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March 19, 2023
Warming Oceans Exacerbate Security Threat of Illegal Fishing: Report
Illegal fishing is a multibillion-dollar global industry closely linked to organized crime. The trade will pose a greater threat to security as climate change warms the world’s oceans, according to a report from Britain’s Royal United Services Institute. Henry Ridgwell has more from London.
March 18, 2023
100,000 Displaced by Recent Attacks in Eastern DRC: UN
The United Nations said this week that over 100,000 people have fled eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after recent armed rebel attacks. The global aid group also reiterated statements issued by several international rights groups who support allegations by President Felix Tshisekedi’s government that neighboring Rwanda is fueling the conflict in DRC’s eastern regions by supporting M23 rebels, a development vehemently denied by Kigali. For VOA, reporter Henry Ridgwell spoke to refugees, authorities, and experts, some of whom are calling on Western nations to pressure Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s administration.
February 24, 2023
Russia Putin Announcement Sparks Nuclear Arms Race Fears
Experts report that a recent announcement by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin who said that his nation will suspend its participation in the New START treaty, which limits the number of warheads deployed by his nation and the U.S., has aroused fears of a new global nuclear arms race. For more, VOA’s Henry Ridgwell speaks to authorities and experts from London.
February 01, 2023
Africa Improved Fighting Corruption: Transparency International
Global anti-corruption organization Transparency International recently released its annual report that states Africa showed encouraging signs of tackling corruption on the continent despite little progress in 2022 towards addressing the issue worldwide due to growing violence and insecurity. For more, reporter Henry Ridgwell speaks to officials of the anti-corruption organization from London.
January 20, 2023
EU Frontiers: Steep Rise in Irregular Crossings
Tunisians, Syrians and Afghans constitute almost half of the 330,000 so-called irregular crossings on the European Union's external frontiers in 2022 - a steep rise of 64% from the previous year according to Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. That figure doesn't include millions of Ukrainian refugees who have fled the war in Eastern Europe with the Agency saying that there were high numbers from Nigeria, Egypt and Bangladesh as well. From London, VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports that the western Balkan and central Mediterranean routes to Italy accounted for most of the irregular arrivals.
January 17, 2023
Oxfam: Windfall Taxes on Food Companies
Oxfam has found that the world's richest 1% of the global population - many due to attend the World Economic Forum at Davos this week, have roughly two-thirds of ''all new wealth created since 2020'' in its report titled "Survival of the Richest” published Monday.
January 17, 2023
Oxfam Finds Inflation is Making People Get Poorer
Oxfam has found that the world's richest 1% of the global population - many due to attend the World Economic Forum at Davos this week, have roughly two-thirds of ''all new wealth created since 2020.'' The charity asserts the source of that wealth is partly governments' money pumped into the global economy to tackle the coronavirus. Oxfam calls for windfall taxes imposed on energy companies to be extended to food companies making big profits.
January 12, 2023
HRW Report Applauds Russia Shunning
Global rights organization, the Human Rights Watch Thursday released its annual report which hails the international community for speaking out against human rights violations that were reported in China, Afghanistan and amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. For more, VOA’s Henry Ridgewell speaks to HRW authorities and other experts.
January 07, 2023
Qatar Corruption Scandal Risks EU Gas Deals
The corruption scandal at the European Parliament deepened this week as officials said they would seek to lift the immunity of two more lawmakers accused of taking bribes from the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. Henry Ridgwell reports that the investigation could impact economic ties between Europe and Qatar, a key supplier of energy.
November 05, 2022
War in Ukraine Might Hinder Climate Talks Ahead of COP27
Concerns that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has reversed progress on tackling climate change will be addressed during the COP27 climate talks in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh next week. However, some analysts say that the war could have a positive impact in the longer term. Henry Ridgwell has the details.
October 29, 2022
Rishi Sunak: Britain's First Nonwhite Prime Minister
Rishi Sunak, whose Hindu parents were born in Africa, has become Britain’s first non-white prime minister. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, some in Britain are comparing it to the election of Barack Obama as the first Black U.S. president.
September 19, 2022
Britain Mourns Queen Elizabeth, Prepares for King Charles Era
Experts say Monday marked the culmination of the second Elizabethan era amid Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral proceedings, and add, Tuesday will mark the start of the King Charles III era as he faces pressure of maintaining the relevance of the British monarchy. For more, VOA’s Henry Ridgwell reports.
September 19, 2022
Passing Britain's Crown - the Interment
UPDATED WITH MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19 EVENTS: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-reigning monarch, has been laid to rest at Windsor Castle, aside her husband Prince Philip and other royal family members, ending ten days of pageantry marking her passing at age 96.
September 18, 2022
Queen Death Sparks Commonwealth Future Debates
The death of Queen Elizabeth II and crowning of King Charles III to lead the British empire, has sparked renewed debates in Commonwealth countries over relations with the monarchy and some experts predict several disassociations from the Commonwealth. For more, VOA’s Henry Ridgwell speaks to experts
September 15, 2022
Westminster Open for Queen Farewell
The late Queen Elizabeth II arrived at Westminster Hall Wednesday where she will lie until her funeral on Monday, and until then will be open to public viewing, but reporters warn 27-hour waits before receiving an opportunity to bid farewell to the late leader. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell provides updates.
September 14, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II Arrives at Westminster Hall
Tens of thousands of people have already started lining up at Westminster Hall in London in attempts of bidding farewell to Queen Elizabeth II, amid the arrival of the late British leader’s coffin in London. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell was on the scene to provide updates.
September 06, 2022
New British Prime Minister Promises Russia, China Fight
Britain’s former Foreign Secretary Liz Truss Tuesday gave her first address as Prime Minister, where she said her administration will boost defense spending by an estimated $180 billion and will continue supporting Ukraine amid Russian aggression. For more VOA’s Henry Ridgwell speaks to analysts.
July 08, 2022
Ukraine Salutes UK Johnson Amid PM Resignation
Ukrainians say they are saddened by the news of the resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who was saluted for providing immense support amid Kyiv’s war with Russia. Kyiv adds Ukrainians are confident that the incoming British administration will maintain the anti-Russia position.