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    Economic impact of Sudan coup deepens

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 48:30

    Two days after Sudan's armed forces seized complete control of the government, the African Union has suspended Sudan from the organisation until the civilian-led transitional administration is restored. What will the economic effect of the coup and the overthrow of the administration be? Demonstrations against the takeover are continuing in the capital, Khartoum, with trade unions representing doctors, oil workers and bank officials joining the protests. We hear from Abdul Rashid Halifa from the Sudanese Banking Association and Mo Ibrahim, a prominent British-Sudanese businessman and one of Africa's richest men. Also in the programme, we speak to the only top-level male professional footballer currently playing who has come out as gay, how Russia's state-owned gas company Gazprom is causing a gas crisis in Moldova, and why China is advocating for Afghanistan's Taliban to have dialogue with the international community. (Picture shows a protester holding a Sudanese flag during a demonstration in the capital Khartoum, Sudan. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency)

    Sudanese general says his coup avoids civil war

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 49:03

    In Sudan, the military leader has been trying to justify his decision on Monday to rip up the power-sharing arrangement with civilian forces and seize sole power. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has said it was done to prevent a civil war. The UN Secretary General has described it as a coup. A senior opposition leader calls for calm heads. Also in the programme, Colombian president Ivan Duque discusses climate change and catching the country's top drug lord. And, Europol has announced that it has arrested 150 people buying and selling drugs and illegal items on the dark web. (Image: A Sudanese protester holds the national flag next to burning tires during a demonstration in the capital Khartoum. Credit: EPA/Mohammed Abu Obaid)

    Australia to go carbon free by 2050

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 49:10

    There's been widespread criticism of a plan announced by Australia to achieve carbon neutrality by the year twenty- fifty. But is it too little too late? We hear from a member of parliament, from the ruling party and from the country's leading climate change communications organisation. Also on the programme, we ask why crowds of protesters remain on the streets of the Sudanese capital Khartoum in defiance of the military rulers who've seized power in a coup; we hear from women Afghan judges who have found refuge in Greece; and the story of the Japanese Princess who gave up royal status to marry. (Photo: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison talking about the plan; Credit: EPA/MICK TSIKAS)

    Sudanese military takes control of country

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 48:23

    The military has arrested political leaders and declared a state of emergency. Power in the country had been shared between civilians and the military after the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. We'll hear from Jeffrey Feltman, the US envoy to the region. Also in the programme: a new report from the World Meteorological Organisation about rising carbon emissions; and the world's oldest known cave painting of an animal. (Picture: Protesters block a road during what the information ministry calls a military coup in Khartoum, Sudan, October 25, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

    Sudan military dissolves civilian government

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 48:26

    Sudan's military has dissolved civilian rule, arrested political leaders and declared a state of emergency. Protesters have taken to the streets of the capital, Khartoum and there are reports of gunfire. Military and civilian leaders have been at odds since long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was overthrown two years ago and a transitional government set up. Gen Abdel Fattah Burhan, who had been heading a joint council with civilian leaders, blamed political infighting for the coup. We'll hear from the US special envoy to the country, opposition activists, and the international community. Also in the programme, how cities can develop resilience in the face of climate change, the millions of civilians braced for a bleak winter in Afghanistan, and we hear about the world's oldest known animal cave painting on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. (Picture shows Sudanese protesters chanting near burning tires during a demonstration in the capital Khartoum on 25 October 2021. Credit: EPA)

    Ethiopia launches more airstrikes on Tigray

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 48:22

    Ethiopia has carried out two air strikes on what it describes as Tigray People's Liberation Front military positions in the west and north of Tigray province - expanding the range of its aerial bombardments beyond the regional capital Mekelle. We hear from the TPLF and from the federal government. Also in the programme: US visa spat with Russia; and Colombia arrests a major drug boss. (Picture: Smoke billows from the scene of an air strike, in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia October 20, 2021. Credit: REUTERS)

