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.




Discredited polls come to an end in Russian-held Ukraine

Nearly four million people from the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, and the southern regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, were asked to attend polling stations and vote in so-called referendums on joining Russia. A former Ukrainian prime minister tells Newshour the referendums are null and void. Also in the programme: Mystery leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipelines spark warnings in Europe; and we take a look at how Iran’s crackdown on protests at the death of a young woman is also...


Will Italy continue to support Ukraine?

Questions have been raised over Italy's international policy, after Giorgia Meloni's far-right party won national elections. Ms Meloni has signalled continued support for the NATO policy on Ukraine, but there are some in her likely governing coalition who are more sympathetic to Moscow. Also on the programme: pound sterling is down and the dollar is up, with implications for the global economy; and we hear from astronomers in Kenya about an experiment to blow an asteroid off course. (Photo:...


Right-wing gains in profound political shift in Italy

There has been a profound political shift in Italy: the Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni has claimed victory in Sunday's election. She is on course to become the country's first female prime minister, and head of its most right-wing government since World War Two. We will also get a reaction to the result from Europe's perspective. Also in the programme: a report from a region Ukraine has taken back from Russia, where school teachers say Russia forcibly eliminated Ukraine's curriculum...


Russian deserter condemns Ukraine invasion

There's been an exodus of young men from Russia after President Putin announced a new "partial mobilisation". We hear from one Russian serviceman who decided to leave the army, and discuss the state of Russia's war effort with military analyst Justin Crump. Also in the programme: Cubans vote on same sex marriage and adoption rights; the super typhoon bearing down on the Philippines; and a new record for men's marathon running is set by the Kenyan athlete Eluid Kipchoge. (Photo: Travellers...


Hundreds arrested as Russian draft protests continue

Widespread demonstrations have broken out since President Vladimir Putin announced plans to draft 300,000 men to fight in Ukraine. Meanwhile we hear from a soldier who has deserted from the Russian army. Also on the programme; we examine the protests currently taking place in Iran. And voters in Italy are casting their ballots in national elections which could produce the country's first ever female Prime Minister. (Picture: A protester is arrested by Russian authorities. Credit: Getty...


Iranians die in mass protests

President Ebrahim Raisi has pledged to "deal decisively" with anti-government protests which have now spread to most of Iran's 31 provinces. Officials say at least 35 people have been killed since protests broke out over the death of a woman in police custody. Mahsa Amini died after being detained for allegedly breaking headscarf rules. Also in the programme: Thousands more people have been trying to flee Russia to avoid being called up to fight in Ukraine. We speak to one Russian queuing at...


Russians flee military duty

Increased numbers of Russians are continuing to leave the country since President Putin announced the partial mobilisation. The queue on the border between Georgia and Russia has grown ten kilometres long as men attempt to avoid the draft. Also in the programme: another tragedy in the Mediterranean as more than 80 migrants drown off the coast of Syria; and the remarkable story of two women who survived a similar perilous journey. (Picture: Finnish border guard next to cars queuing to enter...

Reluctance hits Russia's war in Ukraine

As Russia faces mounting pressures facing its war in Ukraine, we'll hear from two people severely impacted by the conflict. A Kherson resident who won't vote in the self-styled "referendum" to join Russia and a Russian man who is trying to avoid being drafted but is still inside Russia. Also in the programme: Why the death of a woman in police custody in Tehran has made such a big impact thoughout Iran; and tennis great Roger Federer plays his last professional game. (Photo shows an armed...


Self-styled referendums in four occupied regions of Ukraine

Denounced as illegitimate and a sham by Ukraine and the West, these so-called votes are taking place over five days. An annexation could lead to a claim by Russia that its territory is coming under attack from Western weapons supplied to Ukraine. Also in the programme: as protests spread across Iran, over the death of a young woman in police custody, an academic in Teheran tells us that the unrest is being whipped up by the country's enemies; and we talk to Bill Hamilton, agent and friend of...


Unrest spreads to nearly every province of Iran

As unrest spreads to nearly every province of Iran - we hear from the father of the young woman, whose death in the custody of the morality police sparked the protests: In Tehran, there have been running battles between Iranian police and anti-government protests. Also in the programme: As Russian men of fighting age - who don't want to go to Ukraine - fight to get to the borders, we hear about the precautions taken by Russia's anti-war protesters; and a UN report finds that crimes against...


