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WWI: 100 years on

11/12/2018
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100 years ago the world went to war. Empires fell, millions were killed and the world was forever changed. We examine how World War I started? How it developed? And its legacy.

Duration:00:53:36

Khashoggi's killing: Turkey demands answers from Saudi Arabia

11/5/2018
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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi a 'gruesome and premeditated murder'. We debate whether justice will be served. Plus, Facebook is being sued for inflating its video views and not telling anyone. Did the social media giant intentionally mislead advertisers?

Duration:00:53:00

Did Saudi Arabia kill Jamal Khashoggi?

10/15/2018
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Did Saudi Arabia kill a critic of the Kingdom inside their consulate? And if so, how will the world respond? Plus, we look at other big stories making the news, including Indonesia calling off its search for survivors two weeks after its catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, and more.

Duration:00:52:24

Yemen's children on the brink of starvation | Who killed Rafik Hariri?

9/28/2018
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Millions of Yemeni children are at risk of dying from famine as fighting intensifies in Hudaida. Is hunger now a weapon of war? And Since 2005, a UN backed tribunal has been trying to answer the question: who killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The special court is due to wrap up proceedings against four members of Hezbollah.

Duration:00:52:17

Idlib's buffer zone | Inter-Korean summit

9/21/2018
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In a marathon meeting, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to a demilitarized buffer zone in Idlib. It would separate regime and opposition forces and would be enforced by Turkish and Russian soldiers. Is it a step towards peace or just delaying an inevitable bloodbath? Also It had been 11 years since a South Korean president stepped foot in Pyongyang. Moon Jae-in travelled to the North where he and Kim Jong-un discussed an end to North Korea's nuclear programme, building a...

Duration:00:52:17

Idlib offensive | Failed Yemen Peace Talks

9/14/2018
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From Homs to Eastern Ghouta, Syria's rebel strongholds have fallen to the regime. And it appears that Bashar al Asad's forces are closing in on the last bastion of the opposition -- Idlib. And the possibility of peace talks in Yemen fell apart when the Houthi rebels didn't show up to the table.

Duration:00:52:15

Nike: Profiteering or principled? And FIFA suspends Palestinian football chief

9/7/2018
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American football player Colin Kaepernick became one of the most polarizing figures in the US when he knelt in protest during the US national anthem before games. Now the unsigned NFL quarterback is the face of Nike's latest campaign, called 'Dream Crazy'. While Colin Kaepernick can't seem to get a game, the same can also be said for Israel's football team. When they scheduled a game with Argentina, many hoped for an exciting match. But the players never made it to the pitch. Find out why.

Duration:00:52:17

Denmark forces immigrant families to comply with ‘Danish values’

8/31/2018
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Children in Denmark who live in officially designated ‘ghettos’ could soon be separated from their parents for 25 hours a week to undergo mandatory classes on the Danish language and culture. We debate what’s behind the proposed legislation. Also, could Kashmir soon see an influx of ‘Indian settlements’? We examine the Indian Supreme Court’s case for repealing Article 35A. Plus, we look at the latest US sanctions against Iran and ask if such measures are fair or effective.

Duration:00:52:17

Mexico: Dying for Change

8/28/2018
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We take an in-depth look at the challenges facing Mexico's incoming president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. From the optimism that comes with a new leader, to the despair of a long running drug war, will he be able to deliver on the high hopes from voters across the country?

Duration:00:52:16

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

8/13/2018
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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...

Duration:00:52:17

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

6/29/2018
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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.

Duration:00:52:17

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

6/8/2018
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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...

Duration:00:50:25

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

6/1/2018
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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.

Duration:00:52:10

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

5/26/2018
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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.

Duration:00:53:08

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

5/9/2018
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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?

Duration:00:50:22

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

4/27/2018
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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.

Duration:00:39:29

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

4/20/2018
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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.

Duration:00:51:03

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

4/13/2018
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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...

Duration:00:51:53

Syrian regime takes over E Ghouta, Deadly Gaza protests & Miguna Miguna's ‘revolution’ in Kenya

4/9/2018
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On this week's Newsmakers podcast, we discuss the Syrian regime capture of the last rebel-stronghold in eastern Ghouta. While in Gaza, demonstrations for Palestinian land turned bloody after the Israeli army opened fire. In Kenya, opposition lawyer Miguna Miguna was deported for the second time. He claims that he was drugged and beaten by the Kenyan authorities. In the UK, a letter calling for 'punish a muslim day' was sent to communities across the country. Has Islamophobia in the country...

Duration:00:51:59

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

3/30/2018
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Over 25 countries have expelled Russian diplomats in the fallout from the poisioning of former spy Sergei Skripal in the UK. We debate if rising tensions with Russia are paving the way toward a new Cold War. Plus Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el Sisi wins a second term in what has been called an 'empty contest'. We debate if Sisi can resolve Egypt's issues in his second term. Also on the show, former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has been detained in Germany. We ask if he’ll be sent...

Duration:00:52:14