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The Hong Kong authorities have intensified their crackdown on dissent ahead of an important political anniversary. Police conducted a wave of arrests and denied permission for a mass rally on Saturday, which marks five years since Beijing ruled out fully democratic elections in the territory.

Also in the programme: An investigation by BBC News Arabic has found evidence of an alleged war crime which took place in the rebel-held province of Idlib in Syria last month; and alternative ways of treating the menopause.

(Photo: Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong leaving court after being released on bail; Credit: Getty Images)
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The Yemeni government has accused the UAE of launching air strikes against coalition troops in Aden. In an ever-changing war, Southern separatists say they are back in command of the city.

Also on the programme: an exclusive interview from prison with Brazil's former President Luiz Inácio 'Lula' da Silva; and after outrage over the scheduled suspension of the British parliament, where next for the Brexit rebels in Westminster?

(Photo: Fighters of the UAE-trained Security Belt Force flash the victory gesture as they sit with a southern separatist flag (the old flag of South Yemen) in the back of a pickup truck in the city of Aden on August 29, 2019. Credit: Nabil HASAN / AFP)
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We get more reaction to the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament. The decision has sparked anger and protests across the country. We speak to politicians on either side of the debate.

Also in the programme: Our correspondent speaks exclusively to Brazil's former President Lula, who says the current president, Jair Bolsonaro, is damaging Brazil’s standing in the world. And we hear about the discovery of a 3.8-million-year-old skull that researchers say belongs to one of our earliest ancestors.

(Photo: Britain"s Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg in Parliament last month. He has defended the decision to suspend Parliament. Credit: JESSICA TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Parliament will be suspended for five weeks in the run up to Britain's departure from the European Union. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said it's to allow his government to embark on a fresh legislative programme. His critics have called the move a constitutional outrage.

Also in the programme: Latin America's plan to vaccinate Venezuelan migrants and Italy's centre-left Democrats and the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement have agreed to form a coalition government.

(Photo: Anti-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament. Credit: PA)
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UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn says lawmakers will take the first steps towards trying to pass a law blocking a no deal Brexit when the UK Parliament returns next week.

Also in the programme: The international trade in elephants is banned, and the latest scandal in K-pop.

(Picture: Britain's opposition Labour party's shadow Chancellor John McDonnell (L), Britain's Green Party MP Caroline Lucas (2L), Leader of Britain's Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson (4R), Scottish National Party (SNP) Westminster leader Ian Blackford (3R) and Plaid Cymru Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts (2R) sign a cross-party declaration during an event with representatives of Britain's other pro-EU political parties, to discuss Brexit. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)
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Australia is concerned for the welfare of the academic and political commentator, Yang Hengjun, who has been formally arrested in China for espionage. Mr Yang has been held for more than seven months. Spying in China carries sentences ranging from three years to the death penalty. We hear from a friend and colleague of Mr Yang.

Also on the programme; as President Rouhani of Iran casts doubt on the possibility of an imminent meeting with President Trump, what is the possibility of a thaw in the relations between the US and Iran? And controversy in South Korea over the newly unveiled designs of the medals for the Tokyo Olympics. They depict a traditional Japanese fan, but some think it looks a bit like the Rising Sun flag used by the Japanese Imperial army in World War 2. An offensive symbol in South Korea.

(Picture and credit Yang Hengjun)
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President Macron looks to reduce tensions between Iran and US in the closing G7 conference in Biarritz. Standing next to President Trump, he suggested the idea of a new accord on Iran's nuclear ambitions. Also on the programme: the Indonesian president says he's moving the capital to the island of Borneo; and why the international trade in otters has just been banned.

(Photo: President Trump and President Macron attend third day of annual summit on August 26, 2019. Credit: Ludovic Marin / AFP)
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International leaders at the G7 summit have agreed to provide logistical and financial support to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest. Also; The Israeli military carried out air strikes on a Palestinian militant group backed by Syria's government in eastern Lebanon overnight. And; A vast "raft" of volcanic rocks the size of Manhattan is drifting through the Pacific Ocean, and could help heal Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, scientists say.

