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From BBC Newshour
- UN Approves 30-Day Ceasefire In Syria
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution calling for a thirty-day humanitarian ceasefire across Syria. The resolution follows a week of intense bombardment of the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta in the suburbs of Damascus. Also on the programme: UN peacekeepers from Ghana are withdrawn from South Sudan after allegations of sexual misconduct, and a warning to Chinese users of the internet. Picture: The UN Security Council. Credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images.
- Russian ban to be lifted before Winter Olympics closing ceremony?
A second Russian athlete is excluded from the Winter Olympics. Russian bobsleigh pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva has been banned for doping as Olympic chiefs meet to discuss lifting sanctions on her country. Also on the programme: an exclusive interview with the man who exposed the Russian Olympic doping scandal and now lives in fear of his life; and an interview with Shane Hanrahan, the winner of the inaugural Mulletfest competition - a celebration of a much-maligned hairstyle. Picture: Nadezhda Sergeeva (right) had returned a clean result in a doping test on 13 February, the Russian Bobsleigh Federation said Credit: Reuters
- UN Votes on Syria Ceasefire Deal
The United Nations are due to vote on a new ceasefire deal in Syria among further reports of deaths in the region of Eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held enclave that lies on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. Also in the programme: How powerful is America’s National Rifle Association?; and Venezuela’s failing health care system. (Image: The remains of a rocket in the rebel-held town of Douma in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on 23rd February 2018. Credit: Hamza al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images)
- Syria War: Ghouta Pounded as UN Tussles over Ceasefire
The United Nations Security Council is meeting on Friday to re-examine a draft resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in Syria, as the government offensive on rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta continues for a sixth day. Also on the programme: more missing school girls in Nigeria; and the medical impact of Venezuela's economic crisis. Picture: A Syrian man in the besieged Eastern Ghouta. Credit: Getty Images/AFP
- Call to Arm “Adept” US Schoolteachers
President Trump says he is considering proposals to allow “gun adept teachers” to carry arms at work as a way of preventing further school shootings. 17 people were killed by an armed man last week at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Also in the programme: The UN claims that the hundreds of thousands people in the besieged Syrian region of Eastern Ghouta are trapped in a “hell on earth”; and was Neanderthal man also a renaissance man? A look at new research which claims our prehistoric cousins created their own art. Image: A firearm instructor (left foreground) teaches a concealed-weapons training class to 200 Utah teachers on 27th December 27, 2012 in West Valley City, Utah. Credit: George Frey/Getty Images
- UN Pleads For Truce In Syria
The UN Security Council is expected to vote later today on a resolution, which calls for a thirty-day ceasefire in Syria. We hear from Iran's deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, who says he is concerned at the human cost of the Syrian government's offensive on Eastern Ghouta. UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has described the rebel enclave as a "hell on earth". Also on the programme: A rare report from Venezuela about food shortages, hyperinflation and many parents' daily struggle to feed their children; and a major scientific study finds that anti-depressants work but will it end the debates about their use? (Photo: Civil defence help an unconscious woman from a shelter in the besieged town of Douma. Credit: Reuters)
- High School Shooting Survivors Push for Gun Reform
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are leading a rally in Florida's state capital to demand a ban on assault weapons. It is the first organised protest of a youth-led anti-gun movement that has swept the US since the attack on the school a week ago that left 17 people dead. Also in the programme: Are right-wing parties poised to win Italy's upcoming general election? And the therapeutic value of virtual reality. (Image: Tyra Hemans, a senior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks with Florida Representative Wengay "Newt" Newton. Credit: REUTERS/Colin Hackley)
- Civilians Caught in Crossfire in Syria's Eastern Ghouta
Syrians trapped in the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta have been speaking of their desperation, on the fourth day of an intense government bombardment. We hear from a resident, as well as a Russian perspective. Also on the programme: Using virtual reality to tell the story of a furious dispute over the Nile's precious water; also - Italians go to the polls at the end of next week to vote for a new government; we hear from Milan. (Picture: The aftermath of a reported government air strike in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region. Credit: Getty )
- Pro-Syrian Government Forces Enter Kurdish Stronghold
Fighters loyal to the Assad government have entered the Kurdish stronghold of Afrin in northern Syria, stoking fears of an escalation of fighting along the border with Turkey. As they arrived, they were met by Turkish artillery fire. Also in the programme: The Nigerian army's hunt for Boko Haram's elusive leader; and what a pair of boxing gloves tells us about ancient Romans' fascination with combat sport. (Image: Pro-Syrian government fighters flashing the victory gesture upon arriving in Syria's northern region of Afrin. Credit: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images)
- Fresh Strikes on Syria Enclave Kill Dozens
At least 50 civilians have reportedly been killed in fresh Syrian government attacks on the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus. A monitoring group said 127 civilians were killed on Monday in the deadliest day for three years in the enclave, where some 393,000 people are trapped. We hear from inside the enclave as well as from a government MP. Also in the programme; Venezuela launches a crypto-currency today in an effort to find a way out of the dire economic straits it finds itself in and; a Japanese man wins custody rights for 13 of his children who were born to surrogate mothers in Thailand. Picture: Syrian men carry an injured victim amid the rubble of buildings following government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Credit: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images