    President Erdogan says ten ambassadors will be declared non grata

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 48:28

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that ten ambassadors will be declared persona non grata. Persona non grata removes diplomatic status and often results in expulsion.The decision follows calls from the envoys for the urgent release of activist Osman Kavala. We hear from the wife of Osman Kavala and from President Erdogan's chief adviser. Also in the programme: the effects of climate change on Indonesia; and a high school history text book is withdrawn in Britain. (Picture: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. CREDIT: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File Photo)

    Erdogan orders expulsion of ten ambassadors

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 48:29

    Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, orders his foreign ministry to declare ten ambassadors from allied nations persona-non-grata over their support for a jailed government critic. Also in the programme: UN Myanmar rapporteur warns of coming bloodshed; and Saudi Arabia pledges net-zero carbon emissions by 2060. (Picture: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Credit: Reuters)

    Myanmar: troops amassing in the north

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 48:22

    The UN says it fears there could be further mass atrocities in Myanmar, where it says the army appears poised to attack local resistance fighters. The UN's special rapporteur says there are ominous similarities to the tactics used against the Rohingyas in Rakhine state. We bring you the latest. Also in the programme: Saudi Arabia announces their aim to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2060 at their inaugural Saudi Green Initiative Forum; and faith shakes hands with AI as some religions incorporate the technology into their worship with robot priests. (Photo: A released detainee reacts as she hugs her father outside the Insein prison in Yangon, Myanmar. 19 October 2021. Credit: EPA/STRINGER)

    UN suspends flights to rebel-held Ethiopian city

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 48:34

    The UN says its flights to Mekelle in Ethiopia's Tigray region have been suspended after one of its planes had to abort its landing on the same morning as a military air strike was carried out on the city. The Ethiopian government said its planes had been targeting a training centre used by Tigrayan rebels, who denied the existence of such venue. Also in the programme: Alec Baldwin says to be 'heartbroken' over fatal film set shooting, how could that happen? ; and Twitter admits bias for right-wing platforms. (Photo: Smoke billows from the scene of an air strike, in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia. Credit: Reuters.)

    Actor Alec Baldwin fatally shoots cinematographer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 49:01

    Actor Alec Baldwin fatally shoots the cinematographer of his latest film. The director was also shot and injured by the actor. Police are investigating and charges have not been filed. Also on the programme, Ethiopia says its air force has carried out another strike on the regional capital of Tigray, Mekelle. And in Myanmar at least 100 anti-coup protesters have been re-arrested shortly after being let out of prison. Others who were promised release are reported never to have made it to freedom. (Picture: Actor Alec Baldwin seen outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's office after he was interviewed by police. Credit Weber / The New Mexican)

    Documents reveal countries lobbying to change climate report

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 46:27

    Saudi Arabia, Australia and Japan are among the countries asking the United Nations to play down the need to move rapidly away from fossil fuels. Leading scientists in India warn that coal is likely to remain as a mainstay of energy production for decades. Also on the programme: we hear from Sudan where rival protesters have taken to the streets of Khartoum; and how gene silencing, a new medical practice, could be used to stop pain. (Image: Workers unload coal from a supply truck at a yard on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India. Credit: Reuters/Amit)

    Brazil Covid report: Bolsonaro should be charged over pandemic

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 52:36

    A Senate inquiry in Brazil says President Jair Bolsonaro should be charged for crimes against humanity over his handling of the covid pandemic. It accused the president of deliberately acting too slowly and exposing Brazilians to the virus. Mr Bolsanaro says he is guilty of nothing. Also, the European parliament has awarded the Sakharov human rights prize to the jailed Russian opposition figure, Alexei Navalny. We hear from the Russian author, Boris Akunin. Plus, the Afghan evacuees in the UK who say their lives are on hold, and the Myanmar political prisoner let out of jail and remaining defiant. (Photo: With over 600,000 fatalities, Brazil has the second-highest Covid-related death toll in the world behind only the US. Credit: Reuters)

