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20181217

The BBC's Alastair Leithead tells us about his six week journey up the Congo River. He talks about the extraordinary diversity and history of the country, and what people are hoping for from the upcoming presidential election.

Also on the show: British Prime Minister Theresa May announces to the House of Commons that Parliament's delayed vote on her Brexit deal will be held the second week of January. She also rejected the idea of another referendum. And there’s a row between the human rights group Amnesty International and the Nigerian military over the extent to which the army is to blame for fuelling violence between farmers and herders in Nigeria. We’ll talk to our correspondent in Abuja to explain that story.

(Picture: Wagenia fishermen, Kisangani, Congo. Credit: Getty Images)

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20181218

Manchester United have sacked manager Jose Mourinho. We hear what the fans have to say.

Our tech reporter tells us about the former Nasa engineer who spent six months building a glitter bomb trap to trick thieves after some parcels were stolen from his doorstep!

And we hear why an actor from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is suing the creators of the video game Fornite.

(Photo: Jose Mourinho. Credit: Reuters)

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20181218

Manchester United have sacked manager Jose Mourinho. We hear what the fans have to say.

Our tech reporter tells us about the former Nasa engineer who spent six months building a glitter bomb trap to trick thieves after some parcels were stolen from his doorstep!

And we go to the US to hear about more than 600 million kilos of cheese, which have apparently been piling up in cold-storage warehouses across the country.

(Photo: Jose Mourinho. Credit: Reuters)

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20181219

Facebook is in spotlight again over its data privacy practises.According to the New York Times, Facebook has shared access to users's data with other tech firms, including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify and Yandex. The BBC's Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones explains the story.

We also go to Washington to check out media reports that US is preparing to withdraw all its troops from Syria.

And thousands of people have been using #ImAHorrorFan to defend the genre of horror movies after a film critic started a conversation about horror fans being sneered at. We bring together fans to give their views.

(Photo: Facebook logo Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

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20181219

US officials say that all two thousand American troops in Syria have begun pulling out of the country. We'll get our Middle East regional editor Alan Johnston to explain the US withdrawal.

Also today, Facebook is in spotlight again over its data privacy practises.According to the New York Times, Facebook has shared access to users's data with other tech firms, including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify and Yandex. The BBC's Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones explains the story.

And thousands of people have been using #ImAHorrorFan to defend the genre of horror movies after a film critic started a conversation about horror fans being sneered at. We bring together fans to give their views.

(Photo: US troops in Syria. Credit: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

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20181220

We reflect the reaction to President Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria. We use the expertise from BBC Arabic, BBC Persian and the BBC team in Turkey to help us understand the story. And we hear reaction in Uganda to President Museveni's criticism of the newly crowned Miss World Africa for "wearing Indian hair".

Picture: A convoy of US forces armoured vehicles drives near the village of Yalanli, on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij. - March 05, 2017
Picture credit: DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP)DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images

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20181221

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20181224

In Indonesia, the death toll has risen to at least 373 after parts of the West Java coast were hit by a tsunami on Saturday. The wave was triggered by the Anak Krakatoa volcano. We hear more from our correspondent at a hospital there.

Also, the former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been sent back to jail after a fresh corruption conviction. Our reporter has been outside the court.

And #UFC32 has been trending online today after the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced they are moving their mixed martial arts event from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. We hear from some unhappy fans who were planning to attend the fights.

(Photo: A local moves mud to clean his neighbourhood after a tsunami hit at Anyer in Banten, Indonesia. Credit: Antara Foto/Muhammad Adimaja/Reuters).

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20181224

In the United States the financial markets have opened down again following the worst week for American stocks in a decade. On Sunday, the US Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin held a series of telephone conversations with the chief executives of America's six largest banks as part of efforts to allay fears about the economy. Our reporter gives us the latest.

Also, in Indonesia the death toll has risen to at least 373 after parts of the West Java coast were hit by a tsunami on Saturday. The wave was triggered by the Anak Krakatoa volcano. We hear more from our correspondent at a hospital there.

And we go to Guatemala where the body of Jakelin Caal, a seven-year-old girl who died in custody at the US border, has been returned to her home town. We speak to a reporter at a memorial there.

(Photo: Traders work on the floor at the closing bell of the Dow Industrial Average at the New York Stock Exchange last week. Credit: Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images)

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20181225

Suicide bombers have attacked the foreign ministry in the Libyan capital Tripoli with gunfire and explosives. Three civilians are reported to have been killed. It's not yet clear who was behind the attack, but a senior security source has blamed it on Islamic State militants. We’ll hear from our Middle East Editor Alan Johnston.

Also on the show we have an update on the rescue operation in Indonesia after the Tsunami. And we hear the latest on Abbas Edalat a British professor who has returned to the UK after detention in Iran on security charges. We also look back on 2018 and discuss the global significance of the #MeToo movement.

(Picture: The scene of an attack outside the Libyan foreign ministry headquarters in the capital Tripoli. December 25 2018. Credit: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)

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20181225

Suicide bombers have attacked the foreign ministry in the Libyan capital, Tripoli with gunfire and explosives. Three civilians are reported to have been killed. It's not yet clear who was behind the attack, but a senior security source has blamed it on Islamic State militants. We’ll hear from our Middle East Editor Alan Johnston.

Also on the show we have an update on the rescue operation in Indonesia after the Tsunami. And as we look back at 2018 we hear from women about the impact the #MeToo movement has had globally.

(Picture: The scene of an attack outside the Libyan foreign ministry headquarters in the capital Tripoli. December 25th 2019. Credit: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)

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20181226

An eight-year-old boy from Guatemala has died in US government custody, the second migrant child to die in US detention this month. We'll go to Washington to talk about reaction.
Also today:
More about the Vietnamese tourists, who have gone missing during a holiday in Taiwan. Local media suggest that 152 Vietnamese may intend to work illegally in Taiwan.
A look back to the developments this year in the Korean Peninsula, with our Seoul correspondent Laura Bicker.
And we've teamed up with US partner station KQED in San Francisco examining how California sets trends in the US and across the world; today we’ll have a profile of the governor-elect Gavin Newsom.

