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Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
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Some of Myanmar’s neighbours pressed its ruling junta on Tuesday to release ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and cease using lethal force against opponents of their Feb. 1 coup. Also on the programme: The US imposes sanctions on senior Russian officials over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny; and three Afghan women journalist are shot dead in a wave of targeted killings. (Photo: People make the three-finger salute on a street during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, March 2, 2021. Credit: Reuters).
Hundreds of schoolgirls abducted by gunmen in Nigeria's north-western Zamfara state have been released. The girls were abducted last Friday and taken to a forest, according to police. Also in the programme: Singapore's Prime Minister calls for Myanmar's military junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi; and the environmental price of mining Bitcoin. Photo: Abducted Nigerian schools following their release. Credit: Reuters
The United States has urged Saudi Arabia to disband a rapid intervention force sanctioned over the murder of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. The State Department spokesman, Ned Price, said it wanted Saudi Arabia to adopt institutional reforms so anti- dissident activities and operations stopped completely. Also, the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is found guilty of corruption and given a prison sentence. And how the war in Yemen has ripped apart schools, and how one nine year-old is trying to resist. (Photo: Saudi crown prince. Credit: AFP)
The deposed leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been charged with two more offences - inciting public unrest and violating communications laws - as she appeared before a court for a second time since last month's coup. We speak to her lawyer. Also in the programme: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to three years in jail - two of them suspended - for corruption; and hundreds of pro-democracy protesters have gathered at a court in Hong Kong where 47 activists face charges of "conspiracy to commit subversion". (Photo: protest against Myanmar's military coup. Credit: EPA)
The United Nations has condemned the use of lethal force against peaceful protesters in Myanmar. Protesters in several cities were met with live ammunition, rubber bullets, stun guns and water cannon. Also: we have more details on the penal colony in Russia where opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sent to; and the annual Golden Globe awards for film and television will be handed out in Hollywood a few hours from now but there’s been some controversy regarding the 87 members who choose the winners. ( Photo: Protesters take cover as they clash with riot police officers during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer)
In Myanmar it appears to be the bloodiest day since protests against the coup began, with reports of at least nine people killed by security forces in several cities. Also in the programme: how good is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and why do you only need one shot? And 47 pro-democracy activists and opposition figures in Hong Kong are charged with conspiracy to commit subversion. (Image: A riot police officer fires a rubber bullet toward protesters in Yangon, February 28, 2021. Credit: Reuters)
Agnes Callamard, the woman who led the UN's investigation into the murder of the Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, has criticised the US decision not to impose sanctions on the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Newshour hears from Saudi analyst Ali Shehabi. Also in the programme: Amnesty International has verified eyewitness accounts of a massacre in Aksum in Ethiopia's Tigray region last November; and Cornwall prepares for the G7. (Picture: A demonstrator holds a poster with a picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul. Credit: Reuters)
Police in Nigeria have launched a search and rescue operation for 317 girls kidnapped from a school in the state of Zamfara. The operation comes as 42 people kidnapped from a boarding school in a similar incident last week in Niger state were released. Also: it’s day three of the conference of American political conservatives, known as CPAC, where former secretary of state Mike Pompeo has been speaking; and we’ll hear about the life of one of the leading champions of America's movement of so-called 'beat poets’. (Photo: A team of security experts tour the JSS Jangebe school, a day after over 300 schoolgirls were abducted. Credit: Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde).
An American intelligence report finds that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved a plan to capture or kill the exiled journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. The US-based writer was murdered while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Also in the programme: the military in Myanmar annuls the results of last November's elections in a move that tightens its grip on the country; and more than 300 schoolgirls are abducted by unidentified gunmen in North-western Nigeria. Photo: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Credit: Reuters
First military action undertaken by the Biden administration also takes place ahead of publication of a U.S. intelligence report expected to single out Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for approving and probably ordering the 2018 killing of former royal insider Jamal Khashoggi. Also in the programme: We mark ten years since the uprising that deposed Muammar Gaddafi in Libya; and the UK Supreme Court rules Shamima Begum, who left the UK for Syria to join the Islamic State group as a teenager, will not be allowed to return and fight her citizenship case . (Photo: U.S. President Joe Biden displays his face mask as he speaks during an event to commemorate the 50 millionth coronavirus disease. Credit: Reuters.)
Nikol Pashinyan says the army "must obey the people and elected authorities" after the country's armed forces called for him and his cabinet to resign. Mr Pashinyan has been under pressure since Armenia lost a war with neighbouring Azerbaijan last year. Also in the programme: European Union leaders hold a virtual conference to try to speed up coronavirus vaccinations; and doctors join anti-coup protests in Myanmar. Photo: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pahinyan. Credit: EPA
