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.




Xinjiang files: The human cost of Uyghur detention

We hear about a huge batch of hacked data from China's secretive system for the mass imprisonment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province. The files show there are long sentences for almost any sign of Islamic belief. Also on the programme: calls for a naval coalition-of-the-willing to end the Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports; Britain's withdrawal from Afghanistan is branded a disaster and a betrayal by a parliamentary committee; and jackdaw democracy. (Photo: Police officers patrol in the...


Russian diplomat defects

A Russian diplomat has quit over his country's invasion of Ukraine, calling it "bloody, witless and absolutely needless". Boris Bondarev, a counsellor at Russia's mission to the United Nations in Geneva, said he'd never been more ashamed of Russia as when it sent its troops across the border. Speaking to the BBC, Mr Bondarev said he now feared for his safety. Also in the programme: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman who was detained in Iran for six years, says she was...


Biden vows to defend Taiwan

Speaking in Japan, US President Joe Biden vowed to intervene militarily to protect the island if it is attacked by China. The White House insisted there had been no departure from a long-standing US policy in the region. Mr Biden also drew a parallel with Russia's invasion of Ukraine, prompting an angry rebuke from Beijing. Also in the programme: the challenges the new Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, is facing in the international arena; and a court in Ukraine has sentenced a...


Concerns over spread of monkeypox

The World Health Assembly is holding its annual meeting, with the unexplained spread of monkeypox to more than a dozen countries being discussed. We hear from Geneva. Also on the programme, a planeload of baby formula from Europe has arrived in the US to ease a severe shortage there and Australia's political scene just got more colourful with the election of the so-called Teal parliamentarians. (Photo: Child with Monkey Pox; Credit: Getty Images)


Australia's new politics

The Australian Labor Party led by Anthony Albanese hopes to win an overall majority in Parliament following Saturday's election. And there's a whole new, colourful group of independent MPs called The Teals. But will they change Australia's politics? Also in the programme: Ukraine says it will not agree a ceasefire with Russia that involves ceding territory to Moscow; we hear from a senior Ukrainian MP; and the Tigrayan regional authorities in Ethiopia say they've released over 4,000...


Labor wins Australian Elections

The Australian Labor party has won a general election for the first time in almost a decade. Its leader, Anthony Albanese, told supporters he was humbled to be the next prime minister. We hear from the winners and losers. Also on the programme, heavy fighting is taking place in and around the Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, as Russian forces step up efforts to seize the whole of the Luhansk region and we hear about LGBT rights in the nation of Qatar. (Photo : Anthony Albanese's victory...


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...