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.




Storm Ana kills dozens in Malawi, Madagascar and Mozambique

A tropical storm ravages southern Africa. We'll hear from the island of Madagascar - reeling from a drought and now devastated by floods. Also in the programme: Honduras gets its first woman president; and as western governments warn ever more stridently about the dangers of war in Ukraine, what's the mood in Moscow? (Photo: Flooding in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Credit: This still image was obtained from a social media video @dronesMg/via Reuters)


Russia to study US proposals

Russia has said there is room for further dialogue on the Ukraine crisis. In its first reaction to a letter from the United States officially setting out Washington's position, the Kremlin said its main security demands had not been met. But the Kremlin’s spokesman said there should be no rush to judgement. Also in the programme: crypto mining in Kazakhstan; and drug smugglers shot as they try to bring Syrian-made amphetamines into Jordan. (Photo: A general view of the Russian Foreign...


Ukraine: US sends response to Russian demands

The United States and NATO have told Russia they will not bow to its security demands on Ukraine and eastern Europe. The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said America would defend what he called the "core principles" of Ukraine's sovereignty. He said he has laid out a "principled and pragmatic" evaluation of Russia's concerns over Ukraine and NATO's forces in former eastern bloc countries. Mr Blinken said the ball was now in Russia's court. Also in the programme: the latest on another...


Ukrainian Former President Petro Poroshenko: Global security is at stake

Former Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, has told the BBC that President Putin is “blackmailing the world”. Ukraine's foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, has played down concerns that a Russian invasion may be imminent. Diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France are meeting in Paris to discuss the ongoing tensions. Also in the programme: the continued pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and the jewel theft which led to the severing of diplomatic ties for 30 years. (Photo: A...


Ukraine tension: Macron to hold talks with Putin

President Emmanuel Macron has announced that he will hold talks on the phone with the Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday. He made the announcement after meeting with the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to discuss de-escalation of the tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Also in the programme: Police in the UK have said they will investigate alleged parties held at Downing Street during the Covid lockdown. And how will the coup in Burkina Faso affect the fight against Islamist...


US puts troops on alert as Ukraine crisis continues

Germany criticised by NATO allies for blocking efforts to supply weapons and soldiers to Ukraine. A German MP responds. Also on the programme, eight football fans have died in a stampede outside the Olembe Stadium before the quarter final of the Africa Cup Of Nations in Cameroon took place. And London's Metropolitan Police announce that they are opening a criminal investigation into the reports of parties taking place at Number Ten Downing street during the lockdowns. (Picture: US Troops...


Nato takes new defensive steps to counter Russia

Western powers are intensifying efforts to draw up a common strategy in the face of Russian troop build-up near Ukraine. We hear from Russian MP Vitaliy Milonov. Also in the programme, Burkina Faso's military confirms president deposed; and Boris Johnson woes increase. (Photo: Flags of Russia and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People"s Republic wave in the wind near a monument to Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. Credit: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)


Ukraine crisis: Nato to send additional ships and fighter jets to member states in eastern Europe

Russia has accused Nato of escalating tensions. The US has said the issue at stake is Russian aggression, not Nato expansion. Latvia's Foreign Minister joins us to discuss the situation. Also on the programme, President Roch Kabore of Burkina Faso has been detained by the military, after a night of gunfire outside his palace in Ougadougou, and we hear from Antarctica, where a newly discovered penguin colony offers new clues about the pace of climate change. (Photo: Natp Secretary General...


Burkina Faso soldiers mutiny at bases in Ouagadougou

Soldiers have mutinied at several barracks in Burkina Faso, demanding the sacking of military chiefs and more resources to fight militant Islamists. Hundreds of people came out in support of the troops and torched the ruling party's headquarters. Also in the programme: Fighting continues between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in northern Syria; and exactly two years on from the day Beijing ordered the lockdown of the city of Wuhan, we ask if China is struggling to maintain...


Heavy gunfire at military bases in Burkina Faso

There has been heavy gunfire at several army barracks in Burkina Faso, including two in the capital Ouagadougou. The government has denied reports of a coup. The defence minister said it was not true that President Roch Marc Kabore had been detained. We hear from a journalist who was held by the mutineers. Also in the programme: A Taliban delegation is in Norway for talks with western countries about the dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan; and after a bad week for tech stocks - is a...