(Photo: Central American migrants detained by US Border Patrol agents. Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

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20181227

Racism in football in Italy is again in the headlines. This time after rival fans directed “monkey chants” at Napoli’s Senegalese player Kalidou Koulibaly. Napoli’s manager said the referee repeatedly ignored his team’s request to stop the game. He says his team will stop playing next time. Koulibaly later tweeted: “I'm proud of the colour of my skin...”

And we chat through Kim Gittleson's business predictions for next year, as well as discussing the big money to be made in the make-up industry.

(Photo: Napoli"s Kalidou Koulibaly reacts as he is shown a red card by referee Paolo Mazzoleni. Credit: Reuters)

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20181228

The BBC Middle East correspondent Martin Patience explains the situation in Manbij, in northern Syria after Kurdish military controlling the area invited Syrian forces to retake the city.

Also today:
A father, who didn’t want his daughter to spend the Christmas holiday alone, booked himself on the flights across the US that she was working as a flight attendant.
And another report from our partner station KQED in the US; we’ll look back to the stories around Facebook in the year 2018.

(Photo: A Turkish-backed Syrian rebel rides on a truck at Manbij countryside. Credit: Khalil Asha/Reuters)

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20181228

We'll get the BBC Middle East correspondent Martin Patience to explain the situation in Manbij, in northern Syria after Kurdish military controlling the area invited Syrian forces to retake the city.

Also today:
We’ll find out why the Internet has been deliberately slowed down by the authorities in Bangladesh ahead of Sunday’s elections.
And another report from our partner station KQED in the US; we’ll look back to the stories around Facebook in the year 2018.

Photo: A Turkish-backed Syrian rebel rides on a truck at Manbij countryside. Credit: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters)

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20181231

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20190101

Following the referendum last year, abortion services are legally available in Ireland from today. We go to Ireland to find our more.

Also today:
A new controversial cyber law has come into effect today in Vietnam, and in Brazil a far-right former army captain will be sworn in as the new president.

(Photo: Demonstrators at The March for Choice in Dublin last year. Credit: Press Association)

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20190101

Following the referendum last year, abortion services are legally available in Ireland from today. We go to Ireland to find our more.
Also today:
A new controversial cyber law has come into effect today in Vietnam, and in Brazil a far-right former army captain will be sworn in as the new president.

(Photo: Demonstrators at The March for Choice in Dublin last year. Credit: Press Association)

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20190102

Six people have been killed and 16 injured in a train accident on the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark. Rail network officials said debris from a freight train - possibly a tarpaulin - hit a commuter train during a heavy storm, forcing it to brake suddenly. We speak to an eyewitness.

We also speak to our reporter in Washington in the United States, where former Republican US presidential candidate Mitt Romney says Donald Trump has caused dismay around the world.

And we go to Bangladesh, where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured her third consecutive term with a landslide victory in the national election. But as our reporter on the ground explains, the result is still disputed by some.

(Photo: Member of the Danish emergency services at the scene of train accident, 02 January 2019. Credit: EPA/MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN DENMARK OUT)

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20190102

Writing in the Washington Post, the former Republican US presidential candidate and incoming senator for Utah, Mitt Romney, has said that Donald Trump has caused dismay around the world. We hear from our reporter in Washington, as many are debating the timing of Mr Romney's article. With just two days to go before he is sworn in, many are speculating that he is positioning himself as a challenger to Mr Trump securing the Republican presidential nomination.

Also we get the latest from India where 15 miners have been trapped in an illegal mine in the country's northeast Meghalaya state for 19 days.

And earlier this week Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina secured her third consecutive term with a landslide victory in Bangladesh's national election. Our reporter in Dhaka reports on the mood of the country and the challenges that Mrs Hasina faces.

(Photo: President Trump and Mitt Romney on November 19, 2016. Credit: Don Emmert /AFP/Getty Images)

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20190103

Televisions, toys, furniture and hazardous chemicals have been washing up on islands in the Friesland province in the Netherlands, after containers fell off a cargo ship in the North Sea. A journalist describes the scene on the beach of the island of Terschelling where hundreds of people are taking part in the clean-up operation.
Also today: The lawmakers of the 116th US Congress will be sworn in today. We'll explain what's expected.
And Iran is planning to ban Instagram, extending the crackdown on social media. We’ll speak to the BBC Persian Service.
And stakes are high in the English Premier League game between Manchester City and Liverpool tonight. We’ll speak to fans on both sides.

(Photo: A person carries a flat-screen television set as others inspect a cargo container after it washed up on a beach in Terschelling, Netherlands Credit: Erik Scheer/REUTERS)

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20190103

Televisions, toys, furniture and hazardous chemicals have been washing up on islands in the Friesland province in the Netherlands, after containers fell off a cargo ship in the North Sea. A journalist describes the scene on the beach of the island of Terschelling where hundreds of people are taking part in the clean-up operation.
Also today: The lawmakers of the 116th US Congress will be sworn in today. We'll explain what's expected.
And Iran is planning to ban Instagram, extending the crackdown on social media. We’ll speak to the BBC Persian Service.
And stakes are high in the English Premier League game between Manchester City and Liverpool tonight. We’ll speak to fans on both sides.

(Photo: A person carries a flat-screen television set as others inspect a cargo container after it washed up on a beach in Terschelling, Netherlands Credit: Erik Scheer/REUTERS).

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20190104

Leading paediatricians say that there is little evidence that screen use for children is harmful, and that parents should worry less as long as they have considered the effect on their child. Also, we bring you the latest on the government shutdown in the United States as the House of Representatives votes to end it. We hear from a government worker who has been affected. And have you heard of Januhairy? It's a campaign encouraging women to grow their body hair. We speak to two people taking part.

