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  • Trump 'to pick Amy Coney Barrett' for Supreme Court

    Sep 26 2020

    The judge and former law professor from Indiana is a favourite of social conservatives. Also: Paris stabbing attack 'an act of terrorism', and polio vaccination campaigners in Pakistan battle misinformation and distrust.

  • Paris attack: Two hurt, two arrested near former Charlie Hebdo office

    Sep 25 2020

    One of the arrested suspects was found with blood on his clothing, according to a police source. Also: Farmers in India are blocking roads and railways using tractors and livestock during protests and the elite rat saving lives by sniffing out landmines

  • Vatican cardinal resigns unexpectedly

    Sep 25 2020

    Cardinal Becciu became involved in a controversial deal to buy a luxury building in London. He denies any wrongdoing. Also: the US Republican leader has said there will be an "orderly" post presidential election transition, and how lockdown birds sang to a different note.

  • UK chancellor announces new job support scheme

    Sep 24 2020

    It begins in November and means the government will pay part of workers’ wages who have lost hours because of the coronavirus pandemic. Also: South Korea has condemned North Korea's killing of a civilian official who was apparently trying to defect as unforgivable, and we look at some of the contenders for the Mercury music prize.

  • Protests in Kentucky after Grand Jury decision

    Sep 23 2020

    Grand jury decides not to charge police officers over fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor; mass protests in Belarus after Alexander Lukashenko is secretly sworn in for another term as president; and why Africa is seeing a sustained fall in the number of new coronavirus infections.

  • EU proposes new migration rules

    Sep 23 2020

    All countries will have to take in refugees or sponsor the return of those refused asylum. Also: the Russian opposition politician, Alexei Navalny, has been discharged from hospital where he was being treated for Novichok nerve agent poisoning, and a Grammy-nominated singer is building a high-tech city in Senegal with its own cryptocurrency.

  • Coronavirus: US death toll passes 200,000

    Sep 22 2020

    President Trump's administration has been repeatedly criticised over its handling of the virus. In March, President Trump said if deaths were between 100,000 and 200,000, the country would have done a "very good job". Also: police forces around the world seize more than 6.5 million dollars in cash and virtual currencies, as well as drugs and guns in a co-ordinated raid on dark web marketplaces, and NASA announces a plan for the first woman on the Moon by 2024 as a staging post for the first huma...more

  • China tycoon critical of Xi gets 18 years in jail

    Sep 22 2020

    Ren Zhiqiang went missing earlier this year after writing an essay said to be critical of President Xi. Also: Arctic sea-ice shrinks to a near record low extent, and the Italian university accused of fixing a language exam for the footballer Luis Suarez.

  • 10pm curfew for English pubs and restaurants

    Sep 21 2020

    Order comes as scientists increase the UK's coronavirus alert level. Also: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's last dictated message to her grand-daughter, Twitter's apparent racial bias and China's Hollywood propaganda videos.

  • 'Be brave', Svetlana Tikhanovskaya tells the EU

    Sep 21 2020

    The Belarusian opposition leader wants the EU to impose sanctions against President Lukashenko and senior officials. Also: a global poll shows the world is split on the urgency of tackling climate change, and the big winners at the virtual Emmys.

  • Leaks show scale of bank laundering

    Sep 20 2020

    BBC investigation reveals how criminals were helped to move dirty money around the world. Also: reprieve for We Chat after US judge blocks Trump ban order, hundreds protest against Madrid lockdowns and Gore-Tex creator dies.

  • When will the next US Supreme Court judge be nominated?

    Sep 19 2020

    Washington is split over who will take the position, following Ruth Bader Ginsberg's death. Also: a former British diplomat is being investigated for allegedly spying on the EU for China, and frozen ground in Siberia is thawing and contributing to climate change.

  • WHO warns pandemic is not going away anytime soon

    Sep 18 2020

    It comes as Israel returns to a nationwide lockdown and several countries tighten restrictions. Also: the US will ban downloads of the Chinese-owned apps, TikTok and WeChat, from Sunday, and seven footprints found in an Arabian desert may change the timeline of human history.

