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Global News Podcast
The day's top stories from BBC News compiled twice daily in the week, once at weekends.
Fareed Zakaria GPS
Fareed Zakaria GPS takes a comprehensive look at foreign affairs and global policies through in-depth, one-on-one interviews and fascinating roundtable discussions.
World Story of the Day : NPR
NPR's top daily news about world events, politics, economy, and culture. Download the World Story of the Day podcast.
Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
The Irish Times World View Podcast
The Irish Times' unrivalled foreign affairs coverage, now brought to you in weekly podcast form. Hosted by Chris Dooley with regular contributors Patrick Smyth, Denis Staunton, Simon Carswell, Lara Marlowe, Suzanne Lynch, Derek Scally, Paddy Agnew, Tom Hennigan, Clifford Coonan and Ruadhan Mac Cormaic.
Amanpour is CNN International's flagship global affairs interview program hosted by Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour.
The World This Week
What's been happening around the world and why it matters
Reuters World News – Spoken Edition
Late breaking world news from every corner of the globe at Reuters, your online source for international news coverage. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at
We’re living in a confusing and scary time, bombarded everyday with stories from around the world and here at home that are hard to even follow, let alone fully understand. Worldly will be your guide to the story behind the stories and to the one thing you need to understand each week to make sense of the world around you.
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The Fifth Floor
A fresh look at the stories of the week with journalists from our 27 language sections, with presenter David Amanor.
The Phileas Club
World news, the "not boring" way: get the news at the source!People from around the world tell you what has been making the news in their country, both locally and internationally. Heated arguments and silly discussions ensue... The Phileas Club is a show about different cultures and opinions coming together and talking it out.
Asia Pacific
Asia Pacific brings you news and in-depth coverage of regional issues in Asia and the Pacific. Presented by Sen Lam.
Pacific Review
A comprehensive roundup of the major stories from the region and the people involved and affected by them. Presented by Bruce Hill.
FSN World News Podcast
FSN World News Podcast: Feature Story News updates the headlines around the clock with reports from our bureaus around the world.
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UN agencies in Iraq are gearing up to help thousands of civilians expected to flee the city of Telafar. The northern city has been under the control of the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh, for the past three years. The Iraqi military have launched an operation to retake Telafar and surrounding communities from [...]…
Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today’s programme: concern for civilians caught in the fight to retake the Iraqi city of Telafar; and a senior UN official in Libya explains why migration and human trafficking continues to be a major challenge there [...]…
It is important to look at migration in Libya "not just as an internal problem, but as a regional issue." That's according to Maria do Valle Ribeiro, deputy head of the UN mission in the country, UNSMIL. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) recently reported that the North African country was the preferred "jumping-off point" for [...]…
U.S. President pledges to commit troops to Afghanistan to defeat the Taliban. Also, India's top court bans Muslim 'instant divorce', third brother found alive after Italy quake, and can Rwanda's women teach the world about reconciliation?
President Ashraf Ghani has thanked the US, after Donald Trump stressed Washington's continuing military commitment to Afghanistan, reversing his campaign calls for a quick withdrawal.Also in the programme: India's Supreme Court bans the practice of instant Islamic divorce; and what checks can be made by mosques to prevent the appointment of rad ...…
In eastern Ukraine people are still being killed every day in a conflict between the Kiev government and Russian-backed separatists. And the conflict could be set to intensify. The two sides are drawing nearer, and the Unites States is ramping up its material support for Kiev, defying expectations of a Putin-friendly Trump presidency. Dan McLau ...…
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition was responsible for an "unacceptably high" 51 percent of child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year, according to a draft United Nations report seen by Reuters on Thursday. The draft report on children and armed conflict, which still has to be approved by U.N.…
Younes Abouyaaqoub, wearing a fake explosive belt, was cornered west of Barcelona after a tip-off. Also, torso found amid Danish submarine hunt and Americans gaze at eclipse wonder.
The man suspected of killing 13 people in the Barcelona van attack, Younes Abouyaaqoub, has been shot dead by police in Spain.Also in the programme: millions of Americans witness a total eclipse of the sun; and how Africa's booming population could change the continent.Picture: The scene of the fatal shooting of Barcelona van attack suspect You ...…
President Trump is scheduled to address the nation Monday night to announce a decision on the path forward in Afghanistan and the broader region, including Pakistan.
UN readying to support civilians fleeing from Iraqi city The UN and its humanitarian partners in Iraq are preparing for the exodus of thousands of civilians from Telafar as the army battles to retake the northern city and surrounding communities from the extremist group ISIL, also known as Daesh. The operation began on Sunday [...]…
Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn. In today's programme: UN human rights experts report no sign of "positive evolution" in Burundi; and a war surgeon explains why he feels more at risk of death saving lives during conflict.
