Ex-teacher hopes to free Belarus from president's…

A 37-year-old former English teacher without political experience seems an unlikely challenger to the authoritarian president of Belarus who has been the ex-Soviet nation’s only leader for more than a quarter-century

U.S. military medics aiding local hospitals…

The Pentagon sent staff to parts of California and Texas where hospitals struggled to find enough personnel to meet a wave of coronavirus cases. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.

In This Nation, Hello Kitty 'Flight to Nowhere…

We've heard of cruises to nowhere—but a "flight to nowhere"? That's the plan behind EVA Air's latest gimmick to appeal to Taiwanese citizens who haven't been able to travel outside the country during the coronavirus pandemic. Per CNN , to celebrate Father's Day in Taiwan on Saturday, the airline is...

Where's Juan Carlos? Spain mulls former monarch's…

Speculation over the whereabouts of former monarch Juan Carlos is gripping Spain, a day after he announced he was leaving the country for an unspecified destination amid a growing financial scandal

Scientists discover 'teenage' woolly mammoth

Russian scientists have managed to recover around 80% of the stunningly well-preserved bones of a woolly mammoth that roamed the earth at least 10,000 years ago, director of the Centre for Arctic Research Dmitry Frolov told Reuters on Monday (August 3).

Miner Cashes In Again

The small-scale miner in Tanzania who sold two of his finds for $3.4 million in June has made another big sale. Saniniu Laizer collected $2 million for a 14-pound Tanzanite stone, the BBC reports. The rare gemstones—which a geologist said could be gone in 20 years—are found...

AdChoices Icon

3 men rescued from Pacific island after writing…

Three men have been rescued from a tiny Pacific island after writing a giant SOS in the sand that was spotted from above

South Korea floods leave 13 dead

South Korea's longest spell of monsoon rain in seven years has caused flooding that has forced more than 1,000 people to leave their homes. Joe Davies reports.

Singapore Will Issue New Arrivals With Electronic…

Singapore says some visitors and returning residents can now quarantine at their residence instead of in dedicated facilities—but they will be issued with electronic monitoring devices and face up to 6 months in prison if they remove them or tamper with them. Authorities say the devices, which use GPS...

Urgency to bear witness grows for last Hiroshima…

For nearly 70 years, until he turned 85, Lee Jong-keun hid his past as an atomic bomb survivor

Trump flips on TikTok, urges big U.S. sales cut

[NFA] Just a few days after President Donald Trump said he was considering banning China's TikTok in the United States, Trump reversed course on Monday, saying the U.S. should receive a "substantial portion" of the sales price. Gavino Garay has more.

Cruise Line's Restart Ends Quickly

A cruise line's attempt to resume operations amid the pandemic is at least temporarily on hold because of a COVID-19 outbreak . Norway's Hurtigruten suspended operations Monday after at least 40 staff and crew from one of its ships tested positive, with hundreds more potentially exposed and awaiting test results, reports...

The Latest: France to pay home caregivers virus…

French President Emmanuel Macron says home caregivers who helped the elderly and people with disabilities during the pandemic will receive a bonus of up to 1,000 euros ($1,175) by the end of the year

NY's Trump probe over more than just 'hush-money'

The Manhattan district attorney's probe involving U.S. President Donald Trump is not limited to so-called hush-money payments made to two women in 2016 by his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, according to a court filing on Monday. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Egypt Sets Elon Musk Straight About Pyramids…

After Elon Musk tweeted last week that "Aliens built the pyramids obv," Egypt has officially set him straight. "I follow your work with a lot of admiration. I invite you & Space X to explore the writings about how the pyramids were built and also to check out the tombs...

AdChoices Icon

Irksome in Iceland, brusque in Britain? US envoys…

The U.S. ambassador to Iceland wants guards who pack heat

Trump labels Birx 'pathetic' in tweet

[NFA] U.S. President Donald Trump took a public swipe at White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx a day after she said infections from the virus were "extraordinarily widespread" in the U.S. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

Russia Will Start Mass COVID Vaccinations in…

Clinical trials are not yet complete, but Russia plans to roll out a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign in October. Teachers and health care workers will be the first to get the coronavirus vaccine currently being developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, which is reportedly set to begin Phase III trials—the...

Curfew in parts of Kashmir ahead of revocation…

Authorities have clamped a curfew in parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir ahead of the first anniversary of New Delhi's decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy

Police detain hostage taker in Kyiv bank drama

Police detained a man who took a hostage in a bank in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Monday, Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said. The hostage was released unharmed. Emer McCarthy reports.

Thousands of Germans Protest 'Masks That Make Us…

Thousands of demonstrators gathered at Berlin's Brandenberg Gate on Saturday to protest Germany's pandemic restrictions—as police pleaded with them to wear masks and socially distance. When the warnings were ignored, police eventually ordered the crowd at the sit-in to leave, the BBC reports. Organizers had billed the event as...

Asia Today: Manila back under lockdown as virus…

Commuter trains, buses and other public vehicles stayed off the main roads of the Philippine capital Tuesday and police were again staffing checkpoints to restrict public travel as surging virus cases forced another lockdown

John Hume, Northern Ireland peace maker, dies

John Hume, a Roman Catholic architect of Northern Ireland's Good Friday peace agreement who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending 30 years of sectarian violence, has died at the age of 83. Francis Maguire reports.

The World Has a New No. 3 in COVID Deaths

Mexico has a grisly new claim to fame: The country of 126 million has now lost 47,472 of its people to coronavirus, making it the country with the pandemic's third highest death toll. Britain previously held that spot, though it has just over half Mexico's population, but now has...

AdChoices Icon

Hindus in India set to build temple at razed…

As Hindus prepare to celebrate the groundbreaking of a long-awaited temple at a disputed ground in northern India, Muslims say they have no firm plans to build a new mosque at an alternative site they were granted to replace the one torn down by Hindu hard-liners decades ago

There may never be a 'silver bullet' for COVID-19…

Despite vaccines in development, the head of the World Health Organization cautioned that the treatments had yet to prove effective and might only convey protection for a short time. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.

Trump Looks to Force Sale, and Microsoft May Be…

President Trump is looking at ordering the sale of the US portion of TikTok, and Microsoft appears ready to step into the void. "We may be banning TikTok," Trump said Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports. A deal with Microsoft would bring Bytedance, the app's Chinese owner, tens of billions...