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access_time9 hours ago
The Queen has expressed her desire for Prince Charles to take over her Commonwealth role. Should he? Biographer Tom Bower and royal historian Hugo Vickers discuss the future role of the heir to the British throne. Also on the programme: how do former staff of the FBI feel about the ex-director James Comey and his apparent love of the limelight? And why have nomadic sea divers in Indonesia evolved bigger spleens than the rest of us?

(Picture: The Queen and Prince Charles at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London Credit: PA)
access_time17 hours ago
Queen Elizabeth II declares "sincere wish" for Prince Charles to lead Commonwealth and Helen Clark on the future of the Commonwealth.

Also in the programme: Hans Asperger's past and Britain's representative to the OPCW

(Picture: Queen Elizabeth II gives a speech at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time1 day ago
Miguel Diaz-Canel is likely to be approved by Cuba’s National Assembly. He will be the first Cuban leader in almost 60 years who isn’t a Castro.

Also in the programme: The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, calls snap parliamentary and presidential elections; and the Icelandic prisoner who escaped to Sweden on the same plane as the country’s prime minister.

Picture: Miguel Diaz-Canel in March 2018. Credit: Getty Images
access_time2 days ago
CIA director Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang last week, ahead of planned talks between President Trump and the North Korean leader on that country's nuclear ambitions. But what could a possible deal look like?

Also in the programme: as Raúl Castro prepares to step down from Cuba's presidency; Facebook faces a facial recognition backlash in Europe; and the art of 'professional mourning'.

Picture: an undated image released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang.
access_time2 days ago
Syrian authorities say inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have arrived in Douma to investigate the suspected chemical attack on April 7th. But the US State Department says the OPCW have yet to enter the site.

Also in the programme: PM of Antigua and Barbuda calls on UK to compensate Caribbean immigrants whose right to live in country was wrongly questioned; and there have been protests in Armenia after parliament voted to allow the country’s president to remain in power.

Picture: General view of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 17th 2018. Credit: Getty Images
access_time3 days ago
Syrian state TV says investigators from the chemical weapons watchdog (the OPCW) have arrived in Douma, where the Syrian government denies carrying out an alleged chemical weapons attack on 7 April.

Also in the programme: Myanmar releases 8,500 prisoners in a holiday amnesty; and the Chinese economy posts strong growth amid concerns over growing debt levels.

(Photo: A child is hosed down after the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma. Credit: Reuters)
access_time3 days ago
Russia says inspectors will be allowed to visit scene of a suspected chemical weapons attack on Wednesday. But Britain and the United States say Moscow and the Syrian government have been tampering with the evidence.

Also in the programme: the British government apologises for the treatment of thousands of people who arrived in the UK as children in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration 70 years ago; and Harald Bluetooth’s treasure trove.

Picture: Syrians ride a motorbike along a destroyed street in Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 16, 2018. Credit: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images
access_time4 days ago
The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has denied that Moscow has blocked an investigation by international chemical weapons inspectors into a possible chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma.

Also in the programme: The former FBI director James Comey speaks out saying Donald Trump is morally unfit to be president and may be vulnerable to Russian blackmail; And the migrants who came to the UK from the Caribbean 70 years ago are now struggling to prove their British identity.

(Photo: A Syrian soldier inspects the wreckage of a building described as part of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) compound in the Barzeh district, north of Damascus, during a press tour organised by the Syrian information ministry, on April 14, 2018. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time4 days ago
A special preview of the new podcast Death in Ice Valley. An unidentified body. Who was she? Why hasn’t she been missed? A BBC World Service and NRK original podcast, investigating a mystery unsolved for almost half a century. Episode One was released on 16 April 2018 and new episodes will be released every Monday.

Search for Death in Ice Valley wherever you find your podcasts.
access_time4 days ago
The US ambassador to the UN says new sanctions against Russia are set to be announced.

Also in the programme: UN peacekeeping boss on Mali violence and the mission to detect singing stars.

