Global News Podcast

The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends


  • Utrecht shooting: Three dead after attack on tram

    Mar 18 2019

    Three people reported killed and several others injured after gun-attack in Dutch city. Police say it appears to be a terrorist attack, and are looking for a 37-year-old Turkish man named as Gokmen Tanis. Also, Turkey's President Erdogan criticised for showing some of New Zealand mosque gunman's video during election-rallies, and why Berlin is allowing women to pay less than men to use public transport - for one day only.

  • New Zealand cabinet to discuss gun regulations

    Mar 17 2019

    Ministers are expected to consider a ban on the kind of semi-automatic weapons used by the gunman in the Christchurch mosque attacks. Also: Ethiopia sees 'similarities' between last week's Boeing crash and last year's disaster off Indonesia, and what kind of music makes cheese even tastier?

  • Death toll rises in New Zealand terror attack

    Mar 16 2019

    It's now known that fifty people were killed in Friday's attack on two mosques in Christchurch. Also: yellow vest violence returns to Paris, and Australian town holds funeral for crocodile.

  • New Zealand Massacre Suspect Appears in Court

    Mar 16 2019

    A twenty-eight year old man is charged with murder in connection with the Christchurch mosque shootings. The New Zealand Prime Minister, says gun laws will be overhauled. We look into the spread of white supremacist ideology. Also: An international agreement has been reached to cut single-use plastics over the coming decade.

  • Scores killed in New Zealand mosque shootings

    Mar 15 2019

    The New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern condemned the "terrorist attack" in Christchurch, which was live-streamed by a gunman. The authorities advised all mosques in the city to shut down until further notice.

  • British MPs vote to delay Brexit

    Mar 15 2019

    If European Union member states agree to the delay, the UK may now not leave the bloc on March 29th. Prime Minister Theresa May says Brexit could be delayed by three months, but only if MPs back her twice-defeated deal. Also, the US Senate has voted to overturn President Trump's emergency order aimed at funding his border wall, and the jet pack Iron Man suit that could enable us to fly.

  • British MPs are set to vote for a delay to the Brexit process

    Mar 14 2019

    Theresa May has made it clear she will make a third attempt to get her EU withdrawal deal through Parliament in the next week. It's already been defeated twice. A British soldier is to be prosecuted in connection with the Bloody Sunday killings in Northern Ireland forty-seven years ago. And new research that could be used to predict whether breast cancer is likely to come back after treatment.

  • MPs vote to reject no-deal Brexit

    Mar 14 2019

    Chaos and confusion at Westminster over Brexit. Also, the latest on the school shooting in Brazil and have scientists in Russia discovered the secret of time travel?

  • Brexit: May faces Parliament again after latest defeat

    Mar 13 2019

    British PM says UK could still leave EU with a 'good deal' despite MPs rejecting her plan. We look at the challenges she faces - and the view from the European Union. Also, rescue-operation in Lagos after collapse of building containing a school, and how some South Africans are demanding tougher action against pastors who abuse and exploit their followers.

  • MPs reject Theresa May's Brexit deal for a second time

    Mar 13 2019

    PM's EU deal defeated by 149 votes in what's being called a 'political disaster'. Also: An appeal court in Sudan has quashed flogging sentences imposed on women demonstrators, and dozens arrested in the United States for alleged involvement in a scam to help wealthy Americans cheat their way into elite universities.

  • Brexit: May tries to persuade MPs to back her deal

    Mar 12 2019

    Theresa May makes final bid to save her Brexit deal ahead of a crucial vote in Commons. She's urged MPs to back her 'improved' agreement or risk 'no Brexit at all'. Also, United Nations says mass-killings in the Congo may be a crime against humanity, a warning from the inventor of the worldwide web as it turns 30, and why an Italian city is furious at how the world has misrepresented its cuisine.

