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UN climate report warns of disaster
The UN's International Panel on Climate Change says the world is on the brink of irrevocable damage, with global warming above 1.5 degrees Celsius now certain without drastic action. Also in the programme; a senior US figure involved in the invasion of Iraq expresses regret for his government's poor planning. And an iconic Indian cola brand attempts a comeback. (Picture: File image of a power station. Credit: Getty Creative)
Chinese leader arrives in Moscow
It's Xi Jinping's first visit since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine last year - we'll discuss the symbolism of the trip; also, European banking shares have fallen after an emergency takeover of the failing bank Credit Suisse, by its larger Swiss rival, UBS; and on the 20th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, our Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen speaks to those whose lives were turned upside-down. (Photo: Russian matryoshka dolls with portraits of the Chinese President Xi...
Putin's Mariupol visit condemned by Ukraine
Ukraine has condemned President Vladimir Putin's visit to the occupied city of Mariupol. It was the first time the Russian leader had been to a newly-occupied Russian territory in Ukraine, since ordering the invasion last year. Newshour spoke to Ukraine's prosecutor general, Andriy Kostin, about the visit. Also in the programme: UBS agrees to rescue deal for Credit Suisse; and an accountant investigating high-level corruption, has been shot dead in South Africa. (Picture: Russia's President,...
President Putin visits occupied Mariupol
President Putin has been to Mariupol - thought to be his first visit to Ukrainian territory occupied by Russia since the invasion a year ago. Also on the programme: emergency talks are continuing in Switzerland in an attempt to rescue the troubled bank, Credit Suisse, before the opening of financial markets on Monday; and a Tyrannosaurus Rex goes up for auction. (Photo: Russian President Putin visits Crimea on ninth anniversary of Russia"s annexation 18/03/2023 European Pressphoto Agency)
Donald Trump claims arrest imminent
Is former US President Donald Trump about to be arrested? He claims he is - posting on social media that he's heard leaked reports that he will be indicted. The Manhattan district attorney’s office has been investigating alleged "hush-money" payments made to adult movie actress Stormy Daniels. We hear from the Associated Press’s National Political Reporter Michelle Price. Also in the programme: the Ukrainian children forcibly taken to Russia – a key focus of the ICC indictment of Russian...
Imran Khan supporters clash with police outside Pakistan court
We go to Pakistan where former PM Imran Khan faces corruption charges in court in Islamabad. There have been clashes between his supporters and the police. Also on the programme: one of Russia's most decorated writers, Mikhail Shishkin, gives us his reaction to the ICC's arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin; and the actor Sam Neill has revealed he has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and is receiving chemotherapy. (Photo: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Lahore,...
ICC issues arrest warrant for President Putin
The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for President Putin for the alleged trafficking of children from Russian occupied parts of Ukraine. We hear from the court’s chief prosecutor Karim Khan. Also on the programme: shares fall once again at the troubled bank Credit Suisse; and we speak to Brazilian music legend Gilberto Gil. (Picture: President Putin of Russia. Credit: Metzel / Reuters)
Macron faces backlash over pension reform
The French President has used a special constitutional power to force his pension reforms through the national assembly. Crowds converged on Place de la Concorde in response to raising the retirement age from 62 to 64. The plans had sparked two months of heated political debate and strikes. Also on the programme: the prospective meeting between the leaders of China and Russia; and greenwashing - we hear that there are now a number of associated terms - but what are green hushing, green...
The battle for ‘meat grinder’ Bakhmut rages on
The battle for Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine has been the longest and bloodiest since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine began last February. On a day when a UN-backed inquiry has accused Russia of war crimes in Ukraine, we hear from Ukrainian soldiers just 500 metres from Russian forces as they battle for the city in the Donbas region. Also on the programme: the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan tells us why he didn’t show up in court this week to face the charges against him;...
Imran Khan accuses government of 'unlawful abduction'
Imran Khan accuses the Pakistani government of trying to 'get him out of the way'. Speaking to Newshour from his compound the former Pakistani PM says only fresh elections can unlock the 'quagmire'. Also in the programme Evgenia Kara-Murza on her husband's trial; and decoding the Herculaneum scrolls. (Picture: Supporters of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, pose with a placard in a shape of a cricket bat, with "My-Red Line Imran Khan" written on it, as they gather with others...
