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Should Prince Charles Be Next Head Of Commonwealth?

3 hours 45 min ago
The Queen has expressed her desire for Prince Charles to take over her Commonwealth role. Should he? Biographer Tom Bower and royal historian Hugo Vickers discuss the future role of the heir to the British throne. Also on the programme: how do former staff of the FBI feel about the ex-director James Comey and his apparent love of the limelight? And why have nomadic sea divers in Indonesia evolved bigger spleens than the rest of us? (Picture: The Queen and Prince Charles at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London Credit: PA)
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Queen Elizabeth Backs Son for Commonwealth Job

11 hours 19 min ago
Queen Elizabeth II declares "sincere wish" for Prince Charles to lead Commonwealth and Helen Clark on the future of the Commonwealth. Also in the programme: Hans Asperger's past and Britain's representative to the OPCW (Picture: Queen Elizabeth II gives a speech at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Getty Images)
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Cuba Announces Castro Successor

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 5:32pm
Miguel Diaz-Canel is likely to be approved by Cuba’s National Assembly. He will be the first Cuban leader in almost 60 years who isn’t a Castro. Also in the programme: The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, calls snap parliamentary and presidential elections; and the Icelandic prisoner who escaped to Sweden on the same plane as the country’s prime minister. Picture: Miguel Diaz-Canel in March 2018. Credit: Getty Images
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CIA Chief Meets Kim Jong-un

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:06am
CIA director Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang last week, ahead of planned talks between President Trump and the North Korean leader on that country's nuclear ambitions. But what could a possible deal look like? Also in the programme: as Raúl Castro prepares to step down from Cuba's presidency; Facebook faces a facial recognition backlash in Europe; and the art of 'professional mourning'. Picture: an undated image released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang.
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Syria Says Chemical Weapons Experts Reach Attack Site

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 5:06pm
Syrian authorities say inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have arrived in Douma to investigate the suspected chemical attack on April 7th. But the US State Department says the OPCW have yet to enter the site. Also in the programme: PM of Antigua and Barbuda calls on UK to compensate Caribbean immigrants whose right to live in country was wrongly questioned; and there have been protests in Armenia after parliament voted to allow the country’s president to remain in power. Picture: General view of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 17th 2018. Credit: Getty Images
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Syrian State TV Says Chemical Weapons Inspectors Are In Douma

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:11am
Syrian state TV says investigators from the chemical weapons watchdog (the OPCW) have arrived in Douma, where the Syrian government denies carrying out an alleged chemical weapons attack on 7 April. Also in the programme: Myanmar releases 8,500 prisoners in a holiday amnesty; and the Chinese economy posts strong growth amid concerns over growing debt levels. (Photo: A child is hosed down after the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma. Credit: Reuters)
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Chemical Weapons Experts Denied Access to Syria Attack Site

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 5:27pm
Russia says inspectors will be allowed to visit scene of a suspected chemical weapons attack on Wednesday. But Britain and the United States say Moscow and the Syrian government have been tampering with the evidence. Also in the programme: the British government apologises for the treatment of thousands of people who arrived in the UK as children in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration 70 years ago; and Harald Bluetooth’s treasure trove. Picture: Syrians ride a motorbike along a destroyed street in Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 16, 2018. Credit: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images
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Russia Denies Tampering With Syria Site

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:11am
The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has denied that Moscow has blocked an investigation by international chemical weapons inspectors into a possible chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma. Also in the programme: The former FBI director James Comey speaks out saying Donald Trump is morally unfit to be president and may be vulnerable to Russian blackmail; And the migrants who came to the UK from the Caribbean 70 years ago are now struggling to prove their British identity. (Photo: A Syrian soldier inspects the wreckage of a building described as part of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) compound in the Barzeh district, north of Damascus, during a press tour organised by the Syrian information ministry, on April 14, 2018. Credit: Getty Images)
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Bonus Podcast: Death in Ice Valley

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 8:00am
A special preview of the new podcast Death in Ice Valley. An unidentified body. Who was she? Why hasn’t she been missed? A BBC World Service and NRK original podcast, investigating a mystery unsolved for almost half a century. Episode One was released on 16 April 2018 and new episodes will be released every Monday. Search for Death in Ice Valley wherever you find your podcasts.
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US Threatens Fresh Sanctions on Russia

