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.



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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...


Can the US rebuild trust among its allies?

The US charm offensive by the Biden administration ahead of this weekend's G7 summit centres around a fairly simple message: that America is back after four years of looking inwards and ready to engage with its international partners. But how easy will that be given the damage done to many of its key alliances? We hear from President Biden's National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan - a key foreign policy aide. Also on the programme: Allegations that some of the richest people in the US pay...


Ratko Mladic: UN court upholds life sentence

The former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic is to spend the rest of his life behind bars after losing his appeal against a genocide conviction. A UN tribunal in The Hague confirmed his responsibility for the systematic campaign to carve out a greater Serbia from the fragments of Yugoslavia at the expense of Muslims and Croats. We hear from the prosecutor who led the case against Ratko Mladic. Also in the programme: hundreds of suspects are arrested around the world after they spent...


Anom: FBI app lures global criminals into police arms

More than 800 suspected criminals have been arrested worldwide after being tricked into using an FBI-run encrypted messaging app. Drugs, weapons, luxury vehicles and cash were also seized in the operation, which was conducted across more than a dozen countries. Also in the programme: UN court ruling on former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic's appeal against his conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity; and, on World Ocean Day, we look into the causes for the so called ‘sea...


US regulators approve new Alzheimer's drug

The first new treatment for Alzheimer's for nearly 20 years has been approved by regulators in the United States, but there has been controversy around aducanumab. Also in the programme: Google agrees to change its advertising model after France fines it a quarter of a billion dollars; and what space travel does to your world-view. (Picture: Aldo Ceresa, who took part in the international trials of aducanumab Credit: BBC)


Mexico elections: President's majority to shrink after crime-hit poll

Many voters say the president failed to boost the economy and curb crime. A severed head was lobbed into a polling station and five workers were killed on the eve of the vote. The election was seen as a referendum on the government of 67-year-old Mr López Obrador, who is almost half-way through a six-year term. Also on the programme: We will look at the results of Peru's Presidential election; hear a report from Texas, on the anniversary of the murder of a black man which sparked outrage,...


Mexicans vote after violent campaign

Mexicans vote in mid-term elections after a wave of political assassinations, and as the economy reels from the pandemic. Also in the programme: leading Palestinian activists are detained for questioning in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, and a new memorial to commemorate the 77th anniversary of D-Day is unveiled in Normandy, France. (Image: a community police officer keeps watch near a polling station as people queue to vote during mid-term election in Alyahualtempa,...


El Salvador president wants Bitcoin as legal tender

El Salvador's president says he will make the Bitcoin crypto-currency legal tender in the country. If his plan is backed by congress, the Central American country would be first in the world to formally adopt the digital currency. The head of Israel's internal security service has warned that extreme political rhetoric on social media could lead to bloodshed. And, a memorial honouring soldiers who died under British command on D-Day - and in the fighting that followed - has been unveiled in...


A tax deal to change the world?

Finance ministers of the G7 group of advanced economies have agreed that multinational companies should pay at least 15% in tax. How will the deal be received in the United States, and will it be passed by Congress? And what will the impact be on countries such as Ireland that currently offer firms lower rates of corporation tax? Also in the programme: a judge in California overturns a 32-year ban on assault weapons; and the detained novelist who has redefined Uyghur literature. (Photo: The...


Rich nations back deal to tax multinationals

The G-7 group of leading economies has reached a deal on taxing multinational companies. Finance ministers from the group, meeting in London, have agreed to a minimum tax of 15%, in a deal described by the British finance minister as an historic agreement to reform the global tax system. Also in the programme: It's 40 years since the first case of AIDS was reported and; we hear an astonishing account of the suffering in the embattled Tigray region of Ethiopia from a photo journalist who's...


Facebook suspends Trump accounts for two years

Facebook has suspended Donald Trump for two years from its platforms. Facebook said Mr Trump's actions were "a severe violation of our rules". Mr Trump said the move was "an insult" to the millions who voted for him in last year's presidential election. Uncertainty over the forthcoming presidential elections in Iran -- is the Supreme Leader having second thoughts about the list of candidates? How likely are the world's leading economies to agree to a minimum level of tax for business profit?...


Hong Kong: Tiananmen activist arrested on anniversary

Thousands of police are patrolling the streets of Hong Kong to stop people commemorating the anniversary of the 1989 massacre in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Chow Hang-tung, a leading pro-democracy activist who helps organise the annual vigil, has also been detained. Also in the programme: Another video is released of the detained Belarusian blogger, Roman Protasevich - we'll hear from an American senator who has just met opposition leaders in the region; and the swimmer from Myanmar who has...


A new era for US-Israel relations

We hear from senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment and former State Department Middle East analyst, Aaron David Miller as Israeli opposition parties reach an agreement to form a new government that would end Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year tenure as prime minister. Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party, announced an eight-faction coalition had been formed. Under a rotation arrangement, the head of the right-wing Yamina party, Naftali Bennett, would serve as prime minister first...


Far-right politician set to become Israeli Prime Minister

Naftali Bennett, the leader of the New Right party in Israel, will lead a proposed new government for two years, before giving way to his coalition partner Yair Lapid - provided the government survives that long. Also in the programme: The Tokyo 2020 chief says the delayed Olympic games will "100%" go ahead in July; and Sri Lanka fears hundreds of tonnes of oil could leak from a stricken cargo ship off the Port of Colombo Photo: Naftali Bennett (L) and his coalition partner Yair Lapid....


A coalition of opposition parties has been formed in Israel

After days of frantic negotiations in Israel, a coalition of opposition parties has been formed to oust the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from power. It still needs approval from the Knesset. Also in the programme: Hong Kong's museum dedicated to the Tiananmen Square massacre has been closed over alleged licensing and hygiene breaches; and we'll hear from the International Booker Prize winners, David Diop and translator Anna Moschovakis. (Photo: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...