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00:48: I'm Alex Ritson and at 13 hours GMT on Tuesday 8 August, these are our main stories.
00:55: United Nations investigators say they've gathered evidence of frequent and
00:59: brazen war crimes by Myanmar's military. A BBC investigation into widespread sexual abuse
01:05: and violence by supposed spiritual healers in Sudan and Morocco. A report from the Amazon as South
01:12: American leaders gather to try and stop the chopping of the rainforest.
01:20: Also in this podcast, July was the world's hottest month ever, according to EU scientists.
01:27: At a start warning from the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken to the co-leaders in
01:32: Niger about Russia's Wagner mercenaries.
01:35: Every single place that this group, Wagner Group, has gone.
01:38: Death, destruction and exploitation have followed.
01:45: We begin in Myanmar where UN investigators say there's been a dramatic increase in war
01:50: crimes and crimes against humanity under the military junta.
01:54: We got more details from our Geneva correspondent, Imogen Fogs.
01:59: This is their annual report looking at the period July 22 to July 23.
02:03: They have hundreds, more than 700 sources, including 200 eyewitness accounts.
02:11: have satellite imagery, forensic evidence, and what they're pointing to particularly are
02:18: what they say are really indiscriminate attacks on civilians from the bombing of entire villages,
02:26: burning villages, mass execution of civilians detained during military operations as well as
02:33: mass executions of detained fighters. And the investigators completely dismiss Myanmar's claim
02:41: that only opposition fighters are targeted—this is a purely, strictly military operation—they
02:49: say that is absolutely not the case. They should have, indeed, possibly did know that they were intended to target civilians.
02:58: To reports like this, they make any difference.
03:00: Well, that is a really good question, because traditionally, you and human rights reports their power lies simply in publicity.
03:08: They carefully investigate and then they publish their findings.
03:12: But this rather clunky UN independent investigative mechanism is designed to build cases which can be used in prosecutions.
03:24: So the investigators are building case files on individuals leading Myanmar, leaders in its military.
03:34: And the evidence that they have can be and indeed is being passed to bodies like the International
03:41: Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice.
03:44: So there is the potential at least for prosecutions, for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.
03:51: Which will scare presumably the military leaders.
03:56: Well it will certainly tell them that it's going to be a bit risky for them to ever leave me on Mar.
04:01: We have seen these prosecutions in the past, but typically, if you look at, for example,
04:06: the former Serbian leader, Slubod and Milosevic, he had to lose power and was then delivered to the hage.
04:15: Others you see with the Syria war crimes trials that people who have passed as refugees
04:21: into Europe are then tried with countries using universal jurisdiction and trying them on their territory.
04:29: So it's either lose power or leave Myanmar.
04:32: We will see Myanmar's military in court, but not before that.
04:36: Imagine folks in Geneva.
04:38: July saw forest fires across large areas of North America, southern Europe and northern
04:44: Africa, severe heat waves in South America and China, and typhoons and flooding across much of Asia.
04:51: Now, it's been confirmed that last month was the hottest ever recorded on Earth.
04:55: The European Union's climate observatory, Copernicus, says the average global temperature
05:00: was 16.6 Celsius, a third of a degree higher than the previous record in 2019.
05:07: While that may not sound very warm to some people, it is very significant as our environment correspondent Matt McGrath told me.
05:16: You're right, it doesn't sound like an awful lot considering some of the temperatures
05:19: we've seen around the world in the 30s and 40s over the last couple of weeks.
05:23: But you have to remember this is a global average taken from billions of readings, from
05:28: aircraft, from satellites, from weather stations all over the world, and it's day and night,
05:33: it's from valleys and mountains. So it's a very comprehensive view across the world.
05:38: And as you say, July this year was the hottest on record, hotter than July 2019 by about a
05:43: third of a degree, but the long-term average here, and the long-term average is only from 1990 to 2020.
05:49: it beats the July figure for that period of three decades by three quarters of a degree.
05:54: And I think scientists will see that as very significant that even in the recent decades,
05:59: it's three quarters of a degree warmer than those figures.
06:02: And with scientists have repeated last week's warning about ocean temperatures too.
06:06: Yes, indeed, the ocean temperatures last week were peaking around 21 degrees.
06:09: There were just the Gulf of Mexico described as being as warm as a bath.
