The World This Week

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

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      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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      Catalonia tries to vote on independence


      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...


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      Iraqi Kurds vote for independence


      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. Credit: AFP/Getty


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      More time to save the planet


      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. Credit: AFP/Getty


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      Turkey's arms deal with Russia


      NATO member Turkey is buying an air defence system from Russia - NATO's main adversary. More and more, Turkey is turning its face away from the West. Also in this programme/podcast: Ghana introduces free secondary education; the Caribbean counts the political cost of Hurricane Irma; and the film that's got Russia hot and bothered. (Photo: file picture of Presidents Erdogan and Putin shaking hands Russia in May Credit: AFP/Getty)


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      23m
       2017-09-16

      North Korea shocks the world


      North Korea exploded what it said was an H-bomb. The US says North Korea is 'begging for war', and has run out of road. Are there any workable options left? Also in this programme/podcast: the US announces a halt to its Dreamers programme; the number of Rohingya refugees streaming out of Myanmar tops a quarter of a million; and why Lego is shedding jobs. Photo: People in North Korea view a screen on which a newsreader announces a nuclear test. Credit: JIN/AFP/Getty


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      23m
       2017-09-09

      Double disaster hits Houston and South Asia


      While the West concentrated on the flooding in Texas, Asia was more concerned about the worst monsoon for a decade. But they had things in common - including the role of humans in making things worse. Barbara Plett-Usher in Houston and Suranjana Tewari in Mumbai draw the parallels. Photo: Cars pass along a flooded road in Houston. Credit: Reuters


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       2017-09-02

      26/08/2017 GMT


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


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       2017-08-26

      Terror in Barcelona: How can cities defend themselves?


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


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       2017-08-19

      War of Words: Trump vs North Korea


      As the rhetoric increases on both sides, all eyes are focussed on Washington and Pyongyang. With intelligence suggesting North Korea's nuclear programme is at an advanced stage, how will the world react? And how far can it live with a nuclear North Korea? Also: why we may not be ready for the next financial crash and why there are renewed calls for all doping athletes to be banned for life. Picture: Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, Credit: AFP/Getty Images


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       2017-08-12