Global News Podcast

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


  • Italy Bridge Collapse Firm Under Attack

    Aug 16 2018

    Threats to cancel contracts and impose fines send shares plummeting in the Italian Autostrade per l'Italia company. Also: former India prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee dies aged 93 and Egyptian mummification 'recipe' revealed.

  • Survivor Search Goes on in Genoa

    Aug 15 2018

    A state of emergency is declared in Genoa, and politicians blame the bridge management company. Also: Why New Zealand has banned foreigners from buying homes, and how corruption in South African game parks may be ruining the life chances of rhinos.

  • Italy Bridge: Grief and Anger after Disaster in Genoa

    Aug 15 2018

    As death toll rises, questions are asked about whether safety clues were ignored. Also, Israel reopens Gaza cargo crossing, Omagh marks 20th anniversary of deadly car-bombing, India's Prime Minister pledges his country will put an astronaut in space within 4 years, and will new film change representation of Asians in Hollywood ?

  • Huge Rescue Effort after Genoa Bridge Collapse

    Aug 15 2018

    Reports say cries can be heard from people trapped in the debris of the bridge. Also: US priests 'abused thousands of children' and human big toe was 'late to evolve'.

  • Italy: Road Bridge Collapse in Genoa May Have Killed Dozens

    Aug 14 2018

    Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli speaks of 'immense tragedy' after collapse. Also, man arrested on suspicion of terror offences after Westminster car crash, Sierra Leone marks a year since mudslide that killed more than one thousand, a listener in Venezuela tells us how people are coping with economic turmoil, and why India has an ever-growing problem with plastic waste.

  • White House Monitoring Turkey's Financial Situation

    Aug 13 2018

    The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the United States of stabbing his country in the back. Also: Cuba has begun a three-month period of public debate on its new constitution and why Indonesia's capital Jakarta is sinking.

  • Turkey Accuses US of 'Stab in Back' as Currency Turmoil Continues

    Aug 13 2018

    Efforts to ease Turkish economic woes have failed to stop market turmoil amid row with US. Also, Iran's Supreme Leader blames government for economic troubles, how people in Peru are suffering metal-poisoning and blame it on mining, UK government pledges to eradicate rough sleeping by 2027, and what can the US do to reduce its enormous output of plastic waste ?

  • Neo-Nazis hold rally on anniversary of Charlottesville

    Aug 13 2018

    Neo-Nazis demonstrate in Washington DC but are dwarfed by counter-protestors. Turkey draws up a plan to stabilise the currency and Nasa launches its mission to "touch the sun".

  • Mass protests in Romania

    Aug 11 2018

    More than twenty thousand people demonstrated in the capital Bucharest on Saturday. They're accusing the left-wing government of abusing its powers. Also, a look back on the life of the Nobel prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul, and how crows are being used to gather litter at a French theme park.

  • Saudis to Investigate Deadly Yemeni Air Strike

    Aug 10 2018

    The Saudi-led attack has been widely condemned and Saudi Arabia said it will investigate what happened. The UN Security Council says it wants a credible inquiry. Also, allegations that more than a million ethnic Uighurs are in internment camps in China, and a NASA satellite will boldly go where no satellite has gone before.

  • Turkey's Lira Crisis

    Aug 10 2018

    The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has called on his people to support their struggling currency as its value hit new lows. Also: Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change mounts a legal challenge to last week's presidential election, and the anti-fat pill for mice.

  • US Launches Plans For Space Force

    Aug 09 2018

    The Force would protect satellites and require an annual budget of around eight billion dollars. Also, a deadly missile attack kills and wounds dozens of children in Yemen, and why an arrest in Slovakia is music to the ears of some unhappy neighbours.

  • Strike on Yemen Bus Kills Many Children

    Aug 09 2018

    The International Committee of the Red Cross says scores of children, mostly under ten, were killed in Saudi-led coalition attack. Also: US Skripal sanctions hit Russian rouble and regular exercise 'best for mental health'.

  • US to Impose Sanctions on Russia over Skripal Attack

    Aug 08 2018

    The State Department said Moscow had used lethal weapons on its own citizens. It's only the third time the US has imposed sanctions against another country for such a violation. Also: the Zimbabwean opposition politician, Tendai Biti, has been denied asylum in Zambia, and online dating - a new study suggests people who take part in it message those who are apparently out of their league.

