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04
DEC
9am

Iran to disband morality police, says attorney general

Iran's morality police, which is tasked with enforcing the country's Islamic dress code, is being disbanded, the country's attorney general says. Mohammad Jafar Montazeri's comments, yet to be confirmed by other agencies, were made at an event on Sunday. Iran has seen months of protests over the death of a young woman in custody. Mahsa Amini had been detained by the morality police for allegedly breaking strict rules on head coverings. We hear the latest from BBC Persian's Siavash Ardalan and Dr Sanam Vakil of Chatham House, a foreign-policy think tank. Also on the programme: thousands of troops surround the city of Soyapango in El Salvador as part of a massive crackdown on gangs; and Jonathan the tortoise, the world's oldest recorded land animal, celebrates his 190th birthday. (File image: A portrait of Mahsa Amini stands between Iranian national flags during a 'Solidarity with the civil uprising in Iran' rally at Bebel Platz square in Berlin, Germany, 01 October 2022. CLEMENS BILAN/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
03
DEC
5pm

Reports say a deal to return Elgin Marbles to Greece is at an "advanced stage"

The Greek daily newspaper, Ta Nea, says talks have been taking place between the British Museum and the Greek prime minister since November last year.

Also on the programme: an alternative to plastic; and the story of how a fossil, which lay unnoticed in a drawer for over half a century, has advanced our understanding of the origins of reptiles.

(Picture: One of the Parthenon Statues, also known as the Elgin Marbles. Credit: Reuters)
03
DEC
9am

Talks begin on UN plastic treaty

Delegates from a 160 countries meeting in Uruguay have ended their first round of talks aimed at creating a new UN treaty on plastic pollution. EU members and Switzerland argue efforts to tackle pollution should include mandatory cuts to global plastic production. But the United States and Saudi Arabia, home to the top petrochemical and plastics companies, say the targets should be voluntary and country-led.

We will hear from Greenpeace and from one of the recipients of the Earthshot prize who won a million pounds for making a natural bio-degradable plastic made out of seaweed.

Also in the programme: There's been a limited easing of Covid restrictions in two of China's biggest cities; and the knockout stages of the World Cup in Qatar begin.

(PICTURE: A plastic bottle lies on the sand at Maccarese beach, west of Rome. CREDIT: Reuters/Max Rossi/File Photo)
02
DEC
11am

EU considers price cap on Russian oil

European Union countries are nearing a deal to cap the price of Russian crude oil at $60 per barrel,

But how much will the move, which builds upon a G7 initiative to further weaken the Kremlin's ability to wage war on Ukraine, hurt Moscow?

Also in the programme: Two weeks into a Turkish offensive in north-eastern Syria, we hear from a relief worker who's witnessed the damage; South Africa's governing party meets to discuss whether the president should resign; and we consider whether Brazil's football team is uniting or dividing the nation?

(Photo shows the Gazpromneft MNPZ Moscow Petroleum Refinery JSC in Moscow, Russia. Credit: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA)
01
DEC
5pm

President Macron visits White House

President Biden has said his recent law providing huge investment in American chipmaking and green firms doesn't come at the expense of Europe. Mr Biden was speaking at the White House after meeting his French counterpart, who's voiced concerns about the effect of the subsidies on European jobs and companies. The dispute has threatened to overshadow Emmanuel Macron's state visit.

Also in the programme: history is made at the FIFA men’s World Cup with the first female referee; and letter bomb attacks in Spain with speculation they are linked to the war in Ukraine.

(PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron greets U.S. President Joe Biden. CREDIT: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
01
DEC
10am

China eases some lockdowns

China has signalled a shift in its Covid stance as it moves to ease some virus restrictions despite high daily case numbers.
It comes as one of China's most senior pandemic officials, vice-premier Sun Chunlan, said the virus' ability to cause disease was weakening.
We hear from a reporter in Beijing and speak to a virologist.

Also in the programme: The trial of the Hong Kong tycoon and pro-democracy activist - Jimmy Lai - is postponed;
and the Russian reservist who never made it to the battlefield in Ukraine

Photo: People wearing face masks ride an escalator at Raffles city shopping mall in Beijing, as many shopping malls re-open. Credit: WU HAO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock
30
NOV
5pm

EU proposes special court for Russian crimes

The head of the European Commission has proposed setting up a special tribunal to try crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine. Ursula von der Leyen said 'Russia must pay for its horrific crimes'.

Also in the programme: US rail strike; and the baguette gets UNESCO heritage status.

(Picture: First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska during the opening of a Russian war crimes exhibition at Portcullis House, London. Picture date: Tuesday November 29, 2022. Credit: James Manning/PA Wire)
30
NOV
10am

Breakthrough in dementia treatment

A trial of a dementia drug has shown - for the first time - that the progression of early stage Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed down. Also on the programme, women's rights in Afghanistan continue to erode. And, China's former leader Jiang Zemin has died. He was in power during an extraordinary period of growth from the late 1980s.

(Photo: BBC)
29
NOV
5pm

Belarus opposition figure in intensive care

A leading opposition figure in Belarus has been taken from prison and placed in intensive care. Maria Kolesnikova's sister tells Newshour she is in a serious but stable condition after having an emergency operation but they've been given no details.

Also in the programme: Estonia's foreign minister on NATO help for Ukraine; and Iran v USA in the World Cup.

Picture: Belarusian opposition politician Maria Kolesnikova makes a heart shape with her hands as she arrives for questioning at the Investigative Committee in Minsk, Belarus August 27, 2020. Credit: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko)
29
NOV
10am

NATO promises to arm and assist Ukraine

NATO has promised to give more weapons to Ukraine and help fix energy infrastructure damage.

Also on the programme: China uses surveillance tactics to find protesters; and the United States and Iran are slated to face off in the Qatar World Cup.

(Image: Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attend arrivals and doorsteps of the NATO foreign ministers meeting in Bucharest, Romania on 29 November 2022. Credit: Reuters/Nenov)
28
NOV
5pm

Police presence dampens protests in China

A heavy police presence in major Chinese cities -- including Beijing and Shanghai -- appears to have stopped new demonstrations against Covid restrictions.

Also in the programme: European 'super cartel' broken up; and water shortages in the Zambezi river.

(Picture: A man is taken away by police after pushing over a protester during a demonstration over coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in mainland China, during a commemoration of the victims of a fire in Urumqi, in Hong Kong, China November 28, 2022. Credit: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)

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