Busting the Merkel Myth

Press play to listen to this article BERLIN — In an age of us-versus-them politics, soon-to-be ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel might be the only prominent international leader the global demos can actually agree on. From Poland to Peru, clear majorities profess a favorable view of the East German physicist-turned-politician, whose 16-year tenure running Europe’s largest … Read more

Top Sudan general warns country could be source of refugee influx to Europe

Press play to listen to this article Europe and the U.S. may face a refugee surge from Sudan if they don’t support the country’s regime under the new military-led government, according to a top Sudanese general. Senior General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo told POLITICO that Europe and the U.S have little choice but to support the … Read more

Keep Holiday-Gift Deliveries Safe From Porch Pirates

The holidays are just around the corner. Unfortunately, that also means it’s prime time for thieves who steal packages left on porches or at front doors — but there’s are ways to fight back. Consumer Reports evaluated lots of home security products—including video doorbells, package delivery boxes and even floodlights with cameras—all of which can … Read more

New coronavirus variant detected in Belgium as Europe bans Southern Africa travel

European countries agreed Friday to restrict Southern Africa travel, citing concerns over a new coronavirus strain detected there that the World Health Organization designated as a “variant of concern.” The global health body said the new strain, which it named “Omicron,” appeared to be more contagious than earlier versions — able to evade the immunity gained through vaccination or prior infection. … Read more

Ukraine PM calls for NATO’s help against Russia

Press play to listen to this article With a major mobilization of Russian troops once again menacing Ukraine, and U.S. intelligence warning of a potential invasion, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on Thursday urged NATO to send warships to the Black Sea and step up reconnaissance flights along Russia’s borders. “Ensuring the constant presence of … Read more

At NATO, Polish president calls for allied response to Russian troop build-up near Ukraine

Polish President Andrzej Duda called on NATO to deploy additional forces on its eastern flank and step up its air policing mission in response to Russia’s recent military build-up close to the border with Ukraine. The U.S. and other Western allies have issued stern warnings about the Russian mobilization in recent days, amid concern the Kremlin could be … Read more