December 7, 2021

Biden, Putin meet in video call amid Ukraine crisis

Biden sought to put Moscow on notice that Russia will face economy-jarring sanctions if it invades neighboring Ukraine.
Science
December 4, 2021
Survival: It’s not only honeybees that are struggling to survive the volcano on the Canary island of LaPalma. These abandoned cats searched for food

Honeybees survive under volcanic ash for weeks in Canary Islands

Beekeeper was amazed that his bees were still alive and buzzing.
World
December 1, 2021

Japan suspends new reservations on all incoming flights

Japan has asked international airlines to stop taking new reservations for all flights arriving in Japan until the end of December as the country further tightens its border controls against a new coronavirus variant, the transportation ministry said Wednesday.
World
November 30, 2021

Holocaust survivors mark Hanukkah at Jerusalem Western Wall

Several dozen Holocaust survivors marked the third night of Hanukkah on Tuesday with a menorah-lighting ceremony at Jerusalem's Western Wall that paid tribute to them and the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis.
Nation
November 27, 2021
Tulio de Oliveira, director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform, in his lab at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in D

How did the new COVID-19 variant omicron get its name?

There are now seven "variants of interest" or "variants of concern," and they each have a Greek letter.
Business
November 24, 2021

Mexico gets female central bank head, supreme court justice

Mexico's president nominated the first woman to serve as governor of the country's central bank Wednesday, saying that getting women into high office was a priority.
World
November 24, 2021

Kosovo man faces terror charges after return from Syria

Kosovo's prosecutors on Wednesday brought terror charges against a local man who had allegedly joined the Islamic State group in Syria and was recently repatriated.
Business
November 24, 2021

UK aims to put latest energy firm casualty in administration

Britain's energy regulator said Wednesday that it's looking to appoint an administrator to oversee the latest business casualty in the country's domestic energy market following the demand-led spike in gas prices.
Business
November 24, 2021

Sri Lanka heeds protests, lifts ban on agrochemical imports

Sri Lanka's government has withdrawn a ban on imports of agrochemicals that it said was aimed at encouraging organic cultivation.
World
November 24, 2021

EU prosecutors appoint delayed Slovenia nominees for 5 years

A European Union body announced Wednesday that it has finally appointed two prosecutors from Slovenia, ending a months-long standoff with the small Alpine country's right-wing government, but doubts remain over how long they will stay in the job.
Business
November 24, 2021

EU says economic recovery threatened by COVID-19 resurgence

The massive spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks is threatening the European Union's recovery from the deep economic slump caused by last year's onset of the pandemic, the bloc's economy chief said Wednesday.
World
November 24, 2021

Ethiopia expels Irish diplomats over Ireland's stance on war

Ethiopia has ordered four of six Irish diplomats working in Addis Ababa to leave the country because of Ireland's outspoken stance over the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia, Ireland's government said Wednesday.
World
November 23, 2021

Lebanon's interior minister: crisis with Gulf could worsen

Lebanon's interior minister said Tuesday that every delay in resolving the diplomatic crisis with Gulf nations threatens to affect the lives of more Lebanese already reeling from a massive economic crisis.
Politics
November 20, 2021
Rep. Dean Phillips is pushing for a second extension related to the Liberian Refugee Fairness Act.

Rep. Dean Phillips pushes to extend deadline for Liberians seeking residency

A 2019 federal program has been hampered by a slow launch and burdensome procedures.
World
November 19, 2021

Poland: Migrant camps along Belarus border have emptied

Polish authorities said Friday there are no more migrants camping along the Belarus side of the European Union's eastern border, but attempts at illegally crossing into the bloc's territory are continuing and becoming more aggressive.
World
November 19, 2021

Prince Charles ends first tour since start of pandemic

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, on Friday concluded their first foreign tour since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a four-day trip that took them to Jordan and Egypt and was meant to strengthen bilateral ties and discuss ways to combat climate change with leaders.
World
November 19, 2021

Spain broadens counting of victims in gender violence crimes

Spain's left-wing government said Friday it will begin to count in its official statistics on gender violence the slayings of women or minors by men regardless of the relationship that existed between victim and killer.
Nation
November 18, 2021
In South Korea, nasopharyngeal swabs remain the gold standard for COVID testing.

Must the swab go that far up your nose to test for COVID-19?

Don't worry: The swab is not actually stabbing your brain.
World
November 13, 2021
Migrants heading to European countries looked at camping gear at the Zhdanovichi market in Minsk, Belarus, on Saturday.

Migrants say Belarusians took them to E.U. border and supplied wire cutters

Migrants were put up at government hotels, given maps, even wire cutters.
Politics
November 13, 2021
Several Syrian towns, including Raqqa, were reduced to rubble by U.S. airstrikes against ISIS.

How the U.S. hid an airstrike that killed dozens of civilians in Syria

It was one of the largest single civilian casualty incidents in ISIS war.