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Spain Rescues Nearly 800 Migrants From Sea

(VOA): Spanish rescuers have picked up nearly 800 migrants trying the cross the Mediterranean Sea into the European Union over the past two days. Coast Guard boats pulled people off of dangerously overcrowded vessels from the Straits of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea - two of the closest points..

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Brexit: A Second Referendum or Bust?

(VOA): Depending on who you talk to a second Brexit referendum is either the only way to break months of deadlock in Britain’s House of Commons or a beguiling idea that would worsen deep political divisions. Either way, the odds are increasing on Britain holding a second plebiscite on whether..

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Italy's Molinari Wins Golf's British Open

(VOA): Professional golfer Francesco Molinari won his first major championship Sunday, defeating an array of the sport's top stars at the British Open in Carnoustie, Scotland. The 35-year-old Molinari became the first Italian to capture one of golf's four major annual titles, shooting a..

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News of Planned Putin Visit to US Stuns Washington

(VOA): On the heels of President Donald Trump’s widely-criticized Helsinki summit performance, Washington is abuzz yet again after the White House announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit the United States later this year. VOA’s Michael Bowman has this report. (This story..

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French Open Judicial Probe Into Beating by Macron Aide

(VOA): A former senior security aide for French President Emmanuel Macron has been charged with assaulting a protester at a May Day demonstration. In the most damaging scandal to hit Macron since he took office last year, Alexandre Benalla, who was fired by Macron Friday, and another member of..

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Santas Converge in Denmark for Annual Congress

(VOA): Braving Europe's heatwave, more than 150 Santas from around the world donned their heavy suits and full beards at their annual conference in Denmark. As the 61st World Santa Claus Congress kicked off in Copenhagen, many of the delegates — from countries as far away as Japan and the..

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Revelations of US Cardinal Sex Abuse Will Force Pope’s Hand Monday, July 23rd, 2018

(VOA): Revelations that one of the most respected U.S. cardinals allegedly sexually abused both boys and adult seminarians have raised questions about who in the Catholic Church hierarchy knew — and what Pope Francis is going to do about it. If the accusations against Cardinal Theodore..

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Fiat Chrysler Names Jeep Boss to Replace Stricken CEO

(VOA): Fiat Chrysler named on Saturday its Jeep division boss, Mike Manley, to take over immediately for Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne, who is seriously ill after suffering major complications following surgery. The carmaker said British-born Manley, who also takes responsibility for the..

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AP Fact Check: Trump’s Week of Claims on Russia, NATO

(VOA): It was a week of bewilderment over what President Donald Trump really thinks about Russian interference in the U.S. election and what he and Russia’s Vladimir Putin told each other in their private meeting. The confusion was fed by Trump’s vacillating statements about the summit. On..

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Spain's Conservatives Swing Right With New Leader

(VOA): Spain's conservatives shifted to the right Saturday, electing a traditionalist as leader as they seek to re-establish a clear political identity less than two months after being removed from government. Pablo Casado won a clear victory in the ballot of People's Party (PP)..

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Russia, France Cooperate on Aid to Syria's Civilians

(VOA): The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone on Saturday to discuss joint humanitarian efforts in Syria, a day after France sent 50 tons of medical aid. France sent the aid after Russia agreed to facilitate transport of the aid to..

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..