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Climate change: Landmark US bill clears Senate hurdle

The US Senate has approved a bill that includes $369bn (£305bn) for climate action - the largest investment in America's history. The authors of the Inflation Reduction Act say it will cut the country's carbon emissions by 40% by 2030. We hear analysis on the bill's significance from a former UN Special Representative on Sustainability. Also on the programme: the newborns fighting for survival in Afghanistan; and the tourists left stranded in China's Hainan island after authorities announce a strict lockdown in the resort of Sanya. (Image: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer holds a news conference after the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act, 7 Aug 2022, EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
07
AUG
5pm

Hopes for ceasefire in Gaza after talks

There are hopes a ceasefire will hold between Israel and Palestinian militants, after three days of violence left at least 43 people dead. The latest violence is the most serious flare-up between Israel and Gaza since an 11-day conflict in May 2021.

Also in the programme:

A London museum has agreed to return to Nigeria artefacts that were looted in the nineteenth century from the Kingdom of Benin; and the race is on to rescue a malnourished beluga whale which has swum into France's River Seine.

(PICTURE: A Palestinian policeman inspects a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip. CREDIT: Mohammed Saber.)
07
AUG
9am

Reported talks underway for Israel-Palestine ceasefire

Talks are reported to be underway to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants on the latest conflict which has killed at least thirty-one Palestinians since Friday. Israeli media say Egypt is mediating the talks.

Also in the programme: Donald Trump speaks at conservative conference; and Colombia’s first ever left-wing President.

(Photo: An Iron Dome anti-missile system fires an interceptor missile as a rocket is launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. CREDIT: REUTERS/Amir Cohen TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
06
AUG
5pm

Death toll rises as Israel targets militants in Gaza

The Palestinian health ministry says 15 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip where the Israeli military is targeting members of the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad.

We hear from representatives from Hamas and the Israeli Government.

Also on the programme: the UN's nuclear watchdog warns of catastrophic consequences after attacks on a nuclear power plant in Ukraine; and we learn more about the Brothers of Italy, the political party currently leading the polls in the country.

(PICTURE: Palestinians inspect a house hit in an Israeli air strike CREDIT: Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
06
AUG
9am

Israel arrests 19 militant suspects after Gaza flare-up

Israel says it has arrested 19 members of the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad in raids across the occupied West Bank, after carrying out airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip.

Also in the programme, the last day of campaigning is underway in Kenya ahead of Tuesday's elections. And a Ukrainian chess grandmaster is challenging Russia’s control over the International Chess Federation.

(Picture: Palestinians inspect the ruins of a collapsed building destroyed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on August 6, 2022. Picture credit: Getty Images).
05
AUG
5pm

China suspends climate talks with the US

The US has condemned China as irresponsible for stopping cooperation on a range of key issues including climate change, amid tensions over Taiwan.
Also on the programme, Ukraine's President Volodymr Zelensky has angrily rejected accusations from Amnesty International that Ukrainian forces put civilians at risk by operating on occasions from populated areas. And, a rare hummingbird thought to be extinct has been photographed for only the second time in history.

(Photo: A container ship off the coast of Taiwan. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency)
05
AUG
11am

Chinese military drills continue around Taiwan

As China continues to flex its military muscles and halts cooperation with the US on climate change, Taiwan's foreign minister, Joseph Wu, speaks to the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes.

Also in the programme: we hear from author Jon Ronson about a legal setback for American shock jock Alex Jones. And memories of the Edinburgh Fringe festival from British comedy star Omid Djalili, who first performed there nearly 30 years ago. (Image: a Chinese People's Liberation Army aircraft flies over Pingtan island, August 5, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song)
04
AUG
5pm

Taiwan: US says Chinse military exercises unnecessary

The National Security spokesman, John Kirby, has reiterated that Beijing had no reason to react aggressively to the visit of Speaker Pelosi to Taiwan. We speak to a journalist in Taiwan about what people there make of Mrs Pelosi's visit and if they are concerned about Chinese military exercises; and, Steve Chabot, a Republican Congressman and Co-Chair of the bipartisan House Taiwan Caucus, if Mrs Pelosi made the right decision to visit Taiwan.

A court in Russia has sentenced the American basketball player Brittney Griner to nine years in jail on drugs charges.

Also, our correspondent gets a rare access inside Ukraine's fight to take back territory from Russian forces in the Kherson region.

(Photo: The Ground Force under the Eastern Theatre Command of China"s People"s Liberation Army (PLA) conducts a long-range live-fire drill into the Taiwan Strait, from an undisclosed location in this handout released on August 4, 2022. Credit: Reuters)
04
AUG
10am

China fires ballistic missiles into waters near Taiwan

China has fired ballistic missiles into the waters around Taiwan, at the start of unprecedented military exercises launched in response to a visit by the US politician Nancy Pelosi. Also on the programme: it’s been two years since thousands of tonnes of ammonium-nitrate fertiliser exploded in Beirut; and evidence of plastics affecting and killing birds has been found on every continent except Antarctica.
(Photo: 04/08/2022 European Pressphoto Agency)
03
AUG
5pm

China prepares for five days of military exercises around Taiwan

China is preparing five days of military exercises in the sea surrounding parts of Taiwan in a show of force after Nancy Pelosi’s departure. The Speaker of the US House of Representatives left earlier today after a brief but controversial visit. Not long after Mrs Pelosi flew out, the Taiwanese air force said it had to scramble jets to warn off 27 Chinese jets that had entered its self-declared air defence zone.

Also in the programme: The surgeon in London who successfully operated on Brazilian twins who were born with their brains fused together tells Newshour about the incredible surgery; and a vote in the American state of Kansas where people voted to retain the constitutional right to abortion.

(Photo: A man watches a CCTV news broadcast about joint military operations near Taiwan by the Chinese People's Liberation Army's (PLA) Eastern Theatre Command, at a shopping center in Beijing, China, August 3, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)
03
AUG
10am

Pelosi leaves Taiwan to sound of Chinse fury

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has left Taiwan after a high-profile visit that infuriated China. Beijing has responded to the visit by announcing three days of live-fire exercises around Taiwan's coastline, starting on Thursday. Taiwan said this would amount to a blockade of its air and sea space.

The conservative US state of Kansas has decided in a referendum to protect abortion rights - in a major victory for pro-choice groups.

And we we will hear about Batgirl - a film so bad that it will not be released!

(Photo: Speaker Pelosi held a landmark meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai. Credit: Getty Images)
02
AUG
5pm

Pelosi visits Taiwan in defiance of Chinese warnings

Top US Democrat Nancy Pelosi is visiting Taiwan as part of a tour of Asia, despite sharp warnings from China. A member of Taiwan's Parliament tells Newshour she's excited about the visit.

Also in the programme: The US killing of the leader of al-Qaeda Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul- a Republican member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Steve Chabot tells us the killing proves Afghanistan is still a safe haven. And we look at a potentially important development in stem cell research - could it lead to synthetic organs?

(Photo: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency)

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