018

    The director of the CIA tells the BBC there has been no reduction in Russian meddling in Europe and the US. Also: German shock at exhaust tests on humans and Auschwitz surviving jazz star 'Coco' dies.

  • Germany: Anger over Car Exhaust Tests on Humans and Monkeys

    Jan 29 2018

    German government denounces 'abominable' experiments funded by leading carmakers. Also, how fitness-tracking app revealed exercise-routes of military personnel around the world, at least 11 soldiers killed in attack on Kabul army post, Democrats in Iowa try to stage a comeback, and why did so few women win awards at this year's Grammys ?

  • New front opens in civil war in Yemen

    Jan 29 2018

    Southern Yemeni separatists fight government forces in the port city of Aden. Also: IKEA founder dies at the age of 91, and: Why "We Shall Overcome" is now in the public domain.

  • Kabul attack: Taliban kill 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital

    Jan 28 2018

    A suicide bombing has killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others in Kabul. Also: The Las Vegas casino owner, Steve Wynn, has resigned his post of finance chair of the Republican National Committee following allegations that he sexually harassed dozens of women, and the Czech president, Milos Zeman, wins a second term.

  • President Trump: 'Global Trade Must Be Fair'

    Jan 27 2018

    Donald Trump tells Davos that the US is "open for business". Also, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier, wins a trade case in the United States, and 'Pope of French cooking', Paul Bocuse, is buried in Lyon.

  • Trump Addresses World Economic Forum in Davos

    Jan 26 2018

    The US president lauded the economic achievements of his first year in office, and said the US was more attractive than ever to foreign investment. Also: dozens of African migrants have drowned off the coast of Yemen on an overcrowded boat operated by smugglers, and the 'Chronicler of the Himalayas' dies at 94.

  • Trump Attends Economic Summit in Davos

    Jan 25 2018

    President Trump has said that at Davos he will "tell the world how great America is doing" and will seek investment in the United States. Also: Hindu hardliners have clashed with police in parts of northern India during protests against a Bollywood film, and Boris Johnson 'is descendant' of Basel mummy.

  • Trump Threatens to Stop Palestinian Aid

    Jan 25 2018

    He said if they didn't come to the table, the US would end its efforts towards peace. Mr Trump was speaking at a news conference in Davos alongside the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. He also accused the Palestinians of showing disrespect following his decision last month to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Also: Oscar-winning actor Casey Affleck withdraws from presenting an award at this year's Academy Award ceremony, and France plans to introduce on the spot fines for ca...more

  • Disgraced Olympics Doctor Jailed

    Jan 25 2018

    Former US gymnastics team doctor given 175 years for sexual abuse spanning decades. Also, scandal-hit club shuts amid groping claims, and first monkey clones created in a lab.

  • Save The Children Attacked in Afghanistan

    Jan 24 2018

    The IS group says it is behind a gun and bomb attack on the charity in Jalalabad. Also: Beijing to raze thousands of buildings and camels banned from Saudi beauty contest over Botox.

  • US Attorney General Sessions Questioned

    Jan 24 2018

    Court to decide fate of Brazil's former president, Steps to reduce suicide rate in South Korea, Oscar nominations revealed

  • Jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela is dead

    Jan 23 2018

    Anti-apartheid activist and 'the father of South African jazz' has died aged 78. We look back at his life and music. Also, Alaska tsunami fears lead to brief evacuation, plight of civilians in Damascus after years of bombardment, new report says UN peace-keeping needs a rethink, how two babies in India were accidentally swapped at birth, and singer Neil Diamond announces his retirement.

  • US Senate acts to end Government Shutdown

    Jan 23 2018

    Democrats and Republicans have agreed a temporary budget deal. The Democrats dropped their objections, in return for Republican assurances on the so-called Dreamers. Also, civilians in northern Syria try to flee as Turkish forces continue their offensive against US-backed Kurdish fighters, and three representatives of USA Gymnastics resign after criticism of their handling of sex abuse complaints.

  • Syria: Turkish Army Continues Offensive Against Kurdish Militia

    Jan 22 2018

    President Erdogan says incursion will continue until YPG militia is 'eliminated'. Also, football star George Weah is sworn-in as President of Liberia, Trump administration and Democrats blame each other as US government shutdown enters third day, and why the Russian authorities are angry about 'outrageous' viral video of half-naked trainee pilots.

  • Turkish Ground Troops Enter Syria Enclave

    Jan 21 2018

    US-backed Kurdish militants say they have beaten back Turkish troops in northern Syria. Also: German SPD backs Merkel coalition talks and when is a beefburger not a beefburger?

  • Kabul: Gunmen Attack Intercontinental Hotel

    Jan 21 2018

    Special forces killed two of the attackers, an interior ministry spokesman said, and were trying to get to the others. At the time of recording this podcast, at least five people have been injured, officials said. But local media reports suggested several people had been killed. Also, The International Olympic Committee approves plans for North and South Korea to field a joint women's ice hockey team and a tribute to one of France's most celebrated chefs, Paul Bocuse, who has died.