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Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.

Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.

 

#14

Actor Alec Baldwin fatally shoots cinematographer

Actor Alec Baldwin fatally shoots the cinematographer of his latest film. The director was also shot and injured by the actor. Police are investigating and charges have not been filed. Also on the programme, Ethiopia says its air force has carried out another strike on the regional capital of Tigray, Mekelle. And in Myanmar at least 100 anti-coup protesters have been re-arrested shortly after being let out of prison. Others who were promised release are reported never to have made it to freedom. (Picture: Actor Alec Baldwin seen outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's office after he was interviewed by police. Credit Weber / The New Mexican) ... Read more

22 Oct 2021

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22 Oct 2021


#13

Documents reveal countries lobbying to change climate report

Saudi Arabia, Australia and Japan are among the countries asking the United Nations to play down the need to move rapidly away from fossil fuels. Leading scientists in India warn that coal is likely to remain as a mainstay of energy production for decades. Also on the programme: we hear from Sudan where rival protesters have taken to the streets of Khartoum; and how gene silencing, a new medical practice, could be used to stop pain. (Image: Workers unload coal from a supply truck at a yard on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India. Credit: Reuters/Amit) ... Read more

21 Oct 2021

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21 Oct 2021


#12

Brazil Covid report: Bolsonaro should be charged over pandemic

A Senate inquiry in Brazil says President Jair Bolsonaro should be charged for crimes against humanity over his handling of the covid pandemic. It accused the president of deliberately acting too slowly and exposing Brazilians to the virus. Mr Bolsanaro says he is guilty of nothing. Also, the European parliament has awarded the Sakharov human rights prize to the jailed Russian opposition figure, Alexei Navalny. We hear from the Russian author, Boris Akunin. Plus, the Afghan evacuees in the UK who say their lives are on hold, and the Myanmar political prisoner let out of jail and remaining defiant. (Photo: With over 600,000 fatalities, Brazil has the second-highest Covid-related death toll in the world behind only the US. Credit: Reuters) ... Read more

20 Oct 2021

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20 Oct 2021


#11

Covid: Brazil's Bolsonaro 'should be charged with crimes against humanity'

The report is the culmination of a six-month inquiry that has revealed scandals and corruption in government. President Bolsonaro has been accused of failing to control the virus that has killed more than 600,000 Brazilians. Also on the programme: we hear from one of the prisoners released in Myanmar; and how pig kidneys could be used in surgery on humans. (Image: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the ceremony for the Modernization of Occupational Health and Safety Regulations on 7 October 2021. Credit: Reuters/Marcelino) ... Read more

20 Oct 2021

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20 Oct 2021


#10

Polish PM accuses EU of blackmail in law row

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused the EU of blackmail in a heated debate with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen over the rule of law. The clash in the European Parliament follows a top Polish court ruling that rejected key parts of EU law. Also in the programme; Eric Zemmour, the outspoken former journalist who is causing a stir in France's presidential race before it's even begun; and a Portuguese diplomat who was punished by his government for helping Jewish refugees during World War two has now been given the highest honour by his government. (Picture shows Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki delivering a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Credit: Ronald Wittek/Pool via Reuters) ... Read more

19 Oct 2021

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19 Oct 2021


#9

Clashes in European Parliament over rule of law in Poland

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has accused Poland of threatening the fundamental legal order of the EU. Today the European Parliament is debating threats to the rule of law in Poland, where the Constitutional Court recently rejected the primacy of EU law. Also in the programme: the Ethiopian federal government has admitted carrying out air strikes on the Tigrayan regional capital Mekelle – but is a peace process possible? And new research on the genetic bases of drug resistance in tuberculosis could be a game-changer in the fight to eliminate the disease that killed 1.4 million people last year. (Image: Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki delivers a speech during a debate on Poland's challenge to the supremacy of EU laws at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France October 19, 2021 / Credit: Ronald Wittek/Pool via Reuters) ... Read more

19 Oct 2021

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19 Oct 2021


#8

Remembering US statesman Colin Powell

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who has died of Covid-related complications, inspired deep respect across the political spectrum. He was also a trail-blazer, as an African-American at the heart of government, But his reputation was tainted by his advocacy of a war against in Iraq based on 'evidence' that turned out to be faulty. We speak to one of his colleagues, former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, and another high-ranking African-American, retired army general Dana Pittard. Also in the programme: a BBC investigation that suggests Facebook and other social media companies are amplifying abuse against women; and the tragedy of Iran's Covid orphans. (US Secretary of State Colin Powell holds up a vial during his speech at the United Nations in 2003. Credit: Reuters) ... Read more

