World Update: Daily Commute

World Update: Daily Commute


A daily digest of news and features presented by Dan Damon.


Survivors of Hurricane Irma Struggle for Supplies  

The BBC's Laura Bicker reports on the plight of residents of the British Virgin Islands, one of the worst affected areas. Also: Bosnia's rape victims; What the US knows about the so-called Islamic State. (Image: British Soldiers arrive in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, where homes have been destroyed Credit: PA)

Rohingya Refugee: 'The Militants Gave Us Bombs'  

As Myanmar refugee crisis escalates, stories from a camp in Bangladesh. Also: Why is Chechen leader Kadyrov supporting the Rohingyas? British Virgin Islands hurricane devastation. (Photo: A new settlement of Rohingya refugees begins to form in the hills of Whaikhyang, Bangladesh. Reports estimate that around 290,000 Rohingya Muslims have now fled Myanmar after violence erupted in Rakhine state. Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The Sunday Feature: Northern Ireland and the Politics of Language  

This week's feature looks at political sensitivity surrounding languages in Northern Ireland. The representation of the Irish language in the six counties has become a contentious issue, as the nationalist Sinn Fein party are demanding that a new law be put in place to protect the tradition, if they are to restore the power-sharing executive at Stormont. Meanwhile the unionist community are seeking to keep the Ulster-Scots tongue relevant as the nation's demographics are shifting towards Catholicism. (Photo: Graffiti in Belfast calling for an Irish language act, a proposal that divides the assembly along traditional community lines)

Weekend Extra  

Bangladesh crisis escalates; Refugee councillors; Understanding Pyongyang in a model flat

Special Programme: Brexit and Northern Ireland  

Dan reports from Derry-Londonderry on the possibility of a land border with the Irish Republic after Britain leaves the EU. Also: Should the Irish language be protected? (Photo: Traffic crossing the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, next Dundalk, County Louth. Credit: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images)

Barbuda 'Barely Habitable' After Irma  

As the Category 5 storm makes its way towards the Dominican Republic, stories of devastation left in its wake. Also: Environmental damage forces closure of Chinese resort (Photo: Satellite image of Hurricane Irma from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project via Getty Images)

Aung San Suu Kyi: Rohingya Crisis Distorted  

Myanmar's de-factor leader responds to clashes in Rakhine state. Also: The Syrian refugee thriving in Turkey; Hungary loses legal challenge to EU migration policy (Photo: Muslim Rohingya men, women and children board a boat heading south to the city of Sittwe, Myanmar on 29 August 2017, following violence between Myanmar's security forces and militants fighting for the country's Rohingya minority. Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexit Watch: Will British Courts Rule on British Laws?  

Dan explores the thorny question of whether the EU's top court - the European Court of Justice - will still influence UK law. Also: Polls show pro-Leave voters have no remorse. We hear from polling analyst David Cowling, EU legal expert Professor Steve Peers, and the BBC political reporter Emma Vardy (Photo: The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Credit: JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexit Watch: How to Make the Best Use of a Referendum?  

The vote for Brexit was the result of a referendum, the third in the UK in recent years. Referendums seem to be getting more and more common; but are they being used wisely and conducted fairly? Dan speaks with the director of the new Independent Commission on Referendums, Alan Renwick from the Constitutional Unit of University College London. There are also updates on this week's Brexit developments, including the UK government publishing position papers on trade and on the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish republic. (IMAGE: A man casts his ballot to vote in a referendum - ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexit Watch: The Four Freedoms  

One of the big talking points over the past few days has been on freedom of movement - the four freedoms of goods, services, capital and labour that come with European Union membership. Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted that free movement will cease at the end of March 2019 when Britain leaves the EU. And one of the places seriously affected by that change will be Ireland, where the border between the North and the Irish Republic will become the only land border between a non-EU UK and the other 27 member. (Picture: Irish and UK Flag. Credit: Getty Images)

Brexit Watch: Trade Wars  

In this week's negotiations between the UK and EU, the issue of trade came up earlier than expected. That's because agricultural import quotas are so important, as Professor. Fiona Smith, a trade law expert from Warwick University told Dan this week. Also Rob Watson on the Northern Ireland question, all on Brexit Watch.

