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July 16, 2019
The German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, bids for the presidency of the EU Commission
Mrs von der Leyen said dealing with climate change and tackling illegal immigration humanely would be her priorities. Also: on the second day of his appearance before a corruption inquiry, the former South African President Jacob Zuma said he'd received a death threat; and events take place to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo Eleven mission to the Moon.
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28 min
July 15, 2019
Trump tweet row: Four congresswomen accuse president of distraction tactics
The four US congresswomen attacked by US President Donald Trump in a series of racially charged tweets have dismissed his remarks. Also: A new study has found that anorexia isn't only a mental illness, but can be caused by a physical predisposition, and the tiny monkey fossil that’s a game changer for evolutionary scientists.
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30 min
July 15, 2019
South Africa: Ex-president Zuma responds to corruption allegations
Jacob Zuma, who stepped down last year amid claims of illegal financial gain, has begun testifying at a judicial inquiry. Also: Hong Kong’s chief of police condemns pro-democracy protesters as “thugs”. And the family of Neil Armstrong look back at the life of the first man to set foot on the moon.
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24 min
July 14, 2019
Trump accused of racism over tweets against congresswomen
President Trump claimed the women "originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe". Also: Champs-Elysees clashes after Bastille Day parade, and Djokovic beats Federer in Wimbledon tennis epic.
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30 min
July 13, 2019
Storm Barry begins to batter Louisiana
Storm Barry has made landfall in Louisiana, where officials have warned of potentially life-threatening floods. Also: UK says Iran tanker could be released 'with guarantees', and a powerful X-ray telescope is launched to map the cosmos.
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31 min
July 12, 2019
Facebook facing '$5 billion' fine
The US Federal Trade Commission is said to have approved a penalty for Facebook over its handling of users personal data. President Trump's Labor Secretary resigns amid accusations he helped a billionaire sex offender secure a lenient sentence, and the trader in Togo who has an answer to the global fast fashion crisis
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27 min
July 12, 2019
Turkey: Arrival of Russian missile-defence system causes anxiety for US
Turkey receives first parts of S-400 missile defence system despite opposition from US. Washington says Ankara cannot have both the S-400 and US F-35 fighter-jets. Also, BBC investigation shows that Sudan's brutal crackdown on protestors was ordered from 'top level' of military, and should the world learn lessons from water-crisis in one of India's largest cities ?
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31 min
July 11, 2019
Trump retreats on census citizenship question
President Donald Trump will no longer pursue adding a question on citizenship to the 2020 US census questionnaire. Also: The UK has raised the threat to British shipping in Iranian waters to the highest level, and New Orleans braces for Tropical Storm Barry.
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27 min
July 11, 2019
Strait of Hormuz: Iranian gunboats 'tried to intercept British ship'
UK says one of its warships preventing Iranian vessels stopping a British oil-tanker. Also, a BBC investigation into sex-scandal at heart of Afghan government, and scientists warn that even small amounts of sugary drinks may cause cancer.
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30 min
July 10, 2019
Resignation of UK Ambassador to US is “black day for British diplomacy”
Politicians and civil servants have been reacting to the news that Sir Kim Darroch has stepped down. They’ve said the row over leaked memos is unprecedented. Also: the US women’s football team celebrates their World Cup win with a victory parade, and a school in the Netherlands faces a large fine because the children are too noisy.
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29 min
July 10, 2019
UK ambassador to Washington resigns after leak of memos critical of Trump
Sir Kim Darroch had described the Trump administration as inept and dysfunctional. Mr Trump responded by saying he'd no longer deal with him. Also: seagulls in Australia are found to be carrying several antibiotic resistant superbugs, and Spanish language hits now dominate the most watched music video chart on YouTube.
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29 min
July 9, 2019
UK foreign minister rebukes Trump
Donald Trump has been “disrespectful” towards the prime minister and the UK, says Jeremy Hunt. Also: Tory leadership rivals clash in TV debate, a Saudi Arabian princess goes on trial in France, and the end of the road for the VW Beetle.
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28 min
July 9, 2019
Hong Kong leader says extradition bill 'is dead'
But Carrie Lam stops short of saying it has been fully withdrawn, and protesters have vowed to continue mass rallies. Also: Afghanistan talks agree 'roadmap to peace', and Egypt to sue Christie's auction house in London to retrieve Tutankhamun bust.
