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




US vetoes call for immediate Gaza ceasefire at UN

The US has vetoed a resolution at the UN demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza after proposing its own draft urging a temporary ceasefire. In its own resolution the US warned Israel not to invade the city of Rafah. We'll hear from one of Israel's top former diplomats on reaction within the country. Also in the programme: the World Health Organization has warned of a dramatic rise in measles cases around the world since 2022; and an international multi-agency taskforce takes down one of the world's largest cybercrime groups. (Picture: United States Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Israel Gaza Conflict, New York. Picture credit: Eduardo Muñoz/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


US proposes temporary ceasefire in Gaza

The US has put forward a draft UN Security Council resolution which calls for a temporary ceasefire in Gaza and also opposes plans by Israel to launch a ground offensive in the southern city of Rafah. We hear from the former US special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, Frank Lowenstein. Also in the programme: a major cybercrime group is disrupted in a global operation; and how the Wagner group is rebranding itself. (Picture: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators attend a rally demanding a ceasefire and the end of Israel attacks on Gaza in New York. Credit: Reuters)


19/02/2024 21:06 GMT

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


Navalny's widow: 'Vladimir Putin killed my husband'

Alexei Navalny's widow, has said in a video message that her husband was killed because the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, couldn't break him. Yulia Navalnaya vowed to continue her husband's work fighting for a "free Russia". Also in the programme: a US plastic surgeon who worked in Gaza tells us that what he witnessed there looked like “the deliberate targeting of civilians”; and British journalist and film maker - Sean Langan - goes behind Russian lines in eastern Ukraine. (Photo: Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Alexei Navalny, takes part in a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, Belgium on 19 February 2024. Credit: Reuters/Yves Herman)


Israel – Gaza war concerns top Munich Security Conference

World leaders are gathering at the Munich Security Conference, where the wars in Ukraine and Gaza have topped the agenda. The Palestinian National Authority’s Prime Minister spoke to the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent about world leaders’ interest in a Palestinian state – a proposal rejected by Israeli authorities. Also in the programme: Russian authorities have detained more than four hundred people who were taking part gatherings to commemorate Alexei Navalny, the leader of the Russian opposition who died this Friday in prison; and what is the latest from the British Academy Film Award ceremony? (Photo: Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh speaks at the 60th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. Credit: Anna Szilagyi/Shutterstock)


Biden urges Congress to pass Ukraine aid bill

US President Joe Biden urges Congress to pass the Ukraine military aid bill, after the Russian capture of the Ukrainian town Avdiivka. Also in the programme: The former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is released on parole; and the musicians who play instruments reclaimed from the sea. (Image: Ukrainian soldiers load a drone with an anti-tank mine. Credit: Reuters)


Navalny’s aides accuse Russia of 'hiding' his body

Alexei Navalny's mother has been unable to recover his body after his death in an Arctic jail, according to a close aide to the dead Russian opposition leader. We hear from a young man who attended a vigil in memory of Navalny in southern Russia on Friday. He was arrested by police and later released. Also in the programme: The Prime Minister of Hungary has promised new child protection laws following an abuse scandal that's rocked his government; and scientists have been researching whether playing ping-pong may help people with neurological conditions like Multiple Sclerosis. (Photo: Police officers detain participants of a civil memorial service to Alexei Navalny. Credit: ANATOLY MALTSEV/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


Ukraine pulls troops from besieged eastern town

Ukraine pulls its troops from the eastern town of Avdiivka after months of heavy fighting. Also in the programme, protests in Russia to honour the late opposition leader Navalny; and is knitting good for mental health? (Image: Destroyed building in Aviidvka. Credit: Reuters)


Russia says the leading opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, has died

President Biden has blamed the death on Vladimir Putin. Mr Navalny's wife said Mr Putin would be held responsible. Despite official warnings against protests, hundreds of people have been leaving flowers in central Moscow and other Russian cities in memory of Mr Navalny. Also on the programme; Donald Trump has been ordered to pay more than three hundred and fifty million dollars in penalties in his civil fraud trial in New York. And most of the world's biggest tech companies - including Amazon, Google and Microsoft - have agreed to tackle what they are calling the use of deceptive artificial intelligence in elections. (Picture: Tributes to Alexei Navalny. Credit: EPA)


Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny reported dead

The Russian prison service says that jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny has died. His friends blame the Kremlin for his death, international leaders condemn his treatment. We hear from people who know him well and get the response of international leaders. Also in the programme: why the Egyptian authorities are clearing an area along their country’s border with Gaza; and why the practice of what’s known as swatting is taking off in the United States. Photo: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a rally in memory of politician Boris Nemtsov in Moscow in February 2019 Credit: REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva/File Photo


