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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is facing protests in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, and a sharp rebuke from a former ally, the country's powerful attorney general, Luisa Ortega. She has condemned a move by the Supreme Court to suspend the powers of the opposition-controlled National Assembly.
Also in the programme: Anger in South Africa over the sacking of the country's finance minister and good news for elephants as China closes down ivory factories and shops.
(Photo: Venezuelan opposition activists march in Caracas chanting slogans against the government of President Nicolas Maduro Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
There is turmoil within the governing ANC party after President Jacob Zuma fired the widely respected Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the sacking as "totally unacceptable". Also in the programme: China pledges to close down the ivory industry; and does dark energy really exist?
(Photo: Hundreds of people protest outside the South African Parliament, against the dismissal of the finance minister Pravin Gordhan. Credit: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia tried to hijack the US election through "propaganda on steroids", said a Democratic Senator during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. Also in the programme: on the ground reporting from Homs, the city that was once dubbed the 'capital of the revolution' but is now fully back under government control.
(Picture: Senate Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr questions witnesses as ranking member Sen. Mark Warner looks on during a hearing of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee. Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been meeting with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as relations deteriorate. But can the two Nato allies reconcile their difference over US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria and the anti-government Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen?
Also in today's programme, Owen Bennett Jones reports on life in Minnesota for tens of thousands of Somali-Americans. And is the Tasmanian Tiger really extinct?
(Photo: Rex Tillerson and Recep Tayyip Erdogan meeting in Ankara. Credit: Reuters)
As Britain filed for divorce from the EU, European leaders have rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for parallel talks on withdrawing and forming a new relationship. The German chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU must first work out how to extricate Britain from commitments built up during forty-four years of membership.
(Photo: British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street before heading to the Houses of Parliament before launching the process for leaving the European Union. Credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain has formally notified the European Union of its intention to leave, initiating a period of negotiations. UK Prime Minister Theresa May said it marked a "historic moment" and a "unique opportunity". The triggering of Article 50 gives both sides two years to reach agreement unless both sides agree to extend the deadline for talks.
(Photo: Britain's ambassador to the EU Tim Barrow delivers British Prime Minister Theresa May's formal notice of the UK's intention to leave the bloc under Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty to European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels. Credit: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)