    Covid: Brazil's Bolsonaro 'should be charged with crimes against humanity'

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 49:00

    The report is the culmination of a six-month inquiry that has revealed scandals and corruption in government. President Bolsonaro has been accused of failing to control the virus that has killed more than 600,000 Brazilians. Also on the programme: we hear from one of the prisoners released in Myanmar; and how pig kidneys could be used in surgery on humans. (Image: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the ceremony for the Modernization of Occupational Health and Safety Regulations on 7 October 2021. Credit: Reuters/Marcelino)

    Polish PM accuses EU of blackmail in law row

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 48:28

    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused the EU of blackmail in a heated debate with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen over the rule of law. The clash in the European Parliament follows a top Polish court ruling that rejected key parts of EU law. Also in the programme; Eric Zemmour, the outspoken former journalist who is causing a stir in France's presidential race before it's even begun; and a Portuguese diplomat who was punished by his government for helping Jewish refugees during World War two has now been given the highest honour by his government. (Picture shows Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki delivering a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Credit: Ronald Wittek/Pool via Reuters)

    Clashes in European Parliament over rule of law in Poland

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 48:34

    The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has accused Poland of threatening the fundamental legal order of the EU. Today the European Parliament is debating threats to the rule of law in Poland, where the Constitutional Court recently rejected the primacy of EU law. Also in the programme: the Ethiopian federal government has admitted carrying out air strikes on the Tigrayan regional capital Mekelle – but is a peace process possible? And new research on the genetic bases of drug resistance in tuberculosis could be a game-changer in the fight to eliminate the disease that killed 1.4 million people last year. (Image: Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki delivers a speech during a debate on Poland's challenge to the supremacy of EU laws at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France October 19, 2021 / Credit: Ronald Wittek/Pool via Reuters)

    Remembering US statesman Colin Powell

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 49:05


    Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who has died of Covid-related complications, inspired deep respect across the political spectrum. He was also a trail-blazer, as an African-American at the heart of government, But his reputation was tainted by his advocacy of a war against in Iraq based on 'evidence' that turned out to be faulty. We speak to one of his colleagues, former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, and another high-ranking African-American, retired army general Dana Pittard. Also in the programme: a BBC investigation that suggests Facebook and other social media companies are amplifying abuse against women; and the tragedy of Iran's Covid orphans. (US Secretary of State Colin Powell holds up a vial during his speech at the United Nations in 2003. Credit: Reuters)


    Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State, has died

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 48:07


    The former US Secretary of State and four-star general Colin Powell has died at the age of 84 from complications of COVID-19, despite having been fully vaccinated. He was the first African American secretary of state, under President George W. Bush, and served in several Republican administrations. He is best known for the speech he gave to the United Nations Security Council in February 2003 that helped pave the way for the invasion of Iraq; a speech he came to deeply regret. Also in the programme: energy shortages and concerns about the property market sees China's economic growth slump to its slowest pace in a year; and a portable machine created to turn agricultural waste into fertiliser is one of the winners of the inaugural Earthshot Prize. (Image: US Secretary of State Colin Powell at the UN Headquarters in New York, 21 August 2003 / Credit: EPA/Matt Campbell)


    North American missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 48:18

    Officials from Port-au-Prince claim that a notorious gang is behind the kidnap of at least 17 North American missionaries. The 400 Mawozo gang is also being blamed for the kidnap of Catholic clergy in April. Also in the programme; we speak to an activist about the continued protests in Sudan, and we hear from the founder of a new campaign to help migrants on the Poland-Belarus border. (Picture: A view of Port-au-Prince. CREDIT: REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares/File Photo)