(Photo: G7 leaders meet in Biarritz. Credit: Getty Images)
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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends the annual G7 leaders summit. He met President Macron to discuss reducing tensions over Iran. Also on the programme: A look back on the remarkable life of Sidney Rittenberg, a close adviser to chairman Mao; and the wildfires causing destruction in Brazil and Bolivia.

(Photo: Heads of government attend G7 summit on August 25, 2019 in Biarritz, France. (Credit: Andrew Parsons - Pool/Getty Images)
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Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, has been accused of encouraging deforestation, and environmentalists say only a policy reversal will bring an end to the fires.

Also on the programme: The offshore Chinese territory of Macau has just elected a new chief executive; and the UK government says new 3D baggage screening equipment must be installed in all major UK airports by 2022.

(Photo: Fires burn in the Amazon. Credit: Reuters)
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The French President Emmanuel Macron is going into a potentially fractious G-Seven summit saying he'll do everything he can to get the top industrial countries to agree a strategy. He said he'd try to convince the G7 leaders that tensions, especially trade tensions, were bad for everybody.

Also in the programme: How Bangladesh is planning to persuade hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees to return to Myanmar; The Brazilian military has been deployed to fight hundreds of new fires reportedly burning in the Amazon region; And NASA investigates what may turn out to be the first crime in space.
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President Trump has arrived in France for the G7 summit, amid warnings that this could be the last chance to restore harmony among the world's top industrial nations.

Also in the programme: With less than 10 weeks to go until Britain's planned exit from the European Union - plans for a 'no deal' Brexit are stepped up; and Brazil sends army to help tackle blazes in the Amazon.

Picture: U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a lunch ahead of the G7 summit in Biarritz. Credit: REUTERS.
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France and Ireland say they will block a major trade deal with Latin American nations if the Brazilian government does not take more action against the fires. We’ll hear from our correspondent in the Brazilian Amazon as well as a former Brazilian environment minister, and ask how significant the trade deal is.

Also in the programme: violent clashes have taken place again in Kashmir between local people and police forces; and we hear from a zoologist working in Kenya, part of a team that has successfully harvested eggs from the ovaries of the world’s only two surviving Northern White Rhinos.

(Picture: An aerial picture shows a fire raging in the Amazon rainforest in the state of Rondonia, in northern Brazil. Credit: AFP)
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The French and German leaders say the record number of fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest is an international crisis which must be discussed at this weekend's G7 summit.

Also in the programme: Russia has launched the world's first floating nuclear power station on a journey across the Arctic; and YouTube closes 210 accounts tied to Hong Kong influence campaign.

Picture: Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Amazonas. Credit: Reuters.
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Samantha Kureya, known as Gonyeti, has been critical of the police and government in her skits. Her relatives say she was taken from her home on Wednesday night, beaten and forced to drink sewage. Police have not yet commented on her abduction. We’ll hear from one of her friends and fellow comedian, Sharon Chideu.

Also in the programme: why South Korea has ended a significant intelligence-sharing pact with Japan; and we hear from the Russian couple who’ve been threatened with having their children taken into care after bringing their baby to an opposition protest.

(Picture: Comedian Samantha Kureya. Credit: BBC)
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Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
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Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel say changes to the current Brexit deal may be possible before the October 31st deadline, pledging to find workable alternatives to the Northern Ireland ''backstop".

Also in the programme: The Trump administration unveils plan to allow indefinite detention of migrant families; Sudanese military and civilians form joint ruling council after months of protests.

(Picture: Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel. Credit: EPA)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Berlin, where he is expected to reiterate his call for the Irish border backstop plan to be scrapped.

Also in the programme: President Trump calls off his state visit to Denmark because the Danish prime minister refused to sell Greenland to the US; and a "record number of fires" in the Brazilian rainforest.

Picture: Boris Johnson Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville/Pool/File Photo.
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Syrian government forces look set to re-take the strategic town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib province.The town has been under rebel control for five years.

