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Global News Podcast
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The day's top stories from BBC News compiled twice daily in the week, once at weekends.
 
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The Documentary
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The best of BBC World Service documentaries and other factual programmes.
 
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Witness
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The story of our times told by the people who were there.
 
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The Science Hour
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Science news and highlights of the week
 
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The History Hour
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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.
 
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6 Minute English
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Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC. A weekly instruction manual for saying or doing something in English is published every Thursday.
 
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Outlook
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Extraordinary first person stories from around the world
 
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BBC Learning English Drama
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Dramas for English language learners from BBC World Service. Improve your English with retellings of stories classic and new. Each episode is between 6 and 10 minutes long.
 
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Discovery
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Explorations in the world of science.
 
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Science in Action
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The BBC brings you all the week's science news.
 
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Business Daily
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The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.
 
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Newshour
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Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
 
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6 Minute Grammar
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Learn English grammar in six minutes. Every Tuesday join two of our presenters and learn a new key area of grammar.Our presenters include Finn, Emma, Rob, Neil, Sophie & Alice.
 
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6 Minute Vocabulary
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Build your English vocabulary in six minutes. Every Monday join two of our presenters and hear about different ways to develop your vocabulary knowledge and skills.
 
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World Football
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Football's biggest stories of the week on the BBC.
 
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Trending
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Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing...
 
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World Update: Daily Commute
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A daily digest of news and features presented by Dan Damon.
 
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The World This Week
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What's been happening around the world and why it matters
 
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World Business Report
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The latest business and finance news from around the world from the BBC
 
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HARDtalk
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In-depth, hard-hitting interviews with newsworthy personalities.
 
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The Why Factor
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The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions
 
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The Food Chain
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The Food Chain examines the business, science and cultural significance of food, and what it takes to put food on your plate.
 
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Business Matters
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Global business news, with live guests and contributions from Asia and the USA.
 
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Health Check
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Health issues and medical breakthroughs from around the world.
 
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The World of Business
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Insights into the business world - featuring content from BBC Radio 4's In Business programme, and also Global Business from the BBC World Service.
 
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Africa Today
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News and analysis from the BBC's Focus on Africa. The Africa Today podcast is published from Monday to Friday. It contains the day's top African stories.
 
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The Forum
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Sharing knowledge
 
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World Book Club
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The world's great authors discuss their best-known novel.
 
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Tech Tent
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How the technology business is transforming the way we live and work.
 
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Heart and Soul
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Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.
 
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Learning English for China
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提高英语听力水平,掌握纯正英式表达,了解英国社会和文化的方方面面。BBC英语教学播客频道播出丰富、专业、实用的英语学习节目。Improve your English skills. This weekly podcast contains some of the best audio from BBC Learning English.
 
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The Fifth Floor
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A fresh look at the stories of the week with journalists from our 27 language sections, with presenter David Amanor.
 
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Elements
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A close look at chemical elements, the basic building blocks of the universe. Where do we get them, what do we use them for and how do they fit into our economy?
 
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The Conversation
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Kim Chakanetsa presents a conversation between two women from different cultures about their paths to success.
 
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Boston Calling
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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.
 
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Forum - Sixty Second Idea to Improve the World
 
An imaginative, quirky solution to a challenge of our age. Podcast weekly on Mondays.
 
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Sporting Witness
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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history
 
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Sportshour
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Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.
 
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Weekend Break
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Weekend Break is no longer available as a download, but we recommend the Global News Podcast as an alternative. Search for it wherever you find your podcasts.
 
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Sportsworld
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Live sport from around the world with news, interviews and analysis.
 
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Over to You
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Talk back to the BBC and challenge the programme makers.
 
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Weekly Sports
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A weekly roundup of sports events, with particular focus on football. All you need to know about the Premier League and other top world leagues.
 