(Photo: Child using a laptop computer. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

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20190115

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20190117

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20190122

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20190123

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20190124

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20190125

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20190128

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20190129

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20190130

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20190131

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20190201

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Algeria: Army chief demands removal of President20190326

After weeks of protests, the chief of staff of the Algerian army has said that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika should be declared unfit to rule the country. The President has already agreed not to stand for a fifth term in the upcoming elections, which have been delayed. We bring you the latest updates from the country. (Photo: Algeria"s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika gestures while talking with Army Chief of Staff General Ahmed Gaed Salah during a graduation ceremony of the 40th class of the trainee army officers at a Military Academy in Cherchell 90 km west of Algiers, Algeria June 27, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Ramzi Boudina)

The army chief of staff has said President Bouteflika should be declared unfit to rule

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Algeria: Army chief demands removal of President20190326

After weeks of protests, the chief of staff of the Algerian army has said that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika should be declared unfit to rule the country. The President has already agreed not to stand for a fifth term in the upcoming elections, which have been delayed. We bring you the latest updates from the country.

(Photo: Algeria"s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika gestures while talking with Army Chief of Staff General Ahmed Gaed Salah during a graduation ceremony of the 40th class of the trainee army officers at a Military Academy in Cherchell 90 km west of Algiers, Algeria June 27, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Ramzi Boudina)

The army chief of staff has said President Bouteflika should be declared unfit to rule

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Apple to unveil streaming service20190325

Tech giant Apple will be unveiling a big plan to move into TV, film and news subscriptions. We'll be bringing highlights of Apple's launch event.

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May rules out third vote on her Brexit deal on Tuesday. We'll get the latest on the process of Britain leaving the European Union.

President Donald Trump says he’s been completely exonerated in Special Counsel Robert Muller's report. We’ll be watching the reaction in Capitol Hill and in the media across the country.

(Photo: A greeter welcomes attendees to a launch event at Apple headquarters in California. Credit: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images)

Apple is expected to announce plans for a new television and film service.

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Bogot\u00e1 blast: Deadly 'car bomb' rocks Colombia capital20190117

A large explosion has killed at least eight people in the Colombian capital, Bogotá, the country's defence ministry says. The blast happened outside a school for police cadets in the south of the city. Thirty-eight people were reportedly injured in the blast which happened at 09:30 local time (14:30 GMT). We speak to our South America correspondent to hear the latest updates.

Here in the UK, a state school in one of the poorest boroughs in London has secured offers to study at either Oxford or Cambridge for 41 of their students this year. But how have they achieved this?

And, Saudi Arabia play Qatar in the football Asian cup, we will speak to fans on both sides as the match happens.

A large explosion has killed at least eight people in the Colombian capital

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Brexit deal rejected again20190329

MPs have rejected Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement on the day the UK was due to leave the EU. The government lost by 344 votes to 286, a majority of 58. Will this mean Britain leaves the EU on the 12th April? Or will there be a long delay to the Britain's exit? We are broadcasting from the heart of Westminster, bringing you analysis and reaction.

Also, we go back to Mozambique to hear from a local journalist about the recovery efforts after Cyclone Idai.

And, our correspondent Aleem Maqbool speaks about his recent reporting in Syria on the Islamic State group.

(Photo: Theresa May. Credit: AFP/Mark Duffy/UK Parliament)

UK MPs have rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's EU withdrawal agreement

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Brexit deal rejected again20190329

MPs have rejected Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement on the day the UK was due to leave the EU. The government lost by 344 votes to 286, a majority of 58. Will this mean Britain leaves the EU on the 12th April? Or will there be a long delay to the Britain's exit? We are broadcasting from the heart of Westminster, bringing you analysis and reaction.

Also, we go back to Mozambique to hear from a local journalist about the recovery efforts after Cyclone Idai.

And, our correspondent Aleem Maqbool speaks about his recent reporting in Syria on the Islamic State group.

(Photo: Theresa May. Credit: EPA/UK Parliamentary Recording Unit)

UK MPs have rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's EU withdrawal agreement

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Brexit Vote Delayed20181210

British Prime Minister Theresa May delays Tuesday's crucial vote on her Brexit deal. She was facing the prospect of defeat. The decision is being described as "historic" by political commentators. Her deal has been agreed with the EU - but it needs to be backed by the UK Parliament if it is to become law. The UK is proposing to leave the European Union in March next year. So what is going to happen now? We are broadcasting live from outside the Parliament in London.

(Picture: British PM Theresa May making a statement in the House of Commons. Monday Dec 10, 2018. Credit: Parbul/PA)

British PM May delays Brexit vote. We're broadcasting live from outside the Parliament.

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Brexit: MPs debate way forward20190327

Members of Parliament in the UK are voting today for their preferred Brexit options, to try to clarify the country's approach to leaving the European Union. They'll vote on a number of alternatives, marking on a paper "yes" or "no" to each.

Also, the latest from Mozambique where officials are battling to contain diseases such as cholera in the wake of Cyclone Idai.

And we hear the conversation around the outbreak of measles in the US, as a New York county bans unvaccinated minors from public areas.

(Photo: Protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Credit: Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

MPs in the UK are voting for their preferred Brexit options

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British PM Facing No Confidence Vote20181212

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on her colleagues to support her in today's confidence vote in her leadership, saying removing her could stop Brexit. Nuala McGovern will be broadcasting from outside the British Parliament, with people inside and outside the politics giving their views on the political chaos in the country. We'll also ask what is going to happen to Brexit now.
And Ben James is the BBC Newsroom in London keeping across the day’s other global developments including the shootings in Strasbourg in France and also the Brazilian city of Campinas. We also go live to the US where the sentencing of President Trump's long-serving lawyer, Michael Cohen, is expected to take place.
(Photo: Nuala McGovern outside the British Parliament)

The British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing confidence vote in her leadership.

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British PM Facing No Confidence Vote20181212

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on her colleagues to support her in today's confidence vote in her leadership, saying removing her could stop Brexit. Nuala McGovern will be broadcasting from outside the British Parliament, with people inside and outside the politics giving their views on the political chaos in the country. We'll also ask what is going to happen to Brexit now.
And Ben James is the BBC Newsroom in London keeping across the day’s other global developments including the shootings in Strasbourg in France and also the Brazilian city of Campinas. We also go live to the US where the sentencing of President Trump's long-serving lawyer, Michael Cohen, is expected to take place.

