Global News Podcast

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


  • At Least 50 Dead in Kabul

    Nov 20 2018

    A suicide bomber attacks worshippers celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muḥammad. The Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, has condemned what he described as an "unforgivable crime". Also: President Trump suggests that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have known about the plot to murder the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, and Easter Islanders visit the British Museum to ask for a giant statue back.

  • Saudi Arabia & UAE promise half a billion dollars to tackle famine in Yemen

    Nov 20 2018

    The aid pledge comes as diplomatic pressure mounts for a political solution to the conflict. Also ... Italy has called for the seizure of the Aquarius migrant rescue ship, alleging it illegally dumped tonnes of potentially toxic waste in its ports. And Facebook sparks an outcry again...this time over the auctioning off of a child bride.

  • Renewed fighting in Yemen undermines hopes of peace

    Nov 20 2018

    Saudi-led coalition warplanes have bombed Houthi rebel positions in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, while the UN Security Council is considering a resolution meant to open aid routes. Also: What lessons can Zimbabwe teach its neighbour, South Africa, on land reform? And how one DJ has waited more than forty years to get his dream job.

  • Nissan boss arrested over 'misconduct'

    Nov 19 2018

    Carlos Ghosn accused of under-reporting his pay package and personal use of company assets. Allegations arose following a whistle-blower's tipoff. Peanut allergy treatment "in sight".

  • President Trump is Briefed on Khashoggi Tape

    Nov 18 2018

    Mr Trump says he has not listened to the recording because it was violent. French President Emmanuel Macron urges Europe to unite to prevent 'global chaos'; and scientists warn that human activity is damaging Africa's wildlife at a faster pace than previously thought

  • Trump visits California after deadliest fire in state's history

    Nov 18 2018

    President is meeting people affected by wildfires which cost more than 70 lives, also: 280,000 in French fuel protests and: the annual controversy over an old Dutch tradition

  • President Trump Says He Has Written Answers to Russia Probe

    Nov 17 2018

    Trump says he easily answered questions from Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 presidential elections, but has not submitted them yet. Also: We hear from a resident from Paradise, who fled the California fires and artists show what they feel about Zimbabwe a year after President Mugabe was forced to step down.

  • Funeral Prayers Held for Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia

    Nov 16 2018

    Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul six weeks ago. Also: Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of genocide and the kilogram gets a new definition.

  • British PM Vows to 'See Through' Draft Brexit Deal

    Nov 16 2018

    Theresa May continues to fight for her plan for Britain's exit from the EU, despite the risk of a challenge to her leadership. Also, the United States has imposed sanctions on seventeen Saudis it says were involved in the plot to murder the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, and was a heartwarming story about a couple and homeless man really what it seemed?

  • British PM Under Pressure as Ministers Resign

    Nov 15 2018

    Theresa May has spent three hours in parliament fighting for her Brexit deal, amid cabinet resignations and the growing prospect of a leadership challenge. Several MPs told her the House would reject the deal. Also Saudi Arabia is seeking the death penalty for five men accused of murdering the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. And is the number of polar bears rising or falling?

  • UK Cabinet Backs Draft Brexit Plan

    Nov 15 2018

    Ministers debated plan for 5 hours, but will Parliament pass it? Also: Californian fire town needs 'total rebuild' and new planet discovered near neighbouring star

  • Israel Defence Minister Resigns over Gaza

    Nov 14 2018

    Avigdor Lieberman denounces the Israeli cabinet's decision to accept a ceasefire as "surrendering to terror". Also: British PM seeks cabinet backing over Brexit and Marie Antoinette's jewels up for auction.

  • Brexit Text Agreed in Talks Breakthrough

    Nov 14 2018

    The proposals will now be put before all twenty-seven EU member states. Also: after the heaviest clashes in four years between Hamas and Israeli forces, the Gaza-based militants say they've agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire; and the trial of the Mexican drugs kingpin, Joaquin Guzman, is postponed.

  • Israel-Gaza: Deadly Clashes Across Border

    Nov 13 2018

    7 people killed in renewed violence between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants. Palestinians in Gaza have fired rockets into Israel, which has used helicopters and airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip. Also, strong winds fuel California's wildfires as death-toll rises, intense security in New York for trial of alleged druglord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman, and what were the mysterious objects seen in skies off Ireland by airline pilots ?