    Venezuelan government suspends talks with the opposition

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 48:35

    The Venezuelan government has suspended talks with the opposition, following the extradition to the US of a close aide to President Nicolas Maduro. Mr Alexander Saab was detained in June last year as his plane made a stopover to refuel in Cape Verde. Venezuela has accused the US of kidnapping diplomatic personnel. Also in the programme: American Christian missionaries and their families have reportedly been kidnapped by gang members in Haiti, and we hear from billionaire hedge-fund manager Chris Hohn on his work to force banks to stop financing fossil-fuel projects and come clean about the environmental impact of their investments. (Picture: The image of Alexander Saab is projected on a screen at the National Assembly, in Caracas. CREDIT: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP via Getty Images)

    Russian Covid daily deaths pass 1,000

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 49:00

    Russia has passed 1,000 daily Covid-related deaths for the first time since the pandemic began. The Kremlin has blamed the number on people not taking up the vaccination. Only about a third of the nation has had the vaccine. Also in the programme: British politicians reflect on the murder of their colleague David Amess, and anti-government protesters take to the streets in Sudan. (Picture: Health workers escort a Covid-19 patient to a hospital in Moscow. CREDIT: EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV)

    UK Police are describing the murder of a politician as a "terrorist incident"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 48:29

    Following the murder of the Conservative MP Sir David Amess, two other MPs, Joanna Cherry from the SNP and Rupa Huq from the Labour party, tell us about threats they have received in their working lives. Also on the programme, Min Aung Hlaing, the army general who seized power in Myanmar, has been excluded from an ASEAN meeting. Will this have any effect in Myanmar itself? And New Zealand pushes hard to get 99% of its population fully vaccinated against Covid 19. (Picture: Floral tributes to the murdered MP Sir David Amess in the town of Leigh On Sea. Credit: Reuters / O'Brien)

    British MP murdered

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 46:20

    Sir David Amess, a member of parliament for the ruling Conservative Party, has been killed in a stabbing attack in Essex, England. A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Also on the programme: a deadly suicide attack on a mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan; and what baby frogs can teach us about the healing power of algae. (Image: A photograph of Sir David Amess in St Peter's church in Eastwood, Essex, at a Catholic mass held following the death of the Conservative MP who was stabbed multiple times at a meeting with constituents. Credit: Ansell/PA Wire)

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    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 48:56

    Interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events.

    Beirut violence exposes deep divisions

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 49:03

    Six people have died in the Lebanese capital after violence at a demonstration organised by the Shia group, Hezbollah. They and their allies were protesting against the judicial investigation into the devastating blast last year at Beirut's port. Our correspondent unpicks the complex politics involved; we also hear from Tatiana, who lost her father in the explosion. Also on the programme: police in Norway say they're treating as an act of terrorism an attack with a bow and arrow by a Muslim convert that left five people dead; and what YOU can do to help reduce the growing mountain of electronic waste. (Image: people evacuate a casualty after gunfire erupted in Beirut, Lebanon October 14, 2021 / Credit: REUTERS/Aziz Taher)

    Fighting erupts in Beirut

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 49:14

    Gunmen attacked a protest against the judge investigating last year's port explosion in the Lebanese capital. Also on the programme: police in Norway say the suspect in a deadly bow and arrow attack was a Muslim convert who'd previously showed signs of radicalisation - we'll hear from the mayor of the town where it happened; and Britain's Prince William on why space entrepreneurs should be focussing their energies on solving Earth's problems first. (Picture: Army soldiers patrol after gunfire erupted in Beirut, Lebanon Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir)

    Putin blames Europe for high gas prices

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 48:30

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied allegations that Russia is using its control of gas supplies to Europe as a bargaining tool. During a wide-ranging television interview, Putin said it was Europe's failure to plan that was to blame for soaring gas prices. We get the reaction of a European MEP. Also in the programme: why France is reducing its military presence in Mali; and the huge, rusting oil tanker off Yemen which could blow up, or sink, at any moment and cause a catastrophe. Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen on a screen as he delivers a speech at the Russian Energy Week International Forum in Moscow Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

    Is transition to renewable energy happening fast enough?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 48:34

