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access_time3 hours ago
Delegates from nearly 200 countries have extended their talks in the Polish city of Katowice, in an effort to reach an agreement on how to limit global temperature rises.

Also in the programme: French police are out in force in Paris as anti-government protests continue; and India's ambitious plan to train 2 million doctors.

(Picture: Staff at the climate summit in Katowice, Poland. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time19 hours ago
Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
access_time1 day ago
Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
access_time2 days ago
Theresa May is in Brussels to seek assurances from EU leaders to make her Brexit deal more palatable to Parliament.

Also in the programme: ceasefire agreed in Yemen port of Hodeida and why Australians are going off booze.

(Picture: European leaders meet during a European Summit aimed at discussing the Brexit deal, the long-term budget and the single market Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
access_time2 days ago
The British prime minister Theresa May is back in Brussels today, trying to make her Brexit agreement more palatable to the parliament back home. She's faced a major challenge to her leadership from within her own party and won, although it further exposed the obstacles she faces trying to get the agreement passed before Britain leaves the European Union at the end of March. Also on the programme, China has now detained two Canadian citizens on suspicion of engaging in activities that endanger Chinese national security. And in the Democratic Republic of Congo, suspicions are raised when a fire takes place in the building storing the electronic machines to be used in the forthcoming elections.

(Picture: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to medias as she arrives in Brussels Credit: Oikonomou/Getty Images)
access_time3 days ago
The British Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party. We are devoting much of the programme to the outcome. We will be speaking to allies of the prime minister and to those who wanted to get rid of her. We will also be asking if it will make any difference to her attempts to get her Brexit deal approved by parliament.

(Photo: Theresa May, who survived a confidence vote in her leadership on Wednesday. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time3 days ago
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will fight a vote of confidence with everything she has. She is facing the vote because MPs are not happy about the deal she has struck with the EU. We’ll hear from politicians and analysts.

Also in the programme: the latest from French city of Strasbourg after an attack late yesterday on a Christmas market and Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen is due to be sentenced.

Photo: Theresa May in the UK Parliament ahead of a no confidence vote by her own party's MPs Credit: AFP PHOTO/PRU
access_time4 days ago
A gunman has opened fire in the French city of Strasbourg, near a busy Christmas market, killing at least two people and injuring ten others. One eyewitness told the BBC that he and other passers-by spent forty minutes trying to save a tourist from Thailand, who died. People in the city centre have been told to stay inside. A French counter-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation.

Also on the programme -- Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has told the British prime minister, Theresa May, that the Brexit deal can not be renegotiated; and a rare interview with the president of the DRC, as he prepares to step down after seventeen years in power.

(Photo: Reuters)
access_time4 days ago
Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
access_time5 days ago
The British Prime Minister Theresa May has postponed a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal. We speak to supporters and opponents of the Prime Minister and get reaction from the EU. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron has announced an increase in the minimum wage and tax concessions in response to weeks of violent protest - we get the latest from Paris. And as the UN climate change summit in Poland continues, we hear from Germany where the Rhine has been feeling the pinch after a long summer drought.

(Image: Theresa May: Credit: AFP)
access_time5 days ago
A day before a vote was scheduled, British Prime Minister Theresa May has postponed a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal.

Also in the programme: What does Emmanuel Macron have to say to soothe the anger of the French in the most important speech of his presidency, and campaigners in Britain are calling for a major re-think in sentencing policy, after a report shows that more prisoners are serving life sentences in the UK than any other country in Europe.

(Photo: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May shelters from the rain under an umbrella after attending a church service near to her Maidenhead constituency, west of London. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP)
access_time6 days ago
The French economy minister Bruno Le Maire has called the Yellow Vest anti-government protests a catastrophe for the French economy. We hear from a hotel representative on how business has crashed since the protests began. Also: demos in London ahead of crucial Brexit Parliamentary vote.

