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  • Saudi Arabia Lifts Its Ban On Women Drivers

    Jun 23 2018

    Another step in the sweeping changes in Saudi Arabia. Also: Tens of thousands march in London over Brexit and final rallies before elections in Turkey.

  • Trump itensifies trade row with threat of car tariffs

    Jun 22 2018

    Shares in European carmakers dip after Trump announces new tariff, also: Italy says Malta refuses to accept ship with 234 migrants and: a diplomatic row surrounding Boris Becker

  • UN says Rule of Law 'Virtually Absent' in Venezuela

    Jun 22 2018

    Venezuelan security forces have carried out hundreds of arbitrary killings under the guise of fighting crime, the UN says in a new report. Also: Italy moves to seize migrant rescue ships and studying disco music of the 1970's.

  • US First Lady Melania Trump Visits Texas Child Detention Centre

    Jun 22 2018

    Mrs Trump said she wanted to help reunite families separated by US immigration laws. The Justice Department has asked a federal court to ease restrictions on how long children can be detained alongside their parents. Also: mystery ape found in ancient tomb and the debate over eating dogs in Asia.

  • Italy wants EU Partner on Migrant Deal

    Jun 21 2018

    Italy says curbing the boatloads of Mediterranean migrants is the priority. Also: Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud and Koko the famously social gorilla dies in California.

  • Trump Reverses Migrant Separation Policy

    Jun 20 2018

    US President signs an executive order promising to keep families together. Also, the British government avoids defeat over Brexit and scientists create pigs that are resistant to a highly infectious disease by editing their DNA.

  • Hungary Outlaws Helping Illegal Migrants

    Jun 20 2018

    The government says the new laws are needed to protect Hungary's security and identity. Critics say they demonise asylum seekers and will be used to target human rights activists and civil society groups working with migrants. Also: An inquiry into the deaths of elderly people at a hospital in southern England has concluded that more than 450 patients died as a direct result of being given powerful painkillers without medical justification, and China opens a research facility to continue the con...more

  • Trump Defends Separating Immigrant Families Amid Outcry

    Jun 19 2018

    President Trump had earlier sparked outrage for tweeting that undocumented immigrants would "infest" the US. Also: General Electric drops out of Dow index and medicinal cannabis use to be reviewed in UK.

  • Italy's Criticised for Threat over Roma Community

    Jun 19 2018

    Italian Minister says he'll count Roma and potentially deport those without citizenship. A UN human rights official has condemned Matteo Salvini's comments as racist. Also: a controversial rapper is shot dead in Miami, and how Syrian schoolgirls continued their education in defiance of IS.

  • Trump Defends Immigration Policy

    Jun 18 2018

    President Trump says he won't let the US become a migrant camp. Also, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel wins breathing space in immigration row. And the 'Paris Spiderman' who saved a child dangling from a balcony given a hero's welcome in his native Mali.

  • Spanish King's Brother-in-Law Jailed in Spain

    Jun 18 2018

    Iñaki Urdangarin was permitted to choose where to serve his reduced sentence of five years and ten months. Also: Syria blames US for deadly air strike and gaming becomes the latest addiction.

  • Ivan Duque Wins Colombia's Presidential Election

    Jun 17 2018

    The conservative candidate secured fifty four per cent of the vote. Also, President Trump's wife, Melania, has entered the debate about illegal immigration and three ships carrying more than six hundred migrants who were rescued off the coast of Libya eight days ago have arrived in the Spanish port of Valencia.

  • Death toll mounts in anti government protests in Nicaragua

    Jun 16 2018

    Peace talks resume in Nicaragua despite protests over deadly arson attack which killed six members of the same family; The former head of France Telecom to stand trial over his alleged role in a series of staff suicides; Ethiopia and Somalia to work together to invest in four sea ports and build a road network linking the two countries.

