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access_time4 months ago
We look to Canada and the G7 summit, where President Donald Trump has announced that he wants Russia readmitted to the group of industrialised nations. Other group members, though, said they remain opposed and it is only one of the issues that they disagree with Mr Trump on.

Also on the programme: The story of one US diplomatic family posted to China, who've reported a series of unexplained illnesses.

(Image: G7 leaders gathered, Credit: EPA)
access_time4 months ago
US President Donald Trump says Russia should be attending a summit of the G7 group of key industrialised nations. He has also called for Russia to be readmitted to the group. We get the view from Paris from a senior lawmaker from the French president's party.

Also in the programme: Austria is shutting down seven mosques and expelling dozens of foreign imams; and how schools in Uganda are trying to educate people about fake news.

(Photo: President Trump departs White House for G7 summit n Canada. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time4 months ago
The US Commerce Department has reached a deal with Chinese tech firm ZTE that will remove a ban that prevented the company from buying parts from US suppliers. The ban had been implemented after authorities concluded the company broke trading restrictions by selling to countries like Iran and North Korea. Republican Rep. David Young of Iowa explains why so many of his colleagues oppose the decision.

Also in the programme: the Red Cross pulls dozens of workers out of Yemen; and Nasa's Curiosity Rover uncovers organic molecules on Mars.

(Photo: ZTE headquarters. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time4 months ago
During his trip to the UK the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, tells the BBC recent protests in the Gaza Strip were violent riots aimed at killing at Israelis.

Also in the programme: an undercover investigation shows more than 100 African football officials accepting cash; and Jordan's new prime minister announces he will withdraw a controversial income tax bill that's led to the biggest protests in the Kingdom for years.

Picture: British Prime Minister, Theresa May, hosts Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, at Downing Street. Credit: EPA/Simon Dawson.
access_time4 months ago
A US judge who was widely criticised for his leniency towards a student sex attacker, has been removed from office by local voters. It's the first time in more than eighty years that a Californian judge has been removed from office in this way.

Also in the programme: the latest on the rescue operation after the volcanic eruption in Guatemala, and why have Argentina called off a friendly match against the Israeli national football team?

Picture: a plane flies over Stanford University with a banner reading 'Protect Survivors. Not Rapists. #PerskyMustGo'. Credit: Getty Images.
access_time4 months ago
Authorities in Guatemala say that the death toll from Sunday's devastating volcano eruption has climbed to 75 and nearly 200 people remain missing.

Also in the programme: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in London to discuss the Iran nuclear deal; and Afghanistan's chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, insists there will be elections in October despite widespread violence.

Picture: View of the damage caused by the eruption of the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala. Credit: AFP.
access_time4 months ago
The UN Human Rights Office is calling on the administration of US President Donald Trump to halt its policy of separating children from their parents after crossing the US border with Mexico. The UN says the policy of separating families to control migration is ‘unlawful and violates rights of the child’.

Also in the programme: why FIFA is unhappy at online ticket giant Viagogo's practices, and remembering Kate Spade, the fashion designer who made stylish handbags affordable.

Picture: Children at the border wall between the US and Mexico. Credit: Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzalez.
access_time4 months ago
The human rights group, Amnesty International, says the campaign to free the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State group killed many more civilians than has so far been acknowledged. Amnesty blames air strikes by the US-led coalition for many of these deaths.

Also in the programme: Iran has formally announced that it will increase its uranium enrichment capacity as a result of President Trump's decision to abandon the international nuclear deal; and it's been a year since the big countries of the Gulf - led by Saudi Arabia - placed a blockade on Qatar.

Picture: A fighter/soldier of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stands amidst the ruins of buildings near the Clock Square in Raqqa. Credit: REUTERS
access_time4 months ago
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi says the proposed tax rises that forced the country's prime minster to resign were too expensive. Activists say they will continue to protest on the streets until austerity measures are repealed.

Also in the programme: dozens of people have died after the Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted; and we find out if it is possible for the President of the United States to pardon himself.

Picture: Protesters on the streets of Amman Credit: AFP Photo
access_time4 months ago
The protests are the biggest in years, with dozens of people detained and tear gas fired by the police. The demonstrators are angry at government plans to raise taxes and IMF-recommended price increases.

Also in the programme: the Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts; and we hear from former US President Bill Clinton about his new thriller.