(Picture: Satellite image of Barzah Research and Development Center facility in Damascus, Syria, seen on April 15th 2018 a day after it was struck by U.S. and coalition operations. Credit: DigitalGlobe)
access_time5 days ago
After the air strikes, what is the state of the Syrian civil war? We hear from our correspondent in the region, Lyse Doucet.

Also in the programme, President Trump's difficult week, and turning leftover bread into beer.

Photo: Syrian air defence systems during air strikes launched by the US, France and the UK, as shown in handout image from the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). Credit: EPA/SANA
access_time5 days ago
The US has warned of further missile strikes against Syria if it uses chemical weapons again, but Russia accuses the US of breaching international law.

Also in the programme: Ecuadorean journalists killed by Farc near Colombia border; and Winnie Mandela's funeral.

(Photo: US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
access_time6 days ago
The US President reacted furiously after details emerged of the memoir published by former FBI chief James Comey, who was sacked by Donald Trump. In the memoir, Mr Comey describes the president as 'untethered to the truth'. Mr Trump tweeted that James Comey is a 'proven leaker and liar'.

Also in the programme: Russia accuses Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in Syria; and DR Congo's humanitarian crisis.

(Photo: US President Donald Trump and former FBI director James Comey, Credit: Reuters)
access_time7 days ago
The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, says Moscow has irrefutable evidence that an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged with the help of a foreign secret service.

Also in the programme: a first reading of the sacked FBI chief's book that has angered President Trump; and our historic relationship with alcohol.

(Photo: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Credit: European Photopress Agency)
access_time7 days ago
President Trump is considering his military options for a strike on Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by government forces on the city of Douma.

Also in the programme: how violence is plaguing the Mexican beach town of Acapulco; and the backlash against celebratory gunfire in Lebanon.

Photo: Victims of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma. Credit: Reuters.
access_time8 days ago
The global chemical weapons watchdog says that samples collected by its team following a nerve agent attack in Salisbury confirm Britain's findings about the toxic chemical that was used.

Also in the programme: We spoke to a former KGB officer who used to be a close associate of Vladimir Putin; and the Chinese baby born to a surrogate mother, four years after his parents died in a car crash.

(Image: Members of the emergency services in protective coveralls and breathing equipment . Credit: AFP PHOTO/Daniel Leal-Olivas)
access_time8 days ago
With heated rhetoric on all sides, how serious is the current international stand-off over Syria? We hear views from Russia and the United States.

Also in the programme: Facebook CEO faces more questioning by US Congress, and pioneering surgery gives a British woman back her jaw.

Photo: Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia during a UN Security Council meeting in New York on April 10, 2018. Credit: AFP/Getty Images.
access_time9 days ago
President Trump has tweeted about "nice and new and smart" missiles in a warning to Russia that he will respond to a suspected chemical attack by the Syrian government.

Also in the programme: More than two hundred and fifty people have been killed in a military plane crash in Algeria; and a Burmese court has refused to drop legal proceedings against two Reuters journalists arrested while investigating the mass killings of Rohingyas.

Photo: US President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Credit: Getty Images
access_time9 days ago
The founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has been questioned by senators over the misuse of personal data.

Also in the programme: the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday agreement that ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland.

Picture: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill. Credit: AFP/Getty Images.
access_time10 days ago
Russia says it wants international inspectors to visit the site of a suspected chlorine gas attack in Syria. But it says no chemical weapons were used there, and has rejected a US resolution that would set up an inquiry into who carried out the alleged attack.

Also in the programme: President Xi promises to open up sectors of its economy to greater international competition and; Africa's overlooked scientists get their own journal to raise their profile.

Picture: US President Donald Trump attends a meeting with senior military leaders. Credit: Getty Images.
access_time10 days ago
The United Nations Security Council holds an emergency meeting following the reported gas attack on the formerly rebel-held town of Douma in Syria. President Trump strongly condemned the attacks and states that military action against President Bashar al Assad’s regime is “not off the table”.

Also on the programme: The fairness of Sunday’s elections in Hungary is put into question by some international monitors; and twenty years since the Good Friday Agreement.

