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


  • G7 leaders attend reception with Queen Elizabeth

    11/06/2021 Duración: 49min

    The leaders of seven of the world's wealthiest countries have attended a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth. It follows the beginning of talks at the G7 summit with a focus on the pandemic and climate change. G7 countries have pledged a billion doses of vaccines for poorer nations. So how do those vaccine pledges sound to those taking a global view of the pandemic ? We speak to David Nabarro from the WHO. Also: UNICEF warns that 33,000 children are at risk of death from hunger in Tigray; and how pointy-toed shoes led to surge in bunions in medieval times. (Photo: Queen Elizabeth II speaks to US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill as she attends a reception at the Eden Project with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and G7 leaders. Credit: Jack Hill/The Times/PA Wire)

  • G7 leaders meet in Cornwall

    11/06/2021 Duración: 49min

    Global leaders are meeting in the English region of Cornwall for the first such gathering since the start of the pandemic. Will they step up on vaccines and climate change? We hear from a Big Pharma representative and a public health activist on whether COVID vaccine patents need to be waived. Also in the programme, the UN human rights chief warns of further bloodshed in Myanmar amid a military build-up. And as Hong Kong's film censors get new powers under the national security law, what will the impact be on the territory's film industry? (Photo shows the UK"s Prime Minister Boris Johnson greeting France"s President Emmanuel Macron as they arrive for the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Credit: Reuters)

  • President Biden promises to donate half a billion Covid vaccines to countries in need

    10/06/2021 Duración: 48min

    Ahead of the G7 summit, President Joe Biden announced plans to donate half a billion Pfizer vaccine doses to over 90 of the world's poorest countries. We’ll hear from former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown about what he thinks the G7 should do to ensure effective vaccine distribution. Also in the programme: Amnesty International has produced a new report with more evidence of human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang province; and how we can use cow manure in crypto-currency mining. (Photo: US President Joe Biden ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall. Credit: Toby Melville/PA Wire)

  • President Biden meets British PM

    10/06/2021 Duración: 48min

    President Biden is in the UK for the G7 summit -- we hear what he wants from Europe and why his meeting today with prime minister Boris Johnson is being overshadowed by a row over Northern Ireland. Also in the programme: the mosquito hack that can dramatically reduce cases of dengue fever; and a new film tells the story of the Zimbabwean refugees who took the world of wine by storm. (Image: U.S. President Joe Biden waves upon arrival at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, Cornwall, Britain June 9, 2021 / Credit: Reuters/Phil Noble/Pool)

  • Opposition leaders arrested in Nicaragua

    09/06/2021 Duración: 46min

    Four potential challengers to President Daniel Ortega have now been arrested in Nicaragua, in what some have called a hunt for critics of the president. In response, the US has imposed sanctions on four Nicaraguans close to the leadership. Also in the programme: El Salvador adopts Bitcoin as legal tender, making it the first country to use it as an official national currency; and two accounts from Belarus on what it's like to fall foul of the authorities - the arts organiser separated from her family and the student writing from prison. (Photo: Félix Maradiaga was planning to run as an opposition candidate in the November presidential election. He spoke to reporters outside the public prosecutor's office prior to his arrest. Credit: Reuters)

  • Can the US rebuild trust among its allies?

    09/06/2021 Duración: 49min

    The US charm offensive by the Biden administration ahead of this weekend's G7 summit centres around a fairly simple message: that America is back after four years of looking inwards and ready to engage with its international partners. But how easy will that be given the damage done to many of its key alliances? We hear from President Biden's National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan - a key foreign policy aide. Also on the programme: Allegations that some of the richest people in the US pay little or no income tax; and the new threat of explosive-laden drones facing international forces in Iraq. (Photo: National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan speaks during a press briefing at the White House Credit: EPA/Yuri Gripas)

  • Ratko Mladic: UN court upholds life sentence

    08/06/2021 Duración: 48min

    The former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic is to spend the rest of his life behind bars after losing his appeal against a genocide conviction. A UN tribunal in The Hague confirmed his responsibility for the systematic campaign to carve out a greater Serbia from the fragments of Yugoslavia at the expense of Muslims and Croats. We hear from the prosecutor who led the case against Ratko Mladic. Also in the programme: hundreds of suspects are arrested around the world after they spent years communicating on an app developed by the FBI to entrap them; and can supersonic planes ever be environmentally sustainable? (Image: Ratko Mladic at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague. Credit: EPA/Jerry Lampen / POOL)