  • US separates almost 2,000 migrant children since April

    Jun 16 2018

    President Trump considers immigration policy as new figures reveal the scale of family separations on the US-Mexico border. Also: Portugal's Parliament votes to legalise marijuana-based medicines and why a visit to India 50 years ago had such an impact on The Beatles.

  • Trump Puts 25% Tariff on Chinese Goods

    Jun 15 2018

    President Trump unveiled the tariffs on $34bn worth of Chinese goods, accusing Beijing of intellectual copyright theft. Also: US strike targets Pakistan Taliban chief and stars turn out for Stephen Hawking memorial at Westminster Abbey.

  • Trump Foundation Faces New York Lawsuit

    Jun 14 2018

    New York's attorney general alleges "extensive and persistent" law breaking and also includes the President himself and three of Mr Trump's children. The Foundation denies the charges and says they're politically motivated. Also: Argentina's lower house votes to legalise abortion up to 14 weeks and a gadget has been invented to detect malaria without drawing blood.

  • US Warns North Korea Sanctions Will Not be Lifted Before Denuclearisation

    Jun 14 2018

    The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has said all three countries he's been briefing on the Singapore summit have agreed to maintain sanctions on North Korea for the time being. Also: memorial service held for Grenfell anniversary and Mars rover 'should ride out storm'.

  • Aids agencies warn of humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen

    Jun 13 2018

    UN Security Council to meet in emergency session to debate the crisis, also: Volkswagen fined more than a billion dollars and the raccoon that climbed a skyscraper in Minnesota

  • Battle Starts for Lifeline Port in Yemen

    Jun 13 2018

    Rebel-held Hodeida is the main entry point for aid needed by millions of Yemenis at risk of starvation. Also: President Trump declares that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat and Banksy artwork originally rejected for Royal Academy summer exhibition.

  • Mixed reactions to Singapore Summit.

    Jun 12 2018

    Donald Trump surprises many with his promises to North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore; Greek and Macedonian leaders agree a new name for the former Yugoslav state, to end a decades' old dispute; President Macron of France criticises Italy for turning away a ship full of migrants rescued from the Mediterranean.

  • Trump Claims Success after Historic Summit with Kim Jong-Un

    Jun 12 2018

    US President and North Korean leader sign agreement after 'tremendous' talks. The document includes pledge by Kim Jong-Un to remove nuclear weapons from Korean peninsula. We assess what the talks have achieved, and the implications for the region and the wider world.

  • Trump and Kim Set for Historic Summit

    Jun 11 2018

    The summit is being held at a hotel on the island of Sentosa, off the Singapore mainland. Also: Spain to accept disputed migrant ship and scientists shocked by the mysterious deaths of ancient baobab trees.

  • Singapore: Countdown to Summit between US and North Korea

    Jun 11 2018

    US Secretary of State says summit must lead to denuclearisation of Korean peninsula. Also, Spain offers to take boatload of migrants that neither Italy nor Malta want to accept, two survivors of Grenfell Tower fire write song commemorating the victims, India police arrest sixteen people for murders committed after 'child kidnap' rumours, and have scientists discovered a technique to deal with obesity ?

  • War of Words Erupts After Tense G7 Summit

    Jun 10 2018

    Germany's Angela Merkel said US president's decision to reject a joint communique was "sobering" and "depressing". Also: Trump and Kim fly into Singapore for historic summit, and marches in UK celebrate women's suffrage.

  • G7 Summit: 'Extremely Productive'

    Jun 09 2018

    The US president says relations with the G7 leaders are good, despite tensions over trade. Also, the Taliban announces a three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan next week, and the deaf cat predicting this year's World Cup results.

  • World Leaders Try to Bridge Differences in Canada

    Jun 08 2018

    Several nations taking part in the G7 summit said a closing joint statement was unlikely, although President Trump said he believed they would agree on one. Also: a landmark judgement made by the International Criminal Court against a former Congolese war lord is quashed, and tributes are paid to the American celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain, who has died.