(Photo: Yellow vest protesters stand in front of French riot police during a demonstration on December 1, 2018. Credit: GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP)
access_time6 days ago
With two days to go until the crucial Brexit vote, the prime minister has warned MPs they face "uncharted waters" if they reject her deal. We talk to George Parker, the political editor for the Financial Times, about what Mrs May's options are.

Also on the programme: the prominent international human rights lawyer, Philippe Sands, on the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on Genocide; and we look back at the life of one of Russia's most famous human rights activist, Lyudmila Alexeyeva, who has died at the age of 91.

(Photo: Theresa May. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time7 days ago
The French Interior Minister says police have managed to bring under control anti-government protests which drew more than 100,000 people across the country. We hear from a protester about their demands, and how the demonstrations have been organised via Facebook. Also on the programme: President Trump says his chief of staff, John Kelly, will leave his job at the end of the month; and the sounds of Planet Mars.

(Photo: Protesters near the Arc de Triomphe on December 8, 2018 in Paris. Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
access_time7 days ago
France is into its fourth consecutive weekend of anti-government protests. Police in Paris have used tear gas to drive back demonstrators wearing the yellow high-visibility vests every driver has to own, which has come to symbolise their movement.

Also in the programme: The Democratic Republic of Congo calls for ancient artefacts to be repatriated; A new approach to parenting.

(Photo: Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) protesters stand in front of French riot police. Credit: GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
access_time8 days ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party has elected a new leader, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Also, a British paedophile has been ordered by a court in London to pay compensation to five Filipinos after it found he'd sexually abused them in their home country. And President Trump has nominated William Barr to replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

(Photo: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer waves next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel after being elected as the party leader during the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party congress in Hamburg. Credit: Reuters)
access_time8 days ago
Angela Merkel's CDU are preparing to choose her successor as party leader. But will she be able to continue as Chancellor?

Also in the programme: Should teachers in the US carry guns? And the man who brokered Colombia's peace deal.

(Photo: Angela Merkel at the CDU conference. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time9 days ago
Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
access_time9 days ago
The first peace talks about Yemen in two years have begun. As the meeting opened near the Swedish capital, Stockholm, the UN envoy for Yemen said he hoped it would send a message of peace. He told delegations from the government and the Houthi rebels that they held the future of their country in their hands. We hear from Newshour's Lyse Doucet who is at the talks.

Also in the programme: the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, tells the BBC she "is talking to colleagues" about their concerns over; and a senior executive from a Chinese tech giant is arrested in Canada, and faces extradition to the US. We'll get the backstory.

(Photo: The war has had a devastating effect on the civilian population. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time10 days ago
Members of the powerful 'Ndrangheta have been arrested in the operation, involving hundreds of police from Belgium, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. More than three tonnes of cocaine were also seized, along with hundreds of millions of Euros in laundered money. We’ll hear from someone involved in the operation, as well as an expert in the 'Ndrangheta.

Also in the programme: what worms in space could teach us about astronauts’ muscles; and should other companies follow the example of McDonald’s in the fight against climate change?

(Picture: police search an Italian restaurant in Germany as part of their operation against the 'Ndrangheta mafia. Credit: EPA)
access_time10 days ago
Two former close aides to the Saudi Crown Prince are accused of involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Speaking to Newshour, the UN Human Rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, calls for an international criminal investigation into the murder: Also in the programme: how to provide for a world of 10 billion people.

(Photo: file photo of demonstrator holding a poster with a picture of Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul. Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal)
access_time11 days ago
The British government is facing a Brexit setback after losing crucial votes in parliament. Also, the parents of detained journalist Austin Tice believe he is still alive in Syria. And, at least 24 people have been killed by separatists in the disputed Indonesian province of West Papua, the worst violence in the region for years.

(Photo: Theresa May in the UK House of Commons. Credit: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy)
access_time11 days ago
The French government has suspended a planned fuel tax rise that had prompted violent protests.

