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What in the World
What in the World
BBC World Service

Helping you make sense of what’s happening in your world. Big stories, small stories and everything in between. Understand more, feel better.... more

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Why are farmers in India protesting?

Farmers in India are protesting in the country once again, wanting assured prices for their crops. There have already been... more

22 Feb 2024 · 10 minutes
The bandit kidnap crisis in Nigeria

Nigeria is struggling with a kidnapping epidemic. Every year hundreds of people are abducted and held for ransom. The kidnap... more

21 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
Why is Thailand making cannabis illegal again? (And what's Coldplay got to do with it?)

Thailand became the first Asian country to make cannabis legal back in June 2022. They are one of the very... more

20 Feb 2024 · 13 minutes
Who is left to oppose Putin now?

Alexei Navalny, the most prominent critic of Russia’s government, has died in a Russian prison, just months after he was... more

19 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
How can you make award shows like the Oscars more diverse?

It’s awards season. We’re talking Grammy’s, Golden Globes, Emmy’s and the Oscars. But, as usual, there’s been controversy about how... more

16 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
What’s it like inside El Salvador’s mega-jail?

Rival gangs in El Salvador used to rule the streets. It was one of the most dangerous countries in the... more

15 Feb 2024 · 12 minutes
Why can't young people in South Africa find work?

South Africa has the most industrialised and diverse economy in Africa. Yet it faces a major youth unemployment crisis with... more

14 Feb 2024 · 11 minutes
Does chess have a sexism problem?

Netflix’s award-winning series ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ brought to light some of the sexist attitudes people have towards women competing in... more

13 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
How do you track down stolen art? + AFCON fan reaction

In this episode we’re stepping into the world of art theft. According to the CIA it’s one of the top... more

12 Feb 2024 · 12 minutes
What’s being done to protect athletes from brain injuries?

American Football, Rugby, MMA, UFC. All these adrenaline-filled sports bring in millions of viewers each year, and athletes put their... more

09 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
What’s happening with migration across the US-Mexico border?

Hundreds of thousands of people are illegally crossing the border from Mexico into the US every month right now. Some... more

08 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
How free are celebs to get political online?

Social media can be a messy business full of opinions and celebrity influence. But can celebs speak freely online, and... more

07 Feb 2024 · 11 minutes
Is guinea worm about to be eradicated?

Guinea worm could soon be the second human disease to be eradicated. In the 1980s millions of cases were recorded... more

06 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
What’s behind the civil war in Myanmar?

It’s been three years since Myanmar’s military coup when the army took control of the country, a decade after agreeing... more

05 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
What’s the new proposed security law in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong’s government has said it wants to pass a new national security law. It comes four years after China... more

02 Feb 2024 · 13 minutes
How do the US Presidential elections actually work?

This is our simple(ish) guide to how America picks its president. In November 2024, America will go to the polls... more

01 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
Who is Imran Khan and why is he in prison?

Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi have been jailed for 14 years after being convicted of illegally profiting from... more

31 Jan 2024 · 12 minutes
How is plastic pollution affecting marine animals?

More than 171 trillion pieces of plastic are estimated to be floating in the world's oceans. We’ve touched on the... more

30 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
Why is femicide on the rise in Kenya?

Demonstrations have been taking place across Kenya to protest femicide and violence against women. The demonstrations follow the murder of... more

29 Jan 2024 · 11 minutes
How do African athletes train for the Winter Olympics without ice?

Nigeria’s youth curling team, the Broomzillas, are Africa’s first curling team to reach a Winter Youth Olympics. Their journey to... more

26 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
Have influencers changed perceptions of ADHD?

366 million adults worldwide have ADHD as of 2020 - that’s over 6% of the whole population. And more young... more

25 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
What’s going on with Pakistan and Iran?

Last week Iran carried out an airstrike on Pakistan’s territory in Balochistan. Pakistan responded with an attack of its own.... more

24 Jan 2024 · 12 minutes
Why did India’s top female wrestler quit before the Olympics?

Wrestling is huge in India. Not just the type with WWE stars like Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins - but... more

23 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
How much does having a baby contribute to climate change?

