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

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


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




US Basketball player released by Russia

Russia has freed the American basketball star, Brittney Griner -- in a prisoner swap for a notorious arms dealer nicknamed the Merchant of Death. Newshour heard from Lee Wolosky who used to lead the US National Security Council's unit responsible for tracking down Bout. Also in the programme: Iran executes a protestor; and French football star Kylian Mbappé. (Picture: A composite image shows US basketball player Brittney Griner (L) escorted to a courtroom for a hearing, in Khimki City Court,...


American basketball star Brittney Griner released from Russian jail

Russia swaps basketball star for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. Also in the programme Iranian authorities carry out their first execution of a protester since mass anti-government demonstrations began three months ago; and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - Harry and Meghan - give their account of relations with the Royal Family and the media in a new series starting today. (Photo: Brittney Griner poses for a photograph with her gold medal in Women's Basketball at the Tokyo 2020 Summer...


Police in Germany have arrested twenty five suspected far right extremists

Twenty-five people have been arrested in raids across Germany on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government. The plotters include members of the so-called "Reichsburger" movement, which rejects the legitimacy of the modern German state, and conspiracy theorists who subscribe to the QAnon ideology. Also on the programme: Members of Congress in Peru have impeached President Pedro Castillo just hours after he said he was dissolving the legislative body. In a fast-moving fight over who...


Indonesia bans sex outside marriage

Indonesia’s parliament passes a sweeping overhaul of the criminal code, which includes outlawing sex outside marriage. We speak with a human rights advocate, and also with a spokesperson for the Indonesian government. Also in the programme: News organization Al-Jazeera brings a case at the ICC against the Israeli government over the killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh; and we speak with a former United States special envoy to Haiti, where armed gangs now control large parts of the...


Haiti gangs 'control half the capital'

Human rights groups in Haiti have told the BBC that gangs now control more than half the capital, Port au Prince, and nearby areas. The turmoil has worsened since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise last year. Newshour has an on-the-ground report. Also on the programme: Belgium's biggest ever trial begins, and what you need to know about Strep A bacterial infections. Photo: A woman carries a baby as people are displaced by gang war violence, Haiti November 19, 2022 Credit: Ralph...


UN: Haiti on the verge of an abyss

In Haiti’s capital, brutal gangs have taken control of much of the city, our correspondent is there. Also in the programme: Sudan's military and civilian leaders sign a deal aimed at ending a political crisis; and the remains of the last Tasmanian Tiger have been found in a cupboard. (Photo: People displaced by gang violence in Cite Soleil walk on the streets, 19 November, 2022. Credit: Erol/Reuters)


Iran's 'Morality Police' said to be disbanded

Iran's Attorney General says the religious police tasked with enforcing the Islamic dress code have been disbanded. Mohammad Jafar Montazeri's comments follow months of protests triggered by the death of a young woman in their custody. Newshour gets reaction from women in Iran. Also on the programme: China looks set to ease its zero Covid policy, and the tortoise celebrating its190th birthday. Photo: A veiled Iranian woman walks past a wall painting in a street in Tehran, Iran. Credit:...


Iran to disband morality police, says attorney general

Iran's morality police, which is tasked with enforcing the country's Islamic dress code, is being disbanded, the country's attorney general says. Mohammad Jafar Montazeri's comments, yet to be confirmed by other agencies, were made at an event on Sunday. Iran has seen months of protests over the death of a young woman in custody. Mahsa Amini had been detained by the morality police for allegedly breaking strict rules on head coverings. We hear the latest from BBC Persian's Siavash Ardalan...


Reports say a deal to return Elgin Marbles to Greece is at an "advanced stage"

The Greek daily newspaper, Ta Nea, says talks have been taking place between the British Museum and the Greek prime minister since November last year. Also on the programme: an alternative to plastic; and the story of how a fossil, which lay unnoticed in a drawer for over half a century, has advanced our understanding of the origins of reptiles. (Picture: One of the Parthenon Statues, also known as the Elgin Marbles. Credit: Reuters)


Talks begin on UN plastic treaty

Delegates from a 160 countries meeting in Uruguay have ended their first round of talks aimed at creating a new UN treaty on plastic pollution. EU members and Switzerland argue efforts to tackle pollution should include mandatory cuts to global plastic production. But the United States and Saudi Arabia, home to the top petrochemical and plastics companies, say the targets should be voluntary and country-led. We will hear from Greenpeace and from one of the recipients of the Earthshot prize...


