Make Your Bing News RSS Country-Specific With CountryFeed

When it comes to news search, Google News gets most of the love. But is that appropriate? Bing News is a good news search engine too. Even if you love Google News, you might find that you discover articles on Bing News that you just don’t see on Google News – that’s certainly been my experience.

Bing News also offers some functionality that Google News doesn’t, like the ability to limit your news search by country or region using the loc: syntax.

I take advantage of Bing’s loc: syntax to do country-specific searches for general keywords. For example, if I tried to do a general Bing News or Google News search for the word “database” I would get overwhelmed with search results. On the other hand, I can do a Bing News search for the word “database” from news stories limited to, say, France, and I’ll get a much more manageable set of results and probably uncover articles that would have been buried in a general Web search.

Since Bing News offers its search results as RSS feeds not only can I search for general keywords in specific countries, I can monitor general keywords in specific countries. And I’ve been doing that for a long time! Way back in 2017 I wrote an article about how to set up a Google Sheet to generate country-specific Bing News feeds en masse. How do you think I’m finding articles about composer archives in Azerbaijan or a specific natural disaster database in Japan? It’s because I’m using keyword-based, country-specific RSS feeds from Bing News.

The Google Sheet tool works okay but it’s missing a couple of features and it’s kludgy to share, so I redid it as a Search Gizmo. Here’s how it works:

1. Enter the Bing News query you want to monitor; you can use any Bing News syntax that you normally would (except for loc:, of course.) There’s a big list here.

2. Tick the boxes of every country for which you want an RSS feed. Orange buttons at the top of each column let you tick all the boxes at once.

3. When you’ve chosen all the countries you want to include, click the big blue button. Country feed will generate Bing News keyword RSS feeds for every country you specified and bundle them into an OPML file which downloads to your computer. Import that OPML file into your favorite RSS feed reader and enjoy your new feeds!

Start with the Bing News query you want to monitor

Choose the countries for which you want RSS feeds

Africa

Algeria
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo (Brazzaville)
Congo (Kinshasa)
Côte d’Ivoire
Djibouti
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Eswatini
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
São Tomé and Príncipe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sudan
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Americas

Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
United States
Uruguay
Venezuela

Asia

Afghanistan
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei
Cambodia
China
Cyprus
Georgia
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar (Burma)
Nepal
North Korea
Oman
Pakistan
Palestine
Philippines
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Turkey
Turkmenistan
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Yemen

Europe

Albania
Andorra
Austria
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Kosovo
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Ukraine
United Kingdom (UK)
Vatican City (Holy See)

Oceania

Australia
Fiji
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Nauru
New Zealand
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu


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