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The day's top stories from BBC News compiled twice daily in the week, once at weekends.
feed audio President Trump Backs Guns for Teachers
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:01:00 +0000
Mr Trump has expressed support for arming teachers and ending gun-free zones near schools, American evangelist Billy Graham dies, aged 99, and the comedian who was sued for telling jokes about her family.
audio Siege of Eastern Ghouta: "Beyond Imagination"
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:20:00 +0000
Syrians trapped in the rebel enclave speak of their desperation after further government bombardment, A global police operation against the illicit trade in cultural goods has recovered more than forty thousand artefacts, Claims that Homo Erectus created human language.
audio Syrian Pro-Government Forces Enter Afrin
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:01:00 +0000
Fighters loyal to Damascus have joined the Kurdish militia against Turkish forces, Palestinians request international peace conference in snub to US, Scientists discover the cause of a rare blood vessel disorder that can lead to serious disfigurement in children.
More civilians reported killed in new government attacks on besieged district. Also, how Nigerian army came close to capturing Boko Haram commander, UNICEF says 'simple measures' could reduce infant mortality, Florida Congressman introduces new bill to tackle school bullying, and how plants may be 100 million years older than we thought.
US Homeland Security said he was 'the worst child exploitation offender'. The British man was jailed for 32 years for offences including blackmail, fraud and arranging the sexual exploitation of a child. Also: the White House says President Trump would support measures to improve background checks for gun purchases, and if you lived in a high rise building, would you pay to use the elevator?
Syrian pro-government forces will help Syrian Kurds fighting against a Turkish offensive. Also, a tour of devastated Iraqi city of Fallujah, Iceland's mooted circumcision ban sparks outrage among Muslims and Jews, Chinese anger over stolen thumb of terracotta warrior, and is Silvio Berlusconi about to make a comeback ?
Students from Florida shooting are preparing a national march. The event called March for Our Lives will take place next month in Washington. Also: Kurdish fighters in Syria say they've agreed to team up with Syrian government forces to repel the Turkish troops from Afrin and we find out who the winners are from the BAFTA ceremony in London.
audio 'Shame on You' - Florida Students Chant
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:05:00 +0000
Survivors of the high school mass shooting demand tighter gun controls. Also, a man in Pakistan is sentenced to death for raping and murdering a six-year-old girl, and a rare cello stolen at knifepoint is returned anonymously.
They have been charged with interfering in the US 2016 election, in a major development in the FBI investigation. Also: in his first State of the Nation address, New South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has urged South Africans to continue the 'long walk' Nelson Mandela began, and we ask, has Facebook reached its peak?
audio US and Turkey 'to Defuse North Syria Crisis'
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:42:00 +0000
The threat of military confrontation in north Syria between the Nato allies has been brewing. Also: Die Welt reporter to leave Turkey jail and cleaning products 'affect lung health'.
audio Trump Sympathy for Florida Shooting Victims
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:05:00 +0000
Donald Trump says making American schools safer is his top priority, after seventeen pupils and staff were killed by a gunman in Florida. Also, the Oxfam aid worker blamed for the Haiti prostitute scandal gives his side of the story.
audio Ramaphosa Takes Over as South African President
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:52:00 +0000
In his first presidential speech, the former mineworker and businessman vows to tackle corruption in South Africa. Also: Florida gunman has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and ultra-processed foods 'linked to cancer'.
audio South Africa's President Jacob Zuma Resigns
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:48:00 +0000
President Jacob Zuma has resigned from his office with immediate effect. He made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening. Earlier, Mr Zuma's governing ANC party told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament. Also: Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa, where he'd received treatment for cancer, and Thailand's Prime Minister tries to woo his country with a love song on Valentine's Day.
audio Zuma: 'I've Done Nothing Wrong'
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:38:00 +0000
South Africa's leader responds to growing calls for his resignation. Jacob Zuma was speaking after his ruling African National Congress gave him an ultimatum to resign by the end of the day or face a parliamentary vote of no confidence on Thursday. Also: Israel's PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, insists his government is stable despite facing possible corruption charges, and a special Valentine's Day report on how technology is changing dating habits.
Police say Netanyahu should be charged with bribery and fraud. They say he gave special treatment to wealthy friends after receiving gifts. He denies the allegations. Also: the Dutch foreign minister quits over Putin lie, and the all-female fish.
audio ANC Says Zuma Must go for Sake of South Africa
Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:43:00 +0000
ANC says Zuma must go for sake of South Africa. Mr Zuma has so far resisted increasing pressure to quit since December, when his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, replaced him as ANC leader. Also: the first doping ban of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and we answer the age old question, 'what is the secret to happiness?'
audio Trump's Infrastructure Blueprint
Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:01:00 +0000
The plan was an election promise but it could entail Americans paying higher local taxes and tolls. Also: ANC deciding President Zuma's fate and schizophrenia patients calmed by video game.
audio US Now Open to Korea Talks
Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:59:00 +0000
The United States appears to have a change of heart on talks following North Korea's diplomatic offensive at the Olympics. Also: Iraq appeals for billions of dollars for reconstruction and the slave history behind the song Kumbaya.
