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    Uncertainty over fate of evacuated Azovstal fighters

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 49:24

    Ukraine is working on the next stages of the operation to evacuate soldiers from the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol. We hear from the wife of a man who is still in the Azovstal plant, and from the former head of Ukraine's national security council. Also on the programme: US President Joe Biden has condemned white supremacy as "a poison running through our body politic" during a visit to Buffalo, New York. Ten black people were killed at a supermarket in the city on Saturday in what is believed to be a racially motivated hate crime. And we look at how rising energy prices are hitting businesses in Italy's industrial north. (Picture: Smoke rises above a plant of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works in Mariupol, 02/05/2022, Reuters/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO)

    Mariupol soldiers evacuated

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 48:46

    Ukraine's military says it's working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in Mariupol, after two-hundred and sixty-four defenders agreed to leave the Azovstal steel works and were taken to Russian-controlled territory. We hear from an advisor to the Ukrainian defence ministry, and get the latest news on the ground. Also in the programme: a new exhibition on Feminine Power; and the global cost-of-living challenges. (Photo: Russian service members stand guard on a road before the evacuation of wounded Ukrainian soldiers from Mariupol. CREDIT: REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

    Intense fighting in eastern Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 48:46

    As Ukrainian forces hold out against Russia's offensive in the east, even, in some cases, pushing Russian forces back, a Ukrainian member of parliament tells us where he sees the war going. We also hear from our reporters, gathering evidence of war crimes, and on the front line with Ukraine's volunteer fighters. Also in the programme: how sandstorms are ripping through Iraq and beyond; and a breath of optimism from one of Lebanon's new independent MPs.. (Image: A man walks past a residential building damaged by Russian shelling in Severodonetsk, north-west of Luhansk in the Donbas region of Ukraine, 16 April 2022; Credit: EPA / STR)

    Hundreds of Ukrainians reportedly executed in Bucha

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 48:52

    The BBC has learned that around 650 people were shot in what a senior police official has described as executions in the Bucha region outside Ukraine's capital Kyiv. The BBC's Sarah Rainsford has been investigating what happened. Also in the programme, the UK government is poised to introduce legislation that would allow ministers in London to override parts of the Brexit deal on Northern Ireland; and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has lambasted health officials and ordered the army to help distribute medicine, as a wave of Covid cases sweeps through the country. (Picture: Flowers on the ground at the site of a mass grave on May 15, 2022 in Bucha, Ukraine. Picture credit: Getty Images)

    Finland announces NATO membership application

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 49:50

    Finland's president and prime minister have announced that the country will apply for NATO membership. The move has been welcomed broadly by member states, who must agree unanimously in order to allow new members. Sweden is expected to announce their intention to apply in suit. Also on the programme: Lebanon is holding its first elections since the 2019 economic collapse today and there is little hope among the majority of the population living in poverty that much will change; and the eruption of the Tonga volcano in January has been confirmed as the biggest explosion ever recorded in the atmosphere by modern instrumentation. (Photo credit: Reuters)

    Elections in Lebanon: Will things change?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 49:46

    This is Lebanon's first set of elections since a massive currency crisis in 2019 and a devastating fertiliser warehouse explosion at the Port of Beirut that killed at least 215 people in August 2020. Also on the programme: Yet another targeted mass shooting of black people in the United States, we hear from Buffalo in New York; and winning the Eurovision song contest - what does it mean for Ukraine? (Photo: A Lebanese voter casts her ballot paper during parliamentary elections at a polling station in Beirut, Lebanon Credit: EPA/WAEL HAMZEH)

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    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 48:48

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

    North Korea's rapidly spreading Covid-19 outbreak a "great disaster"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 47:53

    North Korea's rapidly spreading Covid-19 outbreak is a "great disaster" for the country, its leader Kim Jong-un has said, according to state media. Will he accept vaccines from South Korea? Also in the programme: we speak to a Ukrainian media boss on the challenges of reporting on a war in your own country; and India bans wheat exports one month after promising to feed the world. (Photo: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un convenes a Covid-19 response meeting on 12 May. Credit: EPA)

