Ashley Westerman

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Ukrainians express worries over conscription following Russia's invasion

Monday, August 15, 2022

After Russia's invasion, Ukraine announced martial law in February and issued a travel ban, so most men couldn't leave the country. Many have since felt trapped and worry they'll be drafted to fight.


'Vogue' cover of Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska sparks debate and controversy

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska was criticized for not looking ladylike in a recent Vogue photoshoot. Her supporters pushed back, creating an online campaign asking what it means to #SitLikeAGirl.


Philippine Supreme Court petition seeks to cancel candidacy of President-elect Marcos

Friday, May 20, 2022

The petition, filed Tuesday, seeks to disqualify Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s candidacy post-election on the grounds that he lied about not committing any crimes — a requirement to run for president.


Tina Kotek's win comes amid a wave of LGBTQ candidates running for office

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Kotek won her state's Democratic primary on Tuesday. If she wins the general election later this year, she will become the country's first openly lesbian governor.


In a visit to Buffalo, President Biden denounces white supremacy as a poison

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The president visited the supermarket where last weekend's deadly shooting took place, then forcefully denounced white supremacy and the racist "Replacement" theory that inspired the shooter.


Did you see the Super Flower Blood Moon last night? It was stunning

Monday, May 16, 2022

South America and much of the continental United States had the best view of Sunday night's lunar eclipse, which lasted nearly five hours.


Samoa locks down after recording its first community COVID-19 case

Friday, March 18, 2022

A 29-year-old woman tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday during routine testing before boarding an international flight.


Convictions of Cambodian opposition leaders draws criticism from rights groups

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Human rights advocates have decried the accusations as "baseless" and say the trial is meant to sideline political opponents of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for more than 30 years.


New Zealand will open its borders to some tourists much earlier than expected

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

The move is meant to speed up the recovery of the island nation's pandemic-battered economy, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday.


The Philippines government hopes a surge in tourists will save its economy

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Boracay Island, the most popular beach in the Philippines, is making a comeback after nearly two years of pandemic restrictions. It comes as the Philippines finally reopens its borders to tourism.


Tropical Philippines has only one entrant in the Winter Olympics

Saturday, February 12, 2022

The Philippines has only one entrant in the Beijing Olympics: Asa Miller, who will take part in the men's giant slalom Sunday. But there's growing interest in winter sports in the tropical country.


The Philippines is lifting its ban on foreign tourists

Friday, January 28, 2022

The Philippines is losing restrictions on travel to the country. The change would affect tourists from 150 countries, including the U.S. where the largest diaspora of Filipinos live.


Why Tonga is opting for 'contactless' humanitarian aid

Sunday, January 23, 2022

It's a pandemic predicament. With only 1 recorded case of COVID-19 in their island nation, Tongans are desperate for help after the volcanic eruption — but eager to keep the virus out.


How the Philippine capital's 'no vaccination, no ride' public transit rule is going

Thursday, January 20, 2022

In the Philippine capital Manila, people without proof of full vaccination or a work exemption can't take public transportation. Human rights activists say the policy discriminates against the poor.


The first humanitarian aid has arrived in the Pacific nation of Tonga

Thursday, January 20, 2022

The flight arrived in Tonga five days after a massive underwater volcano erupted there – killing three people and leaving extensive tsunami damage and a blanket of fallen ash in its wake.


The volcano in Tonga is still erupting which could make clean up difficult

Monday, January 17, 2022

Communications were still down across most of the Pacific Island nation of Tonga after a massive undersea volcano erupted over the weekend, making damage assessments difficult.


International help heads to Tonga after Saturday's massive underwater volcano eruption

Sunday, January 16, 2022

An underwater volcano erupted Saturday near Tonga, sending tsunamis across the pacific basin.


A glimpse into how Times Square's ball drop celebration will be different this year

Friday, December 31, 2021

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to Thomas Harris, president of the Times Square Alliance, about the preparations being made for the New Year's Eve celebration in New York City.


Words that define 2021 include vaccine, infrastructure and insurrection

Friday, December 31, 2021

If you had to define 2021 with just one word what would it be? Merriam-Webster Editor-at-Large Peter Sokolowski talks about what words were most on people's minds throughout the year.


Winter storms in California's mountains drop record-breaking amounts of snow

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Much of California is in the grips of extreme or exceptional drought. But the state may soon be blanketed by record levels of snow, after a series of storms finish parading through the western U.S.