  • Israel-Gaza Violence Erupts after Killings

    Nov 12 2018

    Gaza rocket barrage targets Israel, which responds with air-strikes after militants and an Israeli soldier were killed in a covert operation. Also: Amnesty strips Suu Kyi of its top prize and the Marvel Comics legend, Stan Lee dies aged ninety-five.

  • Israel-Gaza Violence Erupts After Killings During Covert Operation

    Nov 12 2018

    Violence flares between Israel and Gaza, a day after an undercover Israeli operation. A Hamas commander and an Israeli officer were among seven people reported killed on Sunday. Also, California wildfires now among deadliest in state's history, what is fake news and how it works in practice, and have scientists discovered a test to detect early signs of dementia ?

  • Macron Rejects Nationalism on Armistice Day

    Nov 12 2018

    Events to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War have been taking place around the world. Also: huge crowds have been celebrating the centenary of Poland's independence and raising the awareness of the genetic disorder, Haemochromatosis.

  • Fighting Intensifies Over Yemeni Port of Hodeidah

    Nov 10 2018

    Pro-government forces are fighting Houthi rebels in a new offensive. Also: Californians continue to battle wildfires, the leaders of France and Germany mark the end of the First World War and a dissident Chinese author speaks at literary festival in Hong Kong.

  • California Wildfires

    Nov 09 2018

    At least five dead and 150,000 people evacuated in a series of blazes across the US state. Also: Commemorating the German war dead, the Christmas advert banned for being too political and Michelle Obama's memoirs.

  • Qatari Cash Reaches Gaza

    Nov 09 2018

    Thousands of Palestinian civil servants have been paid overdue wages from suitcases full of cash sent to Gaza in an effort to ease tensions. Also: researchers say there's been a remarkable global decline in the number of children women are having, and how a T-shirt on a member of a Korean K-pop group was deemed too political for Japanese TV.

  • UN Doubles Food Aid to Yemen

    Nov 08 2018

    The UN agency is already feeding between seven and eight million Yemenis but says it needs to reach almost half the population. Also: a group of women and children seized by IS militants in Syria have been released, and how AI could soon replace TV presenters in China.

  • Gun Attack in California Country Bar

    Nov 08 2018

    The bar was hosting a university student country music night when a gunman opened fire. Also: toxic smog returns to Delhi after Diwali and Prince Charles says he won't speak out when he's king.

  • The US Attorney General is Sacked, As Trump Loses the House of Representatives.

    Nov 08 2018

    President Trump fires his Attorney General. His relationship with Donald Trump was ruined when he recused himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Also: The school children who were abducted in Cameroon are released, and the American stuntwoman, Kitty O'Neil dies.

  • Trump hails 'big victory' in US mid-term elections despite some losses

    Nov 07 2018

    President has claimed triumph in elections but Democrats hold House of Representatives. Can the two sides now work together, as they'll have to in order to pass new legislation ? Also, we look at some of the new faces who've emerged in US politics after the mid-terms, gunmen in Cameroon have released over 70 schoolboys whom they'd kidnapped, and who is responsible for the widespread fires on Cape Town's trains ?

  • US Democrats on Course to Win House in Blow to Trump

    Nov 07 2018

    Republicans have retained control of the Senate while the Democrats are on course to take the House of Representatives.

  • Americans Vote in Key Elections for Trump

    Nov 06 2018

    Americans are voting in nationwide elections that are being seen as a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency. Also: the BBC has learnt that the British government is preparing a campaign to sell a Brexit deal to the country, and the discovery of a ramp could explain how the pyramids in Egypt were made.

  • US Mid-term Elections: Americans Vote in 'Poll of a Lifetime'

    Nov 06 2018

    Americans vote in nationwide elections that are seen as referendum on Donald Trump's presidency. The elections come halfway through Mr. Trump's four years in office and follow a divisive campaign. Also, UN says more than 200 mass graves found in areas of Iraq formerly held by IS, Palestinian anxiety as Israel develops closer ties with Arab states, and Bill Gates launches new range of 'reinvented' toilets to try and reduce disease worldwide.

