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Interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events.

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In a surprise move, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has called a summer UK general election to take place on 4th July. Also on the programme: lawyers for the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo say they have new evidence from whistleblowers that the US technology giant, Apple, is illegally obtaining minerals from gangs; and South Africa’s former president, Jacob Zuma, has told the BBC he wants to change the country’s constitution after he was barred from running for parliament in next week’s elections.(Photo: Rishi Sunak issues a statement outside 10 Downing Street, London, after calling a general election. Credit: Lucy North/PA Wire)
In the wake of three countries moving to formally recognise Palestine as a state and Israel recalling ambassadors to those countries, we hear from the Office of the Israeli Prime Minister. Also in the programme: Winner of this year’s international Booker Prize German writer Jenny Erpenbeck joins us in the studio along with her translator Michael Hofmann; and we hear about a new feature that will allow computers to continuously take snapshots of our screens. (Photo: Protests to mark the 76th anniversary of the Nakba in Ramallah. Credit: Reuters)
Israeli war cabinet member Ron Dermer rejects the ICC prosecutor’s arrest warrants against Israel's prime minister and defence minister as ‘outrageous’. He also denied that there were food shortages or famine conditions in Gaza and said the Israeli government does have a plan for post-war Gaza.Also in the programme: One passenger dies and seven people are seriously injured due to extreme turbulence on a London to Singapore flight forced to make an emergency landing in Bangkok; and the EU decides to give the windfall profits of frozen Russian central bank assets to Ukraine.(Photo: Ron Dermer, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 6 November 2021. Credit: Bridget Bennett/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
A Greek court has dropped charges against nine Egyptian men accused of responsibility for a shipwreck in the Mediterranean last year in which hundreds of migrants drowned. Also in the programme: Israeli medics say Palestinian detainees are routinely shackled to hospital beds, treatment they say is dehumanising; and how the war in Ukraine is changing the habits of a rare eagle. (Photo: Suspects greeting each other after case was dropped by Greek court in Kalamata. Credit: Shutterstock)
Israel’s Prime Minister said the attempt by International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan to seek an arrest warrant was part of ‘the new antisemitism’. Khan is also seeking warrants against Israel’s Defence Minister, Yoav Gallant, and three leaders of Hamas. Also on the programme: Iran says it will hold elections on the 28th of June after its president, Ebrahim Raisi, was killed in a helicopter crash; and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak apologises to victims of the infected blood scandal, calling it a ‘day of shame’ for the British state. (Picture: Netanyahu addresses the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem, February 18, 2024 Credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says his office is seeking arrest warrants for the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Defence Minister Yoav Gallant on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Gaza. He alleges there is evidence to suggest starvation has been used as a method of warfare against civilians. The prosecutor has also applied for arrest warrants for three leaders of Hamas for war crimes and crimes against humanity in connection with the October the 7th attacks in Israel. He said the decisions were the outcome of an independent and impartial investigation. ICC judges will now decide whether to grant the warrants. Also in the programme: As Iran confirms the death of president Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, what's the mood in the capital Tehran? And will there be justice for victims of Britain's infected blood scandal? (File photo: International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan. October 12, 2023. Reuters/Piroschka van de Wouw)
Rescue teams in Iran are searching a remote mountain region for a helicopter carrying the country's president and foreign minister, which is reported to have crashed. We have the latest on the search mission - and ask what the outcome might mean for Iran. Also in the programme: as a second member of Israel's three-man war cabinet berates Benjamin Netanyahu over his lack of a plan for the day after the Gaza war, we ask where next for the prime minister; and an extraordinary row between Spain and Argentina over a presidential speech in Madrid.(IMAGE: A helicopter carrying Iran"s President Ebrahim Raisi takes off, near the Iran-Azerbaijan border, May 19, 2024. The helicopter with Raisi on board later crashed. / CREDIT: Ali Hamed Haghdoust/IRNA/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS)
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under increasing pressure to come up with a post-war plan for Gaza. We get the latest updates from Jerusalem, and speak to a member of Mr Netanyahu's party.We also talk about the rally organised in Madrid by Spanish political party Vox ahead of the European elections next month. Argentina's libertarian president Javier Milei is present, alongside European far right leaders.Also in our programme: protests in Georgia continue over a law seen as extending Russia's sphere of influence; and Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usky becomes the first undisputed world heavyweight champion this century.(Photo: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at an event marking Holocaust Remembrance Day earlier this month. Credit: Reuters / Ronen Zvulun)
Israel's opposition leader Benny Gantz has given the government three weeks to come up with a post-war plan for Gaza, or his party will quit the war coalition. He said the six-point action plan should include an internationally administered Gaza Strip.Also in the programme: the man charged with attempting to murder Slovakia's prime minister appears in court; and we preview the boxing match whose winner will become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.(IMAGE: Israeli Emergency cabinet minister and opposition politician Benny Gantz addresses the press in Kiryat Shmona, Israel November 14, 2023 / CREDIT: Reuters / Evelyn Hockstein / File Photo)
Doctors treating Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico now say they will not be able to move him to the country's capital in the coming days. But they say he is in a serious but stable condition. Mr Fico is being treated in a small town hospital close to where he was shot on Wednesday. The man charged with attempting to murder Mr Fico has been in court on Saturday, with prosecutors arguing he must remain in custody pending his trial.Also in the programme: there's been a fifth night of unrest in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia sparked by changes to voting rights; and how Cuba's sugar industry is emblematic of the country's economic woes.(Picture: A convoy of police cars carrying a man accused of the attempted murder of the Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, arrives at court on 18 May, 2024. Credit: JAKUB GAVLAK/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
