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'Hostage diplomacy' as China and Canada swap prisoners

Two Canadians accused of espionage, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, have been released by China, on the same day as the Canadian authorities released Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. We ask what this means for relations between the countries, and hear from Michael Spavor's friend Chad O'Carroll about his arrest and detention. Also in the programme: the latest from the ongoing volcanic eruption in La Palma, and a look ahead at the German elections. (Photo: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou at Shenzhen airport. Credit: Jin Liwang/Xinhua via REUTERS)

48mins

25 Sep 2021

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China & Canada Prisoner Swap

In a sudden conclusion to a tense diplomatic and legal standoff between the United States, China and Canada, the Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou is flying back home after three years under house arrest in Canada. In return, China has released Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor -- two Canadians it had imprisoned on espionage charges. Also on the programme, Newshour's Tim Franks joins us live from Germany on the eve of elections for a new parliament and new chancellor; and will Switzerland become one of the last countries in Europe to approve same sex marriage?(Photo: Meng Wanzhou speaks to the press before leaving Canada; EPA/BOB FRID)

49mins

25 Sep 2021

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Is this Germany's climate election?

There are two days to go until the elections to choose Angela Merkel's replacement in Germany and climate change is top of voters' concerns. So how is that affecting the campaign?Also in the programme, US prosecutors reach a deal with senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou allowing her to return home to China nearly three years after she was arrested in Canada.Haitian migrants continue to head for the US despite the forcible deportation of others.A special report from Poland looks at allegations that border guards are pushing migrants back into Belarus.(Picture shows Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at the Fridays For Future global climate action day in Berlin, Germany on 24 September 2021. Credit: EPA/FILIP SINGER)

48mins

24 Sep 2021

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Climate change and the German election

German voters are to elect a new government on Sunday as Chancellor Angela Merkel steps down after 16 years. Newshour's Tim Franks looks at how climate change is featuring in the campaign.Also on the programme: a fifth migrant has died on the Poland-Belarus border - we'll hear from those trying to cross the freezing frontier and being pushed back; and new evidence has emerged that humans populated the Americas thousands of years earlier than we thought.(Photo: Reichstag in Berlin - seat of German government; Credit:EPA/CLEMENS BILAN)

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24 Sep 2021

Rank #4

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A month away from UN Climate Summit

Laurence Tubiana, one of the architects of the Paris climate accords about her expectations of November's summit in Glasgow.Also in the programme: the US Special Envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote, resigns saying the Biden administration's approach was to Haitian migrants attempting to cross to Texas was inhumane, and that Haiti couldn't cope with an influx of people needing food and shelter; and in an attempt to standardise and limit waste, the European Commission has come up with a proposal to ensure that all mobile phones, tablets and headphones will use the same charger.(Picture: Logo for COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference. It is due to be held in Glasgow in November 2021, under the presidency of the UK)

49mins

23 Sep 2021

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UK Prime Minister: Humanity is reaching a "turning point" on climate change

A climate summit of world leaders in 40 days will be the "turning point for humanity", PM Boris Johnson has said in a speech to the United Nations. So what would a successful summit in November look like? Also today; We've been speaking to the newly-appointed head of Kabul University in Afghanistan, who has announced plans to appoint more pro-Islamic staff; and the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet - looted during the first Gulf War- is being handed back to Iraq by the US today. (Photo: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City. Credit: Reuters)

49mins

23 Sep 2021

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Biden promises an "arsenal of vaccines"

The US is to donate 500 million more doses of the Pfizer vaccine to developing nations, bringing the total US commitment on vaccine sharing to more than one billion jabs. Experts say some 11 billion doses are required to vaccinate at least 70% of the global population.Also in the programme: Ukraine's President has promised a strong response after one of his top aides survived an apparent assassination attempt and; Netflix buys up the entire works of British Children's author Roald Dahl.(Image: U.S. President Joe Biden hosts a virtual coronavirus disease Summit as part of the United Nations General Assembly in Washington. Credit: Reuters/Hockstein)

48mins

22 Sep 2021

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President Biden to host Covid vaccine summit

President Biden is to host a virtual summit aimed at increasing the availability of vaccinations all over the world. The African Union say that if developed nations don't act quickly, Africa will quickly become the Covid epicentre. Also in the programme: China pledges to stop building coal-fired power plants abroad; and Arctic sea ice is declining at an alarming pace, contributing to a rise in sea levels.( Picture: President Joe Biden addresses the UN General Assembly) Credit: China News Service

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22 Sep 2021

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President Biden tells the UN that America is 'back at the table'

President Biden stresses multilateralism in his first address to the UN General Assembly. So what can the world expect from Biden's pledge to work with other countries to tackle humanity's most pressing problems? We discuss his speech with American political scientist Ian Bremmer and former French ambassador Syvie Bermann. Also in the programme: we look at Pakistan's relationship with the Taliban and its role in Afghanistan, and ask whether the British government's public identification of a third Russian man involved in the notorious 2018 Salisbury poisonings will make any difference to Russian undercover operations. And a glimpse of ancient history, as the United States returns a looted stone tablet to Iraq.(Photo: US President Joe Biden addresses the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City. Credit: EPA/EDUARDO MUNOZ / POOL)

48mins

21 Sep 2021

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Imran Khan: Afghanistan's soil should not be used for terrorism

Pakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan, has told the BBC that his country will only recognise Afghanistan's Taliban government if it is inclusive, respects human rights and makes sure Afghanistan isn't used as a base for terrorism. Mr Khan said the idea that girls shouldn't be educated was not an Islamic one. Also, Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, retains office in a snap election but fails in his bid to win an absolute majority. And a third Russian faces charges over his alleged involvement in the 2018 Salisbury poisonings, which left three people critically ill and one dead.(Photo: Imran Khan. Credit: Reuters)

49mins

21 Sep 2021

Rank #10