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Sudan's ousted president appears in court in a cage
He's admitted receiving ninety million dollars from the Saudi Crown Prince. Turkey has condemned an air attack on a convoy it says was reinforcing one of its observation posts in northern Syria. Plus Prince Andrew says any suggestion he exploited young girls with the disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is abhorrent.
Aug 19, 2019
Canadian criticism for UK decision to strip former IS fighter of citizenship
Jack Letts was both a British and Canadian citizen when he joined IS, also 1.7 million protest in Hong Kong and the Chilean school run by a folk band
Aug 18, 2019
Bomber strikes wedding in Kabul
A suicide bomber targets guests at a Shia marriage in the Afghan capital. Initial reports say many of the victims were women and children. Also: a landmark deal between Sudan’s military and the civilian opposition, and why a woman may be the next person to walk on the Moon
Aug 17, 2019
US Congresswoman refuses delayed Israeli offer to visit her grandmother
Conditional Israeli offer- to allow US politician to make personal visit to the occupied West Bank; Brother of the leader of the Afghan Taliban is killed in a mosque in Pakistan; And a judge in Germany rules against a girl who wanted to sing in an all-boys choir
Aug 16, 2019
Hong Kong's richest man calls for calm
Li Ka-shing's appeal came as the Chinese military gathered at the Hong Kong border. The territory has seen political unrest for 10 weeks, and more protests are due this weekend. Also: Greenland says it's not for sale, after reports that Donald Trump wants the US to buy it, and a 9 year old girl sues an all male choir which won't let her join.
Aug 16, 2019
Israel bars two members of US Congress
The US president had said Israel should stop Rashia Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting. Also: Gibraltar releases Iranian oil tanker, and thousands sign a petition to rename 5th Avenue outside Trump Tower in New York after Barack Obama.
Aug 15, 2019
Indian PM says the scrapping of Kashmir's special status is a 'major achievement'
The Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has said his decision to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its special status will restore the region to its "past glory". Also: the remarkable escape of passengers and crew on a Russian airliner that made an emergency landing, and the secret search for a huge dinosaur hoard.
Aug 15, 2019
Trudeau 'broke rules in SNC-Lavalin affair'
The Canadian PM Justin Trudeau says he accepts the ethics commissioner report, but disagrees with some of its conclusions. Also: stock markets tumble in US as recession fears grow, and 'human-sized penguin' lived in New Zealand.
Aug 15, 2019
Hong Kong protestors warned they could be jailed for life
After days of disruptions, the Airport Authority in Hong Kong said it had obtained a temporary injunction banning protesters from entering certain areas. Also: the latest on the ASAP Rocky case in Sweden, and the advert for cheese that's been banned for sexism.
Aug 14, 2019
Chaotic scenes at Hong Kong airport
Squads of riot police arrived after thousands of demonstrators flooded the terminal buildings. Also: Trump delays some tariffs on Chinese imports, and a British university has banned beef to help climate change.
Aug 13, 2019
Hong Kong protests disrupt airport for second day
Our correspondent there says what has been a peaceful awareness exercise on previous days has become an active attempt to shut down business. The sister of the jailed Saudi women's rights activist, Loujain al-Hathloul, says she's been offered her freedom if she says she hasn't been tortured.The sixteen year-old Swedish climate activist - Greta Thunberg - prepares to set sail to the US on a zero-carbon yacht.
Aug 13, 2019
Trump announces new measures targeting legal immigrants
The new policy, known as the 'public charge rule', aims to deny permanent residency and citizenship, mainly to millions of undocumented, low-paid Hispanic people. Also: Authorities start to resume services in Hong Kong airport as hundreds of protesters leave for the night, and the little boy who broke his nose trying to meet his idol.
Aug 12, 2019
Hong Kong protests: Airport cancels flights as thousands occupy
Some of the demonstrators have begun to leave after a dire warning from the Chinese authorities. We hear from disputed Kashmir - still under lockdown - as it celebrates Eid al Adha. Plus Priyanka Chopra defends herself against accusations she's a warmonger.
