From today the Apple app store will no longer include vaping apps. We speak to technology journalist Ina Fried about what this might mean for the vaping industry, and whether Apple was right to ban them. Ten months after the Ethiopian Airlines crash involving a Boeing 737 Max in which 157 people were killed, we speak to the daughter of one of the victims. Zipporah Kuria tells our reporter Simon Browning about the crash site and the human remains found there - and how she was invited to the funeral ceremony with only two days' notice. And why are people in France growing mushrooms in car parks? Our reporter Dougal Shaw reveals all.
Sasha Twining is joined throughout the programme by Sharon Brettkelly, presenter of The Detail podcast at Radio New Zealand who's in Auckland and by Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe, president of Wiser - the Women’s Institute of Science, Equity and Race - from Richmond, Virginia.
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BRICS countries hold annual summit in Brazil
The countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - represent 40% of the world's population and a third of global output. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro praised the 'memorandum of understanding' between the nations, but what else was on the conference agenda? We speak to Oliver Stuekel, assistant professor of international relations at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo.
Venice, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been hit by serious flooding. The Italian prime minister has described the floods as 'a blow to the heart of the country'. Local journalist Vera Mantengoli writes for the daily newspaper Nuova Venezia and describes what life is like in the city right now.
And it's 25 years since the Eurostar carried its first passengers through the Channel Tunnel, linking the UK to mainland Europe. We hear how the company has been celebrating this milestone.
Sasha Twining is joined throughout the programme by Stefanie Yuen Thio, joint managing partner at TSMP Law, from Singapore and author and journalist Paddy Hirsch, who's in Los Angeles.
(Picture: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro. Credit: Alexei Druzhinin\TASS via Getty Images)
Trump impeachment inquiry grips America
Wednesday's hearings were broadcast live and uninterrupted by the major TV news networks - the first public hearings in the month-long inquiry. We recap on the day's events.
Google has announced its plan to launch a bank, the latest tech giant to move into financial services. What will this offer consumers, and how will it impact the banking sector? We speak to technology journalist Ian Sherr in San Francisco.
And the Dutch government will introduce a new, lower daytime maximum speed limit next year, in an attempt to reduce pollution. How effective will it be? Bram van Liere from Friends of the Earth explains.
Rob Young is joined throughout the programme by Alexander Kaufmann, environment reporter at the Huffington Post, from New York, and Sushma Ramachandran, former chief business correspondent at The Hindu, who's in Delhi.
(Picture: William B. Taylor, US diplomat to Ukraine. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Is the force with Disney's streaming service?
The entertainment giant launches its Disney+ streaming service in the US, Canada and the Netherlands. How much of a game-changer is it and what does it mean for rivals like Netflix? The US is trying to mediate in a row over Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile. The project has led to a dispute with Egypt over the availability of water for the country. In the first of our UK election interviews series, we hear from Richard Tice, chairman of the Brexit Party, which was set up to push for an end to close ties with the EU. Fender CEO Andy Mooney tells us about launching a new version of the legendary Stratocaster guitar. So what's the best way to refresh an iconic brand?
Jamie Robertson is joined throughout the show by Mehmal Sarfraz, co-founder of the website The Current PK and Melissa Chan, a freelance journalist, in New York.
(Picture: The Mandalorian from a new Star Wars series. Credit: Disney)
Chinese firm plans British Steel rescue
To the relief of the UK government, Chinese firm Jingye has promised to rescue British Steel, an iconic company that employs 4,000 people. We ask Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules the World, whether the UK is being drawn into China's Belt and Road plan.
Protests in Lebanon show little sign of easing up; the entire financial and political system is the focus of the anger. The BBC's Ivana Davidovic has been finding out more.
There is an argument that the American Dream is dead and that meritocracy and hard work aren't valued any more. But some do still live the dream and we hear from one such success story; Rob Bernshteyn, CEO of fintech company, Coupa Software which is worth around US$1.6 billion.
Vast parts of Australia's east coast are bracing for potentially catastrophic bushfires today and we're joined by the BBC's Phil Mercer in Maitland, an inland city 165 km north of Sydney.
China's annual Singles Day has morphed into an enormous frenzy of shopping and green groups are warning all this comes at a huge cost to the environment. We hear from Tang Damin, a plastics campaigner with Greenpeace in Beijing.
And joining us throughout the programme are Simon Littlewood in Singapore - he's President of AC Growth Delivered. And in California, Alison Van Diggelen, is host of Fresh Dialogues.
Photo description: British Steel's Scunthorpe works
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