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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US Capitol riot inquiry underway

Police on duty during the storming of the US Capitol building by Donald Trump supporters, have been giving their testimonies at a Congressional inquiry into the events of January 6th. Also in the programme: Allegations of historic child abuse uncovered in the UK and America's most decorated gymnast pulls out of an Olympic final. (Picture: Police officer Harry Dunn becomes emotional as he testifies before the inquiry investigating the attack on the US Capitol. Credit: EPA/Oliver Contreras /...


Hong Kong: guilty verdict in first security law trial

A young activist, Tong Ying-kit, charged and tried under Hong Kong’s draconian national security law has been found guilty in a landmark ruling. We hear reaction from Finn Lau, a Hong Kong political activist living in self-imposed exile in the UK. Also in the programme: North and South Korea restore hotline after a year; and pregnant women in Brazil die in large numbers from Covid. (Photo: A security guard stands at the entrance of the High Court in Hong Kong. Credit: EPA/MIGUEL CANDELA)


Tunisia’s political turmoil

There's mounting tension in Tunisia as President Kais Saied sacks the Prime Minister and suspends parliament after mass protests nationwide. We spoke to Dr. Yusra Ghannouchi, spokeswoman for Tunsia's biggest party Ennahdha and daughter of the Speaker of the House. Also in the programme: As top diplomats meet to discuss relations, China accuses the US of turning it into an imaginary enemy to cover up its own problems; and skateboarding at the Olympics. (Photo: Tunisians gather after president...


COP26 President: global warming "urgency”

Climate and environment ministers from more than 50 countries have been meeting in London; we speak to the British politician who has been leading the meeting. Also on the programme: President Macron of France is making his first visit to French Polynesia. He wants to talk about his strategic vision for the region, but many residents want to talk about the legacy of the nearly 200 nuclear tests that France carried out there; and we'll hear a first-hand account of life among the gangs in the...


World leaders meet to discuss climate change after recent environmental disasters

Climate and environment ministers from fifty-one countries begin a two-day meeting on Sunday, hosted by Britain, to prepare for the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November. After the recent environmental disasters, will there be any action? We speak to Alok Sharma, the UK’s minister presiding over that summit. Also in the programme: the Tokyo Olympics are under way, is Japanese opposition to the Games decreasing now that they have started?; and the British military is accused of failing...


Ethiopia Tigray crisis: New front opens

Fighters from Tigray in northern Ethiopia have opened up a new front in their struggle against the central government in Addis Ababa. Leaders said this week that their fighters had entered the neighbouring Afar region to the east because pro-government forces were now massing for an attack. We’ll hear from Afar. Also in the programme: a restaurant owner in Paris speaks to us about the Covid-19 'health pass' and compulsory vaccination tests; and large numbers of people in Hungary take part in...


Can the Taliban be stopped from retaking Afghanistan?

With the Taliban gaining territory following the exit of foreign forces from Afghanistan, we ask: can they retake the country? An MP from the city of Kandahar gives us his views, and the BBC's Lyse Doucet looks at the prospects for a political solution. Also in the programme: we hear from an academic who joined the resistance in the war-torn Ethiopian region of Tigray, and Frederick Forsyth, the author of the seminal thriller The Day of the Jackal. (Photo: Taliban fighters in Laghman...


Tokyo 2020 Olympics officially open

The Games have formally opened in Tokyo in a virtually empty stadium. It marked the official opening of Tokyo 2020, a year later than planned, and in the midst of a global pandemic. As skateboarding makes its debut as an Olympic event we speak to one of the sport's biggest stars, Tony Hawk. Also in the programme, China's President Xi has been on a surprise visit to Tibet, the first by a Chinese leader in more than thirty years, Haiti buries its assassinated ppresident, and can Madrid beat...


Japan prepares for Olympic Ceremony

Japan will open the 32nd Olympiad despite Tokyo recording its highest number of new coronavirus infections in six months. The show director of Friday's ceremony, Kentaro Kobayashi has been dismissed after footage emerged in which he appears to be making jokes about the Holocaust. Also in the programme: a human rights group says Angola faces its worst drought in 40 years and more on fatal flooding in China. (Picture: The National Stadium, the main venue of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and...


