Global News Podcast



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


  • ICC sends 'largest ever' team of investigators to Ukraine

    18/05/2022 Duración: 33min

    The International Criminal Court will collaborate with French detectives who have been working at suspected crime scenes in Ukraine. Also: few answers at rare US Congressional UFO hearing, and movie stars gather as the Cannes Film Festival gets underway.

  • Ukraine working on 'next stages' of Mariupol evacuation

    17/05/2022 Duración: 29min

    The fate of more than 260 soldiers taken to Russian controlled territory on Monday remains unclear. Ukraine suggests a prisoner exchange but Moscow has not confirmed this. Also: a study into the behaviour of mosquitos could change the way malaria is tackled across Africa, and Nasa's rover begins work to find life on Mars.

  • Hundreds of Ukrainian fighters evacuated from Mariupol steelworks

    16/05/2022 Duración: 29min

    Many have been admitted to hospital in the Russian controlled town of Novoazovsk. Also: Sri Lanka's new prime minister warns of further difficult months, a huge dust storm hits the Middle East, and how robot-assisted surgery might speed up recovery times.

  • Ukraine: the children's camp that became an execution ground

    16/05/2022 Duración: 26min

    The authorities in Bucha accuse Russian soldiers of war crimes. Also: North Korea's leader orders his military to help respond to the Covid outbreak; and we report on how some people in the food-producing giant Brazil are struggling to get enough to eat.

  • Finland and Sweden confirm NATO bid

    15/05/2022 Duración: 31min

    They want to join the alliance after Russia’s Ukraine invasion. Also, killing of 10 people in US supermarket shooting a “hate crime”, and Tonga’s volcano explosion was biggest in a century.

  • World's most powerful nations 'will never recognise' Ukraine border change

    14/05/2022 Duración: 27min

    The G7 says it will not acknowledge land seized by Russian military action. Also: thousands of pro-life supporters march in the US, and India bans wheat exports with immediate effect.

  • Violence at funeral for Al Jazeera reporter

    14/05/2022 Duración: 32min

    Israeli police with riot-gear hit mourners saying they were pelted with stones, as crowds carried the coffin. Also: Russia to suspend electricity supply to Finland, and critics praise "thrilling" Top Gun movie sequel.

  • Ukrainians trying to leave Russia complain of frightening interrogations

    13/05/2022 Duración: 26min

    Men passing through a transit point in Estonia say they have been questioned for hours. Also, Russian troops fighting in Ukraine have suffered what looks like another major setback, and Platinum Pudding - Britain's new dessert to mark Queen Elizabeth's 70 years as monarch.

  • UN to investigate Russian abuses in Ukraine

    13/05/2022 Duración: 31min

    The UN Human Rights Council has voted to set up an inquiry into allegations of abuses by Russian forces in Ukraine. Also, astronomers reveal the first ever image of the large black hole in our galaxy, and the Nepali woman who has climbed Everest 10 times.

  • Finland announces intention to join NATO

    12/05/2022 Duración: 29min

    Finland says its decision follows Russia's invasion of Ukraine; Moscow reacts angrily. Also, the White House says more than a million Americans have now lost their lives to Covid-19. And the professional aircraft designer hoping to set a new world record -- with a paper plane. Warning: The report on Nigeria in this podcast contains descriptions of violence that some listeners may find disturbing.

  • Sri Lankan president says he will appoint a new cabinet within a week

    12/05/2022 Duración: 32min

    The Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa used a late-night address to offer a number of concessions, but said he needed to stay on to stop the country descending into anarchy. Also, US Democrats' bid for federal abortion law fails, and a passenger who had 'no idea' how to fly lands a plane in Florida as pilot falls ill.

  • Al Jazeera reporter killed during Israeli raid in West Bank

    11/05/2022 Duración: 32min

    Shireen Abu Aqla was shot while covering a military operation at a refugee camp. Also, Ukraine says it is suspending the flow of Russian natural gas through a transit point and the authorities in Shanghai extend a coronavirus lockdown.

  • Sri Lankan soldiers told to shoot law-breakers on sight

    11/05/2022 Duración: 32min

    Troops are on the streets of Colombo after anti-government unrest, fuelled by economic crisis. Also: US spy chief says Putin preparing for long war in Ukraine, and EA Sports to stop making Fifa video game.

  • Sri Lanka: Escalating violence as protests continue

    10/05/2022 Duración: 32min

    Curfew in force across Sri Lanka amid mounting anger at the economic crisis. Also, the Marcos political dynasty returns to power in the Philippines, and Spain sacks spy chief over phone hacking scandal.

  • Ex-dictator’s son leads Philippines vote

    09/05/2022 Duración: 22min

    Initial results suggest Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr is heading for a landslide win. Also: Ukraine reacts to Putin’s Victory Day attempts to justify the war; and New York considers funding abortions for women from states which ban it.

  • Putin defends Ukraine war but no hint of next steps

    09/05/2022 Duración: 27min

    The Russian president said the invasion of Ukraine was necessary and had been provoked by the West. Eastern and southern parts of Ukraine are still being hit by relentless Russian shelling. Also: The Sri Lankan prime minister has resigned as violence gripped parts of the capital and the machine using light and sound to create illusions in the mind

  • 60 people dead after bomb hits school – Zelensky

    08/05/2022 Duración: 28min

    Volodymyr Zelensky says 60 people died after a bomb hit a school in the Donbas region. About 90 people had been sheltering in the building which Ukraine says was hit in a Russian strike. Also, the people of the Philippines are voting to choose a successor to President Rodridgo Duterte, and the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has travelled to Iran to meet the country's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

  • Afghanistan: Taliban orders women to wear full face veil in public

    07/05/2022 Duración: 28min

    Afghan women already face restricted access to jobs, travel and education. Also: for the first time the Northern Ireland election is won by a party which wants a united Ireland; and Ukraine says all women, children and the elderly have been evacuated from the besieged steelworks in Mariupol.

  • Amnesty International accuses Russia of inaction over human rights abuses

    06/05/2022 Duración: 33min

    The human rights group says there is evidence of attacks on civilians and extrajudicial killings. Also: a rescue operation is underway in Cuba after an explosion at a hotel in Havana; and Yemeni prisoners freed by the Saudi-led coalition have been flown back to Yemen.

  • Fresh fighting scuppers rescue of civilians trapped in besieged Mariupol steelworks

    06/05/2022 Duración: 35min

    Ukrainian soldiers accuse Russians of ruining plans for an evacuation ceasefire. The UN and Red Cross are expected to make another attempt to extricate non-combatants from the 'hellscape' of the Azovstal plant. Also: the Philippines prepares to elect a new president; the first African American - and openly gay woman -- to be White House press secretary; and the world's smallest porpoise fights back from the edge of extinction.

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