Investigators are searching snow-covered fields south of Moscow for the wreckage of the airliner, also: ANC leader says party impatient over Zuma future, and: What is Oumuamua?
Israel says it has inflicted huge damage on Syrian air defences after one of its fighter jets was brought down during a raid over Syria. Also: Britain's foreign secretary is in Myanmar to discuss Rohingya refugees who fled the country for Bangladesh, and the Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, known for his film soundtracks, has died.
The Games are taking place in PyeongChang amid tension over North Korea's nuclear programme. Also: the former Colombian rebel group, FARC, suspends its election campaign, and the race to find a mate for a lonely Bolivian water frog.
audio Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang Begin
Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:13:00 +0000
The Olympic flame has been lit at the stadium in Pyeongchang, where dozens of athletes from North and South Korea marched together side by side at the opening ceremony for the Winter games. Also: President Trump has signed into law a two-year budget passed by Congress and first human eggs grown in laboratory.
The two men were involved in the torture and execution of western hostages including American journalist James Foley and Steven Sotloff. They were part of a notorious group of four British IS members known as "the Beatles" because of their English accents. Also: Bermuda becomes the first territory to repeal same-sex marriage laws, and Twitter announces its first profit since it started in 2006.
audio US Backed Rebel Attack on Syrian Allies
Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:46:00 +0000
US says scores of Syrian pro-government fighters were killed attacking US-backed forces. Also: North Korea holds pre-Olympic military show and sequencing the genomes of citrus fruits.
audio US government reaches two-year budget deal
Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:01:00 +0000
The agreement was reached by the leaders of both the Republican and Democrat parties. US budget hawks have labelled a plan to hike defence and domestic spending by up to $300bn as a debt-ballooning "monstrosity". Also: The autonomous republic of Somaliland has banned the most severe forms of female genital mutilation, and we meet the Syrian refugee-turned-chef serving traditional Syrian food in Colombia's capital city, Bogota.
audio Merkel Clinches Germany Coalition Deal
Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:07:00 +0000
If the German coalition deal is approved - including in a vote of the Social Democrat membership - it would end months of political deadlock. Also: the influential sister of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is to attend the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea and DNA shows early Briton had dark skin and blue eyes.
The US entrepreneur launched his new rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The world's most powerful rocket lifted clear of its pad without incident to soar high over the Atlantic Ocean. Also: Rescuers in Taiwan are searching for people trapped in a partially-collapsed ten-storey hotel after a strong earthquake, and the UK celebrates 100 years since some women were granted the right to vote.
audio Global Stock Markets Suffer Steep Losses
Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:04:00 +0000
Sharp falls on Wall Street on Monday spark sell-off in Asia and Europe. Also, Hong Kong's top court throws out jail terms against three leading pro-democracy campaigners, former North Korean bomber says Pyongyang's current diplomacy is 'fake', Ukrainian pastor helps civilians made homeless by fighting, and one of Britain's most outspoken women activists has been honoured by her descendants - in music.
The Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has declared a state of emergency and has ordered the arrest of the former president, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Also: tech giants Uber and Waymo begin a court battle over alleged stolen trade secrets and dinosaurs may have become extinct because of their own success.
Allegations that government used chemical weapons on opposition forces and civilians. Also, Paris attacks suspect criticises 'anti-Muslim bias', ANC leaders hold emergency meeting on Jacob Zuma's future, one of top investigators of illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn has been killed in Kenya, and does English spelling need a complete reform ?
audio Greek Protests over Macedonia Name Dispute
Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:02:00 +0000
Many Greeks object to the country of the same name calling itself Macedonia, saying it implies a territorial claim on Greece's northern Macedonia region. Also: the Israeli authorities tell African migrants to leave or else face imprisonment and a British ferry deck officer saves a drowning man.
The US actress says she was assaulted in London in 1994 - something Weinstein denies. Dozens of actresses accuse Weinstein of preying on them. He denies having non-consensual sex. Also: African migrants are targeted by a gunman in Italy in an apparently racist attack, and archaeologists in Egypt uncover a 4000 year-old tomb.
audio Secret Republican Memorandum Published in US
Sat, 03 Feb 2018 00:01:00 +0000
US proposes extending its nuclear capabilities, Hidden Mayan ruins found, New Zealand's lonely gannet
audio Scores of Migrants Feared Drowned off Libya
Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:13:00 +0000
Three survivors said most of those who drowned were Pakistani nationals. Also: relief as hundreds of trapped miners in South Africa are freed and polar bears 'running out of food'.
