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Thailand Mourns Death of King

October 13th, 2016

Episode 853 of 860 episodes

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand has died at the age of 88. He was the world's longest-reigning monarch, and was widely revered as a stabilising figure, in a country hit by cycles of political turmoil and multiple coups. We hear from Richard Ehrlich of the Washington Times in Bangkok. Chemicals in fridges and air-conditioning units have long been blamed for contributing to global warming. Representatives from 200 countries are meeting in the Rwandan capital Kigali to discuss the phasing out of hydrofluorocarbons - or HFCs. These were introduced in the 1990s as an alternative to other chemicals which were damaging the Ozone layer. They’re now feared to have made the problem even worse. The BBC's environment correspondent Matt McGrath reports from the conference. Kenya Airways has suffered from falling ticket sales and industrial action for years. Now, pilots are threatening to go on strike indefinitely – the BBC’s Michael Kaloki in Nairobi explains this latest bout of turbulence for the airline. And we hear from South Africa - the world's seventh-biggest producer of wine by volume. But now South African wine producers are now targeting shoppers close to home -- the growing middle class of sub-Saharan Africa and Nigeria in particular, from where the BBC’s Ijeoma Ndukwe reports. (Photo: Thai women react after reading confirmation of the death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Credit: Borja Sanchez Trillo/Getty Images)