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Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
30 Episodes
11/08/2020 20:06 GMT

11/08/2020 20:06 GMT


Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
Belarus' leading opposition politician who is at the heart of the disputed election result on Sunday, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, has chosen to leave the country and is now in neighbouring Lithuania. We hear from Lithuania's foreign minister. Also on the programme: President Putin says Russia has developed a Coronavirus vaccine but how viable is it? And one day after Hong Kong police arrest the media tycoon, Jimmy Lai, sales and shares in his Apple Daily newspaper have rocketed. (Photo: Svetlana Tikhanovskaya talks to the media a day after the presidential elections in Minsk, Belarus, 10 August 2020. Credit: EPA/TATYANA ZENKOVICH)
The Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, announced that the entire government had resigned during a televised address. He said corruption was rampant in the system, which they cannot confront or get rid of it. Also: a second night of protests has erupted in Belarus after Sunday’s disputed election victory for President Alexander Lukashenko, and heavy flooding is causing homes to collapse in Yemen. (Photo: Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab delivering a resignation speech Credit: EPA/DALATI NOHRA).
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has refused to accept President Alexander Lukashenko won 80% of the vote in Sunday's election. We speak to her about this election. Also in the programme: There's been an angry reaction in Hong Kong following the arrest of a pro-democracy activist and media tycoon, Jimmy Lai, under the national security law imposed by China. And the American professor who says he can predict who will win the White House in November. (Photo: Ms Tikhanovskaya says she wants the authorities to hand over power. Credit: Reuters)
A summit to provide humanitarian relief to Lebanon in the wake of Tuesday's deadly explosion raises cash - but will it reach those in greatest need? We hear from regional expert Lina Khatib, and speak to a doctor about his harrowing experiences after the blast. Also in the programme: an update on a critical election in Belarus; and the plight of British restaurants during the pandemic. (Photo: Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis participates in donor teleconference on Lebanon. The conference was arranged by French President Emmanuel Macron and the UN. Credit: EPA/Greek Prime Minister"s Office/Dimitris Papamitsos)
World leaders begin talks on providing emergency aid for Lebanon following Tuesday's disastrous explosion. President Macron of France will host the video conference, and President Trump has said that everyone wants to help. Also in the programme: The grand council of elders in Afghanistan has approved the release of 400 Taliban prisoners accused of serious crimes; and we'll have a global view of electronic music through the decades. Picture: French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he visits the devastated site of the explosion at the port of Beirut. Credit: 07/08/2020 Reuters.
Protesters in Beirut have stormed government ministries during a fresh demonstration over Tuesday's huge explosion that left at least 158 dead. Also on the eve of the Presidential elections in Belarus police again detain the the campaign manager of the main opposition candidate.. And could reforms to the US Postal Service affect mail-in voting in the November election? (Photo: Dozens of protesters entered the foreign ministry in Beirut)
Thousands of Lebanese are expected to take to the streets of Beirut today to vent their anger at the government and remember those who died in Tuesday's devastating explosion. The march -- which will also commemorate the victims -- will go from one of the worst hit districts to Martyrs' Square. Also in the programme: Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship leaks oil; and we ask why the Latino community in Texas is bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Anti-government protesters clash with Riot police during an anti-government protest in front of the Ministry of Energy at Emile Lahoud Avenue northern Beirut, Lebanon, 04 August 2020. Credit: EPA/NABIL MOUNZER.
An Air India Express plane with 191 people on board has crashed at an airport in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 16 people. Also in the programme: The Lebanese Shia movement, Hezbollah, has denied any link to Tuesday's deadly blast at the seaport in Beirut; and the United States Treasury is placing sanctions on Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, and ten other senior officials. (Photo: The aircraft skidded off the runway at Calicut airport, breaking into two pieces. Credit: KAVIYOOR SANTOSH BNI)
Lebanese political class accused over Tuesday's catastrophic explosion. We hear from a government minister who resigned this week, and a prominent member of Lebanon's civil society. Also in the programme: President Trump bans US companies from doing business with Chinese social media giants; and an interview with the first black male photographer to shoot the cover of Vogue magazine. (Photo: The search for missing people after the Beirut port explosions. Credit: EPA/WAEL HAMZEH)
He said that he had heard the anger on the streets of Beirut, where crowds had welcomed him, chanting slogans denouncing Lebanon's politicians, whom they blame for the disaster. Also on the programme the Attorney General of New York state has sued to dissolve the National Rifle Association following an investigation into "fraud and abuse." The NRA deny all charges. And we hear a rare voice from Kyrgyzstan describing the Covid 19 situation in that region. (Picture: President Macron of France mobbed by residents of Beirut. Credit: Reuters)