    The International Energy Agency issues a stark warning that the world's transition to clean forms of energy - principally wind, solar and hydroelectric power - isn't happening quickly enough to meet climate targets. Also in the programme: a new accord led by China aims to safeguard 30 per cent of the world's ecosystems; and the WHO honours an African-American woman, Henrietta Lacks, who died in 1951 of cervical cancer. Samples of her cells were then collected by doctors without her or her family's knowledge or consent. These became the first living human cells ever to survive and multiply outside the human body and they led to a series of crucial medical breakthroughs over the past 70 years. (Photo: Royd Moor wind farm at twilight. Credit: Science Photo Library)

    Macron outlines green energy plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 49:09

    President Macron wants France to become a world leader in new energy sources. But are what are these hydrogen boosters and can green hydrogen help Mr Macron's chances of re-election? Also in the programme, we hear about the Afghan Refugees heading for Turkey. the Colombian city which has become one of the most violent in the world, and the UN environment summit on biodiversity taking place in China. (Picture shows President Emmanuel Macron with a white facemask on. Credit: EPA)

    'Make or break' moment for Afghan economy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 46:17

    The European Commission president, Ursula Von der Leyen, is urging world leaders to do all they can to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. At a virtual summit of G20 leaders, she promised a support package of more than a billion dollars, including three hundred million dollars in humanitarian aid. Also today: the link between flooding in China and Christmas presents; and in the UK, members of Parliament call the government's early Covid response a failure. (Photo: People buy fruit at a market in Kabul. Credit: Reuters/Jorge Silva)

    IS 'finance chief' captured by Iraq

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 48:34

    Iraq's security forces say they have captured a very senior figure in the Islamic State group. Sami Jasim al-Jaburi was allegedly the jihadists' finance chief Sami Jasim al-Jaburi was arrested in a "complex external operation", Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted, without specifying a location. Also in the programme, our recently expelled Moscow correspondent on repression in Russia, one of this year's Nobel Prize winners for economics tells us how to read real life, and how ancient Israel didn't just export religion, but wine too. (Picture shows Sami Jasim al-Jaburi after his arrest. Credit: Iraqi Army Joint Operations Command)

    A high-profile North Korean defector speaks

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 49:22

    Kim Kuk-song rose to the top ranks of North Korea's powerful spy agencies, and he's now spoken to the BBC about his life before he defected. Also on the programme: the trial has started in Burkina Faso of 14 men accused of involvement in the murder of the former leader, Thomas Sankara; and Maori leaders in New Zealand warn that lifting the long Covid lockdown too soon could have devastating consequences. (Picture: In a 30-year career, Kim Kuk-song rose to the top ranks of North Korea's powerful spy agencies Credit: BBC)

    Polls close in Iraqi elections

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 48:23

    Iraqis have voted in their fifth national parliamentary elections since the US invasion of 2003: but why was turnout so low? We hear from Jane Arraf, the New York Times bureau chief in Baghdad. Also in the programme: the controversial life and career of A.Q.Khan, who helped Pakistan build its nuclear bomb and supplied nuclear know-how to other countries including Iran and North Korea. And a new artistic presence in a Paris Museum that commemorates a murdered Jewish family. (Photo: Parliamentary elections in Iraq. Credit: EPA/AHMED JALIL)

    Iraqis vote in elections for reform

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 50:35

    Iraqis head to the polls in a general election that is being held early in response to mass protests that erupted two years ago. Iraqi leaders are saying it is a chance for reform but many Iraqis believe that little will change. We have some analysis and hear from some voters. Also in the programme: On World Day against the death penalty, we hear about the plight of women around the world on death row and what should be done to help them. And we go to the United States where Donald Trump, the former Republican president stoked speculation about his 2024 intentions by holding a rally in Iowa. (Photo: Election poster. Credit: Reuters)