Picture: demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest in front of the Prime Minister's office in Amman. Credit: Reuters.
access_time5 months ago
Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
access_time5 months ago
Italy's new deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, is visiting Sicily, which is one of the main landing points for refugees from Africa and the Middle East, to push his anti-immigration message. We speak to a rescue coordinator from French Charity, SOS Mediterranee, who helped pick up more than 150 people off the coast of Libya. They were taken to Sicily today.

Also in the programme: protests in Jordan against tax rises and austerity measures; and British pilot who was shot down in World War 2 recalls his close brush with death.

(Photo: Migrants stand on the deck of the MV Aquarius, a rescue vessel chartered by SOS-Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF Medecins Sans Frontieres), as it approaches the Italian coast on May 10, 2018. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time5 months ago
With a new Socialist prime minister in charge in Spain and a new regional government installed in Catalonia, the new Catalan vice president says it's time to take the heat out of the conflict.

Also in the programme: we speak to a prominent Ethiopian opposition activist released after four years on death row and ask why Cuba is changing its constitution

Picture: A banner hangs from the balcony of the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona after the new Catalan government is sworn in Credit: AFP/Getty Images
access_time5 months ago
The socialist Pedro Sanchez has been sworn in as Spain's new prime minister; he'll lead a minority government dependent on support from regional parties. How will he deal with bids for independence in Catalonia?

Also in the programme: the singer from Lebanon who's had enough of the way political power is distributed there; and after four years on death row - what now for the released Ethiopian opposition activist Andargachew Tsege?

(Photo: Spain"s new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez smiles during a swearing-in ceremony at the Zarzuela Palace near Madrid on June 2nd. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time5 months ago
After meeting a senior North Korean envoy at the White House, Mr Trump says that his summit with Kim Jong-Un will happen in Singapore on 12 June. He told reporters afterwards that “they want it, we think it’s important and I think we would be making a big mistake if we didn’t have it.”

Also in the programme: how do American steelworkers feel about the new US tariffs on Canadian, European and Mexican steel? And as the Kenyan President orders civil servants to undergo lie detector tests as a way of fighting corruption, we speak to an expert about how well they actually work.

Picture: US President Donald Trump poses with North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol outside the White House. Credit: AFP Photo.
access_time5 months ago
Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has been forced out of office after he lost a vote of no confidence in parliament. The socialist leader Pedro Sánchez will be the country's next leader.

Also on the programme: Italy has formed a new government for the second time in a week and a controversial new law is introduced in Bavaria, requiring all public buildings to display Christian crosses.

(Photo: Mariano Rajoy. Credit: AFP PHOTO)
access_time5 months ago
The US imposes tough new tariffs on aluminium and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the EU. The move is part of President Trump's plan to fulfil a campaign promise to protect America's steel industry.

Also on the programme: Italy creates a new government and the bringing back to life of dissident Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko.

(Photo: Rolled up steel sits in the ArcelorMittal Dofasco steel plant in Hamilton, Ontario. Credit: Mark Blinch/Reuters)
access_time5 months ago
As plans continue for next month's possible meeting between Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump, the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has become the latest senior international figure to visit Pyongyang.

Also on the programme: With thousands potentially caught up in Ireland's false birth certificate scandal, we hear from one woman who asked her father whether she'd been adopted - at the age of 49.

Picture: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang. Credit: Valery Sharifulin/AFP/Getty Images.
access_time5 months ago
Ukrainian police believe a prominent Russian journalist and outspoken critic of President Putin, may have been murdered at his home in Kiev because of his work. Arkady Babchenko was reportedly shot several times in the back on Tuesday. We hear from a friend of Mr Babchenko and the Ukrainian ambassador to the UK.

Also in the programme: Voices from inside North Korea; and will a new law bring an end to nearly 50 years of conflict in the southern Philippines?

(Image: A picture of the Russian opposition journalist Arkady Babchenko on a fence of the Russian embassy in Kiev. Credit: EPA/Stepan Franko)
access_time5 months ago
A vaccine could help to significantly extend the lives of people diagnosed with glioblastoma, the brain cancer that US Senator John McCain is battling. Hear from one of the scientists behind the medical trial.

Also in the programme: a new analysis estimates that Hurricane Maria killed more than 4,600 people in Puerto Rico; Russian investigative journalist and Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko is shot dead in Kiev; and the Canadian government moves to secure the future of a major oil pipeline project.

