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Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Jailing of Reuters Journalists

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:09am
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi says the journalists broke the law and their conviction had "nothing to do with freedom of expression". Also on the programme: We report on the crisis facing the Catholic Church in Chile following revelations of sexual abuse by some priests and the world's oldest human drawings are discovered in a cave in South Africa ( Pic: Aung San Suu Kyi - Getty Images)
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Putin Says He Knows Who Skripal Suspects Are

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 5:17pm
President Putin reveals that Russia has tracked down the two suspects in the Skripal poisoning and says they are "civilians". Also in the programme: DRC asks mining companies to pay more and the Algerian musician Rachid Taha has died. (Picture: Russian President Putin attends the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. Credit: Reuters)
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'Fear' - Bob Woodward's Book on the Trump Presidency

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 10:11am
The veteran journalist, Bob Woodward, once part of the team which unearthed the Watergate scandal talks to the BBC about his investigations into President Trump's White House, and what officials have told him. Also: Morocco passes a new law criminalising sexual violence and harassment; Shan Tianfang, the master of pingshu - the classic Chinese art of storytelling, has died aged 84. (Picture: US President Donald Trump speaks during a fundraiser in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 2018. Credit: Getty)
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Brazil’s Jailed Former President Giving Up Campaign

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 5:12pm
Popular former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will today step aside from the presidential race, paving the way for his running mate, Fernando Haddad, to take his place. Lula had already been barred by Brazil’s top electoral court from running because he is currently serving a jail sentence. What will this mean for October’s election? Also in the programme: the momentous re-opening of two border crossings between Ethiopia and Eritrea; and could the ‘right to be forgotten’ be extended worldwide? Picture: former President Lula in March 2018. Credit: EPA.
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EU to Debate Disciplining Hungary

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:19am
The European Parliament is to discuss whether Hungary's right-wing government has undermined EU values and should face disciplinary action. Also in the programme: Russia launches biggest war games since Cold War; CChina has announced plans for stricter regulation of what the authorities describe as 'chaotic' online religious information services; and our Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg has swapped his reporter's notes for musical ones. (Photo: Hungarian PM, Viktor Orban. Credit: AFP)
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US Brands International Court "Dangerous"

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 5:39pm
US national security adviser John Bolton says the ICC is “dead” to the United States, and threatens sanctions against it if Americans are prosecuted. We’ll hear from an international legal expert who supports the court – and a South African minister who pulled his country out of it. Also on the programme: why the video of an Egyptian having breakfast with a Saudi Arabian has gone viral; and the story of a new 9/11 memorial in Pennsylvania, made of wind chimes. Picture: John Bolton speaks at a Federalist Society lunch in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images.
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Swedish Election Deadlock as Nationalists Gain Support

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 10:36am
The leaders of Sweden's main parties have both claimed victory after neither won an outright majority in Sunday's vote. The governing centre-left coalition has emerged marginally ahead of the centre-right alliance and coalition talks are expected to last several days. The far-right Sweden Democrats made historic gains to secure their position as the third largest party. Also in the programme: Human Rights Watch has presented what it says is new evidence that Uighur Muslims in China are facing forced indoctrination. And we discuss if Serena Williams was right to accuse an umpire of sexism during the final of the US Open. Picture: A photo taken on September 10, 2018 in Stockholm shows a selection of front pages of Swedish newspapers a day after the general elections. Credit: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
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Anti-Immigration Party Makes Gains in Swedish Election

Sun, 09/09/2018 - 5:17pm
Exit polls suggest the Sweden Democrats, for years linked to neo-Nazi and other far-right groups, are now the country’s second-largest party. Neither the governing Social Democrats nor the centre-right bloc of parties are predicted to win a majority. We’ll hear the reactions of politicians in Stockholm. Also in the programme: we hear from the leader of an armed Ethiopian rebel group – once banned in the country – who has returned home after more than a decade in exile. And why are proposed pension reforms causing huge protests in Russia? Picture: Sweden Democrats Party members react to exit polls after Sunday's election. Credit: Reuters.
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Swedes Vote Amid Nationalist Surge

Sun, 09/09/2018 - 9:17am
The people of Sweden are voting in a general election with an anti-immigration party threatening to break the country's liberal consensus. Also in the programme: UNHCR says Libya shouldn't detain refugees left exposed after clashes in Tripoli; and 'micro-homes' for the homeless in Los Angeles (Image:People pass by election posters in Sweden's capital, Stockholm Credit: Reuters)
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Iraqi Parliament to Discuss Basra Protests

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 9:12am
Iraqi lawmakers have been holding an emergency session to discuss the crisis in public services in Basra after the death of twelve protestors. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has described the unrest as "political sabotage". Also in the programme: we look at Egypt after dozens who took part in an Islamic protest are sentenced to death and we speak to the people behind the world's first attempt to clear plastic waste from the middle of the Pacific ocean. (Photo: Protests in Basra, Iraq Credit: Reuters)
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Syrian Rebel Stronghold Prepares For Government Assault

