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  • Deal struck to end legal standoff over Huawei telecom executive

    Sep 24 2021

    The senior Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, is expected to return home to China under a deal with US prosecutors; Mixed reaction to plans to hold the football world cup every two years? and a Kenyan policeman is re-instated after being fired for failing to turn up for work - whilst in a coma.

  • India: gunmen dressed as lawyers shoot gangster dead

    Sep 24 2021

    Jitender Gogi was in court in Delhi when two people opened fire. Also the European Commission urges Poland to give the necessary care and assistance to migrants caught in a stand-off on the border between Poland and Belarus, a campaign in the UK to help female judges get out of Afghanistan, and an Australian doctor comes up with a new technique to save the lives of shark-bite victims.

  • US Haiti envoy quits over 'inhumane' deportations

    Sep 23 2021

    Daniel Foote said he resigned in protest at the treatment of Haitian migrants. Also, the main candidates to be German Chancellor have clashed in a final TV debate before the election, and scientists say a fossilised rib bone discovered in Morocco is part of the oldest armoured dinosaur ever discovered.

  • Syria: Charity says wealthy nations have 'abandoned' children of IS fighters

    Sep 23 2021

    Save The Children calls for help for more than 27,000 children in detention-centres. Many are citizens of EU nations, and the charity accuses those countries of failing to have them repatriated. Also, the EU wants new laws pushing for a universal phone-charger, and the BBC investigates how extremism is tainting some of the most popular online games.

  • Biden promises global vaccine help

    Sep 22 2021

    The US president told a virtual Covid-19 summit another 500 million vaccine doses would go to developing countries. Also, WHO warns air pollution is more dangerous than previously thought, Netflix offers Kenyans free streaming, and could an app cure your fear of spiders?

  • Campaigners welcome China’s coal promise

    Sep 22 2021

    One group described it as a potential game changer. But the pledge did not include a ban on new coal-fired power stations in China. Also, parts of Australia are hit by the strongest earthquake in centuries, and Netflix has bought the rights to Roald Dahl’s classic children’s books.

  • China pledges to stop building coal-fired power stations overseas

    Sep 22 2021

    The leaders of China and the US - Xi Jinping and Joe Biden - have announced new commitments to tackle climate change at the UN General Assembly. Also, there are further signs that the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region is spreading to neighbouring areas, and why was an athlete disqualified after running a half-marathon in England?

  • Salisbury poisonings: Third man to face charges over Novichok attack

    Sep 21 2021

    Third Russian is to be charged over the 2018 poisonings in UK which left one person dead. British police believe all three suspects worked for GRU - Russia's military intelligence service. Also, Sudan blames 'forces of darkness' for failed coup attempt, and Pakistani PM Imran Khan says a ban on women's education in Afghanistan would be 'un-Islamic'.

  • Hotel Rwanda hero convicted on terror charges

    Sep 20 2021

    Paul Rusesabagina, who saved hundreds of people during the 1994 genocide, has been sentenced to twenty-five years in prison by a Rwandan court for terrorist offences. Also, we hear from a teenager in Afghanistan about her fears that she will never be able to resume her education. And, Chinese social media has been following the story of the first deaf lawyer in the country.

  • Russia: Gunman kills six people at university in Perm

    Sep 20 2021

    A man has been arrested after deadly shooting-spree in Perm, a city in the Urals. Police believe he acted alone and had no political or religious motives. Also, 'Hotel Rwanda' hero Paul Rusesabinga is convicted on terror-charges, and celebration-time for the UK at this year's Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

  • Putin's party leads vote amid fraud claims

    Sep 19 2021

    The pro-Kremlin United Russia party is on course to win amid allegations of fraud. Also, Australia denies lying to France in submarine deal, and a volcano on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma erupts after a week on alert.

  • UN urges Taliban to reopen girls' schools

    Sep 18 2021

    The UN calls on the Taliban to reopen girls' secondary schools in Afghanistan. The US moves thousands of migrants away from a Texas border town. And a new twist in the case of the missing travel blogger as her fiance also disappears.

