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June 26, 2019

Auschwitz survivor Renee Salt: ‘Anti-Semitism is very bad now’

She was imprisoned in Auschwitz as a young teenager. Tomorrow, Renee Salt, now 90, will be back at Auschwitz along with hundreds of other Holocaust survivors, heads of state and religious leaders – marking the 75th anniversary of its liberation. But these are worrying times. Hate crimes against...

Grenfell Tower inquiry panel member resigns over links to cladding firm

Relatives and survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster are calling on the public inquiry to put families back at the centre of the investigation. It follows the resignation of a key member of the panel advising the inquiry chairman – Benita Mehra – after it emerged that she had links to a charity...

Inside Wuhan: Daily life in China virus quarantine zone

Well if you saw our programme last night, we spoke to Ben Kavanagh, who’s working as a teacher in Wuhan. He told us he was planning to venture out one last time today to buy food and essential supplies, before being stuck inside his flat for the duration. He took his phone along – to film it all...

Coronavirus ability to spread ‘getting stronger’ says China

China is entering a ‘crucial stage’, the country’s health minister has declared – warning the ability of the coronavirus to spread was getting stronger. 56 people have now died and some 2,000 are infected – with yet more stringent travel restrictions in force. The United States is preparing to...

Death of England: class, race and identity in play about post-Brexit world

Michael is an angry, white working class man mourning the death of his father and his own sense of who he is. And he’s the creation of two black working class writers – Roy Williams and Clint Dyer. Their play Death of England began life as a short ten-minute film but is now a full length monologue...

Citizens’ Climate Assembly meets for first time

It’s a gathering of ordinary people from every background, every part of the country – tasked with coming up with ideas for solutions to the climate crisis. The citizens assembly on climate change in Birmingham is the first of four such meetings – with the support of Sir David Attenborough – who is...

Clashes in Beirut after 100th day of Lebanon protests

Police in Lebanon have fired water cannon to break up anti-government protests in central Beirut, with some protesters throwing stones in response. Yesterday marked 100 days since the popular anti-government uprising began.

At least 22 killed in Turkey earthquake

At least 22 people have been killed and more than a thousand injured, after a powerful earthquake struck eastern Turkey yesterday evening. The 6.8 magnitude quake occurred just before 9pm local time and was centred on the town of Sivrice in Elazig province – around 350 miles east of the capital,...

City ‘like a ghost town’, says Wuhan teacher Ben Kavanagh

I spoke to Ben Kavanagh who is from Ireland, and working as a teacher in Wuhan, and started by asking him what the situation was like in the city.

Coronavirus spread ‘accelerating’, says President Xi

China’s president has warned the spread of the deadly coronavirus is accelerating, as he convened a special meeting of Communist leaders. The country is also taking yet more drastic measures aimed at bringing it under control, including strict travel restrictions during the country’s biggest...

‘When you have full-blown demagoguery and bullying, people get scared’ – ex-Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci

Anthony Scaramucci was – briefly – Donald Trump’s Director of Communications back in 2017 but is now a trenchant critic of the President. We talked about climate change and Mr Trump’s swipe at the “prophets of doom” as he called activists like Greta Thunberg. But on the week his impeachment trial...

UN seeks help to thwart locust swarms in east Africa

The United Nations has called for international help to fight huge swarms of Locusts which are sweeping through parts of east Africa. Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are all struggling to deal with billions of the insects, on a scale not seen for 25 years – and the problem could get even worse as the...

Greta Thunberg joins school strike in Davos

The Davos business conference has wrapped – the world’s global elite taking to their private jets or the ski slopes after a week of schmoozing and deal-making. The week ended as it began – with a climate protest – teenage activist Greta Thunberg leading the Friday school strike which made her name...

Will Brits who migrated to Spain stay post-Brexit?

With the Brexit deal now officially signed into law – is the future any clearer for Britons living abroad? More than 350,000 Brits have already made a home in Spain, and the UK has told anyone who wants to stay there or move there to apply for residency by the end of the year. But what might happen...

Johnson and EU leaders sign Brexit withdrawal deal

Signed and almost sealed… the heads of the European Council and the European Commission have put their signatures on the Brexit withdrawal agreement in Brussels – before it was whisked to London to be signed by Boris Johnson too. There’s just one more formality left before Britain’s departure date...

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