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China and the US announced new tariffs on each other: Chinese tech entrepreneur Jack Ma is forecasting big trouble. Also in this edition: Germany's spy chief is kicked upstairs; Algeria purges its top brass; the ship that's opened a new trade route through the ice; and what's at stake with the battle over the US Supreme Court nomination.(Pictur ...…
 
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, scores of colleges and universities in Puerto Rico had to close because of all the damage. Schools on the US mainland, from New York to Florida, wanted to do something to help. So they opened their doors and offered free or discounted tuition to those students from Puerto Rico whose home institutions were cl ...…
 
Will the US and Canada manage to strike a revised deal over NAFTA anytime soon? On Friday White House Economic Advisor Kevin Hassett said the US was getting very close to having to move forward on a deal with Mexico but without Canada. It had wanted a deal between all three nations by the end of this month.Eric Miller, President of the consulta ...…
 
The President of Tanzania has ordered the arrest of all those involved in the management of a ferry that capsized killing more than 130 people. He said it was clear the ferry was overloaded. Also: President Trump challenges the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault; and the British Prime Minister says the ...…
 
Chris Low from FTN Financial in New York explains how the Dow Jones hit a new record
 
Do dieting influencers and communities help or hurt when you’re trying to get in shape? If you’re trying to lose weight you might have tried out exercise tips and diet recipes you’ve seen online. Some find social media groups a useful source of support, but there are concerns that some of the advice might not be as healthy as it seems, and that ...…
 
The leader of the European Council has criticised the British prime minister's approach to negotiations, but says he believes that a compromise over Brexit is still possible.Also in the programme: President Trump challenges the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, demanding she provide evidence. Picture: Donald Tus ...…
 
At least 136 people have died after a ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania.One official told the Reuters news agency the number who drowned could be more than 200.
 
South Africa's President Ramaphosa has unveiled an economic stimulus programme. Our reporter in Johannesburg tells us whether the proposals are likely to lift the country's economy out of recession. Also in the programme, Amazon has launched a range of new Alexa voice-activated devices, including a microwave oven. Chris Yiu is senior policy fel ...…
 
China has told the US to withdraw sanctions on its military over purchases of Russian jets and missiles or "bear the consequences". Also: many more feared dead in Tanzania ferry disaster and earliest animal fossils are identified.
 
In 1979 Somalia opened a state of the art sports stadium to host international sporting events. But with the beginning of the civil war in the 1990s the stadium became a base for successions of fighting forces. Last month it was formally handed it back to the state, so can it reclaim its former glory? BBC Somali’s Ahmed Abdinur was a sports off ...…
 
IBM thinks it has an answer to worries about bias in artificial intelligence. David Kenny from the company explains how it works. Plus, is biometric tech such as facial recognition racing ahead of measures to protect people's rights? Technology researcher Stephanie Hare examines the issue. And engineer Lawrence Burns maps out the long road to a ...…
 
Extremist groups who have been fighting in the Syrian province of Idlib have been told they must leave. A significant number of these fighters are foreign militants. The BBC has an exclusive interview with two British fighters who are determined to stay.Also on the programme: we hear from Tanzania where at least a hundred people are known to ha ...…
 
The pioneering African-American ballet dancer, Arthur Mitchell, has died in New York City at the age of 84. Earlier this year, Matthew Bannister spoke to him about his incredible legacy. Image: Arthur Mitchell at the White House in 2006 with some of his dancers from the Dance Theatre of HarlemCredit: Ron Sachs/Getty Images…
 
Brazil has one of the worst records in the world for violence against women, and to combat these attitudes Nadiedja Souza is leading Brazilian women who are challenging the sexism of Brazil and she’s doing it using her Christian faith.Nadiedja travels from church to church across the state of Pernambuco educating women to challenge long held at ...…
 
Anna's been accused of smoking! Paul decides it's time to talk about health and safety.
 
