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The Lebanese government concedes to economic reform following nationwide protests. The proposals involve privatising some companies, scrapping new taxes and halving the salaries of top officials. The prime minister, Saad al Hariri, has suggested he might resign if his feuding government partners fail to accept the reforms.Also on the programme: Kurdish forces in Syria pull out of Ras al-Ayn, a strategically important border town near Turkey; and shelling kills at least ten in the disputed region of Kashmir which is claimed by India and Pakistan.(Photo: Lebanese protester chants slogans on the highway linking Beirut to north Lebanon Credit: Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP via Getty Images)
A senior British government minister has insisted that Britain will leave the European Union eleven days from now, regardless of an official request to postpone Brexit.Also in the programme: Police in Hong Kong have clashed again with protesters who've defied a ban on marches and face masks; and a plane has made the longest non-stop commercial flight - from New York to Sydney - taking more than nineteen hours.Picture: A handout picture released by the UK Parliament shows Britain"s Prime Minister Boris Johnson on October 19, 2019. Credit: AFP via Getty Images.
19/10/2019 GMT

19/10/2019 GMT

2019-10-1900:49:46

Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told parliament it has a historic opportunity to resolve Brexit by backing his deal in a vote today - but he has warned MPs against backing two amendments that seek a further delay. We speak to politicians on both sides of the debate as well as look at the impacts it will have on Northern Ireland and the UK economy.
Violence has broken out on the sidelines of a largely peaceful mass protest in the Spanish city of Barcelona against the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders. We hear from a Catalan who wants Catalonia to remain part of Spain.Also in the programme: Syria ceasefire and why Mexico released El Chapo's son.(Picture: A Catalan demonstrator throws a bin into the fire during Catalonia's general strike in Barcelona, Spain. Credit: REUTERS)
Protesters in favour of Catalonia's independence have called a general strike which follows several days of sometimes violent clashes with the police, which were sparked by the jail sentences handed down to nine separatist leaders on Monday. They were given terms of between nine and 13 years for their part in the 2017 referendum on independence for Catalonia. The vote was declared illegal by the Spanish constitutional court.Also in the programme: Fighting continues in Northern Syria, despite ceasefire and the first all-woman spacewalk.(Picture: Demonstrators march in Barcelona. Credit: REUTERS/Albert Gea)
The British prime minister, Boris Johnson, is starting his campaign to persuade MPs at Westminster to approve a new Brexit deal agreed with the European Union.And the United States says Turkey has agreed to a five-day ceasefire in northeast Syria to allow for the withdrawal of Kurdish forces. (Photo: Boris Johnson was surrounded by EU leaders after the deal was announced at the Brussels summit. Credit: AFP)
Draft Brexit deal agreed

Draft Brexit deal agreed

2019-10-1700:49:46

A Brexit deal has been agreed between the UK and EU before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels. The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker called it a "fair" outcome - and said there was no need to extend the Brexit deadline.Also in the programme: The US Vice President and Secretary of State meet President Erdogan in an attempt to persuade him to half the Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurds; and US forces rehearsed with Syrian Kurds scenarios to best resist a Turkish assault of north-east Syria.(Photo: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is watched by President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker as they address a press conference at a European Union Summit at European Union Headquarters in Brussels on 17 October 2019. Credit: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump has said that the Turkish assault on Kurdish forces in Syria is not America's problem. But US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are trying to get Turkey's President Erdogan to halt it. Also in the programme: the future of artificial wombs; and the revival of the hump back whale.Photo: Smoke rising from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain on the eighth day of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish forces. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Carrie Lam is forced to suspend her annual address after being heckled in parliament. Opposition lawmakers disrupted the Legislative Council session by shouting and projecting slogans behind her. After a first interruption, the session resumed only to be interrupted again. It was then suspended - and Ms Lam delivered the address by video instead.Also on the programme: President Erdogan vows to continue his controversial operation in northern Syria; and new research suggests pollution is a key factor in premature memory loss.(Photo: Carrie Lam arrives to deliver her annual policy address, as lawmakers shout protests at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong Credit: Reuters/Tyrone Siu)
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shekhu verma

This was long overdue, kashmir is an integral part of india and pakistan sponsored terrorism cant change this fact.

Aug 5th
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CHUCK THOMAS

did anyone else find it confusing on the story about the film promotions person in Afghanistan and then talking about the quote from Angelina Jolie that was really badly edited because it made it seem like the person he was about to talk to wasAngelina Jolie and I'm pretty sure that wasn't her she was the person interviewed was the focus of the article and was a good interview it was just mislabeled at the at the start which was confusing

May 31st
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Eugene Marshall

absolute biased garbage

Apr 18th
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Rayan Faisal

تسقط بس✌

Apr 8th
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K Muzaffar

Very informative

Jan 21st
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K Muzaffar

awesome i love this news service

Jan 21st
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BRIAN BESSEMER

1q

Dec 15th
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MR. MALI_PATRICKII

Okay.. @POTUS WHY didn't you answer @ap question flat

Jul 16th
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