(Photo: a scan of a human brain. Credit: Zephyr / Science Photo Library)
access_time5 months ago
An end to fighting in Libya and a hope of fair elections in December? Key figures have been brought together in Paris in an attempt to bring peace to the troubled country. We hear from an independent journalist, Mary Fitzgerald, who says there are still many concerns about the negotiations.

Also on the programme: senior North Korean heads to US; and New Zealand's high teenage suicide rate and the people who are trying to change it.

(Photo: Libya has been beset by instability since the ouster of long-term leader Muammar Gaddafi Credit: Getty Images)
access_time5 months ago
Italian President Sergio Mattarella has asked an ex-IMF economist to form a government. Carlo Cottarelli's appointment came after efforts by Italy's two populist parties to form a coalition government collapsed. We hear reaction from Brussels and from an MP for the anti-establishment Five Star Movement.

Also in the programme: the South African rugby squad gets its first black test captain; and new insights into the moods of captive dolphins.

(Photo: the Italian and EU flags. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time5 months ago
Carlo Cottarelli, a former IMF economist, has agreed to lead an interim government in Italy despite opposition by the two main anti-establishment parties. If he fails to get appointed by parliament - which seems likely - he said elections would be held after August.

Also in the programme: A Malian immigrant who rescued a small boy from a fourth-floor balcony in Paris is being made a French citizen; and the United States and North Korea are meeting to try to rescue the planned Trump-Kim summit.

(Image: Carlo Cottarelli addresses a press conference at the Italian presidential palace. Credit: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)
access_time5 months ago
Italian PM-designate Giuseppe Conte has given up his bid to form a government after the country's president vetoed his choice of economy minister.

Also in the programme: Colombians are voting in the first presidential election since the peace agreement of 2016 that brought an end to five decades of civil war.

Picture: Italy's Prime minister candidate Giuseppe Conte addresses journalists. Credit: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images.
access_time5 months ago
South Korea says Kim Jong-un supports denuclearising the Korean peninsula -- but that the US should enter into talks with Pyongyang to make sure he intends to give up all his nuclear weapons.

Also in the programme: As many as nine Russian troops have been killed in fighting in eastern Syria and; an artist and an astronaut - we remember the fourth man on the moon, Alan Bean.

Picture: Korean leaders Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-Un hold surprise second summit. Credit: Getty Images
access_time5 months ago
The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban by 66.4% to 33.6%. Currently, abortion in Ireland is only allowed when a woman's life is at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality. The Eighth Amendment, which grants an equal right to life to the mother and unborn, will be replaced.

Also on the programme: India's opioid crisis and the latest from the Champions League final.

Picture: 'yes' supporters gather at Dublin Castle. Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images.
access_time5 months ago
Ireland's main anti-abortion campaign group admits losing a referendum on liberalising laws on abortion.

Also in the programme: Afghan interpreters; and the end of FM in Norway.

(Picture: A tallyman takes notes during vote counting in the Irish abortion referendum, in County Meath, Ireland Credit: AFP/Getty)
access_time5 months ago
The Hollywood film producer has appeared in court in New York charged with rape and sexual misconduct. One of the first women to accuse him, Rose McGowan, reacts to his arrest.

Also in the programme: Spain's ruling party threatened by major corruption case; and the global impact of EU's new data protection law - will the rest of the world follow suit?

(Photo: Harvey Weinstein arrested in New York. Credit: European Photopress Agency)
access_time5 months ago
The Dutch and Australian Governments have formally accused Russia of being behind the deadly attack on a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine, killing all the 298 people on board.

Also in the programme: the disgraced Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein has been charged with rape and other sex crimes after handing himself in to the police in New York; and after President Trump's cancelled summit with North Korea, we find out about the response in China.

(Photo: The remains of the Boeing 777, photographed at its crash site in 2014. Credit: AFP)
access_time5 months ago
Pyongyang appears to have blown up tunnels at its only nuclear test site in a move that may help reduce international tensions. Foreign reporters at the Punggye-ri site said they witnessed a huge blast.

Also in the programme: Investigators probing the downing of Malaysia airlines flight MH-17 over Ukraine says it has identified the Russian army unit that supplied the missile used to blow the airliner out of the sky; and how fruit bats may spread Ebola and the Nipah virus,

(Picture: North Korea's Punggye-ri site before the tunnels were destroyed. Credit: Reuters)
access_time5 months ago
Yulia Skripal made her first public appearance since she and her father were poisoned in Salisbury. In a video statement she said they were “so lucky to have survived”.