Israeli special forces raid the main hospital in southern Gaza

The Israeli army says it has evidence the Nasser hospital in Khan Yunis was being used by armed groups. Also on the programme; we hear from Avdiivka in Eastern Ukraine which has seen of of the fiercest fighting in recent weeks. And why a major makeover for London transport is the latest battle in the culture wars. (Picture: An injured man is brought to Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis, 16 January 2024. Credit: Imad / EPA)


Nato says Ukraine needs more aid to hold ground

The Nato secretary-general has warned that the US failure to approve more military aid for Ukraine is holding it back in the battle against Russia. Also in the programme: Reports of anti-Semitic incidents in the UK reach a record high; and battles over citizenship on the French island of Mayotte. (Photo: Palestinians arrive at Rafah after being evacuated from Nasser Hospital. Credit: Mohammed Salem/Reuters)


Military strongman claims election win in Indonesia

The Indonesian defence minister Prabowo Subianto has claimed an election victory, but his past human rights record has raised concerns. Also in the programme: the expert witness who's helped cost Donald Trump and his allies tens of millions of dollars; and the teasing habits of young great apes. (Image: Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, greeting supporters. Credit: Reuters)


Indonesia election: Unofficial results put military strongman Prabowo in lead

The former military strongman and current defence minister Prabowo Subianto has claimed victory in Indonesia's presidential election, after several state-approved polling samples showed him winning around 58 percent of the vote. Also in the programme: The Israeli defence force has launched a wave of air strikes on southern Lebanon in response to rocket attacks which killed a woman in the north of Israel; and scientists say they've compiled the first detailed proof that great apes like to tease each other. (Picture: Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto looks on next to Vice President candidate Gibran Rakabuming Raka as Subianto claims victory. Credit: Reuters)


Israel considers evacuation of Palestinians from Rafah

Israel is planning for the evacuation of Palestinians from Rafah in southern Gaza, but the United Nations says there is no safe place for civilians to go. Also in the programme: President Biden has urged Republican members of Congress to back a huge funding package for Ukraine, the Middle East and Taiwan; and the return of the American TV host, Jon Stewart, to the airwaves. (Image: Palestinian children waiting for food handouts. Credit: Reuters)


Inside the world of Gaza’s tireless paramedics

Shortly after the Hamas massacre of October 2023, the BBC World Service followed an ambulance crew from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Northern Gaza as they attempted to save lives in the areas hardest hit by Israeli airstrikes. Also in the programme: We speak to a Pakistani politician who says he won't take up his seat because the election was rigged; and a 1,700-year-old egg from England is thought to be the oldest of its kind to still have liquid inside. (Picture: A paramedic from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society carries a child to the rescue. Credit: BBC)


UN calls on Israel to cease Rafah offensive

Long: The United Nations has urged Israel against further military action in the city of Rafah, after dozens of Palestinians were killed during an Israeli hostage rescue operation. Also in the programme: Germany’s Chancellor Sholz has called on EU countries to ramp up their ammunition production; and Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue turns 100. (Image: Child looks at a destroyed house in Rafah. Credit: Rex/Shutterstock)


Israeli Hostages : Two more rescued

During the hostage rescue, dozens of Palestinians were killed in airstrikes in Rafah in southern Gaza. Many are asking, will Israel's threatened ground offensive still take place there? We hear the perspectives of both sides, as relatives celebrate the release of hostages, while Rafah residents mourn their dead. Also on the programme: Can the parties that did not win Pakistan's election, form a government? And, Kenya mourns its marathon superstar, Kelvin Kiptum, who has died in a car accident at the age of just twenty-four. (Photo: Two Israeli men freed during an operation in southern Gaza are reunited with their families at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Israel. Credit: IDF handout/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


Pakistan election: coalition talks underway

Ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's PMLN and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's PPP issued a statement saying they planned to work together to bring political stability. But the final results in the country's general election have put independent candidates backed by jailed ex-PM Imran Khan's PTI party in the lead. There have been protests by Imran Khan supporters, directed to take to the streets to raise their voice about the results. Also on the programme: we'll hear about the situation in southern Gaza after Israel says it'll press ahead with a military offensive there; and the mystery oil spill in Trinidad and Tobago. (Image: A supporter of former Prime Minister Imran Khan's party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), with the party flag and a portrait of Imran Khan dances to the party songs during a protest demanding free and fair results of the elections, outside the provincial election commission office in Karachi, Pakistan on 11 February 2024. Credit: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)


International warnings over Rafah offensive

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will press ahead with an offensive in Rafah in southern Gaza where a million displaced Palestinians have taken refuge. We hear from the director of UNWRA affairs in Gaza and the Israeli government. Also on the programme, we go to Pakistan for the final results in the general election, and we hear about the oil spill that has devastated the pristine coasts of Trinidad and Tobago. (Photo: A displaced Palestinian woman holds her son in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Credit: Reuters/Saleh Salem)