Russian forces continue to press ahead with their offensive in the Kharkiv region of north-east Ukraine as President Zelensky signs two new laws to boost army recruitment as Ukraine struggles to mobilise fighters. How much is Kyiv now on the back foot in the war?Also in the programme: Ecologists in Costa Rica have just completed one of the largest ever "eco-acoustic" surveys recording sounds of forests regenerating across the entire country; and the Vatican has said Catholics need to be more cautious about accepting phenomena as supernatural.(Photo: Local residents react after a rocket attack on a residential area in Kharkiv, north-eastern Ukraine, 7 April 2024, amid the Russian invasion. Credit: EPA/Sergey Kozlov)
A temporary pier built by American troops has been used for the first time to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza. The first consignments were brought ashore a few hours ago. The development follows a call by the US State Department on Thursday for Israel to do more to get aid into Gaza where conditions are deteriorating. The UN has said there will soon be no food left in the territory and warned that although the newly completed pier will help, re-opening land crossings is still the most effective way to get supplies into Gaza. Also, the UN humanitarian aid chief has defended the organisation's use of casualty figures during the war in Gaza after criticism by Israel. We have an interview with Martin Griffiths.We will hear from the frontline of the war in Ukraine. And did the Egyptians use waterways to construct the Pyramids?Also, we will speak to the Nigerian Minister for Women's Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, who's trying to ban mass weddings to protect young girls.(Photo: The aid will be collected from a floating base before being transported to Gaza. Credit: Reuters)
A man has been charged with the attempted murder of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico after the politician was seriously hurt in a shooting attack. Mr Fico is in a serious but stable condition.Also on the programme: the president of Georgia tells the BBC why a controversial law just passed by the government is a move in the wrong direction; and the musician Elton John on his love of photography. (Credit: Reuters)
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping praised their friendship and deep ties in a joint appearance in Beijing. Also on the programme: World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, Cindy McCain, speaks about the agony of Gazans and the frustration of humanitarian aid agencies; and the Estonian foreign minister responds to the claims of the Georgian government that he’s acting like an old-school Soviet. (Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) attends a welcome ceremony with Chinese President Xi Jinping outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Credit: SERGEY BOBYLEV/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
The Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico was shot several times after leaving a government meeting in what the interior minister described as a politically motivated attack. He has been in surgery in hospital for at least three and a half hours. His alleged attacker has been arrested. We have the latest from inside Slovakia and reaction across Europe. Also in the programme: the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken has insisted that Ukraine will prevail against the Russian invasion; and Beijing is set to welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin who arrives in China on a state visit.(Picture: Medical personnel carry Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico to hospital after being transported in a helicopter. Credit: JOJ TV/Handout via Reuters)
The Slovak Prime Minister, Robert Fico, is in hospital after being shot multiple times. He is now in a life-threatening condition, according to an update on his official social media account. Slovakia's President-elect Peter Pellegrini has said he is horrified by the attack. We'll get the latest.Also in the programme: Police scour northern France for a gang that killed two prison officers in an ambush; and we hear from the Ukrainian guitarist who played on stage with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.(Photo: Security officers move Slovak PM Robert Fico into a car after the shooting which happened after a government meeting in Handlova, Slovakia, May 15, 2024. Credit: Reuters/Radovan Stoklasa)
Riot police have been confronting protesters in Georgia's capital after the parliament passed a law forcing civil society and media organisations to register if they receive foreign funding. A former deputy US trade representative explains what's behind US President Joe Biden imposing fresh tariffs on Chinese imports, including electric vehicles.And the Canadian author, Nobel prize winner and exponent of the short story, Alice Munro has died at the age of 92. Her lifetime editor Douglas Gibson talks about what made her style distinctive. (Photo: Demonstrators hold a rally to protest against a bill on "foreign agents" in Tbilisi, Georgia, May 14, 2024. Credit: REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, with the promise that US weapons are "on the way". But with towns in the north east around Kharkiv under constant Russian bombardment - will they arrive in time? Also in the programme: scuffles in Georgia's parliament over a proposed new law that's also triggered mass protests - we hear from President Salome Zourabichvili, who has the power to veto it; and the sister who fought off a crocodile to save her twin.(IMAGE: Ukraine"s President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomes US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, 14 May 2024 / CREDIT: EPA/UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE HANDOUT)
Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen testifies in the case against his former boss, but is he a credible witness? We hear from a former US federal prosecutor. Also in the programme: Kharkiv fighting intensifies as Russia troops advancing in north-east Ukraine; and how an Italian opera house is trying to convert children? (Photo: Michael Cohen is questioned by prosecutor as former U.S. President Donald Trump sits with his eyes closed. Credit: Reuters)
The European Commission has condemned Georgian police action against protesters outside the parliament in Tbilisi. Newshour hears from an MP with the governing Georgian Dream party -- Nikoloz Samkharadze -- who voted for the controversial new "foreign influence" law.Also in the programme: on the front line in eastern Ukraine; and on patrol with South Africa's anti-crime volunteers.(Picture: Demonstrators take part in a rally to protest against a bill on "foreign agents" in Tbilisi, Georgia, May 13, 2024. Credit: Reuters)
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Comments (36)

