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  • Global Covid-19 cases top 20 million

    Aug 11 2020

    Russia approves its own vaccine for use, but international experts are sceptical. Also: The main opposition candidate flees Belarus for 'sake of her children', and Benin restores statues to slave traders.

  • Lebanon cabinet resigns as anger over blast mounts

    Aug 11 2020

    The Lebanese prime minister announced the move in a TV address as clashes continued in Beirut for a third day. Also: Trump says someone shot near White House, and the website that creates the sounds of the office for those working from home.

  • Belarus opposition disputes leader's landslide win

    Aug 10 2020

    President Lukashenko accuses foreign-inspired agitators of sparking violence. Also: HK tycoon arrested under security law, and the poem published 100 years late.

  • Clashes erupt after disputed Belarus election

    Aug 10 2020

    A state TV exit poll showed a victory for President Alexander Lukashenko but the opposition cried foul. Also: more protests in Beirut as international donors pledge aid, and who owned the old pair of round rimmed spectacles that are now up for auction?

  • Lebanese army retakes government buildings stormed by protestors

    Aug 09 2020

    The demonstrators in Beirut had earlier entered government ministries venting their anger at politicians who they blame for Tuesday's devastating explosion. Also:  President Trump signs executive orders extending Covid-19 economic relief, and an oil spill in Mauritius is threatening an ecological disaster.

  • Air India jet breaks in two in Kerala

    Aug 08 2020

    The Boeing 737 was repatriating Indians stranded overseas by the coronavirus crisis. Also: US imposes sanctions on Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, and the British Foreign office cat Palmerston retires to the countryside.

  • Beirut explosion: many Lebanese blame government negligence

    Aug 07 2020

    Rescue-workers search for dozens still reported missing after Tuesday's deadly blast. The UN has warned of a humanitarian crisis and is promising emergency supplies. Also, how Covid-19 has affected tourism in city that was at heart of Italian Renaissance, and why music festival is going ahead on Greek island - despite virus restrictions.

  • New York sues America's powerful National Rifle Association

    Aug 06 2020

    New York’s attorney general Letitia James alleges financial misconduct in the organisation. She accuses NRA leaders of using its funds for their personal benefit. Also: President Macron of France has promised to co-ordinate an international aid effort for Lebanon, and in the Channel Island of Guernsey police try a novel recruitment campaign.

  • President Macron says political change is needed in Lebanon

    Aug 06 2020

    The French President made the comments on a visit to an area devastated by the explosion. Also: tougher internal border restrictions are being introduced in Australia to curb the spread of Covid-19, and social media networks push back against President Trump after he says children are "almost immune" to the coronavirus.

  • Anger in Beirut at failure to prevent devastating explosion

    Aug 06 2020

    The governing elite of Lebanon is coming under unprecedented attack after an explosion in the capital on Tuesday, which killed at least 135 people. Also: emergency departments in the US state of Mississippi are overflowing with Covid-19 patients, and the French Government pledges millions of dollars to save the country's wine industry.

  • Rescue workers in Beirut search for missing bodies after explosion

    Aug 05 2020

    The blast killed more than 100 people and injured thousands. Also: Indian prime minister lays the foundation stone for a Hindu temple on a long-disputed religious site, and why there are more emperor penguins in the Antarctic than we previously thought.

  • Beirut blasts: Dozens dead and thousands injured in unexplained explosions

    Aug 04 2020

    At least 78 people are dead and around 4,000 injured. Also: the BBC gets a rare look inside a Chinese ‘re-education’ camp for Uighur muslims and hears accounts of torture, and the man who found out aged 24 that his father was the world famous drug lord, Pablo Escobar.

  • Hefty fines for lockdown rule-breakers in Australia

    Aug 04 2020

    On-the-spot fines of more than 3 thousand US dollars for breaking isolation rules in the Australian state of Victoria, as military and police get tough with dissenters. Also: fears that new ID rules for voting in Ghana could deter some voters, and in Italy a Grand Slam great interrupts girls playing rooftop tennis.