    Violence at Jerusalem funeral

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 49:43

    Israeli police charge mourners at the funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh, the Al Jazeera journalist killed in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday. We get the latest from Jerusalem and speak to her brother. Also on the programme, we have a report from the frontline in Southern Ukraine where Russian troops are trying to advance north; and Sri Lanka's newly appointed prime minister tells us it's going to get worse before it gets better as he tries to forestall an imminent economic collapse. (Photo: Family and friends carry the coffin of Shireen Abu Akleh, as violence erupts during her funeral in Jerusalem; Credit: REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

    Sri Lanka: New PM says economic crisis is "going to get worse before it gets better"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 48:12

    In his first interview since taking office, Sri Lanka's new prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has told the BBC an economic crisis that has brought misery and unrest is "going to get worse before it gets better". The country is facing fuel shortages and soaring food prices, with some Sri Lankans forced to skip meals. Anger over the government's handling of the crisis has led to violent protests. Mr Wickremesinghe was appointed in an attempt to defuse the protests. Also in the programme: A Russian battalion lost almost all of its armoured vehicles in a failed attempt to cross a river near Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine, according to the UK's Ministry of Defence. And we hear what critics are making of the return of Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick - the sequel to the original 1986 fighter pilots movie.

    New Sri Lanka Prime Minister amid economic crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 47:47

    Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a new prime minister as he tries to defuse protests over his handling of a severe economic crisis. Senior opposition MP Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in to his sixth stint as PM, as Sri Lanka's economy is in freefall and people are desperate for basic items such as food and fuel. Also in the programme: Supply chain issues, recalls and rising prices mean many mothers in the US are unable to get the baby formula their young children need; and crypto-currency markets are being rocked after a popular token lost 99% of its value. (Picture: Ranil Wickremesinghe prior to being sworn in as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister. Credit: Rajini Vaidyanathan, BBC)

    Finland to apply for NATO membership

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 47:46

    Amid international anxiety at Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Finland confirms its wish to join the NATO alliance. We hear from our correspondent in the Finnish capital, Katya Adler, talk to the former Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb and seek a sense of Russia's likely reaction from Moscow-based analyst Dmitry Suslov. Also in the programme: the government of Cambodia calls on the UK to return treasures looted from their country's temples; North Korea's first admission of a coronavirus outbreak; and why a lack of suitable drug research is killing women and children in Britain. (Photo: NATO, Swedish and Finnish flags; Credit: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)

    US condemns killing of Palestinian-American journalist

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 49:34

    A good friend of Shireen Abu Akleh reflects on the bravery and wide-reaching impact of the Al Jazeera journalist. And Newshour's Tim Franks in Jerusalem tells us what the authorities are saying about the incident. Also in the programme: Britain signs a deal with Sweden and Finland agreeing to come to their aid if they come under attack; and a new King Tutankhamun exhibition challenges the narrative of the extraordinary discovery of the young Egyptian king's tomb. (Photo shows Lebanese journalists protest the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh Credit: European Pressphoto Agency)

    Reporter killed during Israeli West Bank raid

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 48:44

    A Palestinian-American journalist, Sherine Abu Aqla, has been shot dead while reporting for Al Jazeera on a raid by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. The Qatar-based network which she worked for has accused Israel of deliberately killing her. We'll hear from an eyewitness who themselves was shot in the back in the same incident. Also in the programme: Sri Lankans observe a curfew in fear of a shoot-on-sight policy, but it won't stop them from protesting; and a soldier's account of life under fire in Azovstal in Ukraine. (Photo shows an undated handout photo from Al Jazeera showing journalist Sherine Abu Aqla. Credit: EPA)

    Sri Lankan soldiers to shoot law-breakers on sight

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 48:37

    A curfew has been extended and soldiers have been told to shoot law-breakers on sight as the Sri Lankan government struggles to stifle growing unrest amid a political and economic crisis. President Rajapaksa and his brother Mahinda, the former Prime Minister, once emblematic of Sri Lankan democracy, are now fallen stars. Also on the programme: Newshour speaks to the head of the UN refugee body after an international donors' conference pledged more than six-and-a-half billion dollars to help war-torn Syria and its neighbours; and we remember a legend of Indian classical music - Shivkumar Sharma - who has died at the age of 84. (Photo: The wreck of a bus that was torched during clashes between government supporters and anti-government protesters is left behind on a street in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 10 May 2022. According to police, at least seven people died, more than 220 people were injured and dozens of vehicles and houses were torched during political unrest that broke out in Sri Lanka on 9 May during which the government enforced an island-wide curfew. Protests have been rocking the country for weeks, calling for the resignation of the president and the government over the alleged failure to address the current economic crisis. Credit: EPA/Chamila Karunarathne)

