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


  • US tech giants remove opposition app in Russia

    17/09/2021 Duración: 48min

    Google and Apple have removed a tactical voting app from their online stores in Russia on the first day of parliamentary elections. Also in the programme: life under the Taliban in northern Afghanistan; and UN issues blunt warning about climate change. (Picture: The Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny's Smart Voting app is seen on a phone, in Moscow. Credit: Reuters)

  • Polls open in Russia's parliamentary election

    17/09/2021 Duración: 49min

    Polls open in Russia’s three-day parliamentary election. Fourteen parties are taking part in the vote, which the Kremlin insists is fair. Also in the programme, the Austrian government is being sued for failing to stop covid spreading across Europe from an Apline ski resort and Sir Clive Sinclair, the creator of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum has died aged 81. (Picture: A man votes in the 2021 Russian parliamentary election Credit: Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

  • US-UK-Australia defend nuclear sub deal

    16/09/2021 Duración: 48min

    The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has sought to allay the European Union's concerns about a new nuclear security deal between the US, UK and Australia. Also in the programme fuel relief in Lebanon; and filming a movie in space. (Picture: U.S Secretary of State Blinken and U.S Defense Secretary Austin, host Australian counterparts at US State Department. Credit: Reuters)

  • China denounces US-UK-Australia defence pact

    16/09/2021 Duración: 49min

    China denounces US-UK-Australia defence pact. The pact will see the US and UK provide Australia with the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time. The accord is being widely viewed as an effort to counter China's influence in the contested South China Sea. China says the new alliance is part of a "cold-war mentality. Also in the programme, four amateur astronauts are currently orbiting the earth in the first flight of its kind without a professional astronaut on board. And we hear from Australia where scientists have discovered a unintended positive consequence of wildfires, marine algae growth. ( Picture: US President Biden at podium with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on either side. Credit: Getty Images)

  • Taliban rule in Afghanistan: One month on

    15/09/2021 Duración: 49min

    It's been exactly one month since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan. Now cash is in short supply, and the country is facing a mounting economic and political crisis. We hear from our correspondent Secunder Kermani reporting from near the northern Afghan city of Mazar e Sharif. Also on the programme: the US Olympic champion, Simone Biles appears at a Senate hearing into the FBI's failings in the case of the team doctor who abused her and many other gymnasts; and we hear about the story of the child born to the mother in the Roe versus Wade case that legalised abortion in America. (Photo: Afghanistan's Taliban-controlled central bank seizes a large amount of money from former top government officials Credit: Handout via REUTERS)

  • North Korea fires two ballistic missiles

    15/09/2021 Duración: 46min

    South Korea says it had completed trials of a submarine launched ballistic missile. The announcement came hours after its neighbour North Korea test-fired two ballistic missiles into the sea. Japan said the North Korean launch was 'outrageous'. Just two days before Russia goes to the polls we hear about the unprecedented crackdown on dissent in the country. Angry exchanges at a special tribunal in The Hague, where a pro-independence fighter from Kosovo is facing allegations of war crimes. Also, we hear how health workers in France who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19 risk being suspended without pay. And how plastic in the oceans is affecting Whales and Dolphins and exacerbating climate change. (Photo: South Korean television broadcast file footage in report about the North's latest test with ballistic missiles. Credit: Reuters.)

  • Climate change: studies on extreme heat and anxiety released

    14/09/2021 Duración: 48min

    A new report has found that the number of these extremely hot days has more than doubled around the world over the last forty years. Meanwhile, a global survey has suggested that nearly 60% of young people say they are extremely worried about climate change. We look at this as well as what politicians in Europe have been saying about the challenges facing policy-makers. Also on the programme: A look at Lebanon where ministers in a functioning government have met for the first time in more than a year; and Broadway star Sara Bareilles reflects on the world of theatre as it learns to live alongside COVID-19. (Picture: Thermometer sign in Cordoba, southern Spain, credit: European Pressphoto Agency)

  • Climate change: World now sees twice as many days over 50C

    14/09/2021 Duración: 48min

    The number of extremely hot days every year when the temperature reaches 50C has doubled since the 1980s, a global BBC analysis has found. They also now happen in more areas of the world than before, presenting unprecedented challenges to human health and to how we live. Also in the programme: poll highlights climate anxiety among youngsters, we hear from one; and Guinea’s military junta starts consultation to try to build a consensus after the country’s latest coup d'etat. (Photo: A man takes a drink close to a street thermometer (reading 49 degrees Celsius, 120.2 Fahrenheit) in southern Spain on the 13th of August. Credit: EPA).

