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

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

    Coronavirus: WHO decides not to declare global health emergency

    Coronavirus: WHO decides not to declare global health emergency

    Despite travel restrictions imposed on Wuhan being extended to at least four further Chinese cities because of the Coronavirus, the World Heath Organisation has decided not to declare a Global Health Emergency for now. We hear from Wuhan, and a Wuhan native unable to return.

    Also in the programme: World leaders assemble at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem's Holocaust museum, ahead of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp; and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, two thousand years ago in Italy, was so hot that at least one victim's brain was turned to glass....it was vitrified, a new report states.

    (Photo: Residents wear masks to buy vegetables in the market on 23 January in Wuhan, China. Flights, trains and public transport including buses, subway and ferry services have been temporarily closed and officials have asked residents told to stay in town in order to help stop the outbreak of a strain of coronavirus that has killed 17 people and infected over 500 in places as far away as the United States. Credit: Wang He/Getty Images)

    • 49 min
    Myanmar ordered to protect Rohingyas

    Myanmar ordered to protect Rohingyas

    The UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) has told Myanmar to take "all measures within its power" to prevent alleged genocide against the Rohingya Muslim people.

    Also in the programme: Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial; and two more Chinese cities affected by deadly virus.

    (Picture: the ICJ ruling in the Gambia vs Myanmar genocide case. credit: EPA)

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    Wuhan: Virus-hit Chinese city to shut public transport

    Wuhan: Virus-hit Chinese city to shut public transport

    The World Health Organisation has announced it will not yet declare an international public health emergency over the outbreak of a new respiratory virus in China, the Novel Coronavirus. The WHO said more information was needed about the spread of the disease, which has killed 17 people in China.

    Also in the programme: UN experts demand a probe of the Saudi crown prince after the phone of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was hacked; and Monty Python stars pay tribute to comedy great Terry Jones.

    Picture: A family wears masks while walking in the street on January 22, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. Credit: Getty Images

    • 48 min
    Lebanon: new cabinet meets amid protests

    Lebanon: new cabinet meets amid protests

    The Lebanese Prime Minister, Hassan Diab held his first cabinet meeting, warning that his country had reached a financial and social dead end. He said Lebanon faced an economic catastrophe as levels of public debt spiral upwards.

    Also in the programme: The World Health Organisation holds an emergency meeting to consider next steps in containing the coronavirus outbreak in China; and the Saudi authorities dismiss claims that Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman helped hack the phone of the world's richest man, Amazon's Jeff Bezos.

    Photo: Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab reviews a guard of honour in Beirut. Credit: EPA

    • 48 min
    Trump impeachment: trial begins in Senate

    Trump impeachment: trial begins in Senate

    The Senate majority leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, has defended his proposed rules for the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, but leading Democrat Charles Schumer said witnesses were required for a fair process to take place. The remarks came at the start of the trial in the Senate.

    Also in the programme: Iraqi protesters step up their campaign for a new government; and Swiss police reportedly stop a Russian spying operation ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

    (Photo: Senate minority leader Charles Schumer speaks to reporters outside the Senate chamber during a short recess in the impeachment trial proceedings. Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    • 48 min
    Trump impeachment trial set to begin

    Trump impeachment trial set to begin

    We're in Washington D.C as the impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump is set to begin. The trial could lead to President Trump being removed from office, although that is unlikely. Mr Trump faces charges of abusing his office by pressing Ukraine to investigate a political rival and obstructing Congress. It is the third time in history an American president is facing an impeachment trial.

    Also in the programme: As his impeachment trial begins, President Trump is in Davos and in his opening address at the World Economic Forum has criticised environmentalists, rejecting what he called the prophets of doom whose predictions had been wrong for decades. And Chinese state media says six people have died as the country battles to contain the coronavirus that's already infected nearly 300 people.

    (Photo: President Donald Trump speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images)

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