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    Global News Podcast

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

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    Iranian rapper's death sentence overturned

    Iranian rapper's death sentence overturned

    The Supreme Court has ordered a retrial for Toomaj Salehi who was sentenced to death after speaking out in support of protests that had exploded across Iran. Also: the new documentary about the designer of the wrap dress, Diane von Furstenberg, and the world's ugliest dog.

    Global News Podcast
    enJune 23, 2024

    The Happy Pod: Knitted together by an unloved sweater

    The Happy Pod: Knitted together by an unloved sweater

    When Celia's daughter asked about regrets, she posted a message about a puffin sweater she wished she'd bought. Just days later, a man she'd never met sent her the exact same one for free - saying it felt so good to be kind. Also: The earthquakes being caused by enthusiastic fans during Taylor Swift's Eras Tour. A BBC radio programme reaches 46 people celebrating mid winter in Antarctica. How artificial intelligence could help us understand what dogs are trying to say. Why a sculptor decided to create dozens of art galleries and museums around the world - underwater. And the festival celebrating the enduring traditions of Flamenco dancing - and bringing it into the twenty first century.

    Our weekly collection of happy news and positive stories from around the world.

    Global News Podcast
    enJune 22, 2024

    Kenyan police accused of excessive force in anti-tax demos

    Kenyan police accused of excessive force in anti-tax demos

    Lobby groups say at least 200 people were injured and more than 100 arrested across Kenya. Protesters say the controversial finance bill that includes additional taxes would choke the economy and raise the cost of living. Also: parts of southern China have once in a century flooding, while the north is hit by extreme temperatures and drought, how wild chimpanzees seek out medicinal plants, and Stonehenge marks the summer solstice - the longest period of daylight in the northern hemisphere.

    Global News Podcast
    enJune 21, 2024

    US says it is working hard to avoid conflict with China

    US says it is working hard to avoid conflict with China

    The US ambassador to China tells the BBC that despite a competitive relationship, the two countries are now talking more regularly to prevent escalation in the disputed South China Sea. Also on the podcast: India's government is accused of failing the education system after cancelling an exam taken by nearly a million people, a look back on the life of Canadian film star, Donald Sutherland, and the Spanish feline that looks to be saved from extinction.

    Global News Podcast
    enJune 21, 2024

    New clashes in Kenya over planned tax rises

    New clashes in Kenya over planned tax rises

    Demonstrators, many of them young, were armed only with their smart phones. Police in Nairobi came on horseback and used water cannon. The Kenyan government plans to raise more than two-and-a-half billion dollars in new taxes. Also: a day after signing a defence agreement with North Korea, Russia's President Putin visits Vietnam, the new treatment that leaves heart attack victims more active than they were, and the British musician Rapman on his Netflix show about superheroes in London.

    Global News Podcast
    enJune 20, 2024

    Putin and Kim sign new defence pact

    Putin and Kim sign new defence pact

    Accord signed on Vladimir Putin's first visit to Pyongyang in more than twenty years. Kim Jong-un said he unconditionally supported Russia's military action in Ukraine. Mr Putin said he appreciated North Korea's unwavering support. Also: Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn in for a second term as President of South Africa, Nvidia becomes the world's most valuable company, and the flower that stinks of rotting meat.

    Global News Podcast
    enJune 19, 2024

    North Korea prepares for President Putin's arrival

    North Korea prepares for President Putin's arrival

    North Korea is preparing to welcome Vladimir Putin on his first visit there in more than twenty years. Also: Police in Kenya have fired tear gas and used water cannon to try to disperse protestors opposed to a new finance bill. The Senate in Thailand has passed a law allowing same sex marriage - the first country in Southeast Asia to do so. And why has a parkour runner at a UNESCO protected site in Italy sparked fury?

    Global News Podcast
    enJune 18, 2024

    Netanyahu disbands his War Cabinet

    Netanyahu disbands his War Cabinet

    Israel's PM dissolves his six-member war cabinet with no plans for a replacement. The BBC hears from witnesses who say the Greek coastguard threw migrants to their deaths. Also: Denmark says it's looking at additional ways of stopping Russian oil exports passing through the Baltic Sea, and news avoidance at record levels.

    Global News Podcast
    enJune 17, 2024

    Zelensky offers peace talks if Russia leaves Ukraine

    Zelensky offers peace talks if Russia leaves Ukraine

    The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, was speaking at the close of a summit for peace in Switzerland. Also: Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has described the introduction of daily "tactical pauses" in military activity in a part of southern Gaza as “unacceptable”, and the original multi-coloured dancefloor used in the 1977 film, Saturday Night Fever, has been sold at auction.

    Global News Podcast
    enJune 17, 2024

    Leaders discuss Ukraine peace proposals at Swiss summit

    Leaders discuss Ukraine peace proposals at Swiss summit

    The two-day gathering follows President Putin outlining Russia’s ceasefire terms, which have been widely dismissed. Russia has not been invited to the peace summit and China, a key strategic partner, is not attending. Also: Israel has launched an investigation into the deaths of eight IDF soldiers in Rafah, and Sweden welcomes home two citizens who had been arrested in Iran after a prisoner swap.

    Global News Podcast
    enJune 15, 2024

    The Happy Pod Special: The Happiest Country in the World

    The Happy Pod Special: The Happiest Country in the World

    This week's edition comes from Finland, the country repeatedly crowned the happiest in the world, and the Helsinki Happiness Hacks event introduced people - selected from thousands of applicants across the globe - to Finns willing to share the secrets of their contentment. These include skateboarding, dancing with friends, messy art, walking barefoot, ice cream for breakfast, and of course, a sauna. And we explore how happiness is measured and why a dose of pessimism doesn’t preclude happiness.

    Global News Podcast
    enJune 15, 2024

    US Supreme Court lifts ban on rapid-fire gun accessories

    US Supreme Court lifts ban on rapid-fire gun accessories

    Bump stocks were banned after they were used in America's deadliest mass shooting in 2017. Western leaders dismiss Russian President Putin's call for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, as they meet at the G7 summit in southern Italy. Also: A Chinese court sentences a journalist who reported on #MeToo to jail for "subversion", and why grey whales are shrinking.

    Global News Podcast
    enJune 14, 2024

    Coalition government agreed in South Africa

    Coalition government agreed in South Africa

    Three political parties have supported the ANC’s bid for a unity government. The ANC lost its parliamentary majority in last month’s election. Parliament has already been sworn in. Also: G7 leaders focus on tensions with China on the second day of their summit in Italy; And the authorities in Thailand search for three oil tankers which went missing.

    Global News Podcast
    enJune 14, 2024

    Ukraine high on agenda for G7 talks

    Ukraine high on agenda for G7 talks

    Leaders want to use $50bn in interest from frozen Russian assets to extend a loan to Ukraine. Also: Hungary is ordered to pay a fine for violating the European Union's rules on asylum and immigration, and residents in a suburb of Nairobi in Kenya are on high alert after a lioness eats a family dog.

    Global News Podcast
    enJune 13, 2024

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