06:13: And I think this record from Copernicus also shows that this has been happening for several months
06:17: now including July. We saw that temperatures have been going up since April in the North Atlantic.
06:22: That was about one degree warmer than average in July. And all of this is compounded by heat waves
06:28: at sea, these big marine heat waves of the cold, threatening species. And also reducing the ability
06:34: of the oceans to absorb carbon dioxide, which may in turn make warming worse in the near future.
06:40: Warnings are all well and good, though, but it does sometimes fail as scientists with reports
06:44: like this are just shouting into the abyss.
06:46: I think there's a real danger here that both for politicians and for many people that we're
06:50: becoming ennured to record breaking, becoming used, if you like, to these kind of record-breaking
06:55: temperatures that people are reporting. And I think that, you know, governments and people
06:59: are also realizing that making the changes to move away from fossil fuels, which are the main cause
07:03: of these rising temperatures, is an expensive business and difficult for many people to do in the
07:08: midst of a global cost-to-living crisis. But I think, and I fear, that over the rest of the year,
07:13: we will see more records and more data as el-Ninial kicks into gear in the waters of South
07:19: America, driving temperatures ever higher. I think politicians come the big climate meeting
07:24: at the end of this year, we'll have to make some very tough decisions faced with the reality
07:29: of climate change as we're experiencing it now. Matt McGraw. Climate change and how to tackle it
07:35: is also at the top of the agenda in the Brazilian city of Bellem, leaders from South American
07:41: countries that share the Amazon rainforest. A meeting to discuss measures to save it.
07:46: The latest figures show deforestation has fallen by 66 percent since Brazil's President
07:52: Lula came to power. After several years of rising deforestation under far-rightly debt
07:57: giant Bolsonaro, Lula has promised zero deforestation by 2030.
08:03: Is that an impossible task? Our South America correspondent Katie Watson reports from the most deforested state in Brazil.
08:16: Delegates are being welcomed with a lively folkloric dance routine as they pass through
08:20: rivals at Belling airport. President Lula De Silva called this summit to bring together the
08:25: eight South American nations who share a slice of the Amazon to find ways of protecting it.
08:30: I think the world needs to look at this meeting in Belling as a milestone he told me last week.
08:38: I've participated in several meetings and many times they talk, talk, talk, approve a document and nothing happens.
08:45: This meeting is the first great opportunity for people to show the world what we want to do.
08:52: For those on the ground though, it's been a difficult few years.
08:55: Hobbes and Goncalves lives a 13-hour boat ride from Belén on Ilya Nemarujo.
09:01: This part of Brazil has been the hardest hit by deforestation.
09:07: You have no idea how much pressure there was in our community under the Bolsonaro government.
09:11: Lent owners, circling the planes, soya farmers wanting to buy the land to deforest it.
09:18: The Hobson's community stood firm and then having courted by a newer industry.
09:23: Businesses that emit carbon dioxide can buy carbon credits to offset the pollution they create
09:28: and those credits can be found in sustainable projects.
09:32: But such is the growth of this industry, carbon credit companies operating in Elid
09:36: de Marajoy have been accused of harassing people to sign their contracts.
09:41: Much of the problems arise because the state is so absent in the Amazon.
09:44: Paras public prosecutor has since got involved to hope projects that have caused concern.
09:49: Prosecutor Eliani Moreira has helped draw up guidelines in what is still an unregulated market.
09:58: In the state is on there, it creates a no-mins land where anything can happen.
10:03: On the banks of the Amazon River, Hernandez Pandoria is hopeful that carbon credits can give him a better future.
10:10: He proudly shows off his assay in Cacao plantations.
10:14: The machinery and training were provided for by CarbonX, a Brazilian carbon credit company that's received investment funding from Shell.
10:22: Just last year we took five illegal sawmirs from Arlen.
10:27: The community knows that defending their territory from illegal logging is a challenge on their
10:31: own, but partnering with a company like CarbonX with the funds behind it is the best way forward.
10:37: We won't support to live after our forests.
10:42: We don't want to cut down trees anymore.
10:47: For CarbonX, empowering the communities to look after their land is important.
10:51: Janine Dullan is the CEO.
10:53: When Global North comes to Global South and say, I have a solution.
10:57: We're like, really?
10:59: Have you been to the Amazon?
11:00: How do you know?
11:01: What's good for them?
11:02: How can you solve that problem?
