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    UN suspends flights to Tigray amid Ethiopian air raids

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 23:11

    It follows a government airstrike which forced a UN plane to abort its landing. Also: the actor Alec Baldwin says he's heartbroken by the fatal film set shooting of a cinematographer, and a US whistleblower is given a two-hundred million dollar reward.

    Alec Baldwin fatally shoots woman on movie set

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 30:54

    Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed when film star fired prop gun. A man was also injured, and police say they're investigating but no charges have been filed. Also, our correspondent follows a group of migrants from Iraq to eastern Europe, and how ivory-poaching in Mozambique has led to more tuskless elephants being born.

    The WHO complains about the seeming indifference of rich countries

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 26:22

    The World Health Organisation that estimates millions of health workers are still unvaccinated and says that rich countries don't care. Also: Queen Elisabeth spends a night in hospital, and Donald Trump announces plans to launch a new social media network.

    Leak reveals lobbying to change key climate report

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 30:48

    Countries are asking the UN to play down the need to move rapidly away from fossil fuels. Also: WHO says jab inequity means COVID-19 pandemic will drag on, and when did the Vikings arrive in the New World?

    Brazil parliament committee condemns Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 30:32

    It recommends he face a series of charges including crimes against humanity. Also: Kenya's president lifts a nationwide coronavirus curfew introduced 18 months ago, and new research into why the woolly mammoth died out suggests humans may be less to blame than previously thought.

    Deadly attack in central Damascus

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 35:15

    Fourteen killed in army bus bombings. Also: Pig kidney human transplant, Real Madrid striker on trial in sex tape case and Netflix sued after internet traffic surge from 'Squid Game'.

    Ethiopia: Federal and Tigrayan troops prepare for an existential fight

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 29:59

    After months of relative peace, the Ethiopian government is reported to be sending busloads of poorly equipped soldiers to the front lines. Also, Chinese officials offer a $23,000 reward for a man who pulled off a daring prison escape. And in Spain, drones will be used to try to rescue three dogs from an erupting volcano.

    Poland's PM accuses EU of 'blackmail' in row over rule of law

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 29:56

    Mateusz Morawiecki made accusation during debate with EC chief Ursula von der Leyen. The clash followed a ruling by a top Polish court which rejected key sections of EU law. Also, crisis in Romania as it records one of the world's highest Covid mortality-rates, and we meet Eric Zemmour - the politician who may challenge Marine Le Pen for leadership of France's far-Right.

    Biden administration asks US Supreme Court to block Texas anti-abortion law

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 27:41

    The law was blocked and then reinstated by lower courts, Also: Westminster memorial service for the murdered British parliamentarian Sir David Amess, and Italy's Five Star Movement loses control of Rome and Turin in local elections.

    Colin Powell: Former US Secretary of State dies of Covid complications

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 30:36


    Tributes paid to former top military commander and politician who's died aged 84. He was the first African-American to become Secretary of State, but was controversial due to his support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Also, China denies testing rare hypersonic missile, and why hundreds of people posed nude for a photo-shoot by the Dead Sea.


    Dozens missing in Deadly Indian Floods

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 32:43

    Severe flooding in the Indian state of Kerala leaves more than twenty six people dead and dozens missing; An American Christian organisation has confirmed that seventeen missionaries and family members have been kidnapped in Haiti and to what extent were modern European ideas of democracy influenced by Native Americans?

    Sudan protestors demand military coup as crisis deepens

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 31:24

    The protests in Khartoum come as tensions rise between civilian and military rulers. Also: the French president asks Algerian veterans for forgiveness, and dormice favoured by Italian mafia seized in drugs raid.

    British anti-terror police investigate fatal stabbing of MP Sir David Amess

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 31:49

    Police say a 25 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack in Leigh-on-Sea. Also: dozens killed in Afghan mosque suicide bombing, and US to lift travel ban on 8 November.

