The New York Auto Show begins today, with the threat of new tariffs being held over the international car industry by President Donald Trump. The BBC's Michelle Fleury is there. For decades pilots and cabin crew worldwide have been arguing that toxic air on-board the planes they fly has been making them - and passengers - ill. The industry says there’s no such thing as ‘Aerotoxicity', but scientists and doctors have suggested otherwise. The BBC's Mike Powell brings us up to date on this story. Haiti's foreign minister Bocchit Edmond tells us how his country is trying to reinvigorate its coffee industry, decimated by an earthquake nine years ago. Plus, payouts by pet insurers in the UK hit a record £785m in 2018, even though the number of claims submitted fell, according to the industry trade body. We hear why from Malcolm Tarling of the Association of British Insurers.
Climate Protests: Disobedience or Inconvenience?
Climate protesters Extinction Rebellion have been organising sit-ins on central London streets in an attempt to make their demands heard. But are they realistic in their aims, such as legally binding policies to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025? And are their disruptive tactics getting more people onside? We speak to activist Kofi Klu, who is taking part, about the power of protest. Reporters Without Borders' World Press Freedom Index is out today, ranking countries on how easy it is to be a journalist. Caroline Muscat, co-founder and editor of The Shift News in Malta explains why the Mediterranean island ranked 77th out of 180. Plus, the social media network Pinterest has launched its IPO today. We ask how the 'mood board' site intends to make money for its investors.
Update: Egypt holds referendum on constitutional changes
Egyptians will vote this weekend on changes which will allow the current president, Abd-al-Fatah al-Sisi, to remain in power until 2030. The referendum will last for three days in an attempt to maximise turnout. We hear from Yehia Hamed, a former Minister for Investment, on what an extended term would mean for the country's economy. And could Nokia claw back some 5G market share from Huawei? Stu Woo of the Wall Street Journal in Beijing tells us more.
China's economic growth beats expectations
China's economy grew slightly faster than expected in the three months from January to March, official figures released Wednesday showed. The economy expanded at 6.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, ahead of a Reuters forecast of 6.3%.
Also in the programme, the troubled Indian airline Jet Airways has suspended all its domestic and international flights after failing to find fresh funding. The airline said its last flight would operate on Wednesday as it was not able to pay for fuel and other critical services.
US President Donald Trump is set to nominate several political allies to the Federal Reserve Bank, a move that commentators say might compromise the bank's independence.
And Pakistan’s music industry has faced an uphill battle over the past two decades. But as the BBC's Vivienne Nunis finds out, the industry is fighting back
EU gives 'high-level' protection to whistleblowers
Whistleblowers across the European Union have won greater protection under landmark legislation aimed at encouraging reports of wrongdoing. Ironically, employees of the EU and its agencies are not covered by the legislation. We hear from Robert McCoy, who was employed by the EU as a financial controller and suffered harassment at work after he blew the whistle on alleged fraudulent expenses claims. Also in the programme, now that the Notre Dame fire has been extinguished, how can the cathedral be reborn? We ask Robert Read of Hiscox Insurance. Plus, the BBC's Jane Wakefield is at the annual TED Conference in Vancouver, Canada, meeting people with a specific idea of how to change the world for the better