(Photo: Nuala McGovern outside the British Parliament)

The British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing confidence vote in her leadership.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Campaign for Fortnite Servers in Middle East20190107

Fortnite fans in the Middle East are asking its creator to add servers for fans to connect to in the region. We speak to Alaa in Bahrain, who's got 2.9 million YouTube subscribers. His tweets about the servers have tens of thousands of retweets.

Also today:
Hollywood star Kevin Spacey has been making a court appearance, he's facing charges of indecent assault and battery.
And we'll hear about a current “me too” experience in Croatia. Women are sharing stories of painful gynaecological procedures and abusive treatment during pregnancy and childbirth. It’s being called “obstetric violence”.

(Photo: Epic Games Credit: Fortnite Game publicity handout: Battle Royale version screenshot)

#FortniteMiddleEastServers, campaign by Fortnite users in the Middle East, goes viral.

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Captured Ukrainian sailors shown on Russia TV20181127

The latest on the Ukraine-Russia sea clash, as Russia's secret service releases statements by the three captured Ukrainians. One of the men says he was aware of the "provocative nature" of the Ukrainian action. But Ukraine's navy commanders says the men were forced to lie under duress. Also, some stories that are being talked about on Chinese social media - including one on an award-winning photographer who's disappeared in the Xinjiang province. And we reflect on the first 100 days in office of Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan.

(Photo: Sr Lt Andrei Drach of the Main Military Counterintelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Security Service. Credit: TASS\TASS via Getty Images)

It's after Russian ships seized Ukrainian boats off the coast of Russian-annexed Crimea

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Climate Change: OS Answers Your Questions20181203

Heads of states are meeting in Katowice, Poland in what is being described as the most critical meeting on climate change since the 2015 Paris agreement. OS will answer questions from people across the world about climate change and what is being done to combat it. Also on the show, we hear the thoughts of people in Nigeria about rumors of their President being replaced with a body double. And we speak to a journalist in Australia who was asked to leave the parliament after she was deemed to be showing “too much skin”.

(Photo: An industrial scene in England. Credit: BBC)

OS answers questions on what is described as the 'greatest threat in thousands of years'

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Cohen Says President Trump Knew Hush Money Was Wrong20181214

US President Donald Trump's former lawyer insists Mr Trump knew making hush money payments during the 2016 presidential campaign was wrong. Michael Cohen was sentenced to prison for campaign finance and fraud crimes. Mr Trump has denied asking Michael Cohen to break the law. We'll go live to our Washington reporter.

Also: Our audience has been voting in the BBC African Footballer of the Year competition and we'll be announcing the winner this hour.

And, we hear from people with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumours to grow along nerves.

(Photo: Michael Cohen Credit: Jeenah Moon/Reuters)

President Trump's former lawyer says the US leader knew it was wrong to pay hush money.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Containers Wash Up on Dutch Beaches20190103

Televisions, toys, furniture and hazardous chemicals have been washing up on islands in the Friesland province in the Netherlands, after containers fell off a cargo ship in the North Sea. A journalist describes the scene on the beach of the island of Terschelling where hundreds of people are taking part in the clean-up operation.
Also today: The lawmakers of the 116th US Congress will be sworn in today. We'll explain what's expected.
And Iran is planning to ban Instagram, extending the crackdown on social media. We’ll speak to the BBC Persian Service.
And stakes are high in the English Premier League game between Manchester City and Liverpool tonight. We’ll speak to fans on both sides.

(Photo: A person carries a flat-screen television set as others inspect a cargo container after it washed up on a beach in Terschelling, Netherlands Credit: Erik Scheer/REUTERS)

Dozens of containers have washed up on Dutch beaches.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Containers Wash Up on Dutch Beaches20190103

Televisions, toys, furniture and hazardous chemicals have been washing up on islands in the Friesland province in the Netherlands, after containers fell off a cargo ship in the North Sea. A journalist describes the scene on the beach of the island of Terschelling where hundreds of people are taking part in the clean-up operation.
Also today: The lawmakers of the 116th US Congress will be sworn in today. We'll explain what's expected.
And Iran is planning to ban Instagram, extending the crackdown on social media. We’ll speak to the BBC Persian Service.
And stakes are high in the English Premier League game between Manchester City and Liverpool tonight. We’ll speak to fans on both sides.

(Photo: A person carries a flat-screen television set as others inspect a cargo container after it washed up on a beach in Terschelling, Netherlands Credit: Erik Scheer/REUTERS).

Dozens of containers have washed up on Dutch beaches.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Cyclone Idai: Threat of waterborne disease20190328

Thousands of people in Beira, Mozambique, are now being treated for diarrhoea following the cyclone. It's an early symptom of cholera - the deadly waterborne disease - which experts on the ground have been warning about.

Also, at least 19 people have been killed in a huge blaze in a high-rise building in an upmarket commercial area of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

And we go back to Brexit, Britain's exit from the European Union. MPs will vote again on Friday but it is not clear whether it will be another "meaningful vote" on the PM's withdrawal deal. Our reporter brings us up to date.

(Photo: Village of Buzi in the province of Sofala, central Mozambique, 28 March 2019. Credit: EPA / Tiago Petinga)

Thousands in Beira, Mozambique, are being treated for diarrhoea after the cyclone

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Cyclone Idai: Threat of waterborne disease20190328

Thousands of people in Beira, Mozambique, are now being treated for diarrhoea following the cyclone. It's an early symptom of cholera - the deadly waterborne disease - which experts on the ground have been warning about.

Also, at least 19 people have been killed in a huge blaze in a high-rise building in an upmarket commercial area of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

And we go back to Brexit, Britain's exit from the European Union. MPs will vote again on Friday but it is not clear whether it will be another "meaningful vote" on the PM's withdrawal deal. Our reporter brings us up to date.

(Photo: People at the harbour of the village of Buzi carrying supplies from the city of Beira, Mozambique, 28 March 2019. Credit: EPA / Tiago Petinga)

Thousands in Beira, Mozambique, are being treated for diarrhoea after the cyclone

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

'Hair Dye Did This To Me'20181128

Estelle, a 19-year old woman from Paris was rushed to hospital after her face swelled dramatically with allergic reaction to hair dye.
Also today: More on the Chinese scientist's claim that he's created the world's first genetically edited babies. Much of the reaction has been negative with people describing Professor He Jiankui's experiment “monstrous”, “crazy”, and “unethical”. The BBC's Health and Science correspondent James Gallagher is with us to talk us through some of the issues and answer questions.
And we continue to follow the story of the confrontation at sea between Ukraine and Russia and hear what Ukrainians are saying in the areas in which martial law has been declared.

