UK government faces new boozy scandal as deputy whip quits

UK government faces new boozy scandal as deputy whip quits

LONDON– British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is dealing with another boozy scandal after the deputy chief whip resigned from his post and then was suspended by the Conservative Party over a drunken incident in which he reportedly groped two men at an event. Chris Pincher, whose role was to maintain discipline among Tory members … Read more

Israel’s parliament dissolves, sets 5th election in 4 years

Israel's parliament dissolves, sets 5th election in 4 years

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament voted Thursday to dissolve itself, marking the end of a year-old experimental coalition government, and sending the country to the polls in November for the fifth time in less than four years. Yair Lapid, Israel’s foreign minister and architect of the outgoing coalition government, will become the country’s caretaker prime … Read more

Hong Kong in limbo 25 years after British handover to China

Hong Kong in limbo 25 years after British handover to China

HONG KONG (AP) — When the British handed Hong Kong to Beijing in 1997, it was promised 50 years of self-government and freedoms of assembly, speech and press that are not allowed on the Communist-ruled Chinese mainland. As the city of 7.4 million people marks 25 years under Beijing’s rule on Friday, those promised are … Read more

Scottish leader calls for new independence vote next year

Scottish leader calls for new independence vote next year

LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s leader told lawmakers in Edinburgh Tuesday that she plans to hold a fresh referendum on Scotland’s independence on Oct. 19, 2023 — even though UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson maintains it wasn’t the right time for such a vote. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the question to be asked will be … Read more

Norway: Suspect in Pride Month attack won’t talk to police

Norway: Suspect in Pride Month attack won't talk to police

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The suspect in a mass shooting during an LGBTQ festival in Norway has refused to explain his actions to investigators and will remain in pretrial custody for the next four weeks, police and his defense lawyer said Sunday. The man, whom authorities described as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, … Read more

A ‘sucker punch’: Some women fear setback to hard-won rights

A 'sucker punch': Some women fear setback to hard-won rights

At 88, Gloria Steinem has long been the nation’s most visible feminist and advocate for women’s rights. But at 22, she was a frightened American in London getting an illegal abortion of a pregnancy so unwanted, she actually tried to throw herself down the stairs to end it. Her response to the Supreme Court’s decision … Read more

Pope hails families, blasts ‘culture of waste’ after Roe

Pope hails families, blasts 'culture of waste' after Roe

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated families Saturday and urged them to shun “selfish” decisions that are indifferent to life as he closed out a big Vatican rally a day after the US Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion. Francis didn’t refer to the ruling or explicitly mention abortion in his home. But he … Read more

Jan. 6 witnesses push Trump stalwarts back to rabbit hole

Jan.  6 witnesses push Trump stalwarts back to rabbit hole

One by one, several of Donald Trump’s former top advisers have told a special House committee investigating his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection that they didn’t believe his lies about the 2020 election, and that the former president knew he lost to Joe Biden. But instead of convincing Trump’s most stalwart supporters, testimony from … Read more

Jan. 6 committee setting its sights on Pence, Ginni Thomas

Jan.  6 committee setting its sights on Pence, Ginni Thomas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot said Sunday they may subpoena former Vice President Mike Pence and are waiting to hear from Virginia “Ginni” Thomasthe wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, about her role in the illegal plot to overturn the 2020 election. Lawmakers indicated they will release … Read more

Spain, Germany battle wildfires amid unusual heat wave

Spain, Germany battle wildfires amid unusual heat wave

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Firefighters in Spain and Germany struggled to contain wildfires on Sunday amid an unusual heat wave in Western Europe for this time of year. The worst damage in Spain has been in the northwest province of Zamora, where over 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) have been consumed, regional authorities said, while German … Read more