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China is accused of locking up as many as a million Uighur Muslims without trial across its western region of Xinjiang. The government denies the claims, saying people willingly attend special "vocational schools" to combat "terrorism and religious extremism". But a BBC investigation has found important new evidence of the reality - a vast and ...…
 
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These are uncertain times. The British Prime Minister Theresa May has survived a vote of confidence in her leadership, but the future of her Brexit deal remains unknown. In the US, Donald Trump faces a hostile Congress and multiple legal threats to his presidency. Meanwhile the IPCC says the entire planet must urgently address the existential c ...…
 
The Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a towering literary figure whose novels, chronicles and essays have lifted the lid on the horrors of the Soviet gulag network, which over several decades incarcerated millions of often innocent prisoners. Born a hundred years ago, Solzhenitsyn survived the brutal conditions of a gulag in Kazakhstan ...…
 
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Theresa May has survived a vote of no confidence in her leadership of her governing Conservative Party. The BBC's UK Political Correspondent Rob Watson has been following developments at Westminster. The Indian rupee has lost more than 10% of its value against the dollar in 2018 - making it the worst performing Asian currency this year. While i ...…
 
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Conservative MPs voted 200 to 117 to keep Theresa May as Prime Minister but there are still calls for her to resign from within her own party. Also: President Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been jailed for three years for lying to Congress and violating election laws and in California fears that dwindling winter snowfall will cause a ...…
 
The British Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party. We are devoting much of the programme to the outcome. We will be speaking to allies of the prime minister and to those who wanted to get rid of her. We will also be asking if it will make any difference to her attempts to get her Bre ...…
 
The yellow fever vaccine takes a long time to make and is frequently in short supply, so ten years ago scientists in Rotterdam came up with the idea of making it go further by giving people a fifth of the usual dose. This fractional dose vaccine was effective one year on, but there was uncertainty about how long immunity would last. After traci ...…
 
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