Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.

Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.


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Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.




Hong Kong: Chinese ambassador warns UK over 'interference'

China has warned the UK not to interfere with Hong Kong following the imposition by Beijing of a sweeping new national security law. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming said the UK's offer of a path to citizenship for up to three million Hong Kongers amounted to "gross interference". Also in the programme: Bolivia's health minister tests positive for COVID-19; and we hear from Daryl Davis, a black musician and activist who for decades has been befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan and getting them to...


06/07/2020 13:06 GMT

Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.


Scientists claim that coronavirus is airborne

In an open letter due to be published this week, a group of scientists call for greater acknowledgement of the role of the airborne spread of Covid-19. Nobel Laureate Mario Molina, who endorses the letter, told Newshour that he believes that aerosols play a significant role in the transmission of the virus. Also in the programme: Who’s behind the growing list of Chechen dissident killings? And we report on US race relations during the legacy of the Obama era. (Photo: Man with mask in...


President Trump attacks 'radical left' in 4th July speech

President Trump has used his Independence Day address to renew his attack on those he says are seeking to erase American history. Also in the programme: The global reach of China's new Hong Kong security law; and we hear from an enthusiastic supporter of President Putin after he secured the possibility of another 16 years at Russia's helm. (Photo: President Donald Trump and first Lady Melania Trump at an event on the South Lawn of the White House on July 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. Credit:...


Coronavirus clouds US Independence Day events

In his Independence Day message to Americans, President Trump has claimed that the US is on its way to a 'tremendous victory' over Covid-19, despite all evidence suggesting otherwise. Also in the programme: Books by Hong Kong democracy advocates are disappearing from libraries after Beijing imposes a new national security law; and leading expert of Afghanistan Barney Rubin on whether the Taliban are really committed to peace. (Photo: US flag. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)


England eases lockdown

England has taken another significant step out of its coronavirus lockdown as pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopen. Also in the programme: How Covid-19 could have been avoided and how the Jewish community in Moscow is dealing with the pandemic (Photo: a group of friends give a toast in a pub with their drinks. Credit: PA Media)


Record Covid-19 cases in Florida

Miami-Dade County in Florida is imposing a curfew to stop a surge in coronavirus. Florida is among a number of Southern and Western states that have seen a sharp rise in positive cases of Covid-19. Also on the programme: Hong Kong's democracy activist Nathan Law explains why he fled the territory; and France returns the remains of twenty four Algerians who died fighting the colonial occupation. Picture: A health worker distributes bags with masks, sanitisers, and gloves to residence of the...


Jamal Khashoggi murder trial opens

Twenty Saudi nationals are being tried in absentia by a Turkish court, over the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. Also in the programme: An explosion at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility is claimed by an unknown group calling themselves 'Cheetahs of the Homeland'; and how coronavirus outbreaks could be detected early in sewage. Photo: A candlelit vigil is held for journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Credit: Reuters


Are reports Russia paid the Taleban to kll US troops 'fake news'?

US President Donald Trump has continued to play down allegations that Moscow paid the Afghan Taleban to kill US troops in Afghanistan. Also in the programme: how European police broke into a secret messaging service used by hundreds of criminals; and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is charged with procuring underage girls for the convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein. Photo: Armed Taliban in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, in June 2018. Credit: REUTERS


Coronavirus cases soar in the United States

As the US registers 50,000 new virus cases in a single day, we hear from the country's leading disease control expert, Anthony Fauci, and look at the psychology of facemasks. Also in the programme: Turkey struggles with the future of one of the world's great religious buildings, Hagia Sofia; the perils of jade mining in Myanmar; and we ask how many residents might leave Hong Kong as China tightens its control. (Picture: New York Public Library lion statues wear masks in COVID-19 awareness...


Hong Kong security law: how the world has responded

We look at the international response to the controversial security law imposed by China on Hong Kong, after criticism from the UK and US. Also in the programme: Why Israel's Prime Minister has postponed his big announcement on annexing the West Bank, and the unexplained deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana. (Picture: A couple hugs each other as police fire tear gas into the crowds to disperse anti-national security law protesters during a march at the anniversary of Hong Kong's...


