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In depth reporting, intelligent analysis and major breaking news from a global perspective

The World Tonight BBC Radio 4

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    • 4.0 • 84 Ratings

In depth reporting, intelligent analysis and major breaking news from a global perspective

    Will Joe Biden step down?

    Will Joe Biden step down?

    Is it Cherio, Joe? With speculation in the United States that the president could pull out of the presidential campaign as soon as this weekend, we ask a former aide to Kamala Harris, the vice president, about what a ticket led by her could be like.
    Also on the programme:
    As the world grapples with the effects of what's been called the worst IT outage ever - just how fragile is the fabric of our digital world?
    A government advisor on why he's waging war on "ugly" phone boxes blighting Britain's streets.
    And we speak to the 27-year-old musician who wrote the video game-inspired composition which premiered at this evening's First Night of the Proms.

    • 53 min
    Zelensky says he's asked Keir Starmer for permission to strike inside Russia with British weapons

    Zelensky says he's asked Keir Starmer for permission to strike inside Russia with British weapons

    Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky told the BBC's Chris Mason he had met Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer with just one request: to strike inside Russia with British weapons. Zelensky said Ukraine needed to take out launch sites for missiles which are hitting his country's civilian infrastructure. During the exclusive interview after the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace, he also said Ukraine would never be pressured by a US administration to surrender to Russia.
    In the US, President Biden faced renewed pressure to end his bid for re-election. Reports claim Barack Obama has said Biden must rethink whether he can win.
    And in Bangladesh dozens of people have been killed in clashes between police and students, who are protesting over a law that withholds a quota of civil service jobs for relatives of those who fought in Bangladesh's war of independence from Pakistan.

    • 37 min
    Will new government take "brakes off Britain"?

    Will new government take "brakes off Britain"?

    The King has set out Labour's plans for government at the State Opening of Parliament. But could the new government's promise to take the "brakes off" Britain's economy be jeopardised by its workers' rights plans?
    Also on the programme:
    As the prime minister prepares to welcome leaders to Britain for the biggest European summit in years, is a new relationship between the UK and the EU on the horizon?
    And the pet food for cats and dogs with a difference: the UK has become the first European country to approve the sale of "lab grown" meat. Are humans the next recipients? We speak live to its creator.

    • 37 min
    Wales’ First Minister quits

    Wales’ First Minister quits

    Vaughan Gething resigned after 118 days in the role, will his exit give Welsh Labour a chance to reset? We speak to the first Labour politician to hold that job, Alun Michael, about how the party comes back together.
    Also in the programme:
    What could be in Labour’s first King’s Speech?
    And, the Oscar-nominated actress who just got her first leading film role at the age of ninety four.

    • 37 min
    Trump appoints JD Vance as his running mate

    Trump appoints JD Vance as his running mate

    Two days after an attempt on his life, Donald Trump used the first day of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee to announce JD Vance as his running-mate for the 2024 Presidential election. Vance, Senator for Ohio, is a former US Marine and venture capitalist who rose to fame after writing Hillbilly Elegy, a memoir about his family and white working-class background. He initially criticised Trump but has become one of his most ardent supporters.
    Here in the UK the government is preparing to set out its legislative agenda in the King's Speech on Wednesday. It will include a new law to make a specific criminal offence of spiking. We speak to a campaigner and victim who welcome the move.
    And a year since it was illegally felled, one artist has set out to preserve the touch of the Sycamore Gap tree.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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84 Ratings

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Fab content but....

Would be 5 stars but for the tardiness in making it available! Am about to listen to tonight’s edition live and last night’s is still not available as a podcast?! Come on guys, you can do better than that!

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