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  • US senator to probe 'talk on ousting Trump'

    Feb 17 2019

    The pledge comes after a former acting FBI chief recalls discussions on removing the US president. Also: Pakistan rolls out the red carpet for Saudi prince, and tributes are paid to Ken Nordine - the 'word jazz' creator who has died at the age of 98.

  • US planes arrive with aid for Venezuela

    Feb 17 2019

    Planes carrying food and medicine landed in Colombia at the request of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido. The country’s President Nicolas Maduro says he’ll block it, describing it as a “booby trap” set up by Washington. Also: Nigeria’s elections have been postponed for a week, and machine learning software could be responsible for incorrect scientific results.

  • Mexico border wall: Trump defends emergency move

    Feb 16 2019

    President Trump said the US was facing an invasion of drugs and criminals and "walls worked". Also: sixty-six people have been killed by gunmen in northern Nigeria and schoolchildren across the UK join a global protest calling for action on climate change.

  • India says it will 'completely isolate' Pakistan

    Feb 15 2019

    An Indian minister vows to cut Pakistan off from the world as India mourns dozens of troops killed in Kashmir. Also: Spanish PM sets snap election for April and China closes Everest base camp to tourists.

  • Trump threatens rare emergency powers to fund border wall

    Feb 14 2019

    President Trump hopes to avert a shutdown, but faces a legal challenge over his plans to invoke rarely used emergency powers to bypass the political process. Also, the British government has suffered another damaging parliamentary defeat on its Brexit plans, and a huge car bomb in Indian administered Kashmir kills at least forty police officers.

  • Pence urges Europe to withdraw from Iran nuclear pact

    Feb 14 2019

    The US vice president has strongly criticised European states for what he calls attempts to break America's sanctions on Iran. Also: the EU has drafted new rules on using copyrighted material on the internet, and what is the formula for finding love on St Valentine's Day?

  • Two Syrian security agents arrested in Germany

    Feb 14 2019

    Germany arrests two suspected members of President Assad's security network; President Trump says he's considering all options to solve the crisis in Venezuela; and NASA has declared that the Opportunity rover it sent to Mars fifteen years ago is officially dead.

  • Sudan: Evidence of human rights abuses committed by security forces

    Feb 13 2019

    Footage shows masked security agents chasing and beating anti-government protesters. Witnesses say the agents then took the protestors to secret detention-centres. Also, Thailand's Princess Ubolratana 'saddened' as she's disqualified from standing for Prime Minister, and scientists gain new insight into the life of one of the world's most endangered mammals - the Giant Pangolin.

  • Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' found guilty in US

    Feb 12 2019

    Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman was convicted on numerous counts including the distribution of cocaine and heroin. Also: missing Kenyan activist found dead and the 14th century nun who faked her own death.

  • Venezuela: Maduro denounces 'extremist' Trump

    Feb 12 2019

    Venezuela's embattled President Nicolás Maduro blames the US for his country's crisis. In an interview with the BBC, Mr. Maduro also says he would use force to defend his government. Also, a warning that environmental change is accelerating but governments are failing to act on it, and will looted African artworks be returned to the countries where they originated ?

  • Fatalities in hospital fire in Cameroon's troubled Anglophone region

    Feb 11 2019

    The fire ravaged sections of the Kumba district hospital including the surgical wards. Also: fighting slows "final push" against IS in eastern Syria and British judge says sorry after falling asleep in court.

  • Afghanistan: Patrick Shanahan arrives for talks on peace efforts

    Feb 11 2019

    US acting Defence Secretary meets Afghan president to discuss efforts to end conflict. This follows talks between US and Taliban and other Afghan parties. Also, huge crowds in Iran mark 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution, and Indonesian police are criticised for interrogating a suspect by threatening him with a snake.

  • China Says Uighur Musician 'Alive'

    Feb 10 2019

    China releases a video of Abdhurehim Heyit, said by campaigners to have been tortured to death in prison; a new party in Poland takes aim at the country's conservative politicians and, taking time: slow art arrives in London.

  • Final assault on IS held territory

    Feb 10 2019

    Kurdish-led alliance says final assault underway against Islamic State forces in Syria; the US Senator Elizabeth Warren has confirmed she will contest the Democratic nomination in next year's presidential election and the Duke of Edinburgh has handed in his driving licence three weeks after crashing his Range Rover.

  • Thailand's king condemns sister's bid to be PM

    Feb 09 2019

    The king of Thailand says his elder sister is not allowed to stand for election as Prime Minister. Also: Venezuela's embattled President has vowed not to let in “fake aid” from the United States. Plus the world's richest man accuses one of Donald Trump's favoured magazines of blackmail.

  • Young players die in fire at top Rio football club

    Feb 08 2019

    The victims include young footballers who were staying at Flamengo's training centre. Also: Thai royal to stand as PM candidate and reliving the moment a kayak was hit by a whale.

  • Diplomatic spat between Paris and Rome

    Feb 08 2019

    A diplomatic row between France and Italy has depended. Also: The UN investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi says the journalist was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing…And South Africa will hold nationwide elections in May.