  • Spain's ex-King Juan Carlos leaves the country

    Aug 04 2020

    This comes weeks after the embattled former King was linked to an inquiry into alleged corruption. Also: red card for footballers caught deliberately coughing, and other mammals lose out in panda conservative drive.

  • Iran cover-up of Covid-19 deaths revealed

    Aug 03 2020

    A BBC investigation has found almost three times the number of reported deaths. Also: we hear from Zimbabwe where a doctor says, despite capacity, staff shortages mean she's turning Covid-infected patients away, and could the staunchly conservative US state of Kansas turn Democrat?

  • NASA astronauts make landmark splashdown

    Aug 03 2020

    The SpaceX capsule touched down off Florida, in the first crewed US water landing in 45 years. Also: top US Democrat rounds on virus chief Birx, and New Zealand's most popular albatross chick needs a name.

  • Facebook forced to block pro-Bolsonaro accounts

    Aug 02 2020

    The social media giant vows to appeal against the Brazilian Supreme Court ruling. Also: TikTok "here for the long run" in the US after president Trump said he would ban it, and Japan's Kabukiza theatre reopens.

  • WHO head says pandemic will be felt for decades

    Aug 01 2020

    Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says there will be no return to the 'old normal' soon. Also: Maxwell-Epstein emails shown in new court papers, and the 100th Salzburg Music Festival opens this weekend.

  • Hong Kong postpones elections by year due to 'virus concerns'

    Jul 31 2020

    Government says delay in parliamentary elections is due to rise in Covid-19 infections. But opposition accuses authorities of using pandemic as excuse to prevent people from voting. Also, Eurozone suffers its worst economic contraction on record due to Coronavirus, and a website that lets you see the view from other people's windows across the world.

  • Threat to delay US presidential election

    Jul 30 2020

    President Trump suggests delaying the US election. Also: Switzerland launches criminal proceedings against the president of FIFA, and a new app to help people treat sleeplessness.

  • Hong Kong bars 12 opposition candidates from election

    Jul 30 2020

    The government said the candidates were not fit to run for office. Also: The German economy suffers its biggest quarterly fall since records began, and the world’s largest frog- known as the ‘wrinkly scrotum’ frog is under threat because of human consumption.

  • US tech giants face Congress grilling

    Jul 29 2020

    Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon have appeared before Washington lawmakers to defend their firms against claims they abuse their power to quash competitors. Also: the chief organiser of the Tokyo Olympics hopes they will take place next year - but can't rule out another delay, and an enduring mystery from one of Britain's most famous archaeological sites, Stonehenge, appears to have been solved.

  • Hong Kong: 'Large-scale' coronavirus outbreak looming, says city's leader

    Jul 29 2020

    Carrie Lam urges people to stay indoors and says hospital system could face 'collapse'. But pro-democracy protestors unconvinced by reports that outbreak means local elections should be postponed. Also, drastically scaled-down Hajj pilgrimage begins in Saudi Arabia, and how fugitive Mexican drug-lord built his own private hospital.

  • US Attorney General defends deploying federal agents to Portland

    Jul 29 2020

    In heated testimony to Congress, William Barr said protesters in Portland, Oregon, were committing "an assault on the government of the United States". Democrats accuse Mr Barr of trying to aid the president's re-election campaign. Also: leaders in Western Europe warn of a second wave of the coronavirus, and there is positive news for tiger populations in the wild.

  • Construction starts for the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor in France

    Jul 28 2020

    French President Emmanuel Macron praised the international venture as a project for the future of humanity. He delivered a video address at a ceremony to mark the start of the assembly of the ITER reactor. Also: the former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption charges linked to the 1MDB scandal, and why people are abandoning their dogs post-lockdown.