  • Israel marks Jewish New Year with 2nd Covid-19 lockdown

    Sep 18 2020

    Israel is trying to tackle the surge in coronavirus cases, with a new three-week lockdown. Also: China military drill as US envoy visits Taiwan, and an alligator on gas snaps up Ig Nobel prize.

  • Global coronavirus cases top 30 million

    Sep 17 2020

    The 30 million landmark comes as the World Health Organisation warns about the situation in Europe. Also: Fires devastate the world's largest wetland, and hear about the incredible life of the female secret agent who is said to have inspired the creator of James Bond.

  • China defends its mass 're-education' policies in Xinjiang

    Sep 17 2020

    China says millions of workers --mostly Muslim Uighurs -- have been retrained in centres, which the US has likened to concentration camps. Also: WHO warns of "very serious situation" regarding Covid-19 in Europe, and what are the bizarre new stunts included in the latest Guinness World Records?

  • Lamine Diack: Former head of World Athletics found guilty of corruption and jailed

    Sep 16 2020

    The ex-head of athletics’ governing body was convicted of accepting bribes from athletes suspected of doping to cover up test results and letting them continue competing, including in the 2012 London Olympics. Also: Venezuela says the UN report which accuses its government of systematic violations to suppress political opponents is riddled with falsehoods, and an artificial intelligence-powered ship aiming to recreate a historic voyage from 400 years ago.

  • Venezuela: UN investigators accuse government of crimes against humanity

    Sep 16 2020

    UN Human Rights Council looked into cases of killings, torture, and disappearances. Investigators say President Maduro and other top officials were implicated. Also, top intergovernmental group says global economy is doing better than expected, and should we all learn to appreciate statistics more ?

  • Israel signs diplomatic accord with UAE and Bahrain

    Sep 16 2020

    It was signed at the White House with President Trump. He hailed the dawn of a new Middle East. Also: India passes five million coronavirus cases - we hear how families are suffering, and the TV ad which overshadowed a reality star appearance on ‘Dancing With the Stars’.

  • Poisoned Navalny ‘will return to Russia’

    Sep 15 2020

    The Russian opposition leader posts on social media that he's getting better. A photo showed him sitting up in his Berlin hospital bed, surrounded by his wife and children. Also: new figures suggest China's economy is recovering from the pandemic, and hip hop fans prepare to bid on memorabilia at Sotheby’s in New York.

  • Evidence that Venus may harbour life

    Sep 14 2020

    Scientists discover a gas in the atmosphere of Venus that may have been produced by living organisms. Also: Climate change takes centre stage in the US presidential race, and the enduring appeal of Pinocchio, the tale of the wooden puppet who wants to be a real boy.

  • Belarus: UN calls for investigation of torture allegations

    Sep 14 2020

    Belarusians protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko have allegedly been kidnapped and beaten by security forces. Also, Yoshihide Suga is expected to be sworn in as Japan’s next prime minister, after being selected as leader of the governing Liberal Democratic Party. And one of the most powerful men in football – Nasser Al Khelaifi – goes on trial over the sale of World Cup television rights.

  • Belarus: Thousands rally against President Lukashenko

    Sep 13 2020

    More than 100,000 anti-government protestors took to the streets of Minsk. Also: Israel announces a new national lockdown to contain a surge in coronavirus infections, and a permanent migrant reception centre is to be built on the Greek island of Lesbos.

  • Afghan government urges ceasefire with Taliban

    Sep 13 2020

    At peace talks in Qatar, the Afghan delegation said war had no winners. Also: Pompeo in Cyprus warns US "deeply concerned" over Turkey energy search, and British designer, Sir Terence Conran, dies aged 88.

  • Bahrain says it is normalising ties with Israel

    Sep 12 2020

    Bahrain is only the fourth Arab country in the Middle East to recognise Israel. Also: dozens of people missing in Oregon fires; migrants and Greek islanders protest over new camp.

