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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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Donetsk: Thousands Attend Funeral of Murdered Pro-Russian Separatist

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 5:17pm
The pro-Russian separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko was killed on Friday in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. Where does this leave the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine? Also in the programme: South Africa's racial divisions laid bare again as a trade union calls for a strike over perceived anti-white bias at a large petrochemical firm; and we’ll discuss why the leaders of 53 African countries are on a trip to Beijing. Picture: Pro-Russian militants escort the coffin during the funeral of Alexander Zakharchenko in downtown Donetsk. Credit: EPA/Alexander Ermochenko
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US Cancels Millions in Military Aid to Pakistan

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 9:16am
The US defence department says it has decided to cancel $300 million dollars in military aid to Pakistan because it has failed to act against militant groups. It follows another five hundred million that had already been withdrawn from the country at the start of this year. Also in the programme: New calls for Australia to remove asylum seekers living in rough conditions from the pacific island of Nauru. And the man behind the Krautrock sound - Connie Plank - is captured on film by his son. (Photo: A protest against US President Donald Trump in Karachi in August 2017 Credit: AFP/Asif Hassan)
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Demonstrations Are Underway in the German City of Chemnitz

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 9:18am
Police are out in force expecting large protests in Chemnitz. Far-right and anti-immigrant groups have called for a silent march through its streets in memory of a man whose murder last weekend has been blamed on two migrants. A large counter-demonstration is expected. Also in the programme: Palestinian leaders have condemned the US decision to stop funding the UN agency that helps Palestinian refugees. (Photo: Demonstrators in Chemnitz. Credit: Reuters)
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US-Canada Nafta Talks Break Without Deal

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 5:09pm
Talks between the US and Canada over amending the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) have concluded on deadline day without a deal being reached. President Donald Trump has threatened to leave Canada on the sidelines and levy tariffs on car parts exported from the country to the US if a deal is not reached. Also in the programme: We look at the African migrants who were trapped in the Libyan capital Tripoli as fighting broke out between rival militias; plus stars and politicians pay tribute at the funeral of Aretha Franklin. (Picture: Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau, Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
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Australia: Church Defends Confidentiality in Confession

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 10:25am
The Roman Catholic Church in Australia has formally rejected a landmark inquiry's recommendation that priests should be forced to report sexual abuse disclosed during confession. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said breaking the seal of confession was "contrary to our faith and inimical to religious liberty". Also in the programme: The head of the United Nations Mission to Libya, Ghassan Salame, gives his reaction to the violence in Tripoli; and why the European Commission wants to put an end to daylight saving time. (Image: A man holds rosary beads. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire)
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Anti-Migrant Protests Spread in Germany

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 6:12pm
Hundreds of German far-right demonstrators have gathered in Chemnitz to protest against immigration. There's been unrest in the city since Sunday, when a German man was stabbed. Also in the programme - the legacy of the man with the most famous voice in Russia and why Argentina has hiked its interest rates to sixty per cent. (Photo: The far-right group 'Pro-Chemnitz' stage a protest at the entrance to the stadium of Chemnitz FC. Credit: Odd Andersen/Getty Images)
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Jordan FM: UNRWA Cuts Could Threaten Middle East Peace

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:14am
Jordan's foreign minister has warned that cuts to the funding of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, could be "extremely destabilising". Ayman Safadi reacted to reports that the United States had decided to cut all funding it gives to UNRWA. The US had already announced a big reduction of contributions earlier this year. Also in the programme: Why fighting between rival militias in Libya's Tripoli have escalated; and remembering Iosif Kobzon, "Russia's Frank Sinatra", who has died at the age of 80. (Image: Jordan's foreign minister, Ayman Safadi. Credit: EPA/MARISCAL)
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Former Bosnia Governors Condemn Kosovo-Serbia Land Swap

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 5:09pm
Former High Representative to Bosnia-Hercegovina Lord Paddy Ashdown has condemned plans for a land swap between Serbia and Kosovo. Its leaders say the plan will end a long-running border dispute. But diplomats are concerned it could destabilise the entire region. Also on the programme: as the UN's Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein ends his term in office we ask - what has he achieved? And for the first time in five decades a NASA trainee astronaut has quit the elite training programme. Photo: A German KFOR soldier stands guard at the Jarinje border crossing between Serbia and Kosovo in 2011 Credit: SASA DJORDJEVIC/AFP/Getty Images
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Putin Softens Pension Plan After Backlash

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:30am
Russian leader Vladimir Putin has rowed back on plans to make women wait until they're 63 to get the state pension, softening a measure that's drastically cut his approval rating. Also in the programme: Brazil's decision deploy its army to its border with Venezuela, and the contraception app in trouble for exaggerating its effectiveness. Picture: Russian President Vladimir Putin. Credit: Alexei Druzhinin\TASS via Getty Images.
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Is a New NAFTA Deal On the Horizon?

