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.




Hardliner wins Iran's presidential election

Iran's president-elect, the hardline cleric, Ebrahim Raisi, has expressed his gratitude to the Iranian people for his election victory, thanking them for trusting him. After meeting the outgoing president, Hassan Rouhani, he said his incoming government would do their best to serve Iran's citizens. Also in the programme: the UN special envoy on Myanmar warns of a real risk of civil war in the country; and deaths from Covid in Brazil pass 500,000. (Picture: Ebrahim Raisi greets the media...


Iran presidential election: dissidents call for boycott

Opposition groups view today's vote as an engineered victory for hardliner Ebrahim Raisi. He is one of four candidates who were approved by Iran's influential Guardian Council ahead of the poll. Also in the programme: how Ethiopia is preparing for elections amid internal conflict; and a new study suggests that the elusive coelacanth fish can live up to 100 years - five times longer than previously thought. Photo: A voter in Iran's 2021 presidential elections. Credit: Getty Images


Iranians vote in presidential poll marred by bans

Dissidents and some reformists have called for a boycott, saying the barring of several contenders left Mr Raisi with no serious competition. Also in the programme: Japan's chief Covid-19 advisor said having no fans would be the least risky option, days before the organisers of the Tokyo Olympics decide whether to allow spectators into events; and we hear what a newly found species of ancient giant rhino looked like. (Photo: An Iranian woman holds a document after voting during presidential...


First crew blasts off to new China space station

China has launched three astronauts into orbit to begin occupation of the country's new space station. It will be China's longest crewed space mission to date and the first in nearly five years. But is that achievement dimming the prospects for the US Space Agency? We speak to former NASA chief and former astronaut Charles Bolden. Also in the programme: The former president of Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo, has returned home after nearly a decade overseas during which he was cleared of crimes...


Hong Kong cracks down on pro-democracy paper

The future of Hong Kong's main pro-democracy news outlet, Apple Daily, is in doubt after the police arrested its most senior editors and froze its bank account. The authorities said some of the newspaper's reporting had broken the national security law. Also on the programme; we’ll get reaction to the meeting of President Biden and President Putin; and we speak to the International Criminal Court’s new Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan QC (Picture: Police arrive at the Apple Daily offices Credit:...


Biden and Putin say summit was ‘constructive’

The two leaders met in Geneva and discussed issues such as human rights, cyber security and Ukraine. Both leaders have spoken positively of the talks. We’ll have an assessment from both sides. Also in the programme: is starvation being used as a weapon in Tigray? And we hear from the wife of an imprisoned opposition candidate who’d hoped to run in elections in Nicaragua. (Photo: U.S. President Joe Biden at the end of a news conference after the U.S.-Russia summit with Russia’s President...


Putin and Biden meet at much-anticipated summit

The talks in Geneva come at a time when both sides describe relations as being at rock bottom. The discussions are set to include arms control and the US allegations of Russian cyber-attacks. Also on the programme: the case for compulsory vaccinations for care workers worldwide; and we look ahead to the elections in Iran. (Photo: U.S. President Joe Biden and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they arrive for the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland on 16...


Thousands of Israeli nationalists march in East Jerusalem

Hard-line nationalist Israelis have been marching through parts of East Jerusalem to mark the annexation of the area by Israel more than 50 years ago. We hear from a minister in the coalition on what he makes of the march and what to expect from an Israel under new management. Also on the programme: the longest Arctic expedition produces one of the most worrying warnings on climate change; and ahead of the Biden-Putin summit, what is it the Russian leader wants? (Picture: Organisers of the...


Israeli ultra-nationalists are preparing to march in occupied East Jerusalem

Israeli ultra-nationalists are preparing to march in occupied East Jerusalem in an event that Palestinians have branded a provocation. Also in the programme: The United States and the European Union have resolved a long-running trade dispute over subsidies to aircraft manufacturers. And researchers in Cambridge University say the early warning signs of self-harm in children can appear almost a decade before it starts. (Photo: The annual Jerusalem Day flag march marks Israel's capture of East...


President Biden's first NATO summit

NATO holds its first summit with Joe Biden as leader of its most powerful member. But how does this old military alliance deal with all the new threats? NATO's Secretary General talks to us about China, cyber and well as the threat from Russia. Also in the programme: the small US biotech company that's produced a powerful new COVID vaccine; and the British Prime Minister announces pandemic restrictions will now stay until at least mid-July. (Image: U.S. President Joe Biden...


