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

    Covid: Germany announces restrictions for unvaccinated

    Covid: Germany announces restrictions for unvaccinated

    Germany's national and regional leaders have agreed to bar unvaccinated people from much of public life in a bid to fend off a fourth wave of Covid-19. Only those who have been vaccinated or who've recently recovered from Covid will be allowed in restaurants, cinemas, leisure facilities and many shops.

    Also on the programme: the South African intensive care doctor seeing the effects of the Omicron wave; and how 'atmospheric rivers' are behind the extreme weather in British Columbia, Canada.

    (Photo: Germany's outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a rose after attending a Grand Tattoo of the German armed forces Bundeswehr at the Defence Ministry in Berlin, Germany, on 2 December 2021. Credit: Reuters / Bensch)

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    Omicron drives major surge in South Africa Covid cases

    Omicron drives major surge in South Africa Covid cases

    South African health officials say the emergence of the Covid variant, Omicron, appears to be leading to an increase in the number of people contracting the disease for a second time. We speak to a director of an ICU unit in Soweto to know what the situation is like on the ground and a to an Africa’s CDC advisor to have a continent perspective.

    Also in the programme: the ramping deterioration of Venezuela’s health system; and the United Nations is today calling for a record $41 billion to fund its humanitarian work next year. We will focus on Syria.

    (Photo: A Soweto resident walks in front of an informative graffiti artwork educating local Soweto residents about the dangers of the coronavirus, Johannesburg, South Africa. Credit: EPA.)

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    US Supreme Court hears landmark abortion case

    US Supreme Court hears landmark abortion case

    The US Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the most important abortion case in decades. The case is about a Mississippi state law that bars abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Lawyers defending the Mississippi law have explicitly asked the court to overturn two landmark decisions regarding abortion, including Roe v Wade. The ruling is expected in June and may see millions of women lose abortion access.

    Also in the programme: We find out why the European Union is investing more than 300 billion dollars in infrastructure, digital and climate projects around the world to rival China's Belt and Road Initiative. And hear about vaccine hesitancy in South Africa, where the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was first detected.

    (Photo: Pro Choice activists protests outside of the US Supreme Court as the high court prepares to hear arguments in a challenge to an abortion law in Mississippi that is a direct challenge to Roe v Wade. Credit: EPA/Samuel Corum)

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    Supreme Court to hear latest challenge to US abortion laws

    Supreme Court to hear latest challenge to US abortion laws

    Mississippi state wants to ban all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The final ruling is due in June next year.

    Also on the programme the EU sets out plans to invest than three hundred billion dollars on infrastructure, digital and climate projects around the world by 2027. But is this just too late to compete with China's Belt and Road Initiative? And we return to the northern city of Marib in Yemen and hear about the terrible conditions in that city's hospitals.

    (Picture: Pro Choice and Pro Life campaigners in the US. Credit: Getty Images)

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    In Yemen, Houthi rebels close in on key city

    In Yemen, Houthi rebels close in on key city

    Rebel Houthis, a group based in the north, and allied to Iran, have seized large amounts of strategically important territory -- and are advancing on the oil rich city of Marib, where 800,000 people are displaced. We hear from our correspondent as well as a former Yemeni deputy foreign minister.

    Also on the programme, as incoming German chancellor Olaf Scholz announces he wants to hold a vote to determine whether to make the vaccine compulsory, we discuss the new Omicron variant with the director of the Center at the University of Minnesota.

    And, research published today on how the Arctic may soon get more rainfall than snowfall. The lead author of the report discusses its implications.

    (Photo: Armed Houthi supporters hold up weapons during a gathering to mobilize more fighters into the battlefronts amid an escalating war between the Houthis and Saudi-backed Yemeni troops, in Sana"a, Yemen, 24 November 2021. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB)

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    Yemen: Houthi rebels come closer to encircling the city of Marib

    Yemen: Houthi rebels come closer to encircling the city of Marib

    Marib is at the centre of Yemen’s oilfields, and is the government’s last stronghold in the north. We have an exclusive report from there.

    Also on the programme Poland's Prime Minister urges NATO to unify against Russia. Will that organisation, currently meeting in Latvia, do that? And a new report from Australia states that more than a quarter of those working in federal parliamentary offices have been sexually harassed by MPs.

    (Picture: Portraits of slain Houthi fighters which are to be placed on their graves to mark Houthi Martyr Week, in Sanaâ. Credit: Arhab / EPA)

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