    Angry anti-government demonstrations rock Sri Lanka

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 48:49

    Demonstrators have moved to the heavily fortified Trincomalee naval base on the country's northeast coast, shouting slogans calling for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to resign. Also in the programme: We find out how Ferdinand BongBong Marcos Junior has likely secured the presidency of the Philippines 30 years after his father, Ferdinand Marcos, was deposed in a popular uprising; and we take a look at a great political tradition in the UK – the opening of parliament, and the Queen's speech. (Photo: Armed Sri Lankan military personnel on a downtown street in Colombo, 10 May 2022. Credit: EPA/Chamila Karunararhne)

    Putin: Ukraine invasion was response to Nato build-up

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 48:24

    As Russia marks its Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War, President Putin tries to draw parallels between the conflict with Nazi Germany and his “special military operation” against Ukraine. Also on the programme: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister resigns following mass protests; and we go to the Philippines where the son of the former Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, is set to become president. (Photo: Fireworks explode over the towers of the Kremlin on Victory Day in Moscow. Credit: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

    Putin: Russia is fighting for motherland in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 49:42

    At Moscow's annual Victory Day parade, Vladimir Putin has sought to justify his invasion of Ukraine, but Ukraine's president says Moscow is re-enacting the crimes of the Nazis. The Sri Lankan prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has resigned as violence gripped parts of the capital. G7 leaders have agreed to a new set of sanctions on Russia -- we speak to Canada's foreign minister, who has just been to Kyiv. (Photo credit: EPA)

    Russia intensifies attacks in Donbas

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 47:34

    The offensive in eastern Ukraine continues as cities are bombed. Further south, Ukrainian forces have withdrawn from the town of Popasna. We speak to a senior member of the Ukrainian governing party. We also hear from the Ukrainian singer who performed with U2 frontman Bono and bandmate The Edge at a special gig in Kyiv. Also in the programme: a pro-democracy activist reacts to the election of John Lee as chief executive of Hong Kong; and we reflect on the life of Kim Ji-Ha, the South Korean poet and democracy campaigner who has died aged 81. (PICTURE: Smoke rises above a plant of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works in the southern port city of Mariupol. Credit: REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

    Russian bomb hits school in eastern Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 48:35

    More than sixty people are feared dead after a Russian bomb hit a school in the Donbas area of eastern Ukraine on Saturday. We have the latest from our correspondent in Kyiv. Also; the new chief executive of Hong Kong, John Lee, says he will make the territory's security his priority, and the Irish nationalist party, Sinn Fein wins in regional elections in northern Ireland. (Photo: Partially collapsed building due to shelling in the village of Bilohorivka. Credit: Reuters)

    Taliban to force Afghan women to wear face veil

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2022 49:44

    Afghan women will have to wear the Islamic face veil for the first time in decades under a decree passed by the country's ruling Taliban militants. We hear from a Taliban spokesperson and get reaction from an Ambassador to the UN Security Council. Also on the programme: the results of the Northern Ireland Assembly election are in, and for the first time ever, Sinn Féin has won the most seats. It's the first time ever that a nationalist party has been the largest at Stormont in terms of seats, 101 years after Northern Ireland came into existence. And Ukraine and Russia announce that all elderly people, women and children have been evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol. (Photo: Taliban stand guard on a road in Kabul, Afghanistan, 07 May 2022. Credit - EPA/STRINGER)

    The Taliban order a return to the burqa

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2022 48:53

    The Taliban have ordered Afghan women to cover their faces in public, the latest restriction on their freedoms. Also on the programme, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, has been sworn in for a second term, after his recent election victory over the far right. And, some of America's big corporate employers are taking a clear stance in the country's abortion debate, following leaks that the Supreme Court is about to enable individual states to outlaw procedures to terminate pregnancy. (Photo: Afghan women wait to cast their ballot at a polling station in Mazar-i-sharif, April 5th 2014 05/04/2014 Reuters)