(Photo: Estelle Credit: Estelle)

A French woman talks about her allergic reaction after using hair dye.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Health Benefits of Eating More Fibre20190111

A major study has been investigating how much fibre we really need to be eating and found there are huge health benefits. Our Health Correspondent James Gallagher explains the findings.

Also today:
We speak to Jeremy Kappell, the weatherman in the US, who was sacked for using racial slur on air. And, the South African rapper and presenter Nomuzi Mabena has left social media users in the country very confused after she allegedly crashed her car whilst live streaming on Instagram. Also, the BBC's Mike Thomson talks about his reporting from Libya and Niger on people trafficking.

(Photo: Whole wheat bread Credit: Getty Creative)

A new study finds that high fibre diet cuts hear disease risk.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Health Benefits of Eating More Fibre20190111

A major study has been investigating how much fibre we really need to be eating and found there are huge health benefits. Our Health Correspondent James Gallagher explains the findings.

Also today:
We speak to Jeremy Kappell, the weatherman in the US, who was sacked for using racial slur on air.
And, the South African rapper and presenter Nomuzi Mabena has left social media users in the country very confused after she allegedly crashed her car whilst live streaming on Instagram.
Also, the BBC's Mike Thomson talks about his reporting from Libya and Niger on people trafficking.

(Photo: Whole wheat bread Credit: Getty Creative)

A new study finds that high fibre diet cuts hear disease risk.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

How The Killing of Women Is Reported Worldwide20181126

The home is the most likely place for a woman to be killed, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. We hear about some of these deaths and how the killings are reported in different parts of the world.

The Ukrainian parliament is meeting today to decide whether to declare martial law in response to Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian navy ships in the Kerch Strait. We'll get the latest.

And Argentinian football fans reflect on the future for Boca Juniors and River Plate after violence saw the postponement of a crucial game between the two sides.

(Photo: Protestors dressed in white carry placards as they take part in a demonstration in Lyon marking the International Day for the Elimination of violence against Women 2018. Credit: JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

137 women across the world are killed by a partner or family member every day.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Ireland Introduces Abortion Services20190101

Following the referendum last year, abortion services are legally available in Ireland from today. We go to Ireland to find our more.

Also today:
A new controversial cyber law has come into effect today in Vietnam, and in Brazil a far-right former army captain will be sworn in as the new president.

(Photo: Demonstrators at The March for Choice in Dublin last year. Credit: Press Association)

Abortion services are now legally available in Ireland.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Ireland Introduces Abortion Services20190101

Following the referendum last year, abortion services are legally available in Ireland from today. We go to Ireland to find our more.
Also today:
A new controversial cyber law has come into effect today in Vietnam, and in Brazil a far-right former army captain will be sworn in as the new president.

(Photo: Demonstrators at The March for Choice in Dublin last year. Credit: Press Association)

Abortion Services are now legally available in Ireland.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Is Screen Time Bad for Children?20190104

Leading paediatricians say that there is little evidence that screen use for children is harmful, and that parents should worry less as long as they have considered the effect on their child. Also, we bring you the latest on the government shutdown in the United States as the House of Representatives votes to end it. We hear from a government worker who has been affected. And have you heard of Januhairy? It's a campaign encouraging women to grow their body hair. We speak to two people taking part.

(Photo: Child using a laptop computer. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Doctors say there's no good evidence that screen time is "toxic" to health

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Kenya: Nairobi Hotel Attack Over20190116

The siege of a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi has come to an end after 19 hours and several people killed. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that all of the attackers have been "eliminated".We hear the latest from Nairobi, the thoughts of people from across Kenya, and discuss the media's coverage of the attack.

Also, we'll be live from outside the British Parliament, where MPs are debating on a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Theresa May and the government. This is after her Brexit plan was defeated yesterday.

(Photo: Nairobi Dusit hotel attack 15/01/2019. Credit: Reuters)

The fatal attack on a hotel and office complex in Nairobi has ended after 19 hours

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Kevin Hart Quits as Oscars Host20181207

US comedian and actor Kevin Hart says he will now not host the 2019 Oscars. The decision follows controversy over his homophobic tweets. We look at the discussion over whether he should have stepped down or not. Also, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has given an emotional farewell speech to her ruling Christian Democrats (CDU), as she steps down as party leader. She was speaking at a special party conference to elect her successor. We hear from our correspondent there. And the BBC World Service's UK political correspondent, Rob Watson, answers questions from around the world on Brexit.

(Photo: Kevin Hart attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards in August. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

The US comedian stepped down after controversy over his homophobic tweets

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Kevin Spacey in Court20190107

Actor Kevin Spacey is appearing in a Massachusetts court to face a criminal charge that he sexually assaulted an 18-year-old male at a bar in Nantucket. He's expected to plead not guilty. We’ll reflect on the massive media presence off the coast of Massachusetts.

Also today:
We’re reaching out to people in Gabon after an attempted military coup.
And we'll hear about a current “me too” experience in Croatia. Women are sharing stories of painful gynaecological procedures and abusive treatment during pregnancy and childbirth. It’s being called “obstetric violence”.

(Photo: Actor Kevin Spacey arrives to face a sexual assault charge at Nantucket District Court in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Credit Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Actor Kevin Spacey is facing criminal charges.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Life After a Kidney Transplant20181211

US actress Sarah Hyland, known for her role in the sitcom 'Modern Family' has spoken out about the struggles of having to undergo two kidney transplants. She says that having the operations left her "contemplating suicide". We'll speak to people who can relate to her story.

Also, we'll bring you live coverage of the 6-hour spacewalk taking place on the outside of the International Space Station, to determine what caused a hole in the Soyuz capsule.

And, as Theresa May meets European leaders in a bid to rescue her Brexit deal, we'll have the latest news and expertise from the BBC's correspondents.