Aug 12, 2019
Yemen: Saudi-led coalition warns of more air strikes over Aden
Yemeni separatists have taken control of the port city after days of fighting with troops loyal to the government. The UN says up to forty people have been killed and more than two-hundred-and-fifty wounded so far. Also: Pro-democracy protesters and police clash in Hong Kong, as both sides change tactics; and the herd of dairy cows living on a robot island.
Aug 11, 2019
Disgraced American financier, Jeffrey Epstein, found dead
The 66-year-old, who once counted President Trump and the British royal, Prince Andrew, as his friends, died in an "apparent suicide" in prison. He was due to stand trial next year on charges of trafficking dozens of underage girls for sex. Also: southern separatists in Yemen seize the presidential palace in Aden and a British lawyer warns Muslims against making the Hajj after pilgrims were swindled out of thousands of dollars.
Aug 10, 2019
Trump says 'serious' talks on gun control under way
The US president also said he had spoken to the NRA gun lobby so their views could be "represented and respected". Also: civilians have been killed in renewed fighting in the Yemeni port of Aden, and the unusual T-shirt that a six year old boy wore at school.
Aug 09, 2019
Kashmir dispute: Residents attend Friday prayers amid intense lockdown
Heavy security presence across Indian-administered Kashmir remains largely in place. Thousands of troops are patrolling the streets, four days after the Indian government revoked the Muslim-majority state's autonomy. Also, Malaysia files corruption charges against current and former directors of Goldman Sachs, and is it a good idea to build a helter-skelter inside a cathedral ?
Aug 09, 2019
Indian PM defends lifting Kashmir's special status
Narendra Modi says he revoked Kashmir's autonomy to free it from terrorism and separatism. Also: Russian radiation scare and German far-right extremism.
Aug 09, 2019
UN: 'A plant-based diet can fight climate change'
United Nations experts say a switch to a plant-based diet can help reduce climate change. A major report warns that increasing global consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming. Also, Kyrgyzstan's ex-president is arrested after raids on home, the two Saudi sisters who are in hiding in Turkey after fleeing their family, and why Germany no longer leads the world in nudism.
Aug 08, 2019
President Trump visits cities hit by mass shootings
President's visits to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso in Texas not welcomed by all, also Afghan bomb kills 15 as peace talks continue and Atomik Vodka from the Chernobyl exclusion zone
Aug 07, 2019
Taliban bomb Kabul amid peace talk 'progress'
A huge bomb went off outside a police station in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Also: Pakistan downgrades ties with India in Kashmir row, and scientists say staring at seagulls helps protect food.
Aug 07, 2019
Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison dies aged 88
Toni Morrison was not only the first African American woman to win a Nobel Prize for literature but she also won the Pulitzer Prize and became the first black female editor of Random House. Her work mostly focused on slavery, the experiences of the black community and racial prejudice. Also: twenty seven years after the civil war ended, Mozambique has officially signed a peace deal, and thousands of tardigrades may have been scattered on the moon- but what are they?
Aug 06, 2019
China warns Hong Kong protesters not to 'play with fire'
It is one of the strongest warnings Beijing has issued over the protests so far. What's happening in Indian administered Kashmir- a day after it was stripped of its special status? Plus the artificial 'tongue' helping to tackle the counterfeit whisky trade.
Aug 06, 2019
US 'progress' on deal with Taliban
US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad says talks in Doha with the Afghan Taliban are making progress. Also: Barack Obama urges Americans to reject the language of hate, and the world's 'most humane' prison.
Aug 05, 2019
Hong Kong faces travel chaos amid city-wide strike
Hundreds of flights are cancelled and train services disrupted during the city’s morning rush-hour. Also: India to revoke special status of Kashmir, and President Donald Trump has said "hate has no place" in the US after two mass shootings over the weekend.