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 5:13pm
With a government assault on the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib now 'inevitable' according to ally Iran, local residents appeal to the world to stop it. Also - two Reuters journalists in Myanmar jailed for seven years - we hear from the wife of one of them. And Starbucks opens a showcase café in Milan - but will its coffee sell in the birthplace of espresso? (Picture: Syrian children sit next to a woman at a camp for displaced civilians fleeing from advancing government forces in Idlib province. Credit: Getty)
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Key Talks Underway Over Fate of Syrian Rebel Stronghold

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:24am
The presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey are meeting in Tehran to discuss Idlib – the last remaining rebel stronghold in Syria. It’s thought Russian and Iranian-backed Syrian government forces are preparing to launch an all-out assault. We’ll get a regional overview and hear what the current humanitarian situation is like on the ground. Also in the programme: has Sweden succeeded in integrating immigrants? And we hear why Kosovo and Serbia are discussing a controversial land swap. Picture: Syrian protestors demonstrate against the regime and its ally Russia in the rebel-held city of Idlib. Credit: AFP.
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UK Calls Out Russia Over Nerve Agent Attack

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 5:09pm
At a meeting of the UN Security Council international leaders have backed Britain's assertion that Russian military intelligence officers are to blame for the attempted murder of an ex Russian spy and his daughter in the UK. Russia denies the claims. Also in the programme: Reaction to the anonymous op-ed in the New York Times, allegedly describing tensions in the White House, and India de-criminalises gay sex. (Picture: Salisbury nerve agent attack: Composite of suspects Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. Credit: Met Police)
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Kremlin rejects UK accusations over Salisbury nerve attack

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:17am
The Russian government has rejected Britain's accusations that Vladimir Putin bears responsibility for the Salisbury nerve agent attack. We speak to former UK ambassador to the UN Mark Lyall Grant. Also in the programme: Ten soldiers in South Sudan have been jailed for the rape of foreign aid workers and the murder of a journalist in 2016. India's Supreme Court has decriminalised gay sex. (Photo: Two Russian suspects at Salisbury train station in March 2018 Credit: Metropolitan Police/ Reuters)
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British PM: Novichok Suspects From Russian Intelligence Service

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 5:16pm
British Prime Minister Theresa May said two Russian nationals, using the names Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, are thought to be officers from Russia's military intelligence service and responsible for the poisoning of Mr Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English town of Salibury in March. Also in the programme: what's left of Iraq's Yazidis four years after IS jihadists tried to wipe them out? and why Paraguay has announced it is moving its embassy in Israel back to Tel Aviv. Picture: A CCTV image shows Alexander Petrov. Credit: Scotland Yard/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.
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Russian Novichok Suspects Named

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:05am
Two Russian nationals have been named as suspects in the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. UK prosecutors insist there is "sufficient evidence" to charge Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov over the attack in Salisbury. Also on the programme: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan; Lyse Doucet reports on life for the Yazidis who fled an advancing Islamic State militant group in 2014; and the tree that uses metals like nickel and zinc to defend itself from insects. Picture: a CCTV image of two Russian nationals suspected of involvement in the Novichok poisonings. Credit: Met Police.
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Brett Kavanaugh: Protests At Senate Hearing For Judge

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 5:15pm
A Senate confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's nominee for the US Supreme Court has begun amid chaos. Protesters shouted their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh and were removed one by one while Democrats repeatedly demanded a postponement. Also in the programme: Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba reacts to news that he can't stand in December's election. Picture: Protesters disrupt the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.
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Trump Supreme Court Pick Faces Senate

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 10:16am
President Donald Trump's nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat, Brett Kavanaugh, is set to face four days of Senate hearings. But now that the votes of a simple majority of senators is enough to confirm a Supreme Court Justice for life, is the body becoming more political? Also in the programme: the Afghan Taliban reports the death of the former militant leader Jalaluddin Haqqani; and Nike recruits American footballer Colin Kaepernick to front its advertising campaign, despite controversy over his kneeling for the national anthem in protest over police shootings. Picture: Brett Kavanaugh. Credit: Reuters.
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Argentina's Macri Announces Austerity Measures

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 5:19pm
In an address to the nation, Argentina's President Mauricio Macri announced a wave of austerity measures, including axing government ministries and raising taxes on farm exports in order to stem the collapse of the country's peso currency. Also in the programme: A fire destroys a 200-year-old national museum in Rio de Janeiro and rival blocs tussle to form a government in Iraq. (Picture: Argentina's President Mauricio Macri. Credit: Getty Images)
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Fire Guts National Museum of Brazil

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 10:20am
The museum, in Rio de Janeiro, housed 20 million items - most of which are thought to have been destroyed. Also in the programme: two Reuters journalists are sentenced to seven years prison in Myanmar after investigating violence against the Muslim Rohingya minority; and former British foreign minister Boris Johnson says PM Theresa May's plans for Brexit will leave the UK with "diddly squat". Picture: The National Museum of Brazil burns. Credit: Reuters.
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