    Belarus plane arrest student jailed for six years

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 49:39

    A court in Belarus has sentenced the girlfriend of a Belarusian opposition blogger to six years in jail, nearly a year after the couple were taken off a flight that had been diverted to Minsk. Sofia Sapega was found guilty of charges including inciting social discord. We speak to Belarussian leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. There has been a huge explosion at luxury hotel in the Cuban capital, Havana, killing a number of people. A report from the Philippines on how the once hated Marcos family are once again vying for power. And Sinn Fein tops first preference vote in Northern Ireland election. (Photo: Belarus charged Sofia Sapega with criminal offences after her arrest. Credit: Reuters)

    Besieged steel plant: a new attempt to rescue Ukrainian civilians

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 49:38

    A senior Ukrainian official has said the next stage of trying to evacuate people from a besieged steel plant in the southern city of Mariupol is under way. It follows the evacuation of nearly five-hundred civilians from the city in recent days. We hear from a Ukrainian fighter inside. Also in the programme: The Israeli security services are searching for two Palestinian suspects in connection with deadly axe and knife attacks on Thursday in the town of Elad. Newshour's Tim Franks is in Jerusalem; and a court in Belarus has sentenced the Russian girlfriend of a Belarusian opposition blogger to six years in jail, nearly a year after the pair were hauled off a Ryanair flight that the Belarusian authorities had diverted to Minsk (File Photo: Smoke rises above a plant of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works in Mariupol. Picture taken May 5, 2022. Credit: Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko)

    Mariupol steelworks battle in final phase

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 48:48

    A Ukrainian military commander inside the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol has accused Russian troops of violating a promised three-day ceasefire as they continue their attack. We speak to a military analyst who says the Russians are likely to take full control of the plant in the next few days. Also in the programme: rising interest rates around the world are putting an end to the era of cheap money; and we ask how the World Health Organisation calculated that nearly 15 million people have died as a result of Covid. Photo: An aerial view shows smoke billowing during shelling in the Azovstal steel plant, in Mariupol Credit: Azov Regiment/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

    Ukraine: Fighting continues in Mariupol despite Russia ceasefire claim

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 48:42

    Ukrainian officials say that Russian attacks have continued on the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, despite Moscow promising humanitarian routes out from Thursday until Saturday. People who have already managed to leave the plant describe the conditions inside as 'hellish'. Also in the programme: we hear from Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean where rising sea levels pose a threat to the living and the dead; and the World Health Organisation says the Covid-19 pandemic caused more than 15 million excess deaths worldwide. (Photo: Local resident Sergei Shulgin, 62, stands in front of a block of flats in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine. Credit: Reuters).

    Ukraine: Azovstal bombardment resumes

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 49:51

    A day after over a hundred people were evacuated, Ukrainian officials say Russian forces have launched an all-out assault on the Azovstal steelworks - the last Ukrainian holdout in the occupied city of Mariupol. Also on the programme, the European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen announced a proposal to ban completely imports of Russian oil by the end of this year. And, a robot is figuring out how to understand the way we taste. (Photo: A view shows a plant of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works in Mariupol 03/05/2022 Reuters)

    EU proposes ban on Russian oil imports

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 48:49

    The EU has unveiled proposals for new sanctions on Russia including a total ban on Russian oil imports by the end of the year. The plans - which need member states' approval - also include sanctions on individuals, including those suspected of war crimes. We get analysis on the impact such an oil ban could have on Russia's economy, and hear reaction from Hungary's ruling Fidesz party who oppose the proposal. Also in the programme: a candidate endorsed by Donald Trump has won the Republican Senate nomination for Ohio, in a sign of the former US president's continued influence on his party. And the T-shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored the infamous 'Hand of God' goal goes up for auction in London.