BRIAN BESSEMER

lĺĺll

Jul 7th
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Ste Dublin

got that big d remedy

Mar 7th
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Hamid Reza Yazdani

dear BBC officials! don't you see language incapability was a hindrance in Mr. Yazdani's speech holding him back to express his true inner feelings and viewpoints clearly? why you insist on inviting those who are not in the middle of crisis with better language proficiency?

Nov 22nd
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Hamid Reza Yazdani

آقا ی داریوش یزدانی! لااقل از مترجم استفاده می کردید که بتوانید آنچه در ذهن دارید را بیان کنید، اصرار شما به صحبت کردن به زبان انگلیسی این فرصت استثنایی را از مردم می گیرد که پیام خود را به گوش مردم جهان برسانند، برای مثال ده ها بار از you know استفاده کردن!! صداقت و خلوص نیت شما بر ما پوشیده نیست

Nov 22nd
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Hamid Reza Yazdani

why BBC is trying to downgrade the protests to women rights only? it's much more than that! they desire regime change! and when it comes to analyst on Iran, why do you choose people who people no longer listen to or trust? or people who are foreigners without having a deep understanding of the situation?

Oct 11th
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Jon Urie

Only 44 seconds long!

Sep 30th
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Asif Mehmood

Paul's voice is out of this world. I hope he present every second program

Jun 12th
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Jeff

Coal Mafia is fuelling the election expenses of the ruling party BJP. It's more powerful than Modi himself. So it's a no go zone.

Nov 15th
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Janusz Barbacki

20 minutes talking about Russia but no mention that China may be responsible? I think BBC is compromised...

Dec 18th
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John Great

More or les the same thing with the previous episode

Oct 19th
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John Great

Some of the stories in this episode are definitely not more important than what is happening in Nigeria now. Are you avoiding the story??

Oct 19th
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John Great

The interviews with both schools of thought about the Polish elections were lop-sided at best. Opposing questions to their views about the situation were put to the winning party, and almost calming questions were put to the opposition. This is not the balance we expect from the BBC's journalism. At all.

Jul 14th
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John Great

WHAT is actually going on with this show? It has not been updating for some days now, and I actually have to listen to both episodes every single day...

Jun 24th
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Hüseyin Kavak

Turkey is underreporting death Number ha, you liars

Apr 27th
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Jeff

we know trump enjoys drama? no shit he's a reality star

Jan 8th
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Floyd PM

gross western propaganda

Jan 5th
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shekhu verma

This was long overdue, kashmir is an integral part of india and pakistan sponsored terrorism cant change this fact.

Aug 5th
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CHUCK THOMAS

did anyone else find it confusing on the story about the film promotions person in Afghanistan and then talking about the quote from Angelina Jolie that was really badly edited because it made it seem like the person he was about to talk to wasAngelina Jolie and I'm pretty sure that wasn't her she was the person interviewed was the focus of the article and was a good interview it was just mislabeled at the at the start which was confusing

May 31st
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Eugene Marshall

absolute biased garbage

Apr 18th
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Rayan Faisal

تسقط بس✌

Apr 8th
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