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Author: BBC World Service

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What's been happening around the world and why it matters
5 Episodes
The Syrians move back in

The Syrians move back in


Syrian forces moved back towards the Turkish border, after the Kurds asked them to help. Alliances are shifting rapidly in the Middle East. Also in this edition: Catalan separatists get long prison sentences; an upsurge in violence in Burkina Faso; Somalia opens its first blood bank for decades; and the effect of Brexit on British politics and society.(Picture: Bystanders watch as Syrian troops move into the formerly Kurdish-held town of Ain Issa.Credit: HO via AFP)
Turkey goes to war

Turkey goes to war


Turkish troops moved into Kurdish-occupied northern Syria. President Trump allowing this to happen has caused outrage. Also in this programme: the OECD moves to tax big companies; an unexpected ray of hope in Brexit talks; and why women are causing so much trouble these days.(Picture: Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, near the Turkish border.Credit: Getty Images)
UK makes its move

UK makes its move


The new government put its Brexit proposals to the EU. Will it get approval from Brussels - and parliament? Also in this edition: Ukraine tries to unfreeze its frozen conflict; China marks the 70th anniversary of Communist rule - as Hong Kong protests; why crowds are staying away from the world athletics championships; and the low slow retreat of the United States from world affairs.(Picture: first page of the letter from the British prime minister Boris Johnson to the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.Credit: PA)
Trouble at the top

Trouble at the top


Donald Trump and Boris Johnson both suffered major setbacks this week. One faces impeachment; the other was humiliated by Britain's top court. Also in this programme: President Assad of Syria is invited to tiptoe back onto the world stage; riots in Indonesia's easternmost provinces kill many; and how protests in Hong Kong are dividing families.(Picture: UK prime minister Boris Johnson and US president Donald Trump meet in New York.Credit: Reuters)
Saudi oil industry attacked

Saudi oil industry attacked


Drones and missiles took out half the kingdom's production. The US and Saudi Arabia blamed Iran - but there was no immediate military retaliation. Also in this edition: Italy softens its ban on Mediterranean migrants; child mortality halves; and India talks about what language it should talk in.(Picture: Smoke billows from an Aramco factory in Abqaiq in Saudi ArabiaCredit: Reuters)
Comments (4)

sunny vyas

wrong translation of PM Modi speech. He said Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh will be prosperous. But the pseudo secularists at BBC just mentioned J&K. It's what matters for audience at London? having a Hindu name for an indian journalist does Not make them a voice of indian population. There is a huge support for the move in India and BBC better note that. In the same episode you are mentioning of Hong Kong protests. How much of fair voice will you get from there?

Aug 20th
Reply (1)

Saurabh Parmar

Please do your journalism and research responsibly. Instead of getting sold out to ad companies. Ask the unbiased and local people in India about Mr. Narendra Modi being a divisive leader or not. You'll find out the truth. Such a shame BBC.

May 25th

Zgnid Olias


Mar 5th
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