  • Anom: FBI app lures global criminals into police arms

    08/06/2021 Duración: 48min

    More than 800 suspected criminals have been arrested worldwide after being tricked into using an FBI-run encrypted messaging app. Drugs, weapons, luxury vehicles and cash were also seized in the operation, which was conducted across more than a dozen countries. Also in the programme: UN court ruling on former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic's appeal against his conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity; and, on World Ocean Day, we look into the causes for the so called ‘sea snot’ spreading in the sea in north western Turkey. (Photo: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media during a press conference about Operation Ironside operation in Sydney, Australia. Credit: EPA).

  • US regulators approve new Alzheimer's drug

    07/06/2021 Duración: 49min

    The first new treatment for Alzheimer's for nearly 20 years has been approved by regulators in the United States, but there has been controversy around aducanumab. Also in the programme: Google agrees to change its advertising model after France fines it a quarter of a billion dollars; and what space travel does to your world-view. (Picture: Aldo Ceresa, who took part in the international trials of aducanumab Credit: BBC)

  • Mexico elections: President's majority to shrink after crime-hit poll

    07/06/2021 Duración: 49min

    Many voters say the president failed to boost the economy and curb crime. A severed head was lobbed into a polling station and five workers were killed on the eve of the vote. The election was seen as a referendum on the government of 67-year-old Mr López Obrador, who is almost half-way through a six-year term. Also on the programme: We will look at the results of Peru's Presidential election; hear a report from Texas, on the anniversary of the murder of a black man which sparked outrage, but whose name has largely been forgotten - James Byrd Junior and an investigation into sexual assault inside the Afghan police force. (Picture: A man casts his vote at a polling station during mid-term elections in Morelia, Mexico Credit: Reuters/Alan Ortega)

  • Mexicans vote after violent campaign

    06/06/2021 Duración: 48min

    Mexicans vote in mid-term elections after a wave of political assassinations, and as the economy reels from the pandemic. Also in the programme: leading Palestinian activists are detained for questioning in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, and a new memorial to commemorate the 77th anniversary of D-Day is unveiled in Normandy, France. (Image: a community police officer keeps watch near a polling station as people queue to vote during mid-term election in Alyahualtempa, Guerrero state, Mexico, June 6, 2021 / Credit: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido)

  • El Salvador president wants Bitcoin as legal tender

    06/06/2021 Duración: 48min

    El Salvador's president says he will make the Bitcoin crypto-currency legal tender in the country. If his plan is backed by congress, the Central American country would be first in the world to formally adopt the digital currency. The head of Israel's internal security service has warned that extreme political rhetoric on social media could lead to bloodshed. And, a memorial honouring soldiers who died under British command on D-Day - and in the fighting that followed - has been unveiled in France on the 77th anniversary of the Normandy landings. (Photo credit: Reuters)

  • A tax deal to change the world?

    05/06/2021 Duración: 49min

    Finance ministers of the G7 group of advanced economies have agreed that multinational companies should pay at least 15% in tax. How will the deal be received in the United States, and will it be passed by Congress? And what will the impact be on countries such as Ireland that currently offer firms lower rates of corporation tax? Also in the programme: a judge in California overturns a 32-year ban on assault weapons; and the detained novelist who has redefined Uyghur literature. (Photo: The G7 attendees posed for photos at Lancaster House. Credit: PA Media)

  • Rich nations back deal to tax multinationals

    05/06/2021 Duración: 48min

    The G-7 group of leading economies has reached a deal on taxing multinational companies. Finance ministers from the group, meeting in London, have agreed to a minimum tax of 15%, in a deal described by the British finance minister as an historic agreement to reform the global tax system. Also in the programme: It's 40 years since the first case of AIDS was reported and; we hear an astonishing account of the suffering in the embattled Tigray region of Ethiopia from a photo journalist who's just returned from there. (Picture: Britain's finance minister, Rishi Sunak (R) and David Malpass (L), president of the World Bank Group at the G7 summit in London, UK. Credit: EPA/HOLLIE ADAMS / POOL)