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 hits record Covid cases and hospitalisations

An emergency order is in force in Los Angeles, as the US city fights a big surge in coronavirus infections. Hospitals have seen what's being described as a terrifying increase in the number of cases, and residents have been told to stay at home. We hear from Jimmy Lai, media tycoon and pro-democracy supporter in Hong Kong. And the French government says it is to launch an operation against mosques it believes are encouraging religious extremism. (Photo: The number of people in hospital with...


Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine rollout within days

The UK regulator has granted emergency approval for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the first vaccine to use mRNA. How has this breakthrough happened so fast? And how safe will it be? Also in the programme: Nigeria’s "Business EMail Compromise" hackers; and a high profile sexual harassment case highlights #MeToo issues in China. (Picture: A dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 is injected; Credit: Reuters Wires)


President Trump's controversial COVID adviser stands down

One of President Trump's key COVID-19 advisers, the Stanford radiologist Dr Scott Atlas, has resigned from the White House Coronavirus Task Force a few days before the end of his four month term. He was heavily criticised by public health experts inside and outside the administration, especially for his enthusiasm for herd immunity, his objections to lockdowns and his messaging on facemasks. Dr Atlas speaks to Newshour. Also in the programme: Tibor Nagy, Assistant Secretary for African...


United States faces grim stage of coronavirus pandemic

As cases of the virus break new records, President Trump's controversial pandemic advisor Scott Atlas resigns. We hear from the top US infectious diseases expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, who gives a sober assessment of the situation. Also in the programme: the United Nations launches an appeal for an unprecedented amount of funding for humanitarian aid. The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock calls it the bleakest and darkest assessment of humanitarian needs ever presented. And a glimmer...


Iran buries assassinated nuclear scientist

Iran's defence chief has said that the killing of the country's top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh 'won't go unanswered'. Iran blames the attack on Israel, and there is evidence a driverless vehicle may have been involved. But will this latest assassination change how Iran relates to the world? Also in the programme: we hear from Calabria in southern Italy, where the country's poorest region is suffering a second wave of COVID-19, exacerbated by the Mafia; and we bring together the...


Ethiopia: TPLF says it’s still fighting government troops

The leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front says his troops are still fighting against the military near the city of Mekelle. It has not been possible to independently verify either side’s statements. Also: four French police officers have been charged for beating a black man in Paris, and there’s been a war of words between China and South Korea over the production of Kimchi. (Photo: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a question and answer session in parliament 30th...


Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Mekelle hospital struggling after attack

The International Red Cross says hospitals in the Tigray state capital in northern Ethiopia are running dangerously low on medical supplies to care for the wounded, following three weeks of fighting. Also, the United Nations has condemned an attack by suspected Islamists in northeast Nigeria, in which a hundred and ten people may have been killed. And we'll speak to one young woman who recently lost her father to coronavirus -- and her message to all those who don't take the disease...


Ethiopia police hunt for Tigray leaders

The leader of the rebellion in Tigray region against Ethiopia's central government, Debretsion Gebremichael, has said his Tigray People's Liberation Front forces will fight on despite reports that federal troops have taken control of the Tigrayan capital. Also in the programme: At least thirty members of the Afghan security forces have been killed in a car bomb attack on a military base in Ghazni, in the east of the country; and we remember Dave Prowse, the man behind the mask of Star Wars...


Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Army 'takes regional capital of Mekelle'

The Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed and the Army Chief of Staff, Birhanu Jula, have issued statements claiming that federal government troops are now in total control of Mekelle, the capital of Tigray province. There have been appeals for calm and restraint following the killing of Iran's top nuclear scientist. And the Roman Catholic Church has installed its first African American Cardinal. Wilton Gregory became the first black Archbishop of Washington only eighteen months ago. (Photo:...


Iran blames Israel for death of nuclear scientist

Iran's president has blamed Israel for the killing of a top nuclear scientist on Friday, saying it would not slow down the country's nuclear programme. Hassan Rouhani also said Iran would retaliate over Mohsen Fakhrizadeh's killing at a time of its choosing. Also in the programme: the Ethiopian military has reportedly begun shelling Mekelle - the besieged capital of Tigray province where the dissident regional leadership has refused to surrender; and China's ambitious mission to bring back...


