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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...
UN issues dire warning over water
The UN opened its first conference on water security in almost half a century on Wednesday with a plea to governments to better manage one of humanity's shared resources. Co-chairwoman of the Global Commission on the Economics of Water, Mariana Mazzucato tells Newshour about the scale of the problem. Also in the programme: Judicial reforms in Israel; and the life-giving molecule found on an asteroid. (Photo: Haider Jalil, 10, fills a water tank from a truck outside his family home in the...
Uganda to make identifying as LGBT illegal
Rights groups in Uganda have expressed concern about a new draft law which would make it a crime for people to identify as LGBT. Also on the programme, the UN has warned of a looming global water crisis because of pollution and excessive consumption, ahead of its first big conference on the subject in decades; and we hear from one of the first women who joined the London Stock Exchange, fifty years ago. (Photo: Uganda considers bill to criminalize identifying as LGBTQ in Kampala 21/03/2023...
Court mulls possible indictment of Trump
A New York court investigating ex-president Donald Trump over allegations he paid hush money to a pornographic actress is poised to release its decision. Also in the programme: Tim Franks reports from the West Bank; and Yusuf / Cat Stevens. (Picture: Demonstrators shout and hold up signs outside New York Criminal Court in advance of a potential Indictment of former President Donald Trump in New York. Credit: Peter Foley/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
Newshour special broadcast from the West Bank
As Israel's parliament votes to allow Israelis back into four settlements evacuated years ago, we'll hear from Tim Franks in the occupied West Bank. Also on the programme, Russia's president Vladimir Putin has been discussing the war in Ukraine with the Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is visiting Moscow; and, an Indonesian court has agreed to allow a lawsuit brought by parents of children who died after being given tainted cough syrup. (Photo: More than 140 settler outposts have been set...
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,...