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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)
25
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9am

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)
24
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5pm

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 in died after being detained for allegedly breaking headscarf rules in Iran. Credit: Fredrik Persson/Reuters)
24
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9am

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)
23
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5pm

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)
23
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10am

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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5pm

Unrest spreads to nearly every province of Iran

As unrest spreads to nearly every province of Iran - we hear from the father of the young woman, whose death in the custody of the morality police sparked the protests:

In Tehran, there have been running battles between Iranian police and anti-government protests.

Also in the programme: As Russian men of fighting age - who don't want to go to Ukraine - fight to get to the borders, we hear about the precautions taken by Russia's anti-war protesters; and a UN report finds that crimes against humanity may have been committed in Ethiopia's.civil war.

(Photo shows people clash with police during a protest in Tehran, Iran following the death of Mahsa Amin on 21 September 2022. Credit: EPA)
22
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10am

Major prisoner swap welcomed by Ukraine

Ukrainians have been celebrating the largest prisoner exchange with Russia since the war started. More than 200 Ukrainian captives have been released, in exchange for 55 Russians and a pro-Russian Ukrainian politician, Viktor Medvedchuk. We'll hear from the sister of one of the freed men.

Also in the programme: For a sixth day, Iranians are out in the streets protesting against the death of a young woman in police custody; and scientists say they have found a promising new treatment for some people with motor-neurone disease.

(Photo: More than 200 Ukrainian soldiers were exchanged for 55 Russian troops, and politician Viktor Medvedchuk, last night. Credit: Reuters)
21
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5pm

Biden: Russia ‘extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist’

President Putin has ordered a partial military mobilisation, accusing the West of trying to destroy Russia. Three-hundred-thousand additional personnel will now be available to fight in Ukraine.

Also on the programme: A Russian man who refuses to fight in Ukraine; and the Turkish Nobel Laureate, Orhan Pamuk, on his writing and the shrinking spaces for free speech in his country.

Picture: President Putin addressing engineers in Novgorod. Credit: Sputnik/ EPA / Shutterstock
21
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10am

Putin calls up reservists for war in Ukraine

President Putin says military reservists are to be sent to Ukraine as part of a partial mobilisation of Russian forces. In a televised address to the nation, he said this was a necessary step to ensure Russian territorial integrity. We hear reaction from Ukraine and Germany. Also on the programme: how the normally sedate world of top-level chess has been turned upside down this week by an extraordinary spat between the world champion Magnus Carlsen and a young US player, Hans Niemann. (Image: Russian President Vladimir Putin makes an address, still image taken from video released September 21, 2022. Russian Presidential Press Service/Kremlin via REUTERS)
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5pm

'Walls full of pain': Russia's torture cells in Ukraine

More testimony from citizens of the newly liberated city of Izyum. Meanwhile Ukraine and its western allies have condemned Moscow's move to hold snap referendums in occupied regions so they can be annexed to Russia.

Also on the programme: more than 200 aid agencies are using the United nations General Assembly to call on richer countries to end what they call the spiralling hunger crisis. And we meet the 17 year old Ukrainian student who has won a $100,000 prize for inventing a drone which can find landmines.

(Picture: A cell in a prison abandoned by the Russians in Izyum Credit: BBC)
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11am

Moscow accelerates 'referendums' in occupied Ukraine

Russian- backed authorities in the occupied Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk and city of Kherson say they'll hold what they're calling referendums on joining Russia, after Ukrainian counter- offensives recaptured large swathes of territory in the east.

Also in the programme: Pakistani health officials say a sharp increase in cases of water-borne diseases threatens a second disaster in flood-affected regions; and the man at the centre of the hit podcast Serial is released after 23 years behind bars, but could he face a retrial?

(Image: Russian leaders Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy head of Russia"s Security Council and chairman of the United Russia party (L), General Prosecutor Igor Krasnov (2-L) and presidential administration first deputy head Sergei Kirienko (C) meet the heads of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People"s Republic Leonid Pasechnik (3-R) and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People"s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin (R) ahead of a meeting in Luhansk, Ukraine, 11 August 2022 / Credit: EPA)

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