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Italy blocks AstraZeneca shipment to Australia
The ban on shipping 250,000 doses, amid a row with the firm, is backed by the EU. Also: the store where shoppers walk out without paying, and saving the butterfly.
Myanmar: Opponents of the coup continue to demonstrate
There are reports that the police used tear gas and gunfire to break up the protesters. The UN human rights chief has demanded the military government stop murdering and jailing protesters. Also: Hong Kong has been excluded from an annual league table of the world's most free economies, and we hear how poetry is helping one doctor cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
ICC 'war crimes' inquiry in West Bank and Gaza
Israel rejects the court's investigation, while the Palestinians praise it. Also: South Korea's first transgender soldier is found dead, and the vultures threatened by poison in Kenya.
Myanmar: Further deadly clashes despite appeals for calm
At least nine people killed in confrontations between security forces and demonstrators. One teenager is reported to be among the dead. Also, a BBC investigation finds evidence that members of China's Uighur minority are being uprooted from their homeland, and country superstar Dolly Parton reworks one of her best-known songs to encourage Americans to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
US sanctions Russians over Navalny poisoning
The Biden administration imposes its first sanctions on Russia over what it says was Moscow’s attempt to kill Alexei Navalny. The move, which targets Russia's top spy and six other officials, was co-ordinated with the European Union. Also: scientists discover a group of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are able to suppress HIV without medication, and one of reggae's most important voices, Bunny Wailer, dies at the age of 73.
Hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls freed
The girls were abducted by gunmen from their boarding school in Zamfara state and taken to a forest. Also: the Prime Minister of Singapore condemns the violence in Myanmar, and the extraordinary journey of a wolf on the west coast of the United States.
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Great news podcast
This podcast is one of the best sources of audio news available.
1. The podcast covers breaking-news from many countries around the world. Canada, Japan, Brazil, Nigeria, Australia, the Philippines - they don't favour one country or another.
2. Unbiased compared to many other news sources. The facts they present are credible and accurate. They do tend to interview more leftist individuals, but the reporters themselves remain neutral and professional by not favouring one side of a story or another.
3. It's only 22 minutes long, so it's great for a morning commute or evening coffee break.
4. Their reporting is thorough, highly detailed and very well-rounded considering their time constraints. When they finish a news story, it feels like you've gotten all the essential information without any fluff.
Intro is too moist
Love this podcast! My one tiny criticism is that the broadcaster’s voice in the recorded intro is a bit too moist. Makes my skin crawl. Can you re-record a dryer version? That would be wonderful. Cheers!
Great but need work
This podcast is great for getting current news from reliable people. Only real issue is that these podcasts in particular often error out and become “unavailable” it’s a real pain.