Protesters at US top court decry ruling overturning Roe v. Wade

People protest about abortion outside the Supreme Court in Washington on June 25, 2022. (STEVE HELBER / AP) WASHINGTON/JACKSON, Mississippi – Hundreds of protesters descended on the US Supreme Court on Saturday to denounce the justices' decision to overturn the half-century-old Roe v. Wade precedent that recognized women's constitutional right to abortion. The sweeping ruling […]

Russia takes full control of Severodonetsk

Smoke and dirt rise from the city of Severodonetsk in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on June 17, 2022. (ARIS MESSINIS / AFP) BEIJING – The Russian military on Saturday announced full control of Severodonetsk, the administrative center of the Ukraine-controlled part of the eastern Lugansk region. With the support of Russian troops, the […]

G7 summit kicks off under shadow of Ukraine crisis

France's President Emmanuel Macron (left) and his wife Brigitte Macron (center) are greeted by Bavaria's State Premier Markus Soeder (right) and a Bavarian honor guard upon their arrival at the Franz Josef Strauss Airport in Munich, southern Germany on June 25, 2022, on the eve of the G7 summit. (CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP) SCHLOSS ELMAU, […]

WHO says monkeypox not yet a health emergency

In this photo provided by the Unidad de Microscopía Electrónica del ISCIII in Madrid, on May 26, 2022, an electronic microscope image shows the monkeypox virus seen by a team from the Arbovirus Laboratory and the Genomics and Bioinformatics Units of the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII) in Madrid. (UNIDAD DE MICROSCOPÍA ELECTRÓNICA DEL ISCIII, […]

US Congress sends gun bill to White House

A sales associate arranges guns on display at Burbank Ammo & Guns in Burbank, California, June 23, 2022. (JAE C. HONG  / AP) WASHINGTON – The US Congress sent a gun bill to the White House on Friday after the House of Representatives voted 234-193 to pass the legislation.  The bill, approved by the Senate the day […]

Two dead, 14 wounded in Norway nightclub shooting

OSLO – Two people were killed and 14 wounded on Saturday in a shooting at a nightclub and in nearby streets in Norway's capital Oslo, Norwegian police said. A suspect believed to be the sole perpetrator was apprehended, police told reporters. READ MORE: Norway mosque shooter gets 21 years for murder, anti-terrorism offence The crime scene […]

BA.5 becomes dominant COVID-19 variant in Germany

A health worker in a mobile test station takes a quick test for the COVID-19 on a man who stands outside in front of the wagon in Munich, southern Germany, on April 8, 2022, amid the pandemic. (CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP) ATHENS / BERLIN / ROME – The Omicron sub-lineage BA.5 became the dominant COVID-19 variant […]

US Supreme Court strikes down abortion rights

Supporters of abortion rights attend a rally in Washington, DC, the United States, on May 14, 2022. (LIU JIE/XINHUA) WASHINGTON – The US Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v Wade, a landmark decision that established a constitutional right to abortion in the nation nearly 50 years ago. "Roe was egregiously wrong from the start," […]

Commonwealth speech: Charles expresses sorrow over slavery

Britain's Prince Charles delivers his message during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), June 24, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda. (DAN KITWOOD / POOL PHOTO VIA AP) KIGALI – Britain's Prince Charles expressed deep sorrow over slavery in a speech to Commonwealth leaders in Rwanda on Friday and acknowledged that the […]

Moscow ready to consult Baku, Yerevan on border controls, lines

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov looks on during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart at the foreign ministry headquarters in Iran's capital Tehran on June 23, 2022. (ATTA KENARE / AFP) BAKU – Visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday expressed Moscow's official readiness to consult Azerbaijan and Armenia on delimitation and […]

Rwanda hosts Commonwealth summit amid rights concerns

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson arrive for the Heads of Government Banquet, hosted by President Kagame of Rwanda, during the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Kigali, Rwanda on June 23, 2022. (DAN KITWOOD / POOL PHOTO VIA AP) KIGALI – Commonwealth leaders meet in Kigali on Friday to discuss […]

Mexico records most daily COVID-19 cases since February

Nurses wait for people to come to get AstraZeneca or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination center in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico on April 6, 2022. (ULISES RUIZ / AFP) BERLIN / MEXICO CITY – Mexico reported 16,133 new COVID-19 cases in the country on Thursday, the highest daily number reported since late February, according to […]

EU leaders grant Ukraine, Moldova EU candidate status

President of the European Council Charles Michel (center) gestures next to France's President Emmanuel Macron (left) and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen (right) during a press conference as part of an European Council in Brussels on June 23, 2022. (JOHN THYS / AFP) BRUSSELS – European Union leaders have accepted Ukraine […]