  • US admits Kabul drone strike killed civilians

    Sep 17 2021

    An inquiry finds that a drone strike on a vehicle thought to be carrying a bomb just days before the US pullout, killed 10 members of a civilian family, not militants. The head of US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, admits an aid worker and nine members of his family had died. Also, France recalls envoys amid security pact row, and New Zealand abandons Pakistan cricket tour over 'security alert'.

  • Russia’s parliamentary election begins

    Sep 17 2021

    As Russians head to the polls, Google and Apple remove a tactical voting app from their online stores. Over three days Russians are electing 415 members of the state Duma,or lower house of parliament. Also, the Austrian government is taken to court over its handling of a Covid outbreak at a ski resort, and the secrets behind the best ocean photograph of the year.

  • US tries to calm French anger over security pact with UK and Australia

    Sep 16 2021

    The US tries to calm French anger over the new security pact with Britain and Australia. Iran sends fuel supplies to Lebanon, as the economic crisis deepens. And an early work by Vincent Van Gogh is discovered by art experts in the Netherlands.

  • China denounces UK-US-Australia pact as 'damaging'

    Sep 16 2021

    Beijing says the Aukus security pact between Britain, the US and Australia is 'extremely irresponsible' and 'narrow-minded'. The alliance is widely seen as an effort to counter China's influence in the Indo-Pacific region. Also, France says its troops have killed the head of the Islamic State group in the Sahara, and how some Dutch people are changing their names to reconnect with their African heritage.

  • Simone Biles testifies about abuse by US Gymnastics doctor

    Sep 15 2021

    She was joined before the US Senate by other athletes who were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar. Also: Rodrigo Duterte faces crimes against humanity investigation and the preacher promising to help anti-vaxxers.

  • Afghan women's youth football team flees to Pakistan

    Sep 15 2021

    The departure of the football team from Afghanistan comes as part of a wider exodus of female cultural and sporting stars. Also, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says the EU needs the "political will" to intervene militarily without the US, and SpaceX's Inspiration4 space mission is ready for lift-off.

  • Haiti PM Ariel Henry in murder row

    Sep 14 2021

    Prime Minister Ariel Henry fires chief prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude after he asked a judge to charge him in connection with the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July. Also, Europe tries to avoid winter Covid and cows trained where to pee.

  • Climate change: Young people worldwide 'very worried' about future

    Sep 14 2021

    New global survey shows high levels of anxiety among young people over climate change. Over half of those interviewed think that humanity is doomed. Also, BBC analysis reveals the world now sees twice as many days with temperatures over 50 Celsius compared with 1980s, and remembering George Wein - the jazz promoter who pioneered the modern music festival.

  • Emergency conference in Geneva pledges more than $1bn in aid for Afghanistan

    Sep 13 2021

    The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres says the Afghan people are facing perhaps their most perilous hour. Also,:turmoil in cryptocurrency markets after a fake news release purporting to be from the US retail giant Walmart, and the Pope's mission to Slovakia.

  • UN warns that Afghans face most perilous hour

    Sep 13 2021

    The United Nations is seeking more than $600m in aid following the Taliban takeover last month. Also: tens of thousands of people in England are to take part in a "game-changing" blood test trial for cancer, and Britney Spears announces engagement.

  • FBI releases document on Saudis and 9/11

    Sep 12 2021

    The memo records contact between Saudi nationals and hijackers but does not implicate the government. Also on the programme, a deal is reached on monitoring Iranian nuclear sites, and some gorillas have tested positive for Covid.

  • America stops to remember 9/11

    Sep 11 2021

    Commemorations have taken place on the 20th anniversary of the 11 September attacks. Also, tennis history is made as British teenager Emma Raducanu wins the US Open, and Peru's Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman dies.

  • Remembering 9/11 twenty years on

    Sep 11 2021

    Nearly 3,000 people died in New York, at the Pentagon and in a Pennsylvania field on 11 September, 2001. Memorial events are being held across the US to remember those who died. Also on the programme, Lebanon gets a new government amid deepening crisis, and the tennis brand that is Emma Raducanu.

  • Gazprom confirms that controversial Nordstream Two gas pipeline is complete

    Sep 10 2021

    Russian state-run gas giant Gazprom says long-delayed Nordstream Two pipeline is now ready for use. We examine why it has caused huge tensions within Europe. Also, a woman who was a former MP in Afghan parliament tells us she fled to escape being killed by Taliban, and how are New Yorkers coping - as 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches?

