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Miguel Diaz-Canel declares his loyalty to the Revolution and praised the outgoing president, Raul Castro. And, in Spain, canine protection for domestic violence victims. Also, reunited after forty years by a YouTube video.
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)
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)
The Queen has appealed to Commonwealth leaders to appoint her son, Prince Charles, to succeed her as their head. And, Hans Asperger 'collaborated with Nazis' in WWII. Record number of Nepalese women attempt Everest climb.
Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back this week with their latest round-up of sports. And they have a lot in store -- Manchester City winning the Premier League, Indian Premier League (and Virat Kohli’s fate), the Formula One races and more. For Puri, Manchester City’s win was something that was just bound to happen sometime, and the title was, indeed, well deserved. The part that money might have had a play in giving the team an upper hand is undeniable, but both agree that money cannot be enough. The problems, however, that the money factor brings into the game are pointed out by Puri when he says, “What worries me about this money thing is that it won't surprise me at all if all these teams including Liverpool, increase their squads. And I don’t think that is good for football -- that all the elite players should congregate at just a few clubs. That’s not how the English game has ever been.” Regardless, whether Manchester City will be able to retain the title was a question both Khan and Puri seemed to have answered in the negative. Puri says, “Winning back-to-back titles in England is not a joke. And nobody’s won back to back since ten years.” Moving on, the duo discusses IPL and Royal Challengers Bangalore’s unwise decisions in the game. As Khan says, “Virat Kohli and the IPL just do not seem to get together. He makes unquestionable decisions about team selection. Bangalore has always struggled with the bowling attack. It just seems to be like a jinx that Kohli cannot get together for the IPL.” Partially agreeing with this view, Puri adds, “But I think that we all need to understand that IPLs and tournaments like IPL, you cannot win with two men. You need a team. Bangalore’s problem throughout is that it is not about teams.” What is it about, then? For Khan, it is more about ‘big flashy individuals.' Further, about the IPL, Khan and Puri make it a point to give a special mention to Kolkata Knight Riders -- the team that is pretty much coming together. It has Andre Russell, after all, who Khan likes to call a ‘butcher’, and Puri calls him a ‘weightlifter’. Two teams they are worried about are Delhi Daredevils and RCB. All in all, both foresee an interesting IPL season, considering they still don’t have favourites. The last topic of discussion was the Formula One races and Lewis Hamilton’s defeats. But both agree how Hamilton does not give up, and that it will be interesting to have Formula One competitive again. Tune into #JustSports for all this and much more!
Members of Cuba's National Assembly have named Miguel Díaz-Canel as the next leader. The fifty-seven year-old former engineer is expected to take office on Thursday. The handover of power will bring to an end nearly six decades of rule by Mr Castro and his late brother Fidel, who led the revolution in 1959. Also: Police in Iceland say a man suspected of masterminding the theft of six-hundred computers that were used to mine virtual currencies has escaped custody, and for the first time in more than thirty five years, a Hollywood film has been shown in a cinema in Saudi Arabia.
Theresa May has said the decision to destroy the landing cards of Windrush immigrants was taken under Labour. Jeremy Corbyn accused her government of being "callous and incompetent". But should the Home secretary take the blame? We hear from a former head of the Border agency. The government has suffered an emphatic defeat in the House of Lords over membership of a customs union after Brexit. Will it embolden Tory Brexit mutineers? We talk to one of them. And could Brexit make the Commonwealth Britain's new choice of global trading partner? (Photo: Newly arrived West Indian immigrants in Southampton in England. Credit: Getty Images).
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
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.
Theresa May has apologised to the Commonwealth after immigration rules introduced when she was Home Secretary led to people from the Windrush Generation being threatened with deportation. The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda tells us the Government should consider compensating those who've suffered. After two black customers were arrested in a Starbucks in Philadelphia - because they hadn't ordered any coffee - the company says it will close all its branches in the US for "racial bias" training. We speak to an expert on biased policing who trains the trainers. And after 69 years, from tomorrow Cuba will no longer be led by a Castro. We report from Havana on the new leader and on the slow pace of change. And for those who remain in charge, how about a training course before they're allowed to be? Professor Brian Cox, irritated by what he calls the blustering certitude of some politicians, tells me MPs should take a test first. We put that to Layla Moran MP, a new MP elected in 2017, and former teacher. (Picture: Theresa May hosts a meeting with leaders of Caribbean countries at Downing Street Credit: Getty Images).
