Russia’s parliament votes to ban Americans from adopting Russian children. Also, why Western ministers, even fake ones, are in high demand for Japanese weddings. And a Polish duo performs music at the touch of their fingertips.
The Russian Parliament Wednesday unanimously passed a measure that bans Americans from adopting Russian children. New York Times Moscow correspondent David Herszenhorn speaks with Host Lisa Mullins about the political motivations and implications.
Alexander D’Jamoos is one of the many Russian children who have been adopted in the United States in the past 20 years. D’Jamoos has written a letter to President Putin asking him not to sign the law banning Americans from adopting Russian children.
From 1900 until 1945 a married couple in Germany took a self-portrait on Christmas Eve. The series of photographs charts dramatic changes in their life, and in their country.
Sunni Muslim extremists recently seized control of Timbuktu and the rest of northern Mali earlier this year. Now they’re destroying the religious relics, calling them idolatrous.
This year Russia required fourth graders across the country to take a religion class. There are six choices: Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, secular ethics or world religions.
Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2003. But about 30 years prior, a handful of couples got legally married in Boulder, Colorado. Australian Tony Sullivan and Filipino-American Richard Adams were among them. Adams passed away earlier this week, but his partner’s immigration status remains up the air.
Western-style weddings are so popular in Japan that wedding companies can’t find enough ministers to fill the demand. So they hire anyone who fits the profile.
There was a deadly fire Wednesday in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos that killed at least one person and injured 30 others.
For the Geo Quiz, we are looking for a sea that borders Britain, Holland and Denmark and has long been the site of important European shipping lanes as well as a major fishery.
The origins of the glass harp can be traced to Benjamin Franklin, who developed one of the early versions of this instrument before it fell out of fashion for about a hundred years. Today, two classically trained musicians from Poland are touring the world with a glass harp of their own. The couple performs under the name GlassDuo.