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Jordan Foreign Minister: Tax rise was 'too steep'

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 5:50pm
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi says the proposed tax rises that forced the country's prime minster to resign were too expensive. Activists say they will continue to protest on the streets until austerity measures are repealed. Also in the programme: dozens of people have died after the Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted; and we find out if it is possible for the President of the United States to pardon himself. Picture: Protesters on the streets of Amman Credit: AFP Photo
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Jordan’s Prime Minister Resigns Amid Protests

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 11:17am
The protests are the biggest in years, with dozens of people detained and tear gas fired by the police. The demonstrators are angry at government plans to raise taxes and IMF-recommended price increases. Also in the programme: the Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts; and we hear from former US President Bill Clinton about his new thriller. Picture: demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest in front of the Prime Minister's office in Amman. Credit: Reuters.
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Italy's Interior Minister Demands End to Sicily as a 'Refugee Camp'

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 5:08pm
Matteo Salvini in Sicily declares "there is not enough housing and work for Italians, let alone half the continent of Africa" as he promises to deport illegal immigrants. Also in the programme: Across the Adriatic in Slovenia, an anti-immigrant party tops the polls in the general election. And a British political and sexual scandal with accusations of an Establishment cover-up from 40 years ago, is back in the headlines with a new drama and fresh evidence coming to light. (Photo: Italy's new vice Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini, in Catania, Sicily. Credit: EPA/Orietta Scardino)
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New Italian PM Warns Migrants

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 9:29am
Italy's new deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, is visiting Sicily, which is one of the main landing points for refugees from Africa and the Middle East, to push his anti-immigration message. We speak to a rescue coordinator from French Charity, SOS Mediterranee, who helped pick up more than 150 people off the coast of Libya. They were taken to Sicily today. Also in the programme: protests in Jordan against tax rises and austerity measures; and British pilot who was shot down in World War 2 recalls his close brush with death. (Photo: Migrants stand on the deck of the MV Aquarius, a rescue vessel chartered by SOS-Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF Medecins Sans Frontieres), as it approaches the Italian coast on May 10, 2018. Credit: Getty Images)
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Catalonia Calls for Talks with Madrid

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 5:30pm
With a new Socialist prime minister in charge in Spain and a new regional government installed in Catalonia, the new Catalan vice president says it's time to take the heat out of the conflict. Also in the programme: we speak to a prominent Ethiopian opposition activist released after four years on death row and ask why Cuba is changing its constitution Picture: A banner hangs from the balcony of the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona after the new Catalan government is sworn in Credit: AFP/Getty Images
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Socialist Sanchez sworn in as Spain's PM

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 9:17am
The socialist Pedro Sanchez has been sworn in as Spain's new prime minister; he'll lead a minority government dependent on support from regional parties. How will he deal with bids for independence in Catalonia? Also in the programme: the singer from Lebanon who's had enough of the way political power is distributed there; and after four years on death row - what now for the released Ethiopian opposition activist Andargachew Tsege? (Photo: Spain"s new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez smiles during a swearing-in ceremony at the Zarzuela Palace near Madrid on June 2nd. Credit: Getty Images)
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Trump-Kim Summit Confirmed

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 5:20pm
After meeting a senior North Korean envoy at the White House, Mr Trump says that his summit with Kim Jong-Un will happen in Singapore on 12 June. He told reporters afterwards that “they want it, we think it’s important and I think we would be making a big mistake if we didn’t have it.” Also in the programme: how do American steelworkers feel about the new US tariffs on Canadian, European and Mexican steel? And as the Kenyan President orders civil servants to undergo lie detector tests as a way of fighting corruption, we speak to an expert about how well they actually work. Picture: US President Donald Trump poses with North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol outside the White House. Credit: AFP Photo.
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Spanish PM forced out in no confidence vote

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:17am
Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has been forced out of office after he lost a vote of no confidence in parliament. The socialist leader Pedro Sánchez will be the country's next leader. Also on the programme: Italy has formed a new government for the second time in a week and a controversial new law is introduced in Bavaria, requiring all public buildings to display Christian crosses. (Photo: Mariano Rajoy. Credit: AFP PHOTO)
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Tariffs Stamped on Steel

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 5:14pm
The US imposes tough new tariffs on aluminium and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the EU. The move is part of President Trump's plan to fulfil a campaign promise to protect America's steel industry. Also on the programme: Italy creates a new government and the bringing back to life of dissident Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko. (Photo: Rolled up steel sits in the ArcelorMittal Dofasco steel plant in Hamilton, Ontario. Credit: Mark Blinch/Reuters)
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Russian Foreign Minister Meets Kim Jong-Un

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 10:43am
As plans continue for next month's possible meeting between Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump, the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has become the latest senior international figure to visit Pyongyang. Also on the programme: With thousands potentially caught up in Ireland's false birth certificate scandal, we hear from one woman who asked her father whether she'd been adopted - at the age of 49. Picture: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang. Credit: Valery Sharifulin/AFP/Getty Images.
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Ukraine Investigates Killing of Russian Journalist