  • Biden requires vaccines for millions of US workers

    Sep 09 2021

    President Biden has announced sweeping federal Covid measures that require workers at large companies to be vaccinated or face weekly testing. Also, dozens of international passengers have flown out of Kabul in the first such flight since American forces left Afghanistan, and Morocco's ruling party suffers a crushing defeat in the country's parliamentary elections.

  • Kabul airport prepares to reopen

    Sep 09 2021

    Quatari officials say Kabul airport is almost ready to resume flights.Qatar has provided Afghanistan with the technical expertise to reopen the ariport. Women in Afghanistan protest against the Taliban in defiance of a ban on women competing in sport. Also, North Korea marks its anniversary with a military parade featuring hazmat suits, and is there a mystery illness attacking American diplomats?

  • Former Afghan president says he fled to avoid bloodshed

    Sep 08 2021

    Ashraf Ghani has issued a statement on Twitter three weeks after leaving Afghanistan. Also, the man believed to be the only gunman to survive the Paris attacks in 2015 appears in court at the start of his trial, and the world's biggest plant to extract carbon dioxide from the air opens in Iceland.

  • France: Trial begins of suspects over 2015 Paris attacks

    Sep 08 2021

    Twenty suspects on trial over the Paris terror attacks which killed 130 people in November 2015. The wave of shootings and bombings by Islamic State extremists was France's worst attack since World War Two. Also, Afghan women protest against all-male Taliban government, and will snow soon disappear from Africa's highest mountain?

  • Hardliners get key posts in new Taliban government

    Sep 08 2021

    The all-male cabinet in Kabul includes figures linked to attacks on US forces and a leader wanted by the FBI. Also, Mexico decriminalises abortion in landmark ruling, and youngest Catholic bishop in Spain resigns from church to marry erotic novelist.

  • Taliban fire shots in Kabul to disperse protesters

    Sep 07 2021

    Protests are the the biggest show of defiance since the militant group took power in Afghanistan. Also: supporters of Myanmar's deposed civilian government call for a mass uprising against the military government, and Bitcoin becomes joint legal tender in El Salvador.

  • US evacuates four Americans overland from Afghanistan

    Sep 07 2021

    The US State Department said the group had crossed into an unspecified neighbouring country, and that the Taliban had known about the departure and did not impede it. Also, Poland's parliament approves state of emergency on Belarus border, and the French film star Jean-Paul Belmondo dies aged 88.

  • Taliban claim disputed Panjshir Valley

    Sep 06 2021

    The Taliban say they have seized Afghanistan's Panjshir province, which would consolidate their control of the entire country, but resistance fighters dispute this. Also, the Belarusian woman who led mass protests against President Alexander Lukashenko is sentenced to 11 years in prison, and soldiers who have seized power in Guinea call government ministers to a meeting.

  • Soldiers seize power in Guinea

    Sep 06 2021

    Troops announced a takeover on TV, capturing the president Alpha Conde. Also: Taliban accused of killing pregnant Afghan police officer in Ghor province, and could seaweed be a key raw material for a sustainable future?

  • Ethiopia claims thousands of Tigray rebels killed

    Sep 05 2021

    An Ethiopian general says the rebels were killed in fierce fighting, aided by airstrikes. Also: Taliban break up women's rights protest in Kabul, and Vladimir Putin gets corrected by schoolboy about Russian history.

  • Afghanistan: Fighting rages in Panjshir

    Sep 03 2021

    Resistance fighters deny claims that the Taliban has overrun their stronghold in the Panjshir valley. Also, President Joe Biden urges US southern states to improve their infrastructure after Hurricane Ida. And, as Tokyo hosts the Paralympics, we look at the prejudice faced by people with disabilities in Japan.

  • EU and AstraZeneca reach deal over vaccine row

    Sep 03 2021

    AstraZeneca will give the EU 200 million doses by 31 March 2022, ending court action. Also: an Islamist under surveillance stabs 6 people in New Zealand and Para Taekwondo, the Paralympics' 1st full contact sport.