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 5:12pm
The US ambassador to the UN says new sanctions against Russia are set to be announced. Also in the programme: UN peacekeeping boss on Mali violence and the mission to detect singing stars. (Picture: Satellite image of Barzah Research and Development Center facility in Damascus, Syria, seen on April 15th 2018 a day after it was struck by U.S. and coalition operations. Credit: DigitalGlobe)
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Syria in the Wake of US-Led Missile Strikes

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 9:38am
After the air strikes, what is the state of the Syrian civil war? We hear from our correspondent in the region, Lyse Doucet. Also in the programme, President Trump's difficult week, and turning leftover bread into beer. Photo: Syrian air defence systems during air strikes launched by the US, France and the UK, as shown in handout image from the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). Credit: EPA/SANA
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Trump: 'Mission Accomplished' in Syria Strikes

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 5:19pm
The US has warned of further missile strikes against Syria if it uses chemical weapons again, but Russia accuses the US of breaching international law. Also in the programme: Ecuadorean journalists killed by Farc near Colombia border; and Winnie Mandela's funeral. (Photo: US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
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Trump Dubs Comey: "An Untruthful Slimeball"

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 5:11pm
The US President reacted furiously after details emerged of the memoir published by former FBI chief James Comey, who was sacked by Donald Trump. In the memoir, Mr Comey describes the president as 'untethered to the truth'. Mr Trump tweeted that James Comey is a 'proven leaker and liar'. Also in the programme: Russia accuses Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in Syria; and DR Congo's humanitarian crisis. (Photo: US President Donald Trump and former FBI director James Comey, Credit: Reuters)
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Russia: Syria Chemical Attack Was Staged

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:51am
The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, says Moscow has irrefutable evidence that an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged with the help of a foreign secret service. Also in the programme: a first reading of the sacked FBI chief's book that has angered President Trump; and our historic relationship with alcohol. (Photo: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Credit: European Photopress Agency)
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Trump Considers Military Options In Syria

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 5:38pm
President Trump is considering his military options for a strike on Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by government forces on the city of Douma. Also in the programme: how violence is plaguing the Mexican beach town of Acapulco; and the backlash against celebratory gunfire in Lebanon. Photo: Victims of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma. Credit: Reuters.
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Skripal Poisoning: OPCW Confirms UK Findings

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 10:35am
The global chemical weapons watchdog says that samples collected by its team following a nerve agent attack in Salisbury confirm Britain's findings about the toxic chemical that was used. Also in the programme: We spoke to a former KGB officer who used to be a close associate of Vladimir Putin; and the Chinese baby born to a surrogate mother, four years after his parents died in a car crash. (Image: Members of the emergency services in protective coveralls and breathing equipment . Credit: AFP PHOTO/Daniel Leal-Olivas)
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Rising Tensions Between West and Russia over Syria

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 5:11pm
With heated rhetoric on all sides, how serious is the current international stand-off over Syria? We hear views from Russia and the United States. Also in the programme: Facebook CEO faces more questioning by US Congress, and pioneering surgery gives a British woman back her jaw. Photo: Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia during a UN Security Council meeting in New York on April 10, 2018. Credit: AFP/Getty Images.
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President Trump Warns Russia on Syria Missile Threat

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:14am
President Trump has tweeted about "nice and new and smart" missiles in a warning to Russia that he will respond to a suspected chemical attack by the Syrian government. Also in the programme: More than two hundred and fifty people have been killed in a military plane crash in Algeria; and a Burmese court has refused to drop legal proceedings against two Reuters journalists arrested while investigating the mass killings of Rohingyas. Photo: US President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Credit: Getty Images
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Facebook Chief Grilled by US Congress

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 5:31pm
The founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has been questioned by senators over the misuse of personal data. Also in the programme: the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday agreement that ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland. Picture: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill. Credit: AFP/Getty Images.
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Syria 'Chemical Attack': Russia and US in Fierce Row at UN

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:08am
Russia says it wants international inspectors to visit the site of a suspected chlorine gas attack in Syria. But it says no chemical weapons were used there, and has rejected a US resolution that would set up an inquiry into who carried out the alleged attack. Also in the programme: President Xi promises to open up sectors of its economy to greater international competition and; Africa's overlooked scientists get their own journal to raise their profile. Picture: US President Donald Trump attends a meeting with senior military leaders. Credit: Getty Images.
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