April 13th, 2024

World News

Belgium launches probe into suspected Russian interference in upcoming EU elections

By Lorne Cook, The Associated Press on April 12th, 2024

BRUSSELS (AP) – Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced on Friday an investigation into suspected Russian interference in June’s Europe-wide elections, saying that his country’s intelligence service has confirmed the existence of a network trying to undermine support for Ukraine. “Belgian intelligence services have confirmed the existence of pro-Russian interference networks with activities in ... Read More »

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German parliament votes to make it easier for people to legally change their name and gender

By Geir Moulson, The Associated Press on April 12th, 2024

BERLIN (AP) – German lawmakers on Friday approved legislation that will make it easier for transgender, intersex and nonbinary people to change their name and gender in official records. The “self-determination law,” one of several social reforms that Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s liberal-leaning coalition government pledged when it took office in late 2021, is set to ... Read More »

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Polish lawmakers vote to move forward with work on lifting near-total abortion ban

By Vanessa Gera, The Associated Press on April 12th, 2024

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Polish lawmakers voted Friday to continue work on proposals to lift a near-total ban on abortion, a highly divisive issue in the traditionally Roman Catholic country, which has one of the most restrictive laws in Europe. Members of the lower house of parliament, the Sejm, voted to work on four separate ... Read More »

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Pope will travel to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Singapore in longest trip of papacy

By The Associated Press on April 12th, 2024

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis will visit Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea and Singapore in September, the Vatican announced Friday, confirming the longest trip of Francis’ papacy that is sure to test his health, stamina and mobility. The Vatican confirmed the Sept. 2-13 visit, saying the 87-year-old pope would visit Jakarta, Indonesia; Port ... Read More »

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Belgium will investigate suspected Russian interference in upcoming EU elections

By The Associated Press on April 12th, 2024

BRUSSELS (AP) – Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced on Friday an investigation into suspected Russian interference in Europe-wide elections in June, saying that his country’s intelligence service has confirmed the existence of a network trying to undermine support for Ukraine. “Belgian intelligence services have confirmed the existence of pro-Russian interference networks with activities ... Read More »

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Belgian leader announces probe into suspected Russian interference in EU elections

By The Associated Press on April 12th, 2024

BRUSSELS (AP) – Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced on Friday an investigation into suspected Russian interference in Europe-wide elections in June, saying that his country’s intelligence service has confirmed the existence of a network trying to undermine support for Ukraine. “Belgian intelligence services have confirmed the existence of pro-Russian interference networks with activities ... Read More »

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Russian military trainers arrive in Niger as relations deteriorate with the US

By The Associated Press on April 12th, 2024

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – State television in Niger has broadcast footage of Russian military trainers arriving in the country aboard a plane equipped with security supplies. A member of the team told the television on Thursday that their mission was to help train Nigerien forces. Niger is battling a worsening insurgency waged by jihadi linked ... Read More »

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Mali’s junta bans the media from reporting on political activities in the country

By The Associated Press on April 11th, 2024

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) – Mali’s ruling junta on Thursday banned the media from reporting on the activities of political parties and associations, according to a copy of the notice distributed on social media. The order applied to all forms of the media, including television, radio, newspapers and journals. It followed a decision on Wednesday that ... Read More »

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Biden says US support for Philippines, Japan defense ‘ironclad’ amid growing China provocations

By Aamer Madhani, The Associated Press on April 11th, 2024

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden said Thursday that U.S. defense commitment was “ironclad” as he gathered Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House on Thursday in the midst of growing concern about provocative Chinese military action in the Indo-Pacific. “The United States defense commitments to Japan ... Read More »

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Ukraine’s parliament passes a controversial law to boost much-needed conscripts as war drags on

By Samya Kullab And Illia Novikov, The Associated Press on April 11th, 2024

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine’s parliament passed a controversial law Thursday that will govern how the country recruits new soldiers to replenish depleted forces who are increasingly struggling to fend off Russian troops. Two years after Russia’s full-scale invasion captured nearly a quarter of the country, the stakes could not be higher for Kyiv. After ... Read More »

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