BBC World Service

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Recent Episodes

Trump to Reveal Tough New Iran Strategy

The new US strategy is expected to call for stricter enforcement of the 2015 nuclear deal. Also: Turkish troops enter north-western Syria and penguins die in 'catastrophic' Antarctic breeding season.

US Dumps UN Cultural Agency

The US State Department says it's leaving the UN's cultural agency, UNESCO, because of what it called continuing anti-Israel bias, as well as concern over mounting arrears and the need for fundamental reform. Also: rival Palestinian factions call an end to hostilities, an American woman and her family are freed after being held for five years by the Taliban, and the international language of babies.

Palestinian Factions Reach Unity Deal

Also: British jihadist Sally-Anne Jones 'killed by drone' and the Australian state of New South Wales brings in laws to help revive lost indigenous languages.

Catalonia: Will Spain Take Back Control?

Which way forward after Spanish Prime Minister's warning of direct rule over Catalonia? The Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, has given the Catalan authorities five days to clarify whether the region has declared independence.

Also, UN human rights office accuses Myanmar's military of seeking to expel Rohingyas permanently, and how Grime is now part of the music mainstream.

Catalonia: Spain Takes Step towards Direct Rule

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has warned Catalonia that Madrid could impose direct rule on the region.

Also, India's Supreme Court rules that sex with a child bride is rape, a new report into the growing global problem of child obesity, and we visit a fashion-show where the models are victims of acid-attacks.

Catalonia Independence Bid on Hold

Catalan leaders sign a declaration of independence from Spain but suspend it to allow talks. Also: Raila Odinga quits Kenya election re-run and Trump challenges Rex Tillerson to IQ test.