Also in the programme: Italy's Prime Minister has resigned after a speech in which he attacked his coalition partner Matteo Salvini; and dust from a supernova has been discovered in the Antarctic.

(Picture: Smoke rising over the town of Khan Sheikhoun. Credit: Getty Images)
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Thousands of Syrian migrants have until Tuesday to leave Istanbul or face expulsion from Turkey's biggest city. Authorities have told unregistered migrants to return to the province they are registered in, as part of a bid to relieve pressure on the city.

Also in the programme: The future of Italy's governing coalition could be decided today, amid infighting amongst its two parties; and why have one population of stick insects in the UK given up sex?

Picture: In this file photo taken on August 06, 2019, family and friends say goodbye as Syrian refugee voluntarily board buses returning to neighbouring Syria in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul. Picture: AFP/Getty Images.
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Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power in April after months of protests. He appeared in court on corruption charges.

Also in the programme: Fears for civilians trapped in the northern Syrian province of Idlib as they face bombardment from artillery and airstrikes; and how the illegal drug, MDMA, might be used to treat alcoholism.

(Picture: Omar al-Bashir on trial in Khartoum. Credit: AFP)
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Syria has accused Turkey of sending a munitions convoy across the border into north-west Syria to help insurgents fight government forces advancing on the strategic town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Also in the programme: Sudan's ousted president, Omar al-Bashir, has appeared in a cage in court on the first day of his trial for corruption; and the US Commerce Secretary has confirmed that a ban on the Chinese technology company, Huawei, will not come into force for another ninety days.

Picture: A convoy of Turkish military vehicles passes through the town of Saraqeb in the northwestern province of Idlib. Credit: Getty Images.
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Organisers of Sunday's peaceful mass demonstration in Hong Kong have put the number taking part at over one and a half million.

Also in the programme: The Islamic State jihadist group says that it carried out a suicide bomb attack on a wedding party in the Afghan capital, Kabul, that killed more than sixty people; and Iceland's Okjokull glacier commemorated with plaque.

(Photo: Sunday's protest began in Victoria park. Credit: Getty Images)
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The Islamic State group says it was behind the wedding bombing attack in Kabul that has killed 63 people, and wounded more than 180.

Also in the programme: Leaked British government documents warn of food shortages in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and melting ice has seen Iceland officially loose one of its glaciers.

(Photo: The shoes of the victims of the suicide bomb attack lay at the wedding hall after a suicide bomb explosion that targeted a wedding reception in Kabul, Afghanistan on 18 August 2019. At least 63 people, mostly wedding guests from the Shia Muslim community, were killed and more than 180 injured when a suicide bomber attacked a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan. Credit: EPA/Hedayatullah Amid)
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A bomb has exploded at a wedding reception in the Afghan capital, Kabul. An interior ministry spokesman has said dozens of civilians were killed.

Also in the programme: Sudan's military and civilians leaders sign a power-sharing agreement, and an orphaned dugong, made famous after it was rescued earlier this year in Thailand, has died after eating plastic.

(Picture: An Afghan woman who has lost her husband grieves at the door of the hospital, after a suicide attacker detonated explosives at a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan, 18 August 2019. Credit: EPA/JAWAD JALALI)
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Sudan's military and leaders of the civilian opposition alliance have signed a power sharing deal in front of an audience including regional leaders. The agreement is intended to end months of pro-democracy protests.

Also in the programme: Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong, with calls for greater democracy; and the US space agency, NASA, has chosen the location of the flight centre that will, in the words of its administrator, "put the next man and the first woman on the south pole of the Moon" within five years.

(Photo: Many hope the deal will lead to civilian government after decades of army rule. Credit: AFP)
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A spokesman for Zimbabwe's governing Zanu-PF party, Xavier Zavare, defends the government's economic policy, despite protests in the capital Harare.

Zimbabwe's main opposition group has called off anti-government protests in the capital Harare at the last minute, after failing to overturn a police ban.