  • Algerian president drops bid for fifth term

    Mar 11 2019

    Abdelaziz Bouteflika has bowed to public and judicial pressure after his candidacy sparked mass protests. But he has also delayed the elections, without setting a new date. Also, President Trump's new budget proposes more than $8 billion for a Mexico border wall, and researchers believe eye tests could help detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease.

  • Ethiopian Airlines: Flight recorders recovered from crash site

    Mar 11 2019

    The Boeing 737 Max 8's cockpit voice recorder and digital flight recorder could be crucial in determining what caused the crash that killed all 157 people on board. Several airlines have grounded the Boeing model following the disaster. And Venezuela's government has ordered schools and businesses to remain closed on Monday as a power cut drags into a fifth day.

  • No survivors in Ethiopian plane crash

    Mar 11 2019

    Also: Western-backed fighters launch new attack on the last Islamic State enclave in Syria, and the picturesque street in Paris being ruined by Instagram

  • Venezuela: Thousands Join Rival Rallies as Power Cuts Continue

    Mar 09 2019

    The rival protests follow power cuts across much of Venezuela since Thursday. They took place in response to calls by opposition leader Juan Guaidó and President Maduro, also, anger, after a man at an American hospital is told he was certain to die - via a screen on a robot, Shamima Begum's father apologises to the UK for daughter 'doing wrong.' George Michael's private art collection on display in London ahead of auction.

  • Algerians Gather in Largest Protest against President Bouteflika

    Mar 08 2019

    Riot police fired tear gas in the capital Algiers, but the rallies were mostly peaceful. Also a 24 hour power cut in Venezuela is the longest in living memory, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel - One Hundred Years of Solitude -- is finally being adapted for the screen.

  • SpaceX: NASA successfully lands unmanned craft, paving the way for future missions

    Mar 08 2019

    The US's new commercial astronaut capsule splashes down in the Atlantic Ocean. Also: Trump's former campaign chairman gets four years in prison, Iran accuses the UK of breaking international law by extending its diplomatic protection to a British-Iranian woman in jail in Tehran, and are chimps who live in captivity losing their cultural traditions?

  • Winter Rain Threatens Greenland's Icesheet

    Mar 07 2019

    Global warming may be causing more winter rainfall which melts the ice leading to raised sea levels; Saudi Arabia's human rights record is criticised by a UN body, and the seven year old girl who wants to be a world boxing champion.

  • French cardinal guilty of abuse cover-up

    Mar 07 2019

    Barbarin was found guilty of failing to report allegations of assaults by a priest in the 1980s and 1990s. He denied the charges and he will appeal against the verdict. And are new drugs giving hope to those affected by an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

  • Major disruption at Calais port ahead of Brexit

    Mar 07 2019

    An ongoing protest by French customs officials has been causing major disruption at the port of Calais. Also: The Brazilian president has provoked national controversy, and Islamic State militants in Syria have been captured trying to escape their last enclave.

  • Carlos Ghosn leaves jail in Japan

    Mar 06 2019

    Carlos Ghosn, who ran the world largest alliance of car makers and faces three counts of financial misconduct, says he'll defend himself against "meritless and unsubstantiated accusations". Also: Human Rights Watch says children who fled the group calling itself Islamic State are being tortured in Iraq and the US investment bank, Goldman Sachs, tells staff it's ready to shed the suits.

  • Burundi forces UN to shut human rights office

    Mar 06 2019

    The United Nations human rights office in Burundi has been forced to close at the insistence of the government. Also: Britain's Government faces a dire warning over a surge in knife crime, and Canada's bitcoin mystery deepens.

  • HIV: New breakthrough as patient is cleared of the AIDS virus

    Mar 05 2019

    A British man has been declared HIV-free after a bone-marrow transplant. The case has raised hopes that scientists will eventually be able to defeat the AIDS virus. Also, Trump targets India and Turkey in trade crackdown, China's premier warns of tough times ahead for its economy, and how science has proved that heartbreak can be deadly.