There are a growing number of people speaking out about their decision not to have children because of climate change.... more

22 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
Should video games be more culturally sensitive?

For the first time, Ubisoft have released a Prince of Persia game with an option to have all the characters... more

19 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
Why are young people leaving Romania?

Young people seem to be moving away from Romania. In 2000, it had a population of 22.4 million people. But... more

18 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
Is circular fashion the answer to clothes waste?

It’s estimated that a garbage truck full of clothing is being sent to a landfill every second, with less than... more

17 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
Super Mosquitoes and how to fight back against malaria

Cape Verde has become the first sub-Saharan nation to be declared malaria-free in fifty years. But mosquitoes, the insects that... more

16 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
Who are the Houthis and why are the US and UK attacking them?

The Houthi, a political and military group in Yemen, have been attacking ships in the Red Sea since November. They... more

15 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
Why are Guinness World Records being smashed in Ghana and Nigeria?

Hundreds of people have been trying to set new world records in Ghana, with applications flying in since July 2023.Earlier... more

12 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
Ecuador: How do you solve the gang problem?

The notorious leader of Ecuador’s main criminal gang escaped from prison this week - he is still missing. The country’s... more

11 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
Overeducated, underpaid: China’s youth unemployment problem

More than one in five people between the ages of 16 and 24 are jobless in China according to the... more

10 Jan 2024 · 11 minutes
The dirty secret inside clean tech

We need precious metals to run green tech but what’s the cost of mining them? Norway has approved commercial-scale deep-sea... more

09 Jan 2024 · 12 minutes
Ukraine: What’s life like for President Zelensky?

It’s been nearly two years since Russia invaded Ukraine. Millions of people have fled the country and thousands have been... more

08 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
Mickey Mouse: Copyrights and wrongs

Disney’s copyright on ‘Steamboat Willie’, which features the earliest version of Mickey Mouse, expired in the US on New Year’s... more

05 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
How to survive a plane crash

Pictures of a burning Japan Airlines plane have been all over the news this week after it collided with a... more

04 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
Make it rain: What is cloud seeding?

Officials in Lahore, Pakistan have been using artificial rain in an effort to lower levels of air pollution. They make... more

03 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
Can blind dates fix China’s shrinking population?

China’s population is shrinking so its government is trying to get more people to have kids by offering financial incentives... more

02 Jan 2024 · 12 minutes
How Vladimir Putin changed everyday life in Russia

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin says he’s going to stand for the top job again in March. He’s been in charge... more

01 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
Bigfoot, Chupacabras and Yetis: What are cryptids?

From the Chupacabra to the Yeti, lots of countries and regions around the world have their own myths about strange... more

29 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
Are billionaires a good thing?

There are more than 2000 billionaires worldwide with a combined wealth of $13 trillion. Some say they’re good for society,... more

28 Dec 2023 · 12 minutes
The Nile: A big dam problem

Ethiopia says its huge dam upstream on the Nile will generate electricity for millions. But downstream countries like Sudan and... more

27 Dec 2023 · 12 minutes
Kush: The mystery drug that’s got Sierra Leone hooked

Kush is rumoured to contain everything from chemicals used to preserve dead bodies to shoe polish. Nobody really know what’s... more

26 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
Work hard, play hard

Indian software billionaire Narayana Murthy (the father-in-law of UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak!) - says that young people in his... more

25 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
Fascination and fear: Why are volcanoes a hot topic?

A volcanic eruption in the Reykjanes peninsula of south-west Iceland has captured the world’s attention. But how dangerous are volcanoes,... more

22 Dec 2023 · 15 minutes
Sudan: What’s happening in the world’s ‘forgotten war’?

Since April this year the Sudanese army and a rival military group called the RSF, the Rapid Support Forces, have... more

21 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
Why do farmers in Myanmar and Afghanistan grow opium?

Myanmar is now the world's largest producer of opium, overtaking Afghanistan. That’s after the Taliban banned the cultivation of opium... more

20 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
AI deepfake porn: Could I be next?

As AI technology advances, new image generator apps pop up all the time. Some of these can be used to... more

19 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
Why are STIs on the rise in Europe?

