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EU Paves the Way for UK Trade Talks

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:11am
The European Council President Donald Tusk has said progress was "not sufficient" to begin trade talks with the UK now but that "doesn't mean there is no progress at all". EU leaders will discuss the issue internally, paving the way for talks with the UK, possibly in December. Also in the programme; further fighting between Kurdish forces and the Iraqi military and; a controversial plan by the mayor of Sao Paolo to feed the poor on reconstituted goods approaching their sell-by date. Image: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May holds a press conference on the second day of European Council meetings. Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
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Spain Promises To Impose Direct Rule On Catalonia

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 5:29pm
Spain is poised to begin process of imposing direct rule on Catalonia. Also on the programme: we hear from the actor Tom Hanks who says no way back for Harvey Weinstein, anger over Mogadishu bomb reaches streets. (Photo: demonstrations in Barcelona. Credit: AFP)
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Spain Moves to Suspend Catalonia's Autonomy

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:20am
The head of the Catalan regional government, Carles Puigdemont, ignored Madrid's ultimatum to rescind the region's bid for independence. In response, the Spanish government will hold a special Cabinet session when it will trigger the process to activate Article 155 of Spain's Constitution, allowing Madrid to impose direct rule. Also in the programme: new evidence confirms that insects are in dramatic decline, and as the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, sends a letter to reassure EU citizens in the UK that their future is safe, we hear from one of the letter's recipients. Image: people in Catalonia watch a big screen. Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images.
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Chinese Party Congress Opens With Epic Speech

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 6:16pm
Chinese president Xi Jinping outlines his plans for the Party and the country: Newshour's Tim Franks reports from Beijing. Also in the programme: retired US admiral James Stavridis on the controversy over President Trump's approach to bereaved military families; and a stunning advance for Artificial Intelligence. (Photo: Opening ceremony of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. Credit: Getty Images)
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Xi Jinping Outlines China's Ambitions

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:14am
President Xi Jinping has signalled that China plans to play a greater role in global affairs at this year's Communist Party Congress. Also in the programme: More on the death of a journalist in Malta and what next for Kurds in Iraq in Syria? (Photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping. Credit: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Raqqa after the defeat of so-called Islamic State

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 5:12pm
What does the recapture of the former IS stronghold of Raqqa mean for the wider Syrian conflict? We hear from the last American ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford. Also in the programme: the role of drugs companies in America's opioid crisis; and China' s growing investment in Greece. (Photo: Syrian Democratic Forces fighters celebrate victory in Raqqa. Credit: Reuters/Erik De Castro)
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Raqqa : IS 'Capital' Falls

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:16am
The so-called Islamic State's self-styled capital, the city of Raqqa, on the northeast bank of the Euphrates river in Syria, has fallen to Kurdish-led forces backed by the United States. We hear the latest. Also on the programme, how did the Iraqi forces take control of the Kurdish stronghold Kirkuk. And we hear about women-only buses in Turkey. (Photo: Rojda Felat, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander, waves her group's flag at the iconic Al-Naim square in Raqa on October 17, 2017. Credit: BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
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Iraqi Forces Enter Central Kirkuk

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 5:11pm
Iraqi forces take over key buildings in Kirkuk three weeks after an independence referendum. Also on the programme: the fate of the American soldier who wandered away from his unit, was captured by the Taleban, and later swapped for foreign fighters by President Obama, pleads guilty to desertion; and the investigative journalist on the island of Malta, killed when her car blew up earlier today. (Photo: Iraqi children step on a Kurdish flag as forces advance towards the centre of Kirkuk. Credit: Getty)
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Iraqi Army in Major Kirkuk Offensive

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:17am
The Iraqi army says it has taken over Kirkuk airport and military base during a major operation to seize control of the city from Kurdish forces. There has been artillery and gunfire in some areas as pro-government troops have moved in to secure key roads and oil and gas installations. We get the latest from there. Also in the programme, the aftermath of Saturday's deadly attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. We speak to Somalia's Information Minister. And the runway in the middle of the Atlantic, at St Helena finally gets regular flights. (Image: Iraqi forces flash the sign for victory as they advance in the southern outskirts of Kirkuk. Credit: Afp/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Austria Election Results

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 5:35pm
Austria's conservative People's Party, led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is set to win the country's general election. Also in the programme: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu - the worst terror attack in Somalia in a decade; and learn the language of the Faroe Islands. (Photo: Leader of Austria's centre-right People's Party Sebastian Kurz. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
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Western-Backed Forces Begin Raqqa Final Assault