(Photo: Sarah Hyland on 15/09/18. Credit: Getty Images)

What's it like living with a chronic illness?

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Life as a young woman in Saudi Arabia20190108

The story of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunu has been widely discussed on social media. The 18-year-old Saudi woman is in Thailand trying to claim asylum. She says she fears her family would kill her after she renounced Islam. We hear from young women in Saudi Arabia about life in the kingdom.

Also, a French writer is being criticised after saying he would be 'incapable' of loving a woman aged 50 or above, despite being 50 himself. How do people over 50 feel about this?

And we get a detailed insight into life in the Central African Republic.

(Photo: Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun with Thai immigration authorities at a hotel inside Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. CREDIT: Thailand Immigration Police via Reuters)

After the story of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, we hear women's stories from Saudi Arabia

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

May Goes Back To EU20181213

The UK leader Theresa May is at a European Union summit in Brussels, a day after surviving a vote of no confidence vote from her own party. She is seeking changes to the Brexit withdrawal deal. We hear from our correspondents around Europe on how she is being received.

Also we go to Sweden where Yemen Peace talks are beginning achieve results, with news that the warring parties in the country have agreed to a ceasefire for the port city of Hudaydah, principal lifeline for two-thirds of the country.

And we find out who are the latest inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

(Photo: Theresa May at European Union summit. Credit: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP)

The UK leader Theresa May is back in Brussels, a day after surviving a confidence vote

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Mexico To Deport Group Who Stormed US Border20181126

Mexico's interior ministry says it is planning to deport Central American migrants who attempted to cross the US border "illegally" on Sunday. US border officers used tear gas to try and prevent them crossing. We hear the latest from the US/Mexico border.

The president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko has proposed a decree declaring martial law in the country. The announcement is in response to Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian navy ships and twenty-three crew members in the Kerch Strait on Sunday. We'll get an update.

And Argentinian football fans reflect on the future for Boca Juniors and River Plate after violence saw the postponement of a crucial game between the two sides.

(Photo: A migrant girl who is part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, plays in a temporary shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. Credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

US officials have arrested 42 people who managed to cross the US border on Sunday.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Migrant Girl Dies After Crossing Mexico-US Border20181214

US media reports that a seven-year-old girl, who had crossed illegally the Mexico-US border, has died of dehydration and shock. The Guatemalan girl was part of the group of migrants who say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence in their home countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. We are connecting with one of the reporters travelling with migrants.

Also today, the closing session of the climate conference in Poland is taking place, and we have gathered audience questions to put to one of the BBC environment correspondents there.

And, we hear from people with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumours to grow along their nerves.

(Photo: Central American migrants taken into custody by US border patrol officers. Credit: Guillermo Arias /AFP/Getty Images)

More on the death of a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl in custody in the US.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Nervy Final Day in Chess World Championship20181128

We'll go live to the final series of Chess World Championship in London. After 12 draws in 12 regular games, Fabiano Caruana and Magnus Carlsen are in the middle of nervy tie-breakers. The ultimate decider could be the sudden death game called Armageddon. We hear from chess fans across the world who are following the event.
Also, the Bank of England has warned that a no deal Brexit could send the pound plunging and trigger a worse recession than the financial crisis. We'll hear more from our Economics correspondent Andrew Walker.
And we continue to follow the story of the confrontation at sea between Ukraine and Russia and hear what Ukrainians are saying in the areas in which martial law has been declared

(Photo: Fabiano Caruana and Magnus Carlsen. Credit: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images)

The World Chess Championship is being decided in a series of fast-paced tie-breakers.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Norway Businessman's Wife Kidnapped20190109

Police in Norway have confirmed that they're treating the disappearance of a woman who's married to one of Norway's richest men as a case of kidnapping.
Also today:
We continue speaking to Saudi women and today we hear from two sisters who have had a dramatic escape from Saudi-Arabia.
We also speak to a Florida student who says she’s being unfairly accused of cheating on the SAT.
And John Travolta’s decision to ditch his wig has been getting a lot attention on social media. Men, who have been losing hair, talk about their solutions.

(Photo: An undated police handout shows Norwegian Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, who is the wife of real estate investor Tom Hagen Credit: NTB Scanpix/via Reuters)

The wife of a multi- millionaire in Norway has been kidnapped.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Online scammers targeting 'sextortion' victims20181129

Sextortion is demanding money from someone with the threat of releasing their online pornography viewing habits. Thousands of people all over the world have been receiving these emails from online scammers. These are different from normal scam emails because they often include a hacked password as part of the message. We speak to a BBC reporter who was targeted by one of these scams, and someone who took their sextortion case to the police.

We also hear the latest on the protests in India, where tens of thousands of farmers are marching to Delhi to demand the government discuss the agriculture crisis.

And the United Nations has put reggae music on its list of global intangible cultural treasures. We speak to a reggae enthusiast who is working to preserve sound system culture.

(Photo: Man at computer. Credit: Getty Images.)

Two people share their experiences of being targeted by sextortion scammers online

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Opposition Victory in DR Congo Election20190110

We are joining with our sister show Focus on Africa for a simulcast programme. We’ll bring together their audience in Africa and our audiences around the world to paint the latest pictures from the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is after the announcement of the winner of the presidential election prompted increased tension and much criticism.

(Photo: Supporters of DR Congo' s opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi. Credit:EPA/Kinsella Cunningh)

Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi has won DR Congo's presidential election

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

OS Brexit Debate Tour: Grimsby20181205

As the UK parliament debates on whether to approve the plan to leave the European Union, OS is travelling around the UK talking to voters. Today Nuala McGovern is with people in what was once the busiest fishing port in the world. It was one of the areas of the UK that voted overwhelmingly for Britain to leave the European Union, but do voters still stand by their decision? We hear their thoughts on the latest stage of the Brexit process, and how Theresa May's deal compares to what they envisioned two years ago when the referendum took place.

Also, we bring you coverage of former US President George HW Bush's funeral live from Washington, where five current and former leaders of the United States will pay their respects.