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East Germany's most famous singer-songwriter was exiled to the West in November 1976, causing an international outcry. Wolf Biermann was stripped of his GDR citizenship while on tour in West Germany.Wolf Biermann speaks to Lucy Burns about his political songs and his fame on both sides of the Berlin Wall.Picture: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty I ...…
 
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Business Daily
 
Terminator-style autonomous lethal weapons, which can make their own decisions about when to kill, are closer to becoming reality than you may realise. How worried should we be?Noel Sharkey, a professor of artificial intelligence, tells presenter Ed Butler why he thinks the world needs to take action now to head off this imminent technological ...…
 
It's dangerous to generalise about the human impulse to create art, but it does often seem to be linked to the experience of dark and painful places. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Lemn Sissay - a renowned poet and playwright whose writing and performances lay bare his own intimate wounds. He was abandoned as a baby, rejected by his foster ...…
 
The world's third largest economy is seeing its longest period of growth since 2000. Roger Hearing is in Tokyo, where he's joined throughout the programme by Yumiko Murakami, head of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Japan, and Yoko Ishikura, Professor Emeritus at Hitotsubashi University. Japan's economy has improved, ...…
 
The BBC has been given exclusive access to the luxury hotel in Riyadh, where members of the Saudi elite are being detained after an anti-corruption drive by the Crown Prince. Lyse Doucet reports from the Ritz-Carlton hotel. Also, there's anger among the families of missing Argentine submariners, after reports of an explosion around the time the ...…
 
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Science in Action
 
Why is the interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua’ such a strange shape? At 10 times longer than it is wide, the space rock is one of the most elongated cosmic objects known to science. It’s also the first asteroid visitor form outside our Solar System.Earth is Losing its NightThe news that individual households, towns and cities are switching to LED ...…
 
Several African states recall their ambassadors from Libya following slavery reports; children in many African countries risk a worst life than their parents, UNICEF says; and we profile Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa.
 
After becoming an outcast at his club, Senegal's Oumar Niasse talks about the challenges he faced following a bust-up with coach Ronald Koeman. The former Liverpool and Cameroon defender Rigobert Song reflects on the moment he almost lost his life. Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio looks ahead to next week's World Cup draw and discusses his own f ...…
 
Switzerland has agreed to contribute a further $1.3bn to the EU over ten years. The BBC's Imogen Foulkes explains the implications of today's visit to Switzerland by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Also in the programme, the British parliament is swinging into action in the fight against air pollution. Alan Andrews of the env ...…
 
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has said it is easing an air and sea blockade of areas held by Houthi rebels. But it is unclear whether any aid has arrived at Sanaa airport or the Red Sea port of Hodeida. We hear from the UN's representative in Yemen, who has warned that hundreds of thousands of Yemenis could starve.Also in the progra ...…
 
Saudi led coalition says it's easing its blockade of Yemen's sea and airports, Will Rohingya refugees return to Myanmar following repatriation agreement, And the train in India that took its passengers a-hundred-and-sixty kilometres in the wrong direction
 
Join Matthew Bannister inside the grand rooms of Buckingham Palace for the Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition awards ceremony.It's the world's oldest schools' international writing competition and invites young people from Commonwealth countries to submit a piece of work on a particular topic. This year's theme was 'A Commonwealth for Peace ...…
 
The chilling story of a massacre of Rohingya muslims in a small village in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. On 30 August government soldiers swept through the village setting fire to homes, raping and killing dozens, possibly hundreds of its muslim inhabitants. An ongoing military crackdown in the state has seen more than 500,000 Rohingya musl ...…
 
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World Update: Daily Commute
 
Bangladesh and Myanmar agree to return Rohingya Muslims who fled the army crackdown; Calls for unity in Zimbabwe; End of Net Neutrality rules(Image: Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people are now living in refugee camps like this one in Bangladesh Credit: AFP/ GETTY IMAGES)
 
Group exercise has become very popular in recent years. Rob and Catherine talk about going to the gym and why gym membership is becoming increasingly popular
 
The buddy movie about a cowboy doll and a toy astronaut used computer-generated images to tell a story that appealed to audiences around the world.Animator Doug Sweetland has been speaking to Ashley Byrne about his work on the Pixar film.Photo: Woody (R) and Buzz Lightyear (L) in a Japanese cinema. (Credit:Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)…
 
Video games tournaments - known as eSports - are a major international growth sector, and African gamers finally getting to join in.Tamasin Ford reports from a major event in Abidjan on the aspirations of the continent's players and games developers, while presenter Ed Butler speaks to one such developer - Eyram Tawia of Leti Arts in Ghana.But ...…
 