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 5:24pm
Canada's foreign minister has cut short a trip to Europe to join talks in Washington, in a bid for the country to remain part of a trade deal with the US and Mexico. The countries are discussing a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, of which President Trump has long been a vocal critic. Also in the programme: we discuss France's celebrity Environment Minister's very public resignation and why Russia is planning its biggest show of military strength since the Cold War. Picture: President Trump Announces Revised NAFTA Deal With Mexico Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images
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UN Accuses All Sides in Yemen of Possible War Crimes

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 10:47am
UN human rights experts have issued a report saying that war crimes may have been committed and that Yemeni government forces, the Saudi-led coalition backing them, and - on the other side - the Iran-aligned rebel Houthi movement have all made little attempt to minimise civilian casualties. We hear from one of the authors of the report. Also in the programme: why the French environment minister has decided to step down and we have a special report from the biggest migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photo: A camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen Credit: EPA/YAHYA ARHAB
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Cardinal: Pope Should Not Resign Over Abuse Claims

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 5:13pm
When did the Pope know about abuse allegations against a former American cardinal? We speak to the priest who first tried to report them, and to the Archbishop of Chicago, a close ally of Pope Francis. Also: the US and Mexico reach a new trade deal; and a dangerously affectionate dolphin. (Photo: Pope Francis. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)
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Myanmar Rohingya: UN says Military Leaders Must Face Genocide Charges

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:12pm
A United Nations investigation has called for the head of the Burmese military to be prosecuted at the International Criminal Court for the genocide of ethnic Rohingyas. It's also criticised the civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, for failing to prevent the violence last year. Also in the programme: the Ugandan opposition MP Bobi Wine has been granted bail on treason charge; and Australia says a boat found abandoned on a remote crocodile-infested shore was being used by people-smugglers. Picture: Rohingya women protest on the first anniversary of the Rohingya crisis. Credit: Getty Images.
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Archbishop Calls on Pope Francis to Resign

Sun, 08/26/2018 - 5:23pm
The former Vatican ambassador to Washington, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, has issued an 7,000 word letter in which he alleges a cover-up in which Pope Francis rehabilitated US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick who was found to have sexually abused trainee priests. Archbishop Viganò has called on the Pope to resign. Also in the programme: The American playwright and screenplay-writer Neil Simon has died at the age of 91; and a mass shooting at a videogame tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo: US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of the Archdiocese of Washington speaks during a news conference at the Vatican press centre. Pope Francis on 28 July 2018 accepted Theodore McCarrick's resignation from the College of Cardinals over his sex scandal. McCarrick was accused of sexually abusing a teenager nearly five decades ago during his time as a priest in the Archdiocese of New York. Credit: Danilo Schiavella/EPA)
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Senator John McCain Dies

Sun, 08/26/2018 - 9:14am
Tributes from former US presidents and across the political spectrum have poured in for Republican Senator John McCain, who has died aged 81. Also in the programme: On the second day of his visit to Ireland, Pope Francis begs forgiveness for child abuse by the Catholic clergy; a journey along the Venezuelan migrant trail; and Iran's parliament impeaches economy minister over mismanagement. (Photo: Senator John McCain after his release from Vietnam he was welcomed home by President Nixon. Credit: Getty Images)
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Pope Francis Meets Survivors of Abuse in Ireland

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 5:40pm
Pope Francis, the first pontiff in nearly forty years to visit Ireland, has met eight people who survived abuse at the hands of the Roman Catholic Church Also on the programme: Hundreds of Venezuelan migrants have requested asylum in Peru after the country brought in new entry requirements; and two patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo with Ebola are reported to have recovered after receiving an experimental treatment. (Photo: Pope Francis attends a service inside St Mary's Pro Cathedral during his visit to Ireland, August 25th 2018. Credit: REUTERS)
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