A state of emergency has been declared in Beirut after Tuesday's devastating blast. We get the latest from the city, speaking to a doctor in one of its hospitals and taking a walk around the ruined streets. Also in the programme: on the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombing that destroyed Hiroshima, we hear from one of its survivors, Keiko Ogura. And a look at the dilemmas faced by the big social media companies over freedom of speech and politics. (Photo: A man takes photographs at the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area. Credit: REUTERS/Aziz Taher)
The Lebanese government has decided to place a number of officials working at Beirut’s port under house arrest while investigations continue. At least 135 people are now dead with around 5,000 injured. Also: Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation for a Hindu temple in the northern city of Ayodhya; and why Mississippi could become the worst Covid hotspot in the US. (Photo: A member of the security forces walks along a smashed-up street near the site of Tuesday’s blast in Lebanon Credit: Reuters/Aziz Taher/File Photo)
Health and rescue workers are struggling to deal with the aftermath of the massive explosion in Beirut on Tuesday, which all but flattened part of the Lebanese capital's port. The Red Cross is co-ordinating with the Lebanese health ministry to set up new morgues. Rescue workers are continuing to try to find survivors. We hear from the Red Cross and Lebanon's minister of economy. Also in the programme: A leading Democrat on President Trump's suggestion that November's election could be delayed; and the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi lays the foundation stone of a new Hindu temple at a disputed religious site at Ayodhya. (Photo: The port area was largely flattened. Credit: Reuters)
The US has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, Texas, by Friday - a move described as "political provocation" by Beijing. China's foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said it was "outrageous and unjustified". Also in the programme: we hear from Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the first woman running against the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko; and we listen to the lesson two doctors who got coronavirus want to share with the world. (Photo: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seen during his visit to Copenhagen, Denmark, today. Credit: REUTERS).
A new report says there will be a global crash in the number of children being born by the end of the century. The number of people on the planet is expected to peak at just under 10 billion by 2064, before falling to fewer than nine billion by 2100. Also in the programme: A court rules Apple does have to pay back taxes in Ireland; and we hear from a NASA engineer on his prison sentence in Turkey. (Picture: Newborn baby. Credit: Getty Images)
The German chancellor Angela Merkel has said that neo-Nazis prepared to use violence must be fought from the start without any taboo. She told an annual Protestant church gathering that the state had to pursue the fight at all levels. Also in the programme: Is it still possible to use diplomacy to reduce rising tensions between the United States and Iran? And we also ask if descendants of slaves should receive reparations.Two African American students debate the rights and wrongs of financial compensation. (Photo: Germany: women matching through the eastern town of Plauen carrying a banner reading: "Social justice instead of criminal foreigners". Credit: Getty Images)
International investigators charge three Russians and a Ukrainian with murder over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the first people to face justice over the tragedy five years ago in which 298 people were killed. Also in the programme: UN report on Jamal Khashoggi murder; measles in the Philippines. (Picture: Fred Westerbeke of the Joint Investigation Team in front of a picture of the suspects: Igor Girkin, Oleg Pulatov, Sergey Dubinskiy, Leonid Kharchenko. Credit: EPA/ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN)
We hear from Hong Kong's most prominent student activist, Joshua Wong, who has called for the resignation of leader Carrie Lam, after walking free from prison. Also on the programme: Allegations that China is continuing with the practice of harvesting organs from political prisoners; and efforts to save indigenous languages in Australia by teaching them to children. (Photo: Activist Joshua Wong speaks to the media after being released from prison on June 17, 2019 in Hong Kong. Credit: Carl Court/Getty Images)
Hundreds of thousands of people are marching in Hong Kong against a law critics fear could let China target political opponents in the territory. The controversial extradition bill would allow suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial. We hear live from the streets. Also on the programme: An arrest warrant has been issued for the former President of the Afghan Football association - Keramuddin Karim. He's been accused of abusing women footballers over a five year period - an allegation which he denies. We speak to Khalida Popal, a former captain of the Afghan women’s football team; and the Dutch restaurants cooking with waste food. (Photo: Protesters on a street in Hong Kong. Credit: Getty)
Comments (21)

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

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

Christo vimal

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

Jan 8th

Floyd PM

gross western propaganda

Jan 5th

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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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

Eugene Marshall

absolute biased garbage

Apr 18th
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Rayan Faisal

تسقط بس✌

Apr 8th

K Muzaffar

Very informative

Jan 21st

K Muzaffar

awesome i love this news service

Jan 21st



Dec 15th


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

Jul 16th
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