Major prisoner swap welcomed by Ukraine

Ukrainians have been celebrating the largest prisoner exchange with Russia since the war started. More than 200 Ukrainian captives have been released, in exchange for 55 Russians and a pro-Russian Ukrainian politician, Viktor Medvedchuk. We'll hear from the sister of one of the freed men. Also in the programme: For a sixth day, Iranians are out in the streets protesting against the death of a young woman in police custody; and scientists say they have found a promising new treatment for some...


Biden: Russia ‘extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist’

President Putin has ordered a partial military mobilisation, accusing the West of trying to destroy Russia. Three-hundred-thousand additional personnel will now be available to fight in Ukraine. Also on the programme: A Russian man who refuses to fight in Ukraine; and the Turkish Nobel Laureate, Orhan Pamuk, on his writing and the shrinking spaces for free speech in his country. Picture: President Putin addressing engineers in Novgorod. Credit: Sputnik/ EPA / Shutterstock


Putin calls up reservists for war in Ukraine

President Putin says military reservists are to be sent to Ukraine as part of a partial mobilisation of Russian forces. In a televised address to the nation, he said this was a necessary step to ensure Russian territorial integrity. We hear reaction from Ukraine and Germany. Also on the programme: how the normally sedate world of top-level chess has been turned upside down this week by an extraordinary spat between the world champion Magnus Carlsen and a young US player, Hans Niemann....


'Walls full of pain': Russia's torture cells in Ukraine

More testimony from citizens of the newly liberated city of Izyum. Meanwhile Ukraine and its western allies have condemned Moscow's move to hold snap referendums in occupied regions so they can be annexed to Russia. Also on the programme: more than 200 aid agencies are using the United nations General Assembly to call on richer countries to end what they call the spiralling hunger crisis. And we meet the 17 year old Ukrainian student who has won a $100,000 prize for inventing a drone which...


Moscow accelerates 'referendums' in occupied Ukraine

Russian- backed authorities in the occupied Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk and city of Kherson say they'll hold what they're calling referendums on joining Russia, after Ukrainian counter- offensives recaptured large swathes of territory in the east. Also in the programme: Pakistani health officials say a sharp increase in cases of water-borne diseases threatens a second disaster in flood-affected regions; and the man at the centre of the hit podcast Serial is released after 23...


Queen Elizabeth II buried at Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth II buried at Windsor Castle where Britain's longest serving monarch was laid to rest after a private service. It's been a day of immense pageantry and also of reflection -- for the monarchy, for the United Kingdom. Also in the programme: spreading unrest in Iran over the death of a woman being held by the morality police; and a US-Taliban prisoner swap. (Photo: Pall bearers carry the coffin of the late Queen, with the Imperial State Crown resting on top to St. George’s Chapel...


World leaders gather ahead of Queen Elizabeth's state funeral

One of the largest gatherings of global leaders for decades has been taking place at Buckingham Palace, ahead of Monday's funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. A minute's silence has been held across the UK in memory of the late monarch and final preparations are under way for her state funeral. Also in the programme: It's a year since the Taliban instructed all girls to remain at home, while they allowed boys to return to high schools; and a former US ambassador to Azerbaijan condemns remarks that...


Afghanistan: UN calls on the Taliban to reopen high schools for girls

The United Nations has urged Afghanistan's Taliban rulers to take urgent measures to reopen high schools for female students, a year after it ordered them to be closed. We hear from a 13 year old in Kabul begging Taliban to reopen school and a UN official on what more can be done to pressure Taliban to reopen schools for girls. The Taliban allowed schools for boys to reopen last year, a month after they seized power in Kabul. But high schools for girls in most parts of the country remain...


Putin urges 'restraint' over Ukrainian victories

President Putin has warned those celebrating Ukrainian victories to be more retrained- Russia he said, has far more power to deploy and that it is currently only using "professional forces". Could Russia throw yet more manpower into this war? Also in the programme: A former leader of the UK's Conservative Party tells us what he thinks of the choices made by the country's government about who has and who hasn't got an invitation to the Queen's funeral and we find out about the difficulties of...


Russian president says army isn't fighting in its entirety

President Vladimir Putin has warned those celebrating victories in Ukraine that Russia has far more power to deploy. This comes as Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky says investigations into possible Russian war crimes are continuing in the city of Izyum. Also in the programme: There's been opposition to some of the world leaders who have been invited to the Queen's Funeral; Cheetahs have been reintroduced into a national park in India, seventy years after the animal was officially...