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India Launches Biggest Health Scheme

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 9:42am
India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, has launched a universal healthcare scheme, designed to offer free health insurance to five hundred million people. He called it a historic day for India. But critics say the government has not provided enough money or infrastructure to make the plan work. We hear from the General Secretary of the Indian Medical Association. Also in the programme: As US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser agrees to testify before Congress about the alleged sexual assault she suffered as a teenager -- we will hear one personal view on why so few victims come forward; and how Spain has become the new frontline for illegal migration into Europe. (Photo: India's public health system is overcrowded and underfunded. Credit: AFP)
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Kavanaugh Accuser To Testify Next Week

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 5:16pm
The woman who has accused President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault has said she will testify before a senate committee next week. Dr Christine Blasey Ford says she was sexually assaulted by Mr Kavanaugh at a party in 1982 when they were both teenagers. Mr Kavanaugh denies the allegations. Also in the programme: Iran has accuse US-backed Gulf states of being behind an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, and after the rape and murder of a young girl in Nepal, the government responds by banning pornography. Picture: Dr Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. Credit: Researchgate.Net/Getty
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Iran: Deadly Attack on Military Parade

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 9:06am
The Revolutionary Guards in Iran say they will retaliate after militants attacked a military parade in the south-western city of Ahvaz -- killing at least 24 people. Also in the programme: Anger over a rise in the pension age once again spills out on to Russia's streets; a new book sheds light on the daring extraction of a Cold War double agent, Oleg Gordievsky; and the ornate Chinese pastry that's helping economists work out whether corruption is rising, or falling! (Photo: Soldiers ducked for cover as shots were fired. Credit: AFP)
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UK-Europe Row over Brexit Deepens

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 5:26pm
The leader of the European Council has criticised the British prime minister's approach to negotiations, but says he believes that a compromise over Brexit is still possible. Also in the programme: President Trump challenges the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, demanding she provide evidence. Picture: Donald Tusk, President of the European Council. Credit: Getty Images
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Foreign Fighters Refuse to Leave Syria

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:13am
Extremist groups who have been fighting in the Syrian province of Idlib have been told they must leave. A significant number of these fighters are foreign militants. The BBC has an exclusive interview with two British fighters who are determined to stay. Also on the programme: we hear from Tanzania where at least a hundred people are known to have died when a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria. Plus, a previously undiscovered letter written by the first suffragette to go to prison shines a light on the early days of the movement. Picture: A Syrian rebel fighter mans a anti-aircraft gun loaded on the back of a pickup truck Credit: AFP/Getty Images
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Ban Lifted on Russia's Anti-Doping Agency

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 5:39pm
The World Anti Doping Agency lifts the suspension of Russia's doping watchdog RUSADA. Campaigners greet the decision with dismay. Also in the programme: a powerful interview with an Idlib resident and Bobi Wine returns to Uganda. Picture: The logo of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), at the headquarters of the organisation in Montreal. Credit: MARC BRAIBANT/AFP/Getty Images
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Idlib Resident Describes Life in Rebel-Held Syria

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:21am
In the north-west of Syria next to Turkey, Idlib is now effectively a refuge for all the civilians and militants who've fled other parts of Syria as the Assad government and its ally Russia try to recapture a country broken by seven years of war. What is life like in Idlib with the constant threat of an invasion? We hear from Rania Kisar, a Syrian-American woman who runs a school in Idlib -- she's been there since the uprising against President Assad began. Also in the programme: The Ugandan opposition politician Bobi Wine has been intercepted by police on his return to the country; and EU leaders have stressed that Britain must provide guarantees on the Irish border before they will accept a deal on Brexit. Picture: Newly displaced Syrian children arrive to a refugee camp in Atimah village, Idlib province. Credit: Reuters.
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Korean Leaders Proclaim Steps Towards Peace

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 5:27pm
The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he and the South Korean President Moon Jae-In have adopted a pact to end the "history of brutal and tragic confrontation and hostility" on the peninsula. Earlier Kim Jong Un pledged to close his country's missile testing facility in the north west of the country. Also in the programme: scientists have found that mosquitos are transferring microplastics into the food chain; and Sony is launching a version of its original PlayStation complete with 20 vintage games. (PICTURE: South Korean President Moon Jae in (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang. CREDIT: Getty Images)
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North Korea Agrees to Dismantle a Key Missile Testing Site

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:15am
The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, agrees to shut down a key missile testing site under international supervision, at a summit with his South Korean counterpart in Pyongyang. Also in the programme; the former Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, is released from jail; and Brexit talks move to Salzburg, but what can British Prime Minister Theresa May expect. (Photo: North And South Korean Leaders Meet For Third Summit in Pyonyang. Credit: Getty Images.)
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China Hits Back at US with Fresh Tariffs