  • Facebook ordered by Germany to gather less user data

    Feb 07 2019

    Germany has carried out a probe into the social network following concerns that members were unaware of the extent of the firm's activities. It covered data gathered from third-party sources as well as via Facebook's other apps, including Instagram. Also, predictions that Britain will see its lowest growth for a decade as the EU agrees to new talks on Brexit. And new medical advice on children's use of screen-time and social media.

  • Trump says he'll announce IS group has lost Iraq and Syria

    Feb 06 2019

    The US president made the remarks at a meeting of the US-led coalition against IS. Also: Venezuela's opposition says soldiers have blocked a bridge on the border with Colombia to prevent the delivery of humanitarian aid, and scientists discover when the kangaroo developed the ability to hop.

  • Tusk says there is a 'special place in hell' for no-plan Brexiteers

    Feb 06 2019

    The European Council president sparks a backlash from Brexit-backing MPs after his comments. Also: US envoy in North Korea for nuclear talks and scientists visit Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai - one of the world's newest islands.

  • New Arms race between Washington and Moscow ?

    Feb 06 2019

    Russia says it is planning to develop new missile systems within two years; Ten people die in a fire at an eight-storey building in Paris; And..... how do you recoup your crypto currency when the only person with the key suddenly dies ?

  • Afghanistan: Taliban and opposition figures hold talks in Moscow

    Feb 05 2019

    Influential opposition members attend talks which many hope will enable peace agreement. The government has not been invited and has described negotiations as 'counter-productive.' Also, race-row is sparked by interview with film star Liam Neeson, and how tourists are travelling back in time to revisit the Yugoslavia of the 1970s.

  • Venezuela civil war threat 'an invention'

    Feb 04 2019

    Venezuela's political rivals trade accusations as international pressure mounts on President Maduro. Also: Pope Francis calls for a halt to wars in the Middle East, and warming threatens Himalayan glaciers.

  • Venezuela: Several EU states recognise Guaidó as president

    Feb 04 2019

    UK, France, and other European countries recognise opposition leader as interim president. It comes after President Nicolás Maduro defiantly rejected EU's Sunday deadline to call snap elections. Also, searchers see body in wreckage after Emiliano Sala's plane-crash, and US immigration officials say Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage is really from the UK.

  • US mobilises aid for Venezuela

    Feb 04 2019

    The United States is sending humanitarian aid following a request from the opposition leader, Juan Guaido. Also: Pope Francis arrives on historic visit to UAE and Sala plane wreckage found in the English Channel.

  • Power struggle on the streets of Venezuela

    Feb 03 2019

    Rival mass rallies for and against Venezuela's president, Nicolas Maduro; Government of the Central African Republic reaches peace deal to end years of violence; Worst floods in a century in Australian state of Queensland.

  • First UK FGM conviction

    Feb 01 2019

    London court hears how mother of three-year-old girl tried to use witchcraft to deter investigation. Also: Qatar shock Japan to win first Asian Cup, Lindsey Vonn to retire from skiing and kazoos as on-screen anti-smoking deterrents.

  • US to leave nuclear weapons treaty with Russia

    Feb 01 2019

    The US has formally announced that it's suspending its obligations under the INF treaty, a key arms control agreement dating back to the Cold War. Also: Italy impounds a migrant rescue ship in Sicily and Hong Kong seizes a record haul of pangolin scales.

  • Guaido accuses Venezuelan security forces

    Jan 31 2019

    The self-declared acting president claims his wife and child have been threatened by agents working for President Maduro's government. Also: temperatures plunge to minus 48 Celsius in the American Midwest and the doctor who developed the painkiller, Ibuprofen, by testing it on his hangover has died.

  • EU sets up mechanism to bypass US sanctions on Iran

    Jan 31 2019

    The payment channel to Iran is being established by Britain, France and Germany. Also: Italy in recession amid sluggish Eurozone and Japan's elderly prisoners on life behind bars.

  • Trump backs Venezuela’s Guaido as demonstrations rage across the country

    Jan 31 2019

    Trump backs Venezuela’s Guaido as demonstrations rage across the country. The US President has phoned the opposition leader to offer further support. Also: Saudi Arabia announces the billion-dollar results of its crackdown on corruption and the new medical marvel based on a familiar fish.

  • Carlos Ghosn says 'plot and treason' were behind his arrest

    Jan 30 2019

    Nissan ex-chairman says his arrest in Japan was due to 'plot' by some Nissan executives. He was speaking in his first interview since being arrested in November on financial misconduct charges. Also, the plight of Venezuela's poor as economic crisis continues, and how one teenager's fan-letter to a film star was answered - nearly 50 years later.

  • Brexit: MPs back May's bid to change deal

    Jan 30 2019

    Brexit: MPs back May's bid to change current Irish backstop in Brexit plan. Also: Venezuela's government asks Supreme Court to ban the opposition leader, Juan Guaido, from leaving the country - and the Instagram trolls keeping the British royals up at night

  • Pakistan: Top court upholds acquittal of Asia Bibi

    Jan 29 2019

    Supreme Court rejects challenge to acquittal of Christian woman on blasphemy charges. She was originally convicted in 2010 and spent eight years on death row. Also, Brazilian police arrest five people over deadly dam collapse, and we celebrate 150 years of the Periodic Table.

