The United States and Russia are making tit-for-tat moves with their participation in a nuclear treaty, and some politicians and analysts see it as a burgeoning arms race. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Saturday that Russia is suspending its participation in the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The Russian move follows similar action Friday by the U.S.
Poland’s political fissures have widened in recent months, pitting conservatives — many of them government supporters — against liberal critics who accuse the ruling party of threatening the country’s hard-won democracy by undermining the independence of the judiciary and the media
The #MeToo movement has called attention to rape and other sexual crimes against women. But experts say there is a long way to go. An EU report says 1 in 20 women has been raped in Europe, and many still do not report sexual assaults. But in France, a triple world karate champion is teaching women to heal through her sport, both at home and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For VOA from the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, Lisa Bryant has the story of karate star Laurence Fischer and her mission.
The United States announced Friday it is pulling back from a decades-old treaty that banned an entire class of nuclear weapons, sparking concern among some analysts the move could trigger a new arms race. VOA's diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine has more from the State Department.