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President Trump says he won't let the US become a migrant camp. Also, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel wins breathing space in immigration row. And the 'Paris Spiderman' who saved a child dangling from a balcony given a hero's welcome in his native Mali.
 
The lower house of parliament in Canada has voted to legalise cannabis for recreational use. The Liberal government's bill was passed by 205 votes to 82. The legislation must now be passed by the upper house and receive royal assent by the governor general, to become law. We hear from Laura Lynch, a correspondent for CBC News.Also an insight to ...…
 
President Donald Trump has said he will not allow the US to become a "migrant camp", as he stood by his administration's immigration policies.Also in the programme: A former Israeli government minister has been accused of spying for Iran; and we go to Russia where Newshour's James Coomarassamy is in Ivanovo - known as Russia's "city of brides" ...…
 
Ghana’s former football chief says he took money but not for corrupt purposes; Bola also asks is Nigeria’s military wise to tell displaced people to return home to areas affected by Boko Haram; And the Malian dubbed Spiderman returns home from his ‘honorary’ home in France to a hero’s welcome.
 
Insects such as fruit flies provide important insights into human biology and medicine. But should we worry whether insects experience pain and suffering in scientists’ hands?Entomologist Adam Hart visits the Fly Facility at the University of Manchester where researcher Andreas Prokop describes the many insights that experiments on the fruit fl ...…
 
Iñaki Urdangarin was permitted to choose where to serve his reduced sentence of five years and ten months. Also: Syria blames US for deadly air strike and gaming becomes the latest addiction.
 
Gaming addiction has been listed as a mental health condition by the WHO. Kendal Parmar is the mother of a 15-year-old gaming addict, and explains the impact it has had on her family. And technology expert Belinda Parmar, founder of Lady Geek, tells us why she welcomes the move. Also in the programme, Ivan Duque has been elected as Colombia's n ...…
 
Caron Asgarali was shot in the face in 2013 and has campaigned against crime ever since. (Photo credit: Indira Singh.)
 
The Conservative political newcomer Iván Duque is elected as Colombia's president. Mr Duque says he wants to unite the country but he also said he wants to see changes to the peace deal agreed with Farc rebels in 2016.Also in the programme: The United Nations has called on the United States to end its policy of forcibly separating migrant child ...…
 
Growing up in a fundamentalist Christian family in America's Bible Belt, Garrard Conley had doubts about his sexuality but had to hide it from his parents, especially his father who was a pastor. When he was at university, Garrard was outed, and his parents sent him to a gay conversion camp in a bid to 'cure' him of homosexuality. (Photo credit ...…
 
Why has football becomes the world’s favourite team sport? Aasmah Mir asks why “soccer” has developed such a huge following. As the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia, Aasmah talks to players and fans across the world about the game’s accessibility, simplicity and unpredictability.(Image: Children playing football on beach, Credit: Shutterstock)…
 
Your dog is old. He's smelly. And he's big. What order do you put those adjectives in?
 
Would you invest in North Korea? US President Donald Trump raised the idea at his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. His vision of a private condo on a North Korean beach is probably a long way away, but there are plenty of other countries lacking investment.Paul Domjan, global head of research at Exotix, an investment firm and resear ...…
 
An American doctor coined the phrase 'the battered child' to describe unexplained injuries which had been misdiagnosed by paediatricians unwilling or unable to acknowledge abuse. Dr C Henry Kempe published a paper in July 1962 which shocked the medical profession. Some doctors were pleased to finally be able to name child abuse but others refus ...…
 
We meet two women who earn a six-figure salary by sharing their lives, fashion tips and their most personal moments on social media. Kim Chakanetsa delves into this digital world of influencers and finds out how to be successful in marketing online. French-Cameroonian Freddie Harrel left her career in banking to start a fashion blog. She also w ...…
 
Mary Lou McDonald is the leader of Sinn Féin - the party of Irish Republicans in the Irish Republic and in Northern Ireland. Ireland is going through a period of extraordinary change. Social attitudes have shifted profoundly on abortion, gay rights and the role of the Catholic Church. Now Brexit poses a challenge to the island, north and south. ...…
 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces one of the toughest days in her political career. A resolution is expected to be tabled by her interior minister, Horst Seehofer. It would aim to send migrants who have already registered in other European Union countries back to those nations. We hear from chief economist of Berenberg Bank Holger Schmiedin ...…
 
