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The United Nations are due to vote on a new ceasefire deal in Syria among further reports of deaths in the region of Eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held enclave that lies on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. Also in the programme: How powerful is America’s National Rifle Association?; and Venezuela’s failing health care system. (Image: The remains of a rocket in the rebel-held town of Douma in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on 23rd February 2018. Credit: Hamza al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images)
The United Nations Security Council is meeting on Friday to re-examine a draft resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in Syria, as the government offensive on rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta continues for a sixth day. Also on the programme: more missing school girls in Nigeria; and the medical impact of Venezuela's economic crisis. Picture: A Syrian man in the besieged Eastern Ghouta. Credit: Getty Images/AFP
President Trump says he is considering proposals to allow “gun adept teachers” to carry arms at work as a way of preventing further school shootings. 17 people were killed by an armed man last week at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Also in the programme: The UN claims that the hundreds of thousands people in the besieged Syrian region of Eastern Ghouta are trapped in a “hell on earth”; and was Neanderthal man also a renaissance man? A look at new research which claims our prehistoric cousins created their own art. Image: A firearm instructor (left foreground) teaches a concealed-weapons training class to 200 Utah teachers on 27th December 27, 2012 in West Valley City, Utah. Credit: George Frey/Getty Images
The UN Security Council is expected to vote later today on a resolution, which calls for a thirty-day ceasefire in Syria. We hear from Iran's deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, who says he is concerned at the human cost of the Syrian government's offensive on Eastern Ghouta. UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has described the rebel enclave as a "hell on earth". Also on the programme: A rare report from Venezuela about food shortages, hyperinflation and many parents' daily struggle to feed their children; and a major scientific study finds that anti-depressants work but will it end the debates about their use? (Photo: Civil defence help an unconscious woman from a shelter in the besieged town of Douma. Credit: Reuters)
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are leading a rally in Florida's state capital to demand a ban on assault weapons. It is the first organised protest of a youth-led anti-gun movement that has swept the US since the attack on the school a week ago that left 17 people dead. Also in the programme: Are right-wing parties poised to win Italy's upcoming general election? And the therapeutic value of virtual reality. (Image: Tyra Hemans, a senior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks with Florida Representative Wengay "Newt" Newton. Credit: REUTERS/Colin Hackley)
Syrians trapped in the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta have been speaking of their desperation, on the fourth day of an intense government bombardment. We hear from a resident, as well as a Russian perspective. Also on the programme: Using virtual reality to tell the story of a furious dispute over the Nile's precious water; also - Italians go to the polls at the end of next week to vote for a new government; we hear from Milan. (Picture: The aftermath of a reported government air strike in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region. Credit: Getty )
Fighters loyal to the Assad government have entered the Kurdish stronghold of Afrin in northern Syria, stoking fears of an escalation of fighting along the border with Turkey. As they arrived, they were met by Turkish artillery fire. Also in the programme: The Nigerian army's hunt for Boko Haram's elusive leader; and what a pair of boxing gloves tells us about ancient Romans' fascination with combat sport. (Image: Pro-Syrian government fighters flashing the victory gesture upon arriving in Syria's northern region of Afrin. Credit: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images)
At least 50 civilians have reportedly been killed in fresh Syrian government attacks on the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus. A monitoring group said 127 civilians were killed on Monday in the deadliest day for three years in the enclave, where some 393,000 people are trapped. We hear from inside the enclave as well as from a government MP. Also in the programme; Venezuela launches a crypto-currency today in an effort to find a way out of the dire economic straits it finds itself in and; a Japanese man wins custody rights for 13 of his children who were born to surrogate mothers in Thailand. Picture: Syrian men carry an injured victim amid the rubble of buildings following government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Credit: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images
Syria says it will send pro-government forces to the region of Afrin, where Kurds are facing a Turkish offensive. In response, the Turkish deputy prime minister said it would be a disaster if Syrian government forces were to enter the border region. Also in the programme: How will UN’s Palestinian refugee agency make up for loss in funding from the US? And former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi returns to the political scene - but this time he’s not allowed to vote. Picture: Turkish-backed Syrian rebel fighters fire towards Kurdish forces from the People's Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin region, on February 19, 2018. Credit: Getty Images
Alexander Krushelnitsky, a Russian medal-winner at the Winter Olympics has returned a positive test result for meldonium - but can it really be called a "performance enhancing drug"? Also on the programme: the justice being meted out to those women who married Islamic State militants in Iraq; and Silvio Berlusconi is back on the campaign trail in Italy ahead of upcoming elections there. (Picture: Alexander Krushelnitsky alongside wife Anastasia Bryzgalova. Credit: Getty)
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a stinging verbal attack on Iran, telling a Munich Security Conference Iran is the "greatest threat to our world". Also in the programme: The latest from Afrin and we hear from a former Russian "troll". (Picture: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at the Munich Security Conference. Credit: THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP/Getty Images)
Israel's prime minister launches a stinging attack on Iran, telling a security conference in Munich the country is the "greatest threat to our world". Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would "not allow Iran's regime to put a noose of terror around our neck". Also in the programme: a large fire at the most important shrine in Tibetan Buddhism; and is Iceland about to be the first country to ban male circumcision? Picture: Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images.
