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    What's going on in Belgorod?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2023 47:49

    A group of saboteurs has crossed from Ukraine into Russia's Belgorod region and clashes there have injured a number of people, Russian authorities say. Ukraine denies responsibility and said Russian citizens from two paramilitary groups were behind the attack. We'll attempt to find out what exactly is going on around the border city of Belgorod. Also in the programme: Real Madrid logs a hate crime with Spanish prosecutors after their star player Vinicius Junior suffered racist abuse at the weekend; and there's another big fine for Facebook's parent companty Meta from the EU for breaches of data protection, but what difference will it make? [Photo shows a helicopter flying over Belgorod on 22 May. Credit: Telegram]

    Imran Khan: 'There is danger to my life'

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2023 48:47

    Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan, says he fears that general elections due by October won't be held. He told the BBC he believed there was a danger to his life, but said much more worrying was the danger to Pakistani democracy. We hear the response of a government minister. Also in the programme: Ukraine and Russia disagree about who holds the Ukrainian town of Bakhmut - we hear from a former resident about the destruction of her home; and one of the best footballers in Spain says the country's top league "belongs to racists", after he's abused during a match. (File photo: Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan gestures as he speaks to the members of the media at his residence in Lahore, Pakistan May 18, 2023. Reuters/Mohsin Raza/File Photo)

    G7 summit ends with support for Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2023 50:01

    Over three days leaders of the G7 group of nations met in Hiroshima where they accused China of "economic coercision" and "malign practicies" and singled out Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. Also in the programme: Votes are in for Greece's parlimentary elections; and the first Saudi woman to voyage into space prepares for lift-off. (Picture: leaders of the G7 nations in Hiroshima. Credit: EPA)

    Zelensky denies Bakhmut has fallen at G7 summit

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2023 50:02

    On the final day of the G7 summit, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed Russia still does not occupy the embattled city of Bakhmut. He also added that Russia will feel Ukraine's long-awaited counter offensive when it comes. Russia's Wagner mercenaries claimed to have captured the city on Saturday. Also on the programme: Sudan's warring factions agree to a seven-day ceasefire; and the first Saudi woman to voyage into space prepares for lift-off. (Photo: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a news conference at the G7 nations meetings in Hiroshima, western Japan, 21 May 2023. Credit: EPA/Louise Delmotte)

    F-16s: Russia warns of escalation

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2023 48:30

    Russia says the F-16 deal means the West is continuing the path of escalation in the Ukraine conflict, something, it says, is fraught with "massive risks" for the West itself. We hear from a retired US Air Force Colonel about what difference the planes will make. Also in the programme: British novelist Martin Amis dies; and BBC statue attacked. (Picture: A Romanian Air Force pilot salutes from the cockpit of his F-16 Fighting Falcon after landing during a decommissioning ceremony in Romania. Credit: ROBERT GHEMENT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

    US Approves Fighter Jets For Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2023 49:40

    Zelenskiy arrives at the G7 summit in Japan as the US allows allies to supply Ukraine with American-made F-16 fighter jets. Russia says the F-16 deal means the West is continuing the path of escalation in the Ukraine conflict, something, it says, is fraught with "massive risks" for the West itself. Also on the programme: We hear from a member of the main opposition party in Cambodia after they were banned from contesting the upcoming election, and music and literature join together in Bosnia. . (Photo: Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky meet during the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan. President Zelensky arrived in Japan to attend the final day of the summit. Saturday May 20, 2023. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

    Syria re-admitted to Arab League: Syrian opposition outraged

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2023 48:46

    Arab leaders have welcomed the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad back into the Arab League at a summit in Saudi Arabia. Mr Assad called for a new phase in regional cooperation in his first speech at the League since Syria was suspended more than twelve years ago. That was in response to the Syrian president's brutal repression of pro-democracy protests. There's anger among many Syrians about Mr Assad's return to the Arab fold. One opposition activist told the BBC it was unforgiveable in light of his regime's record of torture, imprisonment and killings. Also in the programme: At the G7 summit, Russia faces further sanctions, including on its multi-billion dollar trade in diamonds; and we'll hear why New York City is sinking. (Photo: Syria's President Bashar al-Assad attends the Arab League summit, in Jeddah Saudi Arabia, May 19 2023. Credit: Saudi Press Agency/Handout via Reuters)

