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.




Australia defends scrapping submarine deal

Prime Minister Scott Morrison rejects accusations that Australia lied, saying France should have been aware it was prepared to break the deal. Also in the programme: as voting ends in Russia’s parliamentary elections, opposition activists voice allegations of violations at polling stations. And we hear how Israel assassinated Iran's leading nuclear scientist with a robot machine gun. Photo: Australian submarine in water, riding a wave. Military officers can be seen standing on the vessel....


Australia defends new deal with US and UK

Australia has defended its decision to scrap a multi-billion dollar deal to buy submarines from France in favour of a new security project with the US and the UK. Australian deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, says his country needs the nuclear-powered submarines agreed by the new alliance as a deterrent in an increasingly unstable region. Also in the programme: trying to reduce the huge carbon emissions of gas and air when it's used for pain relief in medicine and as a new memorial opens...


Afghan girls excluded as boys return to secondary schools

Schoolgirls told the BBC they were devastated not to be returning to class. The Taliban have only allowed boys and male teachers back into classrooms. Also in the programme: After 16 years in power, we ask what Angela Merkel’s legacy will be for women in Germany. And more reactions from both France and the US as France recalls it’s ambassadors in the US and Australia following a new security pact between the US, the UK and Australia. Photo: Afghan boys sat in classroom with a male teacher....


France recalls envoys in row over defence deal

France says it is recalling its ambassadors in the US and Australia for consultations, in protest at a security deal between the so- called Aukus alliance. The opposition French senator, Nathalie Goulet, says France feels completely betrayed. Also in the programme: human rights groups say new Greek migrant camp on the island of Samos is like a prison; and boys go back to school in Afghanistan, but their sisters have to stay at home. Photo: US President Joe Biden delivers remarks about a...


US tech giants remove opposition app in Russia

Google and Apple have removed a tactical voting app from their online stores in Russia on the first day of parliamentary elections. Also in the programme: life under the Taliban in northern Afghanistan; and UN issues blunt warning about climate change. (Picture: The Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny's Smart Voting app is seen on a phone, in Moscow. Credit: Reuters)


Polls open in Russia's parliamentary election

Polls open in Russia’s three-day parliamentary election. Fourteen parties are taking part in the vote, which the Kremlin insists is fair. Also in the programme, the Austrian government is being sued for failing to stop covid spreading across Europe from an Apline ski resort and Sir Clive Sinclair, the creator of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum has died aged 81. (Picture: A man votes in the 2021 Russian parliamentary election Credit: Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)


US-UK-Australia defend nuclear sub deal

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has sought to allay the European Union's concerns about a new nuclear security deal between the US, UK and Australia. Also in the programme fuel relief in Lebanon; and filming a movie in space. (Picture: U.S Secretary of State Blinken and U.S Defense Secretary Austin, host Australian counterparts at US State Department. Credit: Reuters)


China denounces US-UK-Australia defence pact

China denounces US-UK-Australia defence pact. The pact will see the US and UK provide Australia with the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time. The accord is being widely viewed as an effort to counter China's influence in the contested South China Sea. China says the new alliance is part of a "cold-war mentality. Also in the programme, four amateur astronauts are currently orbiting the earth in the first flight of its kind without a professional astronaut on...


Taliban rule in Afghanistan: One month on

It's been exactly one month since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan. Now cash is in short supply, and the country is facing a mounting economic and political crisis. We hear from our correspondent Secunder Kermani reporting from near the northern Afghan city of Mazar e Sharif. Also on the programme: the US Olympic champion, Simone Biles appears at a Senate hearing into the FBI's failings in the case of the team doctor who abused her and many other gymnasts; and we hear about the...


North Korea fires two ballistic missiles

South Korea says it had completed trials of a submarine launched ballistic missile. The announcement came hours after its neighbour North Korea test-fired two ballistic missiles into the sea. Japan said the North Korean launch was 'outrageous'. Just two days before Russia goes to the polls we hear about the unprecedented crackdown on dissent in the country. Angry exchanges at a special tribunal in The Hague, where a pro-independence fighter from Kosovo is facing allegations of war crimes....


