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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  • 19/12/14

    Fri, 19 Dec 14

    Duration:
    39 mins

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    Pakistan has hanged two convicted militants and promised to carry out more executions -- after responding to the Peshawar School massacre by restoring the death penalty. Owen Bennett Jones is in Islamabad. President Obama has criticised Sony Pictures for pulling a film in the wake of a cyber attack which he blamed on North Korea. What should the US do next? And the free round the world trip with just one catch - applicants must be called Elizabeth Gallagher.

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  • 18 Dec 14: Cyber attack on Sony

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

    Duration:
    39 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    Sony has withdrawn The Interview, a new comedy film about North Korea's leader, after threats from hackers. David Aaronovitch, Chair of Index on Censorship - and John Nolte, from the US, who's the Editor at Large for Breitbart News discuss whether it was cowardly to cancel the release of the film. Luciana Berger, the MP for Liverpool Wavertree, has been subjected to at least a thousand vile messages on twitter, including the crudest, most offensive anti-semitic language and a picture of her head imposed upon an Auschwitz prisoner. The BBC's Carolyn Quinn speaks to Luciana Berger in an exclusive interview. And we speak to Nikki Fox, the BBC's disability correspondent, after she has walked without help for the first time in 10 years, thanks to motorised robotic equipment.

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  • US re-establishes diplomatic with Cuba

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

    Duration:
    39 mins

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    President Barack Obama announces the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba. Greek MPs fail to agree on a new President - as the prospect of new elections looms. Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif vows to rid his country of terrorism after yesterday's Taliban attack and Sony postpone the release of the controversial North Korean comedy "The Interview" plus - how the discount supermarkets have changed the way we shop and the intern who made a stunning discovery of polyphonic music In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective. With Ritula Shah.

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  • 16/12/14

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

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    Podcast: Terror in Pakistan Funerals begin in the Pakistani city of Peshawar after the country's deadliest Taliban attack leaves 132 children and nine staff dead at a school. Our reporter hears harrowing testimony from a survivor who said they saw their teacher being set alight. In a rare interview we hear from the chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in the Hague after key cases against the presidents of Sudan and Kenya are dropped. After dramatic falls in the value of the Russian Rouble against the dollar, we speak to the former deputy chairman of Russia's Central Bank Sergey Aleksashenko. And, should some sports - such as Wimbledon and the Grand national - always be available on free-to-air channels? Baronness Billingham and David Elstein discuss.

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  • The World Tonight with Ritula Shah

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

    Duration:
    39 mins

    Available:
    3 days remaining

    Police in Australia say two hostages and a gunman died when commandos stormed a café in Sydney to end a sixteen-hour siege. We consider the difficulties of protecting the public from what appears to a lone attacker. Plus: is boarding school good for you?

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