    Syria's Assad at Arab League summit

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2023 50:59

    Once an outcast from the international community, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is attending an Arab League summit in Saudi Arabia today. It's the first one he's attended since Syria was suspended from the regional body 12 years ago at the outset of the country's brutal civil war. We'll hear from an opposition activist who's deeply upset by the invitation extended to the al-Assad regime. Also in the programme: why the people of central Somalia are gasping from drought, but now fleeing flash floods; and how one researcher uncovered a new date for the first recorded kiss. (Photo shows Bashar al-Assad arriving in Jeddah to attend the Arab League summit. Credit: SANA/Handout via Reuters)

    Italy floods: Questions grow about the official response

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2023 47:23

    More than 20 rivers have burst their banks in Italy, leaving 13 people dead and forcing thousands from their homes after six months' rainfall fell in a day and a half. We speak to one man trying to clean up the damage. Also in the programme: A special report from the Kenyan forest where more than two hundred members of a starvation cult died; and the hidden cost of El Salvador's crackdown on gangs. (Firefighters work next to a flooded car after heavy rains hit Italy's Emilia Romagna region, Faenza Italy, May 18 2023. Credit: Reuters/Claudia Greco)

    Rescue efforts continue after Italy floods

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2023 47:33

    More than 20 rivers have burst their banks in northern Italy, leaving nine people dead and forcing 13,000 from their homes. Six months' rainfall fell in a day and a half. Rescue efforts are continuing in following the devastating floods and thousands of families have been evacuated and are staying in emergency shelters. Also in the programme: We'll hear about claims that El Salvador's crackdown on gangs has led to the detention of huge numbers of innocent people; and the musician Sting reflects on 40 years of songwriting success. (Photo shows the platforms of a train station flooded due to the flooding of a river, in Lugo, near Ravenna, Italy. Credit: Emanuele Valeri/EPA)

    Global warming report sparks calls for urgent action

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2023 48:52

    Politicians and activists are calling for urgent action on fossil fuels after a report by the UN's World Meteorological Organisation found that it's now more likely than not that a key target – to limit global warming to no more than 1.5C – will be breached by 2027. We discuss the forecast with an activist from Namibia and an environmental analyst in the UK. Also on the programme: Ecuadorean President Guillermo Lasso dissolves the opposition-controlled parliament amid an impeachment trial; and topless dancers in Los Angeles win the right to unionise. (Photo: A general view of the Santerno river, as its levels rise due to heavy rain, by the Imola racetrack, ahead of the weekend's cancelled Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, in Imola, Italy, May 17, 2023. Credit: REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini).

    Global warming set to break key limit – report

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2023 49:59

    Breaking the 1.5C threshold is a worrying sign that warming is accelerating and not slowing down. We speak to Dr Christopher Hewitt, climate director at the World Meteorological Agency about the report's findings. Also on the programme: A Chinese comedy company is fined more than $2m over a joke; and the world's biggest car maker warning it may have to close its UK plant over Brexit. (Photo shows cracked ground near a dam with depleted levels of water in Tunisia. IMAGE: Reuters)

    CEO of OpenAI testifies in US Senate

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2023 47:28

    The head of the company behind the artificial intelligence tool, ChatGPT, has told the US Congress that the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) is essential. Mr Altman said a new agency should be formed to licence AI companies. Also on the programme: the head of Ukraine's Supreme Court has been arrested in connection with allegations of multi-million-dollar bribery; and ‘Godfather of Poker' Doyle Brunson dies aged 89. We reflect on the Texas native's life with two poker heavyweights. (Image: OpenAI CEO Sam Altman testifies before a panel of Senators in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2023. Credit: REUTERS/Frantz)