    Afghanistan: Dozens killed in suicide bombings at Kandahar mosque

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 30:16

    Several blasts at Shi'a mosque where worshippers were attending Friday prayers. Eyewitnesses said three attackers detonated bombs inside the crowded building. Also, funerals held in Lebanon for victims of Thursday's street violence in Beirut, and why the world's only state-appointed wizard has been told his services are no longer required.

    There have been calls for calm following deadly clashes in Beirut

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 28:40

    The UN, the US and France have all urged a de-escalation of the tensions in Lebanon. Also: US Congress is pursuing criminal charges for ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon, and Banksy's Love is in the Bin artwork sells for a record price.

    Beirut: Several deaths as gunfire erupts during protests in city centre

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 26:10

    Shooting occurred during a march against the judge investigating last year's huge blast in city's harbour. It is believed that Shia and Christian militias exchanged fire during demonstration. Also, at least 46 people dead after a fire in a Taiwanese tower-block, and Norwegian officials say lethal bow-and-arrow attack appears to have been an act of terror.

    Putin denies weaponising energy amid Europe crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 31:29


    The Russian president says his country is not to blame for high gas prices elsewhere in Europe, a number of people have been killed in Norway bow and arrow attack, and Star Trek's William Shatner becomes the oldest person in space after blasting off in a Blue Origin rocket.


    EU outlines plans for surging energy prices

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 29:24

    Reduced taxes and subsidies could cushion the impact. The Energy Commissioner said the EU would also explore the possibility of joint purchasing of strategic gas reserves. Also: increased costs and fewer choices in Northern Ireland. EU talks are taking place to find a new deal with the UK, and the Chinese boy band hopeful facing one obstacle – she's a girl.

    UN Court rules in long running Border Dispute

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 30:30

    International court rules in favour of Somalia in sea border dispute with Kenya; Rich nations discuss how to help Afghanistan - without recognising the Taliban; and a rare Himalayan fungus that could be used to treat cancer

    Macron aims to make France a global leader in new technologies

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 30:09

    French President announces thirty-five-billion dollar programme to overhaul economy. He hopes investment will create thousands of jobs across 'green energy' sector. Also, G20 leaders discuss deepening economic crisis in Afghanistan, and Superman's son will come out as bisexual.

    Iraq election: Moqtada al-Sadr hails apparent victory

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 30:42


    The Shia cleric promises to form a nationalist government free from foreign interference. Also: the Italian authorities come under pressure to ban neo-fascist parties, and life imitates art as the Star Trek actor William Shatner prepares to blast into space.


    Iraq captures senior Islamic State group official

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 31:27

    Sami Jasim is alleged to have been running its finances. The prime minister announced his arrest, saying it involved a complex operation outside Iraq. Also: spy rings, drug factories and arms deals. Extraordinary allegations from a North Korean defector, and we hear from the first transgender person in Uganda to have their identity recognised by the government.

    Czech president in hospital amid election upheaval

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 32:00

    Milos Zeman is in intensive care the day after a surprise opposition win in parliamentary elections. Also: the "father of Pakistan nuclear bomb" AQ Khan dies aged eighty-five, and UK to resettle teenage Afghan women footballers.

    US and Taliban hold first talks since withdrawal

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 29:41

    The meeting came a day after Afghanistan suffered its deadliest attack since US forces withdrew. Also: Austrian chancellor resigns amid corruption inquiry, and what can you make with pinhead oatmeal, mushrooms and vegan cheese?

    Nations agree to 15% minimum corporate tax rate

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 29:35

    The historic deal will make companies pay a fairer share of tax across the world. Also: Nigerian police rescue fifty people chained up at a rehabilitation centre, and fast fashion: the dumping ground for unwanted clothes.

    Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov win Nobel Peace Prize

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 30:41

    The high profile Philippine and Russian journalists face threats and intimidation by doing their jobs. Also: suicide attack on Afghan mosque kills dozens of people, and moves in China to shut down the "dancing grannies".