18 Oct 2021

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18 Oct 2021


#7

Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State, has died

The former US Secretary of State and four-star general Colin Powell has died at the age of 84 from complications of COVID-19, despite having been fully vaccinated. He was the first African American secretary of state, under President George W. Bush, and served in several Republican administrations. He is best known for the speech he gave to the United Nations Security Council in February 2003 that helped pave the way for the invasion of Iraq; a speech he came to deeply regret. Also in the programme: energy shortages and concerns about the property market sees China's economic growth slump to its slowest pace in a year; and a portable machine created to turn agricultural waste into fertiliser is one of the winners of the inaugural Earthshot Prize. (Image: US Secretary of State Colin Powell at the UN Headquarters in New York, 21 August 2003 / Credit: EPA/Matt Campbell) ... Read more

18 Oct 2021

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18 Oct 2021


#6

North American missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Officials from Port-au-Prince claim that a notorious gang is behind the kidnap of at least 17 North American missionaries. The 400 Mawozo gang is also being blamed for the kidnap of Catholic clergy in April. Also in the programme; we speak to an activist about the continued protests in Sudan, and we hear from the founder of a new campaign to help migrants on the Poland-Belarus border. (Picture: A view of Port-au-Prince. CREDIT: REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares/File Photo) ... Read more

17 Oct 2021

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17 Oct 2021


#5

Venezuelan government suspends talks with the opposition

The Venezuelan government has suspended talks with the opposition, following the extradition to the US of a close aide to President Nicolas Maduro. Mr Alexander Saab was detained in June last year as his plane made a stopover to refuel in Cape Verde. Venezuela has accused the US of kidnapping diplomatic personnel. Also in the programme: American Christian missionaries and their families have reportedly been kidnapped by gang members in Haiti, and we hear from billionaire hedge-fund manager Chris Hohn on his work to force banks to stop financing fossil-fuel projects and come clean about the environmental impact of their investments. (Picture: The image of Alexander Saab is projected on a screen at the National Assembly, in Caracas. CREDIT: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP via Getty Images) ... Read more

17 Oct 2021

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17 Oct 2021


#4

Russian Covid daily deaths pass 1,000

Russia has passed 1,000 daily Covid-related deaths for the first time since the pandemic began. The Kremlin has blamed the number on people not taking up the vaccination. Only about a third of the nation has had the vaccine. Also in the programme: British politicians reflect on the murder of their colleague David Amess, and anti-government protesters take to the streets in Sudan. (Picture: Health workers escort a Covid-19 patient to a hospital in Moscow. CREDIT: EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV) ... Read more

16 Oct 2021

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16 Oct 2021


#3

UK Police are describing the murder of a politician as a "terrorist incident"

Following the murder of the Conservative MP Sir David Amess, two other MPs, Joanna Cherry from the SNP and Rupa Huq from the Labour party, tell us about threats they have received in their working lives. Also on the programme, Min Aung Hlaing, the army general who seized power in Myanmar, has been excluded from an ASEAN meeting. Will this have any effect in Myanmar itself? And New Zealand pushes hard to get 99% of its population fully vaccinated against Covid 19. (Picture: Floral tributes to the murdered MP Sir David Amess in the town of Leigh On Sea. Credit: Reuters / O'Brien) ... Read more

16 Oct 2021

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16 Oct 2021


#2

British MP murdered

Sir David Amess, a member of parliament for the ruling Conservative Party, has been killed in a stabbing attack in Essex, England. A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Also on the programme: a deadly suicide attack on a mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan; and what baby frogs can teach us about the healing power of algae. (Image: A photograph of Sir David Amess in St Peter's church in Eastwood, Essex, at a Catholic mass held following the death of the Conservative MP who was stabbed multiple times at a meeting with constituents. Credit: Ansell/PA Wire) ... Read more

15 Oct 2021

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15 Oct 2021


#1

IS 'finance chief' captured by Iraq

Iraq's security forces say they have captured a very senior figure in the Islamic State group. Sami Jasim al-Jaburi was allegedly the jihadists' finance chief Sami Jasim al-Jaburi was arrested in a "complex external operation", Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted, without specifying a location. Also in the programme, our recently expelled Moscow correspondent on repression in Russia, one of this year's Nobel Prize winners for economics tells us how to read real life, and how ancient Israel didn't just export religion, but wine too. (Picture shows Sami Jasim al-Jaburi after his arrest. Credit: Iraqi Army Joint Operations Command) ... Read more

11 Oct 2021

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11 Oct 2021