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.
President Obama has scrapped the Cold War-era US arms embargo against Vietnam.
Arts, Culture & Media
In 1914, a shipload of would-be immigrants from India were roughly handled and turned away. Canada's government of the time wanted to keep the country white. Finally, a prime minister has acknowledged Canada was wrong on the record.
France is in the grip of some pretty serious unrest. Workers and anarchists are protesting a new labor law that makes it easier for employers to hire and fire. It’s been going on for two months and some schoolkids now accept unrest and clouds of tear gas as normal.
Many Hong Kongers see Zhang Dejiang's trip as the latest example of mainland China encroaching on the island's freedom.
Conflict & Justice
President Obama is being sued by a 28-year-old army captain, Nathan Michael Smith. The officer is deployed in the fight against ISIS. While he says the war is just, Smith and his lawyers argue the war lacks proper legal and constitutional authority.