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


  • Tokyo 2020 Olympics officially open

    23/07/2021 Duração: 49min

    The Games have formally opened in Tokyo in a virtually empty stadium. It marked the official opening of Tokyo 2020, a year later than planned, and in the midst of a global pandemic. As skateboarding makes its debut as an Olympic event we speak to one of the sport's biggest stars, Tony Hawk. Also in the programme, China's President Xi has been on a surprise visit to Tibet, the first by a Chinese leader in more than thirty years, Haiti buries its assassinated ppresident, and can Madrid beat climate change by surrounding the city with a huge forest?

  • Japan prepares for Olympic Ceremony

    23/07/2021 Duração: 48min

    Japan will open the 32nd Olympiad despite Tokyo recording its highest number of new coronavirus infections in six months. The show director of Friday's ceremony, Kentaro Kobayashi has been dismissed after footage emerged in which he appears to be making jokes about the Holocaust. Also in the programme: a human rights group says Angola faces its worst drought in 40 years and more on fatal flooding in China. (Picture: The National Stadium, the main venue of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Credit: EPA/AYANO SATO)

  • Tokyo holds Olympics opening ceremony

    23/07/2021 Duração: 48min

    The opening ceremony highlighted the isolation endured by athletes battling to train during the pandemic and remembered the millions who have died of coronavirus. Also on the programme: the assassinated president of Haiti is to be buried in the northern city of Cap-Haïtien; and a Chinese leader visits Tibet for the first time in more than thirty years. (Picture: Torch bearers pass on the Olympic flame in Tokyo Credit: Reuters/Edgar Su)

  • China floods: a Zhengzhou resident's story

    22/07/2021 Duração: 46min

    The Chinese authorities have moved nearly 400,000 people to safer ground in Henan province following deadly floods; we hear what happened to one resident of the city of Zhengzhou. Also: on the tenth anniversary of the mass shooting at Utøya in Norway, we'll speak to one of the survivors; and two sisters prepare for their first Olympics. (Picture: People wade through floodwaters at a residential compound following heavy rainfall in Zhengzhou, Henan province Credit: Reuters/Aly Song)

  • Thousands evacuated in China floods

    21/07/2021 Duração: 49min

    Twelve people are known to have died after record-breaking rainfall flooded underground railway tunnels in China, leaving passengers trapped in rising waters. Days of rain have caused widespread damage and led to 200,000 evacuations. China's president Xi Jinping said on Wednesday that there had been "significant loss of life and damage to property". Why was the city of Zhengzhou overwhelmed? And will China now do more to tackle man-made climate change? Also in the programme, the US announces it's reached an agreement with Germany over a highly contentious gas pipeline from Russia and President Biden's climate envoy tells the BBC that we're facing a global climate catastrophe.

  • China: commuters die in flooded train tunnel

    21/07/2021 Duração: 49min

    The number of people officially confirmed dead from the flooding across China's Henan province has risen to 25. Many died after being trapped by rising floodwater on subway trains in the provincial capital, Zhengzhou. What could have contributed to such a massive rainfall? Also today: The debate in France as access to museums and cinemas is barred unless people can prove they're vaccinated or Covid-negative; and a battle begins over gold mining on an Indonesian island. (Photo: An aerial view shows a flooded road section following heavy rainfall in Zhengzhou, Henan province. Credit: China Daily via Reuters)

  • India Covid deaths may be ten times the official rate

    20/07/2021 Duração: 48min

    The Covid-19 pandemic has caused excess deaths in India to surpass four million, a new study has found. The Centre for Global Development, a Washington-based research institute, says as many as four and a half million may have died. If correct, this would make it India's worst humanitarian disaster since independence. Also in the programme: the UK prime minister's former chief advisor turns his fire on his ex-boss in an exclusive BBC interview; and we hear from an Afghan interpreter who worked with the US military and is now desperate to leave his country.