Also in the programme: A BBC investigation in Burundi about secret torture and detention centres, and Israel targets Hezbollah tunnels.

(Photo: Yellow Vest Protestor in Paris. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time12 days ago
Three years after the Paris Climate Agreement, world leaders are meeting in Poland to map an action plan for climate change. We look at the psychology that keeps people from doing more.

Also in the programme; why Hungary's Central European University, funded by George Soros, is moving to Vienna - and the secret shelter in Iraq that offers refuge to women who have survived abuse.

(Photo: Dignitaries and guests are seen gathered for the opening of the Climate Change Conference COP24 in Katowice. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time12 days ago
The people's delegate at the UN conference, British naturalist Sir David Attenborough, says the collapse of civilisation and extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon unless we take action.

Also in the programme: Stem Cell research possible cure for osteoarthritis and is veganism is a 'philosophical belief'.

(Photo: Sir David Attenborough. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time13 days ago
French police have been criticised for their handling of violent protests in Paris in which one person is reported to have been killed and hundreds injured. The French authorities say almost four-hundred people have been arrested.

Also in the programme: A key Taliban commander has been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan; and the United Nations has condemned a spate of sexual assaults on women in South Sudan.

(Picture: French riot police in Paris covered in yellow paint thrown by protesters. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
access_time13 days ago
Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
access_time14 days ago
The former US Secretary of State Colin Powell pays tribute to George H W Bush who has died at the age of 94.

Also in the programme: Riot police clash with protesters in Paris; Mexico's new president is sworn in.

(Image: Former US President George H W Bush in 2011. Credit: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)
access_time14 days ago
The former US President George H W Bush has died at the age of 94. He led America during a period of turbulent change in the world, including the fall of the Soviet Union and the first Iraq war. We'll be assessing his record at home and abroad and speaking to the US ambassador to London Woody Johnson.

(Picture: Former US President George H W Bush points to his wife Barbara Bush during an event at the White House July 2013. Credit:Brendan Smialowkski/AFP/Getty Images)
access_time15 days ago
World leaders posed for a photo at the G20 summit in Argentina, which began today, but huge differences loom on climate change, trade, and the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Also in the programme: Ukraine has announced a ban on Russian men aged 16-60 entering the country; and we'll hear how Namibia has seen a 50% reduction in HIV infections in the past two years.

(Photo: Leaders of the G20 pose for the official picture at the summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Credit: EPA)
access_time15 days ago
The build-up to this year's G20 summit of the world's leading industrialised nations has been clouded by tensions over trade, climate change and the conflict in Ukraine.

Also in the programme: seven men found guilty of the murder of an environmental activist in Honduras; The Australian kids skipping class to send a message about climate change.

(Picture: People gathering in Buenos Aires amid G20 summit. Credit: Reuters)
access_time16 days ago
Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in relation to the Russia inquiry. We take a look at the repercussions it will have for President Trump.

Also in the programme - why do people cheat in marathons? And we speak to Fidel Castro's niece, Mariela Castro, on human rights in Cuba and her family's legacy.

(Photo: U.S. President Donald Trump"s former lawyer Michael Cohen exits Federal Court after entering a guilty plea. Credit: Reuters)
access_time16 days ago
Three police officers have been found guilty of the extra-judicial murder of Kian Delos Santos, a teenager they said was a drug runner. President Duterte launched his “war on drugs” campaign in 2016 and since then police say 5000 dealers or users have been killed. We’ll hear from a local journalist and one of the country’s senators.

Also in the programme: we’ll hear from an aid worker on the ground in Hudaydah, the Yemeni port that’s the lifeline for much of the population; and the story of the centuries-old Ninja oath discovered by researchers in Japan.

