Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
Economic impact of Sudan coup deepens
Two days after Sudan's armed forces seized complete control of the government, the African Union has suspended Sudan from the organisation until the civilian-led transitional administration is restored.
What will the economic effect of the coup and the overthrow of the administration be? Demonstrations against the takeover are continuing in the capital, Khartoum, with trade unions representing doctors, oil workers and bank officials joining the protests. We hear from Abdul Rashid Halifa from the Sudanese Banking Association and Mo Ibrahim, a prominent British-Sudanese businessman and one of Africa's richest men.
Also in the programme, we speak to the only top-level male professional footballer currently playing who has come out as gay, how Russia’s state-owned gas company Gazprom is causing a gas crisis in Moldova, and why China is advocating for Afghanistan's Taliban to have dialogue with the international community.
(Picture shows a protester holding a Sudanese flag during a demonstration in the capital Khartoum, Sudan. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency)
Sudanese general says his coup avoids civil war
In Sudan, the military leader has been trying to justify his decision on Monday to rip up the power-sharing arrangement with civilian forces and seize sole power. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has said it was done to prevent a civil war. The UN Secretary General has described it as a coup. A senior opposition leader calls for calm heads.
Also in the programme, Colombian president Ivan Duque discusses climate change and catching the country’s top drug lord. And, Europol has announced that it has arrested 150 people buying and selling drugs and illegal items on the dark web.
(Image: A Sudanese protester holds the national flag next to burning tires during a demonstration in the capital Khartoum. Credit: EPA/Mohammed Abu Obaid)
Australia to go carbon free by 2050
There's been widespread criticism of a plan announced by Australia to achieve carbon neutrality by the year twenty- fifty. But is it too little too late? We hear from a member of parliament, from the ruling party and from the country's leading climate change communications organisation.
Also on the programme, we ask why crowds of protesters remain on the streets of the Sudanese capital Khartoum in defiance of the military rulers who've seized power in a coup; we hear from women Afghan judges who have found refuge in Greece; and the story of the Japanese Princess who gave up royal status to marry.
(Photo: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison talking about the plan; Credit: EPA/MICK TSIKAS)
Sudanese military takes control of country
The military has arrested political leaders and declared a state of emergency. Power in the country had been shared between civilians and the military after the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. We'll hear from Jeffrey Feltman, the US envoy to the region.
Also in the programme: a new report from the World Meteorological Organisation about rising carbon emissions; and the world’s oldest known cave painting of an animal.
(Picture: Protesters block a road during what the information ministry calls a military coup in Khartoum, Sudan, October 25, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)
Sudan military dissolves civilian government
Sudan's military has dissolved civilian rule, arrested political leaders and declared a state of emergency. Protesters have taken to the streets of the capital, Khartoum and there are reports of gunfire.
Military and civilian leaders have been at odds since long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was overthrown two years ago and a transitional government set up. Gen Abdel Fattah Burhan, who had been heading a joint council with civilian leaders, blamed political infighting for the coup. We'll hear from the US special envoy to the country, opposition activists, and the international community.
Also in the programme, how cities can develop resilience in the face of climate change, the millions of civilians braced for a bleak winter in Afghanistan, and we hear about the world’s oldest known animal cave painting on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
(Picture shows Sudanese protesters chanting near burning tires during a demonstration in the capital Khartoum on 25 October 2021. Credit: EPA)
Ethiopia launches more airstrikes on Tigray
Ethiopia has carried out two air strikes on what it describes as Tigray People's Liberation Front military positions in the west and north of Tigray province - expanding the range of its aerial bombardments beyond the regional capital Mekelle. We hear from the TPLF and from the federal government.
Also in the programme: US visa spat with Russia; and Colombia arrests a major drug boss.
(Picture: Smoke billows from the scene of an air strike, in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia October 20, 2021. Credit: REUTERS)
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