International human rights experts monitoring Burundi have seen "no sign of positive evolution" in the country since June. That's according to Fatsah Ouguergouz, head of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, who has expressed concern over allegations of human rights violations and the restriction of certain freedoms. The Commission will pres ...…
A leading war surgeon has spoken of the increasing risks associated with saving lives in combat zones and the need for governments to "muster the courage" to protect humanitarians. Dr Marco Baldan, who's worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in numerous conflicts including most recently Yemen, was speaking at the UN [...]…
Spanish police confirm that Younes Abouyaaqoub is chief suspect in last Thursday's Barcelona attack. Also, new round in diplomatic dispute between US and Russia, a Danish inventor says Swedish journalist Kim Wall died in 'an accident' on his submarine, why London's iconic Big Ben will fall silent for four years.…
WHO working to prevent spread of diseases in the wake of Sierra Leone tragedy Preventing the spread of disease in Sierra Leone, where mudslides and flooding have killed hundreds of people, is "vital," the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. The UN agency is working closely with the government to halt the potential spread [...]…
Ten US sailors are missing after a US Navy destroyer collided with an oil tanker near the Strait of Malacca. It's the second such incident in recent months. Also in the programme: eclipse fever; and Big Ben falls silent.(Photo: The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen after a collision. Credit: Reuters)…
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea released propaganda posters on Thursday boasting that the U.S. mainland "is within our strike range!" and condemning United Nations sanctions over its recent missile tests. The colorful posters and defiant slogans are the latest sign of the tensions between Washington and Pyongyang over the North's nuclear weapons ...…
International human rights experts monitoring Burundi have seen "no sign of positive" change in the country in recent months. That's according to a new report commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council into allegations of ongoing grave abuses in the Great Lakes state. In June, UN investigators highlighted the climate of fear and violence in [...]…
The authorities say that a 12-strong terror cell that carried out two attacks in Spain last week had collected 120 gas canisters and was planning to use them in vehicle attacks. Also, the UN says thousands of civilians are fleeing from the Iraqi city of Tal Afar, after an offensive begins against I.S. militants and US comedian Jerry Lewis dies ...…
The South African government has confirmed that it granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's First Lady, Grace Mugabe, enabling her to return home in the early hours of Sunday. Also: a former US Neo Nazi on race in America; and the 'golden record' flying through space(Photo: Grace Mugabe addressing a crowd in Zimbabwe, 2017. Credit: AFP/Getty I ...…
Steve Bannon exits stage right as America tries to make sense of the events in Charlottesville, Fareed & a panel discuss whether some sort of civil war is in the offing in the United States today, CNN's national security analyst Peter Bergen on the use of car and trucks as the terrorists' current weaponGUESTS: Angela Rye, Mark Lilla, Robin Wrig ...…
Iraqi forces launch a ground offensive to retake Tal Afar, which fell to so-called Islamic State in 2014. Also in the programme: deadly floods in Bangladesh; and remembering American comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory. (Photo: Iraqi armoured units head for the town of Tal Afar. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)…
Thousands of demonstrators take to the streets to protest against a free-speech rally. Their numbers and chants forced the event to be brought to a premature close, without the planned addresses. Also: A British paramedic has recounted how he and a doctor tried in vain to save the life of a woman stabbed in the neck in Friday's terror attack in ...…
After the first terror attack in Finnish history, we speak to a paramedic who intervened to try to defend one of the victims. Also: protecting the Irish language; and should Confederate statues stand or fall in the US?(Photo: A police car patrolling the Market Square in Turku, Finland, 19 August 2017. Credit: EPA/MARKKU OJALA)…
What's been happening around the world and why it matters
Steve Bannon was one of President Trump's key advisors / Spanish police say Barcelona attacker was killed / Erdogan urges Turks in Germany not to vote for main parties
The White House chief strategist is the latest top aide of President Donald Trump to leave his post. Will he be more influential outside the White House than inside? Also in the programme: Barcelona attack update; and South Africa's diplomatic dilemma on Zimbabwe's first lady.(Photo: Steve Bannon; Credit: AFP/Getty Images)…
ISIS terror attacks are increasingly low-tech — rather than firearms and explosives the weapons of choice are knives and vehicles. What could these choices say about the organization?
Thousands of people gathered in Barcelona on Friday to commemorate the victims. Also, deadly South Asia floods hit 16m people, and does water enhance the taste of whisky?