11:04: If you've never been there, you don't have your boots on the ground.
11:07: People on the ground in the Amazon and those at the summit this week had determined to
11:12: make South America's voice heard when it comes to climate change.
11:17: Katie Watson.
11:20: The world's second biggest economy is having problems.
11:23: China has suffered big falls in both exports and imports.
11:27: Exports for July were 14.5% down on the year before the weakest level since February 2020.
11:34: As Nick Marsh reports from our Asia Business Hub in Singapore,
11:38: China appears to be suffering from the economic version of Long COVID.
11:44: These figures for trade are actually even worse than economists had anticipated in terms
11:49: of exports. It's the weakest data since back in February 2020 when China, of course, was
11:55: right in the thick of the pandemic. Why is this data so bad? Well, it's mainly to do with
12:01: China's customers abroad. They're really struggling with high inflation, high interest rates,
12:08: so they're spending less money on Chinese goods. And if you're a policymaker in Beijing,
12:12: well, it's difficult to say what you should do about that. You can't just force other
12:16: countries to start buying more of your goods. But there's also more to contend with. If you look at
12:21: the spending within China, that's also looking not very encouraging at the moment. Tomorrow,
12:28: we're expecting some more figures to be coming out, which will probably show deflation.
12:33: Price is actually going down in China. That's a bit more difficult to explain, but there are
12:40: some people who think that China's zero-coded policy went on for so long that customers just
12:45: start ready to splurge post-pandemic, like they did in Europe, like they did in the United States.
12:50: So you've got problems outside of China.
12:52: People not ready to spend on Chinese goods and within China as well.
12:57: Nick Marsh.
12:59: If you use your laptop in public, you might want to be careful about who might be listening
13:04: in. Researchers in Britain have shown it's possible to work out what you're typing
13:09: by recording the sound of tapping on your keyboard and then putting it through an AI model.
13:15: The paper by researchers from Durham, Surrey and Royal Holloway universities was published
13:21: at the European Symposium on Security and Privacy.
13:24: My colleague Oliver Conway spoke to the lead author Joshua Harrison.
13:30: This paper was a proof of concept in which we tried to show the possibility of a machine
13:35: learning models at recognising which key is being pressed, purely based off the sound
13:41: recorded from just an iPhone sat nearby on a table. No further away than you might get
13:46: to someone sat next to a coffee shop. We recorded a big amount of key presses on this laptop,
13:54: then we filtered them through this machine learning model and the machine learning model
13:58: broke a good amount of records in terms of the accuracy of the predictions that it made.
14:03: you gave it a sound, how well could it predict that sounds key from the recordings that we made?
14:10: So each key has a different sound and it's able to work out from the sound which key you've hit.
14:16: Yes, so if you think of a drum, the different areas that you hit on the drum will make different
14:20: noises and there's not so dissimilar a system going on here where you have in this case, I'll
14:26: laptop with four feet on the table and where you hit on that plate, that metal plate with
14:33: four feet on the table is going to change the sound similar to that drum.
14:37: And so these little variations in the sounds that are produced when you hit those keys
14:41: and be picked up with something like, in our case, a deep learning algorithm.
14:46: So with this only work on, say, a traditional keyboard rather than if you're tapping on your smartphone, for example.
14:53: model specifically works on the model of laptop that we tested. But in terms of touch
14:59: screen specifically, these have been found to be vulnerable to using the microphone in
15:04: the device. So for example, if we were on FaceTime and you were typing on your phone while
15:10: we were on FaceTime, I'm listening to those taps through the microphones in your device.
15:16: And those in different papers that we have cited, those papers have found that these
15:21: touch screens are vulnerable to a similar kind of attack where the different bumps and sounds
15:26: coming from you typing on that touchscreen are detectable within the microphones of your phone.
15:31: But in your experiment, you found that if someone was typing away and you had this computer
15:37: listening in, it would more or less know what is being typed.
15:41: So the way our experiment works is you take a bunch of random recordings of these key
15:47: and yeah, given that that bunch of random data, it was able to predict 95% of those keys,
15:55: what we're trying to show with paper or what this paper does show is that specifically machine
16:00: learning is provably quite good at this better than other models that have been used in the past.
16:06: And so the likelihood of someone being able to exploit these flaws, the flaws being, the sound
16:14: a keyboard makes. That likelihood does go up with this paper showing that progress.
