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Hear the story behind the headlines. In under ten minutes each episode, we’ll help you make sense of the news stories that matter to you from Australia and the world, with reports and interviews from the SBS News team.


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Hear the story behind the headlines. In under ten minutes each episode, we’ll help you make sense of the news stories that matter to you from Australia and the world, with reports and interviews from the SBS News team.




Time for a nap? Chinstrap penguins survive on 10,000 microsleeps a day

Penguins are sleeping only seconds at a time - but thousands of times a day - according to a new study published in the journal Science. Researchers say chinstrap penguins, who look like they're wearing helmets, have adapted their sleep pattern to their high-stress environment


Are the major supermarkets price gouging to get record profits?

Supermarket giants accused of price gouging during a cost-of-living crisis could be scrutinised by a parliamentary committee. The Greens will seek to establish a committee inquiry into the impact of market concentration on food prices and the pattern of pricing strategies employed by the supermarket duopoly.


As the temperatures rise, so does anxiety for many people

As negotiations ramp up at the UN climate conference in Dubai, those on the front line of climate change say the need for action has never been more acute. The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast another hot, dry summer for parts of Australia, increasing the risk of bushfires. But for some, these warnings can stir feelings of anxiety... highlighting the need to build resilience at community level.


Can COP28 climate summit make history?

World leaders are gathering for the COP28 climate summit in Dubai. Renewable energy, fossil fuels and climate funds to address the most vulnerable countries are all on the agenda.


INTERVIEW: EU Vice President Margaritis Schinas talks to SBS

European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas has been in Canberra this week. Among other things he's been finding a way to “mend fences” to find a path to a successful free trade agreement with Australia after the failure of talks in Osaka. Halso talks to SBS's Political Correspondent Anna Henderson about Europe's apparent surge to the right, with Italy's Giorgia Meloni and the recent election of Geert Vilders in the Netherlands. He also discusses Islamaphobic nationalism in the EU and the looming deal on immigration the EU is preparing to finalise.


Why extreme weather events can damage your mental health

The first ever 'Day of Health' will be held at the UN Climate Conference in Dubai on Sunday December 3rd, recognising the risks to people’s physical and mental well-being. Experts predict negative mental health effects will only grow as extreme weather events increase in intensity and frequency, highlighting the importance of grass-roots programs in disaster-struck communities.


Survey of Women's World Cup players reveals shortcomings in pay and medical support

As the highs and lows of the Matildas and the 2023 Women's World Cup are written into history, a survey of players has highlighted shocking inadequacies at the highest level of the women's game.


EU Vice President hopes to finalise free trade deal with Australia

The European Union has declared it wants to "mend fences" and work towards finalising a free trade deal with Australia, after the breakdown of negotiations this year. That's the message from a vice president of the European Commission, visiting Australia and holding talks with the federal immigration minister.


INTERVIEW: What this Pacific leader hopes will come out of COP28

This year's UN climate summit, COP28, is underway in the United Arab Emirates. For low-lying Pacific Island nations, the stakes couldn't be higher.


SBS On the Money: Is work-from-home to blame for Australia's productivity problem?

Westpac Chief Economist Luci Ellis speaks with SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Gonçalves about Australia's productivity problem, if it's a concern, the impact WFH is having and her take on the RBA's final board meeting next week; plus the day on the markets with Omkar Joshi from Opal Capital Management.


At COP28, small island states welcome deal on loss and damage fund

Representatives at the COP28 climate summit have announced a decision to launch a so-called loss and damage fund to support countries affected by global warming. It comes on the first day of the summit, with the new fund to launch by next year.


Israel and Hamas agree to truce extension - how long will it last?

A ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas has been extended again, allowing the exchange of further Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners. It comes as United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Israel must put civilian protections in place before it resumes military options against Hamas.


The challenges facing COP28

The Emirati oil tycoon leading COP28 - has denied allegations the host nation sought to strike fossil fuel deals with foreign governments as part of his official COP duties. Sultan Al Jaber says the allegations were an attempt to undermine the work of the COP28 presidency. The annual Conference of the Parties – otherwise known as COP kicks off this week – the gathering of world leaders will decide how to tackle global warming.


Diplomat, politician and Nobel winner Henry Kissinger has died

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has passed away at age 100. The original 'shuttle diplomat', Mr Kissinger was involved in many events throughout the world during the 1960s and 1970s and remained active in politics even until his 90s. He was known as one of the most polarising figures in the political world.


SBS On the Money: World's most expensive cities plus withdrawing minimum super

Australia's biggest cities have fallen in the rankings of the world's most expensive. SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Gonçalves speaks with Barsali Bhattacharyya from the Economist Intelligence: EIU Unit to find out why; Gerard Brody from Super Consumers Australia's explains why a significant number of retirees are withdrawing just the minimum amount from their super; and Jody Fitzgerald from Morningstar on whether we'll see a Santa Rally this year.


Government optimistic about progress on climate change - despite falling behind

Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen has warned 'hostile actors' could target Australia's energy networks during extreme weather events, caused by global warming. Mr Bowen delivered the government's annual climate change statement, which showed emissions increased in the 12 months to June this year, conceding more work needs to be done.


Baltic States skip OSCE meeting over Russia's presence

World leaders have gathered for a major security meeting in North Macedonia, while others have boycotted the event due to Russia's presence. Meanwhile, foreign ministers have also gathered in Brussels for a NATO meeting - where the war in Ukraine has been front and centre.


Talks underway to extend the current ceasefire between Israel and Hamas

Negotiators are seeking to extend a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Further Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners have been released under the deal, as reports emerge of two Palestinian boys being shot during an Israeli military raid.


Australia set to enforce strict laws against hate crimes

New laws are set to be passed in federal parliament to ban any person from performing the Nazi salute in public, as well as the public display of a flag that represents a proscribed terror group. The move is aimed at quashing antisemitism in Australia, as an uptick in discrimination and threatening behaviour has triggered Jewish and Muslim community fears in the wake of October 7.


Parthenon Marbles Showdown: UK Prime Minister snubs Greek counterpart

The long-running dispute between Greece and Britain over the Parthenon Marbles has seen a bitter escalation after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak cancelled a meeting with his counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis. A series of 2,500-year-old friezes and statues housed in the British Museum were taken from Athens in the early 19th Century. Athens has long-demanded the sculptures' return - but to no avail.