  • Run-up to US Mid-term Elections

    Nov 06 2018

    The vote is being seen as a referendum on President Trump's first two years in office. Also: dozens of pupils kidnapped in Cameroon and astronomers detect one of the oldest stars in the Milky Way.

  • Khashoggi Murder: Did Saudi Arabia Send Experts to Conceal Evidence ?

    Nov 05 2018

    A senior Turkish official has told the BBC that Saudi experts visited Istanbul consulate after journalist's death. Turkey believes Jamal Khashoggi was choked to death and then dismembered.

  • Airstrikes Continue in Yemeni Port of Hodeidah

    Nov 05 2018

    There has been an upsurge in fighting in Yemen despite international calls for a ceasefire. Also: an activist in Ukraine dies after an acid attack and a swim of nearly three thousand kilometers around Great Britain comes to an end.

  • New Caledonia votes on independence

    Nov 04 2018

    French Pacific territory is deciding its future in a referendum, also: UN aid reaches Syrians stranded in the desert and: India's controversy over killing of a man-eating tiger

  • US to Reinstate all Iran Sanctions

    Nov 03 2018

    The White House said it was "the toughest sanctions regime ever imposed on Iran" and targeted energy, shipping and banking sectors. Also: protests continue to grip Pakistan following a Supreme Court judgement and why Usain Bolt is too fast for football.

  • Turkey Claims Khashoggi Body 'Dissolved in Acid'

    Nov 02 2018

    No forensic evidence has been provided to prove Jamal Khashoggi's body was dissolved. Also: North and South Korea to bid jointly for the Olympic Games in 2032 and delving into NASA's historic audio archives.

  • Brazil Top Judge Becomes Justice Minister

    Nov 01 2018

    Brazil’s far-right president-elect has convinced prominent anti-corruption judge, Sergio Moro, to become his justice minister. Also: US indictment accuses Chinese companies of stealing trade secrets and Palau is set to ban sunscreen products to protect coral reefs.

  • Google Staff Walk Out over Discrimination and Harassment

    Nov 01 2018

    A reported huge payout for a Google executive accused of sexual misconduct provokes an unprecedented protest. Also: Arron Banks faces Brexit referendum spending probe and scientists count whales from space.

  • Paralysed men walk again

    Oct 31 2018

    Swiss doctors have developed a technique which allows three paralysed men to walk. An electrical device inserted around the men's spines boosted signals from their brains to their legs. Also, Turkey has given its first official statement over how it believes the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, was murdered, and some of the biggest names in football announce a scheme to team up with prisoners.

  • Pakistan Court Clears Condemned Christian

    Oct 31 2018

    Asia Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 after she was accused of blasphemy. Also: France investigates a spike in the numbers of babies born without limbs and NASA announces it is retiring the Kepler space telescope after it ran out of fuel.

  • President Trump Visits Pittsburgh

    Oct 31 2018

    Hundreds of people protest against his trip to the city where eleven Jewish worshippers were murdered on Saturday, but the synagogue's rabbi said the President of the United States was welcome. Also: the American gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger is found dead in his prison cell, and the satellite that's got closer than ever to the sun.

  • Japan's Government Angry over South Korean Court Ruling on Compensation

    Oct 30 2018

    South Korean court tells Japanese company to compensate Korean people used as slave-labour in WW2. The ruling has angered Tokyo at a time of deteriorating relations between the two countries. German ex-nurse admits killing 100 patients, angry protests by supporters of ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, and Worldwide Fund for Nature says 'exploding human consumption' has caused massive drop in global wildlife populations.

  • US Sending Thousands of Troops to Mexican Border

    Oct 30 2018

    The Pentagon made the announcement as thousands of Central American migrants head north through Mexico. Also: prosecutors in Bulgaria break up an alleged passport scam and rising temperatures are driving mountain-top birds to extinction in Peru.

  • Angela Merkel to Step Down as German Chancellor in 2021

    Oct 29 2018

    Merkel to quit as CDU party leader and says this will be her last term as Chancellor. Also, Indonesian airliner crashes into the sea with 189 people on board, right-wing politician Jair Bolsonaro celebrates victory in Brazil's presidential election, and how an artist created a unique work - from human blood.

