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Pope rules against married priests in the Amazon

The Catholic church will not allow married men in the Amazon region to become priests, after Pope Francis rejected the recommendations of a synod. We'll hear reaction from the rainforest region.

Also: as the head of the WHO says the coronavirus outbreak in China may no longer be accelerating' we hear from a volunteer healthworker in Wuhan; and the case of the four federal prosecutors who quit as their bosses at the department of justice overruled their tough sentencing recommendation for a former advisor of President Trump.

(Photo: Representatives of one of the Amazon rainforest's ethnic groups take part in Pope Francis' mass at the Vatican. Credit: TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty )

Turkey threatens to attack Syrian forces

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a stark warning to the Syrian regime threatening a rapid military response if any further damage is done to Turkish soldiers. We hear from Idlib and from the UN on the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

Also in the programme: a Wuhan volunteer on fighting Covid-19; and the Pope's decision on Amazon celibacy.

(Picture: Internally displaced Syrians from western Aleppo countryside, ride on a vehicle with belongings in Hazano near Idlib. Credit: Reuters)

Omar al-Bashir: Sudan agrees ex-president must face ICC

Sudan's rulers agree to hand over ex-President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court to face genocide and war crimes charges. We speak to a Sudan specialist and someone who fled violence in Darfur.

Also in the programme: The World Health Organisation gives the coronavirus a new name, and issues a new warning. And a piano virtuoso is mourning the loss of her "best friend" after movers dropped her grand piano.

(Picture: Sudan's ousted President Omar al-Bashir appears in court in Khartoum, Sudan on December 14, 2019. Credit: Mahmoud Hajaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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