335 - Switzerland, Swaziland or eSwatini?

April 27, 2018


This week's English News Weekly podcast reports on a decision by one country in southern Africa to change its name. Usually when a country decides to adopt a new name it comes after independence from colonial rule. So the Gold Coast became Ghana and Rhodesia turned into Zimbabwe. However, the decision by the King of Swaziland to change the country's name has a slightly unusual reason behind it. Why has Swaziland changed its name? How easy is it to change a name?
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April 27, 2018
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318 - Saviour of the World - £340m Please!

November 24, 2017


This week's English News Weekly podcast reports on an astronomical figure than has been paid to buy one Leonardo da Vinci painting. Salvator Mundi or Saviour of the World in English has smashed the world record for the highest price paid an auction for a painting. Why did the painting sell for such an incredible total? Who is the Saviour of the World? And what is the fascinating story behind the painting?

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November 24, 2017
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313 - Hysterical Mob Attacks Vampires!

October 28, 2017


This week's English News Weekly podcast reports on disturbing news from southeast Africa where a spate of attacks on people suspected of being vampires have led to nine deaths. The attacks by groups of over 100 people have been occurring over the last two months across Malawi, an impoverished African country. Why are the people being attacked? Why are these people being suspected of being vampires?

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October 28, 2017
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312 - Viking Revelation!

October 20, 2017


This week's English News Weekly podcast reports on a fascinating discovery from Sweden that could alter Viking history. Garments recovered from 9th and 10th Century Viking graves have revealed Arabic writing – including the words 'Allah' and 'Ali' embroidered on some of them. Researchers from a Swedish University claim this is the first time such discoveries have been found. What does this mean? Why is this interesting?

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October 20, 2017
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294 - Japan’s Tattoo Dilemma

June 02, 2017


This week's English News Weekly podcast reports on a dilemma facing the Japanese Government...How to accommodate foreign visitors who have tattoos. This potential problem is a reflection on cultural sensitivities in Japan that associate tattooing with organised crime. This means that tattooed people are banned from places such as public baths and hot springs. Yet with Japan set to host two massive sporting events the dilemma is - what to do with these tattooed visitors? How will this problem be solved?

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June 02, 2017
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