  • Opposition leader returns to Venezuela

    Mar 05 2019

    Opposition leader Juan Guido tells crowds they must fight to achieve regime change; Fears the death toll from two twisters - or tornados - in Alabama will rise; and Saudi Arabia rejects accusations it has detained and tortured a number of women's rights activists.

  • Pope Francis to open Vatican archives on controversial wartime pope Pius the Twelfth

    Mar 04 2019

    Critics of Pius the Twelfth say he failed to do enough to help Jews during the Holocaust. The Vatican hopes that opening its archives will help establish the truth about Pius's role during World War Two. Also, China accuses two detained Canadians of spying, rescue-teams in Alabama search for survivors after devastating tornadoes, and why an actress is doing a solo comedy show about her disabled sister.

  • Algeria's leader to stand again despite mass protests

    Mar 04 2019

    Abdelaziz Bouteflika defies protesters but promises not to serve a full term also: Venezuelan opposition leader Guaidó to return and the mobile bistro in central France

  • President Trump takes aim at Robert Mueller

    Mar 03 2019

    US President Donald Trump attacks special counsel Robert Mueller. Also: The new President of the DRC calls for political prisoners to be pardoned, and a new capsule for sending astronauts to the International Space Station has successfully launched.

  • Pakistan returns captured Indian pilot

    Mar 02 2019

    Also: Police clash with demonstrators in Algeria over anti-government protests and how craft beer is taking over the world

  • Crowds gather for Indian pilot's release

    Mar 01 2019

    Crowds of Indians gathered near a border crossing with Pakistan ahead of the release of an Indian fighter pilot captured by Pakistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan said the pilot would be released as on Friday - but as darkness fell there was still no sign of him. Venezuela has announced it is moving the European headquarters of its state oil company from Portugal to Russia. And new advice for women who've suffered a stillbirth and want to try again for a baby.

  • Israel PM Netanyahu calls corruption charges a ‘witch hunt’

    Mar 01 2019

    Also: North Korea refute President Trump’s claims over failed summit and the Michael Jackson sex abuse allegations about to land in full

  • Pakistan 'to free Indian pilot on Friday'

    Feb 28 2019

    The "peace gesture" to return the airman from a downed jet comes amid tensions over disputed Kashmir. Also: UN says Gaza protest deaths may be war crimes and semi-identical twins "identified for only the second time".

  • Trump is a Racist, a Conman, a Cheat says Cohen

    Feb 27 2019

    The President's former lawyer Michael Cohen paints a damning portrait of his boss in testimony to Congress; a second Ebola centre attacked in DR Congo; and the myth of the scary Momo doll.

  • India and Pakistan clash in Kashmir

    Feb 27 2019

    Both countries claim they have shot down each other's aircraft. Islamabad said it carried out retaliatory air strikes on its neighbour's territory, shot down Indian fighter aircraft, and captured an Indian pilot. India says it lost only one plane and has downed a Pakistani jet. Also: we will preview the testimony of President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen in Congress, and parlez-vous une autre langue? Foreign language learning is at an 18 year low in the UK.

  • Two Russians jailed after being accused of spying for the US

    Feb 27 2019

    Sergei Mikhailov was arrested while working for Russia's security agency, the FSB, and Ruslan Stoyanov, was an employee of the anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab. Also: British prime minister offers MPs a Brexit delay vote and what is the future of subscription boxes?

  • Australia's most senior Catholic cleric found guilty of child sexual offences

    Feb 26 2019

    The Vatican described the conviction of Cardinal George Pell as "painful news". Also: Pakistan condemns an Indian airstrike on its territory and says it will respond, The British PM says MPs will get to vote on whether to delay Brexit if there's no agreement on how to leave the EU, and the campaign to save a British café in New York - dubbed a "shrine to Britishness".