Survivors of a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida have joined protesters demanding tougher gun laws. Also in the programme: Poland's controversial WW2 death camps law and the secrets of a famous Picasso painting. (Picture: People protesting after a school shooting in Florida. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
As Russian foreign minister calls allegations 'blather', we ask what they might mean for Russia. Also in the programme: child murderer sentenced to death in Pakistan; and Kosovo, ten years after independence. Image: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov delivers a speech at 2018 Munich Security Conference. Credit: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images
The US special counsel investigating alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election has charged three organisations and thirteen Russian nationals with wire fraud, election fraud and campaign finance violations. Also in the programme: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa lays out his vision for revitalising his country's economy; and could Facebook have reached its peak? (Picture: Russian dolls depicting President Trump and members of his family. Credit: Getty Images)
The United Nations World Food Programme has had access to Deir Ezzor for the first time since Islamic State militants surrounded the eastern Syrian city in 2014. The siege was lifted last year, but one of the aid workers on a rare visit tells Newshour that most of the city remains uninhabitable. Also in the programme: An interview with the White House Cybersecurity chief; and is there hope for Borneo's Orangutans despite their numbers plummeting? (Image: Men ride a bicycle in the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor. Credit: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)
Cyril Ramaphosa has taken over as president of South Africa, after Jacob Zuma resigned. Mr Ramaphosa says fighting corruption will be one of his highest priorities - but can he deliver? Also in the programme: the authorities in Florida release more details about the deadly school shooting in Florida; and how a trans-gender woman has been able to breastfeed her baby. Photo: South African president Cyril Ramaphosa. Credit: Getty Images.
The newly elected president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has told parliamentarians that fighting corruption will be one of his main priorities. Mr Ramaphosa took over the presidency after his predecessor Jacob Zuma stepped down amid corruption allegations. Also in the programme: Police in Florida charge suspect in America's second deadliest school attack with murder; and is curling cool or confusing? We speak to the coach of US men's curling team at the Winter Olympics. (Image: Cyril Ramaphosa addresses South Africa's parliament during an extraordinary sitting. Source: Epa/Mike Hutchings)
President Zuma has resigned ahead of a vote of confidence that was due on Thursday. In a televised address, he said no lives should be lost in his name. Also in the programme; Morgan Tsvangirai, the former leader of Zimbabe's main opposition party, has died and; negotiations to restoring a power-sharing government in Northern Ireland collapse. Image: President of South Africa Jacob Zuma resigns during an address to the nation at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on February 14, 2018. Credit: Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images
President Zuma of South Africa has criticised efforts to remove him from office as very unfair; the governing ANC says he'll be voted out tomorrow if he doesn't quit today. Also on the programme: The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted his government is stable, despite a police recommendation that he be charged with corruption. And remembering Lama Geshe, a Buddhist monk whose blessing was considered essential for climbers ascending Mount Everest has died in Nepal at the age of eighty-seven. (Photo: President Zuma. Credit: Getty Images)