Also in the programme: The Ebola outbreak in the DRC spreads to a new location; and a nine year old in Germany has lost her legal bid to become the first girl to join a prestigious boys choir in Berlin.

Picture: Protests Against Mnangagwa Government In Harare. Getty Images.
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North Korea has snubbed peace talks with South Korea despite Kim Jong-un and his Southern counterpart President Moon Jae-in smiling in a historic encounter on the southern side of the border in April last year.

Also in the programme: riot police in Zimbabwe's capital Harare use tear gas and batons to disperse several hundred protesters; and demonstrations continue in Hong Kong, stoking fears that China's military will intervene.

Picture: North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. Credit: Reuters
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Israel is blocking two US Democratic lawmakers, who are prominent critics of the Israeli government, from visiting. Also; Six Zimbabwean political activists have been abducted beaten by armed men this week, ahead of planned opposition street demonstrations. Also, an international team of scientists has begun excavating a treasure trove of new dinosaur fossils in North Wyoming in the western United States. And, there are reports that six Zimbabwean political activists have been abducted and beaten ahead of a planned opposition demonstration.

(Photo: U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar Rashida Tlaib, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in combination photo. Credit: Reuters)
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The US Department of Justice has made a last-minute request to the authorities in Gibraltar to try to stop them from releasing a seized Iranian supertanker. The tanker, Grace 1, is carrying Iranian oil and was seized on 4 July. We get the latest.

Also on the programme: We talk about the situation in Kashmir, as India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi defends his decision to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its autonomy. And we hear the latest on the protests in Hong Kong, as China's ambassador to Britain says Beijing will intervene if events deteriorate further.

(Photo: Grace 1 as it sits anchored off the coast of Gibraltar on August 13. Credit: REUTERS/Jon Nazca)
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As protests in Hong Kong continue, a statement by the US House Foreign Affairs Committee has called on Beijing to “cease encroaching on Hong Kong's autonomy”. The protests began 10 weeks ago to demand democratic reform. China has condemned violent clashes which broke out on Tuesday as "behaviour that is close to terrorism".

Also in the programme: The Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi on a US-UK trade agreement; And microplastics found in Arctic snow.

(Photo: Police fire teargas to disperse anti-government demonstrators in Hong Kong; Credit: Getty Images)
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Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
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There have been scuffles between riot police and demonstrators outside Hong Kong international airport, where flights have been disrupted for the second day running. A reporter told the BBC that police tried to push their way into the building but then left. Activists have built barricades near one of the entrances.

Also in the programme: Pakistan's ambassador to the UN calls for international action against what she says is India's annexation of Kashmir; and we hear from Honduras in the first of a series of reports from the migration trail south of the US border.

(Photo: Some struggled to get through crowds before flights were suspended. Credit: AFP)
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Carrie Lam says violence during demonstrations would push Hong Kong "down a path of no return". Meanwhile protests are continuing for a fifth day at the city's busy airport - we speak to Martin Lee, a veteran legislator who has some advice for the government.

Also in the programme - rare good news: two Ebola treatments have proved highly effective; and an interview with the teenage climate change activist, Greta Thunberg who is about to sail to New York for a UN summit.

(Photo: Hong Kong"s Chief Executive Carrie Lam during a news conference, August 13, 2019. Credit: Thomas Peter/Reuters)
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Hong Kong's airport authority is working to resume operations after cancelling all passenger flights as thousands of protesters converged on the terminal. Hundreds of protesters remained at the airport on Monday night, though large numbers had left.

Also in the programme: A special report from the Italian island of Lampedusa on hardening attitudes to migrants; and US national security adviser, John Bolton, is in London for talks with the new PM, Boris Johnson.

(Photo: Many of those who gathered carried signs condemning police conduct. Credit: Reuters)
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Thousands of protesters occupying the Hong Kong Airport terminal are beginning to leave after a dire warning from the Chinese authorities. All flights from the airport are still suspended. We speak to a former adviser to the Chinese government.