    US Supreme Court investigates abortion ruling leak

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 48:36

    For nearly fifty years the US Supreme Court ruling in the case of Roe versus Wade has guaranteed the legal nationwide right to abortion. But a leaked document suggests that the same court looks set to strike down that ruling which would immediately make abortion illegal in more than twenty states. Also on the programme, the British prime minister said they had failed during the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea. Now, Russia may annex parts of the Donbas. And, over a hundred people have been successfully evacuated from the Mariupol's besieged Asovstal steelworks. (Photo: Protests as US Supreme Court prepare to overturn Roe v. Wade 03/05/2022 European Pressphoto Agency)

    Leak suggests US abortion law change

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 48:49

    A leaked 98-page document, purporting to be a draft majority opinion of the US Supreme Court, suggests the national right to abortion might be overturned this summer. A decision is due in June or July. We hear analysis on the unprecedented leak, and get reaction from people who support and oppose the overturning of Roe v Wade - the 1973 ruling that legalised abortion across the US. Also in the programme: a resident of Kherson tells us about life under Russian occupation in southern Ukraine; and we find out what caused a so-called stock market "flash crash" in Europe. (Photo: Protestors react outside the US Supreme Court to the leak of a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito preparing for a majority of the court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision later this year, in Washington, U.S., 2 May 2022. Credit: Reuters/Moira Warburton)

    Ukraine war: Hundreds still trapped in Mariupol steelworks

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 46:12

    Hundreds of people remain trapped in a steel plant in Ukraine's Mariupol city, despite some managing to leave on Sunday. The Azovstal plant, the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in the southern port city, has been under intense Russian bombardment for weeks. We hear from the director of the steel plant. As the fighting in the east of Ukraine intensifies, we will have a report from a correspondent on the front line China trials a vaccine aimed specifically at the omicron variant. And the Spanish government says the Spanish Prime Minister's phone was infected with spyware. (Photo: Civilians arrive in Zaporizhzhia on Monday after travelling in a private vehicle from Mariupol. Credit: Getty Images)

    Evacuees from Mariupol steel plant awaited

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 48:45

    An evacuation attempt from Mariupol leads to hope that those rescued will eventually arrive in the Ukrainian-held city of Zaporizhzhia. Also in the programme: Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid, the festival which marks the end of the month of Ramadan. We find out what it's like to celebrate Eid in Ukraine; and only twenty copies of the ‘Wicked Bible' are thought to exist, but one has just turned up in New Zealand. (Photo: Refugees from Russian-occupied areas in south Ukraine arrive to Zaporizhzhia. Thousands of people who still remain trapped in Mariupol and other areas occupied by the Russian army in south Ukraine wait to be evacuated to safer areas, 02 May 2022. Credit: EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY)

    Civilians evacuated from Mariupol steelworks

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 49:44

    A complex operation is evacuating civilians from the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, involving both the United Nations and Red Cross. 80 people have been taken away from the plant, which is besieged by Russian forces. Also in the programme: Régine Zylberberg, the French singer and impresario credited with inventing the modern discothèque, has died at the age of 92; and the Sri Lankan media minister, Nalaka Godahewa, has admitted that the government had failed to foresee the foreign exchange reserve crisis that helped trigger the country's political and economic woes. (Photo: A woman sits with children as evacuees, including civilians who left the area near Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, arrive at a temporary accommodation centre during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the village of Bezimenne in the Donetsk Region, Ukraine 1 May 2022. Credit: Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko)

    Ukraine war: Civilians evacuated from Mariupol steel plant

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 48:44

    Russia's ministry of defence says 46 civilians were evacuated in total on Saturday, from residential buildings next to the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol in southern Ukraine. Also, Russia says it's introducing its own currency in the occupied region of Kherson from today -- in a sign that it intends to hang on to its conquests. We hear from a resident in Kherson. An interview with an Afghan father trying to keep his daughter's education going, with schools still shut. The New York boxing bout that's punched through for women. And the full-blooded return of the world's greatest classical music festival. (Photo: The steelworks is a vast industrial area full of underground tunnels and other fortifiable locations. Credit: Reuters)

    Fighting in eastern Ukraine intensifies

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 48:34

    Ukraine's Ministry of Defence has warned that Moscow is preparing to intensify its assault in the east of the country. Also in the programme: an optical illusion in the sky; and wildfires spreading through one of the coldest places on Earth. (Photo: A Ukrainian service member inspects a destroyed Russian Armoured Personnel Carrier, Ukraine April 30, 2022. CREDIT: REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