We're in Bologna, Italy as FICO Eataly World opens its doors to a curious public. Its mission is to educate people about Italian food, and attract 6 million tourists a year. But is a shopping mall really the best way for the Italians to reclaim the authenticity of their food?Italian food is known and loved across the world, but much of what is ...…
 
The UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has revealed details of its government spending plans, including tax relief for first-time home buyers and a cash injection for the country's health service. We get reaction on the annual budget. Plus, we hear how the battle for control of the internet - so-called 'net neutrality'- is intensifying in the US. And ...…
 
The incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa hails a new era on his return to Harare and vows to create jobs in a country where some estimates say 90% of people are unemployed. Also, the Front National party in France says there is a banking fatwa against the far right, and the USA's dire maternal mortality rates.…
 
Doug McIntyre of 24/7 Wall Street looks back at today's trading.
 
Mladic gets life sentence in the Hague for genocide and crimes against humanity in Balkans War.Also in the programme:In Zimbabwe, new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa makes his first speech; and soaring maternal mortality rates in Texas. (Photo: A woman at a relative's grave near the site of the Srebrenica massacre. Credit: DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty I ...…
 
Millions of people wear electronic step-counting bracelets or use apps on their phones – aiming for ten thousand steps a day. Claudia Hammond asks whether this routine motivates her – or if it’s actually setting her up for failure. Some experts applaud the bar charts and graphs which track progress as proof of healthy activity. But can the cons ...…
 
The incoming leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa, says his country is witnessing the start of a new democracy and promises to create jobs; and Ivory Coast repatriates migrants from Libya.
 
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World Business Report
 
Britain's finance minister Philip Hammond has unveiled his latest budget plans. We get reaction from our regular economic commentator, Roger Bootle of Capital Economics, and member of parliament for the opposition Labour party, Jon Trickett. Also in the programme, the main communications regulator in the US has unveiled plans to allow internet ...…
 
Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic jailed for atrocities in the 1990s. Known as the "Butcher of Bosnia", he led Serb troops during the massacre of Muslims in Srebrenica and the siege of Sarajevo.Also, Zimbabwe's former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa returns to his country, we meet the mother of the Uzbek man who carried out ...…
 
Notorious Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic is found guilty of war crimes and genocide in Balkans war.Also in the programme: Mnangagwa arrives back in Zimbabwe and Hariri postpones resignation(Photo: Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic sits at the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal for the verdict hearing in his genocide trial, in The Hague, N ...…
 
Sister Rita Giaretta is an Italian nun who has dedicated herself to helping women who have been trafficked into the sex industry. She carries out her work in the town of Caserta in the south of the country. (Photo courtesy of Sister Rita Giaretta.)
 
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. As it strives to recover from the devastation caused by two earthquakes, blind broadcaster Peter White has taken his microphone to the city. He listens to stories of loss, but also of dramatic escapes and the sounds that continue to endure, like the trams and the trains. He ex ...…
 
An international war crimes court in The Hague delivers its verdict in the genocide trial of the Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic.(Picture: Protesters outside the court Credit: BBC/A Kasapi)
 
在汉语里,很多头衔或职位名称之前都可以加上“副”这个字,俗称“二把手”。比如,“副校长”、“副主任”、“副教授”、“副总监”等等。但在英语中,表示“副职”及次要职位的单词却有很多,有时候也很难辨析它们的区别。本期《你问我答》节目给出了多个包含这层含义的词汇和表达,以及它们在英语中的常见用法。
 
The demand for batteries - in electric vehicles and on energy grids - is exploding. But could the trusty lithium-ion battery eventually be superseded?The BBC's Theo Leggett reports on how the proliferation of battery-powered cars will soon place big demands on the electricity grid, but could also help those grids function better.Presenter Manue ...…
 
The president of South Vietnam was overthrown and murdered in a coup in November 1963 - with the support of the American government.Lucy Burns speaks to Ngo Dinh Diem's niece Elisabeth Nguyen Thi Thu Hong, and American official Rufus Phillips.Picture: Keystone/Getty Images
 
Is it safe to do business in the United Arab Emirates? The former Managing Director of Leeds United, David Haigh thought so, until he endured a 22 month nightmare imprisonment, during which he says he was violently assaulted. His former employer says he's a convicted fraudster. Mr Haigh says he's the victim of legal, economic and political malf ...…
 
