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The UN Security Council is expected to vote later today on a resolution, which calls for a thirty-day ceasefire in Syria. We hear from Iran's deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, who says he is concerned at the human cost of the Syrian government's offensive on Eastern Ghouta. UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has described the rebel enclave as a "hell on earth".
Also on the programme: A rare report from Venezuela about food shortages, hyperinflation and many parents' daily struggle to feed their children; and a major scientific study finds that anti-depressants work but will it end the debates about their use?
(Photo: Civil defence help an unconscious woman from a shelter in the besieged town of Douma. Credit: Reuters)
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are leading a rally in Florida's state capital to demand a ban on assault weapons. It is the first organised protest of a youth-led anti-gun movement that has swept the US since the attack on the school a week ago that left 17 people dead.
Also in the programme: Are right-wing parties poised to win Italy's upcoming general election? And the therapeutic value of virtual reality.
(Image: Tyra Hemans, a senior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks with Florida Representative Wengay "Newt" Newton. Credit: REUTERS/Colin Hackley)
Syrians trapped in the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta have been speaking of their desperation, on the fourth day of an intense government bombardment. We hear from a resident, as well as a Russian perspective.
Also on the programme: Using virtual reality to tell the story of a furious dispute over the Nile's precious water; also - Italians go to the polls at the end of next week to vote for a new government; we hear from Milan.
(Picture: The aftermath of a reported government air strike in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region. Credit: Getty )
Fighters loyal to the Assad government have entered the Kurdish stronghold of Afrin in northern Syria, stoking fears of an escalation of fighting along the border with Turkey. As they arrived, they were met by Turkish artillery fire.
Also in the programme: The Nigerian army's hunt for Boko Haram's elusive leader; and what a pair of boxing gloves tells us about ancient Romans' fascination with combat sport.
(Image: Pro-Syrian government fighters flashing the victory gesture upon arriving in Syria's northern region of Afrin. Credit: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images)
At least 50 civilians have reportedly been killed in fresh Syrian government attacks on the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus. A monitoring group said 127 civilians were killed on Monday in the deadliest day for three years in the enclave, where some 393,000 people are trapped. We hear from inside the enclave as well as from a government MP.
Also in the programme; Venezuela launches a crypto-currency today in an effort to find a way out of the dire economic straits it finds itself in and; a Japanese man wins custody rights for 13 of his children who were born to surrogate mothers in Thailand.
Picture: Syrian men carry an injured victim amid the rubble of buildings following government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Credit: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images
Syria says it will send pro-government forces to the region of Afrin, where Kurds are facing a Turkish offensive. In response, the Turkish deputy prime minister said it would be a disaster if Syrian government forces were to enter the border region.
Also in the programme: How will UN’s Palestinian refugee agency make up for loss in funding from the US? And former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi returns to the political scene - but this time he’s not allowed to vote.
Picture: Turkish-backed Syrian rebel fighters fire towards Kurdish forces from the People's Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin region, on February 19, 2018. Credit: Getty Images