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.




Indonesia football disaster

An investigation is underway in Indonesia after one of the world's deadliest football stadium disasters in which at least 125 people were killed. We hear from witnesses who were in the stadium, we get a response from Indonesia's football association, and we have a update on the latest news from our BBC correspondent. Also on the programme; voting is underway for the Brazilian presidential election, and the stolen remains of more than 60 indigenous people are returned to New Zealand from...


Russian troops forced out of eastern town of Lyman

Russia has withdrawn its troops from the strategic Ukrainian town of Lyman, in a move seen as a significant setback for its campaign in the east. The retreat came amid fears thousands of soldiers would be encircled in the town, Russia's defence ministry said. Also in the programme: Burkina Faso's self-declared leader says the man he ousted a day ago in a coup is plotting a counter-attack; and Denmark and Greenland launch an investigation into pregnancy prevention practices carried out in the...


Ukraine forces ‘completely surround’ Russian-held town

The Ukrainian military says it has encircled Russian forces in the strategic eastern town of Lyman, in the Donetsk region. Video posted by President Zelensky's chief of staff showed soldiers waving a Ukrainian flag near a welcome sign on the town's outskirts. Also in the programme: We have a report from Tunisia where the cost of living is soaring; and after 2 years of political chaos - what's next for Bulgaria ahead of fresh elections? (Photo: Video posted by President Zelensky's chief of...


Title: Russia formally claims parts of eastern Ukraine

President Putin lays formal claim to parts of eastern Ukraine. We hear from a Putin supporter and the Ukrainian MP for Odessa who vows to liberate the newly annexed territories. Also in the programme: Why Jair Bolsonaro is the underdog in Brazil's presidential election; and why might Denmark wear black at the World Cup in Qatar. (Photo: President Putin and appointed officials of the four annexed Ukrainian territories. Credit: Reuters)


Putin announces annexation of parts of Ukraine

President Putin has announced at the Kremlin that occupied parts of four regions of Ukraine - Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia - are now parts of Russia. Ukraine, its allies, and the United Nations Secretary General have all denounced the claim as an escalation and illegal under international law. We hear from a Russian MP and a Ukrainian MP, and from an unhappy resident of occupied Kherson. And we report from Zaporizhzhia, where at least 25 people were killed after a humanitarian...


President Biden says Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm

President Biden says Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm as a massive rescue effort is underway. Plus a special BBC investigation into the deadly impact of gas flares on the communities living close to Iraq's oil fields; and a veteran Russian opposition figure tells us why Russia's plans to annex more of Ukraine make a nuclear strike even more likely. (Photo: A man helps a woman next to a damaged boat in Fort Myers. Credit: Reuters)


Russia set to formally annex four regions of Ukraine

Moscow says President Putin will complete the annexation of four Ukrainian territories on Friday, following referendums deemed a sham by most of the rest of the world. Also on the program, there are reports of fatalities in Florida following Hurricane Ian’s landfall Wednesday night, and the rapper Coolio has died. (Photo: Members of an electoral commission count ballots at a polling station in Donetsk. Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko)


'Catastrophic' damage in Florida as hurricane makes landfall

The US National Hurricane Center says a powerful storm is causing what could become the worst storm surge on record, with widespread flooding and catastrophic wind damage along the Gulf coast of Florida. We hear from one evacuee. Also today: As Russia announces overwhelming support for annexation in four areas of Ukraine, we'll speak to a resident of one of them; and the Bank of England intervenes to try to tackle what it calls 'significant volatility' after last week's mini-budget....


Denmark says Nord Steam gas leaks 'carefully planned'

The European Union and NATO have stressed the need to protect critical infrastructure from sabotage, after gas leaks were found in two major Russian pipelines under the Baltic sea. Denmark has said the ruptures in Nord Stream 1 and 2 were caused by carefully planned and powerful explosions. Also in the programme: Guinea's former leader Moussa Dadis Camara is going on trial over a stadium massacre thirteen years ago; and Britain's central bank is to start buying government bonds to try to...


Leaving home to avoid war

Tens of thousands of Russians have left the country following President Putin's announcement of a military mobilisation. One student from Siberia who has fled to Uzbekistan tells us "it's a bit immoral to stay in Russia if you have the opportunity to go". Also in the programme: 200 years ago today a French linguist became the first person to translate the Egyptian hieroglyphics on the Rosetta Stone; and we meet the Congolese engineering team hoping to make history by launching a DIY rocket...


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...