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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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UN Warns of Venezuelan Migrant 'Crisis'

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 9:22am
Caracas residents respond to the worsening situation gripping Venezuela, as the United Nations compares it to the Mediterranean migrant crisis of 2015. Also in the programme: Pope Francis arrives in Ireland and says he's ashamed of the Catholic Church's failure to address allegations of sex abuse by clergy; DRC's electoral commission says former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba cannot run to be president; and Tesla boss Elon Musk reports that he will no longer seek to take the company private. (Photo: the new bolivar notes are meant to help tackle Venezuela's rampant inflation. Credit: AFP / Getty Images)
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Zimbabwe Court Upholds Mnangagwa's Election Win

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 5:23pm
Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as Zimbabwe's new President on Sunday after surviving the opposition's legal challenge to the election result. Also in the programme - how Russian bots are infiltrating the vaccine debate on social media, and why a daily glass of wine could kill you. (Photo: Supporters of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party react after Zimbabwe's court threw out an opposition bid to overturn presidential election results. Credit: Jekesai Njikizana/Getty Images)
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Australia Has A New Prime Minister

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 10:38am
Scott Morrison is sworn in hours after his predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull, was forced out of office by party rivals in a bruising leadership contest. He's the country's sixth prime minister in less than ten years. Also in the programme: Spain's cabinet authorises the removal of the remains of the fascist dictator, General Francisco Franco, from a monument to those who died in the country's civil war. Picture: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Credit: William West/AFP/Getty Images.
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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iran grants temporary release

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 5:09pm
British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran more than two years ago has been temporarily freed to spend time with her family. Also on the programme: ancient Lebanese cedar trees at risk from climate change. And scientists create a new computer tool that predicts how cancers may respond to drugs. Image: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe reunited with her daughter Gabriella Credit: Free Nazanin
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Britain Publishes 'No Deal' Brexit Advice

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 10:05am
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has set out what he called "practical and proportionate" advice in case the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The guidance includes instructions for businesses who could face extra paperwork at borders and contingency plans to avoid medicine shortages. Also on the programme: the Uganda opposition MP Bobi Wine has been charged with treason shortly after he was released by a military court. And we find out why ancient Lebanese cedar trees might be at risk from climate change. Photo: An EU flag outside the Houses of Parliament Credit: AFP
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White House Maintains Trump's Innocence

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 5:42pm
The White House says Donald Trump is not implicated by his former lawyer's guilty plea to charges of breaking campaign financing laws during the 2016 presidential poll. Also in the programme: claims that human rights activists on trial in Saudi Arabia could face the death penalty; and our correspondent on the border between Venezuela and Colombia meets some of the people fleeing from the economic chaos in Venezuela. (Photo: President Trump. Credit: Getty Images)
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Two Top Trump Aides Guilty

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 10:13am
As President Trump’s former campaign manager is convicted of fraud and his former lawyer pleads guilty to charges that include campaign finance violations, how damaging could the fallout be for the President? We’ll hear from a legal expert and one of Mr Trump’s former advisers. Also in the programme: it's a year since the start of the violence that forced one million Rohingyas to flee Myanmar. So when will they be able to go home? Picture: Michael Cohen leaves court. Credit: EPA.
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Trump Relaxes Obama-Era Coal Restrictions

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 5:25pm
The US Environmental Protection Agency has announced plans to scrap the Clean Power Plan, an Obama era bill to restrict carbon emissions from coal-fired power stations. It will instead allow individual states to decide for themselves just how little regulation their power plants need. Also in the programme: Reports that Al Qaeda's chief bomb-maker has been killed. Venezuelans struggle to get hold of the new currency introduced by their government. (Photo shows: A coal fuelled power plant in Arizona. Credit: Mint Images/ Science Photo Library)
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Britain Wants EU to Match US Sanctions on Russia

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 10:16am
The UK Foreign Minister, Jeremy Hunt, wants the European Union to match sanctions imposed by the United States on Russia - in response to the Novichok nerve agent attack in the UK earlier this year. But many European countries are reluctant to do so. Also in the programme: Germany's rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, wants to introduce "atonal music" into a station in Berlin to drive away people who use the place to take drugs, and the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring when Soviet tanks put an end to an attempt to introduce "socialism with a human face". (Photo: Russia's President Vladimir Putin after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on 16 July 2018. Credit: Yuri Kadobnovyuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)
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Pope Francis condemns sex abuse 'atrocities'

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 5:25pm
Pope Francis has condemned the "atrocities" of child sex abuse and clerical cover-ups in a letter to the world's 1.2bn Roman Catholics. Will his words be enough? Also in the programme: Can the Venezuelan government curb hyperinflation as millions flee the economic crisis? Measles cases in Europe reach a record high. (Photo shows: Pope Francis in Rome, August 2018. Credit: Reuters)
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