(Photo: Nuala in Grimsby's fish market)

We'll be live in Grimsby on England's east coast to discuss the Brexit plan

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

OS Brexit Debate Tour: Northern Ireland20181206

As the UK parliament debates on whether to approve the plan to leave the European Union, OS is travelling around the UK talking to voters. Today Ben James is in Coleraine, Northern Ireland with people who live near the UK-Irish border. The majority of people here voted to remain in the European Union two years ago and the issue of the border has become crucial in the negotiations. We will be asking them what they think of Theresa May's deal and what it could mean for them.

Also, we hear the latest from France where President Macron has dropped the rise in fuel taxes which have caused unrest throughout the country.

(Photo: OS broadcasting from Coleraine, Northern Ireland)

We'll be live in Northern Ireland near the UK-Irish border to discuss the Brexit plan

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

OS Brexit Debate Tour: Redditch20181204

As the UK parliament debates on whether to approve the plan to leave the European Union, OS is travelling around the UK talking to voters. Today Ben James is with business owners in Britain's former industrial heartland, West Midlands. How do they see things now - do they want their MP to back the government's deal?
Also today: BBC investigation into claims about a secret torture and detention sites run by security officials in Burundi. The government has always denied any human rights violations, and declined to comment for this.
And, the International Association of Athletics Federation has voted to keep the ban on Russian athletes. Our sports reporter Alex Capstick explains the decision.

(Photo: Stuart Freeman, who runs a fruit and veg business in Redditch)

We'll be live in Redditch in England's West Midlands to discuss the Brexit plan.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

OS Brexit Debate Tour: Redditch20181204

As the UK parliament debates on whether to approve the plan to leave the European Union, OS is travelling around the UK talking to voters. Today Ben James is with business owners in Britain's former industrial heartland, West Midlands. How do they see things now - do they want their MP to back the government's deal?
We also continue following the fuel tax protests in France. The government has been forced to suspend the controversial fuel tax rise but has the protest movement now transformed into wider discontent? We'll speak to a protester in the east of Paris.

(Photo: OS broadcasting from Redditch).

We'll be live in Redditch in England's West Midlands to discuss the Brexit plan.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Protests Continue in Sudan20190118

A doctor and a 16-year-old boy have been killed in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, amid demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir. We hear from protesters.

Also, the latest on a report from Buzzfeed News that claims US President Donald Trump directed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

And should older people be allowed to drive? That's a conversation happening online, after the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip - who is 97 years old - was involved in a car accident. He was uninjured. We speak to two older drivers to get their views.

(Photo: Anti-government protest in Sudan today. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Doctor and teen 'shot dead' during clashes

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Protests in Zimbabwe20190114

We are speaking to a protester in Zimbabwe, who's taking part in demonstrations against the fuel prices. People have been using burning tyres and large stones to block main roads. In some cities police have clashed with demonstrators.

Also today:
We go to Spain, where a rescue mission is underway to try to save a 2-year old boy, who fell down a 100 meter deep well in the countryside near Malaga.
We also speak to a US bus driver, who rescued a toddler wandering outside in freezing cold.
And two Finnish men, who did not fancy online dating, decided to put up posters with pictures and tear off paper tags with contact numbers around the their home town. But did they find love?

(Photo: A protester in Zimbabwe Credit: Jekesai Nikizana/AFP/Getty Images)

Protests are taking place across Zimbabwe after doubling the price of fuel.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Protests in Zimbabwe20190114

We hear from people in Zimbabwe where protests are taking place across the country. Demonstrators have been using burning tyres and large stones to block main roads, and in some cities police have clashed with demonstrators.
Also today:
The mayor of the Polish city Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz, has died in hospital a day after being stabbed at a charity event. He was attacked on stage in front of hundreds of people. We speak to someone from Gdansk, who knew Mr Adamowicz.
We also hear from a US bus driver, who rescued a toddler wandering outside in freezing cold.
And two Finnish men, who did not fancy online dating, decided to put up posters with pictures and tear off paper tags with contact numbers around the their home town. But did they find love?

(Photo: A protester in Zimbabwe Credit: Jekesai Nikizana/AFP/Getty Images)

Protests are taking place across Zimbabwe after doubling of fuel prices.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Romney Launches Scathing Attack on Trump20190102

Writing in the Washington Post, the former Republican US presidential candidate and incoming senator for Utah, Mitt Romney, has said that Donald Trump has caused dismay around the world. We hear from our reporter in Washington, as many are debating the timing of Mr Romney's article. With just two days to go before he is sworn in, many are speculating that he is positioning himself as a challenger to Mr Trump securing the Republican presidential nomination.

Also we get the latest from India where 15 miners have been trapped in an illegal mine in the country's northeast Meghalaya state for 19 days.

And earlier this week Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina secured her third consecutive term with a landslide victory in Bangladesh's national election. Our reporter in Dhaka reports on the mood of the country and the challenges that Mrs Hasina faces.

(Photo: President Trump and Mitt Romney on November 19, 2016. Credit: Don Emmert /AFP/Getty Images)

Incoming Utah senator Mitt Romney says Donald Trump has caused dismay around the world.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Saudi Sisters' Dramatic Journey to Canada20190109

We continue speaking to Saudi women and today we hear from Salwa who- together with her sister- have had a dramatic journey from Saudi-Arabia to Canada.
Also today:
John Travolta’s decision to ditch his wig has been getting a lot attention on social media. Men, who have been losing hair, talk about their solutions.
Police in Norway have confirmed that they're treating the disappearance of a woman who's married to one of Norway's richest men as a case of kidnapping.
We also speak to a Florida student who says she’s being unfairly accused of cheating on the SAT.

(Photo: Salwa Credit: Salwa)

Saudi sisters who fled to Canada.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Train Crash in Denmark20190102

Six people have been killed and 16 injured in a train accident on the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark. Rail network officials said debris from a freight train - possibly a tarpaulin - hit a commuter train during a heavy storm, forcing it to brake suddenly. We speak to an eyewitness.

We also speak to our reporter in Washington in the United States, where former Republican US presidential candidate Mitt Romney says Donald Trump has caused dismay around the world.

And we go to Bangladesh, where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured her third consecutive term with a landslide victory in the national election. But as our reporter on the ground explains, the result is still disputed by some.

