The World This Week

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

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      Is President Macron trying to be leader of the free world?


      It's just seven months since Emmanuel Macron burst onto the world stage, after a meteoric rise to France's presidency. With Donald Trump saying he puts America first, Britain focused on Brexit and Germany on domestic politics, Mr Macron has intervened decisively on a host of international issues. The latest is climate change. Anne-Elisabeth Moutet tells us if he cuts the mustard as leader of the free world. Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron attends the One Planet Summit at...


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      US says Jerusalem is Israel's capital


      President Trump swept away decades of diplomatic caution. He pleased his supporters and Israel - but angered many Muslim states and US allies. Also in this programme/podcast: the UK and EU agree Brexit divorce terms; Russia is banned from the winter Olympics over doping; and why we think things are worse than they really are. (Photo: A Palestinian youth in front of the Dome of the Rock at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. Credit: AFP)


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      Trump tweets target Britain


      The president re-tweeted anti-Muslim material from a far-right group, infuriating many Britons. Jim Naughtie on what this shows about the direction Mr Trump's presidency is taking. (Photo: screengrab of Donald Trump's tweet addressed to the British prime minister, Theresa May. Credit: PA)


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      Putin calls the shots in Syria


      Russia has emerged as the key player in shaping the future of Syria. The US is now only playing a walk-on role, as Moscow supports President Assad politically and diplomatically. Also in this programme/podcast: the first confirmed object from another star system enters ours; the beginning of the end for Angela Merkel as she gives up trying to form a new German coalition, at least for now; what protests about a Bollywood movie tell us about freedom of speech in India; and Zimbabwe gets a new...


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      Zimbabwe: the coup that wasn't


      The military took control - but to support one faction of the ruling party over another. They didn't want the president's wife Grace to take power. Also in this programme/podcast: smog hits Delhi - hard; Venezuela is declared to be defaulting on some of its foreign debts; and why facts no longer seem to matter in Western politics. (Photo: A vendor picks up a copy of the Zimbabwean state newspaper The Herald reporting the military's statement after it took power. Credit: Reuters)


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      The Saudis raise the stakes


      The Crown Prince is taking on all his opponents, at home and abroad. Domestic rivals and foreign competitors are equally in his sights. Sunni Saudi Arabia wants to curb Shia Iran. Also in this programme/podcast: Grace Mugabe takes a step closer to the presidency; the British government totters - a bit - but survives; and Singles Day in China -- when more money is spent online than on any other day in the year. Photo: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. Credit: SPA via Reuters


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       2017-11-11

      Trump official charged


      The president's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has been indicted. He's the first big name to be charged in the investigation into possible links between Trump and Russia. Also in this programme/podcast: It's less than 100 days to the winter Olympics. But why do cities want to host such events? New warnings about climate change - carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere are at their highest for 800,000 years. And Martin Luther's other great achievement - he laid the groundwork for an...


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       2017-11-04

      Kenya: election rerun exposes chasms


      When Kenya's Supreme Court annulled the result of the August presidential election last month, many hailed it as a victory for democracy. But this week's re-run has once again exposed the rifts in Kenyan society. So what did this whole exercise achieve? Our correspondent, Tomi Oladipo, in Nairobi. Also in this programme/podcast: the elevation of China's President Xi, Brexit fears stalk universities and who is Thailand's new king? (Photo: Rioters carry sticks as they walk near a police...


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       2017-10-28

      Re-making the Middle East


      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)


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      23m
       2017-10-21

      Catalonia prayers - answered?


      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...


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       2017-10-14