Iran’s top nuclear scientist assassinated

Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has died in hospital after gunmen opened fire on the scientist in his car. Iran's Foreign Minister has condemned the killing "as an act of state terror". Also in the programme: How internet access is changing dissent in Cuba;, and a new documentary about music legend Frank Zappa - we hear from the director, Alex Winter. (Photo: Prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is seen in Iran, in this undated photo. Credit: Official...


Ethiopian PM meets AU envoys

Ethiopia's prime minister has met three African Union envoys who are visiting the country to try to bring an end to the conflict in Tigray. Abiy Ahmed has rejected all international invention, and will not allow the envoys to travel to Tigray. We hear from the Sudanese border, where around 50,000 refugees have already fled the conflict, and from Laetitia Bader of Human Rights Watch on what needs to happen now. Also in the programme: the National Health Service in England is piloting a new...


Argentina mourns Diego Maradona

Three days of national mourning have started in Argentina after Maradona died on Wednesday at the age of 60. We discuss why he was so loved in Argentina. Also in the programme: A court in Turkey has given life sentences to more than 300 hundred linked to the 2016 coup attempt, and two museums in London, Ontario and London, England are collaborating on a project to capture our coronavirus dreams. (Photo:Argentina"s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner touches the casket of soccer...


Ethiopian army ordered to attack Tigray capital

Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed has ordered the federal army to begin an offensive against the capital of Tigray province. We hear from Mekelle, and also speak to the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, who demands protection for civilians and access for humanitarian agencies. Also in the programme: hundreds of people convicted of taking part in an attempted coup in Turkey in 2016 have been sentenced to life in prison; and why Neapolitans are mourning Diego Maradona....


Argentina football legend Maradona dies aged 60

Football legend Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 60. The former Argentina attacking midfielder suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home. Also in the programme; A deadline for Tigrayan forces to surrender in northern Ethiopia has expired, with federal and other troops poised to attack the regional capital Mekelle; and we hear from a defender of Thailand's strict laws against criticising the royal family. (Photo: File photo. Argentina's...


Ethiopian PM's deadline for Tigrayan troop surrender arrives

Abiy Ahmed appears poised to send forces into the regional capital, Mekelle, as international calls for a peaceful resolution to the civil conflict seem to fall on deaf ears. Also in the programme: Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam has delivered her annual address to a legislature emptied of opposition members; the trial of a well-known women's rights activist resumes in Saudi Arabia; and a coronavirus outbreak in the Gaza Strip threatens to overwhelm the Palestinian territory's fragile...


Tigrayan youth group accused of massacre in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission says the group stabbed, bludgeoned and burned to death non-Tigrayan residents of the town of Mai Kadra two weeks ago, with the collusion of local forces. We’ll hear from the head of the Commission. Also in the programme: The formal handover of power from President Trump to the President-elect, Joe Biden, has begun and the pandemic is the priority; and a new report warns that Afghanistan is becoming a significant producer of the dangerously addictive and...


Trump accepts transition to Biden must start

The handover from Donald Trump to Joe Biden has officially begun, three weeks after the US presidential election. In a tweet referring to the best interest of the country, Mr Trump acknowledged that the transition had started. But he again argued, without providing evidence, that the poll was marred by fraud. Mr Biden's team will now have access to federal funds and officials. A special report from Afghanistan, on the new drug of choice for this addict and many others - crystal meth. And...


Light at end of tunnel "growing brighter": WHO

The head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has welcomed the promising trial results of a new coronavirus vaccine, but says the poor must not be trampled in the stampede for protection. We'll hear from the director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Also in the programme: Joe Biden has chosen a veteran US foreign policy official with internationalist views, Antony Blinken, to be his Secretary of State; and did the Israeli Prime Minister,...


Covid-19: Oxford University vaccine is highly effective

Oxford University and the drugs firm, AstraZeneca, say large- scale trials of their coronavirus vaccine have shown that it's highly effective at preventing Covid-nineteen. The jab is also cheaper and easier to store and transport than two other vaccines, developed by Pfizer and Moderna. Reports from Israel say the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has made an unprecedented visit to Saudi Arabia for secret talks, although the Saudis have denied it. And reports from the United States say...