Uganda's home-grown film industry is proving a hit on YouTube, but does it glorify violence? Ed Butler heads to Wakaliga on the outskirts of Kampala to investigate, only to get shot with fake bullets.Programme features interviews with the American immigrant studio boss Alan Hofmanis, director and screenwriter Isaac Nabwana, special effects supr ...…
 
In September of 1987, two waste pickers in the Brazilian town of Goiania broke into a disused medical clinic and stole a radiotherapy machine, triggering the biggest ever radioactive accident outside a nuclear facility.Hundreds of people were contaminated and four people died. Thomas Pappon spoke to one of the victims and the physicist who was ...…
 
Will post Brexit Britain be left behind in the race to reach new scientific frontiers? Stephen Sackur speaks to Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK space agency. Britain’s exit from the European Union has generated intense scrutiny of borders, tariffs and trade. But the shock waves will spread much further. A complex web of scientific col ...…
 
Earlier in the year sportswear giant Nike hired Colin Kaepernick for their adverts. The former American football star caused controversy by kneeling during the national anthem. As a result of the ad campaign some people said they would boycott Nike goods and some even posted videos on Twitter of burning trainers. Now Nike is holding its annual ...…
 
China is reportedly planning to cut tariffs on imports from 'most of its trading partners.' The move would make many foreign-made goods cheaper for Chinese consumers just as products from America get more expensive in the two countries' ongoing trade war. Matt Gold, a professor of international trade law at Fordham University, gives us his take ...…
 
Hundreds feared dead after the ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania. WADA's lifting of Russia's doping suspension leads to intense criticism of the World Anti-doping Agency. And movie props go under in the hammer in London, a collector bags Indiana Jones' old hat for more than 400,000 dollars.
 
The World Anti Doping Agency lifts the suspension of Russia's doping watchdog RUSADA. Campaigners greet the decision with dismay.Also in the programme: a powerful interview with an Idlib resident and Bobi Wine returns to Uganda.Picture: The logo of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), at the headquarters of the organisation in Montreal. Credit: ...…
 
As international trade tensions escalate, the US state of Wisconsin is a fascinating place to discover the consequences. Specialist producers like Wisconsin's ginseng growers are directly affected by the new trade war between the US and China. Traditional cheese makers meanwhile see all this as the latest round in an endless battle for freer tr ...…
 
Up to 500 passengers were said to be on board. Plus: Ugandan pop star turned opposition politician, Robert Kyagulanyi, returns amidst tight security. Bobi Wine is escorted home by the police. And we visit one of Nigeria's worst flood ravaged communities as Nigeria's CDC warns waterborne diseases could spread in such areas.…
 
The earliest known animal – Ancient fat molecules shed light on what is the earliest known animal on Earth. Dickinsonia were strange creatures, ranging from a few millimetres to over a metre in diameter. These oval ‘quilted’ mattress like animals swam in ancient seas over 571 million years ago. When an extremely well-preserved fossil turned up ...…
 
Life stories from the former Liverpool and Zimbabwe goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar.(Photo by David Cannon/Allsport/Getty Images)
 
The Ugandan singer-turned-MP is back at his home after a medical trip to the US. Also: Russia's anti-doping agency reinstated after doping ban and cane toad DNA breakthrough 'may help stop' toxic pest.
 
The European Council president has expressed scepticism about Theresa May's Brexit plan.
 
11 years ago Charity Lee's four-year-old daughter was murdered by her teenage son Paris, who was later described by doctors as a sociopath. Paris won't leave prison until he's in his 50s, but Charity has stayed in contact, balancing her fear of him with an unconditional love. Image: Paris with his arm around his sister Ella looking at the sea C ...…
 
In the north-west of Syria next to Turkey, Idlib is now effectively a refuge for all the civilians and militants who've fled other parts of Syria as the Assad government and its ally Russia try to recapture a country broken by seven years of war. What is life like in Idlib with the constant threat of an invasion? We hear from Rania Kisar, a Syr ...…
 
Simon Cox is in Austria where the authorities have launched an unprecedented operation against a new far right youth organisation, Generation Identity. They prosecuted members of the group including its leader, Martin Sellner, for being an alleged criminal organisation. They are currently appealing the judge's not guilty verdict. The Austrian g ...…
 
The word 'snowflake' has been used as an insult. We discuss what it takes to be offended.
 
