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Ukrainian religious leader accused of Russian sympathies
The abbot of a major monastery in Kyiv, Metropolitan Pavel Lebed, is suspected of backing Russian invasion and inciting religious hatred. We hear the latest from the Ukrainian capital. Also in the programme: a look at the US ambitions of Bytedance, the company behind the controversial, Chinese-owned video-sharing app Tiktok; and the decline of a seasonal tradition, the April Fool. (Photo: Metropolitan Pavlo of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, accused of being linked to Moscow, receives an...
'Devastating' Arkansas tornado sparks emergency
Severe weather in the United States has killed at least seven people and caused devastation across several states. Tornadoes killed three people in the state of Arkansas and injured more than twenty others. Further north, another three people died when a storm destroyed many homes in Indiana. In neighbouring Illinois, one person was killed when a theatre roof collapsed in the town of Belvidere. Also on the programme: The authorities in Iran have promised to enforce rigorously the wearing of...
President Trump will surrender to a court on Tuesday say lawyers
His legal team say he's 'angry but not worried' about the case. An agreement has reportedly been reached for Mr Trump not to be handcuffed when he gives himself up next week. Also on the programme: President Zelensky and several European leaders have attended ceremonies marking the first anniversary of the liberation of Bucha, one of the towns most closely associated with Russian atrocities during the war in Ukraine. And the editor in chief of the Wall Street Journal updates us on the...
Donald Trump criminally charged
A legal panel known as a grand jury has charged Donald Trump, making him the first US president to be indicted. The charge is believed to be connected to a payment to a porn actress for keeping quiet about an alleged affair. Also on the programme, President Zelensky has promised to punish every perpetrator of war crimes committed by Russian troops in Bucha, on the first anniversary of the town being retaken; and, a Bollywood movie angers Norwegians. (Photo: Former US President Donald Trump...
Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant accident would be ‘catastrophic’
Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov, reflects on a year of war, including the “difficult and complicated situation” in Bakhmut, nuclear threat from Russia, and “very regrettable” situation at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia power plant. Also on the programme, Brazil’s ex-president, Jair Bolsonaro, has returned from his self-imposed exile in the United States. We speak to his former Health Secretary. And a novel approach to getting pandas to mate in...
American journalist arrested in Russia on spying
The US newspaper, Wall Street Journal, has expressed deep concern for the safety of one of its reporters who's been arrested for spying in Russia. Also on the programme, a new report by the South Korean government says North Korea is using public executions to instil fear into its people; and, a simple blood test could prevent unnecessary chemotherapy treatment for thousands of bowel cancer patients every year. (Photo: Reporter for U.S. newspaper The Wall Street Journal Evan Gershkovich...
Tech leaders say AI 'a threat to humanity'
Key figures in the technology world want the training of powerful artificial intelligence systems to be suspended amid fears of a threat to humanity. They have signed an open letter warning of potential risks, and say the race to develop AI systems, such as the presently popular ChatGPT, is out of control. Also in the programme: How an over-the-counter treatment could save tens of thousands of lives among those overdosing on opoid drugs; and the suffering of cobalt miners in the Democratic...
Swiss women say climate change is violating their human rights
More than 2,000 women are taking the Swiss government to court claiming its policy on climate change is violating their right to life and health - the first time the European Court of Human Rights will hear such a case; also, scientists reveal brightest gamma explosion ever; and the British man who helped bring early jazz to Europe. (Photo: Meltwater flows on the ice of the Pers Glacier in front of Mount Piz Palue near the Alpine resort of Pontresina, Switzerland Credit: REUTERS/Arnd...
Migrants dead after northern Mexico facility fire
Dozens of people die in a fire in a migrant processing centre in northern Mexico close to the border with the United States. Ciudad Juárez, where the fire occurred, is located across the Rio Grande river from El Paso, Texas and has seen an influx of people in recent weeks. Many of the victims are thought to be people from Central and South America trying to reach the US. Also in the programme: After another day of strikes and rallies in France against the government's pension reforms, we ask...
Uneasy calm in Israel after controversial reforms are paused
Opposition parties in Israel are preparing to enter talks with the far-right coalition over the government's judicial overhaul plan, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced its passage through parliament would be paused. We speak to a politician from the prime minister’s Likud party. Also in the programme: We're live in Nashville Tennessee, after a primary school shooting kills six; and the remarkable Ethiopian pianist and nun Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, who has died aged 99. We...