    The US and the Taliban face to face

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 48:26

    US and Taliban leaders meet for the first time since the fall of Kabul. The talks, in Doha, are part of a series of efforts by the Taliban to gain international recognition. But can they find any common ground? We hear the latest from Doha, and speak to former US ambassador to Kabul Hugo Llorens. Also in the programme: an unexpected election result in the Czech Republic could spell the political end of billionaire prime minister Andrej Babis; and Austria's Chancellor steps down amid accusations of corruption. (Photo: Taliban flags for sale in front of the former US embassy in Kabul. Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

    Xi Jinping calls for "reunification" with Taiwan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 48:32

    China's President Xi Jinping calls for "reunification" with Taiwan, as tensions remain high. We hear from Beijing and from our correspondent in Taiwan. Also in the programme: Taleban and US officials meet for the first time since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan; and as President Biden urges companies to fire people who refuse a Covid vaccine, we hear from one teacher who'd prefer to go. (Image: Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a meeting commemorating the 110th anniversary of Xinhai Revolution at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 9, 2021 / Credit: Getty Images)

    EU's energy reliance on Russia

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 48:21

    Winter in the northern hemisphere is approaching with gas prices soaring - does Russia have the will and the means to ease European concerns? We hear from the annual gas forum in St Petersburg and the spokesperson of the EU Energy Commissioner. Also on the programme: we hear from Kunduz in northern Afghanistan where dozens of people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a mosque; and one of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners, Maria Ressa, speaks to Newshour. (File photo: The logo of Gazprom - the Russian gas giant. Credit: Reuters /Evgenia Novozhenina)

    08/10/2021 13:06 GMT

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 49:31

    Interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events.

    China-US diplomatic dance

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 48:18

    The US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has been speaking to the BBC in an exclusive interview about his meeting with the senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi. The meeting lays the ground work for a planned virtual meeting between President Joe Biden and the Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Also in the programme: Seventy-six years after the end of World War Two, a former guard in a Nazi concentration camp has gone on trial in a courthouse near Berlin; and an interview with the Tanzanian writer, Abdul Razak Gurnah, who today won the Nobel Prize for Literature. (Photo: U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan; Credit: Virginia Mayo/Pool via REUTERS)

    Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah wins 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 47:58


    The Tanzanian writer, Abdulrazak Gurnah, has won this year's Nobel Prize for literature. He is best known for his novels 'Paradise' and 'By the Sea'. We spoke to him minutes after he had heard the news from the Swedish Academy. He is the first black African writer to win the prize since 1986; we will look at the significance of this accolade. Gas markets continue to rise, but there is a shift after Russia offers to stabilise energy prices. And the veteran anti-apartheid activist, archbishop Desmond Tutu celebrates his 90th birthday. (Photo: Abdulrazak Gurnah. Credit: Getty Images)


    Malaria vaccine approved

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 48:34

    In what the World Health Organisation calls a historic moment in the fight against malaria, officials are authorising the broad use of the first vaccine proven to be adequately effective against the disease, which claims hundreds of thousands of lives in Africa each year. Also on the programme: a court in London says Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai ordered the phones of his ex-wife and her lawyers to be hacked; and we hear about some of the effects of climate change on India and Mali. (Photo: Mosquito feeding on a human; Credit: Science Photo Library )

    UK Prime Minister outlines UK change in direction

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 49:37

    Boris Johnson outlined a plan for the UK that faces the challenges brought on by the pandemic and Brexit. We'll hear feedback and analysis from the conference. Also in the programme: We hear from one of the winners of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry; and Norwegian archeologists discover the second of two 1,300-year-old pre-Viking skis. (Picture: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he delivers a speech during the annual Conservative Party Conference, in Manchester, Britain, October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble)

    More than 200,000 children abused by French Catholic priests

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 18:35

    A damning report on sexual abuse in the French Catholic Church says more than two hundred thousand children were preyed upon by the clergy. We'll hear from the chairman of the inquiry. Also in the programme: a Facebook whistleblower testifies before the US Congress; and the Vietnamese-American activists trying to get Afghan refugees in to the US. (Picture: a confessional on which is written: "M. the Priest" is pictured in the Catholic church in Reze near Nantes, France, October 5, 2021 / Credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe)