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 10:12am
Ukrainian police believe a prominent Russian journalist and outspoken critic of President Putin, may have been murdered at his home in Kiev because of his work. Arkady Babchenko was reportedly shot several times in the back on Tuesday. We hear from a friend of Mr Babchenko and the Ukrainian ambassador to the UK. Also in the programme: Voices from inside North Korea; and will a new law bring an end to nearly 50 years of conflict in the southern Philippines? (Image: A picture of the Russian opposition journalist Arkady Babchenko on a fence of the Russian embassy in Kiev. Credit: EPA/Stepan Franko)
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Brain Cancer Vaccine Hope

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 6:26pm
A vaccine could help to significantly extend the lives of people diagnosed with glioblastoma, the brain cancer that US Senator John McCain is battling. Hear from one of the scientists behind the medical trial. Also in the programme: a new analysis estimates that Hurricane Maria killed more than 4,600 people in Puerto Rico; Russian investigative journalist and Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko is shot dead in Kiev; and the Canadian government moves to secure the future of a major oil pipeline project. (Photo: a scan of a human brain. Credit: Zephyr / Science Photo Library)
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Libyan Rivals Agree to Elections

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:21am
An end to fighting in Libya and a hope of fair elections in December? Key figures have been brought together in Paris in an attempt to bring peace to the troubled country. We hear from an independent journalist, Mary Fitzgerald, who says there are still many concerns about the negotiations. Also on the programme: senior North Korean heads to US; and New Zealand's high teenage suicide rate and the people who are trying to change it. (Photo: Libya has been beset by instability since the ouster of long-term leader Muammar Gaddafi Credit: Getty Images)
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Italy's Populists Defiant Over EU

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 5:20pm
Italian President Sergio Mattarella has asked an ex-IMF economist to form a government. Carlo Cottarelli's appointment came after efforts by Italy's two populist parties to form a coalition government collapsed. We hear reaction from Brussels and from an MP for the anti-establishment Five Star Movement. Also in the programme: the South African rugby squad gets its first black test captain; and new insights into the moods of captive dolphins. (Photo: the Italian and EU flags. Credit: Getty Images)
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Italian President Names Interim PM

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 10:10am
Carlo Cottarelli, a former IMF economist, has agreed to lead an interim government in Italy despite opposition by the two main anti-establishment parties. If he fails to get appointed by parliament - which seems likely - he said elections would be held after August. Also in the programme: A Malian immigrant who rescued a small boy from a fourth-floor balcony in Paris is being made a French citizen; and the United States and North Korea are meeting to try to rescue the planned Trump-Kim summit. (Image: Carlo Cottarelli addresses a press conference at the Italian presidential palace. Credit: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)
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Giuseppe Conte Fails To Form Italian Government

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 5:09pm
Italian PM-designate Giuseppe Conte has given up his bid to form a government after the country's president vetoed his choice of economy minister. Also in the programme: Colombians are voting in the first presidential election since the peace agreement of 2016 that brought an end to five decades of civil war. Picture: Italy's Prime minister candidate Giuseppe Conte addresses journalists. Credit: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images.
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Trump: Date and Location for Kim Summit 'Hasn't Changed'

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 9:11am
South Korea says Kim Jong-un supports denuclearising the Korean peninsula -- but that the US should enter into talks with Pyongyang to make sure he intends to give up all his nuclear weapons. Also in the programme: As many as nine Russian troops have been killed in fighting in eastern Syria and; an artist and an astronaut - we remember the fourth man on the moon, Alan Bean. Picture: Korean leaders Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-Un hold surprise second summit. Credit: Getty Images
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Ireland Votes To Overturn Abortion Ban

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 5:10pm
The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban by 66.4% to 33.6%. Currently, abortion in Ireland is only allowed when a woman's life is at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality. The Eighth Amendment, which grants an equal right to life to the mother and unborn, will be replaced. Also on the programme: India's opioid crisis and the latest from the Champions League final. Picture: 'yes' supporters gather at Dublin Castle. Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images.
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'No' Campaign Concedes in Historic Irish Vote

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 9:27am
Ireland's main anti-abortion campaign group admits losing a referendum on liberalising laws on abortion. Also in the programme: Afghan interpreters; and the end of FM in Norway. (Picture: A tallyman takes notes during vote counting in the Irish abortion referendum, in County Meath, Ireland Credit: AFP/Getty)
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Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 5:19pm
The Hollywood film producer has appeared in court in New York charged with rape and sexual misconduct. One of the first women to accuse him, Rose McGowan, reacts to his arrest. Also in the programme: Spain's ruling party threatened by major corruption case; and the global impact of EU's new data protection law - will the rest of the world follow suit? (Photo: Harvey Weinstein arrested in New York. Credit: European Photopress Agency)
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