UN official, Jan Egeland, says hundreds of thousands of Syrians are in desperate need. We ask why the aid isn't getting through. Also: President Trump plans to publish a controversial intelligence memo on Friday which is thought to accuse the FBI of bias against him and we report from the African city running out of water.
audio Banned Kenyan TV Stations Win Reprieve
Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:35:00 +0000
TV channels in Kenya were taken of-air over plans to broadcast opposition leader Raila Odinga's unofficial 'inauguration'. Also: court overturns Olympic life bans on Russians and Canada votes for gender-neutral anthem.
audio Cost of Attacks on Medical Facilities in CAR
Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:01:00 +0000
Civil war in the Central African Republic has all but destroyed the country's health system, More people say they were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar, The latest on the BBC pay row, And could locusts threaten this year's football World Cup tournament in Russia?
How has US responded to Mr. Trump's talk of 'building a safe, strong and proud America' ? Also, BBC investigation shows the Taliban is active in 70% of Afghanistan, Istanbul court orders release of head of Turkish branch of Amnesty International, we meet the killer whale that can mimic human speech, and skywatchers see a 'super blue blood Moon'.
US President Donald Trump has delivered his first State of the Union Address in Washington. Analysis from our correspondents on Capitol Hill and beyond. Plus our podcast listeners in Washington gave us their reactions.
The US president is expected to highlight a growing economy in his State of the Union speech. Also: Yemen separatists 'take most of the port city of Aden' and viola player sues Royal Opera House in London for 'irreversible' hearing loss.
Odinga declares himself 'people's president' at controversial 'swearing-in' ceremony in Nairobi. Also, Yemen's PM 'holed up' as presidential palace in Aden surrounded by separatists, Putin says US sanctions list targets all Russians, and we look back at Mahatma Gandhi's assassination 70 years ago.
The director of the CIA tells the BBC there has been no reduction in Russian meddling in Europe and the US. Also: German shock at exhaust tests on humans and Auschwitz surviving jazz star 'Coco' dies.
German government denounces 'abominable' experiments funded by leading carmakers. Also, how fitness-tracking app revealed exercise-routes of military personnel around the world, at least 11 soldiers killed in attack on Kabul army post, Democrats in Iowa try to stage a comeback, and why did so few women win awards at this year's Grammys ?
audio New front opens in civil war in Yemen
Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:02:00 +0000
Southern Yemeni separatists fight government forces in the port city of Aden. Also: IKEA founder dies at the age of 91, and: Why "We Shall Overcome" is now in the public domain.
A suicide bombing has killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others in Kabul. Also: The Las Vegas casino owner, Steve Wynn, has resigned his post of finance chair of the Republican National Committee following allegations that he sexually harassed dozens of women, and the Czech president, Milos Zeman, wins a second term.
audio President Trump: 'Global Trade Must Be Fair'
Sat, 27 Jan 2018 00:01:00 +0000
Donald Trump tells Davos that the US is "open for business". Also, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier, wins a trade case in the United States, and 'Pope of French cooking', Paul Bocuse, is buried in Lyon.
audio Trump Addresses World Economic Forum in Davos
Fri, 26 Jan 2018 16:20:00 +0000
The US president lauded the economic achievements of his first year in office, and said the US was more attractive than ever to foreign investment. Also: dozens of African migrants have drowned off the coast of Yemen on an overcrowded boat operated by smugglers, and the 'Chronicler of the Himalayas' dies at 94.
audio Trump Attends Economic Summit in Davos
Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:52:00 +0000
President Trump has said that at Davos he will "tell the world how great America is doing" and will seek investment in the United States. Also: Hindu hardliners have clashed with police in parts of northern India during protests against a Bollywood film, and Boris Johnson 'is descendant' of Basel mummy.
audio Disgraced Olympics Doctor Jailed
Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:01:00 +0000
Former US gymnastics team doctor given 175 years for sexual abuse spanning decades. Also, scandal-hit club shuts amid groping claims, and first monkey clones created in a lab.
audio Trump Threatens to Stop Palestinian Aid
Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:01:00 +0000
He said if they didn't come to the table, the US would end its efforts towards peace. Mr Trump was speaking at a news conference in Davos alongside the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. He also accused the Palestinians of showing disrespect following his decision last month to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Also: Oscar-winning actor Casey Affleck withdraws from presenting an award at this year's Academy Award ceremony, and France plans to introduce on the spot fines for cannabis users - the country has one of the highest rates of cannabis use in Europe.
audio Save The Children Attacked in Afghanistan
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:42:00 +0000
The IS group says it is behind a gun and bomb attack on the charity in Jalalabad. Also: Beijing to raze thousands of buildings and camels banned from Saudi beauty contest over Botox.
audio US Attorney General Sessions Questioned
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:01:00 +0000
Court to decide fate of Brazil's former president, Steps to reduce suicide rate in South Korea, Oscar nominations revealed
audio Jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela is dead
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:44:00 +0000
Anti-apartheid activist and 'the father of South African jazz' has died aged 78. We look back at his life and music. Also, Alaska tsunami fears lead to brief evacuation, plight of civilians in Damascus after years of bombardment, new report says UN peace-keeping needs a rethink, how two babies in India were accidentally swapped at birth, and singer Neil Diamond announces his retirement.
audio 2017: The Predictions Podcast
Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:17:00 +0000
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.