Also in the programme: what hope for Northern Ireland, with Brexit threatening the gains made in the two decades since the Good Friday agreement which brought an end to conflict. And a special report from the Italian island of Lampedusa, where migrant numbers have fallen, but anti-migrant sentiment is rising.

(Photo: Anti-extradition bill protesters rally at the departure hall of Hong Kong airport. Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Peter)
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Yemeni separatists have taken effective control of the port city of Aden after days of fighting with troops loyal to the internationally backed government.

Also in the programme: Police in Hong Kong have used tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protesters holding an unauthorised march; and people in Guatemala are going to the polls today in the country’s presidential run-off election.

Picture: Members of UAE-backed southern Yemeni separatist forces shout slogans as they patrol a road during clashes with government forces in Aden. Credit: Reuters.
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US financier Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead in his prison cell while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Officials said his death was an apparent suicide. The FBI is investigating the incident.

Also in the programme: Tens of thousands of Russians have taken part in what organisers say was the biggest protest march in the country for eight years. Some fifty thousand people attended the rally, which was authorised in advance but officially restricted to take place outside the city centre. And fighting between erstwhile allies in Yemen's second city, Aden, has led to southern separatists ousting the forces of the government of President Hadi.

(Photo: U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services sex offender registry 28 March 2017 and obtained by Reuters 10 July 2019. Credit: New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services/Handout via Reuters)
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South Korean and US military officials say two projectiles fired into the sea by North Korea on Saturday were short-range ballistic missiles.

Also in the programme: We'll be in Moscow for another rally demanding free and fair elections; and fighting is continuing in the Yemeni city of Aden between two factions that were formally allies.

Picture: A missile is launched during testing at an unidentified location in North Korea. Credit: KCNA via REUTERS.
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India has imposed stringent security measures for Friday prayers in Kashmir including closing the main mosque, amid unrest over the ending of the region's special status.

Also in the programme: Huawei unveils new operating system; and fleeing from Eritrea.

(Picture: Indian security forces personnel patrol a deserted street during restrictions after the government scrapped special status for Kashmir, in Srinagar August 9, 2019. Credit REUTERS/Danish Ismail)
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UN climate experts warn that meat and dairy production are fuelling global warming. They say a plant-based diet has a lower carbon footprint.

Also on the programme: The two Saudi sisters in hiding in Turkey, and the vodka from Chernobyl.

(Picture: Wales landscape, cows in field. Credit: Phil Coomes/ BBC)
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President Trump is visiting two US cities hit by mass shootings at the weekend, amid a row over whether his rhetoric is inciting hate crimes.

Also in the programme: A Pakistani government politician tells us the latest breakdown in relations with India over Kashmir is all of Delhi's making, and we bring you a taste of Chernobyl vodka.

Picture: U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One with first lady Melania Trump August 7, 2019. Credit: REUTERS.
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At least 14 people, mostly civilians, were killed in the attack outside a police station. The BBC's Lyse Doucet, who's covering peace talks between the Taliban and the United States, tells us progress is being made.

Also in the programme: Pentagon watchdogs warn of a resurgence by Islamic State militants in Syria; North Korea is accused of using cyber-attacks to steal $2 billion; and we meet the architect urging better city design to protect from climate change.

Picture: An Afghan security officer stands guard in Kabul at the site of a Taliban car bomb on August 7, 2019. Credit: Getty Images.
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The US White House has said it will use "every appropriate tool" to end the presidency of Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro. It follows an order by President Trump to freeze all Venezuela's assets in the US. Sanctions have also been authorised on anyone who provides support for the Maduro government. We speak to the US State Department's Special Representative for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams.

Also in the programme: Tensions in Kashmir and the acclaimed novelist, Toni Morrison has died.

(Picture: Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro. Credit: AFP)
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China has warned of unspecified countermeasures if the United States deploys intermediate-range missiles anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region.

Also in the programme: China warns Hong Kong protesters not to 'play with fire and Kashmir in lockdown after autonomy scrapped.

(Photo credit: Reuters)