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New Covid variant cases detected in Europe

A growing list of countries have imposed travel restrictions on South Africa, after the detection of a new Covid variant called Omicron. Multiple cases of the variant have been detected around the world in nations such as Belgium, Germany, Israel, Botswana, Hong Kong and Britain. Also in the programme: a look ahead to elections in Honduras; and protests in Burkina Faso. (Photo: A vial and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed South Africa flag. CREDIT: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)


Covid: New race to contain Omicron variant

Countries around the world are racing to introduce travel bans and restrictions on southern African countries in an effort to contain a new variant of Covid-19, called Omicron. The moves come after the variant was officially named by health officials. But there is a huge economic cost – we will speak to the South African tourism minister The legendary US composer and songwriter Stephen Sondheim has died aged 91. Can the Iran nuclear deal be revived? Talks begin again next week – we will hear...


Covid-19 variant classed 'of concern' by WHO

Long: The variant was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on Wednesday. It has also been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel. We hear from the scientist who headed the lab which first sequenced the Omicron variant. Also in the programme: ahead of talks next week on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, we'll hear from the US special envoy to Iran on what America expects; and Ukraine's President claims people in Russia are plotting a coup against him. (Photo: Getty...


New COVID-19 variant reaches Europe

The spread of a new variant of COVID-19 in South Africa begins to alarm health officials. Several governments, including the UK, Spain and Israel, announced travel restrictions from southern Africa as a precaution. We hear from Dr. Shabir Madhi, a professor of Vaccinology at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, as well as Dr. David Nabarro, Special Envoy on COVID-19 for the World Health Organisation. The WHO is meeting today in Geneva to assess the new variant. Also in the...


UN says Channel deaths were avoidable

The UN says the deaths of 27 people - who drowned trying to cross the English channel- could have been avoided if more legal routes were provided. The French and British governments vow to break the traffickers. But who are these crime gangs? Also in the programme: The moment an amateur archaeologist realised he was digging up a major Roman mosaic in his father's field in England; and are political divisions getting in the way of Thanksgiving? (Photo: People take part in a protest outside...


Channel disaster: France calls for co-operation

President Macron of France calls for greater European co-operation to tackle human traffickers, after 27 people died trying to cross the English channel in an inflatable boat; we hear from his party. Also in the programme: Australia sends police and soldiers to the Solomon Islands after two days of rioting; and we hear from eastern Ukraine as tensions rise on the border with Russia. (Photo: Remains of damaged inflatable boat and personal belongings left by people attempting to cross the...


24/11/2021 21:06 GMT

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


Haqqani network blames US for violence in Afghanistan

A senior member of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Anas Haqqani, has called on all sides in the two-decade conflict to forgive each other, but insisted that the United States was the main cause of the hostilities. In a BBC interview, Anas Haqqani said that all the participants were sorry there had been casualties. Also in the programme: Is Colombia's peace process faltering? We will hear from the man who negotiated the peace deal for the government five years ago; and rescuing the Afghanistan...


Afghanistan: 'a nation on the brink of starvation'

The BBC's Yalda Hakim speaks to Afghans trying to cope with the country's food crisis. A foreign ministry spokesman tells her it's not the Taliban's fault. Also in the programme: "Black Tuesday" for the Turkish currency, the lira; and the United States releases 50 million barrels of oil to try to bring down energy prices. (Photo: An Afghan child receives medical treatment at a hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Credit: EPA/stringer)


Afghans in desperate need of humanitarian aid

Since the Taliban took power in mid-August, the financial aid on which the country depends was frozen. Donor countries don’t want to legitimise Taliban rule, but Afghan citizens are experiencing real agony on the ground. Aid agencies are demanding emergency intervention. Also in the programme: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed vows to lead from the battle front; and dozens are killed in a bus crash in Bulgarian motorway. (A man carries a child to receive medical treatment at a hospital in...


Afghan banks 'approaching collapse'

The Afghanistan representative of the United Nations Development Programme, Abdallah Dardari, warns that the country's banking sector is 'approaching collapse rapidly'. Also in the programme: as Venezuela's regional elections deliver sweeping success for the governing Socialist Party, we'll ask if the opposition was right to end its boycott; and why did migrants from Iraqi-Kurdistan decide to return after attempting to cross into the EU from Belarus? (Photo: Afghans line up outside a bank to...