The conservative candidate secured fifty four per cent of the vote. Also, President Trump's wife, Melania, has entered the debate about illegal immigration and three ships carrying more than six hundred migrants who were rescued off the coast of Libya eight days ago have arrived in the Spanish port of Valencia.…
 
Colombians vote in a presidential run-off between two candidates with opposing views on the peace deal signed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels. We ask why the peace divident hasn't delivered for some voters.Also on the programme: US diplomat Matthew Nimetz who spent the past 24 years trying to solve the problem of M ...…
 
Heated rows over Macedonia's name have been going on since the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, of which it was a part, and have held up Macedonia's entry to Nato and the EU. Under the agreement, Greece's neighbour will be known as North Macedonia. We hear from a Greek and a Macedonian on this historic day.Also on the programme: Saudi-led coa ...…
 
What does the way you handle your finances say about your relationship?
 
Peace talks resume in Nicaragua despite protests over deadly arson attack which killed six members of the same family; The former head of France Telecom to stand trial over his alleged role in a series of staff suicides; Ethiopia and Somalia to work together to invest in four sea ports and build a road network linking the two countries.…
 
There has been more violence on the streets of Nicaragua as pressure mounts on President Daniel Ortega to step aside. Several weeks of protests against his government have left over 170 people dead.Also in the programme: Yemeni forces say they've captured Hudaydah airport from Houthi rebels; free speech under the spotlight in Russia as the Worl ...…
 
In many countries, the word 'Fulbrighter' has become almost synonymous with US-sponsored scholarships. But what about the man whose idea it was to set up this international scholar exchange programme over 70 years ago: how did J. William Fulbright convince his fellow Senators to support this novel concept? After all, the aims of the programme w ...…
 
From the 1945 division of the peninsula, to the Korean war and the death of Kim II-sung, we have first-hand accounts from the turbulent recent history of North and South Korea. Plus, expert analysis from Dr Owen Miller of SOAS University of London.Photo: As US infantrymen march into the Naktong River region, they pass a line of fleeing refugees ...…
 
Antarctic ice melt The rate of sea level rise from melting ice sheets and ice shelves in Antarctica has trebled in the past 5 years due to global warming. Satellite data is showing that ice loss from Antarctica has increased global sea levels by 7.6mm since 1992 and could reach 15 cm by the end of the century. Andy Shepherd from IMBIE, which st ...…
 
Is possible that someone might not speak a single word of English now, but will one day understand everything in that language. We look at a BBC programme that examines the future of the so called lingua franca of the world. Plus how the periodic table inspired one Business Daily listener. And we pay tribute to a World Service legend, British b ...…
 
Former Senegalese player Ferdinand Coly remembers the dramatic opening game of the 2002 football World Cup. It was the first time Senegal had reached the World Cup which was held in South Korea and Japan. France were the reigning World and European champions. The game marked the start of Senegal's run to the quarter finals.Photo: Ferdinand Coly ...…
 
If your looking for a nation to support at the World Cup, if yours isn't there, then you might think about cheering on Iceland! The smallest nation to every qualify for a World Cup finals, expectation is high after they reached the quarter finals of Euro 2016 cheered on by fan's "Viking Clap" and the screaming commentators. To celebrate his nat ...…
 
Leaders of the two countries had a historic first meeting. What did they achieve? And what happens next? Also in this programme: the attack on Hodeidah in Yemen begins; a US judge clears the way for the birth of a new media giant; Italy slams the door on migrants; and yet another new low in Brexit.(Picture: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and U ...…
 
As K-pop and K-drama go global, what are the secrets of their success? The Korean Wave - South Korea’s pop culture exports of music and TV dramas - has already swept across much of Asia, including the giant markets of China and Japan, bringing billions of dollars into the country’s economy every year. Now, with boy band BTS topping the US album ...…
 
When Rikke Schmit Kjaegaard fell seriously ill with bacterial meningitis no one thought she would make it. She survived but found herself in a terrifying situation, she couldn't talk and the only part of her body she could move was her eyes. At first, no one was aware she was conscious, but her husband noticed her attempts to communicate throug ...…
 
“What I remember about my dad is that he had this penetrating smile.”We recall the life of Tony Acevedo; from child of unauthorised immigrants from Mexico, to US soldier in WWII, to concentration camp survivor, to inspirational father. Also: the daughter of an American spy reveals secrets about her childhood; a father remembers telling his chil ...…
 
President Trump has announced tariffs of twenty five per cent targeting fifty billion dollars' worth of Chinese goods that contain industrially significant technologies. China has vowed to respond. We hear from Dr. Rebecca Harding, an independent economist specialising in trade and trade finance and boss of Coriolis Technologies.Tough times are ...…
 
President Trump considers immigration policy as new figures reveal the scale of family separations on the US-Mexico border. Also: Portugal's Parliament votes to legalise marijuana-based medicines and why a visit to India 50 years ago had such an impact on The Beatles.
 