(Picture: supporters of Kian Delos Santos attend a vigil at the police station where the police officers convicted of his killing were stationed. Credit: AFP)
access_time17 days ago
The US Senate will vote this week on whether to continue backing the Saudi Coalition in Yemen, despite the Trump Administration arguing this will undermine peace efforts. Also; The Netherlands' state-run rail company has agreed to compensate Holocaust survivors and their relatives for transporting Jews to a Nazi transit camp. And; Norwegian Magnus Carlsen retains his title, winning the World Chess Championship in London today.

(Photo: Saudi Coalition Forces in a helicopter over the Yemeni Desert Credit: Reuters)
access_time17 days ago
The scientist He Jiankui who claims to have created the first gene-edited babies has broken his silence and defended his work at a genetics conference in Hong Kong. We hear why scientists are still not convinced.

Also in the programme - the World Chess Championship prepares for "Armageddon" and the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte announces a "Death Squad".

(Photo: Technicians are seen trough a contamination chamber as they work at the DNA research laboratory for gene sequencing. Credit: EPA)
access_time18 days ago
One of the men, Volodymyr Lisovyi, said he was aware of the "provocative nature" of the Ukrainian action but Ukraine's navy commander said the men had been forced to lie under duress. We'll also hear the US response to this marked rise in tension.

Also in the programme: A Syrian refugee has finally arrived in Canada after being stranded at an airport in Malaysia for months, and a major Anglo-Saxon cemetery has been discovered in the east of England.

(Picture: One of the three men featuring on Russia TV, Andriy Drach, was described as a Ukrainian security service employee. Credit: Getty Images.)
access_time18 days ago
How will the European Union handle the security challenge on its borders as tensions escalate between Russia and Ukraine? We'll hear from the European parliament's rapporteur on Ukraine.

Also on the programme, Indian police work out how to retrieve the body of the American missionary killed by an endangered tribe in the Andaman Islands; and a Syrian man who spent seven months living in an airport in Malaysia has arrived in Canada, where he has been granted asylum.

(Photo : Andriy Drach, Ukrainian sailor on Russian State TV; Credit: Getty Images)
access_time19 days ago
Ukraine Parliament approves martial law after Russia seizes navy ships. Also; touchdown, Nasa’s latest Mars probe has landed safely and will soon be sending data back to earth. And; Matthew Hedges, the British Academic jailed in the UAE for espionage, has been pardoned and is set to return home.

(Image: Still from purported footage of a Russian vessel ramming a Ukrainian ship yesterday. Credit: Provided by Ukrainian Interior Minister.)
access_time19 days ago
Ukraine's parliament is to decide whether to bring in martial law, after the capture of three of its naval vessels by Russia. The three ships were sailing off the coast of Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, when they were seized.

Also on the programme: the Italian director, Bernardo Bertolucci, who made Last Tango In Paris, has died at the age of 77 -- plus the British academic Matthew Hedges, who was jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates, has been given a presidential pardon.

(Photo: The seized ships were taken to a port in Kerch. Credit: Reuters)
access_time20 days ago
European Union leaders and the British prime minister, Theresa May, have warned opponents of the Brexit deal endorsed in Brussels that it's the only one on offer.

Also in the programme: tensions rise between Russia and Ukraine and NASA's newest Mars rover gets ready for landing.

Picture: President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker speaks at a press conference after attending a special session of the European Council over Brexit. Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
access_time20 days ago
EU leaders have endorsed the Brexit withdrawal agreement - but will it get through the UK parliament?
Also on the programme: Controversies over religious buildings in India and Romania; and are the Dutch speaking too much English?

(Photo: President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk. Credit:Dursun Aydemir/Getty Images)
access_time21 days ago
The people of Bahrain vote in an election with the opposition banned from participating.

