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The World Tonight: Fresh blow to government's Troubles act

Could plan be scrapped after High Court ruled it breaches human rights law?


President Biden says Gaza ceasefire “could be next week”

Also: Henry Staunton says Post Office chief executive is under investigation We hear from boyfriend of dual national arrested in Russia on treason charges


The World Tonight: President Biden says Gaza ceasefire “could be next week”

Israel’s Netanyahu says he consistently resisted pressure to end war prematurely


What is Israel's Rafah evacuation plan?

As Gaza ceasefire talks resume the Israeli military presents its plan for an assault on the city of Rafah, where more than a million people are sheltering. A senior Israeli politician tells us that operation will go ahead - no matter what. Also on the programme: As Lee Anderson doubles down on his controversial claims about London Mayor Sadiq Khan - we'll discuss how Islamophobia should be defined. And the dream is over for Maidstone United: the lowest-ranked team to make the last 16 of the FA Cup since the 1970s have been knocked out. We speak to their fans about their remarkable run.


The World Tonight: What is Israel's Rafah evacuation plan?

A senior Israeli politician on the assault on the southern Gazan city.


Commons Speaker faces more criticism

Also: US state of Alabama says frozen embryos can be treated as children. And the first ever commercial mission to the moon.


Gaza ceasefire debate descends into chaos

Also: How the film version of a Russian classic novel is causing controversy. and Iconic BT Tower in London is to become a hotel.


Borders watchdog sacked over leaks

The Home Office has sacked the chief inspector of borders and immigration in a row over leaks to newspapers. We speak to a former chief immigration officer. Also on the programme: The United States has used the word ceasefire in a UN resolution about the war in Gaza. We ask a former Israeli ambassador to Washington what difference that will make. The murky tale of the Russian helicopter pilot who defected to Ukraine and who's now been found dead in Spain. And a boozer's guide to "drunkonyms": a study has found more than 500 synonyms for the word "drunk" in the English language. We speak to the German linguist who tracked them down.


Western countries consider new sanctions after Navalny death

As Alexei Navalny's widow vowed to continue her husband's fight, western countries are considering new sanctions against Russia. What measures - if any - could make a difference, following the Russian opposition leader's sudden death? We speak to Finland's foreign minister and the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Also on the programme: The latest on the escalating war of words between the business secretary and the former chair of the Post Office. And the surprise appearance that brought some viewers to tears: we discuss perceptions of the life-changing Parkinson's disease - after Michael J Fox stole the show at last night's Baftas.


Britain falls into recession

Also: Esther Ghey and Ian Russell meet to discuss social media and the dark web. And Beyonce goes country.


Cameron urges US Congress to back Ukraine aid

Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron has urged the US Congress not to "show the weakness displayed against Hitler" in the 1930s and back a military aid package for Ukraine. We get a response from a Republican Congressman. Also on the programme: The social media war in the Middle East - a reservist in the IDF on why he's been sharing his experiences in Gaza. And a raunchy book at bedtime: we get a briefing on ‘Romantasy’ - the blend of romance and fantasy that's taking the literary world by storm.


President Biden: "History is watching" Republicans on Ukraine aid

Labour suspends second parliamentary candidate How a California law designed to reduce plastic waste ended up increasing it


Labour withdrawing support for candidate in Rochdale by-election

Also: President Biden says people in Rafah need protection. And the 200th anniversary of Bryon’s death


Rival parties claim victory in Pakistan election

Also on the programme: A court has ruled that the Green Party discriminated against its former deputy leader during a row over his gender critical beliefs. And prepare for the Taylor Swift Superbowl - as the pop superstar looks set to overshadow the greatest show on turf.


Ukraine's top general replaced for war 'reset'

The Women’s Health Ambassador for England on how to improve women's healthcare What's it like to interview President Putin?


Labour ditches green spending pledge

After weeks of speculation, Labour is dropping its pledge to spend £28bn a year on a green prosperity plan. We get reaction from a leading environmentalist. Also on the programme: Israel's prime minister has rejected a Hamas proposal for a ceasefire deal in Gaza - saying "total victory" is the only way to secure the release of hostages. We hear from the British daughter of one of those being held. And as the BBC unveils plans for a Radio 2 spin-off aimed at an older, more nostalgic generation - what's the appeal of the tracks of our early years?


Thousands harmed by pelvic mesh and sodium valproate “should get urgent financial help”

Also: Wildfires in Chile, torrential rain in California. And One year on from the Turkey/Syria earthquake.


Biden imposes sanctions on violent settlers

President Biden has imposed sanctions on Jewish settlers who've committed violence against Palestinians in the West Bank. We get reaction from a Palestinian there - and from an Israeli settler. And we ask whether the sanctions put the relationship between the US and Israel under even greater strain. Also on the programme: As Labour politicians struggle to answer whether they're committed to the party's £28bn green spending plan - we discuss whether the policy should be ditched. And the three Irish siblings abandoned at birth who found each other through DNA, and now think they may have another brother out there.