There’s a concerning rise in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) across Europe. That’s according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention... more

18 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
BTS: From singers to soldiers

All members of BTS are now in the South Korean military. This week, lead vocalist Jung Kook joined the rest... more

15 Dec 2023 · 15 minutes
Israel-Gaza: How and when might a ceasefire happen?

It’s been over two months since Hamas attacked Israel. The war between both sides has continued since then, with a... more

14 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
COP28: What’s the deal?

Nearly 200 countries have agreed a new global deal on climate change at COP28 in Dubai. It’s the biggest step... more

13 Dec 2023 · 15 minutes
Kashmir: What India’s Supreme Court ruling means

On Monday, India’s Supreme Court upheld the government’s 2019 decision to revoke Article 370. That’s a law that previously gave... more

12 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
How progressive is the Pope?

Pope Francis is not your standard pope. He’s talks about climate change, he has a more liberal stance on divorce... more

11 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
Should rap lyrics be allowed as evidence in criminal trials?

Grammy award-winning rapper Young Thug is currently on trial for gang-related charges in Atlanta, US. Prosecutors claim that the rap... more

08 Dec 2023 · 15 minutes
COP28: How to stop your climate anxiety flaring up

We’re back at COP28, discussing ways to help you cope with climate anxiety. The ever present threat of climate change... more

07 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
Tanzania floods: What’s it like to live through a landslide?

Tanzania is coping with the aftermath of severe floods and landslides, which killed dozens of people in the northern Hanang... more

06 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
Why are Venezuela and Guyana locked in a land dispute?

Essequibo is part of Guyana in South America - it’s got lots of oil and dense rainforests. But last Sunday,... more

05 Dec 2023 · 15 minutes
Why has Russia’s Supreme Court labelled the LGBT movement “extremist”?

Russia’s Supreme Court has banned the “international LGBT movement" and declared it an “extremist organisation.” The ruling does not criminalise... more

04 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
Why did it take so long to rescue the Indian tunnel workers?

41 men were working underground in a tunnel in India when a nearby landslide caused part of it to cave... more

01 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
The controversial climate summit held in an oil state: What is COP28?

It’s that time of year again where world leaders, business execs and loads of lobbyists and activists gather for a... more

30 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
How TikTok is changing the music industry ft. Sofi Tukker

How often do you discover new music on TikTok? Chances are, quite a lot. That’s because TikTok is becoming a... more

29 Nov 2023 · 12 minutes
Why are so many historic celebrity sexual assault cases being filed now?

P Diddy, Russell Brand, Jamie Foxx. Those are just three of the male celebrities who’ve been hit with sexual assault... more

28 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
Israel-Gaza: The hostage and prisoner release explained

By Monday morning, more than fifty hostages held in Gaza had been released as part of a deal between Israel... more

27 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
Rammed earth: What is it and can it help tackle climate change?

Cement is said to be responsible for 8% of global carbon emissions. In the search for an alternative, more sustainable... more

24 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
OpenAI: What’s going on and what does it mean for the future of AI?

There’s been serious drama in Silicon Valley this week. On Friday the board of OpenAI, the multi-billion-dollar company behind ChatGPT,... more

23 Nov 2023 · 12 minutes
Brazil heatwave: What’s it got to do with El Niño?

Brazil has recorded its hottest ever temperature - 44.8C (112.6F) - as parts of the country endure a stifling heatwave.You... more

22 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
How a chainsaw wielding TV star became Argentina’s president

Argentina has elected far-right outsider Javier Milei as its new president.He’s a pretty unconventional politician - from tantric sex to... more

21 Nov 2023 · 12 minutes
Fentanyl: Why is it killing so many young Americans?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s fifty times more powerful than heroin. It’s also the biggest killer of 18-45 year... more

20 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
Gaza: Why is Al-Shifa hospital so important to both sides?

Al-Shifa hospital has become a focal point of the Israel-Gaza war in the last few days. On Wednesday morning, Israeli... more

17 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
Miss Universe: Can beauty pageants ever be inclusive?

