The World Tonight

The World Tonight

When it comes to daily news, The World Tonight takes international events seriously and covers them in depth. Using the BBC's international network of correspondents we report on what is going on, put it in context and provide a forum for debate on the big issues facing us all. The presenter team is led by Ritula Shah. It is broadcast Monday to Friday at 10pm on BBC Radio 4 and lasts for 45 minutes.

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  • Should drugs be legalised?

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

    Duration:
    39 mins

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    Prime Minister David Cameron has said he does not believe in decriminalising drugs after a home office reports found there was no obvious link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use. Two former addicts tell us what they think should happen. A British ship, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Argus, has arrived in Sierra Leone to help with the Ebola outbreak. The ship will act as an offshore base as the troops set up treatment centres inside Sierra Leone. There's no doubt an international aid effort which started slowly is beginning to have some effect. Andrew Harding reports. And going going gone...is it the beginning of the end for the traditional auction? With David Eades.

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  • Hundreds of missing children are 'at risk'

    Wed, 29 Oct 14

    Duration:
    39 mins

    Available:
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    A new report suggests that almost 650 children who have been reported missing in Greater Manchester so far this year are at risk of sexual exploitation. The World Health Organisation tell us about the progress being made in the battle against Ebola. Why President Obama's unpopularity with voters means many Democrats don't want his help to win their seats in next week's US midterm elections. And Iraq's war against the militants of so-called Islamic State is costing it dear, not just in blood and territory but also economically.

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  • Calais Mayor: Britain is magnet for migrants

    Tue, 28 Oct 14

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    39 mins

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    Calais Mayor: Britain is magnet for migrants Mayor of Calais tells Mps that British benefits encourage migrants to come here. Orla Guerin reports from Egypt where many start their journey and the MP for Dover, Charlie Elphicke, gives his view. Egypt is setting up a buffer zone on its border with Gaza. Jane Kinnimont explains why. Former CIA agent Robert Baer tells us about his 21 laws for assassins. Beth McLeod reports from Arkansas ahead of American mid term elections. Mexico continues its hunt for more than 40 missing students. Anna-Maria Salazar explains the background. Shaima Khalil reports from Pakistan on the victims of acid attacks who go on to work as beauticians. With Ritula Shah.

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  • British troops have left Afghanistan

    Mon, 27 Oct 14

    Duration:
    39 mins

    Available:
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    On their last day in Afghanistan, have British troops fulfilled their mission? Mark Lobel reports from Kabul; Rory Stewart MP and Peter Tomsen discuss the lessons that have been learned. Gabriel Gatehouse reports from Liberia on the grim task of the ebola body collectors. Why is the word 'swamp' so politically controversial? Dr Christopher Hart of Lancaster University gives us his view. An apparent security breach allowed a jogger to run into the Prime Minister. Will Geddes assesses what went wrong. Bethany Bell reports from Vienna on the new memorial to deserters from Hitler's army. With Ritula Shah.

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  • Cameron vows to fight the EU

    Fri, 24 Oct 14

    Duration:
    39 mins

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    David Cameron insists the UK will not pay £1.7bn demanded by the EU. The World Tonight hears from a Germany MEP and assesses the political fallout. The World Health Organisation has warned that Mali's first confirmed Ebola patient travelled more than a thousand kilometres through the country by bus while displaying symptoms of the disease. And a special report on the control of militias in Iraq.

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