    US warns Russia over energy crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 26:47

    The US national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said any attempts to exploit the crisis, which is causing gas shortages across Europe, would backfire. Also: the children of Islamic State fighters imprisoned in a camp in Syria, and the grand-daughter of the notorious gangster Al Capone sells his possessions.

    Texas abortion law temporarily blocked by judge

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 28:03

    The White House praised the ruling as an important step to restoring women's constitutional rights. Also, Pakistan earthquake kills many in Balochistan province, and Juji, the Afghan mynah bird, is now living in a French ambassador's residence.

    Historic go-ahead for malaria vaccine in Africa

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 26:16

    After years of trials, the vaccine has potential to save tens of thousands of children's lives. Also: the persecution of the Hazara minority in Afghanistan, and why a drone is delivering mail to a remote Scottish island.

    Australia ends Papua New Guinea asylum detention

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 31:34

    Australia has controversially held migrants in PNG since 2013, and will continue to do so in Nauru. Also: Taiwan says tensions with China worst in forty years, and the difficulties of playing sport when you are colour blind.

    Facebook harms children and weakens democracy, says ex-employee

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 31:55

    Frances Haugen, a former product manager turned whistleblower, heavily criticised Facebook at a hearing on Capitol Hill, telling US lawmakers that the company repeatedly prioritised profits over its users safety. Facebook denied the claims and said Ms Haugen spoke about areas she has no knowledge of. Also: relations between France and Mali go from bad to worse, and a Russian film crew arrives at the International Space Station to shoot the first movie ever made in orbit.

    France: Report reveals huge scale of sexual abuse within Catholic church

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 28:58

    Investigation says 216,000 children sexually abused over several decades. And more than 3000 paedophile priests operated within the Church. Also, a warning about future water-shortages across the globe, and we visit a wind-farm in the wild and stormy North Sea.

    Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp hit by global outage

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 29:14

    The three social media services, all owned by Facebook, were knocked offline for hours on Monday. Also: the US Trade Representative says China has failed to uphold commitments agreed under a trade deal last year; and scientists say they have successfully treated a case of severe depression with an electronic device implanted in the patient's brain.

    Pandora Papers: Leaders deny allegations of financial impropriety

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 30:23

    Czech PM Andrej Babis says it is a political attack on him. Also, religious leaders call on politicians to agree to step up their commitment to the fight against global warming, and the Nobel prize for medicine is won by scientists investigating our ability to sense heat, cold and touch.

    Secret wealth and dealings of leaders exposed in huge data leak

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 28:25

    King of Jordan and Tony Blair among those featured in the Pandora Papers. Also: an explosion in Kabul kills eight; and we remember the French businessman and politician, Bernard Tapie, who's died.

    Protesters march to defend US abortion rights

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 24:46

    Thousands gather in every US state to march in support of abortion rights; Climate and energy ministers confer in Milan ahead of next month's summit and Did the last queen of France, Marie Antoinette, have a platonic admirer or a secret lover ?

    Covid antiviral pill can halve risk of hospitalisation

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 32:16

    Emergency authorisation of molnupiravir is now being sought, though US chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci urges caution. Also: ex-president Saakashvili held on return to Georgia, and how do you capture an alligator using a wheelie bin?

    French ex-officer's DNA ends 35-year murder hunt

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 28:28

    The former officer - who killed himself this week - left a note confessing that he'd carried out attacks in Paris. Investigators have now matched his DNA with crimes in the eighties and nineties. Also: Australia which has some of the toughest Covid travel restrictions in the world is to reopen its borders from next month, and why the marriage of a Japanese princess won't be a fairytale wedding.

    Congress narrowly averts US government shutdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 28:03

    The measure passed in both chambers of the US Congress only hours before federal funding lapsed. Also: Nazi camp secretary caught after fleeing her trial, and "Rent-a-friend" as a solution to social isolation in China.

