February 26th, 2016
Episode 654 of 996 episodes
The executive members of football’s world governing body, Fifa, have elected Gianni Infantino of Switzerland as their new president. He succeeds Sepp Blatter, who stood down last year amid a corruption crisis that later saw him banned from football for six years. We get the latest from the meeting in Zurich, and the thoughts of Professor Chris Brady of the University of Salford. Iranians are today voting in the first test of public opinion since Iran signed a deal with world powers over its nuclear programme. The country has faced difficult economic times, but there are now hopes of an economic revival. We hear from a number of Iranian voters, and get the expert view of Dr Sanam Vakil of Chatham House. Few movie-makers find themselves Oscar-nominated for their first feature film. But director Naji Abu Nowar, and producer Rupert Lloyd, have already won much praise for their low-budget period drama Theeb. The BBC’s arts correspondent Vincent Dowd reports. And for our regular round-up of the week’s news, we’re joined by Rebecca Byrne, London-based reporter for the London for the Wall Street Journal, and John Authers, the Financial Times’ senior investment commentator, based in New York.