After the resignation of long-time president Mugabe, we examine where the country goes from here with Kenneth Ndlovu a Harare-based economist. Also on the programme, we hear about apparent student exploitation at iPhone factories in China, the rise and rise of technology firm Tencent and we have a special report about the tourism industry in th ...…
 
Robert Mugabe is due to be replaced by the man he sacked as Vice-President, Emmerson Mnangagwa. But he's not the only one who's got his eyes on the top job. Nkosana Moyo is a former Minister of Industry and he aims to run in the next elections as the candidate of the Alliance for People's Agenda.And, Joe Saluzzi, Co-Founder of Themis Trading in ...…
 
The news of Robert Mugabe's resignation abruptly halted an impeachment hearing. The end of his 37-year leadership sparks wild celebrations in the streets.
 
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has resigned, ending his 37-year rule. The surprise announcement halted an impeachment hearing that had begun against him and sparked wild celebrations on the nation's streets.Also in the programme: more on the suicide attack in the northeastern town of Mubi in Nigeria, and a special report from Uzbekistan.Ima ...…
 
Two deadly cases today sent in by listeners to curiouscases@bbc.co.ukThe Dark Star"What's inside a black hole and could we fly a spaceship inside?" asks Jorge Luis Alvarez from Mexico City.Astrophysicist Sheila Rowan explains how we know invisible black holes actually exist. Plus cosmologist Andrew Pontzen is on hand to help cook one up.But whi ...…
 
Mugabe resigns after 37 years; reaction from Zimbabwe; the man and his legacy.
 
Chinese social networking giant Tencent is the first Asian firm worth more than $500bn. Duncan Clark is an expert on the internet and entrepreneurship in China, and tells us how Tencent has grown so big. Also in the programme, there's been a sharp fall in the price of commodities including sugar, down 22% over the past year. Charles Chavi admin ...…
 
Zimbabwe's parliament begins impeaching President Mugabe as protests mount in the capital Harare.Also in the programme: Syria's new realities and Islamic extremism in Uzbekistan.(Photo: A protestor holds a portrait of Zimbabwean opposition and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai outside the Zimbabwean parliament. Credi ...…
 
Thousands of people have joined mass protests against Mugabe outside the Zimbabwean parliament, and we hear from the daughter of his likely successor. Also: Is there still hope for the missing Argentine submarine? And how some religious marriages in Britain are not legally recognised.
 
British film producer Jonathan Cavendish had some hit movies under his belt, including Bridget Jones' Diary, before he realised that his own life story could be a movie. He and his mother, Diana, remember life in the family home with Jonathan's father, Robin, a pioneering campaigner for disabled people. He has now made a film about their lives ...…
 
Is Poland sliding towards autocracy, or just on a different democratic path? The government has been accused of a “systemic threat to the rule of law” and of undermining other democratic values which it signed up to when it joined the European Union in 2004. Earlier this year thousands took to the streets to protest over government plans to ref ...…
 
Do you want to talk about past events that happened before other past events? The past perfect continuous can help. Find out more with Neil and Catherine
 
The ruling Zanu-PF party is expected to begin impeachment proceedings in parliament later on Tuesday. Also Tencent is worth half-a-trillion dollars; Illegal Muslim marriages (Picture: Robert Mugabe giving televised statement Credit: EPA/The Herald)
 
菲菲收到同事 Dan 的邀请去参加“a knees-up”?这是什么活动?这个活动和“膝盖 knee”有什么关系?听节目,学习一个描述“气氛活跃的聚会”的地道说法。
 
Thirty-five years after her death, the legacy of Russian American writer and thinker Ayn Rand is alive and well. Her libertarian, 'objectivist' philosophy has earned her a fan base among top Republicans and Silicon valley CEOs alike. So why is she still so relevant today? We hear from Yaron Brook, Chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute in Californi ...…
 
Charles Manson's followers murdered nine people on his orders. But how to prove his guilt when he wasn't on the scene at the time of the killings? Vincent Bugliosi was the young prosecutor who succeeded in bringing him to trial. Mr Bugliosi spoke to Chloe Hadjimatheou for Witness - the former prosecutor died in 2015.Photo: Charles Manson in 200 ...…
 
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