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.




Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State, has died

The former US Secretary of State and four-star general Colin Powell has died at the age of 84 from complications of COVID-19, despite having been fully vaccinated. He was the first African American secretary of state, under President George W. Bush, and served in several Republican administrations. He is best known for the speech he gave to the United Nations Security Council in February 2003 that helped pave the way for the invasion of Iraq; a speech he came to deeply regret. Also in the...


North American missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Officials from Port-au-Prince claim that a notorious gang is behind the kidnap of at least 17 North American missionaries. The 400 Mawozo gang is also being blamed for the kidnap of Catholic clergy in April. Also in the programme; we speak to an activist about the continued protests in Sudan, and we hear from the founder of a new campaign to help migrants on the Poland-Belarus border. (Picture: A view of Port-au-Prince. CREDIT: REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares/File Photo)


Venezuelan government suspends talks with the opposition

The Venezuelan government has suspended talks with the opposition, following the extradition to the US of a close aide to President Nicolas Maduro. Mr Alexander Saab was detained in June last year as his plane made a stopover to refuel in Cape Verde. Venezuela has accused the US of kidnapping diplomatic personnel. Also in the programme: American Christian missionaries and their families have reportedly been kidnapped by gang members in Haiti, and we hear from billionaire hedge-fund manager...


Russian Covid daily deaths pass 1,000

Russia has passed 1,000 daily Covid-related deaths for the first time since the pandemic began. The Kremlin has blamed the number on people not taking up the vaccination. Only about a third of the nation has had the vaccine. Also in the programme: British politicians reflect on the murder of their colleague David Amess, and anti-government protesters take to the streets in Sudan. (Picture: Health workers escort a Covid-19 patient to a hospital in Moscow. CREDIT: EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV)


UK Police are describing the murder of a politician as a "terrorist incident"

Following the murder of the Conservative MP Sir David Amess, two other MPs, Joanna Cherry from the SNP and Rupa Huq from the Labour party, tell us about threats they have received in their working lives. Also on the programme, Min Aung Hlaing, the army general who seized power in Myanmar, has been excluded from an ASEAN meeting. Will this have any effect in Myanmar itself? And New Zealand pushes hard to get 99% of its population fully vaccinated against Covid 19. (Picture: Floral tributes to...


British MP murdered

Sir David Amess, a member of parliament for the ruling Conservative Party, has been killed in a stabbing attack in Essex, England. A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Also on the programme: a deadly suicide attack on a mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan; and what baby frogs can teach us about the healing power of algae. (Image: A photograph of Sir David Amess in St Peter's church in Eastwood, Essex, at a Catholic mass held following the death of the Conservative MP who...


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Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.


Beirut violence exposes deep divisions

Six people have died in the Lebanese capital after violence at a demonstration organised by the Shia group, Hezbollah. They and their allies were protesting against the judicial investigation into the devastating blast last year at Beirut's port. Our correspondent unpicks the complex politics involved; we also hear from Tatiana, who lost her father in the explosion. Also on the programme: police in Norway say they're treating as an act of terrorism an attack with a bow and arrow by a Muslim...


Fighting erupts in Beirut

Gunmen attacked a protest against the judge investigating last year's port explosion in the Lebanese capital. Also on the programme: police in Norway say the suspect in a deadly bow and arrow attack was a Muslim convert who'd previously showed signs of radicalisation - we'll hear from the mayor of the town where it happened; and Britain's Prince William on why space entrepreneurs should be focussing their energies on solving Earth's problems first. (Picture: Army soldiers patrol after...


Putin blames Europe for high gas prices

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied allegations that Russia is using its control of gas supplies to Europe as a bargaining tool. During a wide-ranging television interview, Putin said it was Europe’s failure to plan that was to blame for soaring gas prices. We get the reaction of a European MEP. Also in the programme: why France is reducing its military presence in Mali; and the huge, rusting oil tanker off Yemen which could blow up, or sink, at any moment and cause a catastrophe....


Is transition to renewable energy happening fast enough?