    Kyiv hit by intense shelling

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2023 47:38

    After a night of heavy shelling, Kyiv faces a day of diplomacy as a senior Chinese official is set to arrive in Kyiv. Also in the programme: Today five people were found guilty for carrying out a jewellery heist in Dresden in 2019 and Faisal Abbas, editor-in-chief of the Saudi-based Arab News, on Saudi Arabia and the future of the Middle East. (Picture: The explosion of a missile seen in the sky over Kyiv during a Russian missile strike. Credit: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

    Campaigning for Sunday's election continues in Turkey

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2023 45:34

    Campaigning is still underway in Turkey ahead of Sunday's election, with President Erdogan facing what's been called the toughest challenge in his career. Also, Thais go to the polls and many are looking for a complete change. Plus the cyclone threatening coastal Bangladesh. And we hear from the Swiss village evacuated because of the climate crisis. (Image: Turkish President and Leader of the Justice and Development (AK) Party, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) attends the election rally organized by AK Party in Umraniye district of Istanbul, Turkiye on May 13, 2023. Credit: TUR Presidency/Murat Cetinmuhurdar / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

    US pandemic-era border policy expires

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2023 48:57

    A new migration policy is in operation along the southern border of the United States following the expiry of Covid-era restrictions, known as Title 42. The new rules will penalise those crossing illegally with deportation and a ban on re-entering the US for at least five years. But they also provide for regional processing centres in Latin America. Newshour's James Coomarasamy is in Washington to report on the changes. Also in the programme: former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan appears in court; and the biggest cosmic explosion ever witnessed. (Photo: Asylum seekers climb the banks of the Rio Bravo river after crossing the border to turn themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents while Title 42 is lifted. CREDIT: REUTERS/Daniel Becerril)

    US braces for surge in migrants

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2023 48:33

    Hours before a Covid-era immigration policy known as Title 42 is due to expire, the US prepares for a surge of arrivals at its southern border. Also in the programme: UK gives Ukraine Shadow Storm missiles; and EU mulls AI rules. (Picture: Migrants stand near the border wall during a sandstorm after having crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, U.S. Credit: REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez)

    Zelensky says Ukraine not yet ready for counter offensive

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2023 48:28

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tells the BBC's Hugo Bachega his country needs more time before it launches a much-anticipated counter-offensive against occupying Russian forces, but that Ukrainian combat brigades are otherwise “ready”. Also in the programme: the Pakistani Supreme Court has ruled that the arrest of the former prime minister, Imran Khan, is illegal; and the dystopian drama imagining state-run euthanasia in Japan. (Photo: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Credit: MARCIN OBARA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

    Israel and Gaza militants in heaviest fighting for months

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2023 48:56

    Israel says Palestinian militants in Gaza have fired more than 400 rockets at it and that its military has hit about 110 militant targets in Gaza, in the heaviest fighting in nine months. We are live in Gaza and Jerusalem. Also in the programme: We speak to a Canadian MP who's accused a Chinese diplomat of intimidating his family; and with the number of bodies found in a Kenyan forest rising to more than 130, we look at the country's problem with cults. (Photo: Rockets are fired from Gaza into Israel, May 10 2023. Reuters/Mohammed Salem)

    Unrest in Pakistan as Imran Khan appears in court

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2023 48:25

    Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan has appeared before a judge, a day after his arrest on corruption charges sparked nationwide protests. Nearly 1,000 people have been arrested during protests, police say, since Mr Khan was held in Islamabad on charges which he denies. Our correspondent has the latest from the streets of Islamabad. Also in the programme: with the longest and bloodiest battle of the war in Ukraine continuing in Bakhmut, how might Ukraine's planned spring offensive change the direction of the war? And we'll hear from one of the scientists behind a breakthrough on plastic eating microbes - which might change the way we recycle. (Photo shows supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan out on the streets after violent protests broke out across the country following the former PM's arrest. Credit: Rahat Dar/EPA)

    Jury finds Trump sexually abused writer

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2023 48:33

    A jury in a New York court has determined that the former US president Donald Trump sexually abused the magazine writer E. Jean Carroll in the 1990s and then defamed her by branding her a liar. The court awarded about five million dollars in compensatory and punitive damages. But Mr Trump was found not liable for raping Ms Carroll in the dressing room of a department store. Mr Trump did not attend the two-week trial in the Manhattan federal court and has denied the accusations. Also in the programme: former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is arrested; and Tom Hanks on his new novel (Photo: E. Jean Carroll (C) leaves a federal court house after the jury found that former president Donald J. Trump was liable for sexually abusing and defaming her but not liable for raping her in the sexual assault and defamation civil lawsuit Carroll had brought against him in New York. CREDIT: EPA/JUSTIN LANE)

