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What's been happening around the world and why it matters

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What's been happening around the world and why it matters

    Impeachment: endgame begins

    Impeachment: endgame begins

    President Trump's trial in the Senate is due to begin on Tuesday. But might it actually help him and the Republicans? Also in this edition: how dangerous are the street protests in Iran for Ayatollah Khamenei?; President Putin shakes up the Russian constitution and government; France tries to take the fight to jihadists in the Sahel; the lessons from the election in Taiwan; and repopulating Espanola: why we've all been concentrating on the wrong tortoise.
    (Picture: US chief justice John Roberts presides over a preliminary hearing in the Senate.
    Credit: Reuters)

    • 24 min
    The war that wasn't

    The war that wasn't

    The US and Iran stepped back from the brink. But a Ukrainian civilian airliner was brought down with heavy loss of life - apparently by an Iranian air defence error. Also in this edition: Beijing's new man in Hong Kong; the surprising Right/Green new government in Austria; Bangladesh tries not to drown in plastic; and how semi-detached can a Royal be?
    (Picture: Iranian image of a rocket reportedly fired at a US airbase in Iraq.
    Credit: AFP/Getty)

    • 24 min
    The US kills Iran's mastermind

    The US kills Iran's mastermind

    A drone strike in Baghdad killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds force. It came days after supporters of a pro-Iranian militia attacked the US embassy in Baghdad. Also in this edition: Turkey offers help to Libya - as a rush for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean gathers pace; the astonishing argument over who's to blame for World War 2; and - is crazy weather the new normal?
    (Picture: An Iranian picture of Qasem Soleimani.
    Credit: Iranian Supreme Leader's office via EPA)

    • 24 min
    Australia burning

    Australia burning

    This was the week when Australian firefighters were pushed to the limit, when Somalia's locust invasion got even worse and Benjamin Netanyahu saw off a challenge to his leadership

    (Picture: Australian firefighters combat bushfires Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

    • 23 min

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