  • Trump Wants Russia at G7 summit

    Jun 08 2018

    The build-up to the meeting has seen major disagreements between the US president and other nations over his imposition of trade tariffs. Also: Austria to shut seven 'political' mosques, and plastic and other waste found in British mussels.

  • Donald Trump Says North Korea Summit 'ready to go'

    Jun 07 2018

    The President also promises to raise Japan's concerns over security issues and the cases of abducted Japanese citizens. Also, new discoveries about the possibility of life on Mars, and mobile phones banned from French lower schools.

  • African Football Officials Filmed Taking Cash

    Jun 07 2018

    More than a hundred African football officials have been filmed accepting cash, in apparent violation of the sport's rules, during an undercover investigation. Also: Supreme Court in Britain rejects Northern Ireland abortion law case and Texas man bitten by severed snake head.

  • Californian judge removed from office

    Jun 06 2018

    Voters sack Aaron Persky after he sparked outrage for handing down a six month prison sentence to a student who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman. Also, "smartphone lanes" open in China for addicts who can't stop texting and walking and the Mexican nuns saving one of the world's most endangered amphibians.

  • Ukraine to Investigate Alleged Russian Hit-list of Journalists and Writers

    Jun 06 2018

    Ukrainian security services launch probe after publication of leaked 'hit-list'. Also, jail term for Croatian football's 'Mr. Big', Argentina cancels World Cup friendly warm-up match with Israel, Myanmar minorities suffering as army assaults northern rebels, and what can humans learn from how animals communicate ?

  • Ethiopia Seeks to End Deadly Eritrea Feud

    Jun 05 2018

    The dispute sparked Africa's deadliest border war in which tens of thousands of people were killed. Also: new explosion at Guatemalan volcano and Miss America says bye bye bikinis.

  • Jordan: King Calls For Review of Tax System Following Angry Protests

    Jun 05 2018

    King Abdullah tells Prime Minister-designate that new law on tax needs rethink. Also, Austria defends decision to maintain close ties to Moscow, how Qatar has survived a year of blockade by neighbouring states, stark warning from UN about need to cut down global use of plastics, and we remember Robert Kennedy - 50 years after his assassination.

  • Guatemala Searches for Volcano Missing

    Jun 04 2018

    Scores of people are known to have died when the Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday. Also: 'remarkable' therapy beats terminal breast cancer and the politics of the office kitchen.

  • Jordan: Prime Minister Resigns After Anti-austerity Protests

    Jun 04 2018

    Prime Minister Hani Mulki resigns after days of demonstrations against austerity-measures. Also, dozens killed as Guatemala volcano erupts, suicide-bomber attacks gathering of clerics in Afghanistan, French President's chief of staff is investigated over corruption allegations, and ex-President Bill Clinton teams up with author James Patterson to write a novel.

  • Matteo Salvini Urges Crackdown on Migration

    Jun 03 2018

    Italy's new interior minister calls for an end to the Sicily refugee camp. Also, a landmark study offers hope for women suffering from breast cancer, and the heroic crustacean who's become a social media star.

  • G7 Finance Ministers Urge US Not To Go Ahead With Tariffs

    Jun 02 2018

    US allies try to avoid a trade war. Also: Independence for Catalonia comes to the fore again in Spanish politics and Spotify reverses its playlist policy.

  • President Trump says Summit with North Korea Back On

    Jun 01 2018

    He says summit will be successful though he describes it as just the start of a process, and relations with North Korea were building - to use his word - and that this was very positive. The Pyongyang envoy delivered a letter from Kim Jong-un, which Mr Trump first described as ' very interesting ' but then said he hadn't opened it. Also: the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has said that senior civil servants will have to take lie-detector tests as part of a crackdown on corruption, and an aca...more

  • Spanish PM Rajoy Forced Out of Office

    Jun 01 2018

    Mariano Rajoy loses a no-confidence vote after his party was implicated in a big corruption scandal. Also: new government agreed in Italy and methane ice dunes found on Pluto.