Brexit Watch: Repeal bill published  

The British government have introduced a bill to Parliament that if approved will convert thousands of European Union laws into British law when Britain leaves, in theory on 29th March 2019. But there are plenty of reasons why that might not go as smoothly as Theresa May's government hopes. To help us understand what should happen, for this week's Brexit Watch we spoke to Dr. Jo Hunt from the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University. ( Britain & EU Flags: Getty Images)

Brexit Watch: How to Bargain with Brussels  

As negotiations begin Dan Damon speaks to two people with experience of cutting a deal with the European Union. Yanis Varoufakis was the Greek Finance Minister in 2015 and had to negotiate with the EU during the country's government-debt crisis. Jason Langrish is the Executive Director of the Canada Europe Roundtable for Business. He was involved in negotiations on the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). (Picture: European Parliament. Credit: Getty Images)

Brexit Watch: On the Road - Part 3 - Down on the Docks  

In the last of our three-part road trip looking at how Brexit could effect different industries, we go to the docks and see how the haulage industry is prepared for Brexit. (IMAGE: The port of Dover at night CREDIT: merlinpf)

Brexit Watch: On the Road - Part 2 - Ramsgate Harbour  

Dan Damon continues his road trip looking at the possible effects of Brexit on three different industries. In part two, Dan takes us to Ramsgate Harbour, and meets the fisherman who was a big campaigner to leave the EU. (IMAGE: A pro-Brexit flag flies on a fishing boat as a crew member washes their catch in Ramsgate on June 13, 2016 - CREDIT: CHRIS J RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexit Watch: On The Road - Part 1 - Down on the Farm  

Dan Damon goes on the road for a three-part series looking at the possible effects of Brexit on three different industries. In part 1, Dan visits an urban farm where the dairy cows took a particular interest in Dan. (IMAGE: Jersey cows graze in a field. CREDIT: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Brexit Watch: The UK's Tech Industry  

What opportunities and pitfalls face the UK's I.T. and Finance industries after Brexit? Dan gets perspectives from Gianpiero Lotito, a founding member of the European Tech Alliance whose company FacilityLive is the first international company to be part of the London Stock Exchange ELITE programme, and Mark Kelly, Chief Executive for Olive Tree Financial. With analysis from the BBC World Service's Political Correspondent, Rob Watson. (IMAGE: Traders on the floor of ETX Capital in London on March 29, 2017 - CREDIT: CHRIS J RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexit Watch: Brexit's Role in a Snap General Election  

What will the 8th June election mean for Brexit? Dan Damon speaks with two experts in European and UK politics to find out more - Jacki Davis, senior adviser to the European Policy Centre in Brussels and Jo-Anne Nadler who formerly worked at the Conservative Central Office, the headquarters of the ruling Conservative Party. (IMAGE: A copy of the Evening Standard, with the front page story relating to British Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a snap general election on June 8 - Photo credit: DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexit Watch: Article 50 Was Only The Beginning  

While Parliament is in recess, use the time to get acquainted with Article 207, 217 & 218. Dan Damon speaks with Catherine Barnard, professor in European Union Law and Employment Law at the University of Cambridge, as she prepares us for what happens next in the negotiations. The BBC's Political Correspondent Ben Wright is on hand to give analysis from Westminster. (IMAGE: A pro-remain protester holds up an EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out in front of the Houses of Parliament shortly after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced to the House of Commons that Article 50 had been triggered- CREDIT: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexit Watch: UK's Plans for Common Foreign and Security Policy post-Brexit  

We take a look at security in a post-Brexit world. Cooperation has always been key when dealing with other countries so what should happen now to make sure everyone is still protected? The EU External Affairs Sub-Committee has been holding a one-off evidence session to gather information on what the Common Foreign and Security Policy could be now. Dan Damon speaks to one of those advising the sub-committee, Professor Karen Smith from the LSE's Department of International Relations. The BBC's Political Correspondent Eleanor Garnier gives analysis and overview from Westminster. (IMAGE: British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) greets European Council President Donald Tusk outside 10 Downing street in central London on April 6 - JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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