Global News Podcast



The day's top stories from BBC News compiled twice daily in the week, once at weekends.


  • Man sets himself ablaze outside Trump trial

    20/04/2024 Duración: 32min

    Police say he dowsed himself in an accelerant after throwing pamphlets about conspiracy theories into the air. Also: Iran's muted response to a presumed Israeli drone attack on Friday raises hopes that tensions between the foes can be kept in check, and the American football star Jason Kelce says he's 'incredibly stupid' for losing his coveted superbowl a tank of chilli.

  • US calls for de-escalation in the Middle East after apparent Israeli strike on Iran

    19/04/2024 Duración: 31min

    Iranian state media says air defence systems were activated in several cities including Isfahan and Tabriz. Also: people in India begin voting in the first round of a seven phase general election, and the four fastest finishers in Beijing's half marathon have their prizes withdrawn.

  • Kenya's defence chief killed in helicopter crash

    19/04/2024 Duración: 31min

    President William Ruto declares 3 days of national mourning. Two survivors have been taken to hospital. Also: A Palestinian bid for full membership of the UN is vetoed by the US at the Security Council, and why so many of China's major cities are sinking.

  • G7 ministers discuss Ukraine's appeal for weapons

    18/04/2024 Duración: 26min

    Talks on the Italian island of Capri also include the Middle East crisis. Also: We hear from an Israeli hostage released last year whose husband is still captive in Gaza, Germany arrests two Russian dual nationals suspected of planning sabotage attacks, and what to do about fire ants in Australia.

  • US Ukraine aid vote date agreed

    18/04/2024 Duración: 32min

    The vote on the 95 billion dollar bill is set for Saturday and includes more military funding for Israel, as well as humanitarian aid for Gaza. Also: Israel says it will make its own decision amid calls for restraint in the wake of Iran's unprecedented attack at the weekend, and could 2 fossilised jawbones found in southern England be from the biggest marine reptile ever to have lived?

  • Russian missile attack on Chernihiv

    17/04/2024 Duración: 31min

    President Zelensky calls for more air defences after a missile attack kills at least 14. He described the attack in Chernihiv, which destroyed an eight-story building and damaged a hospital, as Russian terror. Also: A BBC investigation uncovers the death of more than 50,000 Russians in the war, and a controversial emoji forces Apple to update its software. All this and more in the podcast with the top news stories from around the world - from the BBC World Service.

  • UN says Israel still imposing unlawful restrictions on Gaza aid

    17/04/2024 Duración: 33min

    All aid for Gaza is subject to strict Israeli security checks. The UN is also calling on Israel to do more to stop the escalating violence in the West Bank. Also: Belgian police told to shut down meeting of right-wing European politicians in Brussels, and is France's culinary reputation in decline?

  • Israel considers response to Iran's attack

    16/04/2024 Duración: 29min

    As Israel's war cabinet meets to decide how to respond to Iran's drone attack, its allies urge restraint. Also: fighting continues in Gaza, and Copenhagen's iconic stock exchange is engulfed by fire.

  • Dozens of jurors ruled out as historic Trump trial begins

    16/04/2024 Duración: 33min

    The former US President Donald Trump denies trying to disguise a hush money payment to an adult film star in 2016. Also, donors pledge more than $2bn in aid for Sudan, and record ocean temperatures have caused the mass bleaching of coral across large parts of the world's seas.

  • A year of war in Sudan

    15/04/2024 Duración: 28min

    Almost nine million people have been displaced and the UN is warning of looming famine. Also: Israel is still considering its response to Iran's attack at the weekend, and China investigates whether three African runners allowed a Chinese competitor to win a key race.

  • UN warns Middle East is on the brink of full-scale conflict

    15/04/2024 Duración: 30min

    The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, was speaking at a Security Council emergency meeting on Iran's missile and drone attacks on Israel. Also: Haiti's main political parties urge the outgoing prime minister, Ariel Henry, to speed up the installation of a new transitional council, and the teenager with a memory like an encyclopedia..

  • Iran-Israel crisis - how to stop escalation?

    14/04/2024 Duración: 23min

    Israel says it intercepted vast majority of missiles and drones fired by Iran. Iran said the attack "achieved all its objectives". President Biden to discuss diplomatic response with other G7 leaders amid international calls for restraint. The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting later.

  • Iran launches drones and missiles at Israel

    14/04/2024 Duración: 30min

    The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his military was "ready for any scenario". Sirens were heard as Israel's air defences came into operation.

  • The Happy Pod: The Centenarian Stargazer

    13/04/2024 Duración: 26min

    This week, we meet the 105 year-old man celebrating his thirteenth total solar eclipse. Also: The AI technology giving back a voice to the voiceless. And our intrepid reporter goes in search of the crookie.

  • Haiti moves toward a new governing council

    12/04/2024 Duración: 30min

    A nine-member political body, tasked with filling the leadership vacuum in Haiti, has been created although their names have not been made public. Also: the US says Iran could attack Israel with drones and missiles within hours, and a Norwegian minister resigns over plagiarism claims.

  • Sudan facing 'catastrophic' hunger crisis after a year of civil war

    12/04/2024 Duración: 28min

    The BBC gets rare access to one affected area in Sudan. Also: Belgium has opened an investigation into suspected Russian interference in the European Parliament, and how did a star manage to explode giving off more light than ever seen before?

  • OJ Simpson dies of cancer

    11/04/2024 Duración: 30min

    In what was dubbed the trial of the century, in 1994 he was accused of murdering Nicole Brown, and her friend. Also: The Colombian capital Bogota begins rationing water to millions because of a prolonged drought that has left reservoirs exhausted, and a Japanese astronaut is set to become the first non-American to set foot on the Moon during one of NASA's upcoming Artemis missions.

  • A property developer in Vietnam is sentenced to death for defrauding a bank

    11/04/2024 Duración: 26min

    A court says she was the mastermind behind a scheme to defraud the Saigon Commercial Bank of more than forty billion dollars over a ten-year period. Also: President Zelensky makes a plea for more air defences, and the death is announced in Japan of the first foreign-born sumo champion - Akebono.

  • 'No joy, only pain' as Gazans mark Eid

    10/04/2024 Duración: 32min

    In Rafah in southern Gaza, prayers were held beside the ruins of al-Farouk mosque, destroyed in Israeli bombardments. Also: Israel cofirms the killing in Gaza of three sons of the Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh, and the European Parliament approves sweeping new asylum rules aimed at transforming how refugees and migrants are processed.

  • Kazakhstan and Russia suffer worst floods in decades

    10/04/2024 Duración: 30min

    More than 100,000 people have been forced to evacuate with warnings that the situation will worsen. We hear from the Russian side of the border with Kazakhstan. Also: Chinese President Xi has hosted the former leader of Taiwan in a historic meeting, and we'll tell you what to do when you're angry.

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