Also on the programme: Who is Wael Abbas? The prominent Egyptian blogger has been detained by authorities. And we hear from Ireland about the country’s upcoming referendum on abortion.

Picture: Yulia Skripal makes a public statement. Credit: Reuters.
access_time5 months ago
One of the great American authors, Philip Roth, who dominated and towered over American letters in the second half of the twentieth century has died, aged 85.

Also in the programme: The Pakistani teenager killed in Texas high school shooting is buried in her home city, Karachi, and Arsenal football club signs a new sponsorship deal with Rwanda's tourism authority.

Picture: Author Philip Roth poses in New York Credit: REUTERS/Eric Thayer/File Photo
access_time5 months ago
President Trump, while meeting at the White House with South Korean President Moon, says that North Korea must meet certain conditions before next month’s summit can go ahead.

Also in the programme: Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is grilled by European lawmakers, and the Venezuelans greeting President Maduro's re-election by leaving the country.

Picture: President Trump and South Korean President Moon shake hands during a meeting in the White House Oval Office. Credit: Getty Images.
access_time5 months ago
Today, the city of Manchester is in the spotlight for a remembrance service, marking the first anniversary of the suicide bombing in which 22 people were killed and hundreds injured.

Also on the programme: The Palestinian authority asks the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged war crimes by Israel.

(Image:A fence is covered in hearts, offerings as a memorial following the Manchester Arena bombing, Credit:PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
access_time5 months ago
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he will impose a tough a new sanctions regime on Iran and calls for support from leading allies.

Also in the programme: Italy gets a new Prime Minister and former US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Russia.

(Picture: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Delivers Remarks On New Iran Strategy. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time5 months ago
Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has won re-election to another six-year term, in a vote marred by an opposition boycott and claims of vote-rigging.

Also on the programme: Italy prepares for a new anti-establishment coalition government, and are proud parents putting their children's financial security at risk by over sharing online?

Picture: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gestures. Credit: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images.
access_time5 months ago
The main opposition candidate in Venezuela's presidential elections, Henri Falcon, claims there have been some irregularities during voting. He says officials close to polling stations had been scanning voters' state-issued benefits cards with the aim of scaring people into sticking with the government. Most of the opposition is boycotting the election.

Also in the programme: Saudi women's rights activist, Manal al-Sharif, who led the successful campaign to allow Saudi women to drive in the Kingdom says she's received death threats; and the United States and China have agreed not to impose new tariffs on each others goods, easing fears of an expensive trade war.

(Photo: Venezuelans queue inside a polling station as they wait to cast their vote during the presidential elections in Caracas on May 20, 2018. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time5 months ago
After years of turmoil which at one point saw almost daily street protests, President Nicolas Maduro is looking to consolidate his power. Most of the opposition is boycotting the vote.

Also on the programme: Female Saudi driving activist Manal al-Sharif speaks of an alarming new defamation campaign following the arrests of fellow activists; and the Middle Eastern scholar Bernard Lewis has died at the age of 101.

(Picture: Venezuelans look for their names moments before casting their vote at a polling station during presidential elections in Caracas. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time5 months ago
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have become husband and wife in a ceremony at Windsor. Hear the sounds of the day and reaction from royal watchers.

Also in the programme: women's rights activists arrested in Saudi Arabia; China begins flying long-rage bombers from artificial islands in the South China Sea; and is New Zealand a safe haven from the planet's woes?

Picture: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their wedding in Windsor. Credit: Getty Images.
access_time5 months ago
The couple exchanged their vows in front of 600 guests at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. The newlyweds will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Also in the programme: The coalition led by the nationalist cleric Moqtada al Sadr has won Iraq’s parliamentary elections; and Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement and anti-immigration League party agree to form a coalition government.

Picture: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George’s Chapel through the west door after their wedding on May 19, 2018. Credit: Getty Images
access_time5 months ago
How will Pope Francis resolve the sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church? We hear from an abuse survivor who met the Pope.

Also in the programme: a deadly school shooting in Texas; a plane crash in Cuba; and a look ahead at the royal wedding.

(Photo: Pope Francis. Credit: European Photopress Agency)
access_time5 months ago
Chile’s Catholic bishops have been accused in a Vatican report of negligence in child sex abuse cases. Pope Francis initially dismissed the allegations, but later admitted to “grave errors in judgement”.