Climate change: studies on extreme heat and anxiety released

A new report has found that the number of these extremely hot days has more than doubled around the world over the last forty years. Meanwhile, a global survey has suggested that nearly 60% of young people say they are extremely worried about climate change. We look at this as well as what politicians in Europe have been saying about the challenges facing policy-makers. Also on the programme: A look at Lebanon where ministers in a functioning government have met for the first time in more...


Climate change: World now sees twice as many days over 50C

The number of extremely hot days every year when the temperature reaches 50C has doubled since the 1980s, a global BBC analysis has found. They also now happen in more areas of the world than before, presenting unprecedented challenges to human health and to how we live. Also in the programme: poll highlights climate anxiety among youngsters, we hear from one; and Guinea’s military junta starts consultation to try to build a consensus after the country’s latest coup d'etat. (Photo: A man...


Afghanistan: UN says country facing “most perilous hour”

The UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, has said the people of Afghanistan face perhaps their most perilous hour. Mr Guterres said one in three Afghans didn't know where their next meal would come from and that the poverty rate was spiralling. Also on the programme: Reaction from Washington DC as Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies over America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan; and we reflect on the record number of environmental activists who were murdered last year (Picture: Aid...


North Korea tests a new long-range cruise missile

North Korea has tested a new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan, state media has said. The US military said the latest tests posed threats to the international community, and Japan said it has "significant concerns". We speak to a former South Korean general. Also today, the UN Secretary General warns of a "looming humanitarian catastrophe" in Afghanistan; and for the second year in a row, a record number of environmental activists are reported to have been murdered...


Iran: Monitoring deal is not a permanent solution says UN nuclear chief

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, says it's solved its most urgent issue with Iran by striking a deal to continue the surveillance of some of its nuclear facilities. What does this mean for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)agreement? Also in the programme: Emma Raducanu makes tennis history and we hear from Lebanon where despite a new government, the country remains in crisis. ( Picture: Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael...


The UN's nuclear agency and Iran reach a monitoring deal

Inspectors from the UN's nuclear agency have been given permission to service surveillance equipment at sites in Iran after what have been described as constructive talks in Teheran. But will this save the Iran nuclear deal, the JCPOA? Also in the programme: Pope Francis on a visit to Hungary where he’s met the anti-immigration prime minister, Viktor Orban; and we hear from a forensics specialist still trying to identify the remains of victims of the 9/11 attacks, 20 years on. (Photo:...


Twenty years since 9/11

Ceremonies have been taking place to mark 20 years since the attacks on 11th September 2001 on the US. We’ll hear from Ground Zero in New York and from a woman who was in the World Trade Center when it came under attack. And we’ll ask, now that the Taliban is back in power in Afghanistan, could such attacks happen again. PHOTO: A family member at the reflecting pool places a flag during a ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum commemorating the 20th anniversary of the...


The 9/11 attacks remembered

Ceremonies are being held to mark 20 years since the attacks on 11th September 2001 on targets in the US. We’ll hear from Ground Zero in New York and from a woman who was in the World Trade Center when it came under attack. And we’ll ask, now that the Taleban is back in power in Afghanistan, could such attacks happen again. (Photo: The One World Trade Center building on the day marking the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City Credit: Carlos Barria/Reuters)


New government in Lebanon amid deepening crisis

A new government has been announced in Lebanon - more than a year after the previous one quit following the Beirut port explosion. Newshour speaks to the new Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who is Lebanon's richest man. Also today: a New York fire chief remembers the events of 9/11; and why the melting ice sheet in Greenland could make devastating earthquakes more likely. (Photo: Najib Mikati, Lebanon's wealthiest man, had been trying to form a government since July. Credit: Reuters)


Biden and Xi have their first phone call in seven months

During the 90 minutes conversation, Mr Biden spoke of the need to keep channels of communication open to prevent any misunderstandings that could lead to conflict. Mr Xi talked of the difficulties caused by America's stance towards China. Also on the programme the head of Britain's security service MI5 says the Taliban's victory in Afghanistan will embolden Islamist extremists and the US prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. (Picture: President Biden of the US...