16:20: Software engineer Joshua Harrison.
16:25: Still to come in the global news podcast. A few moments before the court
16:30: has passed, there was a massive sing-along people broke out into their own version of nothing compares to you.
16:37: An update from Ireland on the funeral of singer
16:40: Shunne Do Conner.
16:47: Walking out into that stadium and everybody's there.
16:50: There's just such a big crowd and so much family and noise.
16:53: It's a dream.
16:54: I remember growing up and watching the Olympics
16:57: and realizing that, you know, one day this could be me.
16:59: An event that the whole world recognizes.
17:02: to win was something I had never imagined.
17:06: A podcast about the incredible journeys of Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
17:11: On the podium from the BBC World Service, find it wherever you get your BBC podcasts.
17:18: Niger was a key ally of the United States until last month's coup,
17:23: the seventh military takeover in West and Central Africa since 2020.
17:28: It comes as the Russian-Murson-Rigrupp Vagna stepped up activity in the region.
17:32: It's been courting several African governments.
17:35: The United States sent a top official, Victoria Nulund, Tunisia,
17:39: to try to pave the way for a restoration of democracy.
17:42: But after talks, she said no progress had been made.
17:46: The BBC's where he get Moira spoke to her boss,
17:49: the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken,
17:52: and began by asking him if the site of Russian flags on the streets of the capital,
17:57: and the Army was of concern to the US.
18:00: For sure, we have concerns when we see something like the Wagner Group possibly manifesting
18:05: itself in different parts of the Sahel.
18:08: And here's why we're concerned, because every single place that this group, Wagner Group,
18:13: has gone death, destruction, and exploitation have followed.
18:18: Insecurity has gone up, not down.
18:20: It hasn't been a response to the needs of the countries in question for greater security.
18:25: I think what happened and what continues to happen in Niger
18:30: was not instigated by Russia or by Wagner,
18:34: but to the extent that they try to take advantage of it.
18:36: And we see a repeat of what's happened in other countries
18:39: where they brought nothing but bad things in their wake.
18:41: That wouldn't be good.
18:42: Would you, with the troops of the US,
18:44: stay in Niger if the coup holds?
18:46: Well, I don't want to get into hypotheticals.
18:48: We get ahead of what's happening in Niger.
18:52: We strongly support the work that Eko Was is doing
18:54: to try to help restore the constitutional order.
18:58: In Niger, I've been in close touch with President Bazaum with many colleagues in the region, including the Nigerian president
19:05: to Nubu, colleagues at the African Union.
19:08: And it's very important that that constitutional order be restored.
19:15: And right now, I think,
19:17: Iqawas is playing an important role
19:19: in moving the country back in that direction.
19:21: Secretary of State, for those who support
19:23: the halting of the Black Sea grain deal or I really look at it.
19:27: They argue that the West is mainly concerned about Russia's growing influence over Africa
19:32: and the issue isn't just about food supply bearing in mind only 3 percent of Ukraine's
19:36: grain actually got to the African continent.
19:39: Do you have any views on that?
19:40: Well, again, the majority of the grain that was getting out through the Black Sea grain
19:45: initiative, more than 50 percent was going to develop in countries, including many in
19:50: Africa, two-thirds of the wheat going to developing countries, including countries in Africa.
19:55: But meanwhile, what's so important is this, resolving this situation, Russia getting back
20:01: into the Black Sea Grand Initiative, would be the quickest thing anyone could do to actually effectively address food insecurity.
20:09: The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken.
20:14: Spiritual healing is very popular in many countries in the Middle East, but there have been concerns
20:19: as the practice is not regulated. Now, a BBC News Arabic investigation has uncovered allegations
20:25: of widespread sexual abuse and coercion by spiritual healers in Sudan and Morocco.
20:32: 80 women accused healers of offenses including rape, sexual assault and manipulating them
20:37: into sex. Hanan Razek visited Sudan before the recent conflict and sent this report,
20:43: which contains distressing details of sexual abuse and violence.
20:49: At this center in Khartoum, women believe that spiritual healing can cure illnesses and
20:57: solve emotional problems while expelling evil spirits.
21:03: Shaykh Fautama is one of the few women who works as a healer.
21:08: The practice is unregulated.
21:10: She says many of the women she sees have been sexually exploited.
