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.




Close result in German election

With polls closed in the German general election, the centre-left Social Democrats are on course for a narrow victory, but they will need to build a coalition to form a government. We have a special election episode coming live from Berlin with Tim Franks, with interviews with politicians from the main parties, analysts and our own correspondents. We hear from Social Democratic Party MEP Katarina Barley and Günter Krings of Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, and get a European view...


Germany votes on who will replace Merkel

The future direction of Germany without Angela Merkel at the helm after sixteen years in power is being determined, as millions of voters go to the polls in a general election. We hear from our correspondent in Berlin. Also in the programme: A Hong Kong pro-democracy group known for organising vigils commemorating the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre has officially disbanded, and we hear from a foreign born Australian who managed to leave the country during lockdown and is now...


'Hostage diplomacy' as China and Canada swap prisoners

Two Canadians accused of espionage, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, have been released by China, on the same day as the Canadian authorities released Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. We ask what this means for relations between the countries, and hear from Michael Spavor's friend Chad O'Carroll about his arrest and detention. Also in the programme: the latest from the ongoing volcanic eruption in La Palma, and a look ahead at the German elections. (Photo: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial...


China & Canada Prisoner Swap

In a sudden conclusion to a tense diplomatic and legal standoff between the United States, China and Canada, the Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou is flying back home after three years under house arrest in Canada. In return, China has released Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor -- two Canadians it had imprisoned on espionage charges. Also on the programme, Newshour's Tim Franks joins us live from Germany on the eve of elections for a new parliament and new chancellor; and will Switzerland become...


Is this Germany's climate election?

There are two days to go until the elections to choose Angela Merkel's replacement in Germany and climate change is top of voters' concerns. So how is that affecting the campaign? Also in the programme, US prosecutors reach a deal with senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou allowing her to return home to China nearly three years after she was arrested in Canada. Haitian migrants continue to head for the US despite the forcible deportation of others. A special report from Poland looks at...


Climate change and the German election

German voters are to elect a new government on Sunday as Chancellor Angela Merkel steps down after 16 years. Newshour's Tim Franks looks at how climate change is featuring in the campaign. Also on the programme: a fifth migrant has died on the Poland-Belarus border - we'll hear from those trying to cross the freezing frontier and being pushed back; and new evidence has emerged that humans populated the Americas thousands of years earlier than we thought. (Photo: Reichstag in Berlin - seat of...


A month away from UN Climate Summit

Laurence Tubiana, one of the architects of the Paris climate accords about her expectations of November's summit in Glasgow. Also in the programme: the US Special Envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote, resigns saying the Biden administration's approach was to Haitian migrants attempting to cross to Texas was inhumane, and that Haiti couldn't cope with an influx of people needing food and shelter; and in an attempt to standardise and limit waste, the European Commission has come up with a proposal to...


UK Prime Minister: Humanity is reaching a "turning point" on climate change

A climate summit of world leaders in 40 days will be the "turning point for humanity", PM Boris Johnson has said in a speech to the United Nations. So what would a successful summit in November look like? Also today; We've been speaking to the newly-appointed head of Kabul University in Afghanistan, who has announced plans to appoint more pro-Islamic staff; and the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet - looted during the first Gulf War- is being handed back to Iraq by the US today. (Photo: British Prime...


Biden promises an "arsenal of vaccines"

The US is to donate 500 million more doses of the Pfizer vaccine to developing nations, bringing the total US commitment on vaccine sharing to more than one billion jabs. Experts say some 11 billion doses are required to vaccinate at least 70% of the global population. Also in the programme: Ukraine's President has promised a strong response after one of his top aides survived an apparent assassination attempt and; Netflix buys up the entire works of British Children's author Roald Dahl....


President Biden to host Covid vaccine summit

President Biden is to host a virtual summit aimed at increasing the availability of vaccinations all over the world. The African Union say that if developed nations don't act quickly, Africa will quickly become the Covid epicentre. Also in the programme: China pledges to stop building coal-fired power plants abroad; and Arctic sea ice is declining at an alarming pace, contributing to a rise in sea levels. ( Picture: President Joe Biden addresses the UN General Assembly) Credit: China News...


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)