Aug 05, 2019
Texas Walmart shooting ‘domestic terrorism’
A shooting at a supermarket in the US state of Texas that left 20 dead is being investigated as domestic terrorism. Also: A key leader in Cambodia's Khmer Rouge who was convicted of genocide has died, and a Frenchman has become the first person to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered flyboard.
Aug 04, 2019
Deadly shooting at US shopping Mall in El Paso.
At least nineteen people reported killed in another mass shooting in the United States, this time in a shopping mall in El Paso, Hundreds of protesters in Moscow are detained at the latest rally calling for free and fair elections; And how Detroit in Michigan once seen as the epitome of the rust belt is making an impressive economic comeback,
Aug 03, 2019
Trump withdraws pick for US intelligence director
Texas congressman, John Ratcliffe, is withdrawn from consideration, amid criticism that he is under-qualified. He is also accused of padding his intelligence credentials. Also, officials in the DRC say only half of ebola cases are identified; and the head of Brazil's space research institute loses his job after a row with the President over deforestation.
Aug 02, 2019
Japan imposes new tariffs against South Korea
Seoul says the taxes are retribution after its government demanded reparations for Japanese atrocities committed before and during World War II. Also, the US pulls out of a nuclear arms treaty with Russia, sparking fears of an arms race. And cognac sees a revival in North America, as the favourite drink of rap stars.
Aug 02, 2019
Trump to impose more tariffs on Chinese goods
The US president announced fresh tariffs of 10% on another $300bn of Chinese products from September. Also: Rwanda reopens DR Congo border amid Ebola crisis, and Saudi Arabia allows women to travel independently.
Aug 01, 2019
Rwanda closes part of the Congolese border over Ebola outbreak
Measure comes as 2 deaths from the disease are confirmed in Goma, also: attack on military parade in Yemeni city of Aden kills 30, and how effective can the Dutch burka ban be?
Aug 01, 2019
US sanctions Iran's foreign minister Zarif
The sanctions freeze any assets of Mohammed Javad Zarif in America, or controlled by US entities. Also: a second person has died of Ebola in eastern Congo, and will the threatened vaquita porpoise survive?
Jul 31, 2019
US Democratic presidential hopefuls clash over ways to topple Trump
Healthcare was on the agenda as the first group of Democratic candidates debated in Detroit. Also: all schools in Sudan have been closed following demonstrations over the death of students at an earlier rally, and the pretty Austrian village that is being overrun by tourists.
Jul 31, 2019
Protests as Trump marks Jamestown democracy anniversary
President Trump took part in events at the historical settlement of Jamestown in Virginia, marking the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of democracy in America. Also: 'World shrugging' as Syria death toll mounts, and ear 'tickling' therapy could 'help thwart ageing'.
Jul 30, 2019
China says 're-educated' Uighurs released home
Up to a million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are believed to have been detained in the camps for months, or years, without trial. The ruler of Dubai ruler and his estranged wife begin a London court battle. Plus in Sweden the American rapper ASAP Rocky has appeared in court, pleading not guilty to assault.
Jul 30, 2019
Brazil jail riot leaves scores dead
Officials say a fight between rival gangs in the northern Brazilian prison lasted five hours. Also: outrage as high school students shot dead in Sudan, and India tiger census shows rapid population growth.
Jul 29, 2019
China condemns 'horrendous' Hong Kong protests
The city has seen eight consecutive weekends of anti-government protests. In India, an investigation is underway after a teenager who's accused a politician of rape is seriously injured in a road accident. And we'll explain why some are calling today 'Earth Overshoot Day'.
Jul 29, 2019
Dan Coats US intelligence chief to 'step down'
Dan Coats is leaving office after clashing with President Trump on national security. Also, dozens of mourners 'killed by Boko Haram' at a funeral in north Nigeria. And Brazil miners kill tribal leader in Amazon land invasion.