Credit Suisse shares plunge
Credit Suisse's shares have tumbled after it disclosed "material weakness" in its accounting controls. The worries have spread across share markets with all major European indexes falling sharply. Also on the programme: a Pakistani court has ordered police to suspend their operation to detain the opposition leader, Imran Khan; and we hear about the giant seaweed island headed towards Florida's coastline. (A screen displays information about Credit Suisse bank on the floor of the New York...
Hundreds dead in wake of tropical storm in Malawi
Malawi says over 220 people are now known to have died in floods and mudslides resulting from Tropical Storm Freddy. The number may rise as rescue teams reach cut-off areas as the weather improves. We hear about the challenges from a UNICEF official. Also in the programme: How cricket intervened in attempts by police in Pakistan to arrest the opposition politician, Imran Khan; and we hear from Afghan musicians who were forced to flee because after the Taliban took over. (Photo shows people...
Russian warplane in collision with US drone
An unmanned American surveillance drone has crashed in the Black Sea, in an incident involving two Russian fighter jets. The US and Russia have given very different accounts of what happened. Also in the programme: almost 200 people have been killed in Malawi as Tropical Storm Freddy continues to bare down on south-east Africa; and President Joe Biden has chosen the community of Monterey Park to announce new measures on stricter background checks for gun ownership - he's using a presidential...
Aukus pact condemned by China
Beijing has strongly criticised the significant naval deal. The pact is aimed at countering China's influence in the Indo-Pacific region. Also on the programme: a special report on outstanding cases of alleged human rights violations in South Africa under Apartheid; and we hear about a swimming pool heated by a computer. (Photo: Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese at Point Loma naval base, San Diego, US, to discuss the Aukus...
Biden pledges 'whatever is needed' amid bank fears
Stocks in some US banks have continued to fall, despite President Biden's attempt to reassure Americans their money is safe after the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. At one point shares in Western Alliance fell by 80%. Another bank First Republic was down by 75%. Earlier, Mr Biden used a televised address from the White House to say he would do whatever was needed to maintain stability. Stock markets across Europe closed down by more than 2%, with some banks suffering much steeper falls....
Bank shares plunge following the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank
Shares in many American and European banks have plunged after the collapse of the California-based Silicon Valley Bank, with the US and UK governments intervening to keep markets stable. We'll look at what can be done to prevent contagion. Also in the prograamme: Flooding in a small town in Queensland, Australia has brought unexpected danger; and what the big wins at the Oscars mean for Asian representation on the big screen. (Photo shows a destroyed Silicon Valley Bank. Credit: Dado...
US Government under pressure to limit bank collapse fallout
The US Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, says she's been working all weekend to prevent the consequences of a major bank collapse from spreading. The collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank was the biggest such failure in the US for fifteen years. Also on the programme; is another Iranian American prisoner swap imminent? Iran's foreign minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, told state TV that a deal could be done soon, although the US denies it. And it's Oscar night and the film The Banshees of...
San Diego summit on Asian security
Britain's Rishi Sunak and Australia's Anthony Albanese have gone to the Pacific coast to meet President Joe Biden at a summit in San Diego. AUKUS is on the agenda - the new defence pact established 18 months ago to counter what they see as a growing security threat from China in the Indo-Pacific region. Also in the programme: the migrants crossing by sea. Will the Italian government’s latest policies help to save lives? And a look ahead to the Oscars. (Photo: The Virginia-class USS North...
Suspension of sports presenter sparks off BBC impartiality row
A major political row is raging in the UK following tweets by BBC presenter Gary Lineker. The director general of the BBC apologises after major disruption to its sports coverage. Also on the programme; Cyclone Freddy has made landfall for the fourth time, battering the central coast of Mozambique. And the Italian coastguard says it's rescued a total of twelve hundred people who were in vessels that got into difficulty in the Mediterranean sea. (Picture: BBC Sport presenter Gary Lineker....
China swears in new premier
A career bureaucrat, Li Qiang, has been sworn in as China's new premier and will be tasked with tackling a series of economic challenges. Also on the programme, Silicon Valley Bank has been shut down by regulators in the biggest banking failure in the United States since the financial crisis; and, clinical trials have shown that a gadget developed by British researchers can help a majority of those living with Tourette's Syndrome to control their symptoms. (Photo: Fourth plenary session of...