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Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.




Australian soldier loses war crimes defamation case

One of Australia's most decorated soldiers has lost his civil court case against three newspapers which had accused him of carrying out war crimes in Afghanistan. A judge in Sydney decided that some of the allegations against Ben Roberts-Smith were substantially true. These include his involvement in the deaths of unarmed Afghans. He has denied all the allegations. Also in the programme: European leaders are meeting in Moldova today for a summit focusing on the continent's security; and an endangered orchid which was flown from the United States has flowered in the UK for the first time today. (FILE PHOTO: Ben Roberts-Smith. CREDIT: Getty Images)


US House of Representatives voting to avoid a default

President Biden has warned of recession and millions of jobs lost if the deal doesn’t pass. We speak to one Republican congressman who says his own leaders have given away too much in negotiations. Also on the programme: Russia begins evacuating children from the border region of Belgorod. We remember the life and work of the Ghanian writer Ama Ata Aidoo. And astronomers discover a 6,000 mile-long plume of water spurting out of Saturn’s moon. (Republican speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy speaks to media ahead of the vote CREDIT: EPA)


Ukraine war: BBC explores allegations of child deportations

The BBC’s Eastern Europe correspondent Sarah Rainsford has found new evidence of what is happening to Ukraine’s missing children, and meets some of the families who are fighting to get them back. Also on the programme: NATO says it’s going to send hundreds more troops to Kosovo after a number of its peacekeepers were injured in clashes with Serb protesters on Monday; and the “mad and offensive” medieval manuscript offering a rare glimpse into 15th-century live comedy performances. (Image: Children who went to a Russian-organised summer camp from non-government controlled territories and were then taken to Russia, wait for departure to Kyiv after returning via the Ukraine-Belarus border, in Volyn region, Ukraine. April 7, 2023. Credit: REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)


AI could usher ‘human extinction’

A group of leading artificial intelligence experts have issued a warning that the technology could be capable of making humanity extinct. In a short statement posted online top tech experts warned that the threat from AI is as great as pandemics and nuclear war. Also in the programme: The search is continuing for four children believed to have survived a small-plane crash in the Colombian Jungle; and a new national security law has come into effect in the Chinese territory of Macau which punishes any opposition to Beijing. (FILE PHOTO: A robot equipped with artificial intelligence is seen at the AI Xperience Centre in Brussels, Credit: Reuters/Yves Herman)


Russia accuses Ukraine of drone attack

Moscow has been targeted by multiple drones, in the biggest such attack on the Russian capital since the invasion of Ukraine. The Russian defence ministry said eight drones had been brought down. Ukraine has denied carrying out the attack. Also in the programme: Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro has visited Brazil for the first time in eight years; and after a rock band complained about the reception from the crowd at a music concert in Scotland, we ask what's the etiquette for both artists and their audience? (Photo: A man is seen through a window of a damaged multi-storey apartment block following a reported drone attack in Moscow. Credit: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


Ugandan president signs anti-gay law

Activists in the country have called it a “dark day”. We speak to one LGBT activist about how the community will be affected. Also on the programme: Russia launches a daytime attack on Ukraine’s capital Kyiv; and Turkey wakes up to five more years of Erdogan. (File photo shows protest in South Africa in support of Uganda’s LGBT community. CREDIT: Reuters)


Erdogan wins third decade in power

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's supporters are celebrating after Turkey's long-time president won Sunday's vote, securing another five years in power. But the country is divided. Almost half the electorate in the polarised country did not back his authoritarian vision of Turkey. We speak to Ibrahim Kalin, one of Erdogan's senior advisers. Also on the programme: the devastation wrought in western Sudan; and we hear from the grandson of the last surviving member of the first ascent of Mount Everest. (Image: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledges supporters after winning re-election in Turkey's run-off vote, at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, on 28 May 2023. Credit: EPA-EFE/Savas)


Erdogan wins presidential election

Turkey's long-time president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has won today's presidential election run-off. He told his supporters that Turkey itself was the only winner. We'll bring you the latest from our correspondent in the capital. Also in the programme: One-person-one-vote could be returning to Somalia under plans agreed at a four-day conference in the capital Mogadishu; and authorities are urging the World Health Organisation to declare a public health emergency over a fungal outbreak linked to cosmetic surgery in Mexico. (Picture: Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan react following early exit poll results for the second round of the presidential election outside the provincial headquarters of AK Party in Istanbul. Credit: Reuters/Hannah McKay)


Turkey votes in election runoff

The opposition challenger in the presidential run-off in Turkey has urged voters to get rid of the authoritiarian regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The incumbent, however, is expected to extend his hold on power. How a combination of booming tourism, government measures to attract foreign investment and the possibilities of remote working have sent house prices soaring leading to a housing crisis in Portugal. Also, a deadly border clash between Iran and Afghanistan over access to water. (Photo shows a woman voting during the second round of the presidential election, in Istanbul, Turkey. Credit: Reuters)


Sudan: The BBC examines possible war crimes

The BBC has been investigating reports of possible war crimes on medical facilities and staff in Sudan, perpetrated by both sides in the conflict. Reports show bombing of hospitals, military occupation of healthcare facilities and the deliberate targeting of doctors. We have a special report. Also in the programme: NATO has urged the government in Kosovo not to further escalate tensions with the Serb minority; and a race to save unique relics and remains in Cairo's City of the Dead as the government clears the way for roads and bridges. (File photo: A Sudanese national flag is attached to a machine gun of Paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) soldiers as they wait for the arrival of Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, head of RSF. June 22, 2019. Credit: Reuters/Umit Bektas)