  • Netanyahu accuses Hezbollah of trying to infiltrate Israel

    Jul 28 2020

    Israeli PM says army shot at Hezbollah fighters to stop them crossing the border. Also: WHO calls Covid-19 the most severe global health emergency it’s ever seen, and the music inspired by the 1984 universal declaration of human rights.

  • Alarm over Vietnam’s first coronavirus cases in months

    Jul 27 2020

    The city of Da Nang has been closed to tourists to contain a new Covid-19 outbreak. Hundreds of flights have been laid on to take thousands of domestic tourists home. Also: Egypt jails TikTok users over ‘indecent’ videos, and the Japanese designer of some of David Bowie’s most famous outfits has died.

  • Hollywood star Olivia de Havilland dies aged 104

    Jul 27 2020

    Her career spanned more than fifty years and she was the last surviving star of Gone with the Wind. Also: US diplomats to leave Chengdu consulate, and the Martian meteorite that is returning home.

  • UK brings back 14-day quarantine for Spain

    Jul 26 2020

    The decision came following a spike in coronavirus cases in Spain. Also: Poland to leave treaty on violence against women, and Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green dies aged 73.

  • British PM says his government could have done things differently regarding Covid-19

    Jul 25 2020

    Boris Johnson says there are "open questions" about whether the coronavirus lockdown came too late. Also: Trump signs order to lower the price of prescription drugs, and journalists resign over press freedom at Hungary's independent news site, Index.

  • Hagia Sophia: Muslim Friday prayers held as former museum becomes mosque again

    Jul 24 2020

    President Erdogan attends first Friday prayers held in historic building since 1934. The decision to turn Hagia Sophia - a former cathedral - back into a mosque has been criticised worldwide. Also, China orders closure of US consulate in Chengdu after Washington shuts down Chinese consulate in Texas, and Iraqi militiamen help bury the bodies as their country's Covid 19 death-toll rises steeply.

  • US Congresswoman denounces colleague's 'sexist slur'

    Jul 24 2020

    "I am someone's daughter," says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Also: Russia accused of firing satellite weapon in space, and a letter by King George VI to his speech therapist has been sold at auction.

  • US accuses China of spying

    Jul 23 2020

    The US says a fugitive is hiding in China's San Francisco consulate. Also: The experiment to find out if singers are vulnerable to Covid-19, and China launches a mission to Mars.

  • Trump to send 'surge' of federal agents to cities

    Jul 22 2020

    Chicago and two other Democratic-run cities are being targeted in the Republican president's move, amid a spike in violence. Also, top editor of Hungary's leading independent news website sacked, and coronavirus - cracking the secrets of how bats survive viruses.

  • US orders China to close consulate in Houston

    Jul 22 2020

    Washington says Chinese consulate in Texas must be closed by Friday 24th July. Beijing says this is a 'political provocation'. Also, Twitter bans accounts linked to QAnon conspiracy-theory, and how a producer is turning songs of endangered bird species into music.

  • US accuses China of Covid-19 vaccine hack

    Jul 22 2020

    American authorities have charged two Chinese nationals in the alleged theft of information from medical, software and defence companies. Also, a standoff in Ukraine ends peacefully after the president gives in to a hostage-taker’s strange demand. And the smallest village in Italy celebrates its first birth in eight years.

  • UK 'actively avoided' investigating Russian threat

    Jul 21 2020

    MPs say the government didn't want to know if Russia interfered in the Brexit referendum. Also: How poaching is threatening half the world's mountain gorillas, and Zoom weddings in Nigeria.

  • Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial shows promise

    Jul 20 2020

    A vaccine developed by Oxford University appears safe and triggers an immune response. But the lead scientist advises caution. Also, as Cuba's currency crisis deepens, state-run shops begin selling some goods in US dollars; and scientists predict that polar bears could be extinct by the end of the century as a result of climate change.

  • Covid-19 treatment trial described as ‘breakthrough’

    Jul 20 2020

    The results suggest a new treatment reduces the number of patients needing intensive care, according to the UK company that developed it. The treatment uses a protein called interferon beta which the body produces when it gets a viral infection. Also we hear about Gaza’s disturbing cases of suicide, and Kanye West launches his 2020 presidential campaign.

