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Three days of national mourning have started in Argentina after Maradona died on Wednesday at the age of 60. We discuss why he was so loved in Argentina. Also in the programme: A court in Turkey has given life sentences to more than 300 hundred linked to the 2016 coup attempt, and two museums in London, Ontario and London, England are collaborating on a project to capture our coronavirus dreams.
(Photo:Argentina"s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner touches the casket of soccer legend Diego Maradona at the presidential palace Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires. Credit: Reuters)
Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed has ordered the federal army to begin an offensive against the capital of Tigray province. We hear from Mekelle, and also speak to the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, who demands protection for civilians and access for humanitarian agencies.
Also in the programme: hundreds of people convicted of taking part in an attempted coup in Turkey in 2016 have been sentenced to life in prison; and why Neapolitans are mourning Diego Maradona.
(Picture: Mekelle, Ethiopia / Credit: BBC News Stills)
Football legend Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 60. The former Argentina attacking midfielder suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home.
Also in the programme; A deadline for Tigrayan forces to surrender in northern Ethiopia has expired, with federal and other troops poised to attack the regional capital Mekelle; and we hear from a defender of Thailand's strict laws against criticising the royal family.
(Photo: File photo. Argentina's Maradona lifts the World Cup after match against West Germany in Mexico in 1986. Credit: Reuters)
Abiy Ahmed appears poised to send forces into the regional capital, Mekelle, as international calls for a peaceful resolution to the civil conflict seem to fall on deaf ears.
Also in the programme: Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam has delivered her annual address to a legislature emptied of opposition members; the trial of a well-known women's rights activist resumes in Saudi Arabia; and a coronavirus outbreak in the Gaza Strip threatens to overwhelm the Palestinian territory's fragile health care system.
(Photo: An Ethiopian refugee, fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, walks past a World Food Programme tent at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, on Monday. Credit: Reuters)
The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission says the group stabbed, bludgeoned and burned to death non-Tigrayan residents of the town of Mai Kadra two weeks ago, with the collusion of local forces. We’ll hear from the head of the Commission.
Also in the programme: The formal handover of power from President Trump to the President-elect, Joe Biden, has begun and the pandemic is the priority; and a new report warns that Afghanistan is becoming a significant producer of the dangerously addictive and illegal drug, meth-amphetamine.
(Photo: An Ethiopian woman who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region carries her child near Sudan-Ethiopia border. Credit: Reuters).
The handover from Donald Trump to Joe Biden has officially begun, three weeks after the US presidential election. In a tweet referring to the best interest of the country, Mr Trump acknowledged that the transition had started. But he again argued, without providing evidence, that the poll was marred by fraud. Mr Biden's team will now have access to federal funds and officials.
A special report from Afghanistan, on the new drug of choice for this addict and many others - crystal meth.
And Cambridge University Library has announced that two notebooks written by Charles Darwin, worth many millions of pounds, have been missing for 20 years.
(Photo: Joe Biden has been elected America's 46th president. Credit: Getty Images)