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.




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)


China Covid protests enter second night

People have been protesting against strict Covid policies in Beijing and Shanghai. The population has faced nearly three years of mass testing, quarantines and snap lockdowns. We’ll hear from a journalist in Shanghai. Also on the programme: A state of emergency called in Italy after a deadly landslide; and the British exhibition permanently closed because of its racism, sexism and ableism Photo: A man shouts during a protest in Beijing, China. Credit: MARK CRISTINO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock


Protests widen against China's Covid restrictions

Protests against China's strict anti-Covid policies have continued for a second day in a number of cities across the country. Demonstrators gathered in Shanghai, Beijing and Wuhan. Many held up blank pieces of paper to express their dissatisfaction and to highlight the censorship they face in China. We speak live to Ukraine's Prosecutor General about what's been found in the city of Kherson after the Russian retreat. Plus: is gene-sequencing centuries-old varieties of wheat the key to...


Imran Khan appears at first rally since shooting

Pakistan’s ousted prime minister, Imran Khan, has addressed a huge rally of his supporters in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi. It was his first public appearance since being shot and injured at a rally three weeks ago. Our correspondent Samira Hussein was there. Also in the programme: as Ukraine marks 90 years since the great famine, known as the Holodomor, we ask whether it was deliberate policy by the Soviet leadership; and we pay tribute to the singer Irene Cara, most famous for the...


Covid protests in Chinese city after deadly fire

There have been angry protests against Covid restrictions in the Chinese city of Urumqi, after a deadly fire in a residential block during lockdown. How long can China keep up its so-called "zero Covid policy"? Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Imran Khan, is expected to address a rally for the first time since he was shot at a similar event earlier this month. Also - the Egyptians who've never received credit for rediscovering the tomb of Tutankhamun. (Photo: Protests against coronavirus...


President Putin meets mothers of Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets soldiers’ mothers and urges them to ignore what they see online; Also in the programme Kurdish militants in northern Syria threaten to release thousands of IS fighters if Turkey continues its attacks; And a rare signed manuscript by Charles Darwin goes up for auction. (Photo: President Putin with mothers of Russian soldiers. Credit: Reuters)


Ukraine war: Facing a harsh winter on the front line

Ukraine's energy infrastructure has come under attack from Russia once again this week, leaving millions without power. As temperatures drop below freezing around the country, there are fears Moscow - struggling to win the war it started - is "weaponising winter". And nowhere is it clearer what that might look like than at the towns along the front line in the east. We have a report from the BBC's Abdujalil Abdurasulov in Avdiivka and speak to Doctors Without Borders about the challenges...


Former advisor to Aung San Suu Kyi tells Newshour about prison ordeal

Myanmar has seen thousands arrested and sent to jail for opposing the military authorities. Last week, the generals announced they were granting pardons to about six thousand prisoners to mark Myanmar's national day. One man released after two years is Australian professor Sean Turnell, a former adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi – who was arrested in mid interview with the BBC . He tells us about his ordeal. Also in the programme: the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine speaks to us Russian attacks...


Afghanistan: Humanitarian crisis worsens

The BBC finds some desperate Afghans are giving their hungry children medicines to sedate them; others have sold their daughters and organs to survive. In the second winter since the Taliban took over, millions are a step away from famine. We hear a special report from the BBC's Yogita Limaye in Herat, and speak to the World Food Programme about the challenges facing aid organisations in the country. Also on the programme: China records its highest number of daily Covid cases since the...


Blackouts across Ukraine amid wave of Russian strikes

A series of strikes has knocked out electricity supplies to large parts of Ukraine, including Lviv, Odessa and Kyiv. Russia has been targeting Ukraine's energy network for weeks, damaging almost half of it. Also on the programme: the Foreign Minister of the neighbouring country of Moldova says large parts of the country have also been left without electricity due to the strikes; and the British man who has been chosen to become the first disabled person to train as an astronaut. (Image:...


Missiles hit hospital and power supplies in Ukraine

Almost exactly nine months since Russia invaded Ukraine, a newborn baby has been killed in a strike on a maternity hospital in the southern Zaporizhzhia region and large parts of Ukraine are facing energy shortages as Russian missiles rain down on the country. As explosions are heard in the capital Kyiv after an air raid alert was issued for the whole country, we hear what the UN is doing about the impact of the conflict and we also speak to Ukraine's deputy health minister. Also in the...


Many school children among Indonesia quake dead

Rescuers in Indonesia are working through a second night to try to find survivors trapped after an earthquake in West Java. Officials put the death toll at 268, many of them children, with 151 still missing and more than 1,000 injured. Also today: one of the great World Cup shocks- Saudi fans ecstatic as they beat one of the tournament giants, Argentina; and how Albania is trying to curb mass migration from its borders. (Photo: A damaged house is pictured after an earthquake in Cianjur, West...


Indonesia continues search for quake victims

Many of those killed and injured in a major earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java were children, rescuers say, as the death toll reaches 268. The 5.6 magnitude quake struck a mountainous region on Monday, causing landslides that buried entire villages near the West Java town of Cianjur. More than 1,000 people were wounded, officials say. Also in the programme: why six employees of Hong Kong's now-defunct pro-democracy newspaper, Apple Daily, have pleaded guilty to colluding with...


Iran's World Cup players refuse to sing national anthem

The Iranian football team refuses to sing the national anthem at the World Cup in Qatar to show solidarity with protesters back home - but for some fans it's still not enough of a display of defiance. Meanwhile in the Kurdish region of Iran - we're told Revolutionary Guards are using weapons of war against protesters. Also today, what - if anything - can be done to regulate crypto currencies and protect mainstream financial systems? (Photo: Iran's Ali Karimi, Milad Mohammadi and Majid...


Controversy on second day of football World Cup

Several European teams at the World Cup in Qatar have scrapped plans to wear armbands in support of gay rights, over fears their players will be penalised. In a striking act of solidarity with protesters in Iran, the men’s national football team decided not to sing the national anthem in its opening World Cup game against England. Also in the programme: An earthquake has struck the main Indonesian island of Java, leaving at least 56 people dead and hundreds injured, local officials say; and...


COP27: worries over deal's ambition

The COP27 climate conference concludes with several world leaders expressing concern that the final deal reached lacks ambition. Also in the programme: Ecuador victorious in World Cup opening match; and making wine the ancient way in Portugal. (Picture: UN Executive Secretary of Framework Convention on Climate Change Simon Stiell speaks at the closing plenary at the COP27 climate summit in Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 20, 2022. Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)


Cop27: Deal reached to help worst-hit by warming

The UN climate summit has ended with a landmark deal for poorer countries, but disappointment over a lack of overall ambition in the final text. Negotiators in Egypt agreed to set up a fund to help the most vulnerable parts of the world deal with disasters caused by climate change. Also in the programme: World leaders and celebrities have been arriving in Qatar for the football World Cup, which begins later today; and NASA tells us that humans could be living on the moon within a decade....