    Israel kills militants and civilians in airstrikes on Gaza

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2023 48:21

    At least 13 Palestinians, including three commanders of the militant group Islamic Jihad, have been killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip. Israel said it had launched an operation targeting militants who posed an imminent threat to its citizens. Islamic Jihad has vowed revenge and Gaza-based militants are expected to respond with rocket fire into Israel. What does this escalation mean for the Islamic Jihad group and for Israel? Also in the programme: Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan is arrested amid chaotic scenes; a Saudi diplomat tells us about the Sudan ceasefire talks being hosted in Jeddah, and London's police force expresses "regret" over the arrest of anti-monarchy protestors ahead of the coronation. Plus, is the Turkish president's iron grip on power rusting with elections next Sunday? (Photo shows a view of Gaza as an Israel airstrike hits. Credit: Getty Images)

    Epidemic of looting amid Sudan conflict

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2023 49:43

    As violence continues in Sudan, looting is causing shortages of basic supplies. We'll hear from an activist just outside the capital Khartoum, about what she's seen and why she has stayed where she is. Also in the programme: Serbia's amnesty on illegal arms has seen around 1,500 weapons returned anonymously, as protests against the government's handling of two mass shootings take place in the capital Belgrade; and the American opera singer Grace Bumbry has died, aged 86. (Picture: Smoke billows in Sudan's capital Khartoum. Picture credit: AFP)

    Another overnight airstrike on Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2023 49:58

    Russia has launched its biggest wave of drone attacks on Ukraine in months, with ten regions targeted overnight and at least three civilians killed. We hear from the capital Kyiv and an analysis of the weapons and Russia's latest strategy. Also on the programme; Saudi Arabia hosts talks for a ceasefire in Sudan but will there be peace anytime soon? We hear what the coronation of a new king means for one Caribbean nation. Plus scientists are developing a test to determine whether people are too tired to drive. (Photo: Night shelling on the outskirts of Odessa during the fourth air attack by Russians in a month, Credit: EPA/Operational Command South Handout)

    Syria back in the Arab League

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2023 49:24

    The Arab League has readmitted Syria after more than a decade of suspension, as countries in the region push to normalise ties with President Bashar al-Assad. We hear from a former member of the Syrian opposition who is disappointed that Syria has been let back in. Also in the programme: at least seven people have been killed and several others injured when an SUV mowed people down near a shelter for migrants in Brownsville, Texas; and Ukrainian officials have said Russia has sparked a "mad panic" by evacuating a town near the contested Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. (Picture: Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in August 12, 2020. Picture credit: The Syrian Arab News Agency)

    IAEA boss warns of 'catastrophe' in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2023 49:25

    The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, warns of 'catastrophe' at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine. He urges warring parties to get 'back to their senses' and agree over a 'set of principles' to protect reactors. Also in the programme: YouTubers in Turkey's election; and the EU's plan to regulate AI. (Picture: A motorcade transporting the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expert mission, escorted by the Russian military, arrives at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, March 29, 2023. credit: REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

    King Charles III is crowned

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2023 48:07

    King Charles III and Queen Camilla have waved at crowds and watched a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London after their Coronation at Westminster Abbey. They were joined by other members of the Royal Family, including the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children. We hear reflections from people in Commonwealth countries and from a friend of the new King. Also in the programme: representatives from Sudan's warring armies have arrived in Saudi Arabia for their first face-to-face negotiation. (Photo: King Charles III and Queen Camilla on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their Coronation ceremony. Credit: Jeff Overs/BBC)