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25 min
July 8, 2019
Trump sharpens attack on UK ambassador over emails
The US president says "we will no longer deal" with the UK's ambassador in Washington, Sir Kim Darroch. Also the US financier Jeffrey Epstein is charged with sex trafficking minors, and a Nigerian opera performed in Pidgin English.
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29 min
July 8, 2019
DRC warlord Bosco Ntaganda found guilty
The former Congolese rebel leader has been convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Also: Amnesty International accuse the Philippine government of running a large-scale murdering enterprise connected to its so-called war on drugs, and the advanced robots moving into the Japanese workforce.
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27 min
July 7, 2019
Centre-right regains power in Greece
The New Democracy party led by Kyriakos Mitsotakis wins the election with an absolute majority. Also: Donald Trump hits back after UK ambassador's leaked emails, and Jodrell Bank gains Unesco World Heritage status.
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27 min
July 6, 2019
France and Iran to look at conditions for talks
The French president Emmanuel Macron talks to his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani by telephone in a bid to rescue the nuclear deal. Also: California quake damage 'not as bad as feared', and baby Archie christened at Windsor.
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29 min
July 5, 2019
UN welcomes the release of prisoners in Venezuela
The prisoners released included a high profile judge, Maria Lourdes Afiuni. Also: Trump vows to pursue citizenship census question, and the ancient city of Babylon becomes an Unesco World Heritage site.
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26 min
July 5, 2019
Iranian official threatens to seize British oil tanker
Senior Teheran official issues threat after British troops' storming of Iranian vessel. British marines helped seize super-tanker on Thursday, after it was suspected of carrying oil to Syria, in breach of EU sanctions. Also, how China is using schools to separate Uighur Muslim children from their culture and faith, and could global tree-planting help stop global warming ?
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29 min
July 4, 2019
BBC evidence shows Uighur children in China being separated from their families
Government documents show that large numbers of state boarding schools have been built to house children as young as two. Also: Tehran has reacted with fury after British Royal Marines seized control of an Iranian supertanker carrying oil to Syria, and don't wake the neighbours! The cockerel that's been taken to court in France.
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31 min
July 4, 2019
Libya: UN says 'migrants were fired upon after fleeing air strikes'
UN has received reports that guards shot at migrants who tried to escape air-strikes. The attack on a detention-centre near Tripoli on Tuesday is believed to have killed at least 53 people. Also, an oil-tanker bound for Syria is detained in Gibraltar by British marines, and a renowned scientist warns that the human race could soon become redundant.
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29 min
July 3, 2019
Boeing pledges $100 million to support crash victims’ families
In the wake of two Boeing 737 Max crashes, the aerospace giant hopes it can repair its reputation, but families say the effort falls short. Also, the European Parliament elects David Sassoli as its new president, and Amsterdam considers a drastic change to its world-famous red light district.
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25 min
July 3, 2019
Libya: UN says attack on migrant camp could be 'war crime'
UN speaks after air-strike kills more than 40 migrants at detention-centre near Tripoli. Libyan government blames attack on forces loyal to warlord General Khalifa Haftar, but they've denied this. Also, why Rahul Gandhi has stepped down as head of India's Congress Party, and is there a close link between obesity and some common cancers ?
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30 min
July 2, 2019
EU announces nominees for top leadership positions
The European Council has agreed to a gender-balanced group of candidates after days of deadlocked negotiations. Also: The Russian navy says 14 sailors are dead after a submersible vessel caught fire, and women who survived torture in Syrian prisons tell their stories in a new London play.
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25 min
July 2, 2019
China condemns Hong Kong protests
Beijing accuses demonstrators of trampling on the rule of law: Also: controversy over secret US border patrol Facebook group, stowaway body found in London garden and Coca-Cola enters energy drink market.
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31 min
July 1, 2019
Hong Kong: Leader condemns protesters who stormed parliament
The Chief Executive of Hong Kong has condemned the occupation and ransacking of the territory’s parliament. Also: European foreign ministers call on Iran to reverse its decision to breach an international nuclear deal, and fresh concerns have been raised about the rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.