(Image: President Trump speaks with the media before a meeting with his cabinet in the White House on 9th April 2018 in Washington DC. Credit: Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)
access_time11 days ago
Deadly attack on a Syrian military airbase after alleged chemical attack in formerly rebel-held town of Douma. Syria and Russia accuse Israel. There's no comment from Israel.

Also in the programme: EU's reaction to Hungary's Prime Minister's re-election; and John Bolton's first week as national security adviser.

(Photo: Map of Syria. Credit: BBC)
access_time11 days ago
President Trump says in a tweet there will be a "big price to pay" for the suspected chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma, as doctors describe treating victims.

Also in the programme: the cost of wasted fruit in India, and how a composer turned the sounds of Philadelphia into a piece of music.

Photo: A child treated being treated after a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. Credit: White Helmets
access_time12 days ago
There's been widespread international condemnation of a suspected chemical attack in Syria which killed scores of people in a rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta.

Also in the programme: Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister seeks a third consecutive terms in elections; and a history of US trade wars.

(Photo: Pro-Syrian regime forces are seen as they advance towards the town of Douma. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
access_time12 days ago
Brazil's former president, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, told supporters that he is not guilty of corruption, but will report to the police to begin a lengthy jail term.

Also in the programme: Canadian town mourns victims of hockey team bus crash; and why was a Palestinian photographer shot dead in Gaza by Israeli forces?

(Photo: Former Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, gestures to supporters at the headquarters of the Metalworkers' Union in Sao Paulo. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time13 days ago
The former Brazilian president, Lula Da Silva, has defied a court order to begin a prison sentence for corruption - we hear from one of his supporters and our correspondent in Brazil tells us of Lula's next move.

Also on the programme: Russia continues to push back at the British accusation that it poisoned a former Russian spy and his daughter; and we look at the powerful conglomerates that dominate the lives of South Koreans, cradle to grave.

(photo: Former Brazilian president Lula Da Silva greets his supporters from a window in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. Credit: Getty)
access_time13 days ago
The latest round of sanctions imposed by the United States against Russia targets seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own or control, as well as seventeen Russian government officials. Also in the programme: Brazil's former President Lula da Silva ignores a court orders to go to jail; and a look back at the life of a free jazz pioneer Cecil Taylor.
access_time14 days ago
The former South Korean president Park Geun-hye has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for bribery and abuse of power. Also in the programme: there's been violence on the Gaza-Israel border during demonstrations by Palestinians; and is a tax the best way to persuade us to eat less sugar?

(Photo: South Korean ousted leader Park Geun-hye arrives at a court in Seoul. Credit: AFP)
access_time14 days ago
Poisoned Russian Yulia Skripal says her "strength is growing daily", in a statement ahead of a UN Security Council meeting about the nerve agent attack on her and her father in Britain.

Also in the programme: Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva faces prison after the Brazilian Supreme Court rejected his request to stay out of jail while he appeals against a corruption conviction; and thousands of Google employees demand the company withdraws from a project with the US military.

Photo: Yulia Skripal. Credit: Yulia Skripal / Facebook
access_time15 days ago
The leader in the Brazilian presidential polls, Lula Da Silva, has been sentenced to 12 years for corruption. Judges ruled he could not be released on bail while he fights the charges.

Also on the programme: The future of Ethiopian treasures held by a London museum. And the Bollywood mega star given five years jail time for killing a protected antelope.

(Photo: Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a rally in Curitiba. Credit: Rudolfo Buhrer/ Reuters)
access_time15 days ago
President Erdogan, President Hassan Rouhani and President Putin discuss the fate of Syria. All three leaders agreed on the need to preserve Syria's territorial integrity.

Picture: The presidents of Iran, Turkey and Russia met for their second tripartite summit in under six months, aiming to speed the peace process for Syria and bolster their influence in the country. Credit: AFP/Getty
access_time16 days ago
The international chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW, has held an emergency meeting in the Netherlands. It's been called by Moscow to discuss the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.

Also in the programme: Brazil's Supreme Court is due to rule on whether to jail the former president, Lula da Silva; and China has announced new 25% tariffs on key commodities from the US.

