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22
MAY
5pm

Concerns over spread of monkeypox

The World Health Assembly is holding its annual meeting, with the unexplained spread of monkeypox to more than a dozen countries being discussed. We hear from Geneva.

Also on the programme, a planeload of baby formula from Europe has arrived in the US to ease a severe shortage there and Australia's political scene just got more colourful with the election of the so-called Teal parliamentarians.

(Photo: Child with Monkey Pox; Credit: Getty Images)
22
MAY
9am

Australia's new politics

The Australian Labor Party led by Anthony Albanese hopes to win an overall majority in Parliament following Saturday's election. And there's a whole new, colourful group of independent MPs called The Teals. But will they change Australia's politics?

Also in the programme: Ukraine says it will not agree a ceasefire with Russia that involves ceding territory to Moscow; we hear from a senior Ukrainian MP; and the Tigrayan regional authorities in Ethiopia say they've released over 4,000 prisoners of war, but Addis Ababa says they haven't.

(Image: Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese (CL) is joined onstage by Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong (L), his partner Jodie Haydon (CR) and son Nathan Albanese (R) after winning the 2022 Federal Election, at the Federal Labor Reception at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club in Sydney, Australia, 21 May 2022 / Credit: EPA / Bianca de Marchi)
21
MAY
5pm

Labor wins Australian Elections

The Australian Labor party has won a general election for the first time in almost a decade. Its leader, Anthony Albanese, told supporters he was humbled to be the next prime minister. We hear from the winners and losers.

Also on the programme, heavy fighting is taking place in and around the Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, as Russian forces step up efforts to seize the whole of the Luhansk region and we hear about LGBT rights in the nation of Qatar.

(Photo : Anthony Albanese's victory speech was met with rapturous applause from supporters; Credit: Reuters)
21
MAY
9am

Australian election: Millions vote for a new prime minister

Media projections in Australia indicate that the opposition Labor Party has defeated Prime Minister Scott Morrison's coalition in the general election and that Labor will form the country's next government, and that the Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, appears set to become the next prime minister of Australia.

Also: President Biden is in Seoul, in South Korea, on his first trip to Asia as president, and we go to Cuba where the Biden Administration announced this week that it was easing some sanctions and planned to increase consular services on the island.

(Photo: Anthony Albanese is set to become the nation’s first PM from a non Anglo-Celtic background. Credit: Reuters)
20
MAY
5pm

Ukraine regiment: defence of besieged steelworks has ended

The commander of Ukraine's Azov regiment says the evacuation of civilians and wounded soldiers from the steelworks in Mariupol has been completed - but what next for the fighters?

Also in the programme: More cases of monkeypox are reported in Europe. We'll hear from an adviser to the WHO - which met today to discuss the outbreak; and why have there been so many pitch invasions in English football this week?

(Photo: Service members of the Ukrainian armed forces, who surrendered at the besieged Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict, sit in a bus upon their arrival under escort of the pro-Russian military in the settlement of Olenivka in the Donetsk region, Ukraine May 20, 2022. Credit: Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko)
20
MAY
10am

Ukraine war: US warns Russia against food blockade

The Ukraine war turns from a conflict about land and about values into a worldwide warning that food may run short for millions.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, tells this programme about what she thinks can be done about it and how far the US prepared is to go.

Also in this edition of Newshour: we hear from a pro-democracy activist in Egypt now entering his eighth week of hunger strike; and the Irish artist whose sculpture of a mythical mischief-maker made all sorts of trouble for him.

(Photo shows US ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Credit: John Minchillo/Reuters)
19
MAY
5pm

Finland and Sweden to join NATO: Turkey objects

All thirty current NATO members have to approve membership for Sweden and Finland but one country - Turkey - is threatening to exercise its veto, accusing the two Nordic neighbours of harbouring Kurdish militants.

Also on the programme: the UN security council meets to discuss the global food shortage caused by the war in Ukraine; we hear from a Ukrainian farmer desperate to get his grain to market; and why the Dutch prime minister is in trouble for using an old Nokia phone.

(Photo: A member of the Norwegian army participates in a military exercise called "Cold Response 2022", gathering around 30,000 troops from NATO member countries as well as Finland and Sweden Credit: REUTERS/Yves Herman)
19
MAY
10am

UN warns Ukraine invasion could cause global food crisis

The United Nations Secretary General has warned that the war in Ukraine is increasing the risk of a global food shortage, and the possibility of mass hunger. At a UN summit in New York, António Guterres said the Russian invasion had compounded food insecurity, which had already been affected by rising temperatures and the pandemic. We speak to Matthew Hollingworth, Emergency Coordinator and Country Director in Ukraine for World Food Prog.

Also, we hear from a volunteer helping fellow Ukrainian women cope with their new lives in Poland.

Turkey says it will block Sweden and Finland joining NATO and accuses them of harbouring terrorists who threaten the Turkish state. We speak to an advisor to president Erdogan.

And a rare insight into Afghanistan's Ministry of Vice and Virtue.

(Photo credit: Getty Images)
18
MAY
6pm

Russian soldier pleads guilty to war crimes

In Ukraine's first war crimes trial, a Russian soldier has pleaded guilty to shooting dead an unarmed civilian. Our correspondent Sarah Rainsford was in court.

We also hear a rare voice from the Russian-controlled side of the frontline.

Also in the programme: the United States' football governing body agrees to equal pay for the men's and women's national teams.

(Image: Prosecutor Andviy Syniuk speaks to the media after a court hearing for the trial of Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin, who today pleaded guilty to shooting an unarmed civilian. Kyiv, Ukraine May 18, 2022 / Credit: Reuters / Edgar Su)
18
MAY
11am

Ukraine begins first war crimes trial

In the first war crimes trial in Ukraine, a Russian soldier has pleaded guilty to shooting dead a sixty-two year-old Ukrainian in the Sumy region. Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin faces life in prison.

Russia's defence ministry says nearly a-thousand Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.

The BBC has learned that secret schools are operating in Afghanistan to allow girls to continue their studies. The Taliban have refused to allow them to return to classrooms.

The head of the UN has called for a speedy transition to renewable energy after a new report showing the climate crisis accelerated last year -- breaking records for sea-levels, ocean heat and greenhouse gas concentrations.

(Photo: Vadim Shishimarin is a 21-year-old tank commander in the Russian armed forces. Credit: Reuters)
17
MAY
6pm

Uncertainty over fate of evacuated Azovstal fighters

Ukraine is working on the next stages of the operation to evacuate soldiers from the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol. We hear from the wife of a man who is still in the Azovstal plant, and from the former head of Ukraine's national security council.

Also on the programme: US President Joe Biden has condemned white supremacy as "a poison running through our body politic" during a visit to Buffalo, New York. Ten black people were killed at a supermarket in the city on Saturday in what is believed to be a racially motivated hate crime.

And we look at how rising energy prices are hitting businesses in Italy's industrial north.
(Picture: Smoke rises above a plant of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works in Mariupol, 02/05/2022, Reuters/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO)
17
MAY
10am

Mariupol soldiers evacuated

Ukraine's military says it's working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in Mariupol, after two-hundred and sixty-four defenders agreed to leave the Azovstal steel works and were taken to Russian-controlled territory. We hear from an advisor to the Ukrainian defence ministry, and get the latest news on the ground.

Also in the programme: a new exhibition on Feminine Power; and the global cost-of-living challenges.

(Photo: Russian service members stand guard on a road before the evacuation of wounded Ukrainian soldiers from Mariupol. CREDIT: REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

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