  • US Imposes Metal Tariffs on Key Allies

    Jun 01 2018

    The EU, Canada, and Mexico vow to retaliate saying the US action is totally unacceptable. Also, Italy gets a new government after weeks of political uncertainty, and the appeal of the Yorkshire accent in the north of England

  • European States 'Complicit in CIA Torture'

    May 31 2018

    European judges have ruled that Lithuania and Romania violated the rights of two al-Qaeda terror suspects by allowing the CIA to torture them. Also: MSF says thousands of people are suffering as result of violence in South Sudan, and Zidane to leave Real Madrid.

  • Ukraine Staged Fake Murder of Journalist

    May 30 2018

    Kiev says Arkady Babchenko’s ‘death’ was an operation to foil a Russian assassination plot. Also: Donald Trump weighs in on the scandal surrounding the American actress Roseanne Barr following her racist tweets, and why a million bank staff in India have taken to the streets.

  • Italy's leaders struggle to avoid crisis

    May 30 2018

    There is still no government in Italy three months after elections and a new poll might be on the cards. Also: the president of Zimbabwe has announced that new elections will be held in July, and a new report says Japanese hunters killed hundreds of whales last year.

  • Hurricane Maria 'killed 4,600 in Puerto Rico'

    May 29 2018

    A Harvard University study contradicts the official toll of 64. Researchers say a third of deaths after September's hurricane were due to delays in medical care caused by power cuts and broken roads. The Puerto Rico government said it 'always expected the number to be higher than what was previously reported'. Also: a Russian investigative journalist is shot dead at his home in Kiev, and New Zealand uses comedy to help teenagers struggling with mental health problems.

  • Italy: Efforts to Form New Government as Political Crisis Continues

    May 29 2018

    Prime Minister-designate Carlo Cottarelli has continued to try to create a government. Libya's rival factions hold talks in Paris in effort to end civil war, South Africa facing growing demands to redistribute white-owned land to blacks, former chief of Pakistan's intelligence agency collaborates with Indian counterpart on a book, and Starbucks train their US staff to avoid racial bias.

  • Italy PM-designate Promises New Election

    May 28 2018

    Italian President Sergio Mattarella has asked an ex-IMF economist, Carlo Cottarelli, to form a government as the country faces fresh political turmoil. Also: EU proposes single-use plastics ban and Springboks name first black test captain.

  • Italy: President Names Carlo Cottarelli as Temporary PM

    May 28 2018

    President Sergio Mattarella asks ex-IMF economist to form government amid ongoing political turmoil. Also, anger as Syria becomes head of global disarmament body, heroic 'Spiderman' rescuer Mamoudou Gassama to be made French citizen, calls for fresh investigation into 1968 murder of Bobby Kennedy, and BTS become first K-pop band to top US album charts.

  • Bid to Form Government in Italy Fails

    May 27 2018

    The president refused to accept an arch Euro-sceptic as finance minister. Also, two contenders for the Colombian presidency go through to the second round, and the end of an era for the BBC's listening station.

  • Ireland Votes to Liberalise its Abortion Laws

    May 26 2018

    The Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar said it was a 'momentous day' for the country. Also, the leaders of North and South Korea have met at an unexpected summit, and a US citizen has been released after two years in prison in Venezuela.

  • Brazil: President Orders Troops to Break Strike

    May 25 2018

    The main truckers' association in Brazil tells members to end a five-day protest. The announcement came after President Terner authorised the armed forces to end the blockade. Also: exit polls published after Ireland's referendum on abortion suggest a clear majority have backed liberalising the law, and Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a family's private conversation, then send the recording to an acquaintance.

  • 2017: The Predictions Podcast

    Jan 04 2017

    What is going to happen in 2017? President Marine Le Pen of France? The end of the Iran nuclear deal? Some of the BBC’s most senior correspondents forecast what might or might not happen during the next 12 months. Make your own predictions and join the discussion on the World Service Facebook page.