Listening

BBC news 2019-04-30

BBC news with Gareth Barlow.

The Islamic State Group has released a video of a man and says it’s its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He last appeared in a mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul to proclaim his Caliphate in 2014. In seemingly good health, the man speaks of recent events.

The US Aviation regulator has received four phone calls from current and former Boeing employees about the safety of new 737 Max jet liner. The aircraft has been involved in two deadly crashes.

America has warned its European allies it will evaluate whether to share information with them if they use what it considers as untrustworthy companies like Huawei in their 5G networks. The U.S. is concerned about Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government.

The American film director John Singleton has died at the age of 51. The life support system he was armed after suffering a stroke two weeks ago was removed. In 1991, John Singleton became the youngest person and the first African American to be nominated for an Oscar for best director for his film “Boyz n the Hood”.

The Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro says he wants to exempt landowners from punishment if they use a gun against intruders. He said a bill tackling the issue would be presented to congress for approval.

A scientific study suggesting that deteriorating sense of smell in older people may be linked to premature death. The scientist leading research Honglei Chen said the full reason behind these results was not yet understood, but advised that a smell test could be included in routine doctor’s visit in the future.

And a public outcry has forced Russian state television to investigate possible vote rigging in the children’s talent show. The 10-year-old daughter of a pop star and a wealthy businessman won the voice kids having received more than half of the votes.

Live from London, that is the latest BBC World News.
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