  • US targets 'corrupt' Venezuela oil firm

    Jan 28 2019

    The US has imposed sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA and urged the country's military to accept a peaceful transfer of power. Also: US charges China's Huawei with fraud and RIP Trevor the 'world's loneliest duck'.

  • Afghanistan: US and Taliban 'agree' on draft peace deal

    Jan 28 2019

    US and Taliban negotiators have agreed draft framework for deal to end 17-year conflict. This comes after US delegates held 6 days of talks with Taliban in Qatar.

  • US 'will respond to Venezuela threats'

    Jan 28 2019

    Washington warns against the intimidation of opposition leader, Juan Guaido and US diplomats. Also: Brazil search resumes after new dam scare and Zimbabwe buries Afro-jazz legend Oliver Mtukudzi.

  • Hundreds still missing after Brazilian dam collapse

    Jan 27 2019

    50 people have been rescued and at least 40 have been killed. Rescuers are working through the night to try and find survivors after a dam collapsed at an iron ore mine. . Also: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sacked his ambassador to China and why some French people are complaining about “globish”.

  • Trump accepts deal to halt shutdown

    Jan 26 2019

    President Trump has yielded to pressure to end a record US government shutdown, accepting a temporary deal that includes none of the money he demanded for a US-Mexico border wall. Also: hundreds of people are missing after a mining dam collapsed in Brazil, and why the days of limitless speed on Germany's autobahns may be numbered.

  • FBI arrest Trump associate Roger Stone

    Jan 25 2019

    The US political strategist Roger Stone was arrested in Florida charged with seven counts in the Mueller investigation. Also: Greece vote settles 27 year old Macedonia name row and does gum disease play a key role in Alzheimer's?

  • Russia condemns foreign powers for backing Venezuelan opposition leader

    Jan 25 2019

    President Maduro says he's closing Venezuela's embassy and consulates in the United States - a day after the Trump administration recognised the opposition leader as interim president. Also: the new president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, is sworn into office and why a board game is based on the Novichok chemical attack in Salisbury

  • Russia attacks 'US bid to usurp' Venezuela

    Jan 24 2019

    Moscow says the move to declare a new head of state in Venezuela, backed by the US, is a "path of bloodshed". Also: President Felix Tshisekedi's swearing-in marks DR Congo's first peaceful transfer of power and the British writer Diana Athill dies aged 101.

  • Presidential Clash in Venezuela

    Jan 24 2019

    Leader of the opposition led Congress swears himself in as president of Venezuela; Deepening divide between the White House and the Democrats in Congress. Also: one of Zimbabwe's best known musicians, Oliver Mtukudzi, has died after a lengthy illness.

  • Thailand to hold first election since 2014 coup

    Jan 23 2019

    The Thai authorities have announced that the first general election since a military coup five years ago will be held on 24th March. Also: Australian writer ''missing in China'', and UNESCO honours reggae music.

  • Zimbabwe: Soldiers accused of a campaign of violence

    Jan 23 2019

    There are reports of random assaults on opposition supporters. A search for the plane carrying the Argentine footballer, Emiliano Sala, is suspended; a court in Moscow denies a bail application by a former US Marine accused of spying; and "The Favourite" and "Roma" both receive ten Oscar nominations.

  • Premier League footballer on missing plane

    Jan 22 2019

    Emiliano Sala was on a light aircraft which is missing over the Channel Islands. The Argentine striker, 28, was one of two people on board the plane which lost contact on Monday night. Also, the American the Kremlin accuses of spying is to remain in custody in Russia.

  • British PM rejects calls to delay Brexit

    Jan 21 2019

    MPs in Britain are due to vote on a modified version of the Brexit deal next Tuesday. Also: Venezuela "foils national guard rebellion" and Decoder - the brain app to improve concentration.

  • China: 'baby gene-editing' scientist will be punished

    Jan 21 2019

    China says scientist He JianKui acted illegally and in pursuit of fame and fortune. In November, he claimed to have created the world's first gene-edited babies. Also, South Africa claims that Zimbabwe asked it for an emergency loan, Israeli jets target Iranian positions around Damascus, and how a designer-fashion project is bringing new dignity to one of India's most disadvantaged communities.

  • The African Union postpones a visit to DRCongo amidst alleged election fraud

    Jan 20 2019

    Leaked election data from DRCongo suggests the runner-up, Martin Fayulu, won about three times more votes than Felix Tshisekedi. Also: clashes in Greece over Macedonia name and Tony Mendez - the real CIA spy behind the film Argo - has died aged 78.

  • Trump Offers 'Compromise' to End Shutdown

    Jan 20 2019

    His plan includes concessions on immigrants who entered the US illegally when young. Also, UN officials fear one-hundred-and-seventy migrants may have drowned in the Mediterranean; deaths in Mexico pipeline blast rise to 66, and people around the world march for gender equality.

  • 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.