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Saudi Arabia cuts ties with Canada | Did Saudis plan on invading Qatar? | Portugal welcomes refugees

The Saudi kingdom cuts ties with Canada after criticism from Ottawa. Is Justin Trudeau interfering in Saudi affairs? Or is the Crown Prince manufacturing a crisis? Also, the Intercept has reported that former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prevented Saudi and Emirati troops from invading Qatar last year, at the start of the Gulf's diplomatic crisis. It's suggested that Tillerson's actions may have cost him his job. And Portugal's prime minister says his country's biggest refugee...


Turkey's historical elections | US quits Human Rights Council | India’s direct rule over Kashmir

Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins a hard fought battle to become Turkey's first executive president. While the United States quit the UN Human Rights council over what it called 'political bias'. And India imposed direct rule over Kashmir, after the collapse of the BJP-PDP coalition government.


One year of the GCC crisis, Jordan’s tax protests and Spain’s prime minister forced out

It's been one year since Saudi Arabia and its allies tried to cripple Qatar. Has the tiny Gulf nation weathered the storm? Plus, after days of demonstrations, Jordan's Prime Minister Hani al Mulki was forced to resign. But why didn't that bring an end to the protests? And Spain also got a new PM. Mariano Rajoy was replaced by socialist Pedro Sanchez who triggered a no-confidence vote against Rajoy, accusing him of failing to deal with corruption within his own party. But with a minority in...


Rohingya rebel group accused of a massacre, Italy's populist setback and Turkey-Greece fallout

Myanmar's security forces have long been accused of ethnic cleansing. Now Amnesty International says a Rohingya rebel group is guilty of massacring Hindu civilians. In Italy, President Sergio Matteralla's intervention to reject a eurosceptic Finance minister has caused an uproar in the populist coalition. While in Greece, soldiers involved in the failed-coup-attempt in Turkey have been granted asylum, resulting in a fall-out between the two neighbours.


Najib Razak investigated for corruption, the rise of Iraq's Sadrists

Malaysia's anti-corruption task force is investigating its biggest target yet – Najib Razak. Will it send the former prime minister to prison? Also, we ask why Saudi Arabia is arresting women’s rights activists less than a month before the driving ban is lifted. And, Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr has won a shock victory in Iraqi elections. The head of the Sadrists’ bloc in parliament tells us why they’re demanding the withdrawal of US forces in Iraq.


End of the Korean war? Afghan journalists in danger. Israel's war in Syria

Could Koreans soon live in a unified country? We speak to an Afghan journalist turned politician about a deadly attack that killed 10 of his colleagues. And is Israel increasing its involvement in Syria?


Political assassinations in Mexico, Libya after Khalifa Haftar and disappearances in Pakistan

We look at why dozens of hopeful politicians have been killed in Mexico since election campaigning began. Also, we debate Libya's future if militia leader Khalifa Haftar fails to recover and return, after being hospitalized in Paris. And we speak to a woman in Pakistan whose husband has been missing for 13 years.


Cuba without a Castro, scandals in the White House, KRG's oil exports and rape 'epidemic' in India

We look at this week’s biggest stories including: Cuba’s future under a new socialist president; the US Presidency under the weight of mounting scandals; and the KRG’s prospects of losing its oil fields.


Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, Iran-US tensions, chemical attack in Syria, Pashtun protests

On this edition of The Newsmakers' weekly podcast, we look at the death of Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border by Israeli forces. While John Bolton starts work as Donald Trump’s new national security adviser. We ask if his appointment could signal the end of the Iran nuclear deal. Syrians were subjected to another chemical attack. Will this lead to action against the regime that's reportedly responsible| While in Nigeria, the incumbent Muhammadu Buhari declares he is running for...


Russian diplomats expelled, Sisi wins 'one sided' elections and Carles Puigdemont detained

Over 25 countries have expelled Russian diplomats after the Skripal poisoning incident in Britain. We debate if Russia has been further isolated by the incident. Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el Sisi wins second term in the Presidential elections, in what has been called an 'empty contest'. We debate if Sisi can resolve Egypt's issues. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has been detained in Germany. We ask if the Catalonian independence is still a possibility. Also on the show, we ask if...


Turkey’s Afrin endgame, 15 years after US’ Iraq invasion, and the Gaddafis back in the news

Civilians have begun returning to Afrin days after Turkish-backed forces ousted the YPG. We ask what comes next? Plus, it’s been 15 years since then US president George W Bush launched an invasion of Iraq. We debate the legacy of US intervention and whether Iraq is better off today than under Saddam Hussein. And French authorities detain ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy for accepting election funds from former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, while Gaddafi’s son Saif al Islam announces his own...


Will The Taliban And The Afghan Government Engage In Peace Talks

The government of Afghanistan is ready to make a peace deal with the Taliban. That’s if they agree to ceasefire, a prisoner swap and in return the Afghani government will recognize the Taliban as a legitimate political party. Will the Taliban take up the offer? Guests: Barnett Rubin, Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Center on International Cooperation. Ahmad Wali Massoud, Former Afghan Ambassador to the United Kingdom Helena Malikyar, Commissioner of the independent...


Will Salih Muslum Be Extradited To Turkey

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister slammed a Czech court's decision to release Salih Muslum, calling it political and a clear support for terror groups.


Prague Court Releases Salih Muslum

Former PYD leader Salih Muslum was arrested on an Interpol warrant in Czechia. While Ankara demanded his immediate extradition, a court released Muslum pending his extradition proceedings. Christine Pirovalakis reports.


Can Another Mass - Shooting In The US Be Stopped

It's been two weeks since 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida. Now, students and teachers are going back to class -- but are they any safer?


Is Israel Persecuting Palestinian Christians

After Israeli government proposed a series of tax restrictions, Catholics, the Orthodox, and Armenians shut the Holy Sepulchre down for three days. They call the government's legislation an attack on the Christian presence in the city. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has since backed off -- but for how long?


The Holy Sepulchre Reopens After Three Days Of Shutdown

The Israeli government had proposed a series of tax restrictions against the church, after officials said it owed 180 million dollars. Instead of paying up, the Catholics, Orthodox, and Armenians shut the church down for three days. Vanessa Conneely reports.


Can The Military Bring Peace To The Streets Of Rio De Janeiro

The Brazilian military has been put in charge of security in Rio de Janeiro after a surge in crime. But could this latest move lead to further abuses?


Can Civilian Suffering In Ghouta Come To An End

Hundreds of thousands of civilians remain trapped in Eastern Ghouta as the Syrian regime continues its aerial bombardment in the rebel held enclave. Russia has stepped in to play peacemaker, by calling for a daily humanitarian pause in fighting. But is that enough to save those trapped in the besieged district?


Will The Muslim Majority In Mindanao Finally Become Autonomous

The leader of the Philippine’s main rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has warned that the country is primed for another Marawi style siege. The group was once a staunch enemy of the government, but after decades of fighting, they reached a peace deal. The Moro rebels would lay down their weapons, and in return, the Muslim majority in Mindanao was promised autonomy under the Bangsamoro Basic Law. The Phillipine Congress has promised to fast track the bill for Muslim self-rule...