Also in the programme: the director Nicolas Roeg has died and violence mars the Superclasico football final in Argentina

(Picture: Bahraini election officials wait for voters during parliamentary election at a polling station in Manama. Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
access_time21 days ago
The British Prime minister Theresa May is in Brussels today for talks with the president of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker. The meeting comes amid last-minute manoeuvring around the draft Brexit deal on the eve of a summit that Spain is threatening to abort.
Also on the programme: The Saudi Crown Prince is on his first overseas trip since the killing of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, but what will the reception be when he gets to the G20 summit? And after an isolated tribe killed an American man, we speak to one of the few people from outside who's ever met with them face to face.

(Photo: British flag waves at EU headquarters in Brussels. Credit: Dursun Aydemir/Getty Images)
access_time22 days ago
The UN envoy to Yemen, on a visit to the port of Hodeidah, has made an impassioned plea for a ceasefire so that aid can be brought in to avert famine.

Also on the programme -- what impact are American sanctions having on Iran? We'll hear a rare report from inside Iran. And why France is returning works of art taken during the colonial era to the West African state of Benin.

(Photo: Malnourished children caught in world's largest humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Credit: EPA)
access_time22 days ago
At least seven people have died after three suicide attackers tried to storm the Chinese consulate in Karachi. The Balochistan Liberation Army, which opposes Chinese infrastructure projects in Pakistan's south-west province of Balochistan, said they carried it out.

Also in the programme: a prominent Syrian media activist, Raed Fares, has been been shot dead by gunmen; and could injecting sulphate particles into the stratosphere help tackle global warming?

(Photo: a police officer walking past the wreckage of cars after an attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi. Credit: EPA/ Shahzaib Akber)
access_time23 days ago
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, tells the BBC his country will help rebuild Yemen once the war ends. We hear from our chief international correspondent, Lyse Doucet, in Riyadh, who spoke to Mr Al-Jubeir about UN sponsored peace talks.

Also on the programme: we have an exclusive interview with the British policeman poisoned by nerve agent along with the former Russian spy; and startling report that says Carbon Dioxide concentration in the atmosphere hasn’t been this high for millions of years.

(Photo: these children have been forced to flee from their home as a result of the fighting in Yemen. Here, they are gathered around a cooking fire in a refugee camp north of the capital city Sanaa. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time23 days ago
Fighting has reportedly started to ease in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah while the United States says the warring parties will convene for peace talks in Sweden in early December. We hear from Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubair about the kingdom's role in the conflict.

Also in the programme - for the first time, a country is planning to sue oil companies and countries who use them over climate change, and what the new Brexit political declaration means in practice.

(Photo: A man walks on rubble of a building destroyed in airstrikes. Credit: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images)
access_time24 days ago
A British PhD student has been sentenced to life in prison in the United Arab Emirates for spying. Matthew Hedges has said he is innocent and that he had been researching the country's security strategy. We hear from a former advisor to the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and from a member of the UK government. Also on the programme: the Saudi foreign minister has put up a robust defence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against allegations he was behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi; and the naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough on a new way of representing environmental concerns at the United Nations.

(Picture Matthew Hedges and his wife Daniela Tejada. Credit: Daniela Tejada/PA Wire)
access_time24 days ago
The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday sent a letter demanding clarity on whether Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman played a role in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. We'll be speaking to Republican US Senator Bob Corker who chairs the committee.

Also in the programme; a British PhD student has been sentenced to life in prison in the UAE on charges of spying, and humpback whales change their tune.

( Photo:President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh in 2017. Credit: Mandel Ngan/ AFP)
access_time25 days ago
A suicide bomb attack on a gathering of religious scholars in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed at least 43 people -- more than 80 people injured. It was a gathering to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. It is one of the deadliest attacks in Kabul in recent months.

Also in the programme -- President Trump says his administration will remain a steadfast ally of Saudi Arabia, though, he said, the Saudi crown prince "could very well" have had knowledge of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi's murder. And a special report from our correspondent, who's gained access to some of the government-supporting paramilitaries in NIcaragua -- heavily involved in the violence this year.

(Photo: This is one of the deadliest attacks in Kabul in recent months. Credit: EPA)