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Oxfam International on scandal of staff behaviour in Haiti

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 5:16pm
We hear from Oxfam International's executive director, and ask whether such abuse is endemic in overseas aid work. Also in the programme: How should the reconstruction of war-torn Iraq be funded? And a plot to steal spinal fluid from young Pakistani women. Image: Locals stand atop the ruins of the Palace of Justice in Port-au-Prince following the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti on 12 January 2010. Credit: JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
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ANC Says Zuma Must Fall

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:17am
South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has formally asked President Jacob Zuma to resign "for the sake of the country". The party's National Executive Committee decided the removal should be "treated with urgency" and that they expect President Zuma to respond to their decision on Wednesday, although they had given him no deadline. Also in the programme; the trial of a Palestinian teenager who slapped an Israeli soldier and lunged at another has begun in an Israeli military court and; the Pacific Island state of Tonga has been battered by its most powerful cyclone in decades. Image: Supporters of the African National Congress Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa hold placards and chant slogans outside the ANC party headquarter in Johannesburg, on February 5. Credit: Marco Longari /AFP/Getty Images
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ANC Deliberates South African Leader’s Fate

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 5:25pm
In South Africa dozens of senior officials of the governing ANC have been meeting for several hours to try to reach a consensus on President Jacob Zuma's future. Also in the programme: at least 20,000 Congolese have fled following violence, and is the Israeli Prime Minister considering a major change of policy on settlements? Picture: Jacob Zuma. Credit: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images.
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Oxfam In Government Crisis Talks Over Abuse Scandal

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:22am
The Government has threatened to cut aid funding to charities that fall short on safeguarding and do not cooperate with authorities investigating alleged sexual abuse. Concerns over exploitation by aid workers were sparked after it emerged Oxfam workers who were accused of hiring prostitutes in earthquake-torn Haiti had been able to go on and work for other aid agencies. Also in the programme; An upsurge in fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo has provoked the migration and exodus of thousands of people to neighbouring Uganda; and Rio De Janeiro's mayor slashes funding for top samba school but they insist it won't get in the way of their extravagant carnival parades. Image: A Haitian woman walks past destroyed buildings on the main road in downtown Port-Au-Prince, almost a month after a major earthquake killed some 217,000 Haitians in 2010. Credit: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images
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Russia Plane Crash Kills 71

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 5:28pm
The Saratov Airlines passenger plane crashed minutes after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport. All 65 passengers and 6 crew on board the plane were killed. Investigators say they are considering three possible causes for the crash: human error, weather conditions and technical failure. Also in the programme: Canadian-Iranian wildlife expert dies in custody; and Colombia’s Democratic Party responds to allegations they instigated violence against FARC political candidates. Picture:A Saratov Airlines Antonov AN-148 plane takes off from the Domodedovo airport outside Moscow, Russia on February 1st 2018. Credit: REUTERS/Mikhail Grigoryev
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UK Government Threatens Cuts to Oxfam Funding Following Allegations of Sexual Misconduct by Aid Workers

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 9:35am
Also on the programme: The latest on the Russian passenger plane that crashed after taking off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport and one of Pakistan's best-known human rights lawyers and activists Asma Jahangir has died after suffering a cardiac arrest. (Photo: Decimated street in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake Credit:Getty Images)
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Israel Defends Attack on Iranian Targets

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 5:04pm
An Israeli army spokesman says airstrikes against targets in Syria were vital to protect national security. Also in the programme an interview with a former Colombian guerrilla fighter who's now running for election. And a look at the human immune system. PICTURE: The remains of a missile that crashed earlier in Alonei Abba, east of Haifa, in northern Israel. CREDIT: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images
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Israeli Airstrikes Hit Targets In Syria

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 9:26am
Israel has carried out large-scale airstrikes against targets in Syria. The Israeli Defence Force says it attacked air defence systems and sites linked to Iran. Earlier an Israeli fighter jet was brought down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire after a strike on what the Israelis say was an Iranian drone-launch site. Also in the programme: South Korea's diplomatic balancing act between North Korea and the United States; and the Malian singer campaigning against polygamy and child marriage. Picture: An Israeli F-16 jet crashes near a village in northern Israel Credit: Reuters
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UN: Let Aid Into Syria's Ghouta Now

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 5:22pm
As Syrian and Russian warplanes bomb rebel-held district near Damascus for fifth day running, a senior UN humanitarian official says it's time for ‘all parties’ to the conflict to allow in aid. Also in the programme: Employees at secret Russian nuclear weapons research centre arrested for allegedly using a supercomputer to mine cryptocurrencies; and the US vice-president Mike Pence shuns the North Korean delegation attending the opening of the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Picture: Smoke plumes rising following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Arbin, in the besieged region of Eastern Ghouta. Credit: Getty Images.
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Winter Olympics Begin in South Korea

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:38am
The Games are taking place amid tension over North Korea's nuclear programme. How much faith do people in South Korea have that the sporting event may lead to diplomatic progress? Also in the programme; scientists successfully grow human eggs to maturity in a laboratory for the very first time and; what next for the British Islamic State group 'Beatles' gang captured by Kurdish troops? Image: A general view during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.
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Syria Condemns US Air Strike As Massacre

