Global News Podcast



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


  • Putin and Biden hold talks in Geneva

    16/06/2021 Duration: 30min

    Russian and US leaders attend summit at villa in Switzerland. It's their first meeting since Biden became President, and comes at a time of high tensions over several issues. Also, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un warns of food shortages following poor harvests, and what happened to a well-known company's shares when a global superstar publicly rejected its product.

  • Israeli nationalists march through Jerusalem

    15/06/2021 Duration: 31min

    The parade risked igniting tensions with Palestinians, only weeks after a conflict in Gaza ended. Also: Taiwan angered by China's latest breach of air space, and plastic bottles could be turned into vanilla ice-cream!

  • The US and EU resolve aircraft trade row

    15/06/2021 Duration: 25min

    They agree a deal in a 17 year dispute over subsidies to aircraft manufacturers. Also: Hungary passes a law banning what it calls the promotion of homosexuality to under-eighteens, and a deaf sheepdog learns how to work again.

  • Biden says China and Russia trying to ‘drive a wedge’ in Nato

    14/06/2021 Duration: 29min

    Speaking after his first summit of Nato leaders since taking office, President Biden said he will lay down red lines to his Russian counterpart in their meeting on Wednesday, and acknowledged that he faced a tough opponent in Vladimir Putin. Also: Belarus parades the detained opposition journalist Roman Protasevich at a news conference in Minsk; and the American actor Ned Beatty - who appeared in Deliverance and Superman - dies at the age of 83.

  • NATO: America's back at the table

    14/06/2021 Duration: 24min

    The head of Nato says it’s a pivotal moment in the seventy–two year history of the organisation, as he urged members to respond to China’s rise and Russia’s aggressive behaviour. Also: the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi has begun in Myanmar and is football still as important for Scotland now its back in the EUROS after a twenty-three year gap?

  • Naftali Bennett takes over as head of a fragile Israeli coalition.

    13/06/2021 Duration: 24min

    After twelve years dominated by one man, Israel gets a new leader; The G-7 pledges a billion covid vaccine doses for poorer countries; How to film a sex scene without exploiting the actors...should all movie sets have an "intimacy coordinator"?

  • G7 leaders agree on spending plan to rival China

    12/06/2021 Duration: 31min

    The US and its allies have agreed a huge infrastructure plan to counter China's Belt and Road initiative. Also: the Danish footballer, Christian Eriksen, is awake in hospital after collapsing during a European Championship match, and Saudi Arabia has announced strict limits for this year's Hajj pilgrimage because of the pandemic.

  • G7 leaders highlight issue of climate change by visiting the Eden Project

    12/06/2021 Duration: 30min

    Queen Elizabeth greeted the G7 leaders on their 1st day of their summit in Cornwall. Also: a teenager who filmed George Floyd's murder is given a Pulitzer Prize, and Italy opens Euro 2020 with 3-0 win over Turkey.

  • G7 summit: Leaders to discuss climate and vaccines

    11/06/2021 Duration: 24min

    The British Prime Minister has opened the G7 summit calling for lessons to be learned from the pandemic - and for the recovery to be green and more equally spread. Israel ex-top spy reveals Mossad operations against Iran. Hong Kong to censor films that ‘endanger national security’.

  • Biden confirms US will donate half a billion Covid vaccine doses

    10/06/2021 Duration: 26min

    But critics say the donation to poor countries isn't enough to vaccinate the world. Also: the wife of Mexico's most notorious drugs lord pleads guilty to money laundering and drugs trafficking, and after 20 years - the end of the Kardashians' TV show.

  • US president and British PM meeting on eve of G7 summit

    10/06/2021 Duration: 26min

    The US president Joe Biden and the British prime minister Boris Johnson are having their first face-to-face talks in Cornwall. Also: Myanmar's Suu Kyi is accused of accepting bribes and faces up to 15 years in jail, and a nun in California admits stealing school funds for gambling.

  • Biden in UK - for first foreign trip as president

    09/06/2021 Duration: 26min

    Arriving for the G7 summit, Mr Biden pledged to act on climate change and challenge autocrats. Also: Mozambique's missing children, and Italy's declining birth-rate - due to Covid.

  • US defends its efforts to share Covid-19 vaccines globally

    09/06/2021 Duration: 31min

    The US National Security advisor Jake Sullivan accuses Russia and China of coercing countries into accepting their vaccines. Also: US super-rich 'pay almost no income tax'; France and Belgium loosen Covid-19 restrictions for summer.

  • Reaction to UN court's rejection of Ratko Mladic genocide appeal

    08/06/2021 Duration: 30min

    The court upheld the former Bosnian Serb leader's life sentence for 8,000 Bosnian Muslim deaths in 1995. Also: why astronauts get sick after being in space, and the woman who saved her twin sister from a crocodile attack by fighting back.

  • FBI app lures global criminals

    08/06/2021 Duration: 29min

    Hundreds are arrested worldwide after using the ANOM app, where their messages were monitored. Also: UN tribunal rejects appeal by Ratko Mladic against his genocide conviction, and the controversy over building a spaceport in rural Scotland.

  • US approves new Alzheimer’s drug

    07/06/2021 Duration: 28min

    Regulators in the United States approved a revolutionary drug for Alzheimer's, targeting - for the first time - the underlying causes of the devastating brain disease. Also: an independent inquiry in Cyprus has concluded that thousands of passports were issued illicitly from a controversial passports-for-cash scheme set up to attract investors, and how intimacy coordinators are changing the way we make films and TV.

  • France fines Google more than $250m

    07/06/2021 Duration: 30min

    Regulators ruled that Google gave preferential treatment to its own advertising online. Also: Jeff Bezos, the founder of the online retailer, Amazon, says he and his brother will journey into space, and how Greece plans to bring back tourists.

  • Israeli police question prominent Palestinian activists

    06/06/2021 Duration: 28min

    Muna and Mohammed el-Kurd have become the faces of a recent campaign to stop evictions of Palestinians in East Jerusalem. They were both later released by police. Also: El Salvador plans to make the cryptocurrency Bitcoin legal tender; and Prince Harry and his wife Meghan announce the birth of their baby girl, Lilibet.

  • G7: Rich nations back deal to tax multinationals

    05/06/2021 Duration: 30min

    Amazon and Facebook have said they welcome the agreement - even if they have to pay more tax. The US justice department is ending the practice of secretly obtaining reporters' records in order to identify sources leaking classified information. Nigeria will prosecute anyone found to have breached the country's ban on the social media firm Twitter.

  • Facebook suspends Trump for two years

    04/06/2021 Duration: 25min

    Facebook's move comes as the social media giant is also ending a policy shielding politicians from some content moderation rules. US military UFO report 'does not confirm or rule out alien activity'. Magawa the hero rat retires from job detecting landmines.

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