  • Zimbabwe 'Arrests Fleeing Politician'

    Aug 08 2018

    Tendai Biti's lawyer says he was picked up at the Zambian border but the state broadcaster calls this fake news. Also: entire Australian state now in drought and could ammonia fuel the cars of the future?

  • Nigeria Spy Chief Sacked

    Aug 07 2018

    Nigeria's Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has fired the head of the domestic spy agency. No reasons were given for the sacking of Lawal Daura. Earlier, operatives of the secret police barricaded the gates of Nigerian parliament building and prevented lawmakers from going in for several hours. Also, we hear from one woman in the US who has spent the past year living in a tiny church to avoid deportation, and how a postage stamp could reveal the future of China's family-planning policy.

  • Couple jailed for selling son to paedophiles

    Aug 07 2018

    A German court has sentenced a mother and her boyfriend to twelve years each in jail for sexually abusing her young son and selling him for sex to other paedophiles via the internet. The German couple were arrested last year, following a tip-off. Mexico's president-elect begins trying to tackle the country's rampant violent crime.And.. why is Winnie the Pooh so controversial in China?

  • US to Fully Enforce Restored Iran Sanctions

    Aug 06 2018

    President Trump says those who breach the nuclear-related sanctions risk "severe consequences". Also: the Saudi state airline is to suspend air links with Toronto, as a row escalates between Saudi Arabia and Canada, and is it possible to be manipulated by robots?

  • Evacuations Underway After Indonesian Earthquake

    Aug 06 2018

    Rescuers are still searching for survivors in Lombok. More than ninety people have been killed and hundreds injured in the magnitude seven quake and the number is expected to rise. Also: Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador and a death metal music festival in Germany has attracted unlikely guests.

  • Scores Killed in Indonesia Island Quake

    Aug 05 2018

    Many people killed in Lombok, just a week after another earthquake on the same holiday island. Also: South Sudan rivals sign peace deal and Norway's rich millennials.

  • Anti-abortion Protest in Argentina

    Aug 04 2018

    Anti-abortion march ahead of vote to legalise terminations. Abortion is only allowed now in rape cases and if a woman's health is in danger. Also: Brazil's former president, Lula, is nominated to run for presidency, despite being in jail, and the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's Beijing studio is demolished.

  • Zimbabwe opposition rejects poll results

    Aug 03 2018

    The opposition in Zimbabwe rejects the election result as a fraud and says they will provide evidence of vote-rigging, At least twenty-five people are killed in an attack on a Shia mosque in Afghanistan, The Japanese government takes steps to stop people working themselves to death.

  • Bonus Podcast: My Indian Life Preview

    Aug 03 2018

    Introducing Kalki Presents: My Indian Life - our new podcast with Bollywood actor, Kalki Koechlin. This preview tells you all about it. It’s raw, it’s painful, it’s joyful. It’s real life in India in the 21st century. Episode 1 will be available from 4 August 2018.

  • Zimbabwe Opposition Rejects 'Fake' Election Results

    Aug 03 2018

    Riot police in Zimbabwe initially prevented the opposition's Nelson Chamisa from holding a press conference. Also: Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo traced to 65-year-old woman and low levels of air pollution linked to changes in the heart.

  • President Emmerson Mnangagwa Wins Zimbabwe's Presidential Election

    Aug 02 2018

    He won 50.8% of votes to 44.3% for opposition leader Nelson Chamisa. The chairman of Mr Chamisa's MDC Alliance said the count could not be verified. Also, Apple has briefly become the first trillion dollar company - after its shares rose by 2.8 per cent, and why Madagascar's iconic Lemurs are said to be on the 'brink of extinction'.

  • Zimbabwe Awaits Election Results

    Aug 02 2018

    The electoral commission in Zimbabwe says it will begin releasing the results very soon, urging patience from the public. Also: Pope moves to oppose the death penalty, and online Kiki craze becomes a worrying trend.

  • Zimbabwe: Three Killed as Troops Fire on Opposition Supporters

    Aug 01 2018

    The government says the army was deployed in central Harare to help police restore order.The opposition MDC Alliance condemned the crackdown, saying it was a reminder of the 'dark days' of Robert Mugabe's rule. Also, in a series of tweets, President Donald Trump has said Attorney General Jeff Sessions must halt the Mueller inquiry into alleged election meddling, and the blue wine being introduced in France.

