There will be "serious consequences" if Iran does not release a British-flagged tanker seized in the Gulf, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.
The Stena Impero's owners say they have been unable to contact their vessel, which had 23 personnel on board and was "heading north towards Iran". Sara Vakshouri is President of SVB Energy International, we ask whether this incident was likely to make the Strait of Hormuz a no-go area for British tankers. As India prepares to launch a second mission to the moon, Mike Johnson explore if it's money well spent. Plus, our reporter in Switzerland heads to a month-long festival aimed at celebrating the country's wine industry. Nigel Cassidy is joined throughout the programme for comment by Stephanie Hare
researcher and speaker on technology, politics and history and from Washington, James Kirchick, reporter, foreign correspondent and author.
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US House passes bill to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour
The US House of Representatives has voted to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, delivering a long-sought victory to liberals. However, it remained unlikely the bill would pass a Republican-controlled Senate. David Neumark of the University of California says its notable that companies like McDonald's have dropped their vocal opposition to big rises in the minimum wage, but the reasons might not be immediately obvious.
Meanwhile in the UK, MPs voted to back a measure which will make it a lot trickier for the new Prime Minister to force a no-deal Brexit by temporarily suspending parliament. Within minutes, currency traders were on the case -- lifting the value of the pound from its recent 27 month lows. Has the British currency really become a barometer of Brexit-related developments?
Also in the programme, we examine the challenges faced by organisations targeted by computer ransomware attacks.
Plus - is this the end of Instagram "likes"? Instagram is trying out hiding the number of these a post gets in several countries, including Australia and Japan, with more to come after a trial in Canada. But could this upset how influencers operate on the platform?
Presenter Nigel Cassidy is joined by guests Melody Hahn in New York City and Natasha Khan in Hong Kong
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Mexican drug lord sentenced to life in prison
A US judge has sentenced Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán to life in prison plus 30 years. Guzmán was found guilty of 10 charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering, by a federal court in New York in February. He is a former head of the Sinaloa cartel, which officials say was the biggest supplier of drugs to the US. We hear from the journalist Jessica Loudis who attended the trial. Mexican investigative journalist Anabel Hernandez, who has been reporting on the links between the Mexican authorities, business and the drugs trade, tells us that this verdict does not change the reality for Mexico, still gripped by the drugs trade and endemic corruption.
We also ask why Netlix shares have fallen by more than 10% despite success with original series like Stranger Things.
Also on the programme - just how safe are electric scooters - now being bought and hired all over the world? A debate over their safety has been re-ignited in the UK after the very first fatality of a rider at the weekend.
And we take a closer look at Elon Musk's latest venture - linking the human brain to computers.
Presenter Jon Bithrey is joined by guests Varshini Prakash in Boston and Simon Littlewood in Singapore.
PHOTO: El Chapo, Copyright: Reuters
US Congress grills big tech bosses on antitrust
America's best known companies - Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple - have faced attacks on all sorts of fronts - whether it's over the use of personal data, stifling competition, allowing copyright infringement or paying too little tax. Now they're in Washington defending what they do in front of committees of politicians. We hear from Karen Kornbluh, director at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and former US ambassador to the OECD.
We are also asking if a new dawn in learning has arrived as we meet we actor and YouTuber Oliver Thorn, who is giving away the contents of his philosophy degree for free online.
Also in the programme, we speak with mayors who are defying national immigration policies around the world. We hear from mayors of Milan, Los Angeles, Freetown and Bristol who are demanding greater say in how they run their cities.
Plus, we are asking, should flexible working be the default position?
Presenter Jon Bithrey is joined by guests Lulu Chen in Hong Kong and Ralph Silva in Toronto.
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Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency faces opposition
US treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin has said he is concerned about Libra's potential criminal use. He told a press conference it could be used by "money launderers and terrorist financiers" and said it was a national security issue. We hear from Bloomberg's Lydia Beyoud.
Huawei announces significant investment in Italy despite America urging other countries not to do business with the Chinese technology firm. We hear from Adam Seagal, the director of the Digital and Cyberspace Programme at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Our reporter heads to New Zealand to find out how a near total ban on foreigners buying houses there, introduced last year, is playing out.
And there's been uproar in New York as Central Park holds a festival which charges an admission fee. Cory Kilgallen, a reporter with the New York Times tells us that people are unhappy about the erosion of a long held tradition.
Billions of dollars are being invested in driverless cars, but how will the artificial intelligence know exactly where to go? It's thought better mapping will be needed. We hear more from Simon Navin, head of innovation at Ordinance Survey.
For women in India's capital Delhi, simple journeys to and from work can be fraught with danger and the city is proposing a radical remedy - free public transport for all women. The BBC's Joe Miller reports.
Plus, joining us throughout the programme are Jyoti Malhotra at the Print website in Delhi and Tony Nash, the chief economist at Complete Intelligence joins us from Houston Texas.
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