  • Afghanistan: UN says country facing “most perilous hour”

    13/09/2021 Duración: 49min

    The UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, has said the people of Afghanistan face perhaps their most perilous hour. Mr Guterres said one in three Afghans didn't know where their next meal would come from and that the poverty rate was spiralling. Also on the programme: Reaction from Washington DC as Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies over America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan; and we reflect on the record number of environmental activists who were murdered last year (Picture: Aid workers in Afghanistan Credit: Getty Images)

  • North Korea tests a new long-range cruise missile

    13/09/2021 Duración: 49min

    North Korea has tested a new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan, state media has said. The US military said the latest tests posed threats to the international community, and Japan said it has "significant concerns". We speak to a former South Korean general. Also today, the UN Secretary General warns of a "looming humanitarian catastrophe" in Afghanistan; and for the second year in a row, a record number of environmental activists are reported to have been murdered around the world. We hear from the Philippines. (Photo: Detail from undated combination photo released by the official North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows the test firing of a long-range cruise missile, issued 13 September 2021. Credit: KCNA/EPA)

  • Iran: Monitoring deal is not a permanent solution says UN nuclear chief

    12/09/2021 Duración: 48min

    The head of the UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, says it's solved its most urgent issue with Iran by striking a deal to continue the surveillance of some of its nuclear facilities. What does this mean for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)agreement? Also in the programme: Emma Raducanu makes tennis history and we hear from Lebanon where despite a new government, the country remains in crisis. ( Picture: Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi addresses the media after his arrival at the Vienna International Airport. Credit: Alex Halada)

  • The UN's nuclear agency and Iran reach a monitoring deal

    12/09/2021 Duración: 48min

    Inspectors from the UN's nuclear agency have been given permission to service surveillance equipment at sites in Iran after what have been described as constructive talks in Teheran. But will this save the Iran nuclear deal, the JCPOA? Also in the programme: Pope Francis on a visit to Hungary where he’s met the anti-immigration prime minister, Viktor Orban; and we hear from a forensics specialist still trying to identify the remains of victims of the 9/11 attacks, 20 years on. (Photo: Iranian Atomic Organization chief Mohammad Eslami, and Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Mariano Grossi during a joint press conference in Tehran, Iran, 12 September 2021. Credit: EPA)

  • Twenty years since 9/11

    11/09/2021 Duración: 49min

    Ceremonies have been taking place to mark 20 years since the attacks on 11th September 2001 on the US. We’ll hear from Ground Zero in New York and from a woman who was in the World Trade Center when it came under attack. And we’ll ask, now that the Taliban is back in power in Afghanistan, could such attacks happen again. PHOTO: A family member at the reflecting pool places a flag during a ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2021 in New York City. CREDIT: Getty Images

  • The 9/11 attacks remembered

    11/09/2021 Duración: 49min

    Ceremonies are being held to mark 20 years since the attacks on 11th September 2001 on targets in the US. We’ll hear from Ground Zero in New York and from a woman who was in the World Trade Center when it came under attack. And we’ll ask, now that the Taleban is back in power in Afghanistan, could such attacks happen again. (Photo: The One World Trade Center building on the day marking the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City Credit: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

  • US : Not extending Afghan withdrawal deadline

    24/08/2021 Duración: 49min

    The leaders of the G7 nations say the US won't extend their military presence in Afghanistan beyond the August the 31st deadline - but they want certain guarantees from the Taliban. Meanwhile, the Taliban say women who have a job should stay at home for their own safety. And humanitarian work in Afghanistan is on pause. Also on the programme, we hear about Charlie Watts, the drummer with the Rolling Stones rock band who has died. (Photo: Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport; Credit: REUTERS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY)

  • Taliban intensifying hunt for collaborators

    19/08/2021 Duración: 48min

    A UN document, seen by the BBC, has suggested that the Taliban has intensified its hunt for people who previously collaborated with US and NATO forces. The intelligence paper suggests the Taliban have lists of individuals they are threatening to kill. Also in the programme: the latest from Haiti after an earthquake hit the Caribbean island; and the world’s largest car manufacturer cuts its global production by 40%. (Photo: Taliban patrol as nation celebrate the 102nd Independence Day in Kandahar, Afghanistan, 19 August 2021. CREDIT: EPA/STRINGER)