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Video assistant referees are set to be used at this year's World Cup in Russia after football's lawmakers voted to approve the technology. Also; Nepal is launching the country's first hiking trail for disabled trekkers and Muppet legend, Frank Oz talks about his new documentary. (Photo: Video assistant referee technology being tested. Credit: Reuters)
The United Nations has been giving more details about why it has suspended humanitarian operations in the Nigerian town of Rann, following an attack on Thursday blamed on the Islamist group Boko Haram. We hear from a UN spokeswoman in Nigeria. Also in the programme: The latest episode in our series about the assassination of the former Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto; And we hear from the transgender actress from Chile, hailed as a ground-breaker at the Oscars. (Picture: UN staff assist with the relocation of aid workers after an attack in the town of Rann, at Maiduguri Airport. Credit: Reuters)
Also in the programme: A hitherto undiscovered 1.5 million penguins found in Antarctica; and Britain's Prime Minister lays out her vision of a future economic partnership with the European Union after Brexit. (Photo: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
Key trading partners of the United States say they'll be forced to respond in kind, if President Trump follows through on his promise to introduce tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. Hear reaction from China, the EU and Turkey. Also in the programme: British Prime Minister Theresa May outlines her key aims for Brexit; and scientists conclude there are five types of diabetes, not just two. (Photo: A steel industry worker. Credit: Getty Images)
The Pentagon has said it is not surprised by President Putin's claims that Russia was creating a new generation of nuclear weapons capable of evading missile defence systems. The weapons Mr Putin boasted of in his annual state of the nation address included a cruise missile that he said could "reach anywhere in the world". Also on the programme: What it means to be a black person in China; and how will land re-distribution work in South Africa? Picture: Russian President Vladimir Putin stands on the stage while addressing the Federal Assembly. Credit: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images
President Putin has said Russia is developing a new range of nuclear weapons, including a hypersonic missile, that can reach anywhere in the world and evade American defences. Could we be embarking on a new arms race? Also in the programme: 'Oldest tattoo' found on 5,000-year-old Egyptian mummies; and we have a special report on the battle for the Yemeni capital, Sana'a. (Photo: President Putin. Credit: AFP)
The Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, has offered unconditional peace talks with the Taliban and the possibility of recognising them as a legitimate political group. Also in the programme: the International Olympic Committee readmits Russia after the state-sponsored doping scandal and; the EU presents its most detailed plan for Brexit. Picture:Afghan President Ashraf Ghani gestures as he addresses a press conference. Credit: Getty Images
The first five-hour ceasefire in the Syrian rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus has ended in failure. There've been airstrikes and mortar rounds, and no deliveries of aid. Also in the programme: A landmark court ruling in Germany aims to cut pollution, and Lewis Gilbert, one of Britain's most distinguished film directors, has died. Picture: Smoke rises from the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the Syrian capital following fresh air strikes and rocket fire Credit: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
Fighting continued in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area in Syria during the first daily five-hour 'pause' ordered by the government's ally Russia. Activists say there were government air and artillery strikes, while Russia said rebels shelled a 'humanitarian corridor' meant to let civilians leave. Also in the programme: A landmark court ruling in Germany aims to cut pollution, and why discovering the resilience of life in one of the most inhospitable places on earth might have consequences well beyond our planet. Picture: A general view taken from a government-held area in Damascus shows smoke rising from the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta. Credit: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images.
In rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, which has faced intense bombardment by pro-government forces for more than a week, President Putin has called for the shelling to stop for five hours every day, so civilians can leave the enclave. Also in the programme: China's Xi Jinping and women in the Saudi army Image: Syrians walk past destroyed buildings in Arbin in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta on February 25, 2018. Credit: ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/Getty Images
The UN has renewed its appeal for an immediate truce in the besieged Syrian rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area, amid reports of more deaths in air strikes. The UN secretary general António Guterres called for the bombing to stop. Also in the programme: China's communist party gives the green light to a lifetime presidency and we explore what some call 'the most important room in the world'. Picture: a Syrian man walking next to damaged buildings following regime air strikes in the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region. Credit: Hamza Al-Ajweh//AFP/Getty Images.
China's ruling Communist Party has moved to allow the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, to stay in power indefinitely. The proposal, which will almost certainly be accepted by China's rubber-stamp parliament, would remove the current two-term limits for the country's president and vice president. Also in the programme: Protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the problems longevity is causing in Japan. (Photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, January 2018. Credit: Getty Images)
Members of a high-level North Korean delegation visiting South Korea for the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics said North Korea was open to talks with the United States, the South's presidential office said. Also on the programme: The Syrian government continues to bombard Eastern Ghouta despite a UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire without delay; and Beloved Bollywood actress Sridevi Kapoor dies age 54. Picture: Ivanka Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, first lady Kim Jung-sook and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic games. Credit: Getty Images.
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.
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
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)
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
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
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)