    Report criticises clerical paedophilia in France

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 48:20

    Victims of child sexual abuse at the hands of priests in France criticise the church following the publication of a damning independent report into paedophilia. Also in the programme: Facebook's global outage; and a warning from Taiwan's president. (Image: A statue of the Virgin Mary is seen inside the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris. Credit: Reuters)

    Pandora Papers prompt a string of denials

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 49:40

    The Pandora Papers, the largest ever leak of global financial data, have prompted mix reactions over the allegations they contain about a number of prominent world figures. Newshour looks into the potential consequences for two of them, the family of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis. Also on the program: one of the winners of the Nobel prize for medicine, Ardem Patapoutian, tells us about his revolutionary findings on pain; and American pharmaceutical companies are on trial in Ohio. Photo: Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta. CREDIT: Tolga Akmen/Pool via REUTERS

    Pandora Papers leak

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 50:22

    A number of world leaders have denied allegations of impropriety raised by a huge leak of financial documents on hidden offshore wealth, but will their people believe them? Also in the programme: the Archbishop of Canterbury tells us why politicians need to do more on climate change; and the UK Conservative Party conference begins amid protests, price rises, and a petrol crisis. (Image: Jordan's King Abdullah II. Credit: REUTERS)

    Pandora Papers expose world leaders' secret wealth

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 49:12

    The secret wealth and dealings of some world leaders, politicians and billionaires have been exposed in one of the biggest leaks of financial documents. Some 35 current and former leaders, including King of Jordan and the Azeri president Ilham Aliyev, are featured in the files from offshore companies, dubbed the Pandora Papers. Also in the programme, we hear from Afghanistan, after a bombing at a funeral in a Kabul mosque targets the Taliban And an eyewitness account from the current frontline in Yemen's long civil war. (Picture shows a composite image of property in London. Credit: BBC)

    Yemen: heavy fighting in Marib

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 47:22

    Government forces and Houthi rebels clash in Western Yemen. We also hear about the women detained by the rebels. Also on the programme: the father of a three-year-old girl killed in the port explosion in Beirut last year tells us that he's disgusted with the latest halt to the investigation; and the head of a French commission investigating the Roman Catholic church says it's found evidence of about 3000 abusers since 1950. (Picture: A checkpoint in Aden, Yemen. Credit Reuters / Salman)

    What next for President Duterte?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 48:19

    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he's retiring from politics, only a month after saying he'd run in elections next year. The International Criminal Court is investigating Mr Duterte for alleged crimes against humanity but he has sworn that he will never appear before an international court. We ask what his next step is likely to be. Also in the programme: thousands turn out across the US to show their support for abortion rights; and how Brazilians are suffering from the effects of drought. Photo: Philippine Senator Christopher "Bong" Go, accompanied by President Rodrigo Duterte, files his candidacy to join the vice presidential race Credit: REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

    Philippines President says he'll retire

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 48:26

    The controversial president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, says he won't seek another term in office, but his daughter Sara is waiting in the wings, so is this really the end of his influence? Also on the programme: Taiwan has reported the biggest ever incursion of Chinese military planes into its air defence zone, accusing Beijing of wanton aggression; and we hear about Europe's first mission to Mercury, BepiColombo, which has flown within 200 kilometres of the planet's surface. (Photo: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte; Credit: EPA/LISA MARIE DAVID/POOL)

    Biden administration launches a legal challenge to Texas abortion law

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 48:08

    US government opposes a new law banning abortion from the moment a heartbeat is detected, usually from around six weeks. Also on the programme, is the first pill to treat covid patients about to come onto the market? And we take a look at the energy crisis affecting China at the start of Golden Week, one of its biggest national holidays. (Picture: An anti-abortion sign near Austin, Texas. Credit: Reuters / Hockstein)

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