The International Energy Agency issues a stark warning that the world's transition to clean forms of energy - principally wind, solar and hydroelectric power - isn't happening quickly enough to meet climate targets. Also in the programme: a new accord led by China aims to safeguard 30 per cent of the world's ecosystems; and the WHO honours an African-American woman, Henrietta Lacks, who died in 1951 of cervical cancer. Samples of her cells were then collected by doctors without her or her...


Macron outlines green energy plan

President Macron wants France to become a world leader in new energy sources. But are what are these hydrogen boosters and can green hydrogen help Mr Macron's chances of re-election? Also in the programme, we hear about the Afghan Refugees heading for Turkey. the Colombian city which has become one of the most violent in the world, and the UN environment summit on biodiversity taking place in China. (Picture shows President Emmanuel Macron with a white facemask on. Credit: EPA)


'Make or break' moment for Afghan economy

The European Commission president, Ursula Von der Leyen, is urging world leaders to do all they can to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. At a virtual summit of G20 leaders, she promised a support package of more than a billion dollars, including three hundred million dollars in humanitarian aid. Also today: the link between flooding in China and Christmas presents; and in the UK, members of Parliament call the government's early Covid response a failure. (Photo: People buy fruit...


IS 'finance chief' captured by Iraq

Iraq's security forces say they have captured a very senior figure in the Islamic State group. Sami Jasim al-Jaburi was allegedly the jihadists' finance chief Sami Jasim al-Jaburi was arrested in a "complex external operation", Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted, without specifying a location. Also in the programme, our recently expelled Moscow correspondent on repression in Russia, one of this year's Nobel Prize winners for economics tells us how to read real life, and how ancient...


A high-profile North Korean defector speaks

Kim Kuk-song rose to the top ranks of North Korea's powerful spy agencies, and he's now spoken to the BBC about his life before he defected. Also on the programme: the trial has started in Burkina Faso of 14 men accused of involvement in the murder of the former leader, Thomas Sankara; and Maori leaders in New Zealand warn that lifting the long Covid lockdown too soon could have devastating consequences. (Picture: In a 30-year career, Kim Kuk-song rose to the top ranks of North Korea's...


Polls close in Iraqi elections

Iraqis have voted in their fifth national parliamentary elections since the US invasion of 2003: but why was turnout so low? We hear from Jane Arraf, the New York Times bureau chief in Baghdad. Also in the programme: the controversial life and career of A.Q.Khan, who helped Pakistan build its nuclear bomb and supplied nuclear know-how to other countries including Iran and North Korea. And a new artistic presence in a Paris Museum that commemorates a murdered Jewish family. (Photo:...


Iraqis vote in elections for reform

Iraqis head to the polls in a general election that is being held early in response to mass protests that erupted two years ago. Iraqi leaders are saying it is a chance for reform but many Iraqis believe that little will change. We have some analysis and hear from some voters. Also in the programme: On World Day against the death penalty, we hear about the plight of women around the world on death row and what should be done to help them. And we go to the United States where Donald Trump,...


The US and the Taliban face to face

US and Taliban leaders meet for the first time since the fall of Kabul. The talks, in Doha, are part of a series of efforts by the Taliban to gain international recognition. But can they find any common ground? We hear the latest from Doha, and speak to former US ambassador to Kabul Hugo Llorens. Also in the programme: an unexpected election result in the Czech Republic could spell the political end of billionaire prime minister Andrej Babis; and Austria's Chancellor steps down amid...


Xi Jinping calls for "reunification" with Taiwan

China's President Xi Jinping calls for "reunification" with Taiwan, as tensions remain high. We hear from Beijing and from our correspondent in Taiwan. Also in the programme: Taleban and US officials meet for the first time since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan; and as President Biden urges companies to fire people who refuse a Covid vaccine, we hear from one teacher who'd prefer to go. (Image: Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a meeting commemorating the 110th anniversary of Xinhai...


EU's energy reliance on Russia

Winter in the northern hemisphere is approaching with gas prices soaring - does Russia have the will and the means to ease European concerns? We hear from the annual gas forum in St Petersburg and the spokesperson of the EU Energy Commissioner. Also on the programme: we hear from Kunduz in northern Afghanistan where dozens of people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a mosque; and one of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners, Maria Ressa, speaks to Newshour. (File photo: The logo...