    Russia says it's evacuated over one million Ukrainians

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 47:30

    Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has told Chinese state media that more than a million people have been evacuated from Ukraine to Russia since the start of the fighting. Nikita Horban, who was taken with his father from the Kyiv region, describes how he was tortured and sent to the Russian city of Kursk before being returned to Ukraine as part of a prisoner swap. Also in the programme: We'll hear from the British Virgin Islands' acting prime minister after his boss was arrested for alleged drug trafficking and money laundering; and why wildfires are springing up in one of the coldest places on earth. Photo: Nikita Horban, who says he was seized and tortured in Russia, sits in a medical facility in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine Credit: BBC

    Mariupol: no sign of evacuation from Azovstal steel plant

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 49:44

    Also in the programme: the former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has been jailed for two and a half years for hiding £2.5m worth of assets and loans to avoid paying debts. The elected leader of the British Virgin Islands has appeared in a US court on drugs and money laundering charges, hours after an inquiry into corruption and bad governance recommended the UK impose direct rule on the territory. And we hear about plans to ration water in Chile's capital Santiago.

    Estonia PM: Russia should be pushed back from Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 49:36

    Estonia's prime minister tells Newshour Russia should be expelled from Ukraine and "pushed back to Russia". Also in the programme: The Afghan former general who says he's leading an insurgency against the Taliban; the premier of a British overseas territory arrested in the US on drugs charges; the displaced orphans of Ukraine; and bringing Japanese Animation to the British stage. (Photo: Estonian PM, Kaja Kallas. Credit: EPA)

    Rockets hit Kyiv as UN Secretary-General visits

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 48:52

    Rockets strike the Ukrainian capital during an official visit to the city by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres. Also in the programme: a study suggests climate change will increase the risk of pandemics, by accelerating the exchange of viruses between species; and we hear from a Ukrainian Red Cross volunteer captured by Russian soldiers and taken to Belarus, and then Russia. (Photo: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy shake hands at a joint news conference, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine 28 April 2022. Credit: Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)

    UN chief visits mass graves in Bucha

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 48:42

    The secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has called on Russia to cooperate with the International Criminal Court in its investigations into alleged war crimes carried out by Russian forces in Ukraine. Also on the programme, protesters calling for the government of Sri Lanka to step down as the country faces the worst crisis since independence. And, scientists say that a tooth from a 205 million-year old sea creature may change our understanding of the earth's earliest predators. (Photo: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visits Ukraine 28/04/2022 Reuters)

    Ukraine: Mariupol defenders make new appeal

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 49:33

    A Ukrainian marines commander -- holed up inside a steel works in the besieged port city of Mariupol -- has made another impassioned appeal for rescue, warning "people here will simply die". Serhiy Volynsky says about six hundred soldiers are badly injured and hundreds of civilians are trapped at the works. The European Union has said it won't give in to Russian blackmail after Moscow cut supplies of gas to Poland and Bulgaria. A groundbreaking case involving the legal rights of US waterways. How metals and minerals illegally mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo are bypassing a scheme designed to stop them entering the formal economy. (Photo: Commander Serhiy Volynsky in Mariupol)

    Russia stops gas deliveries to Bulgaria and Poland

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 49:23

    Bulgaria receives more than 90% of its gas from Russia - we hear from the Bulgarian energy minister. Also on the programme, in the Philippines election, the Marcoses think all is forgiven as the family bids for highest office once more; and the wildlife conservationists saving the snow leopard from extinction in India. (Photo: Protest in Riga to demand a faster abandonment of Russia's energy resources Credit: EPA/TOMS KALNINS)

    UN chief highlights Ukraine concerns in Moscow visit

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 36:40

    Today was the day the United Nations took its grievances about Russia's invasion of Ukraine directly to the Russian president. The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, told Vladimir Putin that his invasion fully contradicted the constitution of the UN charter, but insisted he was visiting Moscow as a "messenger of peace". Also in the programme: An interview with a Russian member of parliament; we hear from the wife of an opposition activist jailed for speaking out about the war; and we discuss the future of Twitter - under Elon Musk. (Photo shows Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Credit: Maxim Shipenkov/Reuters)

    UN Secretary General in Moscow for talks on humanitarian crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 48:48