About 1,000 supporters of the military turned up for a rally in central Yangon on Thursday. Some were photographed with clubs and knives. Students, doctors and other members of the public joined pro-democracy demonstrations. Also in the programme: China says it has eradicated poverty in the country; and Armenia’s, Nikol Pashinyan, denounces what he called a coup attempt. (Photo: A demonstrator kneels as he protests against the military coup while riot police advance on a street as tensions rise in Yangon. Credit: EPA).
In Germany, a Syrian intelligence officer is convicted for complicity in crimes against humanity. We hear from one of those who testified at the trial. Also on the programme, Ghana is the first African country to receive a delivery from the global Covid vaccine scheme, Covax; And after a century in private hands, a painting by van Gogh goes public. (Photo: Staff removes handcuffs of Syrian defendant Eyad A. as he arrives to hear his verdict in the courtroom in Koblenz, Germany; Credit: Thomas Frey/Pool via REUTERS)
In a landmark case, a court in Germany has convicted a former Syrian intelligence officer for human rights abuses committed against opponents of President Assad. Also in the programme: Ghana has become the first country to receive a coronavirus vaccine shipment from Covax, the global initiative to help poorer countries tackle the pandemic. And will the Olympics be held in Tokyo this year ? (Photo: The trial of alleged Syrian intelligence officer Eyad al-Gharib began in April 2020. Credit: AFP)
Ten years since the outbreak of war in Yemen, the United Nations is warning the country is at risk of the worst famine the world has seen in decades. We hear from the centre of the crisis and speak to the most senior UN official in charge of relief operations. Also on the programme: Sir David Attenborough warns climate change threatens global security; and could the street drug ecstasy cure alcoholism? (Image: A Yemeni child looks on as she waits for her malnourished brother at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, 13 January 2021. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB)
Facebook restores news feeds in Australia after the government agreed to amend legislation forcing social media companies to pay for news content. Also in the programme: Aid agencies are again warning that Yemen stands on the brink of famine with hunger now a problem all over Yemen, not just the north. And a study of Covid-19 infection rates in Nigeria suggests they're much higher than previously reported. (Photo: Facebook and newspapers. Credit: EPA)
Boris Johnson has revealed his "roadmap" to end the lockdown in England - as data from the UK's vaccination drive shows a spectacular drop in serious illness and deaths. We examine the Prime Minister's plan. Also on the programme: The latest on protests in Myanmar; and as the US Supreme Court clears the way for New York prosecutors to obtain Donald Trump's tax returns, we ask if the former president is facing fresh legal trouble. (Image: Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (Covid-19). Monday February 22, 2021. Leon Neal/PA Wire)
Luca Attanasio was travelling with the UN's World Food Programme when he died alongside two others in the Virunga National Park area. The attack is believed to have been an attempted kidnapping, though it's not clear who carried it out. Also in the programme: Hundreds of thousands joined a general strike in Myanmar in some of the largest protests since a military coup three weeks ago; President Joe Biden holds a vigil as the United States' Covid-19 death toll reaches half a million; and Norway's National Museum of Art concludes that a mysterious inscription on Edvard Munch's painting The Scream was written by the artist himself. (Photo: Italy's foreign minister has confirmed the death of Luca Attanasio. Credit: Italian foreign ministry/AFP/Getty Images)
The IAEA will continue to have access to nuclear facilities for three months. President Biden wants the US to rejoin the 2015 nuclear accord abandoned by Donald Trump but wants Iran to come back into compliance with the deal before it lifts sanctions. Also on the programme, the Myanmar military have been removed from Facebook for using it to incite violence. And Israel suffers its worst environmental disaster for years as its Mediterranean shoreline is drenched with tar. (Picture Credit: EPA)
The funeral has taken place in Myanmar of a young woman who became a symbol of resistance to military rule after she was shot during a protest. Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing was buried in the capital, Naypyidaw. We hear from the funeral and from a political activist. Also on the programme, we head to Spain where protesters took to the streets of Barcelona for the fifth consecutive night on Saturday following the arrest of Catalan rapper Pablo Hasel. He was arrested on Tuesday for insulting police and Spanish royalty in his song lyrics igniting a debate over freedom of expression laws in Spain. Our reporter tells the story. And voting is taking place in Niger in the second round of a presidential election - which will see the first democratic transition of power since independence from France in 1960. (Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing has become a rallying point for protesters in Myanmar. Credit: Reuters)
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Comments (25)

Janusz Barbacki

20 minutes talking about Russia but no mention that China may be responsible? I think BBC is compromised...

Dec 18th
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John Great

More or les the same thing with the previous episode

Oct 19th
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John Great

Some of the stories in this episode are definitely not more important than what is happening in Nigeria now. Are you avoiding the story??

Oct 19th
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John Great

The interviews with both schools of thought about the Polish elections were lop-sided at best. Opposing questions to their views about the situation were put to the winning party, and almost calming questions were put to the opposition. This is not the balance we expect from the BBC's journalism. At all.

Jul 14th
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John Great

WHAT is actually going on with this show? It has not been updating for some days now, and I actually have to listen to both episodes every single day...

Jun 24th
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Hüseyin Kavak

Turkey is underreporting death Number ha, you liars

Apr 27th
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Jeff

we know trump enjoys drama? no shit he's a reality star

Jan 8th
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Floyd PM

gross western propaganda

Jan 5th
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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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