    King Charles III crowned

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2023 49:45

    Britain and the Commonwealth Realm, are welcoming a new monarch, King Charles III. King Charles and Queen Camilla left Westminster Abbey in the Gold State Coach after their formal coronation ceremony on Saturday. Also in the programme: Peace talks are due to begin in Saudi Arabia between Sudan's warring factions; and Sweden has condemned Iran following the execution of a Swedish-Iranian dissident. (Picture: King Charles III was formally crowned as monarch. Credit: PA Media)

    No new gun permits in Serbia after mass shootings

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2023 49:56

    Serbia is embarking on a push to disarm the country after two mass shootings within forty-eight hours. President Aleksandar Vucic said no new gun permits would be issued and existing owners would face increased background checks. We'll hear from our correspondent in Belgrade. Also in the programme: The WHO declares that Covid 19 is no longer a global health emergency; and the Irish language as well as Welsh and Scots Gaelic, are to be used for the first time in a British royal coronation. (A police officer guards as a Crime Scene Investigator looks for evidence at a crime scene site in the village of Dubona, near Mladenovac, Serbia. Credit: Andrej Cukic/EPA)

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    Sudan: Looting disrupts aid deliveries

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2023 48:18

    As Sudan's generals carry on their vicious fight, terrified civilians flee in all directions. Our reporter has made it to the southern border. We also hear from the World Food Programme about looting. Also in the programme: The tech journalist secretly tracked by TikTok; and how to get a knitting machine to make your satellite antenna. (Photo: People who fled Sudan wait outside the railway station in Aswan, Egypt, Credit: Photo by Khaled Elfiq//EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

    Law and order breakdown in Sudan: Biden issues sanctions

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2023 48:56

    US President Joe Biden called the fighting in Sudan a betrayal of its people and issued an executive order authorising sanctions against the warring factions. We hear from a resident of Khartoum on the rise of robberies and violence in the capital. Also on the programme: A court in the United States has found that Ed Sheeran did not copy Marvin Gaye's hit, Let's Get It On, when composing Thinking Out Loud. And the southern Italian city of Naples hopes its football team will clinch its first league title since the days of Diego Maradona.

    Sudan ceasefire collapses

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2023 48:58

    A seven-day ceasefire, due to come into force in Sudan, appears to be in tatters as clashes continue between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces. The BBC's Lyse Doucet speaks to Martin Griffiths, the UN's aid chief, who has spoken with the two rival generals. Also on the programme: Indigenous leaders from 12 Commonwealth countries have called on King Charles III to make a formal apology for centuries of colonialism; and the 83-year-old flautist from Northern Ireland who shared the stage with Lizzo at the Met Gala. (IMAGE: Damaged cars and buildings in Khartoum North, 27 April CREDIT: REUTERS/ Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File Photo)

    Kremlin drone: Ukraine denies it attacked Putin or Moscow

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2023 49:58

    Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has denied his country carried out an alleged drone attack on the Kremlin, which Russia says was an attempt on President Vladimir Putin's life. We speak to the BBC's Russia Editor Steve Rosenberg and an advisor to Ukraine's Defence Minister. Also on the programme: thousands of refugees flee from Sudan to South Sudan, a country ill-equipped to deal with such an influx. And the growing threat of fungal diseases to food security worldwide. (Image: a still image taken from a video appearing to show a flying object exploding near the Kremlin during the alleged drone attack in Moscow. Ostorozhno Novosti/Handout via REUTERS)

    Russia accuses Ukraine of attempting to kill Putin

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2023 48:25

    Russia claims it has foiled an attempt by Ukraine to assassinate President Putin with a drone strike on the Kremlin. Also in the programme: South Sudan's foreign minister on bringing peace to Sudan; and US Surgeon General warns of the dangers of loneliness. (Picture: Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on the development of unmanned aircraft, at the Rudnyovo industrial park in Moscow, Russia April 27, 2023. Credit: Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin)

    New seven-day ceasefire agreed in Sudan

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2023 48:57

    Violence has forced roughly 100,000 people to flee Sudan's borders. We speak to one Khartoum resident about what life is like there at the moment. Also on the programme: The United Nations announces it will stay in Afghanistan to deliver aid despite the Taliban's decision to restrict women working with NGOs and UN agencies; and Newshour speaks to a professor at the University of Texas who has invented a way of translating someone's thoughts into written text. (Image: Smoke rises after aerial bombardment in Khartoum. Credit: Reuters)

