Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
Tunisia’s political turmoil
There's mounting tension in Tunisia as President Kais Saied sacks the Prime Minister and suspends parliament after mass protests nationwide. We spoke to Dr. Yusra Ghannouchi, spokeswoman for Tunsia's biggest party Ennahdha and daughter of the Speaker of the House.
Also in the programme: As top diplomats meet to discuss relations, China accuses the US of turning it into an imaginary enemy to cover up its own problems; and skateboarding at the Olympics.
(Photo: Tunisians gather after president ousts government in Tunis. Credit: Reuters/Zoubeir Souissi)
COP26 President: global warming "urgency”
Climate and environment ministers from more than 50 countries have been meeting in London; we speak to the British politician who has been leading the meeting.
Also on the programme: President Macron of France is making his first visit to French Polynesia. He wants to talk about his strategic vision for the region, but many residents want to talk about the legacy of the nearly 200 nuclear tests that France carried out there; and we'll hear a first-hand account of life among the gangs in the capital of Haiti.
(Picture: Fire fighters try to extinguish wildfire in the Republic of Sakha, Russia Credit: EPA)
World leaders meet to discuss climate change after recent environmental disasters
Climate and environment ministers from fifty-one countries begin a two-day meeting on Sunday, hosted by Britain, to prepare for the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November. After the recent environmental disasters, will there be any action? We speak to Alok Sharma, the UK’s minister presiding over that summit.
Also in the programme: the Tokyo Olympics are under way, is Japanese opposition to the Games decreasing now that they have started?; and the British military is accused of failing servicewomen who've suffered rape ,bullying and discrimination.
(Photo: Demonstrators protest against the G20 Ministerial meeting on Environment, Climate and Energy, in Naples, Italy, 22 July 2021. Credit: EPA).
Ethiopia Tigray crisis: New front opens
Fighters from Tigray in northern Ethiopia have opened up a new front in their struggle against the central government in Addis Ababa. Leaders said this week that their fighters had entered the neighbouring Afar region to the east because pro-government forces were now massing for an attack. We’ll hear from Afar.
Also in the programme: a restaurant owner in Paris speaks to us about the Covid-19 'health pass' and compulsory vaccination tests; and large numbers of people in Hungary take part in the annual Pride march despite concerns about LGBT rights.
(Photo: More than a million people have been displaced by the conflict in Tigray. Credit: Getty Images)
Can the Taliban be stopped from retaking Afghanistan?
With the Taliban gaining territory following the exit of foreign forces from Afghanistan, we ask: can they retake the country? An MP from the city of Kandahar gives us his views, and the BBC's Lyse Doucet looks at the prospects for a political solution.
Also in the programme: we hear from an academic who joined the resistance in the war-torn Ethiopian region of Tigray, and Frederick Forsyth, the author of the seminal thriller The Day of the Jackal.
(Photo: Taliban fighters in Laghman Province in March 2020. Credit: Getty Images)
Tokyo 2020 Olympics officially open
The Games have formally opened in Tokyo in a virtually empty stadium. It marked the official opening of Tokyo 2020, a year later than planned, and in the midst of a global pandemic.
As skateboarding makes its debut as an Olympic event we speak to one of the sport's biggest stars, Tony Hawk.
Also in the programme, China's President Xi has been on a surprise visit to Tibet, the first by a Chinese leader in more than thirty years, Haiti buries its assassinated ppresident, and can Madrid beat climate change by surrounding the city with a huge forest?