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

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


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Sudanese general says his coup avoids civil war

In Sudan, the military leader has been trying to justify his decision on Monday to rip up the power-sharing arrangement with civilian forces and seize sole power. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has said it was done to prevent a civil war. The UN Secretary General has described it as a coup. A senior opposition leader calls for calm heads. Also in the programme, Colombian president Ivan Duque discusses climate change and catching the country’s top drug lord. And, Europol has announced that it...


Australia to go carbon free by 2050

There's been widespread criticism of a plan announced by Australia to achieve carbon neutrality by the year twenty- fifty. But is it too little too late? We hear from a member of parliament, from the ruling party and from the country's leading climate change communications organisation. Also on the programme, we ask why crowds of protesters remain on the streets of the Sudanese capital Khartoum in defiance of the military rulers who've seized power in a coup; we hear from women Afghan judges...


Sudanese military takes control of country

The military has arrested political leaders and declared a state of emergency. Power in the country had been shared between civilians and the military after the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. We'll hear from Jeffrey Feltman, the US envoy to the region. Also in the programme: a new report from the World Meteorological Organisation about rising carbon emissions; and the world’s oldest known cave painting of an animal. (Picture: Protesters block a road during what the...


Sudan military dissolves civilian government

Sudan's military has dissolved civilian rule, arrested political leaders and declared a state of emergency. Protesters have taken to the streets of the capital, Khartoum and there are reports of gunfire. Military and civilian leaders have been at odds since long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was overthrown two years ago and a transitional government set up. Gen Abdel Fattah Burhan, who had been heading a joint council with civilian leaders, blamed political infighting for the coup. We'll hear...


Ethiopia launches more airstrikes on Tigray

Ethiopia has carried out two air strikes on what it describes as Tigray People's Liberation Front military positions in the west and north of Tigray province - expanding the range of its aerial bombardments beyond the regional capital Mekelle. We hear from the TPLF and from the federal government. Also in the programme: US visa spat with Russia; and Colombia arrests a major drug boss. (Picture: Smoke billows from the scene of an air strike, in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia...


President Erdogan says ten ambassadors will be declared non grata

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that ten ambassadors will be declared persona non grata. Persona non grata removes diplomatic status and often results in expulsion.The decision follows calls from the envoys for the urgent release of activist Osman Kavala. We hear from the wife of Osman Kavala and from President Erdogan’s chief adviser. Also in the programme: the effects of climate change on Indonesia; and a high school history text book is withdrawn in Britain. (Picture:...


Turkey's President says ten ambassadors must go

President Erdogan orders his foreign ministry to declare ten ambassadors from allied nations persona non grata for supporting a jailed government critic. Also in the programme: UN Myanmar rapporteur warns of coming bloodshed; and Saudi Arabia pledges net-zero carbon emissions by 2060. (Picture: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Credit: Reuters)


Myanmar: troops amassing in the north

The UN says it fears there could be further mass atrocities in Myanmar, where it says the army appears poised to attack local resistance fighters. The UN's special rapporteur says there are ominous similarities to the tactics used against the Rohingyas in Rakhine state. We bring you the latest. Also in the programme: Saudi Arabia announces their aim to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2060 at their inaugural Saudi Green Initiative Forum; and faith shakes hands with AI as some religions...


UN suspends flights to rebel-held Ethiopian city

The UN says its flights to Mekelle in Ethiopia's Tigray region have been suspended after one of its planes had to abort its landing on the same morning as a military air strike was carried out on the city. The Ethiopian government said its planes had been targeting a training centre used by Tigrayan rebels, who denied the existence of such venue. Also in the programme: Alec Baldwin says to be 'heartbroken' over fatal film set shooting, how could that happen? ; and Twitter admits bias for...


Actor Alec Baldwin fatally shoots cinematographer

Actor Alec Baldwin fatally shoots the cinematographer of his latest film. The director was also shot and injured by the actor. Police are investigating and charges have not been filed. Also on the programme, Ethiopia says its air force has carried out another strike on the regional capital of Tigray, Mekelle. And in Myanmar at least 100 anti-coup protesters have been re-arrested shortly after being let out of prison. Others who were promised release are reported never to have made it to...


Documents reveal countries lobbying to change climate report

Saudi Arabia, Australia and Japan are among the countries asking the United Nations to play down the need to move rapidly away from fossil fuels. Leading scientists in India warn that coal is likely to remain as a mainstay of energy production for decades. Also on the programme: we hear from Sudan where rival protesters have taken to the streets of Khartoum; and how gene silencing, a new medical practice, could be used to stop pain. (Image: Workers unload coal from a supply truck at a yard...


Brazil Covid report: Bolsonaro should be charged over pandemic

A Senate inquiry in Brazil says President Jair Bolsonaro should be charged for crimes against humanity over his handling of the covid pandemic. It accused the president of deliberately acting too slowly and exposing Brazilians to the virus. Mr Bolsanaro says he is guilty of nothing. Also, the European parliament has awarded the Sakharov human rights prize to the jailed Russian opposition figure, Alexei Navalny. We hear from the Russian author, Boris Akunin. Plus, the Afghan evacuees in the...


Covid: Brazil's Bolsonaro 'should be charged with crimes against humanity'

The report is the culmination of a six-month inquiry that has revealed scandals and corruption in government. President Bolsonaro has been accused of failing to control the virus that has killed more than 600,000 Brazilians. Also on the programme: we hear from one of the prisoners released in Myanmar; and how pig kidneys could be used in surgery on humans. (Image: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the ceremony for the Modernization of Occupational Health and Safety...


Polish PM accuses EU of blackmail in law row

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused the EU of blackmail in a heated debate with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen over the rule of law. The clash in the European Parliament follows a top Polish court ruling that rejected key parts of EU law. Also in the programme; Eric Zemmour, the outspoken former journalist who is causing a stir in France's presidential race before it's even begun; and a Portuguese diplomat who was punished by his government for helping Jewish...


Clashes in European Parliament over rule of law in Poland

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has accused Poland of threatening the fundamental legal order of the EU. Today the European Parliament is debating threats to the rule of law in Poland, where the Constitutional Court recently rejected the primacy of EU law. Also in the programme: the Ethiopian federal government has admitted carrying out air strikes on the Tigrayan regional capital Mekelle – but is a peace process possible? And new research on the genetic bases...


Remembering US statesman Colin Powell

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who has died of Covid-related complications, inspired deep respect across the political spectrum. He was also a trail-blazer, as an African-American at the heart of government, But his reputation was tainted by his advocacy of a war against in Iraq based on 'evidence' that turned out to be faulty. We speak to one of his colleagues, former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, and another high-ranking African-American, retired army general Dana...


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)