On this podcast of Reporters Without Orders, we have a surprise guest joining the panel. A reporter from The Quint, Meghnad Bose, joins the panel to discuss the Kathua rape case, fire at a Rohingya refugee camp, Rahul Gandhi’s midnight march and more. Meghnad tells us about the story that he broke on CBSE class 12 exams wherein the marks were being unfairly moderated. “A data scientist had observed a very odd marking pattern that an unbelievably high number of students in CBSE were getting the number 95." The numbers like 91, 92, 93 and 94 were obtained by 60-70k people and 195k people got the number 95. We realised that CBSE adopts a moronic system, Meghnad tells the panel. Cherry talks about an article published by The Sunday Guardian, authored by Sushil Pandit. She says that the article should not have been published. “The editor is still defending the piece stating that it is the reporter’s right to write fiction and once you have given a disclaimer [that the story is a concotion] it's okay." But what the piece is doing, in reality, is using actual facts, actual events of an eight-year-old Kathua girl’s rape and murder to delegitimise an entire sequence of events, Cherry says. Abhinandan adds, “Some people are saying it's a satire. I don't see the satirical bit in it.” Cherry also spoke about that the fire at the Rohingya refugee camp where 50 shanties were burnt down. She says while it was reported upon, it did not get wall-to-wall coverage. Rohin, who covered this incident says, “People couldn't decide whether somebody started the fire or it happened on its own. As per the police, it could have been due to a short circuit but people are saying they don't have such wires that could lead to a short-circuit. Their Burmese IDs and refugee cards from the UN were burnt down, technically they are illegal now.” Talking about propaganda related to the Kathua case, Rohin says that it is very insensitive of people to raise questions like -- how come the girl was wearing the same clothes in pictures released before and after the death? Did she have only one set of clothes? Meghnad feels that despite Kathua and Unnao cases receiving wall-to-wall coverage, the questions related to political leadership have not been asked. He tells the panel more about a documentary that he made on rape culture in Haryana. He wanted to investigate why so many rapes happen. “Societal attitudes are so intensely patriarchal that it creates conditions where sexual assault against women is normalised, legitimised and justified.” He feels that the electoral bonds that were told to be anonymous by the government did not get enough coverage. “You have gone to the extent of putting numbers there but people can't see on the face of it. I am surprised that no one picked it up.” The panel discusses the midnight march by Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Amit calls it a “spontaneous” decision because around 9 pm, Rahul Gandhi tweeted that he will take out a march at the India Gate. Amit spoke to some members of the Congress party, who told him that they were informed about the march in the afternoon. He goes on to say that various TV channels and news portals covered it, but there was no reportage in the newspapers. Cherry says that the crime should be talked about and not just the protest. “I don't think it is right to use a protest which is now turning into a brand to peddle your own agenda even if subtle. It is absolutely necessary to talk about that heinous crime that was perpetrated when we talk about rape." To which Abhinandan adds, “There are certain tipping points and that tipping point is usually an incident or a specific event. "It's like the biggest problem that we had with the British was imposing a tax on salt but you can use that as a hinge to set off a bigger protest.” To read more visit: https://bit.ly/2qIvoao
The Awful and Awesome is back this week to give you a dose of the latest pop cultural updates. Rajyasree and Abhinandan take you through three Hollywood trailers, two films (A Quiet Place and October), the National Awards and Beyonce’s performance at Coachella. Starting with ‘A Quiet Place’, the duo believed it wasn’t half as good as the trailer promised. Regardless, both Sen and Sekhri did appreciate the skill required to direct and act in a horror film with minimum dialogue. Abhinandan says, “I won’t say I hated it but when you take up such a difficult job, you have got to be super brilliant to pull it off.” Then we have Sen reviewing Shoojit Sircar’s ‘October’ alone because Abhinandan has pledged to not watch a Varun Dhawan film again (the last Dhawan film he watched was ‘Judwaa 2’, that must explain it). Sircar’s direction and Juhi Chaturvedi’s writing is back after Piku in this film. Dhawan plays a grumpy and disgruntled hotel trainee, Dan. When one of his fellow trainees goes into a coma after an accident, he suddenly finds a purpose in life. Sen finds it difficult to relate to this unusual obsession but liked the way Sircar portrays Delhi. Commenting on Varun’s acting, she says, “He has acted better than he has acted before.” Rajyasree and Abhinandan also discuss the National awards, which started off with understandable awardees such as Newton for best Hindi film and Baahubali for best action, direction and special effect. But Sridevi getting the best actor female award for Mom, according to the two, reeked of sentimentality. Moving on, both our reviewers were highly impressed with the