Netanyahu delays legal reforms after strikes
Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he would delay a key part of controversial plans to overhaul the justice system to prevent a "rupture among our people". However it is unclear what a delay will achieve beyond buying time. It followed intense protests after he fired his defence minister, who had spoken against the plans. Also in the programme: Another school shooting in the US prompts renewed calls from the White House for gun control; and we ask if the steam has gone out...
Strikes and protests as pressure mounts on Israel's PM
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under immense pressure over controversial judicial reforms that he wants to push through. The changes to the country's justice system have provoked an outpouring of anger from nearly all parts of Israeli society, including its powerful military. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in anger on Sunday evening after Mr Netanyahu fired his defence minister, who had called for a pause on the changes. We'll be live in Jerusalem and Tel...
Netanyahu removes defence minister
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has transferred Defence Minister, Yoav Gallant from his post. On Saturday, Mr Gallant called on the prime minister to halt legislation on his proposed changes to the judiciary. The controversial bill has divided the country with many seeing it as a threat to Israeli democracy. Also in the programme: Kamala Harris arrives in Ghana as part of an Africa tour; and we hear from a Sierra Leonean living in Tunisia, on the difficulties facing...
'Russia to station nuclear weapons in Belarus' - Putin
Russia will station tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, President Vladimir Putin has declared. But he said the move would not violate nuclear non-proliferation agreements and compared it to the US stationing its weapons in Europe. We'll hear what an advisor to Ukraine's Ministry of Defence thinks about the situation and what it tells us about the closeness between Russia and its neighbouring ally Belarus. Also in the programme: As more lives are lost at sea off Tunisia, why are so many...
Rwandan dissident handed over to Qatari government
The Rwandan dissident, Paul Rusesabagina, has been handed over to the Qatari government after being freed from jail. Mr Rusesabagina, whose heroism during the 1994 genocide was the subject of the film, Hotel Rwanda. He is later expected to fly to the United States to join his family. Also in the programme: Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi condemns defamation ruling; and the US state of Mississippi is hit by tornadoes. (Photo: Hotel Rwanda hero Paul Rusesabagina walks handcuffed with...
Paul Rusesabagina freed from Prison in Rwanda
We start in Rwanda, where Paul Rusesabagina has been released from prison. He was the manager of a hotel in Kigali in 1994 and is credited with saving the lives of more than a thousand people during the genocide. The movie "Hotel Rwanda" was inspired by his story. We bring you the latest on that story. Also on the programme: An MI5 spy who helped bring peace to Northern Ireland by defying orders, has broken his silence to the BBC, and we go to Israel and hear the views of ordinary people on...
Rahul Gandhi disqualified from India's parliament
Opposition parties in India have accused the government of stifling democracy after Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from parliament over a defamation conviction. But a supporter of Prime Minister Modi tells us that it's a legal, not a political, matter. Also on the programme, Rwanda has said it will release the jailed dissident Paul Rusesabagina, whose life inspired a Hollywood film about the 1994 genocide. And Utah has now become the first American state to require parental permission for...
Anger in France over pension reforms
Several French cities saw violence on the sidelines of Thursday's largely peaceful protests that attracted more than a million people. King Charles III's state visit to France has been postponed, after a request by President Emmanuel Macron. The Elysée Palace said the decision was taken jointly. The entrance to the town hall in Bordeaux was set alight, but the deputy mayor of the city tells us she supports the sentiments of the protesters. Also in the programme: Why Israeli Prime Minister...
US politicians grill TikTok boss
The chief executive of TikTok has been defending the Chinese-owned video-sharing app in the face of hostile questioning at a US Congressional committee hearing. Shou Zi Chew denied TikTok is a national security risk and played down the company's connection to China. He insisted data would never be given to the Chinese Communist Party, but did accept that data is currently accessible to staff in China. The committee chair Cathy Rodgers described TikTok as a weapon of the Chinese Communist...
Protests as Israel's parliament limits judicial power
Israelis are holding demonstrations across the country in the latest mass protest against moves by the government to overhaul the judicial system. The law would make it more difficult for courts to remove a prime minister deemed unfit for office. We'll hear from a former prime minister who tells us he believes the government is looking increasingly isolated. Also in the programme: The boss of TikTok prepares to testify before Congress in the US about the company's links to the Chinese...