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How does Israel choose its targets?

Also in the programme: we ask if the COP28 climate talks are actually exceeding expectations; and we speak to Mick Herron, the novelist described as the new John Le Carre.


The World Tonight: How does Israel choose its targets?

Hamas says 184 people have been killed in Gaza since the truce ended early today


The World Tonight: Surprise breakthrough at climate summit

How significant is the cash deal for climate-hit nations?


The eve of critical COP28 climate conference

How Covid lockdowns affected young children's speech and language The musician leading Uganda's opposition on democracy and his country's crackdown on gay people


The World Tonight: The eve of critical COP28 climate conference

Will there be global agreement on "phasing out" or "phasing down" fossil fuels?


Workers rescued from Indian tunnel

Some 41 construction workers have been rescued from a collapsed road tunnel in India after being trapped for 17 days. We hear from one of India's top tunnel engineers, who was on the rescue team, and ask whether the country's construction practices were partly to blame for the tunnel's collapse. Also tonight: Another 12 hostages have arrived in Israel after being freed from Gaza. As the heads of US and Israeli intelligence meet to discuss an extension to the truce - we speak to one of America's most experienced Middle East diplomats. And - as "Now That's What I Call Music" celebrates its 40th anniversary... we called the man who had the idea for the world-beating musical compilation.


The World Tonight: Workers rescued from Indian tunnel

Were India's construction practices partly to blame for the tunnel's collapse?


Gaza truce extended by two days

A fourth group of hostages held in Gaza has been released - and Israel and Hamas have agreed to extend their truce by a further two days. We hear from the family of two hostages yet to be released. And we discuss the longer-term prospects for peace with a former Israeli prime minister. Also on the programme: Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has cancelled a meeting with his Greek counterpart in a diplomatic row over the Parthenon Sculptures, also known as the Elgin Marbles. And the family-run pub whose Christmas advert is giving John Lewis a run for its money.


The World Tonight: Gaza truce extended by two days

We hear from the family of two hostages yet to be released.


Israel releases Palestinian prisoners

Israel says 24 hostages have been freed after they were taken captive by Hamas. Tonight some of the hostages are being reunited with their friends and family. We have the latest. Also on the programme: After a four-year hiaitus, HMV has opened its doors to music lovers on London's Oxford Street - back where it all began in 1921. We take a visit.


Net migration to the UK hits record high

Net migration into the UK was a record 745,000 last year, figures show - far higher than originally thought. Increasing numbers of international students are among the new arrivals. We hear from one of them and a university vice chancellor who says students shouldn't count towards the net migration figures. Also on the programme: there's ongoing violence on the streets of Dublin after five are hurt in a knife attack, and we'll look at how the radical right has influenced mainstream politics in Europe.


Autumn Statement: Chancellor cuts National Insurance but tax burden will rise

The Chancellor has said the economy has "turned a corner" - as he set out the government's tax and spending plans. Also on the programme: as Israel says the expected hostage release has been delayed - we look at the Gulf state of Qatar's role in striking the deal with Hamas. And anti-Islam populist politician Geert Wilders is heading for a dramatic victory in the Dutch general election.


Israel's cabinet votes on hostage deal and pause in fighting

Will the board of OpenAI rehire the CEO they sacked? Why a Supreme Court verdict on Deliveroo riders is a landmark ruling for the gig economy


Covid Inquiry: Boris Johnson was 'bamboozled' by scientific data

The UK's former chief scientific advisor Sir Patrick Vallance has told the Covid Inquiry how the then Prime Minister Boris Johnson struggled to fully understand scientific data during the pandemic. We speak to one of the scientists that sat on the government's advisory committee. Also on the programme - with reports tonight that a deal to free some of the hostages held by Hamas could be imminent - we hear from one of their relatives. And can Argentina's new president Javier Milei keep his promise to turn around the economy? (Image Credit: Former chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance giving evidence at Dorland House in London, during its second investigation exploring core UK decision-making and political governance. Issue date: Monday November 20, 2023. PA Photo).


How long can Israel count on support from the US and Europe?

Also in the programme: Turkish President Erdogan ruffles feathers on his visit to Berlin; and, as Dr Who hits 60, we hear from the designer behind the brand.


Braverman accuses Sunak of betrayal

Suella Braverman has accused the prime minister of betraying the nation in a scathing post-sacking letter. We ask how serious her attack is for Rishi Sunak. Also on the programme: As President Biden prepares to welcome China's President Xi tomorrow - we hear why their meeting in San Francisco is so important. And we hear how AI-based tools are challenging traditional weather forecasting systems for accuracy.



In depth reporting, intelligent analysis and breaking news from a global perspective


Is Braverman facing the sack?

Rishi Sunak is under pressure to fire Home Secretary Suella Braverman - after she defied Downing Street over a newspaper article on the police. We'll ask whether it's a matter of when, not if, Ms Braverman faces the sack. Also on the World Tonight: In Taiwan we see how the military is ramping up its capabilities amid fears of a Chinese attack. And ever fancied being a Lord or a Lady? The Lord of Walthamstow tells us why he's auctioning off his historic title - along with its main perks.


Israel claims mass exit of civilians from Gaza city

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have escaped from Gaza City and we hear from our BBC team who was allowed in with the Israeli military for the first time since the war began. Also on the programme we find out why Kenyans are being given a bank holiday to plant trees, why so many American babies are being born with syphilis and we hear about the impact of the now-banned substance - nitrous oxide in the UK.


Who will govern post-war Gaza?

As Israel says its troops have reached the heart of Gaza City, how should the territory be governed if Hamas is defeated? We hear from a minister in Israel's war cabinet, and a leading Palestinian politician. Tens of thousands of women in England could get a pill on the NHS that halves their risk of breast cancer. We hear from one woman who took part in the drug's trial. And as Shakespeare's First Folio prepares to turn 400 - we hear about the enduring appeal of its author.