  • Iran's foreign minister suddenly resigns

    Feb 26 2019

    Mohammed Javad Zarif announced his resignation in an Instagram post, apologising for "shortcomings". Also: Britain's opposition Labour party move to back new Brexit referendum and is there a relationship between champion boxers and left-handedness?

  • US Taliban peace talks continue in Qatar to discuss end to Afghan conflict

    Feb 25 2019

    The Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has called for a nationwide tribal council. Also: we look at the diversity of the winners of the Oscars, and why girls and women are abused for playing football in India.

  • Pressure grows on embattled Venezuelan President

    Feb 25 2019

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Maduro's "days are numbered" following deadly clashes over humanitarian aid. Also: Pope Francis has compared child sexual abuse to human sacrifice, and could Cuba be on the brink of a new era?

  • Deadly clashes in border towns across Venezuela

    Feb 24 2019

    Also: Millions of Nigerians have been voting in the biggest election in African history and elephants in Botswana may be turned into dog food

  • Sudan's president Bashir dismisses his government

    Feb 23 2019

    Omar al Bashir also declares a national emergency after weeks of protests, also: rival concerts at the Venezuelan-Colombian border and the lost parrot of Dublin airport

  • BMW and Daimler invest over $1bn in tech venture

    Feb 22 2019

    The joint business will enable customers to book shared cars, hail rides from taxis as well as find and pay for parking spots and electric charging points. Also: US to leave 200 troops after Syria pull-out, and Japan probe touches down on asteroid.

  • Tension grows in Venezuela over foreign aid.

    Feb 22 2019

    Venezuela closes border with Brazil, as tension mounts over opposition plans to deliver foreign aid; The actor Jussie Smollet appears in court, accused of filing a false report over a racist and homophobic attack; and a Japanese space probe is due to land on an asteroid, where it will collect rocks and return them to Earth.

  • Pope Francis holds summit on child sexual abuse

    Feb 21 2019

    Details of sexual abuse by priests have emerged across the world and the Catholic church has been accused of covering up crimes. Also: scores killed in a fire in a residential building in Dhaka and breakdancing proposed as new Olympic sport for Paris 2024.

  • Civilians evacuated from last Islamic State enclave in Syria

    Feb 21 2019

    Also: Bangladesh says there is "no question" of IS bride Shamima Begum being allowed into the country and British Prime Minister Theresa May is back in Brussels as three MPs leave her party over Brexit.

  • Three British conservative MPs join breakaway group

    Feb 20 2019

    Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston criticised the British government's "disastrous handling of Brexit". Also: Catholic cardinals urge end of "homosexual agenda" and saving Hollywood's "selfie paradise" in Thailand.

  • IS teenager to lose British citizenship

    Feb 20 2019

    Shamima Begum was 15 when she left the UK for Syria to marry an Islamic State fighter. She now has a newborn son and wants to come back to the UK, but her citizenship has been revoked. Also: Thousands in France protest against the rise in anti-Semitism, and a Kenyan man who tried to smuggle his baby out of hospital avoids prison because of the kindness of strangers.

  • Pakistani warning to India

    Feb 19 2019

    Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan makes first comments after Thursday's attack in Kashmir, also: Bernie Sanders will run again and Karl lagerfeld has died

  • Trump urges Venezuela to set its country free

    Feb 19 2019

    The US president has appealed directly to the Venezuelan military to abandon their support for president Nicolas Maduro. Also: Huawei boss Ren Zhengfei tells the BBC that the company will survive despite security concerns, and George Mendonsa - the sailor from the WWII 'kiss' photo dies aged 95.

  • Seven MPs quit Britain's opposition party in protest at Labour leadership

    Feb 18 2019

    It's been called an 'extraordinary moment' for British politics, as the MPs announce they will sit as a group of independents. Also deadly clashes in Kashmir as India and Pakistan withdraw their ambassadors. And Shamima Begum - the schoolgirl who fled London to join ISIS - has said she never wanted to be the group's "poster girl".

  • 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.

  • 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.