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

    Volcanic eruption off the islands of Tonga

    Volcanic eruption off the islands of Tonga

    The eruption of a giant underwater volcano in the Pacific Ocean has triggered tsunami warnings across the region. Alerts were raised from Australia to the United States, and now to Japan where there are warnings of possible three-metre waves.

    Also in the programme: US Senators introduce ‘Defending Ukraine Sovereignty Act of 2022’ legislation, we hear from Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Robert Menendez, and the 400th anniversary of Molière.

    (Photo: A handout satellite image made available by the Tonga Meteorological Services, Government of Tonga shows an explosive eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha"apai volcano. CREDIT: EPA/TONGA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES HANDOUT - BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE - AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES)

    • 47 min
    Djokovic detained ahead of deportation appeal

    Djokovic detained ahead of deportation appeal

    Judges will rule on his final appeal against the cancellation of his visa. This is the second time that the tennis star has been detained by Australian authorities.

    Also on the programme: Tonga has been hit by tsunami waves caused by a huge underwater volcanic eruption that could be heard across the South Pacific. And will a proposed new law succeed in limiting people's access to social media in Iran?

    (Picture: Novak Djokovic training for the Australian Open, Credit: EPA)

    • 48 min
    US accuses Russia of planning provocative acts

    US accuses Russia of planning provocative acts

    The United States and Ukraine have accused Moscow of planning to stage provocative acts against its own side as a pretext for an invasion.

    A Pentagon spokesman said Russian operatives were planning a "false-flag" operation, to allow Moscow to accuse Ukraine of preparing an attack. It comes after a week of US-Russian talks aimed at defusing tensions. Russia has dismissed the claims.

    Also in the programme: the UK's prime minister, Boris Johnson, is under renewed pressure after his office apologised to Queen Elizabeth for parties held in breach of Covid rules the night before her husband's funeral. And we hear exclusive, previously unheard phone recordings examining the final chaotic hours in power of one of Africa’s longest-serving dictators.


    (Photo shows Ukrainian Territorial Defense reservists conducting military exercises near Kiev. Credit: EPA)

    • 49 min
    Former colonel guilty of crimes against humanity in Syrian civil war jail

    Former colonel guilty of crimes against humanity in Syrian civil war jail

    A court in Germany has sentenced a former Syrian colonel, Anwar Raslan, to life imprisonment for torture in Syria's civil war in a notorious Damascus jail known as "Hell on Earth".

    The trial in Koblenz is the world's first criminal case brought over state-led torture in Syria.

    Also in the programme: Buckingham Palace announces that Queen Elizabeth's second son, Prince Andrew, has been stripped of his military honours and royal title; and has a week of intensive diplomacy saved eastern Europe from renewed conflict? We'll hear from the Russian ambassador in London.

    (Photo shows Syrians stood outside the court in Koblenz clutching photos of victims of the civil war. Credit: Getty Images)

    • 48 min
    German court convicts former Syrian colonel

    German court convicts former Syrian colonel

    It's been described as the world's first criminal case brought over state-led torture in Syria. A court in Koblenz, Germany, gave a life sentence to Anwar Raslan. He's a former Syrian colonel who'd been linked to crimes against humanity at a notorious prison in Damascus during his country's civil war. Raslan was found guilty of mass torture and killings at a detention centre known as Branch 251.

    Also in the programme: British and Dutch athletes heading to Beijing for next month's Winter Olympics have been warned about taking their own personal mobile phones with them over fears they could be spied on by the Chinese government; and Ronnie Spector, lead singer of the 1960s all-girl group The Ronettes, has died at the age of 78.

    (Photo: A woman reacts as she shows a picture of her relatives, who died in Syria, after the verdict against a former Syrian secret police officer, at the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany, 13 January 2022. In the world's first trial on Syrian state torture, Anwar Raslan has been sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity, 27 counts of murder and other offences. This was announced by the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz. Credit: EPA/Sascha Steinbach)

    • 47 min
    UK Prime Minister apologises to parliament

    UK Prime Minister apologises to parliament

    Boris Johnson attended a drinks event at Downing Street during the Covid lockdown. Some members of his own party have called for his resignation. Is his authority completely in tatters?

    Also on the programme; Prince Andrew, faces a civil trial in the United States over allegations of sexual assault, after a New York judge rejected an attempt to have the case dismissed. And we also hear from the leader of the Democratic Party of Kazakhstan, one of the major opposition voices in that country.

    (Picture: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in parliament. Credit: UK Parliament / Taylor)

    • 49 min

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