Clashes in northern Syria force Kurdish civilians to flee

A battle is continuing for a third day in northern Syria between Islamic State militants and Kurdish forces guarding a prison where thousands of jihadists are held. The clashes began after IS militants staged an attack on the prison in the city of Hasakeh to secure the release of their fellow combatants. We speak to a journalist who was in the town. Also in the programme: the Roman Catholic Church is beatifying four people, including two priests, who were murdered by right wing death squads...


Ukraine tension: US 'lethal aid' arrives in Kyiv

Artillery shipments from the US have arrived in Ukraine amid tensions over Russia's troop build-up on the border. Intense international diplomatic talks are continuing. We hear from a reporter who is following the events in Kyiv, and we hear from the Estonian Prime Minister whose country shares a border with Russia and is a member of NATO. Also, we hear why dating apps need to work harder to protect their transgender users, and we connect with followers of the Buddhist monk and international...


US and Russia hold out the prospect of further talks on Ukraine

Ukraine says it's pleased that diplomacy is still being pursued following a high-level meeting in Geneva. Also on the programme; the lawyer to the imprisoned Ugandan writer, Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, accuses the authorities of torture. And aid agencies say an air strike on a prison in northern Yemen has killed scores of people. (Picture: US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva. Credit: EPA)


Ukraine tension: Urgent talks as invasion fears grow

The two top diplomats from the US and Russia have concluded brief negotiations in Geneva. The talks were designed to defuse the threat of war in Ukraine. Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said the talks with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken were constructive. Also in the programme: We hear an extraordinary story of survival from Tonga after the volcanic eruption last Saturday. And scientists say the plant enset, which is a staple in Ethiopia, could be a new superfood and a...


US warns that Russian threats to Ukraine risk reviving Cold War divisions

European foreign ministers spoke about Ukraine earlier today in Berlin. Moscow has repeatedly denied it's planning to invade. Also on the programme: in western Ghana there's been a huge explosion close to the town of Bogoso. There are fears that many people may have lost their lives when a truck carrying explosives used in mining collided with a motorcycle. And we hear from 19 year old Zara Rutherford, who has become the youngest woman to fly solo around the world. (Picture: A Ukrainian...


Ukraine crisis: Blinken goes to Berlin

Foreign ministers from key European countries are having talks in Berlin with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to coordinate Western strategy over a potential invasion threat to Ukraine. Also in the programme: new coral reef discovered; Ingrid Betancourt on presidential bid. (Picture: German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock welcomes US Secretary of State Antony Blinken prior to their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, Germany, 20 January...


Ukraine MP: 'Invasion is madness for both Russia and Ukraine'

With US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Kyiv for talks with the Ukrainian government, a member of parliament from President Volodymyr Zelensky's Servant of the People party, Sviatoslav Yurash, tells Newshour, a Russian invasion would be 'madness' for both countries. Also in the programme: British Prime Minister continues to suffer from the partygate revelations as one of his own MPs defects to the opposition Labour party, and a former cabinet minister and close ally calls for him to go;...


US top diplomat urges Moscow to opt for peaceful path

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called on Russia to take a "diplomatic and peaceful path" as fears mount of a new invasion of Ukraine. An estimated 100,000 Russian troops have been deployed near Ukraine's borders and Mr Blinken, visiting Kyiv, said the Russians were planning to beef them up at short notice. He urged states to opt to resolve whatever differences there are peacefully through diplomacy. Also in the programme: as communications lines start to be restored in Tonga, we...


Tonga says tsunami was 'unprecedented disaster'

Four days after a volcano erupted and a tsunami hit, Tonga says it has suffered an "unprecedented disaster". New Zealand is leading the relief effort. We have an interview with the defence minister. Also in the programme: the Mexicans searching for some of the tens of thousands who've disappeared during the drugs wars; and a new technique to purify water - using food waste. (Photo: Aerial images show Tonga covered in volcanic ash. Credit: EPA)


Nato chief warns Russia against military attack on Ukraine

NATO has warned Russia that any military attack on Ukraine would come at a high cost. The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said the alliance would provide support for Ukraine and help it to uphold its right to self-defence. But he said NATO was ready to engage with Moscow and listen to its security concerns. Also in the programme: The first images emerge of the damage caused by the tsunami in Tonga; the relatives looking for the missing from Mexico's drug wars; and does 5G pose a...