trailers of ‘The Wife’ starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, and ‘Can you ever forgive me?’ starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard E Grant. For the former, Sekhri says, “It is one of the most compelling trailers I have seen in a long time. Think it is going to be great. I hope it is not like ‘A Quiet Place’ where the trailer was 20,000 times better than the film.” However, the two were quite unhappy with the trailer of ‘Solo’, next in the series of Star Wars. A new Star Wars film every year is a ‘money-making machine for Disney’, feels Sekhri. Sen then discusses Beyonce's performance at Coachella and how this was the first time since 1999 that a black woman had headlined the fest. But that wasn’t the only reason why Coachella was making news. Philip Anschutz, the owner of Coachella’s parent company, is, in fact, a Republican donor and a huge supporter of anti-LGBT groups. Which has been all over the news lately. Regardless, Beyonce’s two-hour-long power-packed performance, in which she went through five outfit changes (and also nail polish changes), was definitely worth a watch. Listen up now for all this and more at The Awful and Awesome, and as Sen rightly said, “Pay for free news and better jokes”.
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
UK Prime Minister 'genuinely sorry' about treatment of long-term migrants. Also, France's President Macron urges EU to shun nationalism, Turkish government cracks down on domestic opposition, the remarkable life of South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee who survived abduction by the North, and Frenchman Jérôme Hamon gets 'third face' in new transplant.
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)
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been waiting for access. Also, President Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen has appeared in court after the FBI raided his home and office last week, and Kendrick Lamar has become the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music.
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
Talks held in the Hague over alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma. Also, Weibo backtracks over banning gay material on the internet, BBC begins major podcast investigation into "Death in Ice Valley" mystery, controversy over treatment of Britain's "Windrush generation", and a 92 year-old actress tells us how she landed role in blockbuster film.
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)
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.
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.
Twenty years ago the historic Good Friday Agreement was signed in Northern Ireland which put an end to three decades of bloody sectarian conflict. Politicians from Northern Ireland, the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the US who were involved in the marathon negotiations will mark the anniversary this month. Monica McWilliams represented the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition then, and continues to play a significant role in post conflict Northern Ireland. Given the uncertainty that hangs over Northern Ireland today, is there much to celebrate? (Photo: Monica McWilliams)
A special preview of the brand 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.
Earlier this month, President Trump suggested that he wanted to withdraw about two-thousand US troops currently deployed in Syria. Also: Catalans protest en masse in Barcelona and the celebrated Italian film-maker Vittorio Taviani has died aged 88.
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)
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
The American ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, told the Security Council the US was 'locked and loaded'. Also: the Syrian government says it has now taken complete control of the former rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta and thousands of South Africans have attended a funeral service in Soweto for Winnie Madikizela Mandela.
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)
This is a special podcast about missile strikes by the United States, Britain and France on chemical weapons facilities in Syria. The action follows a suspected gas attack on civilians in Eastern Ghouta a week ago. Why was military action taken and what has been the reaction from Russia, Turkey and Iran?
जम्मू-कश्मीर कठुआ और यूपी के उन्नाव में बलात्कार की घटना और आरोपियों को सत्ता का संरक्षण, पश्चिम बंगाल में पंचायत चुनावों के स्थगित किए जाने की मांग को लेकर हिंसा, राहुल गांधी और प्रधानमंत्री का उपवास, डेटा लीक के मामले में फेसबुक मखिया मार्क जुकरबर्ग की कांग्रेस में पेशी, कुमार विश्वास को आम आदमी पार्टी के राजस्थान प्रभारी से हटाया जाना व अन्य मुद्दे इस हफ्ते न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री चर्चा के प्रमुख विषय रहे. चर्चा में शामिल रहे वरिष्ठ पत्रकार जितेन्द्र कुमार, न्यूज़ नेशन के अभिषेक पराशर और न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज. चर्चा का संचालन किया न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने.
The US says it has proof the Syrian government was behind the suspected chemical attack. Also, Donald Trump describes his former FBI director as a "weak and untruthful slime ball", and why a top London banker made more of a splash on social media than he might have expected.
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)
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)