21:17: Every woman told us that part of the treatment involved the sheikh or heeler touching part of their body.
21:24: Out of 100 women undoubtedly a quarter of them would have been sexually abused.
21:30: One of the women sheikh of Akma is helped is Sousa.
21:35: He said he would have sex with me and use the resulting body fluids to concoct a potion
21:40: I should feed to my husband.
21:42: He said this is the treatment.
21:44: In the first investigation of its kind, we spent months verifying stories of abuse.
21:50: Fifty women in Sudan accused 40 healers of harassment, assault, and manipulating them into sex.
21:58: Afef is one of those women.
22:01: She went to a healer called Sheikh Brahim to help with her son's illness.
22:06: As you lay fe hekabdir.
22:08: I saw his shadow behind me, then he grobbed me.
22:11: When he approached me, I swore to God I would scream and alert his children.
22:16: I took his hands off me and I left.
22:19: After hearing accounts from two other women, we sent an undercover journalist to visit the healer.
22:25: While we were speaking, I suddenly found him next to me.
22:30: I'll do prayers and recite 5,000 times over prayer beads.
22:34: He put his hand on my thigh.
22:36: I pushed his hand away.
22:38: Then he put his hand on my stomach and pushed one of his fingers all the way down.
22:47: With that touch I got up and left.
22:54: We contacted Sheikh Rebrahim to put our allegations to him and he agreed to be interviewed.
23:00: I asked him if he had ever tried to have sex with women who had come for treatment.
23:06: Only treatment, I only do treatment.
23:09: What about our evidence that he had sexually assaulted women, including our own journalist?
23:14: No, no, that didn't happen. God will hold her accountable for that.
23:19: Then, he abruptly ended the interview.
23:22: We brought our evidence to Alaydina Buzait and advisor to the Islamic Affairs Ministry.
23:29: It's become a profession for those who have no profession.
23:32: We don't deny there are sexual anomalies.
23:34: We undoubtedly support Tremor with the Quran, but in the Quran form, it's chaos.
23:40: With no help coming from the authorities for women like our FF, she has her own advice.
23:47: I tell them to forget about the healer and to solve their problems in another way.
23:52: That's report by Hanan Razek.
23:56: In 1959, the Soviet Union made history with the first uncrewed landing on the moon.
24:01: Soviet Russia scores a dramatic victory in the exploration of space with the launching of the first rocket to the moon,
24:14: an historic scientific feat, bearing the Soviet coat of arms and hammer and sickle penance in travel 35 hours through space.
24:22: More than 60 years later, Russia is hoping to return to the moon.
24:26: The Lunar 25 lander, which is due to launch on Friday, aims to take and analyze soil samples and conduct long-term scientific research.
24:36: Originally, the project was to have been a joint venture with the European Space Agency,
24:41: but all cooperation with Moscow was ended following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
24:46: Thomas Harsensky works for the European Space Policy Institute.
24:51: Gary Adonahu asked him why Russia was returning to the lunar surface now.
24:56: I would say it's not the programme or the mission itself is not really a new development.
25:01: As often in the space sector, the missions and specially missions that are really ambitious
25:07: that go maybe to other celestial bodies, take years to emerge from the initial idea to the actual launch of the mission.
25:15: I suppose going to the moon is in space terms, a bit of a sort of muscle flex, isn't it?
25:20: It's what countries want to do when they want to prove their space credentials.
25:24: I would argue that it is becoming such again.
25:27: For maybe the 10, 20, 30 years, if you look to the past, we haven't really seen so much activity.
25:34: I mean, we can say that it has been done in the past, like with the US, with the Soviets,
25:39: but it's still not that easy to go to the moon to softly land there.
25:42: There has been some unsuccessful tries, for instance, with some of the recent missions like
25:47: the Israeli mission or the recent private landing mission by the ice-based company.
25:52: But yes, you write in a sense of it has sort of become again kind of a matter of a prestige.
25:59: The technological advancements in the sector have driven down the cost of accessing space
26:03: or flying to space or purchasing space technologies, which basically opens up the possibilities
26:08: of such ambitious and costly endeavors also to some smaller actors.
26:13: And yes, indeed, we are seeing that more countries and especially smaller countries are now going back to the moon.
26:19: It's an interesting decision for them to press ahead with this at a time where money must
26:24: be short politically inside Russia with them fighting the war in Ukraine and all that.