Protests in Europe as Covid restriction return

Unrest has spread across the continent as countries bring in measures to curb infections. Austria has returned to a full national lockdown as demonstrations against new restrictions aimed at curbing Covid-19 infections spread across Europe. People clashed with police in the Netherlands and Belgium. Also in the programme: At least five people have been killed after a car ploughed into a Christmas parade in the US state of Wisconsin; Chile heads for a divisive headed run-off as far right...


Anti-coup protests in Sudan continue after PM reinstated

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok was reinstated in a deal struck with the military leadership, weeks after the October 25th coup. But the agreement failed to rouse optimism in pro-democracy protesters who feel their Prime Minister may have agreed under duress. We hear from a protester in Khartoum who says the deal only handed more power to the military. We also speak to the former US assistant secretary of state for Africa, who says this is a positive step in the transition to a...


Sudan's military reinstates ousted PM Hamdok

Sudan's ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok reinstated, after being placed under house arrest during a military coup last month. All political detainees will be released as part of a new agreement between the military, civilian leaders and ex-rebel groups, mediators said. We speak with a leader of the main opposition bloc, which has rejected the new deal. Also in the programme; the Mexicans who have been deported from the US but take the skills they've learnt to built better lives back...


Austria plans mandatory Covid vaccine

Tens of thousands of protesters have demonstrated in the Austrian capital, Vienna, about an impending nationwide Covid lockdown and government plans to make vaccination mandatory by February. Austria's Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg tells us the measures are necessary; we also hear from an expert who argues that making vaccines compulsory is a mistake. Also in the programme: after Kyle Rittenhouse is cleared of all charges after killing two people in Kinosha, Wisconsin, how does the law...


Austrian premier discusses Covid strategy

Austria becomes the first country European to announce a full new lockdown and plans for compulsory vaccination. The country's Chancellor, Alexander Schallenberg, discusses why he is pursuing the policy even as the World Health Organisation calls for caution on compelling people to get jabbed. Also in the programme; we discuss the impact of the acquittal of a seventeen-year-old in Wisconsin who shot dead two people in street protests and; the arms race for hypersonic missiles between global...


Belarus's Lukashenko tells BBC: We may have helped migrants into EU

The president of Belarus has admitted to the BBC that the security forces beat protesters in a notorious detention centre in Minsk, in the aftermath of last year's elections -- which were widely condemned as rigged. Alexander Lukashenko promised to continue a crackdown against what he called 'scum' -- referring to civil organisations he alleged the West had been financing. Also in the programme: A US teenager, Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot two people dead and injured another during racial...


India's disputed farm laws: PM Modi backs down

Indian farmers are celebrating after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repeal of controversial farm laws. We ask one of his party colleagues why he changed his mind. Also in the programme: How China controls online chat about the missing tennis player Peng Shuai; and a rare voice from inside Belarus as freezing migrants are flown back to Iraq. (Photo) Indian farmers celebrate in Uttar Pradesh. (Credit) EPA/ Harish Tyagi


Movement in Belarus-EU migrant crisis

The Polish authorities say a large group of migrants in a makeshift camp on the Belarusian side of their border have been moved back from the frontier to a nearby warehouse. Meanwhile, hundreds of other migrants in Belarus have been repatriated to Iraq. We hear from Poland's deputy foreign minister, a reporter who has spent the last few days talking to people on the border and an Iraqi Kurdish man whose future remains unclear. Also on the programme: the mystery deepens over the missing...


Poland border crisis: Migrants 'being used as bullets'

Poland's deputy foreign minister says Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko is using "emotional blackmail" during the crisis at the Poland-Belarus border. Marcin Przydacz has also accused Belarus of using the 2000 migrants there as a weapon. This week, Polish troops used water cannon and tear gas against the stone-throwing migrants. The EU has pledged to send food, blankets and other aid to the people who refuse to leave the border. Also in the programme: The Women's Tennis Association has...