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.




Australian election: Millions vote for a new prime minister

Media projections in Australia indicate that the opposition Labor Party has defeated Prime Minister Scott Morrison's coalition in the general election and that Labor will form the country's next government, and that the Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, appears set to become the next prime minister of Australia. Also: President Biden is in Seoul, in South Korea, on his first trip to Asia as president, and we go to Cuba where the Biden Administration announced this week that it was easing some...


Ukraine regiment: defence of besieged steelworks has ended

The commander of Ukraine's Azov regiment says the evacuation of civilians and wounded soldiers from the steelworks in Mariupol has been completed - but what next for the fighters? Also in the programme: More cases of monkeypox are reported in Europe. We'll hear from an adviser to the WHO - which met today to discuss the outbreak; and why have there been so many pitch invasions in English football this week? (Photo: Service members of the Ukrainian armed forces, who surrendered at the...


Ukraine war: US warns Russia against food blockade

The Ukraine war turns from a conflict about land and about values into a worldwide warning that food may run short for millions. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, tells this programme about what she thinks can be done about it and how far the US prepared is to go. Also in this edition of Newshour: we hear from a pro-democracy activist in Egypt now entering his eighth week of hunger strike; and the Irish artist whose sculpture of a mythical mischief-maker made...


Finland and Sweden to join NATO: Turkey objects

All thirty current NATO members have to approve membership for Sweden and Finland but one country - Turkey - is threatening to exercise its veto, accusing the two Nordic neighbours of harbouring Kurdish militants. Also on the programme: the UN security council meets to discuss the global food shortage caused by the war in Ukraine; we hear from a Ukrainian farmer desperate to get his grain to market; and why the Dutch prime minister is in trouble for using an old Nokia phone. (Photo: A member...


UN warns Ukraine invasion could cause global food crisis

The United Nations Secretary General has warned that the war in Ukraine is increasing the risk of a global food shortage, and the possibility of mass hunger. At a UN summit in New York, António Guterres said the Russian invasion had compounded food insecurity, which had already been affected by rising temperatures and the pandemic. We speak to Matthew Hollingworth, Emergency Coordinator and Country Director in Ukraine for World Food Prog. Also, we hear from a volunteer helping fellow...


Russian soldier pleads guilty to war crimes

In Ukraine's first war crimes trial, a Russian soldier has pleaded guilty to shooting dead an unarmed civilian. Our correspondent Sarah Rainsford was in court. We also hear a rare voice from the Russian-controlled side of the frontline. Also in the programme: the United States' football governing body agrees to equal pay for the men's and women's national teams. (Image: Prosecutor Andviy Syniuk speaks to the media after a court hearing for the trial of Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin, who...


Ukraine begins first war crimes trial

In the first war crimes trial in Ukraine, a Russian soldier has pleaded guilty to shooting dead a sixty-two year-old Ukrainian in the Sumy region. Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin faces life in prison. Russia's defence ministry says nearly a-thousand Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. The BBC has learned that secret schools are operating in Afghanistan to allow girls to continue their studies. The Taliban have refused to allow them to return to classrooms....


Uncertainty over fate of evacuated Azovstal fighters

Ukraine is working on the next stages of the operation to evacuate soldiers from the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol. We hear from the wife of a man who is still in the Azovstal plant, and from the former head of Ukraine's national security council. Also on the programme: US President Joe Biden has condemned white supremacy as "a poison running through our body politic" during a visit to Buffalo, New York. Ten black people were killed at a supermarket in the city on Saturday in what is...


Mariupol soldiers evacuated

Ukraine's military says it's working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in Mariupol, after two-hundred and sixty-four defenders agreed to leave the Azovstal steel works and were taken to Russian-controlled territory. We hear from an advisor to the Ukrainian defence ministry, and get the latest news on the ground. Also in the programme: a new exhibition on Feminine Power; and the global cost-of-living challenges. (Photo: Russian service members stand guard on a road...


Intense fighting in eastern Ukraine

As Ukrainian forces hold out against Russia's offensive in the east, even, in some cases, pushing Russian forces back, a Ukrainian member of parliament tells us where he sees the war going. We also hear from our reporters, gathering evidence of war crimes, and on the front line with Ukraine's volunteer fighters. Also in the programme: how sandstorms are ripping through Iraq and beyond; and a breath of optimism from one of Lebanon's new independent MPs.. (Image: A man walks past a residential...