Top Ukrainian official: We are ready to start a counter-offensive against Russian forces

Ukraine is ready to launch its long-expected counter-offensive against Russian forces, one of the country's most senior security officials has told the BBC. Oleksiy Danilov would not name a date but said an assault to retake territory from President Vladimir Putin's occupying forces could begin "tomorrow, the day after tomorrow or in a week". Also in the programme: A BBC investigation has seen evidence that both sides in Sudan's conflict could be carrying out war crimes on medical facilities and staff; and Henry Kissinger - one of the dominant figures in twentieth century US diplomacy - turns one- hundred today. (Photo: Ukrainian troops have spent months training on Western equipment ahead of the expected attack. Credit: Getty Images)


Russia reports attack on its Ukraine border

The governor of Russia’s southwestern Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said areas had come under heavy bombardment, suffering intense artillery and mortar shelling. He spoke of Ukraine hitting a whole string of villages following the arc of Russia’s border. Also on the programme: We hear from Ayse Bugra, the wife of Turkish political prisoner Osman Kavala, ahead of the country’s election on Sunday. And the love of sleeper trains and why they are making a comeback. (Image: Belgorod regional governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov. Credit: Sputnik/Reuters)


Surgery in a warzone

A Russian missile's struck a clinic in Ukraine; we'll hear how Ukrainian surgeons are learning to deal with warzone injuries. Also in the programme: the Venezuelan government's army of twitter trolls; and the Afghan film-maker hoping to bring the suffering of Afghan women under the Taliban to a wider audience thanks to some Hollywood stardust. (Photo: Rescuers work at the site of a clinic heavily destroyed by a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Dnipro, Ukraine May 26, 2023. Credit: REUTERS/Mykola Synelnykov)


Russian mercenaries declare exit from Bakhmut

Long: The head of Russia’s Wagner group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said they'd begun handing over control of the captured Ukrainian city to Moscow's army. Ukraine has dismissed claims that Bakhmut has fallen to Russia. We hear from military analyst Justin Crump on what we know so far. Also on the programme: Net migration into Britain reaches a record high, and we hear from a scientist who used AI to discover a new antibiotic. (Photo: An aerial view shows destructions in the frontline town of Bakhmut, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Credit: Reuters)


DeSantis campaign launch hit by Twitter glitch

A conversation with Twitter's owner Elon Musk was delayed when the platform malfunctioned. Ron DeSantis is seeking the Republican nomination for 2024's US presidential election. Also on the programme, Russia's Wagner mercenary group says its forces have begun withdrawing from the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut. And we hear the story of a paralysed man who can walk again, thanks to AI. (Picture: Ron DeSantis launches his campaign to be the Republican presidential candidate. Credit: Reuters)


Music legend Tina Turner dies

The American Grammy award-winning singer, whose soul classics and pop hits like The Best and What's Love Got to Do With It made her a superstar, has died at the age of 83. The White House described her death as a massive loss. We hear from her friend and co-writer Martyn Ware. Also on the programme: we hear from Sudan where a week-long ceasefire between rival military forces appears to be breaking down. And is owning three Labradors worse for the environment than travelling by private jet? (Image: Tina Turner performs in New York's Central Park in 1969 wearing a red leather outfit. Credit: Getty Images)


The woman who feels no pain

Scientists at University College London have discovered why a genetic mutation means that Jo Cameron, a 75-year-old woman, feels no pain. She also experiences low amounts of anxiety and fear, and has the ability to heal wounds more effectively. Also on the programme: this year's hosts of the UN climate change talks defend their appointment of an oil boss as the chairman; and we hear from this year's International Booker Prize winner. (Image: Scottish woman Jo Cameron, 75, who feels no pain. Credit: Jo Cameron)


Russia says it has killed dozens of anti-Putin insurgents

The Russian government has said that armed insurgents who crossed the border from Ukraine to launch attacks in Russia's Belgorod region have been defeated. Russia says 70 attackers were killed and insists the fighters are Ukrainian. But Kyiv has denied involvement and two Russian paramilitary groups have said they were behind the incursion. Also in the programme: we look at how rolling blackouts in South Africa are disrupting the economy, and Brazil's Minister of Racial Equality joins us with her take on the racism row in Spanish football. (Photo: The logo of a Russian freedom fighters group. Credit:


Sudan ceasefire: Will aid now be delivered?

The United Nations says five weeks of fighting have created a catastrophe for people in Sudan. A new ceasefire has just started, so will aid now reach those in need? Also on the programme: who are the fighters who crossed into Russia from Ukraine, attacking border villages? We'll also hear about the relatives of a nineteenth-century Ethiopian prince buried at Windsor Castle. Is it time for his remains to go home? (Photo: Sudanese people disembark in Egypt after crossing the Nile River on a ferry from Sudan. Credit: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA)


What's going on in Belgorod?

A group of saboteurs has crossed from Ukraine into Russia's Belgorod region and clashes there have injured a number of people, Russian authorities say. Ukraine denies responsibility and said Russian citizens from two paramilitary groups were behind the attack. We'll attempt to find out what exactly is going on around the border city of Belgorod. Also in the programme: Real Madrid logs a hate crime with Spanish prosecutors after their star player Vinicius Junior suffered racist abuse at the weekend; and there's another big fine for Facebook's parent companty Meta from the EU for breaches of data protection, but what difference will it make? [Photo shows a helicopter flying over Belgorod on 22 May. Credit: Telegram]