  • Moria: European Commission says migrant camp will be rebuilt after huge fire

    Sep 11 2020

    EC's Vice-president says burnt-out camp to be replaced by modern facility on same site. Residents of Moria camp have staged protest calling for right to leave island of Lesbos. Also, Rio Tinto's boss to quit over company's destruction of Aboriginal sacred sites, and we meet a man who reads out confessions of dead people at their own funerals.

  • EU ultimatum to UK over Brexit talks

    Sep 11 2020

    The UK is told to drop plans to rewrite the withdrawal agreement by end of the month or risk scuppering the trade deal. Also: Microsoft says Russia, China and Iran hackers are targeting Trump and Biden, and the British actress Dame Diana Rigg dies aged 82.

  • Greek ships to help shelter 13,000 migrants after camp burned

    Sep 10 2020

    A blaze engulfed Moria camp on Tuesday night, then another wiped out any remaining tents on Wednesday. Also: The opposition politician in Belarus told she would be deported ‘alive or in bits’ and backlash in China after attempts to bring in couples counselling before marriage.

  • Trump accused of deliberately misleading US on Covid-19

    Sep 10 2020

    The remark is contained in a book by the journalist, Bob Woodward, who broke the Watergate scandal. Also: Greek fire sparks race to shelter 13,000 migrants, and scientists develop a technique to spot fake Scotch whisky without opening the bottle.

  • Fire destroys Greece's largest migrant camp

    Sep 09 2020

    A huge fire has ravaged the Moria facility on the island of Lesbos. Thousands of migrants have been left homeless. Also, efforts to make the Oscars more diverse, and how one man developed a friendship with an octopus.

  • US protests: Rochester police leaders resign en masse

    Sep 08 2020

    Pressure is growing in Rochester over the death of a black man named Daniel Prude, who asphyxiated after being restrained by police. Also, Italy’s fashion industry grapples with racism. And, how will taking photos of broccoli today help scientists study space tomorrow?

  • Belarus: Lukashenko admits being in power too long

    Sep 08 2020

    The long term leader has told Russian media he won't be stepping down despite weeks of protests. Meanwhile Belarus opposition leader resists deportation. Also: the floods threatening Sudan's ancient ruins, and why Senegal has been praised for its handling of the coronavirus.

  • Russia's Alexei Navalny out of coma after poisoning

    Sep 08 2020

    Doctors treating Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny say he is out of an induced coma and his condition, since being poisoned, has improved. Also: A Saudi court commutes the death sentences of those convicted of murdering the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Afghan officials and the Taliban prepare for formal talks in Qatar.

  • Belarus opposition leader reportedly abducted

    Sep 07 2020

    Witnesses say Maria Kolesnikova was bundled into a minibus by masked men and driven away. Also: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appears in a London court to fight a US extradition request, and Nigerian doctors go on strike.

  • Belarus: Protesters gather for the fourth week in a row

    Sep 06 2020

    More than 100,000 anti-government demonstrators took to the streets in Minsk. Also: India now has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, and Jacob Blake sends his first public message from a hospital bed.

  • Rohingya refugees: Bangladesh plans to move thousands to an island

    Sep 06 2020

    Many refugees are reluctant to move to Bhashan Char island, even if it means leaving the crowded camps where they now live. Also, soldiers in Niger are accused of executing dozens of civilians earlier this year. And India introduces coronavirus tests on demand, as its outbreak surges.

  • US unemployment falls again - good news for Trump?

    Sep 04 2020

    US unemployment rate below 10% for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, also:Iran breached limits of nuclear agreement says UN watchdog and Messi stays with Barça

  • Islamic State: Giant library of group's online propaganda discovered

    Sep 04 2020

    Researchers find one of largest collections of IS online material. Experts say it enables group to continually replenish extremist content on the net. Also, Dutch far-Right politician Geert Wilders cleared of inciting hatred, and US academic says she lied about being black.

  • Biden speaks to Jacob Blake on Wisconsin visit

    Sep 04 2020

    The US Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, says the shooting victim told him he "won't give up". Also: Beirut rescuers investigate signs of life in rubble, and English Premier League terminates huge China TV rights deal.

