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Coronavirus spreads in Europe

Austria, Croatia and Switzerland said their first cases involved people who had been to Italy. Also in the programme: the Indian prime minister has issued his first appeal for calm after days of sectarian violence in Delhi; and why babies in bilingual homes are better at multi-tasking.

(Picture: A woman with a protective mask walks past a pre-triage medical tent in front of Santa Maria Nuova Hospital in Florence. Photo by Carlo Bressan/AFP via Getty Images)

Harvey Weinstein convicted of rape

A jury convicts disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape and sexual assault. Celebrities and activists welcomed the guilty verdict against the Academy
Award-winning producer who had reigned as one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood.

Also in the programme: China bans sale of wild animal meat; and on the front line in Idlib.

(Picture: the jury foreman reads the verdict in film producer Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial. Credit: Reuters)

Coronavirus global outbreak: Italy and Iran

The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, says the new coronavirus is the country's biggest public health emergency since the communists took power. Emergency measures to combat the virus are being stepped up elsewhere, including in two of the worst-hit countries, Italy and South Korea. The outbreak of the virus in Iran has worsened, with thirty- five confirmed cases and eight deaths.

Also in the programme: Iran announces lowest voter turnout since 1979; and a hundred years after the invention of the theremin.

(Photo: The colourful Venice Carnival draws thousands of visitors to the city every year. Credit: Reuters)

Coronavirus: Concerns in South Korea grow as cases doubled

Cases of Covid-19 increase outside China with South Korea now the second country in the world with the largest number of confirmed infections. In Italy several towns in the Lombardy region have been placed on lockdown, with schools and offices closed. Some football matches have also been postponed.

Also in the programme: the anniversary of the execution of the White Rose, a non-violent resistance group that spoke out against the Third Reich in Nazi Germany; and we travel to Sao Paulo where Carnival has become another opportunity for protesting against president Jair Bolsonaro.

(Photo: A health worker visits a centre for coronavirus patients in Seoul. Credit: Getty)

Coronavirus: South Korea confirms huge rise in cases

There's growing international concern about the spread of the new coronavirus outside China -- as Iran, Italy and South Korea struggle to contain outbreaks. Iran has reported its fifth death from Covid- 19 and a total of nearly thirty cases. Two people have died in Italy.

Also in the programme: South Sudan rivals Salvaa Kiir and Riek Machar agree unity deal; and the funeral of Joseph Shabalala, the founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, is taking place in South Africa.

Picture: A confirmed coronavirus patient is wheeled to a hospital at Chuncheon. Credit: Reuters.

Coronavirus: 'Narrowing window' to contain outbreak

The head of the World Health Organisation is warning that the world is at a tipping point with respect to the coronavirus outbreak.
Also in the programme: North Korean Defectors and how bee intelligence can help us in unpredictable ways.

(Photo: A medical team checks on travellers at the Shalamjah border crossing in Iran. Credit: AFP)

Gunman who killed nine in German town had “far right” motives, officials say

German authorities confirmed man left a confession revealing far-right motives behind fatal shooting in Hanau. On Wednesday night the typical laid-back scenes at two shisha bars in the town, east of Frankfurt, turned violent as a gunman opened fire killing nine. He later turned the gun on himself and his mother.

Also in the programme; we take a look at how the newest Democratic candidate, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, fared in his first debate and to South Korea where there has been a significant spike in Coronavirus cases.

(Photo: Germany’s leaders visit the scene outside the Midnight hookah bar, one of two bars targeted by a gunman on February 20 in Hanau. Credit: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Syria war: Turkish operation in Idlib ‘only a matter of time’

The UN has warned that the conflict in Syria is on the verge of a further dangerous escalation, as fighting draws close to densely- populated areas in Idlib. But Russia has scuppered a statement by the Security Council.

Also on the programme: A musician performs while surgeons remove a brain tumour; and billionaire Michael Bloomberg joins his Democratic Party rivals for his first televised debate.

Picture: Turkish troops patrol in the town of Atareb in the rebel-held western countryside of Syria's Aleppo province on February 19, 2020. Credit: AREF TAMMAWI/AFP via Getty Images.

Coronavirus: Confusion on a quayside in Japan as passengers are released

Some passengers say disembarkation was 'chaotic' and 'haphazard' following quarantine. The passengers from the “Diamond Princess” come from more than 50 countries, raising concerns that the ship could become the source of a fresh wave of global infections, says the BBC's Laura Bicker, who is at the port in Yokohama.

Also on the programme: Could ammonia prove the green alternative to diesel, transforming the world's shipping industry? As the UK government gives details of its new regulations for migrant workers, experts question whether this will actually reduce immigration. And what can Malaysia teach other countries about de-radicalisation?

(Picture: A bus with closed curtains believed to carry elderly passengers off the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, 14 February 2020 Credit: European Photopress Agency/JIJI PRESS)

Asian economies hit by coronavirus

As the coronavirus continues to spread, we'll find out what impact it's having on economies around Asia and further afield.

Also in the programme: the senior civil servant in Denmark who quietly stole $17 million from the welfare agency where she worked for decades; and a top UN official says she's horrified by the scale of the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Photo: Two women asking for information in a mobile phone store, Beijing, China Credit: Andrea Verdelli/Getty Images

Drastic measures in China to keep coronavirus under control

Measures continue to be taken across China to keep the outbreak under control. At the same time, hundreds of American passengers, quarantined for two weeks on board a cruise liner off Japan because of the coronavirus, are being evacuated back to the United States. Also on the programme: a surge in power generated by wind turbines across Europe; and Elton John forced to abandon show midway through.

(Photo: Workers in protective suits conduct tests inside a laboratory, as the country is hit by an outbreak of coronavirus, in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China February 14, 2020. Credit: cnsphoto/Reuters)

Coronavirus: are we over-reacting?

The Chinese authorities say Covid-19 has killed nearly 1,400 people and infected almost 64,000 - 1,700 of them health workers. Since the start of the outbreak, the virus has spread to nearly 30 countries and territories around the world. People are worried, but is the anxiety in countries outside China based on a real risk of contracting the virus - or a perceived risk?

Also in the programme: Female students at a college in India say they were forced to strip to check if they were menstruating; And how residents at one of Barcelona's most iconic buildings cope with the millions of tourists who visit every year.

PHOTO: A woman is given a temperature check as she arrives at Hong Kong International airport. CREDIT: Reuters

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