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25 min
July 1, 2019
Iran nuclear breach tests world powers
The International Atomic Energy Agency said its inspectors had verified the 300kg cap had been broken. In Hong Kong demonstrators have smashed their way into the Legislative building as the territory marks 22 years since it was handed back from Britain to China. A blanket of ice about 1.5 m thick settles on a Mexican city after a freak summer hail storm.
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23 min
July 1, 2019
Trump crosses into North Korea
Donald Trump has become the first sitting US president to enter North Korea after meeting Kim Jong-un at the South Korean border. Also: Pro-democracy protesters challenge Sudan's military rulers for the first time since security forces shot dead dozens earlier this month, and the new rules that mean in future electric cars in Europe won’t be quite so quiet.
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27 min
June 29, 2019
Trump makes concession over Huawei
President says he'll allow US companies to continue to sell to the Chinese tech giant, also: migrant ship captain detained in Italy and North Macedonian pride
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24 min
June 28, 2019
Coroner says MI5 can't be blamed for London attacks
Families of some victims believe the deaths of eight people by jihadists in 2017 could have been stopped. Also: twenty years after talks started the South American economic block, Mercosur, has struck a trade deal with the European Union, and could John McEnroe - the former bad boy of tennis who ranted on court - help you get a good night's sleep?
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26 min
June 28, 2019
Chinese President warns protectionism destroying global trade
The G-20 nations face a huge challenge in resolving a US-China trade war that has rattled businesses around the world, and has cast a shadow over the global economy. Also: the iPhone designer Jony Ive is leaving Apple, the remains of a bridge in the Italian city of Genoa -- which collapsed last year killing more than forty people -- has been blown up by demolition experts, and Glastonbury music festival gets underway in Britain - minus the rain and the mud!
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34 min
June 27, 2019
US Supreme Court blocks census citizenship question
The court said the Trump administration's justification for the question appeared "contrived". Also: delegates at UN climate talks have accused oil producing countries of trying to "erase the science" on global warming, and Russia begins releasing captive whales from a "whale jail" after an international outcry.
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26 min
June 27, 2019
Bombers explode devices in Tunisian capital
It's not yet clear who was behind the attacks in Tunis. Also: Germany's Angela Merkel is seen shaking again in Berlin, and the Dalai Lama has said Donald Trump lacks moral principle.
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27 min
June 26, 2019
Italy says it won't let migrants disembark
Italy's interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has said he won't allow migrants currently aboard a charity-run rescue ship to disembark, after it defied the authorities by entering Italian territorial waters. Mr Salvini called the Sea-Watch 3 an outlaw vessel. Also: a warning about an emerging "climate apartheid" and why Cognac is more likely to be drunk by rappers and hip hop fans in the United States.
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32 min
June 26, 2019
Guaido says military force in Venezuela still an option
The opposition leader Juan Guaidó says the use of military force is still an option to end the political crisis in Venezuela. Also: the South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, says that the US and North Korea are engaging in behind the scenes talks to set up a possible third summit, and Kim Kardashian West's 'Kimono' brands riles Japan.
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28 min
June 25, 2019
Top US border official to step down
John Sanders resigns amid uproar over conditions for migrant children at detention centres; a politician in India has taken the unusual step of returning bribes he took from villagers, and breakdancing moves closer to 2024 Paris Olympic debut.
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29 min
June 25, 2019
Iran says latest US sanctions will make peace more difficult
Iran condemns latest US sanctions saying Washington has closed the door on dialogue; Chinese citizens charged over building collapse in Cambodia that killed twenty-eight people; Washing powder advert promoting female empowerment provokes furious reaction from Pakistani religious conservatives.
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29 min
June 24, 2019
UN outlines policy on detained IS fighters
Human rights chief says IS captives in Iraq and Syria must be tried or freed. Also: the medical glove that could speed up diagnosis, Mars methane spike and the women returning to their Boko Haram kidnappers.
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26 min
June 24, 2019
The US and Russia on opposites sides over sanctions on Iran
US Secretary of State in Saudi Arabia as Washington tightens sanctions on Iran; Second time unlucky for Turkey's governing party as they lose a rerun vote in Istanbul; and....the unexpected furry visitor to a family home in Montana that had to be tranquilised by police ...