    Sarkozy: France's ex-PM given jail sentence over campaign funding

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 28:40

    Nicolas Sarkozy given one-year sentence for illegally funding a 2012 re-election campaign. He denies any wrongdoing, and is expected to appeal against the ruling. Also, Italy's PM Mario Draghi tells climate conference that world leaders must be 'whipped into action' on global warning, and how one community in the US is fighting to save sea-turtles from extinction.

    Families protest at Beirut blast investigation

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 31:27

    No-one has yet been held accountable for the August 2020 explosion, which killed more than two hundred people. Also: Britney Spears' father suspended as conservator, and You Tube to remove all anti-vaccine misinformation.

    Fumio Kishida wins race to become Japan PM

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 25:47

    Mr Kishida will succeed Yoshihide Suga, who's stepping down after one year in office. Also: North Korea says it fired a new hypersonic missile; and molten lava from La Palma volcano reaches the Atlantic Sea.

    US generals advised Biden against complete Afghan pull-out

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 29:24

    The US generals recommended keeping two thousand five hundred troops in Afghanistan. Also: Russia opens new criminal case against Navalny and allies, and Daniel Craig's last Bond film finally premieres.

    Climate change: Greta Thunberg outlines challenges facing the world

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 29:54

    Outspoken activist criticises what she sees as empty promises by those in power. She was among hundreds of other young campaigners at Youth 4 Climate conference in Milan. Also, Ukraine remembers one of the worst single massacres by Nazis in World War Two, and why campaigners in US want to tear down 'racist highways' running through ethnic minority communities.

    R. Kelly found guilty in sex trafficking trial

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 28:52

    After decades of allegations, the singer was found guilty of running a scheme to abuse women and children. Also: Landsat-9 satellite is launched into space to picture Earth, and what does President Putin do on holiday?

    Germany election: narrow victory for centre-left

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 29:49

    Olaf Scholz says his Social Democrats plan to build a new coalition government, working with the Greens and liberal Free Democrats, but Angela Merkel's CDU party is still hoping to hold on to power. Also: China tries to restore electricity supplies after widespread power cuts, and how flip flops gave some exam students in India an unfair advantage.

    Germany: tight race for rivals to succeed Merkel

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 26:42

    Social Democrats are on course for a narrow victory in parliamentary elections in Germany. Also, UN watchdog says Iran has not allowed its inspectors full access to its nuclear sites, and Swiss voters back legalisation of same-sex marriage.

    Chinese tech boss flies home to red carpet welcome

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 32:00

    Huawei's Meng Wanzhou flew into Shenzhen -- hours after two Canadians freed by China also returned home. Also today: Germans go to the polls to elect Angela Merkel's successor; Kabul's schoolgirls demand a return to class; and Britain performs a Brexit u-turn to attract more lorry drivers.

    Deal struck to end legal standoff over Huawei telecom executive

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 27:36

    The senior Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, is expected to return home to China under a deal with US prosecutors; Mixed reaction to plans to hold the football world cup every two years? and a Kenyan policeman is re-instated after being fired for failing to turn up for work - whilst in a coma.

    India: gunmen dressed as lawyers shoot gangster dead

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 28:52

    Jitender Gogi was in court in Delhi when two people opened fire. Also the European Commission urges Poland to give the necessary care and assistance to migrants caught in a stand-off on the border between Poland and Belarus, a campaign in the UK to help female judges get out of Afghanistan, and an Australian doctor comes up with a new technique to save the lives of shark-bite victims.

    US Haiti envoy quits over 'inhumane' deportations

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 30:09

    Daniel Foote said he resigned in protest at the treatment of Haitian migrants. Also, the main candidates to be German Chancellor have clashed in a final TV debate before the election, and scientists say a fossilised rib bone discovered in Morocco is part of the oldest armoured dinosaur ever discovered.

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