I've been fascinated by the outside world since I can remember. Even as a kid, growing up in the UK, I remember being enthralled by pictures on the nightly news from the war in Vietnam. As a teenager I served as a part-time infantry soldier in Britain's Territorial Army. At college I specialized in international relations. I've worked in global news since 1986 when I joined the BBC World Service. I've reported for the BBC from places like Afghanistan and southern Africa. I like working for ‘The World’ because of the satisfaction I get from bringing international news to new audiences.
Since time immemorial, the laws of England have been written on vellum; a material made from calfskin, that lasts for thousands of years. Now, as a cost-cutting measure, the UK Parliament in London is switching to parchment paper. But some MPs aren't ready to give it up.
The Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary play a key role in every presidential election cycle. Yet these states are remarkable for their comparative lack of diversity. Does that matter?
A swarm of international political enthusiasts are in New Hampshire for the primary. Willem Post is a Dutch academic who hasn’t missed a Granite State primary since the beginning of the ‘90s. He loves the whole experience and says the excitement, the intimacy and the scenery make the poll in the New Hampshire resemble ‘a fairy tale.’ He also wants Americans to understand the global significance of the vote.
Conflict & Justice
An investigation by the Financial Times shows that hundreds of cargo ships every month are engaging in what might be suspicious activity. Security officials in Europe fear some may be aiding terrorist groups.
Conflict & Justice
The city of Aleppo, Syria, is now completely cut off by government forces. Rebels forces and thousands of civilians are now trapped. Photographer Rami Jarrah just got out of the city two weeks ago. Here are the stories of some of the people he met.