The Siachen Glacier is the world's highest battlefield, straddling the disputed border between India and Pakistan in northern Kashmir. Thousands of soldiers have died there - mostly, since the 2003 ceasefire, from the harsh conditions. BBC Urdu's Abid Hussain paid a rare visit. Photo: Pakistan army drills on Siachen Glacier, credit: BBC…
Five suspected terrorists have been shot dead in the Spanish town of Cambrils, following a second vehicle attack on pedestrians. It follows the killing of over a dozen people on Las Ramblas in Barcelona on Thursday. We hear how the manhunt is developing.Also in the programme: Chile considers making abortion legal; and the astronomer who's spent ...…
RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - The inexperienced fighters in an Arab group battling to take Raqqa back from Islamic State are playing a secondary role to hardened Kurdish militia in the campaign for their home city. The performance of one lightly trained group seen by Reuters in Raqqa underscored the difficulty of making Arabs the "vanguard" in the b ...…
Around 7.7 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) face acute hunger; a 30 per cent increase over the last year, two UN agencies warned this week. A new report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) found that the number of people requiring urgent [...]…
PNG's Prime Minister is digging his heels in over attempts to arrest him. PNG's new lands minister says his department is corrupt from top to bottom, and cleansing it will be one of his most important tasks.
A van ploughed into crowds on Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas tourist area, causing deaths and injuries. Also in the programme: Lexington mayor on Confederate statue removals in the wake of the Charlottesville events; and on board NASA's Voyager 2, 40 yeas after it set off into the solar system. (Photo: Injured people react after a van crashed i ...…
Global News Podcast
13 killed and dozens injured after van ploughs into crowds in Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas area. Also, police in South Africa issue a 'red alert' at the country's borders for Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe, and President Trump criticises removal of historic statues.
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Guy Hedgecoe, a reporter who is following the deadly van attack in Barcelona from Madrid.
Zack and Jenn are joined by Worldly’s first guest host, Vox senior reporter Dara Lind, to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines — an abrasive populist leader whose year-long war on drugs has already killed over 7,000 people. They explore what he's doing, why he's still so popular at home, and what his rise to power can tell us ab ...…
The ICC says Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi caused three million dollars of damages when he led attacks on Timbuktu shrines. Also, raped 10-year-old Indian girl gives birth and inside Voyager's mission control.
New threat from former Islamic State child soldiers unknown to European authorities.Also in the programme: South Sudanese refugees in Uganda; and web-camming, the new face of the global sex industry. (Picture: still from Islamic State propaganda video)
TOKYO (Reuters) - When U.S. Marine Marvin Strombo found a Japanese flag on the body of an enemy soldier during World War Two, he took and promised to one day return it to the family of his fallen foe. That vow was fulfilled on Tuesday, exactly 72 years after Japan's surrender, when Strombo, 93, handed the flag to the brother and sisters of Sada ...…
President Trump scraps two business councils and two former Republican Presidents enter the debate, calling on people to reject racism. Also, the threat from child soldiers trained by so called Islamic State and now living in Europe. And Murder He Wrote and allegedly committed.
Pathologists tells BBC mass burials of those killed in a mudslide in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, have already began.Also on the programme: Lebanon scraps a controversial rape law; and fans pay tribute to rock and roll king, Elvis Presley.(Picture: A woman mourns for her son at the entrance of Connaught Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Le ...…
Marina Satti's song "Mantissa" ("Seer") has resonated with a generation of young Greeks trying to stay optimistic after the country's debt crisis and austerity.
Rescue workers struggle to find survivors in Freetown. Nearly 400 people are confirmed dead. Also, Philippine drug war's 'bloodiest night', and Daniel Craig to reprise Bond role.
President Trump has been widely criticised for restating that anti-racism campaigners and white supremacists were equally to blame for violence at a rally in Charlottesville. But will it have a lasting impact on his support on Capitol Hill?Also in the programme: a rare report from the Saudi town of Awamiya where the government has been leading ...…
KISUMU/NAIROBI Kenya (Reuters) - Six-month-old Samantha Pendo was sleeping with her mother when police in the city of Kisumu in western Kenya forced the wooden door open a crack, fired in teargas and battered the choking baby and her parents with batons, her parents said. Now Samantha is in a coma. The couple say their experience flies in the f ...…
The US president says there are 'two sides to the story' over the Charlottesville violence. Also, Sierra Leone plea as mudslide toll rises and the explorer Pen Hadow sails for North Pole as Arctic ice melts.
Sierra Leone needs "urgent support" for thousands of people hit by mudslides and massive flooding in the capital, President Ernest Bai Koroma says. Also in the programme: Iran warns that it could abandon the nuclear agreement and we speak to a judge who was forced to flee Venezuela. (Photo: Residents walk through floodwaters past a damaged buil ...…
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