The Miss Universe pageant takes place on 18th November in El Salvador. Organisers have introduced new rules to make the... more

16 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
How people smugglers are using social media in Pakistan

A BBC investigation has found that people smugglers in Pakistan are using social media sites to advertise their services, despite... more

15 Nov 2023 · 12 minutes
Cryptocurrency Explained

The world of cryptocurrency can be confusing. There’s no tangible money and no clunky coins. Instead we hear about things... more

14 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
How removing tattoos can help people cope with trauma

Gang members and victims of sex trafficking are often tattooed against their will. For those who escape, their tattoos become... more

13 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
Is there a right way to be masculine?

There’s so much stuff online about masculinity; guys telling you how to get buff, what to eat and how to... more

10 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
Marvel mishaps: Are we sick of superheroes?

Ever since ‘Iron Man’ and ‘The Dark Knight’ impressed audiences in 2008, superhero movies have been a major player in... more

09 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
Delhi smog: How India is tackling air pollution

Delhi is often described as the most polluted city in the world. Right now the air quality is so bad... more

08 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
Ukraine: Life in a warzone

Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Nearly two years later, fighting is still going on. Lives... more

07 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
Asexuality: Is it the 'invisible' sexual orientation?

Asexuality – broadly defined as not experiencing sexual attraction — has been called “the invisible orientation”. Asexual people say they’re... more

06 Nov 2023 · 12 minutes
How do you tackle toxic behaviour in gaming?

Online multiplayer can be a toxic environment, especially for female players and people of colour. There are criticisms that not... more

03 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
Are "super-shoes" giving some runners an unfair advantage?

The Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum has just set a new marathon world record. He did it wearing “super-shoes”. Sports brands... more

02 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
The secret life of Chinese social media apps

Canada has banned the all-in-one Chinese social media app, WeChat, on government devices. Even though TikTok has received loads of... more

01 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
What’s behind the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

The United Nations says that the Democratic Republic of Congo is facing one of the world’s biggest displacement and humanitarian... more

31 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
More money, more problems: How do currencies work?

Nigeria’s currency has seen a big drop in value over the last few months. The BBC’s West Africa correspondent, Mayeni... more

30 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
Why are some Caribbean nations demanding slavery reparations?

Across the Caribbean, governments are demanding that former colonial powers, like the U.K., France and The Netherlands, pay reparations for... more

27 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
Reasons to be climate cheerful, with Bill Gates

Bill Gates, the tech billionaire turned philanthropist, invests huge amounts of money in the climate crisis - and he’s pretty... more

26 Oct 2023 · 11 minutes
Dengue fever: What is it and why is it spreading?

The World Health Organization has warned that mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever are spreading to new regions. One reason is... more

25 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
An empty airport, a railway to nowhere and China’s trillion-dollar plan

China is pouring billions of dollars into other countries’ infrastructure projects - some of which have been hugely successful. In... more

24 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
Why governments are building huge cities from scratch

Why would a government build an entirely new capital city? Soe Win Than, editor of the BBC Burmese service, explains... more

23 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
Is Taylor Swift bringing in a new Era of economics?

Taylor Swift’s Eras tour is set to become the biggest tour of all time. From tickets to merch, fans are... more

20 Oct 2023 · 12 minutes
Israel-Gaza: What do we know about the hospital blast?

An explosion at a crowded hospital in Gaza City has killed hundreds of people, according to Palestinian health officials. Israel... more

19 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
Beauty standards: How far will people go to achieve them?

Botox, tummy tucks, Brazilian butt lifts. You may have seen the posts - and adverts - on your socials.Cosmetic surgery... more

18 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
India’s Supreme Court rejects petition for same-sex marriage - what’s next?

India’s Supreme Court has rejected a petition seeking to legalise same-sex marriage. Petitioners sought the same rights as heterosexual couples... more

17 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
The Antarctic: The ‘untold’ climate story of the season

Amid a year of heatwaves and wildfires you might have missed that winter sea-ice surrounding Antarctica is at a record... more

16 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
Will Australia’s referendum give Indigenous people a Voice?

A special vote is taking place in Australia this weekend asking people whether Australia's constitution should be changed. The referendum... more

13 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
Why is it dangerous to be a climate activist in Colombia?

Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. But it’s also the most dangerous to be an... more

12 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
How a deadly scam is costing lives in India

It starts with downloading an app but pretty soon some scammers are going through your data, messaging your contacts, threatening... more

11 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
How did 6 million people in China buy homes that don’t exist?

China is in the middle of a housing market crisis. Two of its top property developers, Evergrande and Country Garden,... more

10 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
Israel-Gaza violence: The conflict explained

Over the weekend, partygoers at a festival in Israel’s Negev desert were attacked by gunmen, with hundreds killed and taken... more

09 Oct 2023 · 11 minutes
Why has it taken so long to arrest someone for Tupac’s murder?

It’s nearly three decades since the drive-by shooting that killed rapper Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas. Now Duane ‘Keefe D’... more

06 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
Why are young people calling on Ghanaians to #OccupyJulorbiHouse?

Thousands of people have been out on the streets of Ghana and organising protests online, using #OccupyJulorbiHouse. In 2019 -... more

05 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
The dark but luxurious life of El Chapo’s wife

Thousands of people - including politicians, students and journalists - are killed in drug cartel violence in Mexico every year.One... more

04 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
Why is there so much instability in the Sahel?

Niger and Gabon are the latest countries in Africa's Sahel to experience military coups. But that’s not the only issue... more

03 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
Why are thousands of people fleeing Nagorno-Karabakh?

A decades-long territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, over the Nagorno-Karabakh region has flared up. Now nearly the entire ethnic... more

02 Oct 2023 · 12 minutes
How do we get plastic out of our oceans?

A truckload of rubbish enters the ocean every minute. Boyan Slat is on a mission to remove it. He’s the... more

29 Sep 2023 · 11 minutes
What's really inside your phone?

Our phones are powered by teeny tiny semi conductors. Taiwan produces over 60% of them. Huawei recently unveiled a phone... more

28 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
Deal! Hollywood writers end their strike

After nearly five months, Hollywood writers have ended their strike, which brought the American film and TV industry to a... more

27 Sep 2023 · 10 minutes
Are your 20s the loneliest decade?

There are loads of videos on TikTok of people calling their 20s the loneliest decade. But are they?We speak to... more

26 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
Net zero: How do we get there?

Talks about net zero have been getting heated in the UK. It’s after the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he... more

25 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
From BTS to Beyoncé - why do “world” tours skip Africa?

What do Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, BTS and Olivia Rodrigo’s “world tours“ have in common?…None of them are going to Africa.... more

22 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
India’s spy agency: What do we know about RAW?

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said his government is investigating "credible" claims that Indian government agents may have been... more

21 Sep 2023 · 11 minutes
Do false online rumours on birth control have consequences IRL?

People seem to be turning to social media influencers for advice on what birth control method to use. Some influencers... more

20 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
Palm oil versus the planet: What can be done?

Palm oil is found in everything from chocolate to shampoo, pizza, toothpaste and deodorant. It’s hugely popular with food and... more

19 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
Is Syria’s government pushing an addictive party drug?

A few days ago police in the United Arab Emirates intercepted a huge haul of illegal Captagon pills worth one... more

18 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
How has Mahsa Amini’s death changed Iran?

One year ago Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman from Iran, died in police custody. The country’s “morality police” had detained... more

15 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
Why was Storm Daniel so deadly in Libya?

Devastating flooding has washed away entire neighbourhoods, killing tens of thousands of people in Libya. In this episode, BBC Monitoring’s... more

14 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
WWE and UFC: Will the merger be a knockout?

The professional wrestling company WWE and the Mixed Martial Arts company UFC have merged in a giant deal that has... more

13 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
Will decriminalisation change abortion for women in Mexico?

The new ruling legalises abortion across all 32 states. Mexico's Supreme Court said the denial of the possibility of a... more

12 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
How has Morocco’s earthquake impacted mountain villages?

Rescue efforts are continuing in Morocco following a deadly earthquake. The worst affected areas are remote villages in the Atlas... more

11 Sep 2023 · 16 minutes
Why are young people fighting for climate action in court?

The number of climate cases being brought to court has doubled over the last five years (Source: UNEP). There are... more

08 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
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The number of climate cases being brought to court has doubled over the last five years (Source: UNEP). There are now over... more