Hong Kong: protesters arrested as security law comes into effect

Hundreds arrested under Hong Kong’s new security law imposed by Beijing, as crowds mark 23 years since the end of British rule. Newshour spoke to a pro-democracy and pro-Beijing lawmaker. Also in the programme: Millions of Russians are voting to reform their constitution, but was the result ever in doubt? And opera returns to Madrid after the Covid-19 lockdown. (Photo: Hong Kong national security law protest. Credit: EPA/Miguel Candela.)


Hong Kong security law: China passes controversial legislation

China has formally adopted a controversial security law, giving it new powers over Hong Kong and deepening fears for its freedoms. We speak to a pro-democracy legislator from the territory who says he's worried about even speaking to us. Also in the programme: We hear from a Nobel laureate economist who thinks it's time to turbo-charge testing for Covid-19, and deadly protests erupt after a prominent Ethiopian singer is killed. (Picture: Pro-China supporters display Chinese and Hong Kong...


Anger as China approves Hong Kong Security Law

The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has signed a controversial security law that will give the country new powers over Hong Kong. Also in the programme: Israel's threat to annexe the West Bank sowhere does it leave Palestinians? and the Belgian King expresses his "deepest regrets" for the crimes committed by his ancestor King Leopold in the former colony of Congo. (Photo: Opponents fear the law will curtail the right to protest. Credit: AFP)


Coronavirus: WHO chief warns 'worst is still to come'

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the world that the "worst is yet to come" in the Covid-19 pandemic. We focus on the impact on South America. Also in the programme: We'll hear from the researcher who says he has evidence that China is forcibly sterilising Uighur Muslim women, and the US Supreme Court strikes down a restrictive abortion law in Louisiana. (Picture: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Credit: EPA/Salvatore Di Nolfi)


Covid 19: 500,000 deaths worldwide

There is a concern that poorer countries are now seeing an increase in cases and the World Health Organisation’s special envoy for Covid-19 David Nabarro has urged for greater global cooperation and ‘total unity of purpose’ in order to tackle the virus. Also: four armed men launched a deadly attack on Pakistan’s stock exchange in Karachi, and children’s author, Michael Rosen, reflects on being given a 50/50 chance of survival after contracting the coronavirus. Photo: A woman puts a flower on...


Arizona doctor: "Everyone's feeling exhausted"

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world has passed the milestone of 10 million, according to Johns Hopkins University in the US. Infections continue to rise in several southern and western states in the US, mostly those that had eased restrictions. An ER doctor in Arizona tells us hospitals are struggling to cope with the surge of patients. Also in the programme: The huge cloud of dust being blown across the Atlantic from the Sahara; and the new president of Malawi,...


Lazarus Chakwera sworn in as Malawi president after historic win

The new president of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera, says his victory in a re-run poll meant that justice, democracy and the will of the people have been respected. Malawians, he said, had set an example to the world. Also in the programme: The case of George Floyd prompts demands in India for action over police brutality there; and one of Italy's greatest collections of Renaissance masterpieces ventures onto TikTok. (Photo: Lazarus Chakwera's political fortunes were revived by a court ruling that...


Florida sees new record in COVID-19 infections

Florida has recorded almost 10,000 new COVID-19 cases – a new record for the US state – as an increasing number of states count the human cost of trying to reopen their economies in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez, says people must now wear masks. Also in the programme: the opposition candidate in Malawi's presidential election is on course for a strong victory, a year after massive fraud denied him a win in the original vote; and record high...


India Covid-19 cases passes half a million

India's prime minister has defended his handling of the coronavirus crisis -- as the number of confirmed cases passes half a million.. Also in the programme: How a worsening of relations with Israel is affecting the health of Palestinians; and Ireland's new government brings together two old political foes. (Photo: Maharashtra state in India - testing centre. Credit: Getty Images)