    The UN Secretary General has called for immediate humanitarian assistance for civilians caught up in the war in Ukraine. Antonio Guterres is in Moscow to speak with Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov. Also in the programme: Malcolm Nance is a former US Navy sailor and TV pundit who decided to join Ukraine's International Legion. He explains why he made this decision, and what is he is seeing on the ground in Ukraine. (Photo: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visits Moscow. April 26, 2022. Credit: Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via REUTERS)

    Business-as-usual at start of Macron's second term

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 49:44

    Emmanuel Macron is the first French president in 20 years to win re-election, but it came amid a high number of abstentions, a lack of enthusiasm for his candidacy, and a record number of votes for the far-right. Yet he has done something no other French president has achieved before: winning re-election while still being in charge of his own government. We'll hear from voters in Paris about what they want to see the centrist achieve. Also in the programme: the board of Twitter has agreed to a $44bn takeover offer from the billionaire Elon Musk; a Turkish court sentences the activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala to life in prison; and we'll hear from the Ukrainian soldiers on the front line of Russia's offensive in the east. (Photo shows Emmanuel Macron waving to supporters. Credit: Christophe Petit Tesson/European Pressphoto Agency)

    France: Macron's second term challenges

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 49:29

    Emmanuel Macron is the first French President in 20 years to win re-election. With record numbers of votes for his far right rival and a high level of abstentions, what kind of challenges could he face in his second five year term? Also in this programme: The US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin promises hundreds of millions of dollars more in military aid for Ukraine; and reports that Twitter is poised to accept billionaire Elon Musk's offer to buy the company. (Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech after winning the second round of the French presidential election. Credit: EPA/Christophe Petit Tesson)

    French President wins second term

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2022 49:29

    Emmanuel Macron would become the first French president in twenty years to be re-elected, but turn-out was at a historic low and the country is divided with his far-right challenger, Marine Le Pen, receiving 42 percent of the votes. In this special programme we hear reaction to the vote from both camps and ask what the result means for France, for Europe and for the wider world. (Photo: President Macron celebrating his victory; Credit: EPA/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO)

    US officials visit Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2022 49:27

    As Ukraine's President Zelensky prepares to meet the US Secretaries of State and Defense in Kyiv, we ask what he wants and needs now from the US. We hear from locked-down Shanghai as daily deaths from CIOVID-19 reach a new high of 39. And we're live from Paris as French voters choose their next President, in a tight race between the incumbent Emanuel Macron and the far right challenger Marine Le Pen. (Image: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky answers questions from journalists during an underground press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, 23 April 2022 / Credit: EPA / Sergey Dolzhenko)

    New attacks on Odesa

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2022 48:31

    At least eight people have been killed in a Russian missile strike on a residential block of flats in the Black Sea port of Odesa, Ukraine's third biggest city. We speak to a local member of parliament. Also on the programme, would a change in leadership following tomorrow's French elections affect the country's presence in Africa's Sahel region? And we take a look at the ‘age of the strongman' with author Gideon Rachman. (Photo: Members of the emergency team work near a residential building damaged by a missile strike in Odesa today; Credit: REUTERS/Igor Tkachenko)

    Russia appears to threaten Moldova

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2022 48:32

    Senior Russian commander Major General Rustam Minnekayev was quoted in state media as saying that Moscow seeks "control over the south of Ukraine", which he claimed would give Moscow access to the Russian-backed separatist region of Transnistria in Moldova. We hear reaction from a former Moldovan MP and ambassador to the US. Russia has yet again promised to allow civilians trapped in Mariupol to leave - we hear live from Ukraine with the latest. And why far right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen attracts more young voters than ever before. (Image: Russian tanks / Credit: Reuters)

    France's presidential rivals in a final push for votes

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 49:29

    In the final hours of campaigning, President Emmanuel Macron has warned that nothing has been decided, despite a lead in the opinion polls over his rival Marine Le Pen. Newshour's James Coomarasamy reports from Dijon. Also in the programme: The UN says civilians were summarily executed in the Ukrainian town of Bucha; and why the British Royal family are having to tread more carefully on their official tours of the Caribbean. (Photo: Official campaign posters of 2022 French presidential election candidates are displayed in Dammartin-en-Serve. Credit: Reuters/Benoit Tessier)

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