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The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends

The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends

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United Kingdom

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BBC

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The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends

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@BBCWorld

Language:

English


Episodes

Iran's new hardline president sworn in

8/5/2021
Ebrahim Raisi faces growing challenges, with an economy crippled by sanctions. Also: the gel that could transform the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, and the orangutan with a penchant for sunglasses.

Duration:00:28:23

Mexico sues US gun manufacturers over arms trafficking

8/4/2021
US gun makers and suppliers are accused of reckless business practices. Also: WHO calls for a suspension in booster vaccines for Covid-19 so that poorer nations can get the jab, and South Koreans have been paying tribute to the disabled mountaineer Kim Hong-bin, who died last month.

Duration:00:32:21

Belarus activist on trial

8/4/2021
Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of the challenge to President Lukashenko last year, resisted deportation and is accused of plotting to seize power. Also: the very young skateboarders leaping to success in Tokyo, and the skeletons reunited after spending a thousand years, a thousand kilometres apart.

Duration:00:25:34

Biden says Cuomo should resign over misconduct report

8/3/2021
The new report comes months after several women accused the New York governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual misconduct. Also: gunmen attack the home of the Afghan defence minister, and it seems giraffes need their grannies!

Duration:00:30:45

Missing Belarus activist found dead in park

8/3/2021
Vitaly Shishov lived in Ukraine, helping people flee the Belarus crackdown. Also: the Wuhan authorities test the whole city as the virus resurfaces, and so-called killer robots - how can we control these autonomous weapons?

Duration:00:26:25

Street fighting rages in Lashkar Gah as the Taliban attack the Afghan city

8/2/2021
A MSF doctor in the city says there is fighting all around and medical supplies are running low. Also: Belarus sprinter Krystina Tsimanovskaya given Polish humanitarian visa, and a Covid-19 app in England is tweaked to notify fewer contacts.

Duration:00:29:59

Palestinians await key court ruling

8/2/2021
The families are appealing against an order to leave their homes in East Jerusalem. Also: Olympic history is made as the transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard competes in women's weightlifting, and ancient baskets of fruit are discovered in a lost city that disappeared under the sea more than two thousand years ago.

Duration:00:30:18

Olympic drama at Tokyo airport

8/1/2021
Belarusian athlete claims officials from her country tried to forcibly repatriate her. Also: Myanmar's military ruler promises elections by 2023, Rio Tinto looks to Serbia to supply lithium for electric cars and the memoirs of an autograph hunter.

Duration:00:28:08

Afghanistan: Fighting rages as Taliban besiege three key cities

7/31/2021
Hundreds of Afghans have fled their homes. Covid: Pulse oxygen monitors work less well on darker skin, experts say. Plus a new exhibition on Mary Shelley and her most famous creation.

Duration:00:29:25

IRS ordered to hand over Trump tax returns to Congress

7/30/2021
Although not required by law, every US president since 1976 - except Mr Trump - has released their tax returns. Israel accuses Iran over deadly oil tanker attack. New Covid virus outbreak worst since Wuhan, say Chinese state media.

Duration:00:31:58

North Korea suffering 'sharpest economic decline in over 20 years'

7/30/2021
New report warns of hardship caused by Covid-19 and economic sanctions. Poverty is already known to be widespread in North Korea but true picture is hard to establish. Also, first group of Afghan interpreters arrives in US, and British teenager wins place at renowned dance academy despite suffering from cystic fibrosis.

Duration:00:30:53

President Biden calls for $100 vaccine incentive

7/29/2021
The US president announced that all federal workers must be vaccinated or subjected to testing. Also: a public inquiry has found the Maltese state responsible for journalist's death, and a chimney sweep finds Santa letter lost for decades.

Duration:00:28:19

Britain and Kenya host summit to tackle global education crisis sparked by COVID

7/29/2021
The summit is aiming to raise five billion dollars to help transform education in dozens of countries after the greatest disruption in a generation. South Africa riots: The inside story of Durban's week of anarchy. Johnny Ventura, one of the pioneers of Latin American merengue music, has died.

Duration:00:27:27

Peru's new president is sworn in

7/28/2021
Pedro Castillo pledges to help the poor and tackle the pandemic. Also, ethnic Serbs in Bosnia boycott parliament over a new law banning genocide denial, and a woman is jailed for swapping diamonds worth millions with pebbles.

Duration:00:30:27

Macron says France 'owes debt' to Polynesia over nuclear tests

7/28/2021
The French president spoke while visiting French island territories in Pacific. France has carried out over 200 nuclear tests across the region. Also, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Afghanistan risks becoming a 'pariah state' as the Taliban continue to seize territory, and Portugal holds funeral for 'Otelo' - the man who oversaw a coup that paved the way for democracy.

Duration:00:31:54

US policeman feared death in Capitol riots

7/27/2021
Officers on duty when Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol give tearful testimony at an inquiry. Also, the American gymnast Simone Biles pulls out of the Olympic team competition over mental health issues; the former Spanish king's ex-lover claims he used the intelligence service to spy on her; and the world's largest star sapphire cluster is discovered in a Sri Lankan backyard.

Duration:00:29:14

Hong Kong man guilty in first national security law trial

7/27/2021
The 24-year-old had flown a flag with a protest slogan while riding a motorcycle into police officers in Hong Kong. Also: Vatican cardinal on trial in $142m fraud case, and do you like and appreciate insects?

Duration:00:30:58

Tunisian president accused of coup after firing PM

7/26/2021
Months of tension over Covid and the economy culminate in the sacking of the PM. Also: scientists don't know why Covid cases in the UK are plummeting, and how female athletes are giving short shrift to officials telling them what to wear.

Duration:00:30:35

Tunisia: PM is sacked after violent Covid protests

7/26/2021
President Kais Saied has sacked Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and says he's taken over. This follows angry nationwide protests on Sunday over the government's handling of the pandemic. Also, civilian casualties in Afghanistan are at a record level, and a disturbing report on the treatment of women in Britain's armed forces.

Duration:00:27:52

US ready to continue airstrikes against Taliban

7/25/2021
The head of US Central Command, Gen Kenneth McKenzie, said this could happen in weeks. Also, criticism of proposals for English football fans to show proof of Covid vaccinations before watching Premier League games, and tributes to US rabbi turned comedian Jackie Mason who has died.

Duration:00:25:37