(Photo: Member of the Danish emergency services at the scene of train accident, 02 January 2019. Credit: EPA/MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN DENMARK OUT)

Six people have been killed in a train accident on the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Trump signs order recognising Golan Heights as Israeli20190325

President Donald Trump has signed a decree recognising Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights which were captured from Syria in 1967. We speak to our correspondent in Jerusalem who also has an update on the Israeli military attack on Gaza strip.

The two rival camps contesting Thailand's first election since the military coup five years ago have both said they are trying to form a coalition government. Results so far show no clear winner. We reached out to voters in Thailand for their reaction.

And with sales of its iPhones down, Apple is hoping to go big by venturing into the video streaming business. Our tech reporter Dave Lee previews today's special launch event in California.

(Photo: U.S. President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold up a proclamation recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Credit: Leah Millis/Reuters)

President Trump has officially recognised Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Turkey Train Crash20181213

We hear the latest from the Turkish capital Ankara where a crash involving a high-speed train has killed at least nine people and injured 47. Reports quoting local officials said the high-speed train had collided with another train, then an overpass.

Also we go to Sweden where Yemen Peace talks are beginning achieve results, with news that the warring parties in the country have agreed to a ceasefire for the port city of Hudaydah, principal lifeline for two-thirds of the country.

And the UK leader Theresa May is at a European Union summit in Brussels, a day after surviving a vote of no confidence vote from her own party. But where does this leave the Brexit withdrawal agreement?

(Photo: Wreckage after a high speed train crash in Ankara, Turkey December 13, 2018. Credit: REUTERS/Tumay Berkin)

We hear the latest from Ankara where nine people have been killed and 47 injured

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

UK Leader Addresses Parliament About Brexit20190121

EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels have said it's up to Britain to decide what it wants to do next about Brexit, as the British prime minister Theresa May address the UK parliament again. She said she would have further discussions with Northern Ireland's DUP and others on their concerns about the Irish backstop. We speak to our correspondent in Westminster about the latest developments.

Also we hear from the capital of Zimbabwe, where the country's opposition says its members have been victims of a brutal crackdown in response to violent protests against a sharp rise in the price of fuel.

And when a woman in New York was told she could no longer sit at the bar to eat in her favourite restaurant because she might be mistaken for an escort, it sparked a debate online. We hear a conversation of women discussing their own experiences.

(Photo: British Prime Minister Theresa May on December 20, 2018. Credit:WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prime minister Theresa May is trying to persuade MPs to back her EU withdrawal deal

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Upset Over Netflix's 'Roma' Subtitles20190110

Netflix's decision to subtitle the Mexican film "Roma" in Castilian Spanish - that is, Spanish as it is spoken in Europe - has become a big talking point among Spanish speakers around the globe. Netflix have now chosen to drop the Castilian Spanish translation. We'll explain the controversy.
Also today:
Election officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi has won the country's presidential election.
And reaction to Mike Pompeo’s speech in Egypt.

(Photo: Mexican film director Alfonso Cuaron. Credit: Mario Guzman/EPA)

"Roma" director condemns the subtitles in Castilian Spanish for his film.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Will British PM Survive Leadership Challenge?20181212

Nuala McGovern is broadcasting from outside the British Parliament as the British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a vote of confidence. The vote is a secret ballot, where all 315 Conservative MPS say if they support Theresa May. To win, she needs to secure 158 votes –that’s made up of a total of half of her MPs, plus one. If that happens she will be immune from another challenge for one year. But if she loses there will be a leadership contest and she will be barred from standing. Our BBC experts and those inside and outside the politics will be giving their views of the political drama in the country.

(Theresa May speaking to MPs. Credit: HO/various sources/AFP/Getty Images)

Secret Ballot on the British Prime Minister's leadership is taking place.

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Women Book Smear Tests After Rebekah Vardy Instagram Post20181130

A photo shared by Rebekah Vardy - the wife of Leicester City and England footballer Jamie Vardy - waiting to have a smear test has prompted women to book their own screenings, a charity in the UK has said. But Mrs Vardy was also trolled by some Instagram users who said there was "too much on show" and that "some things are best left private". We discuss with women from different parts of the world - including a doctor in Nigeria who carries out smear tests. Also, more about the hack on hotel group Marriott International that's affected 500 million customers. And could the G20 summit open the way for a trade deal between China and the US? We speak to the BBC's Chinese Service.

(Photo: Rebekah Vardy. Credit: Rebekah Vardy/Instagram)

Mrs Vardy - wife of England footballer Jamie Vardy - says she dreads the tests

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Women Book Smear Tests After Rebekah Vardy Instagram Post20181130

A photo shared by Rebekah Vardy - the wife of Leicester City and England footballer Jamie Vardy - waiting to have a smear test has prompted women to book their own screenings, a charity in the UK has said. But Mrs Vardy was also trolled by some Instagram users who said there was "too much on show" and that "some things are best left private". We discuss with women from different parts of the world - including a doctor in Nigeria who carries out smear tests. Also, the latest on the G20 summit as world leaders meet in Argentina amid new tension between Russia and Ukraine and a US trade row with China. And why are whales becoming stranded on a beach in New Zealand?

(Photo: Rebekah Vardy. Credit: Rebekah Vardy/Instagram)

Mrs Vardy - wife of England footballer Jamie Vardy - says she dreads the tests

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

Zimbabwe Opposition Accuses Government of Crackdown20190121

The opposition has accused the security forces of brutally suppressing its members in response to violent protests against a sharp rise in the price of fuel. The government accuses the opposition of using the fuel price hike as a pretext for violent protests. We hear from people in the capital Harare about how they are feeling.

Also, China's economy grew at its slowest rate since 1990, stoking fears about the impact on the global economy. Our economics correspondent takes us through what these latest figures might mean.

And when a woman in New York was told she could no longer sit at the bar to eat in her favourite restaurant because she might be mistaken for an escort, it sparked a debate online. We hear a conversation of women discussing their own experiences.

(Photo:Protesters block the main route to Zimbabwe's capital Harare from Epworth, January 14 2019. Credit: JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

The opposition has accused the security forces of brutally suppressing its members

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.