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.




President Biden tells the UN that America is 'back at the table'

President Biden stresses multilateralism in his first address to the UN General Assembly. So what can the world expect from Biden's pledge to work with other countries to tackle humanity's most pressing problems? We discuss his speech with American political scientist Ian Bremmer and former French ambassador Syvie Bermann. Also in the programme: we look at Pakistan's relationship with the Taliban and its role in Afghanistan, and ask whether the British government's public identification of a...


Imran Khan: Afghanistan's soil should not be used for terrorism

Pakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan, has told the BBC that his country will only recognise Afghanistan's Taliban government if it is inclusive, respects human rights and makes sure Afghanistan isn't used as a base for terrorism. Mr Khan said the idea that girls shouldn't be educated was not an Islamic one. Also, Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, retains office in a snap election but fails in his bid to win an absolute majority. And a third Russian faces charges over his alleged...


Rich countries urged to help fund climate change action

The UN Secretary-General. Antonio Guterres, says there are encouraging signs from rich nations about creating an annual fund for developing countries to tackle climate change, but no firm commitments yet. The Costa Rican President tells Newshour of his frustration at the slow pace of change. Also in the programme: lava from an erupting volcano in the Canary Islands has destroyed more than a hundred homes as it flows towards the sea. And we hear from the new WHO ambassador for Global Health...


Hotel Rwanda’s Paul Rusesabagina convicted of terrorism

Fromer hotel manager, Paul Rusesabagina, who saved hundreds of people during the 1994 genocide was found guilty of backing a rebel group from exile by a court in Rwanda. His daughter, Carine Kanimba, told Newshour that president Paul Kagame had targeted her father. Also in the programme: A gunman has killed at least six people at a university in the Russian city of Perm before being stopped by police a day after the Duma election; and COP26 garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. (Photo: Paul...


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:...