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US-led coalition forces have been urged by the UN to suspend their assault on Raqqa to allow civilians to be evacuated. Hundreds of civilians have been killed since the assault started in June, Amnesty International estimates.
Also on the programme: Amazon threatened by mining; Independence Day in Ukraine; is political correctness stifling debate on US campuses?
(Photo: Some civilians who fled Raqqa are being housed in makeshift camps Credit: Reuters)
Brazil has opened up to miners an Amazonian natural reserve the size of Denmark. The government said nine conservation and indigenous land areas within it would continue to be legally protected but activists have voiced major concerns.
Also in the programme; Ethiopia's grand plan for an industrial revolution to put a young nation to work and; on the ground reporting from Homs in western Syria.
Photo: A man on a motorbike looks at a truck as it transports illegally harvested Amazon rainforest logs on a road near protected indigenous land in the Amazon. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images.
Voting has closed in Angola in an election to replace Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who's ruled as the country's president since 1979. We'll explore what the oil-rich nation's future holds.
Also in the programme: campaigners criticise the legal auction of rhino horns; and Samsung launches a replacement for its exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.
(Photo: Supporters of the MPLA candidate for president gather for a campaign rally in Luanda, on August 19, 2017. Credit: Marco Longari / AFP / Getty Images)
The Syrian army is advancing on the IS-held town Deir Ezzor. Newshour's Lyse Doucet reports from the frontline. Also in the programme: Angola votes to replace its president of 38 years; and the greatest film comedies of all time.
(Photo: BBC's Lyse Doucet with Syria's Major General Mohamed Khaddor. Credit: BBC)
NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has praised the regional approach in Trump's new Afghanistan policy.
Also in the programme: Despair in Yemen as war, famine and cholera drive the country's population to the edge; and a court case in Russia involving a celebrated director that has the arts world aflutter.
(Photo: A US black hawk helicopter flies over the site of a Taliban suicide attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Credit: Getty)
President Ashraf Ghani has thanked the US, after Donald Trump stressed Washington's continuing military commitment to Afghanistan, reversing his campaign calls for a quick withdrawal.
Also in the programme: India's Supreme Court bans the practice of instant Islamic divorce; and what checks can be made by mosques to prevent the appointment of radical imams?
(Picture: US troops training the Afghan Army in Helmand. Credit: BBC)