  • Zimbabwe: ZANU-PF Wins Most Seats According to Early Results

    Aug 01 2018

    Opposition protests in capital after incomplete results show ZANU-PF in lead. Also, hero's welcome in Kinshasa for former Congolese militia leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, Syrian regime acknowledges that hundreds of detainees died in state custody, ban on wearing face-veils in public comes into force in Denmark, and Russian climber rescued by helicopter after six days on Pakistani mountain.

  • Facebook Bans Pages Aimed at US Election Interference

    Aug 01 2018

    The social media firm said it could not be certain of the source of the campaign, but some of the fake posts had links to accounts used by the Kremlin. Also: US court told Trump ex-campaign chief 'lied' and Slovakia alarmed by pro-Putin Night Wolves bikers' base.

  • Zimbabwe Election: Frontrunners Both Confident While Awaiting Results

    Jul 31 2018

    President Mnangagwa and opposition leader Chamisa are both upbeat about prospects. Also, US officials say 'North Korea working on new missiles' despite dialogue, the challenge of stopping ex-IS fighters returning from Syria to Europe, British MPs say aid sector 'almost complicit' in sex abuse, and we meet the scientist who named a new frog species after his grand-daughter.

  • Trump 'Ready to Meet Iran's Rouhani'

    Jul 30 2018

    The US president has offered to meet Iran's leaders with "no preconditions" and "anytime they want". Also: high turnout in first post-Mugabe poll and Japan scientists to use "reprogrammed" stem cells to fight Parkinson's disease.

  • Zimbabwe: High Turnout in First Post-Mugabe Election

    Jul 30 2018

    Observers report large queues at polling-booths and say process has been generally smooth. Also, IS militants reported to have taken more than thirty women and children hostage in Syria, why four million people in Assam may lose Indian citizenship, Tajikistan incident leaves four foreign cyclists dead, and how an administrative error in China turned a man into a woman.

  • Mugabe Refuses To Back Successor Mnangagwa

    Jul 29 2018

    Zimbabwe's ex-president Robert Mugabe says he will not vote for his successor and former ally in Monday's elections. Also: a Palestinian teenager who was filmed assaulting an Israeli soldier has been freed and the Afghan army is changing its military strategy.

  • Thousands Flee 'Tornado' California Fires

    Jul 28 2018

    Two children and their great-grandmother are among five people to have reportedly died in a raging wildfire in northern California. Also: Cardinal McCarrick, a prominent US Catholic, resigns over abuse claims and the Tour de France is coming to an end with a Welsh cyclist almost certain to win it for the first time.

  • CBS Investigates Claims of Misconduct

    Jul 27 2018

    Shares in the television network drop on allegations of sexual harassment by chairman Les Moonves. Also: Pakistan parties reject election result and skygazers watch century's longest 'blood moon'.

  • Spanish Court Jails Mother who Hid with Sons in Custody Battle

    Jul 27 2018

    The Spanish verdict has provoked renewed anger against perceived sexism in the justice system. Juana Rivas has also been stripped of custody rights for six years. Also, North Korea returns the remains of around fifty American soldiers who were killed in the Korean War, and the landmark project in Australia mapping historic massacres of indigenous people.

  • Calls for Unity in Pakistan Following a Bitter Election

    Jul 26 2018

    The country's former cricket captain, Imran Khan, insists the election was transparent after it was claimed that he colluded with the military to become prime minister. Also, a deadline passes in the US for migrant children to be reunited with their families, and the police dog in Colombia that's so good at sniffing out drugs there's a 70-thousand dollar bounty on its head.

  • Khan Claims Win in Pakistan Election

    Jul 26 2018

    The former cricketer, Imran Khan, is set for victory but rivals allege there has been vote rigging. Also: Greek defence minister says illegal construction contributed to one of the country's worst ever wildfire disasters and WW2 Spitfire pilot Mary Ellis dies aged 101.

  • Radar Reveals Liquid Lake on Mars

    Jul 25 2018

    Researchers find evidence of a large body of water on the Red Planet; challenges to Pakistan's election even before the results are announced. And, the six best plots for a Hollywood hit

  • Bomb Attacks Strike Voters in Pakistan

    Jul 25 2018

    A blast kills dozens on voting day in Pakistan after a campaign overshadowed by concerns over fraud and violence. Also: desperate search for missing in Greek fires and stars come out to support pop singer Demi Lovato.