Israel's new Prime Minister promises to unite nation

Israel's new Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, has promised to unite a nation frayed by years of political stalemate. He succeeds Benjamin Netanyahu, who was forced out of office after 12 years. Also in the programme: The trial of Aung San Suu Kyi has begun in Myanmar, four months after her government was overthrown by the military. And two Americans have told a Japanese court they helped smuggle the former head of Nissan out of Japan. (Photo: Naftali Bennett's support became crucial for the...


Netanyahu out as new Israeli government approved

Benjamin Netanyahu has lost his 12-year hold on power in Israel after its parliament voted in a new coalition government. The right-wing nationalist Naftali Bennett has been sworn in as prime minister, leading a "government of change". Also in the programme: The G7 nations have agreed to step up action on climate change and renewed a pledge to raise $100bn a year to help poor countries cut carbon emissions; and we look at the work of intimacy coordinators in the film industry. (Credit:...


Israeli parliament to vote for new government

Israel's parliament is expected to approve the formation of a new government, a coalition of parties that has a majority of one seat. Right-wing nationalist Naftali Bennett is poised to become PM in a power-sharing deal with a centrist leader. Also on the programme: the role of climate negotiations in the ongoing G7 summit in Cornwall, England; and we hear from an intimacy coordinator about consent on a film set. (Photo: Israeli coalition party leaders meet in the Knesset ahead of the vote...


G7 summit: Spending plan to rival China adopted

G7 leaders seeking to rival China have adopted a plan to support lower- and middle-income countries in building better infrastructure. In a statement at their summit in the English county of Cornwall, the G7 leaders said they would offer a "values-driven, high-standard and transparent" partnership. However, details of how the plan will be financed remain unclear. Also in the programme: In Nigeria crowds have gathered to protest about worsening violence and a ban on Twitter; and we have a...


G7: Leaders to unveil global anti-pandemic action plan

G7 leaders are expected to sign up to measures to tackle future pandemics. On the second day of their summit in Cornwall, they will issue a declaration that sets out a series of measures. The aim is to slash the time needed to develop vaccines to under 100 days. Also in the programme: the US Justice Department will investigate attempts by officials in the Trump administration to seize the phone records of leading Democrats; and the music of protest in Myanmar. (photo: G7 leaders in Cornwall)


G7 leaders attend reception with Queen Elizabeth

The leaders of seven of the world's wealthiest countries have attended a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth. It follows the beginning of talks at the G7 summit with a focus on the pandemic and climate change. G7 countries have pledged a billion doses of vaccines for poorer nations. So how do those vaccine pledges sound to those taking a global view of the pandemic ? We speak to David Nabarro from the WHO. Also: UNICEF warns that 33,000 children are at risk of death from hunger in Tigray;...


G7 leaders meet in Cornwall

Global leaders are meeting in the English region of Cornwall for the first such gathering since the start of the pandemic. Will they step up on vaccines and climate change? We hear from a Big Pharma representative and a public health activist on whether COVID vaccine patents need to be waived. Also in the programme, the UN human rights chief warns of further bloodshed in Myanmar amid a military build-up. And as Hong Kong's film censors get new powers under the national security law, what...


President Biden promises to donate half a billion Covid vaccines to countries in need

Ahead of the G7 summit, President Joe Biden announced plans to donate half a billion Pfizer vaccine doses to over 90 of the world's poorest countries. We’ll hear from former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown about what he thinks the G7 should do to ensure effective vaccine distribution. Also in the programme: Amnesty International has produced a new report with more evidence of human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang province; and how we can use cow manure in crypto-currency mining....


President Biden meets British PM

President Biden is in the UK for the G7 summit -- we hear what he wants from Europe and why his meeting today with prime minister Boris Johnson is being overshadowed by a row over Northern Ireland. Also in the programme: the mosquito hack that can dramatically reduce cases of dengue fever; and a new film tells the story of the Zimbabwean refugees who took the world of wine by storm. (Image: U.S. President Joe Biden waves upon arrival at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, Cornwall,...


Opposition leaders arrested in Nicaragua

Four potential challengers to President Daniel Ortega have now been arrested in Nicaragua, in what some have called a hunt for critics of the president. In response, the US has imposed sanctions on four Nicaraguans close to the leadership. Also in the programme: El Salvador adopts Bitcoin as legal tender, making it the first country to use it as an official national currency; and two accounts from Belarus on what it's like to fall foul of the authorities - the arts organiser separated from...