Picture: Police officers work near the scene where Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia were discovered after being attacked with a nerve-agent. Credit: Getty Images
access_time16 days ago
The Russian and Turkish presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan - both increasingly isolated from the West - have promised closer cooperation between their countries at a meeting in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Also in the programme: President Trump says he wants to send the US military to secure the southern border with Mexico; Spotify begins trading shares on the New York stock exchange; and the $30m Chinese manuscript that opens a window onto the Ming dynasty.

Photo: presidents Erdogan (L) and Putin meet in Ankara. Credit: Getty Images.
access_time17 days ago
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is cancelling a residency agreement for thousands of African migrants one day after agreeing to it. The deal had angered right-wingers who said it would encourage further illegal immigration.

Also in the programme: France faces a wave of strike action in the biggest challenge so far to President Macron's reforms; and the Chinese couple reunited with their missing daughter after a 24-year search.

(Image: A boy takes part in a protest against the Israeli government's plan to deport African migrants. Credit: REUTERS/Corinna Kern)
access_time17 days ago
South Africa's prominent anti-apartheid campaigner, Winnie Mandela, has died in Johannesburg after a long illness. She was the former wife of the country's first black president, Nelson Mandela. We reflect on her life but how far was her legacy tainted in later years?

Also in the programme: we'll hear about a dramatic change of tack from the Israeli government when it comes to deporting African migrants; why teachers in the US state of Oklahoma have walked out on strike, despite having a pay-rise voted through; and a Wisconsin ginseng grower reacts to the imposition of Chinese tariffs.

(Photo: Winnie Mandela, photo taken in December 2017. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time18 days ago
China has imposed import taxes on a range of US goods, as fears grow of a trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

Also in the programme: Israel scraps controversial plans to deport African migrants; And how Hill Street Blues creator Steven Bochco changed modern TV.

(Image: US fruit products at a supermarket in Beijing. Credit: EPA/Wu Hong)
access_time18 days ago
Rebel fighters have reportedly accepted a deal to relocate to the north of Syria. This leaves the eastern suburbs of Damascus almost fully under control of the Syrian government.

Also in the programme: Sweden's air tax and French military service

Picture: Syrian civilians hold their national flag in the former rebel-held town of Jobar, recently taken by the regime forces, in Eastern Ghouta, on April 1, 2018 Credit: AFP/Getty.
access_time19 days ago
Pope Francis has urged world leaders to bring about a swift end to the carnage in Syria. In his traditional Easter message to Rome and the world, he said the Syrian people had been worn down by an apparently endless war.

Also in the programme: the first Russian diplomats expelled from the United States have arrived back in Moscow and; ceremonies are taking place in England to mark exactly 100 years since the British RAF became the world's first independent air force.

Picture: Pope Francis delivers the blessing on the balcony of St Peter's basilica in the Vatican. Credit: AFP/Getty Images.
access_time19 days ago
Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh from London were captured in Syria in January. They are accused of being Islamic State members. They've complained they will not get a fair trial because the UK government has stripped them of their citizenship. We hear about the legal complications to bring them to justice.

Also in the programme: The heavyweight title fight of the year, Britain's Anthony Joshua steps into the ring to face New Zealander Joseph Parker. And the funeral of the physicist Stephen Hawking who died two weeks ago.

(Picture:Alexanda Kotey and Shafee Elsheikh handout picture. Credit: Reuters)
access_time20 days ago
Two Britons accused of being Islamic State members have complained they will not get a fair trial.

Also in the programme: Large crowds have attended the first funerals of the 16 Palestinian protesters shot dead by Israeli troops on Friday and; this weekend an unmanned Chinese space laboratory is expected to re-enter the earth's atmosphere.

Picture: Alexanda Kotey (left) and El Shafee Elsheikh were captured by Syrian Kurdish forces. Credit: Reuters
access_time20 days ago
A day of violence on the border between Gaza and Israel has left more than a dozen people dead as Palestinians begin what they say will be weeks of protests.