Also in the programme: why is the US government so worried about Europe’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline? And we hear from Newshour’s James Menendez about the almost-total collapse of Venezuela’s economy.

Picture: the Pope meets with bishops during a visit to Chile in January 2018. Credit: Getty Images.
access_time5 months ago
The World Health Organisation meet on Friday following concerns over the spread of a new Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We get the latest from the ground and speak to Peter Piot, who discovered the virus 42 years ago.

Also on the programme, Newshour's James Menendez reports from Venezuela where the country is preparing for elections and are cameras really able to detect boredom in China's classrooms?

(Photo: A health worker cleans equipment at an Ebola quarantine unit, Credit: JOHN WESSELS/AFP/Getty Images)
access_time5 months ago
The current outbreak of Ebola in the northwest corner of the DRC has claimed at least 23 lives - but until now it had been confined to a remote rural area. Today the World Health Organisation confirmed a new case in a large port city, Mbandaka, which has set alarm bells ringing because of the possibility of further contagion. Could a new, but unlicensed, Ebola vaccine make a difference?

Also on the programme: Newshour's James Menendez is in Venezuela, ahead of the presidential election there on Sunday.

Picture: A health worker walks at an Ebola quarantine unit on June 13, 2017 during a previous Ebola outbreak in the DRC. Credit: Getty Images.
access_time5 months ago
North Korea threatened to cancel its summit with the US, because of demands for it to abandon its nuclear arsenal. We hear from Robert Einhorn is a senior fellow in the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC.

Also on the programme, Bianca Jagger tells us why the political situation in Nicaragua needs urgent attention and why does Diego Maradona - the greatest footballer of his era - see his future at a mid-table club in Belarus.

(Photo: South Korean peace activists hold placards reading 'Stop! Max Thunder,' during a rally denouncing South Korea-US joint military drills. Credit:JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
access_time5 months ago
China has urged the United States and North Korea to demonstrate goodwill and meet each other half way to create a conducive atmosphere for next month's summit. Pyongyang has threatened to cancel the talks if Washington continues to press for its unilateral nuclear disarmament, describing the policy as "hostile".

Also in the programme: We have an interview with the Malaysian politician, Anwar Ibrahim, on his release from prison, days after a stunning opposition election win; and a new scientific report on why disruption to the body's internal clock may put people at increased risk of mood disorders.

(Photo: President Trump and Kim Jong-Un of North Korea. Credit: Getty Images)
access_time5 months ago
Palestinians have been staging another day of protests on the border between Gaza and Israel. In mass demonstrations on Monday, more than fifty people were killed by Israeli gunfire. Meanwhile, there were angry exchanges between Israeli and Palestinian envoys at the United Nations Security Council which held an emergency session to discuss the violence.

Also in the programme: Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga talks about losing the presidential election; and "The Bonfire of the Vanities" author Tom Wolfe dies.

(Photo: Palestinian protester during clashes along the border with Israel. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
access_time5 months ago
As the funerals are held in Gaza of the 58 people killed on Monday by Israeli security forces, Hamas and the Israeli government blame each other for the violence - while both insist they want peace.

Also in the programme: parts of the Afghan city of Farah are reported to have fallen to the Taliban; and British police are urged to abandon facial recognition technology.

(Photo: Women in Gaza mourning loved ones killed in clashes with Israeli security forces. Credit: Reuters)
access_time5 months ago
Palestinians have been protesting for weeks but deaths soared on the day the US opened its embassy in Jerusalem.Palestinians see this as clear US backing for Israeli rule over the whole city, whose eastern part they claim. We hear from inside Gaza, as the US administration hails the move a success.

Also on the programme: A special report from Lebanon and we take a closer look at the humanitarian situation

(Photo: A wounded Palestinian man receives help during clashes after Israeli troops open fire on protesters Credit: AFP)
access_time5 months ago
Dozens of Palestinians have been killed and nearly 2,000 injured by Israeli forces on Gaza's border. The clashes came as the United States formally opened its embassy in Jerusalem. We will hear from both Palestinian and Israeli voices.

Also in the programme: family members including children have carried out suicide attacks in Indonesia for the second day running; Populists on course to form the new government in Italy.

(Photo: US ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as Israel"s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. Credit: Getty Images)