Hundreds of Ukrainians reportedly executed in Bucha

The BBC has learned that around 650 people were shot in what a senior police official has described as executions in the Bucha region outside Ukraine's capital Kyiv. The BBC's Sarah Rainsford has been investigating what happened. Also in the programme, the UK government is poised to introduce legislation that would allow ministers in London to override parts of the Brexit deal on Northern Ireland; and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has lambasted health officials and ordered the army to...


Finland announces NATO membership application

Finland's president and prime minister have announced that the country will apply for NATO membership. The move has been welcomed broadly by member states, who must agree unanimously in order to allow new members. Sweden is expected to announce their intention to apply in suit. Also on the programme: Lebanon is holding its first elections since the 2019 economic collapse today and there is little hope among the majority of the population living in poverty that much will change; and the...


Elections in Lebanon: Will things change?

This is Lebanon's first set of elections since a massive currency crisis in 2019 and a devastating fertiliser warehouse explosion at the Port of Beirut that killed at least 215 people in August 2020. Also on the programme: Yet another targeted mass shooting of black people in the United States, we hear from Buffalo in New York; and winning the Eurovision song contest - what does it mean for Ukraine? (Photo: A Lebanese voter casts her ballot paper during parliamentary elections at a polling...


People returning to Kharkiv, says mayor

The mayor of Kharkiv in north-eastern Ukraine has told the BBC that the battle for the city has been won and that people are starting to return. Ihor Terekhov said invading Russian troops had withdrawn towards the border. We speak to one Ukranian MP from the city who tells us what Kharkiv looks like now. Also in the programme: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un says the Covid outbreak is the greatest disaster his country has ever faced; and we go to the final of Eurovision to get a taste of...


North Korea's rapidly spreading Covid-19 outbreak a "great disaster"

North Korea's rapidly spreading Covid-19 outbreak is a "great disaster" for the country, its leader Kim Jong-un has said, according to state media. Will he accept vaccines from South Korea? Also in the programme: we speak to a Ukrainian media boss on the challenges of reporting on a war in your own country; and India bans wheat exports one month after promising to feed the world. (Photo: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un convenes a Covid-19 response meeting on 12 May. Credit: EPA)


Violence at Jerusalem funeral

Israeli police charge mourners at the funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh, the Al Jazeera journalist killed in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday. We get the latest from Jerusalem and speak to her brother. Also on the programme, we have a report from the frontline in Southern Ukraine where Russian troops are trying to advance north; and Sri Lanka's newly appointed prime minister tells us it's going to get worse before it gets better as he tries to forestall an imminent economic collapse. (Photo:...


Sri Lanka: New PM says economic crisis is "going to get worse before it gets better"

In his first interview since taking office, Sri Lanka's new prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has told the BBC an economic crisis that has brought misery and unrest is "going to get worse before it gets better". The country is facing fuel shortages and soaring food prices, with some Sri Lankans forced to skip meals. Anger over the government's handling of the crisis has led to violent protests. Mr Wickremesinghe was appointed in an attempt to defuse the protests. Also in the programme: A...


New Sri Lanka Prime Minister amid economic crisis

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a new prime minister as he tries to defuse protests over his handling of a severe economic crisis. Senior opposition MP Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in to his sixth stint as PM, as Sri Lanka's economy is in freefall and people are desperate for basic items such as food and fuel. Also in the programme: Supply chain issues, recalls and rising prices mean many mothers in the US are unable to get the baby formula their young children need;...


Finland to apply for NATO membership

Amid international anxiety at Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Finland confirms its wish to join the NATO alliance. We hear from our correspondent in the Finnish capital, Katya Adler, talk to the former Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb and seek a sense of Russia's likely reaction from Moscow-based analyst Dmitry Suslov. Also in the programme: the government of Cambodia calls on the UK to return treasures looted from their country's temples; North Korea's first admission of a coronavirus...


US condemns killing of Palestinian-American journalist

A good friend of Shireen Abu Akleh reflects on the bravery and wide-reaching impact of the Al Jazeera journalist. And Newshour’s Tim Franks in Jerusalem tells us what the authorities are saying about the incident. Also in the programme: Britain signs a deal with Sweden and Finland agreeing to come to their aid if they come under attack; and a new King Tutankhamun exhibition challenges the narrative of the extraordinary discovery of the young Egyptian king’s tomb. (Photo shows Lebanese...