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 5:22pm
Beijing announces further retaliatory tariffs on American goods. The tit-for-tat measures are the latest escalation in a growing trade war. Also on the programme: Germany's top spy has been removed from his post amid a row over far-right violence; and anger in Venezuela after video goes viral of President Maduro eating steak in an upmarket Turkish restaurant. (Picture: US President Donald Trump Credit: Reuters)
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Russia Blames Israel After Plane Shot Down

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 10:06am
Russia has said Syria shot down one of its military planes and it blames Israel for the deaths of the 15 personnel on board. The defence ministry said Israeli jets put the plane into the path of Syrian air defence systems after failing to give Moscow enough warning of a strike on Syrian targets. Also in the programme: The United Nations has published the full text of an exhaustive investigation into human rights violations in Myanmar, and China says it will retaliate against President Trump's new tariffs on Chinese imports. Image: a Russian IL-20M plane landing at an unknown location. Credit: Nikita Shchyukin//AFP/Getty Images.
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How Prepared is the UK for Brexit?

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 5:18pm
The UK is due to leave the European Union in six months. We look at how preparations for Brexit are going. Also in the programme: Russia and Turkey agree to set up a “demilitarised zone” in northern Syria; and Glasgow University’s slave trade legacy. (Image: An EU flag being displayed outside the Palace of Westminster in London on 23rd July 2018. Credit: Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto/Getty Images)
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Erdogan And Putin Hold Talks On Syria's Idlib

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 10:31am
The presidents of Russia and Turkey are meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi in a bid to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis around Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria. Also in the programme: a new report says half of all workplace tasks will be performed by robots within 10 years, and Australia has ordered an investigation into the discovery of sewing needles hidden in strawberries. Image: Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan in Tehran, Iran. Credit: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images.
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Over 2 Million Displaced in China as Typhoon Hits

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 5:10pm
Nearly 2.5 million people have been moved from their homes in the Chinese province of Guangdong, which is being buffeted by Asia's strongest typhoon this year. Also in the programme, the governor of North Carolina in the United States has warned of what he called a "rising risk to life", following floods triggered by record amounts of rain. Picture: Broken glass is seen outside a restaurant after a rainstorm as Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall in Guangdong province, China on 16th September 2018. Credit: REUTERS/Jason Lee
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Typhoon Mangkhut Hits Mainland China

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 9:14am
Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall in China's Guangdong, the country's most populous province, after killing potentially more than 50 people in the Philippines. Also in the programme: remembering war reporter Marie Colvin and a new world record for the marathon. Picture: Residents walk through the rain during Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 16, 2018. Credit: AFP/Getty images
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Deadly Typhoon Moves Towards Southern China

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 5:28pm
At least 14 people have been killed in a massive storm which brought destruction to the northern Philippines. Also in the programme: The Rwandan president frees two thousand prisoners including a jailed opposition leader. (Picture: Inhabitants of Alcala municipality in the the northern Philippines inspecting damage Credit: Getty Images)
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Typhoon Mangkhut Pounds Philippines

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 9:43am
Typhoon Mangkhut hits the Philippines with winds of more than 250 kilometres per hour. It's now moving towards Vietnam. Also in the programme: the website Bellingcat on why they believe the Skripal suspects are not civilians and divisions in the Orthodox church. (Picture: A teenager carries his friend in floodwaters in San Mateo town of Rizal Province, east of Manila, Philippines 15 September 2018. Credit: EPA)
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Paul Manafort Enters Plea Deal

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 5:09pm
Former Trump campaign chairman pleads guilty to two criminal charges. This comes after Mr Manafort was convicted last month on eight counts of fraud, bank fraud and failing to disclose banks accounts. Is a pardon from President Trump still on the cards? Also: We speak to the man behind prosecutions of senior banking executives in Iceland after the financial crisis in 2008; and France has a new gift shop at the Elysee Palace. (Photo: Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at US District Court in Washington, DC. on August 21st 2018 Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
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Could the Financial Crash Happen Again?

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 10:57am
Ten years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers, could the global financial system be heading towards yet another crisis? We examine what's changed. Also in the programme: The Dalai Lama meets with Buddhists who say they were abused by their spiritual leaders; and Hurricane Florence batters the east coast of the United States (Photo: Workers leave the Lehman Brothers building in New York following its collapse on 15 September 2008 Credit: Getty Images)
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Pope Francis Hosts Senior US Bishops for Sex Abuse Talks

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 5:22pm
In a statement released after the meeting, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said the US church had been ‘lacerated’ by the evil of sexual abuse. Also in the programme: The two men whom the British authorities accuse of being behind Salisbury nerve agent attacks deny being involved in interview with Russia Today; And a senior aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is taking a leave of absence after sexual misconduct allegations. Picture: Pope Francis (C) poses with the President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who advises the pope on sex abuse issues, Archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Horacio Gomez, deputy president of US Conference of Bishops, Monsignor Brian Bransfield. Credit: AFP Photo/Vatican Media.
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