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Heathrow Airport gives all clear after responding to 'suspect item'

Authorities at London's Heathrow Airport were alarmed over a "suspect item," with one terminal suspending operations, before saying the issue has been resolved.

Russia to withdraw from Open Skies defence treaty

Moscow’s decision effectively cripples the 2002 treaty following US withdrawal last year

Hypersonic Superweapons Are a Mirage, New Analysis Says

Two scientists find revolutionary claims about the evasion of detection and defenses to be “nonsense.”

Partner of Norwegian Ex-Minister Is Sentenced for Staging Attacks

Laila Anita Bertheussen was accused of vandalizing her own house and car and of sending threatening letters in an effort to blame a theater company for breaching her privacy.

US Vice President Makes Unscheduled Visit to Troops Guarding Capitol

In first visit to capitol since disturbance, Pence thanks National Guard for 'stepping forward'

VW former boss sees market manipulation charges dropped

Martin Winterkorn will still face trial later this year over the wider emissions scandal, which was uncovered in 2015. His legal team maintains the former executive is innocent of all the charges.

Pfizer cuts back vaccine deliveries to EU at 'short notice'

The EU will be getting fewer BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine doses than planned in the coming weeks, as Pfizer tries to amp up its production capacity. European politicians are already under fire over slow inoculation drives.

In Ireland, Lifting a Veil of Prejudice Against Mixed-Race Children

The singer Jess Kavanagh is working to raise awareness about the experiences of mixed-race Irish people, particularly those born in the country’s infamous mother and baby homes.

In Defense of Television, Soccer's All-Purpose Villain

Television, which influences everything from salaries to kickoff times, is soccer’s most convenient villain. But for the vast majority of fans, it’s the only connection they have.

Nord Stream 2: German foundation fights possible US sanctions

Possible US penalties for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline have European companies involved jumping ship. Now, a foundation hopes to get the job done. Environmentalists are incensed and legal experts are skeptical.

What Is the US National Guard?

At least 15,000 armed National Guard troops will help provide security for the inauguration of President-election Joe Biden

Germany's President Urges Employers to Allow Work from Home

Steinmeier joins union chiefs in seeking to reduce contacts to halt COVID-19 spread

Biden Pledges to Change Immigration, Lays Out Plan

President-elect says he will create permanent protection for young migrants in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, known as 'Dreamers'

Dutch Government Resigns After Benefits Scandal

A parliamentary report concluded that tax authorities unfairly targeted poor families over child care benefits. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his entire cabinet stepped down.

Scotland fishing lobby derides ‘desperately poor’ EU trade deal

SFF says Brexit agreement has left industry worse off in half its key stocks

Ethiopia Tigray crisis: EU concern over war crime reports

The conflict threatens the stability of the entire region, the EU's top diplomat says.

Trump Impeached for a Second Time

Moderator Michael Williams, contributor to CBS Radio in Washington, along with panelists Emily Tamkin, U.S. Editor for the New Statesman, and JJ Green, National Security Correspondent for WTOP and Host of Target USA, discuss the latest Issues in the News, including the historic second ...

Growing up Beyond Black and White

Meet a couple in Nebraska who are raising their biracial children to be well adjusted and living beyond anyone’s pigeonholes. Reporter/Camera:   Deepak Dobhal

Trump Fetes Morocco King, Rallies Behind Claim 

Trump last month broke decades of precedent by recognizing Morocco's full sovereignty over contested Western Sahara, with Morocco in turn saying it would normalize relations with Israel

Insurers Must Pay Businesses for Pandemic Claims, British Court Rules

Hundreds of thousands of insured businesses will be paid for lost earnings after the coronavirus lockdowns forced them to close, ending a long-running battle with insurance companies.

German Red Cross urged to admit Nazi entanglement

The German Red Cross' close involvement in Hitler's Nazi regime should be officially admitted, historians and medics have said. One historian called the German Red Cross an "SS-riddled" ambulance corps.

'The buck stops here': Dutch Prime Minister and his entire Cabinet quits over welfare scandal

Dutch media said some 26,000 people had been affected by the scandal.

Trump to Leave Washington on Morning of Biden's Inauguration

The president reportedly will be sent off with a departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews

Parenting, Uprooting and Enchanting

VOA Connect Episode 157 -  Raising biracial kids, moving to improve your life and the art of magic.  

Several Thousand Hondurans Have Begun the Journey Toward US

The first migrant caravan of the year comes days before a new administration takes office in Washington

How British Scientists Found the More Infectious Coronavirus Variant

Back in March, researchers decided to routinely record the genetic sequences of the virus they found, giving them a powerful tool for tracking mutations.

Brexit: End to Gibraltar land border prompts joy and trepidation

For residents on both sides of the border there are hopes of an end to queues, but not everyone is convinced.

Russian circus sparks outrage over animals dressed as Nazis

A probe has been launched into a Russian circus for featuring animals dressed in clothes with Nazi symbols on them. The circus has defended the portrayal, saying it was done for educational purposes.

NY Prosecutors Interview Michael Cohen About Trump Finances

US Supreme Court is expected to rule on Trump's request for a stay and a further appeal after he leaves office January 20

Family of Iranian Dissident Jailed Since 2001 Appeals for Help to Secure Parole

Saeed Masouri, who marked 20 years in Iranian prisons this month, got a life sentence for supporting an exiled opposition group

Mike Pence Calls Kamala Harris to Offer Congratulations

The conversation was the first known contact between the elected members of the outgoing and incoming administrations

National Rifle Association Files for Bankruptcy as Part of Restructuring

The move will likely put on hold a New York investigation into accusations the NRA diverted millions of dollars for the personal use of senior leaders

Families Hold Out Hope for Eritrea's Disappeared Journalists

Release of religious prisoners after 26 years sparks hope that journalists jailed in 2001 might finally be reunited with family

Spanish freeze lays bare conditions in one of Europe’s biggest shanty towns

Inhabitants of a section of illegal settlement have been without electricity for three months

US Election 2020: What do countries around the world want from Joe Biden?

The BBC World Service speaks to reporters in six regions around the world about the hopes and expectations for Joe Biden's administration.

Military Atmosphere Engulfs US Capital Before Biden Inauguration

Officials answer threatening online ‘chatter’ with plans for a Green Zone backed by 25,000 National Guard troops

Armed Protests Feared Ahead of Inauguration

FBI issues new warnings as Congress plans national commission on Capitol siege

German Cabinet approves gender quota bill for company boards

The under-representation of women in German boardrooms has been a matter of debate for years. Now, Angela Merkel's government has tabled a new bill to help boost the numer of female executives in top jobs.

Canada’s Couche-Tard ends €16.2bn takeover talks with Carrefour

Last-minute intervention by Quebec’s economy minister fails to win round French government

Uganda's Museveni Declared Winner of Presidential Election

Museveni won 5.85 million votes, or 58.64% of the total, while main opposition candidate Bobi Wine won 3.48 million votes (34.83%), the electoral commission said in a televised news conference

Trump Administration Carries Out 13th and Final Execution

Dustin Higgs, convicted in the killings of three women in 1996, was the third to receive a lethal injection this week


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