Also in the programme: Malala Yousafzai tells the BBC she is happy to be back in Pakistan on her first trip to the country since she was shot by Islamist militants; and why pollution levels have been falling in Beijing.

(Image: Palestinians at a tent city protest along the Israel border with Gaza. Credit: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
access_time21 days ago
Moscow has demanded a further reduction in the number of British diplomats in Russia in the row over the poisoning of a spy. We ask if the closure of the US consulate in St Petersburg will have an impact on local people and foreigners who work there.

Also in the programme: Fears of anti-Semitism in France; Deadly clashes in Gaza border protests; and we speak to the deported Kenyan opposition figure, Miguna Miguna, at the centre of a major constitutional row.

(Photo: The United States flag flies on the US embassy building in Moscow. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time21 days ago
Russia expels 60 US diplomats from Russia in response to the co-ordinated expulsion of over 140 Russians. Doctors in the UK says Yulia Skripal is out of danger however, her father, the former Russia spy Sergei Skripal, remains in a critical but stable condition.

Also in the programme: Dostoevsky diplomacy and Brexit one year to go.

Image: Sergei Lavrov announces return sanctions on Skripal poisoning case. Credit: European Photopress Agency
access_time22 days ago
Miguna Miguna claims he was beaten, drugged and forcibly removed from Kenya by political opponents just hours after the High Court ruled he must be released. Hear the response of an MP for President Kenyatta's governing party.

Also in the programme: Brexit Britain marks a year out from its scheduled European Union exit; remembering the Dutch resistance figure Johan van Hulst who's credited with saving hundreds of Jewish children; and as Facebook ends its alliance with 'data broking' firms, just how much of your personal information do they hold?

(Picture: Mr Miguna, left, and opposition leader Raila Odinga at the mock ceremony in January. Credit: Reuters)
access_time22 days ago
Voting in the Egyptian presidential election has ended. The current President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is assured of victory, as he has only faced one barely-known challenger. We'll have a report from Cairo.

Also on the programme: What impact will Kim Jong-Un's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping have on the prospects for a US-North Korean summit?

And the viola player who has won a landmark case after his hearing was damaged by loud orchestral music.

Picture: A woman holds a poster of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the last day of the 3-day presidential elections in Cairo Credit: Salah Malkawi/Getty Images
access_time23 days ago
China says that the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has committed to denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula -- a pledge made in Beijing during meetings with the Chinese President, Xi Jinping.

Also in the programme: France is holding a national memorial service for the policeman who sacrificed himself to save a hostage during last week's Islamist attack and; we'll hear from the central American state of Costa Rica ahead of hard-fought Presidential elections next Sunday.

Picture: This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un in Beijing. Credit: AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS/Getty Images
access_time23 days ago
NATO expels seven Russian diplomats and denies accreditation to three more in response to the Skripal poisoning.

Also in the programme: Sergei Skripal's niece Viktoria speaks and DRC violence.

Picture: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addresses the press at NATO headquarters in Brussels on March 27, 2018. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
access_time24 days ago
Russia has promised a tough response to the decision by more than twenty countries to expel its diplomats in response to a nerve agent attack in the UK.

Also in the programme: reports of a mystery train arriving in Beijing from North Korea - we ask, who's on it? and; can plastic prevent coral bleaching?

Picture: The President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid. Credit: AFP/Getty Images.
access_time24 days ago
Twenty-one countries expel over 100 Russian diplomats in a co-ordinated reaction to the UK Salisbury attack. The US alone has ordered 60 to leave.

Also in the programme: anti-semitism in the UK opposition Labour party and who is on the mysterious train carrying a VIP to China?

Picture: A brass plaque written in English and Cyrillic at the front gate of the Embassy of the Russian Federation March 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images.
access_time25 days ago
Adult film actress Stormy Daniels says she was threatened to keep quiet about her claims of a sexual encounter with US President Donald Trump. Mr Trump denies having an affair with the actress.

Also in the programme: Many dead in blaze at Russian shopping centre; and warning of another possible cholera outbreak in Yemen.

(Photo: Stormy Daniels, Credit: Reuters)