  • Victims of Pittsburgh Shooting Named

    Oct 29 2018

    The suspect, Robert Bowers, is in custody and faces twenty-nine criminal counts. Also: far-right Bolsonaro is Brazil's new leader and Damascus national museum reopens its doors.

  • Mass Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue

    Oct 27 2018

    Eleven people have been killed after the gunman opened fire during a baby naming ceremony; a helicopter has crashed at Leicester City Football Club; and Saudi Arabia has accused the media of hysterical reporting about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

  • Man Arrested over US Mail Bombings

    Oct 26 2018

    Cesar Savoc, a registered Republican, faces five charges including mailing explosives and threatening ex-presidents and could face 48 years in prison: Also, a report on religious schools in Nigeria, and how two male penguins in an Australian zoo have captured the public's hearts.

  • Erdogan Wants to Know who Ordered the Khashoggi Killing

    Oct 26 2018

    The Turkish president said Saudi Arabia should know where the body of the murdered journalist is. Also: Japan and China's new friendship and Stonehenge - a ruin to a treasure in 100 years of public ownership.

  • Hunt for US mail bomb suspect

    Oct 25 2018

    Hunt for US mail bomb suspect. Officials step up their search for those behind a series of parcel bombs that were sent to leading Democrats and critics of President Trump. Also: an exclusive BBC investigation into the life of the Novichock victim, Sergei Skripal and how fruit flies could help fight dementia.

  • Suspect package 'found at De Niro restaurant'

    Oct 25 2018

    The suspicious packages are similar to the ones sent to top US Democrats on Wednesday. One was addressed to the former Democratic vice president, Joe Biden, in Delaware state. Another was sent to a New York restaurant owned by actor Robert De Niro. And university students in South Africa make bricks out of human urine.

  • Explosive Devices sent to Obama and Clinton

    Oct 25 2018

    President Trump condemns sending explosive devices to politicians and to the CNN TV channel. Also: What's it like to be a spy? And the problem-solving skills of crows

  • Single-use Plastics Ban approved by European Parliament

    Oct 24 2018

    Complete ban on wide range of single-use plastics is a bid to reduce ocean pollution. The EU hopes it will go into effect across the bloc by 2021. Also, NATO to carry out huge multinational military exercise in Norway, a special report on vast secret internment camps set up by China for Muslims in Xinjiang, a new book on why peace is so elusive, and Jane Fonda tells us why she's making sequel to '9 to 5' - nearly 40s years on.

  • Trump says Khashoggi Murder 'Worst Cover-Up'

    Oct 23 2018

    The US said it would revoke the visas of Saudi operatives suspected of killing the journalist. Also: the BBC has found new evidence that China is building a network of detention camps for Uighur Muslims in Xianjiang, and magpies keep attacking Australia's politicians at Parliament House.

  • Erdogan: Murder of Khashoggi Was 'Savage' and 'Premeditated'

    Oct 23 2018

    Turkish President says that the suspects in Khashoggi murder should be tried in Istanbul. And he's demanded Saudi Arabia provide answers about where the victim's body is, and who ordered the operation. Also, Palestinian security forces accused of widespread human rights abuses, we assess your chances of winning mega-prize in US lottery, and world's oldest intact ship found on bed of Black Sea after 2400 years.

  • President Trump says US will Build up Nuclear Arsenal

    Oct 23 2018

    The US president says Russia has violated a key nuclear treaty, which he has threatened to abandon. Also: there has been heavy fighting in a disputed Somali region which has left scores of people dead, and Titanic treasure can be sold to hedge fund.

  • Nuclear Treaty: What are Implications of Rising Tension between US and Russia ?

    Oct 22 2018

    Kremlin pledges 'reciprocal action' if US withdraws from key nuclear missile treaty - so what are the dangers for the rest of the world ? Also, Saudi Arabia has blamed the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on a 'rogue operation', why the world's biggest tobacco company is urging smokers to switch from cigarettes to vaping, and how Palestinian musicians collaborated with one of the best-known global rock stars on a song calling for peace.

  • 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.