Tokyo holds Olympics opening ceremony

The opening ceremony highlighted the isolation endured by athletes battling to train during the pandemic and remembered the millions who have died of coronavirus. Also on the programme: the assassinated president of Haiti is to be buried in the northern city of Cap-Haïtien; and a Chinese leader visits Tibet for the first time in more than thirty years. (Picture: Torch bearers pass on the Olympic flame in Tokyo Credit: Reuters/Edgar Su)


China floods: a Zhengzhou resident's story

The Chinese authorities have moved nearly 400,000 people to safer ground in Henan province following deadly floods; we hear what happened to one resident of the city of Zhengzhou. Also: on the tenth anniversary of the mass shooting at Utøya in Norway, we'll speak to one of the survivors; and two sisters prepare for their first Olympics. (Picture: People wade through floodwaters at a residential compound following heavy rainfall in Zhengzhou, Henan province Credit: Reuters/Aly Song)


Thousands evacuated in China floods

Twelve people are known to have died after record-breaking rainfall flooded underground railway tunnels in China, leaving passengers trapped in rising waters. Days of rain have caused widespread damage and led to 200,000 evacuations. China's president Xi Jinping said on Wednesday that there had been "significant loss of life and damage to property". Why was the city of Zhengzhou overwhelmed? And will China now do more to tackle man-made climate change? Also in the programme, the US announces...


China: commuters die in flooded train tunnel

The number of people officially confirmed dead from the flooding across China's Henan province has risen to 25. Many died after being trapped by rising floodwater on subway trains in the provincial capital, Zhengzhou. What could have contributed to such a massive rainfall? Also today: The debate in France as access to museums and cinemas is barred unless people can prove they're vaccinated or Covid-negative; and a battle begins over gold mining on an Indonesian island. (Photo: An aerial view...


India Covid deaths may be ten times the official rate

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused excess deaths in India to surpass four million, a new study has found. The Centre for Global Development, a Washington-based research institute, says as many as four and a half million may have died. If correct, this would make it India's worst humanitarian disaster since independence. Also in the programme: the UK prime minister's former chief advisor turns his fire on his ex-boss in an exclusive BBC interview; and we hear from an Afghan interpreter who...


New Haitian Prime Minister to be sworn in

Ariel Henry was previously made Prime Minister by the assassinated President, Jovenel Moïse, but was not sworn into office. The current acting Prime Minister, Claude Joseph, has agreed to step down. A new government could be formed later today. Also, Dominic Cummings, the ex-chief adviser to the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has accused his former boss of almost putting the Queen in danger of infection by Covid-19; and a woman from Myanmar tells us how the politicised health system there...


China accused of cyber-attack on Microsoft

The UK, US, and EU have accused China of carrying out a major cyber-attack earlier this year. The attack targeted Microsoft Exchange servers, affecting at least 30,000 organisations globally. Also in the programme, as many Covid restrictions are lifted in England, is it time to celebrate or cower? And a ferocious drought in south-west Iran has sparked deadly protests.


England lifts nearly all Covid-19 restrictions

Most of England's legal restrictions to protect against the coronavirus have ended, despite a surge in cases. The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said it is “now or never”. It means all businesses can re-open, and an end to mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing. Will the government's gamble pay off? Also on the programme: a huge data leak suggests activists, politicians and journalists around the world have been monitored using spyware; and the governor of Tokyo tells us why...


England prepares to lift coronavirus restrictions

England is preparing to lift almost all legal coronavirus restrictions tomorrow. It will mark an end to limits on how many people can meet. Self-isolation rules will remain in place. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is currently in self-isolation after coming into contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who tested positive for Covid-19. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is also in self-isolation. Also in the programme: Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogačar wins the Tour De France; and the...


England to drop coronavirus restrictions amid soaring cases

England will lift most of its remaining pandemic restrictions on Monday, despite rapidly rising cases. The British Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has tested positive for Covid and the prime minister is isolating at home. Is the dropping of rules realistic or reckless? We unpick the politics with our reporter Rob Watson and then debate the pros and cons with Oxford epidemiologist Sunetra Gupta and Walter Ricciardi, an advisor to the Italian and French governments and president of the World...


Search continues as over 170 confirmed dead in European floods

Many people are still missing as record rainfall led to severe floods in Germany and Belgium. A major rescue effort is ongoing. German President Frank- Walter Steinmeier visited some of the worst hit areas and said that Germany stood together in the time of need. Also in the programme: the winner of this year’s Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival which has divided critics; and the world’s rarest postage stamp. (Photo: North Rhine-Westphalia’s state premier and Christian Democratic Union...