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


EU considers price cap on Russian oil

European Union countries are nearing a deal to cap the price of Russian crude oil at $60 per barrel, But how much will the move, which builds upon a G7 initiative to further weaken the Kremlin's ability to wage war on Ukraine, hurt Moscow? Also in the programme: Two weeks into a Turkish offensive in north-eastern Syria, we hear from a relief worker who's witnessed the damage; South Africa's governing party meets to discuss whether the president should resign; and we consider whether Brazil's...


President Macron visits White House

President Biden has said his recent law providing huge investment in American chipmaking and green firms doesn't come at the expense of Europe. Mr Biden was speaking at the White House after meeting his French counterpart, who's voiced concerns about the effect of the subsidies on European jobs and companies. The dispute has threatened to overshadow Emmanuel Macron's state visit. Also in the programme: history is made at the FIFA men’s World Cup with the first female referee; and letter bomb...


China eases some lockdowns

China has signalled a shift in its Covid stance as it moves to ease some virus restrictions despite high daily case numbers. It comes as one of China's most senior pandemic officials, vice-premier Sun Chunlan, said the virus' ability to cause disease was weakening. We hear from a reporter in Beijing and speak to a virologist. Also in the programme: The trial of the Hong Kong tycoon and pro-democracy activist - Jimmy Lai - is postponed; and the Russian reservist who never made it to the...


EU proposes special court for Russian crimes

The head of the European Commission has proposed setting up a special tribunal to try crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine. Ursula von der Leyen said 'Russia must pay for its horrific crimes'. Also in the programme: US rail strike; and the baguette gets UNESCO heritage status. (Picture: First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska during the opening of a Russian war crimes exhibition at Portcullis House, London. Picture date: Tuesday November 29, 2022. Credit: James Manning/PA Wire)


Breakthrough in dementia treatment

A trial of a dementia drug has shown - for the first time - that the progression of early stage Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed down. Also on the programme, women's rights in Afghanistan continue to erode. And, China's former leader Jiang Zemin has died. He was in power during an extraordinary period of growth from the late 1980s. (Photo: BBC)


Belarus opposition figure in intensive care

A leading opposition figure in Belarus has been taken from prison and placed in intensive care. Maria Kolesnikova's sister tells Newshour she is in a serious but stable condition after having an emergency operation but they've been given no details. Also in the programme: Estonia's foreign minister on NATO help for Ukraine; and Iran v USA in the World Cup. Picture: Belarusian opposition politician Maria Kolesnikova makes a heart shape with her hands as she arrives for questioning at the...


Nato promises to arm and assist Ukraine

Nato has promised to give more weapons to Ukraine and help fix energy infrastructure damage. Also on the programme: China uses surveillance tactics to find protesters; and the United States and Iran are slated to face off in the Qatar World Cup. (Image: Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attend arrivals and doorsteps of the Nato foreign ministers meeting in Bucharest, Romania, 29 November 2022....


Police presence dampens protests in China

A heavy police presence in major Chinese cities -- including Beijing and Shanghai -- appears to have stopped new demonstrations against Covid restrictions. Also in the programme: European 'super cartel' broken up; and water shortages in the Zambezi river. (Picture: A man is taken away by police after pushing over a protester during a demonstration over coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in mainland China, during a commemoration of the victims of a fire in Urumqi, in Hong Kong, China...


Rare protests in 10 Chinese cities

Long: Rare protests in 10 Chinese cities, dissenters demand an end to zero-Covid policy; Also in the programme a Somali junior minister escapes an al-Shabab attack in Mogadishu; and the brothers behind the Turkish Bayraktar drones. (Photo: Chinese protesters in Hong Kong holding blank white papers. Credit: Shutterstock)