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 9:14am
Raqqa has been the de-facto capital of the state that so-called I-S tried to create, and the loss of the city will be a huge symbolic blow to the militants. Also in the programme: Why Germany is suffering a shortages of monks and a report from Austria on today's election there. (Picture: Kurdish and Arab fighters Credit: Reuters)
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Kurds 'Given Deadline' in Kirkuk by Iraqi Government

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 5:27pm
Kurdish Pershmerga fighters in northern Iraq say the government in Baghdad has demanded they withdraw from key locations in the disputed city of Kirkuk within hours. Also in the programme; we tell the story of the Canadian family released after five years of brutal captivity in Afghanistan, and veteran Hollywood star Tippi Hedren has a message to today's victims of sexual harassment. (Photo: Iraqi forces sit on a river bank across from Kurdish Peshmerga positions on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk. Credit: Getty images.)
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Iraqi and Kurdish Forces Clash in Kirkuk

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 9:13am
Key allies in the fight against Islamic state engage in an armed standoff in Iraq. A Kurdish official in the UK says Kurds are prepared to defend themselves. Also in the programme: Austria's Freedom Party prepares for election and Dolly Parton (Photo: A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter is seen in the Southwest of Kirkuk, Iraq October 13, 2017. Credit REUTERS/Ako Rasheed)
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Trump Decertifies Iran Nuclear Deal

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 5:11pm
The US President says he is no longer prepared to sign a document saying Iran is complying with the nuclear deal it struck with the world's big powers. Donald Trump says Iran is not abiding with the spirit of the agreement. Also in the programme: Kenyan opposition candidate Raila Odinga explains why he is boycotting a re-run of the country's presidential elections; and why Russian schoolchildren do not learn about their revolutionary history. (Photo: President Trump announces he is decertifying the Iran nuclear deal. Credit: Reuters)
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Odinga: No Point Standing in 'Flawed' Election

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:43am
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga explains his decision to withdraw from a re-run of his country's August 2017 general election, which is scheduled for October 26th. Also in the programme: former US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on concerns the Trump administration may undermine the Iran nuclear deal; and the BBC's James Coomarasamy asks Russian schoolchildren whether they know who Vladimir Lenin is (the answer may surprise you). (Picture: Opposition supporters protesting. Credit: Reuters)
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Reconciliation Between Palestinian Rivals

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 5:25pm
The words "major breakthrough" and "Palestinians" don't often appear in the same sentence, these days. But a "major breakthrough" is exactly how the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, described their reconciliation deal, hammered out today in Cairo. We speak to a former Palestinian Minister. Also on the programme... The US has announced it's pulling out of the UN's cultural organisation Unesco, because of what it calls "continuing anti-Israel bias" at the agency. We speak to former US Ambassador, Crystal Nix Hines. And we are in Russia for the centenary of the revolution. (Photo: Hamas's new deputy leader Salah al-Aruri (seated L) and Fatah's Azzam al-Ahmad (seated R) sign a reconciliation deal in Cairo on October 12, 2017; Credit: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Hamas and Fatah reach Gaza deal

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:18am
The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have reached a deal over governing the Gaza strip after a decade-long rift. Also in the programme, the former EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton warns the US against imposing new conditions on the Iran nuclear deal. And new legislation in the Australian state of New South Wales aims to preserve and revive indigenous languages. (Photo: The Palestinian flag. Credit: AFP)
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Top UN Official in Myanmar Recalled

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 5:48pm
The United Nations has announced that its top official in Myanmar is being recalled to headquarters. Renata Lok-Dessallien was at the centre of a BBC investigation two weeks ago that found that she had suppressed internal discussion on the Rohingya issue and tried to stop human rights officials visiting sensitive areas. Also in the programme: Syrian film-maker stabbed in Turkey; EU Youth Orchestra to move its base from London. (Photo: Rohingya men wait in line for UNHCR distribution at the Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh Credit: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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Harvey Weinstein Allegations Mount up

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:13am
Further allegations of sexual harassment have been levelled at US film producer Harvey Weinstein. We speak to Leslie Lee who worked for him and Jodi Kantor, who broke the story. Also in the programme: More on the crisis in Catalonia and why child obesity is on the rise. (Photo: US film producer Harvey Weinstein. Credit: YANN COATSALIOU/AFP/Getty Images)
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Catalonia Independence on Pause

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 6:18pm
The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont says that the people of Catalonia have earned the right to separate from Spain, but that the declaration of independence should be suspended to allow for dialogue. Also in the programme: Opposition leader Odinga withdraws from Kenya election and Iranian poet wins courage award. (Picture: Catalan regional government president Carles Puigdemont gives a speech at the Catalan regional parliament in Barcelona on October 10, 2017. Credit: AFP)
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