  • US Farmers Get $12bn Trade War Bailout

    Jul 24 2018

    The US has unveiled a $12bn plan aimed at helping US farmers hurt by the growing trade war. Also: at least 70 people are confirmed dead in Greece's worst fires in more than a decade and the eye test that could screen for early dementia.

  • Laos: Hundreds Missing After Dam Collapses

    Jul 24 2018

    Unknown number dead as flash-flood is triggered by collapse of dam in south-east Laos. Also, dozens killed as deadly wildfires ravage coastal areas near Greek capital, North Korea dismantles key rocket-testing site, Japan's heatwave is declared 'natural disaster' , and how Syrian refugee family rebuilt their chocolate-making business in Canada.

  • Trump Targets Critics' Security Clearance

    Jul 23 2018

    The White House says President Trump is "very concerned" about "baseless accusations" against him. Also: Kenya demolishes 30,000 people's slum homes and Heathrow scanner trial could ease airport liquid ban.

  • UK 'Will Not Block Death Penalty for IS Duo' says Home Secretary

    Jul 23 2018

    Leaked letter covers possibility of two alleged Islamic state members' extradition to US. Also, Trump and Iran's Rouhani trade angry threats, gunman kills two in Greektown district of Toronto, the story behind the fake murder of Arkady Babchenko, and how a global crowdfunding campaign is trying to save a ruined French chateau.

  • Ex-Trump Aide Denies Being Russian Agent

    Jul 22 2018

    Documents show the FBI believed Carter Page was "collaborating and conspiring" with Russia in 2016. Also: Syrian White Helmets evacuated by Israel and Macron aide charged over beating protestor.

  • President Trump Attacks Former Lawyer Over Tape

    Jul 21 2018

    The President said recording clients was "probably illegal" and he insists he has done nothing wrong. The tape was a discussion between Mr Trump and Michael Cohen, they reportedly discussed payments to a former Playboy model. Also, Cuba is debating a new constitution, and why this generation might be getting a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

  • Secret Recordings of President Trump Revealed

    Jul 20 2018

    Mr Trump allegedly discussed payments to a former Playboy model. The tapes were made by the President's then lawyer and were reportedly made two months before the presidential election. Also, a second exchange of fire on the Israel-Gaza border has killed four Palestinians and one Israeli soldier and will British band Oasis make a comeback?

  • Incredulity as Trump Invites Putin to US

    Jul 20 2018

    Russia's ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, has said Moscow is open to an invitation to the White House for a second meeting between Vladimir Putin and President Trump. Also: the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said he's invited Britain to work on a solution to the Irish border issue, and Battle of Britain RAF Spitfire pilot Geoffrey Wellum dies.

  • Donald Trump Invites Vladimir Putin to Washington

    Jul 19 2018

    Invitation made despite continuing controversy over their summit in Helsinki; the painful experiences of women forcibly sterilised in Peru. And, the skeletons in Alexandria's mysterious black sarcophagus .

  • Israel Approves 'Jewish Nation State' Law

    Jul 19 2018

    The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu hails a "defining moment" as Israeli Arab MPs condemn the legislation, Also: new British Brexit secretary set for Brussels talks and thirteen basketball players have been suspended for a mass brawl during a World Cup qualifier earlier this month.

  • Fresh Trump confusion over Russian meddling

    Jul 18 2018

    The White House insists Russia is a threat to the US, contradicting previous statements. It comes amid a flurry of criticism after President Trump appeared to side with Moscow instead of his own intelligence agencies, over Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. Also: a Turkish court has dashed hopes that an American pastor will be freed, and scientists have discovered a baby snake preserved in amber that lived ninety-nine million years ago.

  • Thai Cave Rescue Boys Relive Their 'Moment of Miracle'

    Jul 18 2018

    12 boys rescued from flooded cave in Thailand have spoken publicly about their ordeal. Also, EU imposes $5 Billion fine on Google, a report from Yemen's frontline as UN warns of civilians' suffering, mixed feelings in South Africa on Nelson Mandela's centenary, and are our earliest memories real or not ?

  • Trump Reverses Russia Meddling Remark

    Jul 17 2018

    The US president now says he accepts the view that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Also: British government survives key Brexit trade vote and astronomers find twelve new moons around Jupiter.

  • 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.