The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN. The group consists of close to 500 organizations in over 100 countries working toward global nuclear disarmament. As Henry Ridgwell reports, the award is widely seen as a political statement at a time of high geopolitical uncertainty.
The investigation into Russian influence on the US elections has renewed attention to the Russian ban on US adoptions - a response to American sanctions about 5 years ago. Donald Trump Jr. said that was the topic when he met with a Russian lawyer during his father's election campaign. As Svetlana Prudovskaya of VOA's Russian service reports, the adoption ban has impacted families and children in both countries.
Protesters in Catalonia have demonstrated for and against independence. Thursday, both sides gathered outside Barcelona over the deployment of national troops in the region. Spanish authorities have sent thousands of police and Civil Guard to Catalonia to block moves for independence. Spain's Constitutional Court has ordered a suspension of Catalonia's parliamentary session next week, in which regional leaders plan to vote for a unilateral declaration of independence. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
European countries are forcibly returning tens of thousands of Afghan asylum seekers, knowing they are at serious risk of torture, kidnapping, death and other human rights abuses, according to Amnesty International. The human rights group says the deportations are a brazen violation of international law. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.