26:30: Is the space program in Russia well funded?
26:33: And past maybe 10-15 years, what has really kind of a surface in terms of space news or
26:40: space policy from Russia has not really been good news.
26:44: There has been a lot of indications of a very strong presence of corruption in the Russian space agency.
26:51: It has changed its structure several times.
26:53: The leaderships have changed.
26:55: This is clearly a signal that something is not right in the Russian space program.
26:59: the space program have not been able to kind of sustain the levels of investments when
27:04: you compare to the GDP or to the overall public expenditure as it has been during the Soviet
27:09: era. And more recently there have been a game, some budget cut. But what we have clearly
27:13: seen is that the achievements that the Soviet Union has been successful in achieving in
27:18: the past, Russia has not been able to repeat it in the past few years. And I think that
27:22: it's really signaling that the Russian space program has not been able to sustain the excellence
27:28: compared to the Soviet program in the Cold War.
27:30: Thomas Razzenskiy from the European Space Policy Institute.
27:36: The Vaketa Purpose found on Mexico's Pacific coast
27:40: is on the verge of extinction, with only around 10 animals still surviving.
27:44: The Vaketa is the smallest of all the purposes,
27:47: similar to dolphins, but with shorter beaks and more rounded bodies.
27:51: Now, the International Wailing Commission
27:53: has issued the first extinction alert in its 70-year history
27:57: to one of the danger facing the Vikita,
28:00: I spoke to our science correspondent Helen Briggs.
28:04: The main problem for the Vikita is entanglement in Gillnet.
28:08: So these are these flat fishing nets suspended vertically in the water.
28:14: Now, fishing with Gillnet has been banned in Mexico, but illegal Gillnet fishing goes on,
28:21: and that's driven by the high prices poachers can get
28:24: for an endangered fish called the Tatober, prized for its swim bladder in Chinese medicine
28:31: and sold for vast profits on the black market.
28:34: So there are efforts to clamp down on illegal guill� fishing.
28:39: Last year, for example, the Mexican Navy placed concrete blocks in an area to try and stop
28:46: this guill� fishing and increased enforcement efforts.
28:49: there are questions over whether enough is being done and diplomatic tensions over this
28:55: between the US and Mexico and also concerns by sighties the body that regulates trade
29:01: in endangered species. Yeah, poachers notoriously tend to care very little about issues like this,
29:07: so there are any reasons to think that the Vikita purpose isn't going to be gone within
29:13: fairly short time. This message from the IWC, the International Wailing Commission,
29:18: does speak of a grim future for this creature. But it says it's speaking out now because it
29:25: believes extinction is not yet inevitable. So there is a glimmer of hope. And scientists,
29:32: a few years back, did actually do some DNA testing on samples of these purposes. And they
29:39: reckon that actually there is enough genetic diversity in this population, even though
29:43: it's down to ten. If you were to be able to stop this fishing and the population were
29:48: able to recover naturally, there's no reason why it couldn't bounce back. But increasing
29:55: concerns about whales, dolphins, porpoises, the cetaceans and the IWC acting now to highlight
30:03: some of these extinction threats. And I think we're likely to see more of these warnings from the IWC.
30:09: Helen Briggs.
30:11: Ireland has been saying farewell to the singer,
30:14: Shenado Conner, on the day she was buried.
30:16: The streets of the town of Bray were filled with crowds paying their respects.
30:20: Our reporter, Sarah Gervin, was among them.
30:23: Despite her international stardom,
30:25: Shenado Conner was part of the community
30:28: in this seaside town for 15 years.
30:31: Today, that community turned out to mourn, celebrate,
30:34: and honour her as a singer and as an activist.
30:43: The thoisons of Vans who lined the root of her final journey sang and danced as her
30:49: greatest hits blasted out from a van decked in floors and pride flags as her funeral
30:54: court hedge passed by her former home they fell silent.
30:59: But just for a moment before Applaus broke out.
31:02: After that a private burial.
31:05: the end of a life live for so many years in the public gaze.
31:10: Sarah Gavin.
31:15: And that's all from us for now.
31:17: But there'll be a new edition of the Global News Podcast later.
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31:36: This edition was mixed by Chris A Blackwa and the producer was Anna Murphy.
31:42: The editor is Karen Martin.
31:45: I'm Alex Ritz and until next time, goodbye.