In scenes which could have come from the blockbuster film 'Slumdog Millionaire' a man from one of India's poorest states has become the first person to win a $1m jackpot on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Today begins the one-week countdown to 31st October when the world population is predicted to reach seven billion.
As the host of the next Olympics, Britain will introduce in the United Nations a resolution calling for warring parties around the world to observe a truce during the Games. That's an ancient tradition established in the 9th century BC and revived in recent decades although one that remains largely symbolic.
The genetic code of the germ that caused the Black Death has been reconstructed by scientists for the first time. The Black Death, also known as the plague, killed millions of people in Europe in the 14th Century.
Italy's business capital, Milan, banned all traffic from its streets for 10 hours on Sunday in an attempt to reduce pollution. The city is particularly vulnerable to pollution.
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Listening - Advanced - 2011.10.28 - Real life Indian Millionaire winner In scenes which could have come from the blockbuster film 'Slumdog Millionaire' a man from one of India's poorest states has become the first person to win a $1m jackpot on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Listening - Advanced - 2011.10.24 - Countdown to seven billionth baby Today begins the one-week countdown to 31st October when the world population is predicted to reach seven billion.
Listening - Advanced - 2011.10.17 - Britain to ask UN for Olympic Truce As the host of the next Olympics, Britain will introduce in the United Nations a resolution calling for warring parties around the world to observe a truce during the Games. That's an ancient tradition established in the 9th century BC and revived in recent decades although one that remains largely symbolic.
Listening - Advanced - 2011.10.14 - Secrets of the plague The genetic code of the germ that caused the Black Death has been reconstructed by scientists for the first time. The Black Death, also known as the plague, killed millions of people in Europe in the 14th Century.
Listening - Advanced - 2011.10.10 - Milan bans cars to reduce pollution Italy's business capital, Milan, banned all traffic from its streets for 10 hours on Sunday in an attempt to reduce pollution. The city is particularly vulnerable to pollution.
Listening - Advanced - 2011.10.07 - Jobs mourned in China In China fans of Apple have been reacting to the death of the company's co-founder Steve Jobs.
Listening - Advanced - 2011.10.03 - Denmark’s fat tax Denmark has become the first country in the world to introduce a tax on foods seen as being harmful to health. There will be an extra charge on items that contain more than 2.3% of a particular type of fat.
Listening - Advanced - 2011.09.30 - US$130,000 left in toilet for quake victims A mysterious donor has left more than US$130,000 in a toilet in a Japanese city hall. Written instructions said the money should be used to help victims of March's earthquake and tsunami.
Listening - Advanced - 2011.09.23 - Turkey bans men from football match The Turkish Football Federation has started an unusual experiment. They plan to allow only women and children to attend matches played by teams which have been punished for bad behaviour. In an Istanbul stadium where the top Turkish team, Fenerbahce, played, the atmosphere has changed.
Listening - Advanced - 2011.09.16 - Interview reveals Jackie’s inner thoughts An interview given by the late Jacqueline Kennedy shortly after her husband President Kennedy was assassinated has been made public. The audio tapes reveal some of the dislikes of America's most famous First Lady.

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