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AUG
5pm

Trump Relaxes Obama-Era Coal Restrictions

The US Environmental Protection Agency has announced plans to scrap the Clean Power Plan, an Obama era bill to restrict carbon emissions from coal-fired power stations. It will instead allow individual states to decide for themselves just how little regulation their power plants need.

Also in the programme: Reports that Al Qaeda's chief bomb-maker has been killed. Venezuelans struggle to get hold of the new currency introduced by their government.

(Photo shows: A coal fuelled power plant in Arizona. Credit: Mint Images/ Science Photo Library)
21
AUG
10am

Britain Wants EU to Match US Sanctions on Russia

The UK Foreign Minister, Jeremy Hunt, wants the European Union to match sanctions imposed by the United States on Russia - in response to the Novichok nerve agent attack in the UK earlier this year. But many European countries are reluctant to do so.

Also in the programme: Germany's rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, wants to introduce "atonal music" into a station in Berlin to drive away people who use the place to take drugs, and the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring when Soviet tanks put an end to an attempt to introduce "socialism with a human face".

(Photo: Russia's President Vladimir Putin after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on 16 July 2018. Credit: Yuri Kadobnovyuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)
20
AUG
5pm

Pope Francis condemns sex abuse 'atrocities'

Pope Francis has condemned the "atrocities" of child sex abuse and clerical cover-ups in a letter to the world's 1.2bn Roman Catholics. Will his words be enough?

Also in the programme: Can the Venezuelan government curb hyperinflation as millions flee the economic crisis? Measles cases in Europe reach a record high.

(Photo shows: Pope Francis in Rome, August 2018. Credit: Reuters)
20
AUG
10am

Greece Concludes Eurozone Bailout Programme

The Greek government has greater freedom to manage its own economic affairs after concluding its final eurozone bailout programme. It formed part of what was the biggest programme of bailouts in global financial history, lasting eight years. As a condition of the loans, the Greek government was forced to introduce deeply unpopular austerity measures.

Also in the programme: Elderly South Koreans meet relatives they have not seen for decades in North Korea; and the Australian prime minister has watered down commitments to reduce carbon emissions after coming under political pressure.

(Image: A Greek national flag atop the Acropolis hill in Athens. Credit: REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis)
19
AUG
5pm

Report Reveals Extent of European 'Ugly' Food Waste

More than a third of farmed fruit and vegetables never reaches supermarket shelves because it is misshapen or the wrong size, according to new research.

The new University of Edinburgh study found more than 50 million tonnes of fruit and vegetables grown across Europe is discarded each year.

Also on the programme: we get the latest from Kerala, where entire villages have been washed away by floods and on the anniversary of a western-backed coup in Iran, is another one being prepared?

(Photo: A vegetable stall, Credit: Press Association)
19
AUG
9am

Kerala Floods: Thousands Await Rescue

As rains ease in the south of India, thousands of families marooned by floods and landslides are awaiting rescue.

Also in the programme: Egypt passes a new law tightening control over the internet, and we hear why the planet is at risk of running out of sand.

(Photo: Fire and Rescue personnel evacuate local residents in an inflatable boat from a flooded area. Credit: Getty Images)
18
AUG
5pm

World Leaders Pay Tribute to Kofi Annan

World leaders have been paying tribute to the former UN secretary-general and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan, following his death at the age of 80. Also in the programme: victims of the Genoa bridge collapse in Italy have been given a state funeral, and President Putin puts on his dancing shoes at the wedding of the Austrian Foreign Minister, bringing Cossacks and controversy.

(Photo: Kofi Annan pictured in 2006. Credit: EPA/MATTHEW CAVANAUGH)
18
AUG
9am

Former UN Chief Kofi Annan Dies at 80

Kofi Annan, the first black African to become UN secretary-general, has died aged eighty in Switzerland. We hear from Edward Mortimer, former UN Director of Communications, who knew Mr Anna and worked for him for many years.

Also in the programme: We will have an update on the severe flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala; and we speak to the head of Amnesty International in Turkey, freed this week from more than a year in jail, but still facing terrorism charges.

(Photo: Kofi Annan. Credit: AFP)
17
AUG
10am

Google Staff Criticise 'Censored China Search Engine'

Hundreds of Google staff members are calling on the company to be more transparent over its plans to launch a censored version of its search engine in China, criticising their employer for making decisions in secret. Reports last month said Google had been working on the new Chinese service, referred to internally as 'Dragonfly'.

Also in the programme: We hear from the first Indian citizen to go to into space; and the social media warning system saving lives in Syria.

(Picture: A laptop computer screen in Beijing shows the homepage of Google in January 2006. Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images.)
16
AUG
5pm

Tributes to Aretha Franklin, "Queen of Soul"

The singer Aretha Franklin has died aged 76. The former US president Barack Obama says that she helped define the American experience.

Also on the programme: The complete wheat genome has been published - it is hoped that scientists can use it to develop new, more resistant strains of the crop; and the second part of an investigation into rhino poaching in South Africa

(Picture: Aretha Franklin performs at the Rockefeller Center, New York City in December, 2009. Credit: George Napolitano/FilmMagic)
16
AUG
10am

Afghanistan Violence

The Islamic State group says it carried out an attack which killed dozens of teenagers in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday. Has the Afghan government lost its grip? We speak to a government spokesperson.

Also in the programme: We hear from our correspondent in Malaysia, where two women accused of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are told they "should" face trial; and the constant struggle to protect Rhinos in Africa -- with allegations of corruption inside the legal system.

(Photo: The bombing comes at a time of renewed unrest in Afghanistan. Credit: EPA)
15
AUG
5pm

State of Emergency Declared Around Genoa

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has declared a 12-month state of emergency in Genoa and the surrounding region of Liguria amidst after the collapse of a major viaduct in the city. The government has threatened to fine the company responsible for maintaining the country's motorways. We ask an MP from the ruling coalition who should be made to pay.

Also in the programme: we hear from someone who suffered abuse at the hands of one of the hundreds of Catholic priests named in an official report by the US state of Pennsylvania.

(Photo: Rescuers at the Morandi motorway bridge after a section collapsed in Genoa, Italy Credit: ANDREA LEONI/AFP/Getty Images)

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