Jul 28, 2019
Outrage at Trump's remarks about black Congressman
Mr Trump called Elijah Cummings a 'brutal bully', and his district a 'rat infested mess'. Mr Cummings had criticised conditions in migrant detention centres. Also: Russian police detain more than a thousand activists and the joke of the Roman pen.
Jul 27, 2019
Guatemala agrees to US migration deal
The agreement will force thousands of Central American migrants to seek asylum in Guatemala instead of the US. Also, pro-democracy demonstrations last late into the night at Hong Kong’s airport. And Russians are urging their government to act, as hundreds of forest fires tear through the Arctic.
Jul 26, 2019
Syria war: UN criticises 'apparent international indifference' as civilians are killed
UN human rights chief says over 100 people died in government attacks in past 10 days. Michelle Bachelet criticised the 'failure of leadership by the world's most powerful nations'. Also, pro-democracy protestors hold sit-in at Hong Kong's international airport, and a young Rwandan man walks across his country - to raise awareness of the 1994 genocide.
Jul 26, 2019
New refugee tragedy off the coast of Libya
Migrant boat with 300 people aboard sinks attempting crossing to Europe. Initial reports say as many as one hundred and fifty people died -- though the final figure remains unclear. Also: Europe swelters, the US government announces the return of the death penalty for federal crimes, and the threat of annihilation facing Kenya’s donkeys.
Jul 25, 2019
Europe: second heatwave breaks high-temperature records
Much of northern Europe swelters as second heatwave in one month reaches its peak. Highest-temperature records broken in UK, France, Germany and Netherlands. Also, Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson promises "beginning of a golden age", and French inventor fails in attempt to cross English Channel on jet-powered flyboard.
Jul 25, 2019
New British PM Boris Johnson overhauls cabinet
Mr Johnson has given senior positions to fellow Brexiteers. Also: Facebook's five billion dollar fine for violating consumer privacy, and Lapland's indigenous people under threat.
Jul 24, 2019
UK leadership handover
She hands over the reins of power to her successor, Boris Johnson, along with the keys to Number 10 Downing Street. Later, Mr Johnson will announce his most senior cabinet appointments. In the US the former special counsel Robert Mueller is testifying before Congress on his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Jul 24, 2019
Brexit challenges for Britain's new PM
We hear about Boris Johnson from the people who know him best as European leaders and members of his own party warn of difficulties ahead. Also: A Gambian soldier has admitted involvement in the killing of about fifty African migrants on the orders of the former president and scientists warn that the next 18 months will be a crucial period for dealing with global warming.
Jul 23, 2019
Boris Johnson wins race to be British Prime Minister
The former London mayor takes over from Theresa May on Wednesday. Also: South Korea fires warning shots at a Russian aircraft after an alleged airspace violation, and the young married couples in India spending big to go viral on the internet with unique wedding photos.
Jul 23, 2019
Iran tanker seizure: UK seeks European help on Gulf shipping
Iran’s detention of a tanker is being labelled an act of ‘state piracy’. Also: Huge crowds have gathered in the US territory of Puerto Rico, demanding the immediate resignation of the governor, and India launches its much-anticipated second moon mission.
Jul 22, 2019
Hong Kong protests: armed mob violence leaves city in shock
Dozens of masked men storm a train station and assault pro-democracy protesters, meanwhile the authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong condemn an attack on China's liaison office in the territory, as a challenge to the nation's sovereignty. Also: Kenya's finance minister, Henry Rotich, has been arrested following corruption allegations, and mystery surrounds stressed cows in eastern France - but could it be down to the presence of nearby windfarms?
Jul 22, 2019
President Zelensky well ahead of his rivals in Ukrainian elections
The comedian who swept to power three months ago has invited another political novice, Ukraine's best known rock star, for talks on forming a coalition. Also, clashes in Hong Kong as pro-democracy protesters march on Beijing's headquarters in the territory. And just days before Britain gets a new prime minister the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, goes on live TV to announce he's ready to resign over Brexit.
Jul 21, 2019