  • President Biden blames climate change for deadly New York flood

    Sep 03 2021

    More than 40 people are dead after Storm Ida hits the US. Also, one of the alleged Islamic State members dubbed "the Beatles" has pleaded guilty to conspiring to torture and behead American and European hostages in Syria. And Russian regulators say Apple and Google are breaking the law by offering an app created by the opposition activist Alexei Navalny.

  • NY floods kill at least 9

    Sep 02 2021

    A 2-year-old died, with many victims trapped in flooded basements. Also: the US Supreme Court refuses to block the abortion ban in Texas, and Mikis Theodorakis - the composer of Zorba the Greek - dies.

  • Afghan economy close to collapse after Taliban victory

    Sep 01 2021

    The economy of Afghanistan collapses, while prices soar. Also: President Biden promises to fight to protect the constitutional right to abortion, and the British man told to avoid prison by going to the library.

  • Climate change: Huge increase in weather-related disasters over last 50 years

    Sep 01 2021

    World Meteorological Organisation issues stark warning about impact of climate-change. It says there's been 400% increase in weather-related disasters worldwide in last five decades. Also, Taliban prepare to announce new Afghan government - but women unlikely to have ministerial roles, and historians research the forgotten female army which helped shape West Africa.

  • Biden defends Afghan exit amid Taliban joy

    Sep 01 2021

    The US president Joe Biden says staying in Afghanistan was not an option, as Taliban militants celebrate. Also: USAID says forces from Ethiopia's Tigray region have looted its warehouses in Amhara, and will Afghanistan's all-female orchestra Zohra ever play again?

  • Taliban call for good relations with US

    Aug 31 2021

    After declaring that their victory belonged to all Afghans, the Taliban reach out to former foes. Also: the BBC’s Moscow correspondent, Sarah Rainsford, has left Russia, after being labelled a threat to national security, and is being kind selfish?

  • US completes Afghanistan withdrawal

    Aug 30 2021

    Taliban supporters fired into the air to celebrate the end of the 20-year occupation. Also: Brazilian bank robbers use hostages as human shields, and China cuts online gaming for under-18s to three hours a week.

  • Afghanistan Special: Your Questions Answered

    Aug 30 2021

    BBC correspondents answer your questions about the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan. We ask how did the Taliban overthrow the Afghan government so quickly? What now for human rights, the economy and international relations? Photo:People on board an evacuation flight out of Kabul airport, August 21, 2021 Credit:MoD/PA Wire

  • Louisiana hunkers down as Hurricane Ida strikes

    Aug 30 2021

    Forecasters say the storm, which has now made landfall, is extremely dangerous. Also: US says drone strike thwarts Kabul airport attack, and the Jamaican soul of reggae Lee 'Scratch' Perry dies aged eighty-five.

  • Biden warns another Kabul airport attack likely

    Aug 29 2021

    The US president Joe Biden says commanders have told him another attack could happen within the next thirty-six hours. The final UK troops, diplomats and officials have now left Kabul. Also: thousands flee as hurricane Ida closes in on the Gulf Coast and do you fancy being a teacher on the beautiful Scottish island of Fair Isle?

  • US to continue Kabul airlift 'until last moment'

    Aug 28 2021

    The US is still evacuating Afghans desperate to leave. The Taliban said on Friday night they had taken control of parts of Kabul airport - the Pentagon has disputed this. Also: US spy agencies split on Covid origin theories, and scientists find world's northernmost island.

  • Kabul: Evacuation enters final phase after deadly attacks

    Aug 27 2021

    90 people were killed in bombings at Kabul airport on Thursday. The final evacuation and foreign troop withdrawals are scheduled to be completed by August 31st. Also, China fines a leading actress $46 million as part of campaign against 'chaotic' celebrity culture, and up for auction - the gun used to kill one of the most notorious outlaws of the Wild West.

  • Biden vows to finish mission despite Kabul attacks

    Aug 26 2021

    Twin bomb attacks at Kabul airport targeted people desperate to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover. Dozens of people died including US military personnel. Also: reports from Ethiopia say ethnic violence has left many people dead in the troubled Oromia region, and the hotter planets outside our solar system that astronomers say may support life.

  • 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