    AI ‘godfather' warns of danger ahead

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2023 48:50

    A man widely regarded as the godfather of artificial intelligence (AI) has quit his job at Google, warning about the risks posed by the technology he helped to develop. Dr Geoffrey Hinton joins a growing number of experts sharing their concerns about the speed at which AI is developing. Also in the programme: a Kenyan preacher accused of encouraging his followers to starve themselves to death appears in court; and 83-year-old Motown legend Smokey Robinson returns with his first album of new material in over a decade. (Photo: Artificial intelligence pioneer Geoffrey Hinton. Credit: REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

    Truce extended in Sudan

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2023 47:56

    Air strikes have pounded Sudan's capital, Khartoum, despite a truce aimed at allowing civilians to flee. The army said it was attacking the city to flush out its paramilitary rivals, the Rapid Response Forces (RSF). The fighting intensified even as the warring sides said they would extend the truce by another three days. We'll hear about the challenges of moving around a city at war and also hear from Darfur in the west. Also in the programme: China has its first world chess champion; and how legalisation in Thailand led to a marijuana boom. (Photo shows a burnt out car in Khartoum, Sudan. Credit: Getty Images)

    Intense fighting in Khartoum

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2023 50:00

    Tens of thousands of Sudanese have abandoned their homes and are fleeing the country. Satellite images show long bus convoys at the Egyptian border and in Port Sudan there has been a rush for the limited spaces on ships heading to Saudi Arabia. Our correspondent in the east of Chad says thousands of women, children and the elderly are fleeing the violence in the Darfur region. Also in the programme: a key referendum in Uzbekistan; and history beckons in Naples. (Photo: British nationals board an RAF plane during the evacuation from Wadi Seidna Air Base, Sudan. CREDIT: Arron Hoare/UK Ministry of Defence/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.)

    Escaping the fighting in Sudan: one woman's story

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2023 47:01

    Sudan's army says it's launching a major assault on Khartoum with heavy weapons, to try to dislodge a rival militia force which is in control of large parts of the capital. As residents of Khartoum are told to brace for an escalation in the fighting, we hear how the rush to leave Sudan could tear some families apart. One woman says she is being told to leave her husband behind. Also in the programme: there's frustration in Kyiv at the EU's deal that limits agricultural imports from Ukraine; and we speak to a woman whose visit to see Michelangelo's famous statue David has made international headlines. (Photo: British nationals have been evacuated to Cyprus, before flying to the UK. Credit: Reuters)

    Sudan exodus continues

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2023 47:36

    Fighting is continuing in parts of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. Both the army and the RSF agreed to a ceasefire but it has not held. Tens of thousands of people are fleeing the country. Our correspondent Lyse Doucet is in Jeddah where many people fleeing the fighting have arrived. Also on the programme: A court in the Netherlands has ordered a man suspected of fathering more than five hundred children to stop donating his sperm. And are laws designed to protect cows in India being used to target Muslims? (Photo: Sudanese refugees who have fled the violence in their country gather to receive food supplements from World Food Programme (WFP). CREDIT: REUTERS/Mahamat Ramadane)

    Sudan crisis: General Hemedti speaks to BBC

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2023 49:00

    The leader of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as Hemedti, tells the BBC he's ready for peace talks if there is a cessation of hostilities. The current ceasefire has not held, and nearly two weeks of fighting between rival factions of Sudan's military have left hundreds dead. Also in the programme: a wave of Russian air strikes on cities across Ukraine has left at least 25 people dead; and rehearsals start for what is being billed as the world's first heavy metal dance experience – Black Sabbath The Ballet. (Photo: General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo speaking in Khartoum. Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

    BBC chairman resigns

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2023 49:54

    The government-appointed chairman of the BBC, Richard Sharp, has resigned after admitting that he breached the British government's code for public appointments. We hear from a former Conservative culture minister. Also in the programme: WHO on the crisis in Sudan; and Eva Green's victory in a London court. (Picture: Richard Sharp resignation statement 28/04/2023. Credit: BBC)

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