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27 min
June 23, 2019
Turkey’s governing party loses Istanbul election
Turkey's governing party has lost control of Istanbul after a re-run of the city's mayoral election. Also: Huge protests in Prague demanding the resignation of Czech PM Andrej Babis, and the head of the Ethiopian military has been shot dead by his own bodyguard after an apparent coup attempt in a northern region.
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28 min
June 22, 2019
US to hit Iran with 'major' sanctions
President Trump says the additional measures are intended to stop Iran obtaining a nuclear bomb. Also: the German chancellor Angela Merkel says far-right extremism must be tackled, and listening to the combined sounds of Mongolian throat singing and heavy metal.
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32 min
June 21, 2019
Democrats wary of Trump's 'erratic' approach to Iran
The chair of the House Armed Services Committee, Adam Smith, has warned it was "not smart" of president Trump to make the details of a planned attack on Iran public. Also: Russia suspends flights to Georgia amid unrest, and Pink Floyd guitars sell for millions at charity auction.
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27 min
June 21, 2019
US-Iran: President Trump says military was 'cocked and loaded'
Tehran says the unmanned US aircraft entered Iranian airspace early on Thursday morning, but the US maintains it was shot down in international airspace. Also: The speaker of the Georgian parliament resigns after violent protests about a visit by Russian MPs, and the musical seals that have learned to sing the Star Wars opening music
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25 min
June 20, 2019
Escalating tension after Iran shoots down an American drone.
President Trump says it's hard to believe Iran intentionally shot down an American drone; Who will get the top EU jobs ? Berlin and Paris lock horns. and a leading Palestinian politician denounces the US for failing to be a neutral negotiator.
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28 min
June 20, 2019
US confirms drone was shot down by Iranian missile
The US military insist the drone was over international waters but Iran says the aircraft had violated Iranian airspace. Also: China's Xi visits North Korea to boost ties with Kim, and the sounds of the eastern North Pacific right whale.
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28 min
June 19, 2019
Russia condemns Dutch decision in MH17 case
Moscow calls case against 3 Russians and 1 Ukranian groundless, also: the rapidly melting Himalayan glaciers and the rusty revolver that made a big impression on the art world.
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25 min
June 19, 2019
Flight MH17: Four charged with shooting down airliner over Ukraine in 2014
Charges announced over destruction of Malaysian airliner in which 298 people died. The Dutch-led joint investigation team has named three Russians and a Ukrainian as suspects. Also, a UN report says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman 'should face investigation' over killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and why a Norwegian island community wants to stop time.
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30 min
June 19, 2019
Contenders to become British PM clash on TV
The five candidates to replace Theresa May disagreed on whether a Brexit deal could be negotiated before the 31 October deadline. Also: the artists backing the resistance in Sudan, and a starving polar bear strays hundreds of kilometres into a Siberian town.
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23 min
June 18, 2019
Gulf crisis: US sends more troops as tension rises with Iran
China urges US and China not to escalate tensions as Gulf crisis continues. Washington is deploying another 1000 troops to region following what it calls 'hostile behaviour' by Iran. Also, Michel Platini questioned by French police over awarding of World Cup to Qatar, and a BBC correspondent uncovers realities of life inside detention-camps set up by China for Xinjiang's Muslims.
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29 min
June 17, 2019
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi dies in Cairo
The former President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, dies after fainting in a Cairo courtroom, The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, will make a rare state visit to North Korea on Thursday, One woman's campaign to save the Hammerhead shark - a delicacy for some:
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27 min
June 17, 2019
Vatican to consider ordaining married men as priests in Amazon region
Pope says church to discuss idea of married priests in area with shortage of clergy. If approved by bishops, this would be a break with a Roman Catholic tradition dating back many centuries. Also, Iran announces it will breach the internationally-agreed limit on its stockpile of enriched uranium, and how a group of teenagers built their own plane - and are flying it across Africa.
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28 min
June 16, 2019
Ousted Sudanese president charged with corruption
Sudan's former-President Omar al-Bashir has appeared in public for the first time since he was overthrown in a coup in April. He has been charged with corruption and illegally possessing foreign currency. Also: protesters in Hong Kong return to the streets to demonstrate against a controversial extradition bill, and India beats Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup.
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27 min
January 4, 2017
2017: The Predictions Podcast
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.
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53 min
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