Syria war: Turkish operation in Idlib ‘only a matter of time’
The UN has warned that the conflict in Syria is on the verge of a further dangerous escalation, as fighting draws close to densely- populated areas in Idlib. But Russia has scuppered a statement by the Security Council.
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Picture: Turkish troops patrol in the town of Atareb in the rebel-held western countryside of Syria's Aleppo province on February 19, 2020. Credit: AREF TAMMAWI/AFP via Getty Images.
Coronavirus: Confusion on a quayside in Japan as passengers are released
Some passengers say disembarkation was 'chaotic' and 'haphazard' following quarantine. The passengers from the “Diamond Princess” come from more than 50 countries, raising concerns that the ship could become the source of a fresh wave of global infections, says the BBC's Laura Bicker, who is at the port in Yokohama.
Also on the programme: Could ammonia prove the green alternative to diesel, transforming the world's shipping industry? As the UK government gives details of its new regulations for migrant workers, experts question whether this will actually reduce immigration. And what can Malaysia teach other countries about de-radicalisation?
(Picture: A bus with closed curtains believed to carry elderly passengers off the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, 14 February 2020 Credit: European Photopress Agency/JIJI PRESS)
Air strikes hit hospitals and camps in northwest Syria - U.N.
Government air strikes have hit hospitals and camps for displaced people in northwest Syria and killed about 300 civilians as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces press an assault against the last rebel stronghold, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
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Picture: Syrians search for victims and survivors under the rubble of a building following a regime air strike on Ariha town in Syria's last major opposition bastion of Idlib on January 15, 2020. Credit: AFP via Getty Images.
Asian economies hit by coronavirus
As the coronavirus continues to spread, we'll find out what impact it's having on economies around Asia and further afield.
Also in the programme: the senior civil servant in Denmark who quietly stole $17 million from the welfare agency where she worked for decades; and a top UN official says she's horrified by the scale of the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
Photo: Two women asking for information in a mobile phone store, Beijing, China Credit: Andrea Verdelli/Getty Images
China Uighurs: Detained for beards, veils and internet browsing
A document that appears to give the most powerful insight yet into how China determined the fate of hundreds of thousands of Muslims held in a network of internment camps has been seen by the BBC. Listing the personal details of more than 3,000 individuals from the far western region of Xinjiang, it sets out in intricate detail the most intimate aspects of their daily lives.
Also in the programme: FC Porto striker Moussa Marega left the football field in protest after being subjected to racist abuse; and Egypt’s music syndicate bans popular Mahraganat music.
Picture: Leaked document. Credit: BBC.