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Climate change 'accelerating', say scientists

Listen to Climate change 'accelerating', say scientistsCarbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are reportedly rising at their fastest rate. Also: Could a phone call by Donald Trump lead to his impeachment? And Iranian women will be allowed to attend an international football match.

Joe Biden accuses Trump of an abuse of power

Listen to Joe Biden accuses Trump of an abuse of powerJoe Biden calls for President Trump to be investigated over an alleged phone call to Ukraine's leader about him and his son. Also: Saudi Arabia once again blames Iran for last week's drone strikes. And health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo plan to roll out a second Ebola vaccine.

Greta Thunberg:“We deserve a safe future”

Listen to Greta Thunberg:“We deserve a safe future”Millions of young people across the globe campaigned against climate change and Greta Thunberg the teenager who started the movement addressed crowds in New York. This comes before Monday’s UN climate summit. Also: President Trump dismisses whistleblower allegations, and we hear from the young people on the Kosovo Serbian divide.

Climate change protests take place across the world

Listen to Climate change protests take place across the worldMillions of people worldwide join a strike led by schoolchildren. Demonstrators are calling for global action on climate change. Also, Philippines government's rewards for convicts to be returned to prison prove a bit too effective, and a German ship sets off on what's billed as the biggest Arctic research expedition ever.

Canada's PM apologises for 'blackface' images

Listen to Canada's PM apologises for 'blackface' imagesJustin Trudeau admits wearing blackface make-up is racist. The revelations have rattled his campaign to win a second term. Also: the former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, reveals he asked the Queen for help ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, and Tunisia's ousted ex-president, Zine al Abidine Ben Ali, dies in exile aged 83.

Afghanistan: Taliban bomb-attack kills at least 20 at hospital

Listen to Afghanistan: Taliban bomb-attack kills at least 20 at hospitalTruck packed with explosives was detonated by Taliban outside hospital in city of Qalat. Local media say many victims were doctors and patients. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz jostle over terms of a unity government, and how teenage boys at a South African school are trying to curb violence against women.

Saudis say weapons prove Iran behind recent oil attacks

Listen to Saudis say weapons prove Iran behind recent oil attacksSaudi Arabia says missile and drone debris shows Yemen was not the source of the assaults. Also: California barred from setting own emission rules, and India bans e-cigarettes.

Governments Unprepared for Global Pandemic

Listen to Governments Unprepared for Global PandemicWHO says flu-like pandemic can spread in just 36 hours and kill 80 million around the world. After the attacks on its oil facilities, Saudi Arabia says another war is the last thing the region needs; and what's happened to Delhi's only privately-owned elephant.

Israeli election result too close to call

Listen to Israeli election result too close to callExit polls suggest there will be no clear winner in Israel's second election in five months. Also: US officials say Saudi oil attack drones launched from Iran, and soot pollution particles "cross the placenta".

A Month of Killing in Afghanistan

Listen to A Month of Killing in AfghanistanA BBC investigation finds nearly 500 civilians were killed during August - more than in Syria and Yemen combined. Also, the UK's highest court decides on the legality of the government's suspension of Parliament.

Turkey wants to return three million refugees to safe zone in Syria

Listen to Turkey wants to return three million refugees to safe zone in SyriaTurkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the zone needed to be extended for the goal to be met. Also: Boris Johnson attacked by Luxembourg PM over Brexit, and scientists think they have found a way to stop the common cold.

Oil prices soar after attacks on Saudi facilities

Listen to Oil prices soar after attacks on Saudi facilitiesBrent crude, the international benchmark used by oil traders, jumped to $71.95 a barrel at one point. Also: UN investigators warn that ethnic Rohingyas who are still in Myanmar face the continuing threat of genocide, and the world's first climate telethon in Denmark raises enough money to plant almost a million trees.

Petrol bombs and water cannon amid Hong Kong clashes

Listen to Petrol bombs and water cannon amid Hong Kong clashesViolence breaks out after thousands defy a police ban to march as unrest continues unabated. Also: Tunisia holds second free presidential election and why are thousands flocking to corgi cafes?

Drone Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities

Listen to Drone Attacks on Saudi Oil FacilitiesHouthi rebels claim responsibility for attacks which the UN fears may severely limit production. Also, African leaders attend the state funeral of Robert Mugabe, but few Zimbabweans turn out; and the solid gold toilet stolen from an English palace.

Climate change: Electrical industry's 'dirty secret' boosts warming

Listen to Climate change: Electrical industry's 'dirty secret' boosts warmingSulphur hexafluoride, the most powerful greenhouse gas known to humanity, is widely used in the electrical industry to prevent short circuits and accidents. Also: The missing people crisis in Nigeria after the decade-long insurgency of the Islamist group Boko Haram; and the rapper in Idlib creating art amid the chaos.

Zimbabwe government wins its fight to give Mugabe a hero's burial

Listen to Zimbabwe government wins its fight to give Mugabe a hero's burialFormer president Robert Mugabe to be buried in National Heroes Acre monument in Harare. His family had wanted him to be buried in his home village. Also, thousands protest in Johannesburg at high levels of violence against women, and the Liverpool gardens that inspired a well-loved Beatles song are now open to the public.

Battle to save forests is being lost, advocates say

Listen to Battle to save forests is being lost, advocates sayAn environmentalist coalition says an area of forest the size of 30 football pitches disappears every minute. Also, US congressional lawmakers grant themselves more power to investigate President Trump. And a Nigerian singer has been arrested after taking sides in a political row.

UK: Boris Johnson denies lying to Queen over Parliament suspension

Listen to UK: Boris Johnson denies lying to Queen over Parliament suspensionBritain's PM spoke after Scotland's highest civil court ruled shutdown was unlawful. The power to suspend - or prorogue - Parliament lies with the Queen, who follows advice of the PM. Also, how Syrian doctors in Idlib have moved underground to escape airstrikes by government, and the very unconventional life and music of US singer Daniel Johnston - who's died aged 58.

No-deal Brexit papers warn of shortages and riots

Listen to No-deal Brexit papers warn of shortages and riotsRiots on the streets, food price rises and reduced medical supplies are real risks of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, a government document has said. Also: Water has been found on a potentially habitable planet, and commemorations have been held across America to mark 18 years since the 9/11 attacks.

Brexit: Scottish judges rule that Parliament suspension is unlawful

Listen to Brexit: Scottish judges rule that Parliament suspension is unlawfulScotland’s highest civil court rules on Boris Johnson’s suspension of UK Parliament. A UK government appeal against the ruling will be heard by the Supreme Court in London next week. Also, Dutch doctor cleared in landmark euthanasia case, and how Jeanne Socrates became the oldest person to sail around the world solo and non-stop.

 

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