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 5:18pm
Overnight air strikes killed an estimated 100 pro-government fighters near the Euphrates river in Deir Ez Zour province, according to the US. The Syrian government called it a "war crime" while the US claimed a right to self-defence, saying it was responding to an attack on allied Kurdish and Arab fighters. Also in the programme; stories from inside Afghanistan's only high security psychiatric institute reveal the trauma of 40 years of war; and Austria sends six astronauts to the desert in Oman for a four week simulation of life on Mars. Image: A Syrian army tank fires rounds in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor during an operation against Islamic State in November 2017. Stringer/AFP/Getty Images
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North Korea Military Parade on Eve of Olympics

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:19am
North Korea has held a military parade attended by leader Kim Jong-un, a day before the opening of the Winter Olympics in the South. The event is usually held in April and moving it has been seen as a setback to the warming of ties on the peninsular over the Olympics. Also in the programme; Islamic State group uses images of female fighters for the first time in its propaganda; and the chairman of the African Union dismisses - as lies - allegations that China spied on the organisation and bugged its headquarters in Addis Ababa. Picture: Screen grab taken from North Korea's KCTV on February 8 showing members of North Korea's military taking part in a parade in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang Credit: AFP PHOTO / KCTV
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Somaliland Issues Religious Edict Against Female Genital Mutilation

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 5:08pm
Somaliland has issued a fatwa, or religious edict, condemning FGM paving the way for legislation outlawing it. The practice, which involves the partial or total removal of the female genitalia, is almost universal in the self-declared republic of Somaliland, a breakaway region of Somalia. Also in the programme; more than forty thousand refugees have fled to Nigeria from southern Cameroon following a military crackdown against separatists; and new DNA research reveals the first modern Briton had "dark to black skin", blue eyes and dark curly hair. Picture: Amran Mahamood, who has made a living for 15 years by performing FGM on young girls, looks into a piece of a mirror. Credit: Nichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty Images
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Merkel Clinches Germany Coalition Deal

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:12am
A deal has been reached on the formation of a new grand coalition government, between Angela Merkel's centre-right CDU and the centre-left SPD. The agreement was struck in "extra time" of the coalition talks after extensive wrangling following inconclusive elections in September. Also in the programme; the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to guarantee the return of the nearly three quarters of a million Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar's Rakhine State last year; and the Pentagon is pushing ahead with plans for a large-scale military parade, but is the USA any good at them? Picture: German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the headquarters of her conservative Christian Democratic Union in Berlin on February 7, 2018, after conservatives and the Social Democrats sealed a deal on a new coalition. Credit: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/AFP/Getty Images
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Britain Marks Centenary of Some Women Getting Vote

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 5:54pm
The Representation of the People Act of 1918 gave some 8 million British women the right to vote. But has giving women the vote really hastened moves towards gender equality around the world? Also in the programme: What does the current stock market volatility tell us about the health of the global economy?; and Taiwanese rescue workers search for earthquake survivors. Picture: Women outside the British parliament mark the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. Credit: EPA/ANDY RAIN
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Kenyan Opposition Lawyer Charged With Treason

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 10:14am
A Kenyan opposition lawyer is charged with treason over the symbolic presidential 'swearing in' of opposition leader Raila Odinga. Campaigning lawyer Miguna Miguna was arrested on Friday in a dawn raid on his home. Also in the programme: A former president of Maldives has been arrested at his home as a crackdown on the opposition intensifies, and were dinosaurs too successful for their own good? Picture: Opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga (centre) takes an oath as president during a mock 'swearing-in' ceremony, with Miguna Miguna (left). Credit: Patrick Meinhardt/AFP/Getty Images.
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Zuma Under Mounting Pressure to Step Down

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 5:13pm
President Jacob Zuma continues to defy appeals to step down over corruption allegations, as the governing party holds emergency meeting on his future. Also in the programme: Alleged computer hacker with Asperger's syndrome wins appeal against extradition to US; and chlorine-filled bomb reportedly dropped in Syria's Idlib province. Picture: Members of an ANC faction supporting ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa call for South African President Jacob Zuma to resign. Credit: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK
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ANC Meets to Decide Zuma’s Future

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 10:16am
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) hold an emergency meeting to decide President Jacob Zuma’s future. Also in the programme: More than 20 people reportedly killed in Syria’s Idlib province; and who is North Korea’s head of state? (Hint: It’s not Kim Jong-un) Picture: The South African president, Jacob Zuma. Credit: Getty Images
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Greek Protests Over Macedonia Name Dispute

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 5:26pm
Greeks have taken to the streets of Athens to protest against the use of the term Macedonia in any settlement to end a decades-old name row. Many Greeks object to the country of the same name calling itself Macedonia, saying it implies a territorial claim on Greece's northern Macedonia region. Also in the programme: The father of a US man on death row, and what can we expect from this year's Superbowl? Picture: People demonstrate at the Syntagma Square in Athens. Credit: should read Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images.
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Winter Olympics: Koreas Combine for First Ice Hockey Test

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 10:04am
The joint North and South Korean women's ice hockey team play their first match - a friendly against Sweden - before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea. Also in the programme: President Zuma of South Africa comes under growing pressure to resign; and we hear the story of one young Syrian refugee's survival in sub zero temperatures. Picture: Team Korea is playing in the Women's Ice Hockey friendly match against Sweden. Credit: Getty Images
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