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Syrian authorities say inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have arrived in Douma to investigate the suspected chemical attack on April 7th. But the US State Department says the OPCW have yet to enter the site.
Also in the programme: PM of Antigua and Barbuda calls on UK to compensate Caribbean immigrants whose right to live in country was wrongly questioned; and there have been protests in Armenia after parliament voted to allow the country’s president to remain in power.
Picture: General view of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 17th 2018. Credit: Getty Images
Syrian state TV says investigators from the chemical weapons watchdog (the OPCW) have arrived in Douma, where the Syrian government denies carrying out an alleged chemical weapons attack on 7 April.
Also in the programme: Myanmar releases 8,500 prisoners in a holiday amnesty; and the Chinese economy posts strong growth amid concerns over growing debt levels.
(Photo: A child is hosed down after the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma. Credit: Reuters)
Russia says inspectors will be allowed to visit scene of a suspected chemical weapons attack on Wednesday. But Britain and the United States say Moscow and the Syrian government have been tampering with the evidence.
Also in the programme: the British government apologises for the treatment of thousands of people who arrived in the UK as children in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration 70 years ago; and Harald Bluetooth’s treasure trove.
Picture: Syrians ride a motorbike along a destroyed street in Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 16, 2018. Credit: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images
The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has denied that Moscow has blocked an investigation by international chemical weapons inspectors into a possible chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma.
Also in the programme: The former FBI director James Comey speaks out saying Donald Trump is morally unfit to be president and may be vulnerable to Russian blackmail; And the migrants who came to the UK from the Caribbean 70 years ago are now struggling to prove their British identity.
(Photo: A Syrian soldier inspects the wreckage of a building described as part of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) compound in the Barzeh district, north of Damascus, during a press tour organised by the Syrian information ministry, on April 14, 2018. Credit: Getty Images)
A special preview of the new podcast Death in Ice Valley. An unidentified body. Who was she? Why hasn’t she been missed? A BBC World Service and NRK original podcast, investigating a mystery unsolved for almost half a century. Episode One was released on 16 April 2018 and new episodes will be released every Monday.
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The US ambassador to the UN says new sanctions against Russia are set to be announced.
Also in the programme: UN peacekeeping boss on Mali violence and the mission to detect singing stars.
(Picture: Satellite image of Barzah Research and Development Center facility in Damascus, Syria, seen on April 15th 2018 a day after it was struck by U.S. and coalition operations. Credit: DigitalGlobe)