The World This Week



A new report says we have longer than we thought to avert climate change. But we still have to do the work... Also in this edition: the Spanish state cracks down on Catalonia; how the Guptas are becoming a toxic brand for big business in South Africa; the British prime minister sets out her vision for Brexit; and why young people in Germany like Angela Merkel.
Photo: a storm surge washes across Ejit island in Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands.
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The vote has infuriated Baghdad and the Kurds' other neighbours. And there's no sign of peace talks. Also in this programme/podcast: Saudi women are told they will be allowed to drive; the German election results leave Europe in the slow lane; dicing with death under a Balinese volcano.
Photo: An Iraqi Kurdish man waves a Kurdish flag in the Iraqi Kurdish capital, Erbil, after the independence vote.
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Spain attempted to stop Catalan separatist poll. And images of Madrid's security forces beating voters suggested a return to a darker past. Pascale Harter reports from Barcelona. Also in this programme/podcast: signs of movement on gun control in the United States after the Las Vegas mass shooting; why Hamas and Fatah are trying to make friends; and Theresa May's conference speech: was it a defining - and catastrophic - moment?
(Photo: Spanish police officers seize ballot boxes in Barcelona.
Credit: AFP/Getty)

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Catalonia's president disappointed supporters when he declared independence - but not yet. Spain's constitutional crisis reaches a new turning point this week. Also in this programme/podcast: Malaysia's sultans speak out against religious extremist; why did Harvey Weinstein's fall from grace take so long to happen; and how China is now rivalling the United States in the foreign aid stakes.
(Photo: Pro-independence supporters wait outside the Catalan parliament to hear President Carles Puigdemont's speech.
Credit: Getty)

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20171021What's been happening around the world and why it matters

IS lost Raqqa; the Kurds lost Kirkuk. A new world is taking shape, but old enmities remain. Also in this programme/podcast: China takes centre-stage - but the real action is going on behind the scenes; the man who gave away $18 billion; and where spacecraft go to die.
(Photo: Syrian Democratic Forces celebrate victory in Raqqa.
Credit: Reuters)