  • Tycoon cleared of murders that rocked Slovakia

    Sep 03 2020

    The killing of the investigative journalist, Jan Kuciak, and his fiancée in 2018 led to protests and the collapse of the government. Also: President Trump tells voters in North Carolina to vote twice to test the system, and Brazil's men and women international football players get equal pay.

  • Russia's Navalny 'poisoned with Novichok'

    Sep 03 2020

    The German chancellor Angela Merkel says Alexei Navalny was a victim of attempted murder. Also: US sanctions staff at top war crimes court, and Prince Harry and Meghan to make shows with Netflix.

  • Charlie Hebdo: 14 suspects on trial over deadly Paris attacks

    Sep 02 2020

    Suspects are accused of helping radical Islamists who killed 12 people in January 2015. Most of alleged accomplices are in court in Paris but 3 are being tried in absentia. Also, scepticism in Lebanon about official investigation into Beirut blast, and how Earth is rattled after 7 billion years by signals from black holes' collision.

  • Trump visits Kenosha to back police after shooting

    Sep 02 2020

    The US president blames what he calls "domestic terror" for the "destruction" in the Midwestern city. Also: Zimbabwe to return farmland seized from foreigners; and with a changing world, Dictionary.com changes its definitions of many words.

  • Charlie Hebdo magazine republishes Mohammed cartoons

    Sep 01 2020

    Alleged accomplices to the deadly attack on the magazine go on trial on Wednesday. Twelve people were killed in 2015 including famous cartoonists. Also: students in Belarus protest against President Lukashenko on the first day of the university term. And, K-Pop conquers the US charts.

  • US election: Biden accuses 'weak' Trump of stoking violence

    Aug 31 2020

    The Democratic Party's candidate for the US presidency Joe Biden has challenged President Trump on law and order, asking voters if they feel safe with a leader who can’t control his supporters. Also: Australia says China has detained a prominent journalist without charge, and new figures show the Indian economy has been devastated by the pandemic.

  • Historic Israeli flight arrives in UAE

    Aug 31 2020

    The direct flight marks a major step in normalising ties between Israel and the Gulf Arab country. Also: Sudan 'on road to peace' after a deal is signed, and artificial intelligence is being trialled in Australia to improve the safety of female travellers at night.

  • Belarus: Mass rally keeps pressure on Lukashenko

    Aug 30 2020

    Tens of thousands again take to the streets in Belarus to protest against President Alexander Lukashenko. Also: the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, says there have been unpublicised talks with many more Arab countries about improving ties. And India and Russia declared joint winners at Chess Olympiad.

  • Belarus: Journalists covering protests stripped of accreditation

    Aug 29 2020

    Several thousand women in Belarus have rallied in central Minsk for a “March of Solidarity”, urging President Lukashenko and the government to resign. Also: German police have arrested hundreds of people demonstrating in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions, and hundreds of migrants are rescued from a ship funded by the British graffiti artist Banksy.

  • Thousands of Americans gather in Washington to protest against racism

    Aug 29 2020

    The rally was held on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech. Also: the outspoken head of Russia's anti-doping agency has been fired, and how a children's cartoon is helping a lonely penguin in Australia.

  • Shinzo Abe: Japan's PM resigns for health reasons

    Aug 28 2020

    Longest-serving Japanese PM has suffered for many years from ulcerative colitis. He will remain in his post until a successor is chosen. Also, Trump tells Republican convention that Biden will 'demolish' the American dream if he becomes president, and UK honours World War 2 heroine Noor Inayat Khan.

  • Trump brands NBA a "political" organisation

    Aug 27 2020

    US president was responding to players' walkout over police violence. Also: Four die as Hurricane Laura batters US Gulf coast; Russian police 'on standby' to enter Belarus; and the world's most expensive sheep.

  • Global News Brexitcast

    Oct 25 2019

    We team up with the award-winning Brexitcast team to bring you a special update on what Britain leaving the EU means for you. You’ve sent us questions from around the world and Jackie Leonard puts them to the experts from the podcast that’s all about Brexit. There’s also cake, phew. Spread the word! #GlobalNewsPod #Brexitcast Find the Brexitcast podcast here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/brexitcast