Chris Low from FTN Financial gives us his take on the week in Wall Street.
 
Who is “Philip Cross”? That’s the name on an account that has made more than 130,000 Wikipedia edits since 2004. But it’s not so much the volume of his work but his subject matter that has irritated anti-war politicians and journalists around the world. His detractors claim that he’s biased against them and that his influence has made some entr ...…
 
The US and China are squaring up for a fight over the price of importing each other's goods. American President Donald Trump has announced new tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese goods and accused Beijing of intellectual copyright theft. China has retaliated by saying it will impose additional tariffs on 659 US categories of goods.Also in the pro ...…
 
Reasons for delaying Cameroon's October elections. Gambia on course to host the next big gathering of Islamic Cooperation countries - but could the country not put the resources into its own development. And Tennis champion Boris Becker - claiming diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings says he is a sports Attache for the Central Africa ...…
 
Presenter Mark Tully travels for Heart and Soul to the religious towns of Vrindavan and Haridwar on the river Ganges and into the foothills of the Himalayas to meet unusual Hindu holy men and women. He finds out from these sadhus and sadhvis what their everyday life is like. He meets a saint who tends 4000 cows, and in the jungle he hears from ...…
 
President Trump unveiled the tariffs on $34bn worth of Chinese goods, accusing Beijing of intellectual copyright theft. Also: US strike targets Pakistan Taliban chief and stars turn out for Stephen Hawking memorial at Westminster Abbey.
 
President Trump is to impose 25% tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese goods. Dr Rebecca Harding runs Coriolis Technologies, which provides data to the trade finance sector, and assesses the likely impact of the move. Also in the programme, a new law imposing a registration fee of $900 on bloggers in Tanzania is putting off a lot of writers in the ...…
 
Dave Lee reports from the E3 games conference in Los Angeles, where Fortnite made the biggest splash. Rory Cellan-Jones watches a Tesla crash on purpose to test its autonomous features, and talks to Frank Chen, partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon valley venture capital firm, about the future for driverless cars. Rory also hears from the w ...…
 
The leader of Pakistan's Taliban armed group, Mullah Fazlullah, has been killed in neighbouring Afghanistan's Kunar province, the Afghan defence ministry said on Friday.Also in the programme: China has promised to retaliate in kind if the United States imposes additional tariffs on its exports; and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has again stre ...…
 
BBC Afaan Oromo is sticking up for an ancient tradition in rural communities which is enjoying a revival among young urban Ethiopians. The "siinque" is a stick that offers protection to Oromo women. Yadeta Berhanu and Firaafoli Dhugasa tell us more.Image: Oromo women holding their siinquesCredit: BBC…
 
Colourism is a more insidious form of racism, and harms the prospects of finding work and love for people with darker skin around the world.Natasha Pizzey reports from Mexico and Daniel Gallas reports from Brazil on the efforts to fight back against the prejudice against skin tone, which often emanates from within the same ethnic community as t ...…
 
North Korea's communist leader Kim Il-sung died in July 1994. Dr Antonio Betancourt, of the Unification Church, was in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, during the outpouring of national grief.Photo: Dr Antonio Betancourt meeting Kim Il Sung just months before the leader's death. (Courtesy of Dr Antonio Betancourt.)…
 
Anna has to learn how to disagree with somebody else's ideas in a polite manner.
 
The new Ethiopian government is making dramatic reforms in the country: the state of emergency had been lifted, the military and intelligence chiefs have been replaced and opposition politicians have been released en masse from prison. One of those released is Andargachew Tsege a prominent opposition leader from the organisation Patriotic Ginbo ...…
 
New York's attorney general is suing the Trump Foundation, as well as Donald Trump and his children, alleging "extensive and persistent" lawbreaking. Barbara Underwood said the charitable foundation had engaged in "unlawful political co-ordination" designed to influence the 2016 election. We speak to Darren Samuelsohn, senior reporter at Politi ...…
 
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