  • US Covid death toll passes 140.000

    Jul 19 2020

    Donald Trump says US coronavirus mortality rate is among the lowest in the world; President Erdogan inspects preparations ahead of Hagia Sophia changing back to a mosque; the United Arab Emirates launches its first ever mission to Mars.

  • 'Moment of truth' in EU Covid talks

    Jul 18 2020

    EU leaders hope fresh proposals can end the deadlock over a Covid-19 recovery package. In Russia thousands more join protests in support of a local governor. And why smiling while wearing a face mask is a thing.

  • Fauci says all Americans should wear masks to stop a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases

    Jul 18 2020

    The US top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, made the comment as the country struggles to control a sustained surge in coronavirus infections. Also: "moment of truth" as EU leaders seek Covid deal, and Captain Tom Moore is knighted in "unique ceremony" after raising millions of pounds for Britain's health service.

  • India reports over one million cases of Covid 19

    Jul 17 2020

    The country's Coronavirus case-load has doubled in last three weeks. Intermittent local lockdowns are likely to be the 'new normal.' Also, EU leaders discuss 800 billion dollar coronavirus recovery-plan but are deeply divided over how to spend it, and US campaign-group wages legal battle for the rights of 'the world’s loneliest elephant.'

  • Russian hackers 'targeting Covid-19 vaccine research'

    Jul 17 2020

    Security services have warned that Russian hackers are targeting organisations in the UK, US and Canada. Also: the number of coronavirus cases in Brazil passes two million, and the Solar Orbiter spacecraft takes the closest ever pictures of the Sun.

  • Court rules Shamima Begum can return to UK to fight for citizenship

    Jul 16 2020

    Judges in London have ruled that Shamima Begum, who left Britain to support the Islamic State group, can return to challenge a government decision to revoke her UK citizenship. Also: the Twitter accounts of famous celebrities are hacked in a huge social media scam and Donald Trump revamps his campaign team, four months before the November election.

  • US disease expert Anthony Fauci calls White House attacks 'bizarre'

    Jul 16 2020

    Dr Anthony Fauci described recent efforts by the Trump administration to discredit him as "bizarre" and "nonsense". Also: Ethiopia says Nile reservoir is filling up, and the actor Viola Davis says she betrayed herself in The Help film.

  • China hits out at US and UK

    Jul 15 2020

    Beijing criticises recent commercial restrictions imposed by Washington and London. These include US sanctions over new Hong Kong security law, and UK decision not to use Huawei to help build 5G networks. Also, inside South Africa's 'hospitals of horrors' as staff overwhelmed by Covid-19, and researchers predict 'jaw-dropping' fall in global fertility-rates.

  • US judge denies Ghislaine Maxwell bail

    Jul 15 2020

    The ex-girlfriend of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been denied bail in a high profile case. Also: Trump signs order targeting China over Hong Kong, and why do your spectacles fog up when wearing a face-covering?

  • UK bans Chinese tech giant Huawei from 5G network

    Jul 14 2020

    The British government has confirmed it will exclude the Chinese firm Huawei from its 5G telecoms networks, after the US raised concerns about security. Also: Tensions between India and Nepal increase and California reimposes lockdown measures after a spike in coronavirus cases.

  • China slaps sanctions on top US officials

    Jul 13 2020

    China has announced sanctions against prominent US politicians who challenged its treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. Also: Some of the world's richest people urge governments to raise taxes on the wealthy, and Manchester City football club overturns a two-year ban from European club competitions.

  • Covid 19: South Africa reimposes total alcohol ban

    Jul 12 2020

    The move is to ease pressure on hospitals struggling to cope with a surge in cases. Also: Florida has record number of new infections in any US state, and the care home in Britain which has been lifting lockdown boredom among elderly residents by recreating famous pop music album covers.

  • 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