Thousands of Allied troops parachuted into the Nazi-occupied Netherlands in September 1944. At that point, it was the most ambitious Allied airborne offensive of World War Two. British and American troops were dropped behind German lines in an attempt to capture a series of bridges on the Dutch/German border.Mike Lanchin has spoken to Hetty Bis ...…
 
In September 1966, a film was released that has come to be seen as one of the great political masterpieces of 20th-century cinema. Shot in black-and-white, the Battle of Algiers recreates the turbulent last years of French colonial rule in Algeria. Louise Hidalgo has been talking to former Algerian resistance leader, Saadi Yacef, who plays hims ...…
 
As EU and UK leaders gather in Salzburg for a crunch summit, which side holds the stronger hand? And will the argy-bargy ever really end?Ed Butler speaks to two Brits well versed in the art of European negotiations. Sir Michael Leigh used to work for the European Commission, where he was in charge of agreeing the terms on which countries could ...…
 
The UK prime minister, Theresa May, faces the annual conference of her own Conservative Party shortly, but ahead of that she has been trying to put over the message that there is only a choice of her plan called Chequers, or leaving without agreement. Right now she has been meeting fellow EU leaders at a summit in the Austrian city of Salzburg. ...…
 
Emily Thomas asks whether we’re on a slow but steady path to abandoning our pervasive, long-standing, and arguably slightly peculiar habit of drinking milk from cows. In many European countries and the US, alternative plant-based milks are growing in popularity, and cow's milk sales are declining. Is this just a blip in our millenia-old love af ...…
 
Big tech firms like Facebook will move into communication services, says Peter Jankowskis of Oakbrook Investments
 
'I have no Attorney General.' The President takes his criticism of the Administration's top law enforcement official to a new level. Also, the politics of street names in Beirut, and the wreck of The Endeavour, one of the world's most famous historic ships, might have been found.
 
The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he and the South Korean President Moon Jae-In have adopted a pact to end the "history of brutal and tragic confrontation and hostility" on the peninsula. Earlier Kim Jong Un pledged to close his country's missile testing facility in the north west of the country.Also in the programme: scientists have fou ...…
 
Some older people take a daily low-dose aspirin on the advice of their doctor, if they’ve had a heart attack or stroke, to reduce their risk of having another one. And some otherwise healthy older people copy them. But a new study this week shows that the drug increases the risk of internal bleeding – commonly in the brain or stomach. Anyone wo ...…
 
A container holding billions of Liberian dollars - roughly $60M - arrived in the country as George Weah was preparing to take office late last year. So what happened to the millions of Liberian dollars that disappeared after this? Also: the story of a repentant people smuggler in Libya who wants a proper job. Plus: The Malian musician Salif Kei ...…
 
The chief executive of Danske Bank has quit amid a money-laundering scandal. Michael Barret is editor of the Danish news website 'The Local', and tells us why Thomas Borgen had to go. Also in the programme, with a trade war between China and the US escalating, our regular economic commentator, Irwin Stelzer of the Hudson Institute discusses whe ...…
 
The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, agrees to shut down a key missile testing site under international supervision, at a summit with his South Korean counterpart in Pyongyang.Also in the programme; the former Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, is released from jail; and Brexit talks move to Salzburg, but what can British Prime Minister The ...…
 
The former Pakistani Prime Minister was forced out of office for the third time over corruption allegations connected to luxury flats in London. A Pakistani court ordered his release. Also: the head of Denmark's biggest bank has resigned over a money-laundering scandal, and Sesame Street insists Bert and Ernie are just friends.…
 
British woman Tasha Bishop was born without a womb meaning she would never have a period, would never be able to carry her own children and having sex would be difficult. She was diagnosed with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome and struggled to come to terms with her condition. However, she decided to turn her experiences into something p ...…
 
Editor David Cannadine delves into stories about some of the colourful figures who lurk in the holdings of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, from Archibald Stansfeld Belaney, alias Grey Owl, the impostor conservationist of the early 20th century, to Alice Lucas, the earliest female UK parliamentary candidate, and recent figures from ...…
 
有时候,“模仿” 是一件好事,很多新发明的灵感都来源于旧的事物。比如,蝙蝠和声呐、人类和机器人等。在日常生活中,喜剧演员也会用滑稽的模仿给观众带来笑声。本集节目讲解 “simulate” 和 “imitate” 这两个都能表示 “仿效” 意思的动词之间的区别,而与它们意思相近的 “mimic” 又应如何使用?听节目,学习这两个词语的含义和用法。
 
Why are Chinese bike-share companies struggling to replicate their success abroad? Ed Butler hears from Nick Hubble, a cycling campaigner in Manchester - the UK city where Chinese firm Mobike has just scrapped its bike-share scheme. Mobike's head of growth in Europe Steve Milton describes the challenges of global expansion. Julian Scriven from ...…
 
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