Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
Russian deserter condemns Ukraine invasion
There's been an exodus of young men from Russia after President Putin announced a new "partial mobilisation". We hear from one Russian serviceman who decided to leave the army, and discuss the state of Russia's war effort with military analyst Justin Crump.
Also in the programme: Cubans vote on same sex marriage and adoption rights; the super typhoon bearing down on the Philippines; and a new record for men's marathon running is set by the Kenyan athlete Eluid Kipchoge.
(Photo: Travellers from Russia queue to cross the border to Finland. Credit: Reuters)
Hundreds arrested as Russian draft protests continue
Widespread demonstrations have broken out since President Vladimir Putin announced plans to draft 300,000 men to fight in Ukraine. Meanwhile we hear from a soldier who has deserted from the Russian army.
Also on the programme; we examine the protests currently taking place in Iran. And voters in Italy are casting their ballots in national elections which could produce the country's first ever female Prime Minister.
(Picture: A protester is arrested by Russian authorities. Credit: Getty Images)
Iranians die in mass protests
President Ebrahim Raisi has pledged to "deal decisively" with anti-government protests which have now spread to most of Iran's 31 provinces. Officials say at least 35 people have been killed since protests broke out over the death of a woman in police custody. Mahsa Amini died after being detained for allegedly breaking headscarf rules.
Also in the programme: Thousands more people have been trying to flee Russia to avoid being called up to fight in Ukraine. We speak to one Russian queuing at the border; and the voice of Darth Vader in the sci-fi saga Star Wars is going to voiced by AI technology.
(Picture: There were protests in Stockholm in support of Mahsa Amini who died after being detained for allegedly breaking headscarf rules in Iran. Credit: Fredrik Persson/Reuters)
Russians flee military duty
Increased numbers of Russians are continuing to leave the country since President Putin announced the partial mobilisation. The queue on the border between Georgia and Russia has grown ten kilometres long as men attempt to avoid the draft.
Also in the programme: another tragedy in the Mediterranean as more than 80 migrants drown off the coast of Syria; and the remarkable story of two women who survived a similar perilous journey.
(Picture: Finnish border guard next to cars queuing to enter Finland from Russia. Credit: Reuters)
Reluctance hits Russia's war in Ukraine
As Russia faces mounting pressures facing its war in Ukraine, we'll hear from two people severely impacted by the conflict. A Kherson resident who won't vote in the self-styled "referendum" to join Russia and a Russian man who is trying to avoid being drafted but is still inside Russia.
Also in the programme: Why the death of a woman in police custody in Tehran has made such a big impact thoughout Iran; and tennis great Roger Federer plays his last professional game.
(Photo shows an armed soldier walking past a ballot box in Luhansk as people line up to vote. Credit: Reuters)
Self-styled referendums in four occupied regions of Ukraine
Denounced as illegitimate and a sham by Ukraine and the West, these so-called votes are taking place over five days. An annexation could lead to a claim by Russia that its territory is coming under attack from Western weapons supplied to Ukraine.
Also in the programme: as protests spread across Iran, over the death of a young woman in police custody, an academic in Teheran tells us that the unrest is being whipped up by the country's enemies; and we talk to Bill Hamilton, agent and friend of British writer Hilary Mantel, who has died at the age of 70.
(Photo: A doctor attends a referendum at a polling station in Luhansk, Ukraine, 23 September 2022. Credit: EPA).
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