  • New Haitian Prime Minister to be sworn in

    20/07/2021 Duração: 48min

    Ariel Henry was previously made Prime Minister by the assassinated President, Jovenel Moïse, but was not sworn into office. The current acting Prime Minister, Claude Joseph, has agreed to step down. A new government could be formed later today. Also, Dominic Cummings, the ex-chief adviser to the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has accused his former boss of almost putting the Queen in danger of infection by Covid-19; and a woman from Myanmar tells us how the politicised health system there led to the death of her uncle from Covid. (Photo: Floral tributes to president Moïse Credit: EPA)

  • China accused of cyber-attack on Microsoft

    19/07/2021 Duração: 49min

    The UK, US, and EU have accused China of carrying out a major cyber-attack earlier this year. The attack targeted Microsoft Exchange servers, affecting at least 30,000 organisations globally. Also in the programme, as many Covid restrictions are lifted in England, is it time to celebrate or cower? And a ferocious drought in south-west Iran has sparked deadly protests.

  • England lifts nearly all Covid-19 restrictions

    19/07/2021 Duração: 49min

    Most of England's legal restrictions to protect against the coronavirus have ended, despite a surge in cases. The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said it is “now or never”. It means all businesses can re-open, and an end to mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing. Will the government's gamble pay off? Also on the programme: a huge data leak suggests activists, politicians and journalists around the world have been monitored using spyware; and the governor of Tokyo tells us why the Olympics had to go ahead. (Picture: Credit: PA Media)

  • England prepares to lift coronavirus restrictions

    18/07/2021 Duração: 50min

    England is preparing to lift almost all legal coronavirus restrictions tomorrow. It will mark an end to limits on how many people can meet. Self-isolation rules will remain in place. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is currently in self-isolation after coming into contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who tested positive for Covid-19. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is also in self-isolation. Also in the programme: Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogačar wins the Tour De France; and the latest from the peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban militants in Doha. (Photo: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson. CREDIT: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo)

  • England to drop coronavirus restrictions amid soaring cases

    18/07/2021 Duração: 49min

    England will lift most of its remaining pandemic restrictions on Monday, despite rapidly rising cases. The British Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has tested positive for Covid and the prime minister is isolating at home. Is the dropping of rules realistic or reckless? We unpick the politics with our reporter Rob Watson and then debate the pros and cons with Oxford epidemiologist Sunetra Gupta and Walter Ricciardi, an advisor to the Italian and French governments and president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. Also in the programme: the latest on Germany's devastating floods, and a film about the forgotten 1969 Harlem music festival some are calling 'The Black Woodstock'. (Photo: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire)

  • Search continues as over 170 confirmed dead in European floods

    17/07/2021 Duração: 48min

    Many people are still missing as record rainfall led to severe floods in Germany and Belgium. A major rescue effort is ongoing. German President Frank- Walter Steinmeier visited some of the worst hit areas and said that Germany stood together in the time of need. Also in the programme: the winner of this year’s Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival which has divided critics; and the world’s rarest postage stamp. (Photo: North Rhine-Westphalia’s state premier and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Armin Laschet speaks with volunteers as he visits the emergency accommodations for flood victims. CREDIT: Sebastien Bozon/Pool via REUTERS)

  • Europe floods: rescuers race to find survivors

    17/07/2021 Duração: 48min

    Rescue crews are racing to find survivors of floods that have wreaked havoc across western Europe, killing more than 150 people. European leaders have blamed the extreme weather on climate change, which experts say makes torrential rainfall more likely. Also in the programme: medical professionals in Myanmar face a double challenge of coping with Covid-19 patients and avoiding arrest by the military government; and Afghan peace talks have resumed in Qatar, as international concern mounts about the speed of the Taliban advance. (Photo: a man carrying a shovel on his shoulder walks amid the debris near damaged cars after flooding in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany. Credit: Reuters)

  • Jacob Zuma starts his term in jail

    08/07/2021 Duração: 49min

    South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma has begun his prison sentence for contempt of court, after finally handing himself in. Also in the programme: what next for Haiti as police shoot dead four mercenaries suspected of killing the President? And why have more than 120 scientists signed a letter calling the UK Government's Covid plan "a dangerous and unethical experiment"? (Image: Estcourt Correctional Centre, where South Africa"s former president Jacob Zuma is being held after he turned himself in to begin a 15-month sentence for contempt of court, in Estcourt, South Africa, July 8, 2021 / Credit: REUTERS / Siyabonga Sishi)