Blinken urges unity to fight ‘relentless’ Russian aggression

KYIV – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged western nations Wednesday to remain united in the face of what he called “relentless” Russian aggression against Ukraine and reassured Ukraine’s leader of their support. Blinken told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a visit to Kyiv that the U.S. and its allies were steadfast in backing … Read more

Report: German police see surge in fake vaccine certificates

BERLIN – Police in Germany are investigating thousands of cases of suspected forgery of coronavirus vaccine certificates, the dpa news agency reported Wednesday. It cited figures obtained from the country’s 16 states showing more than 12,000 police investigations have been opened nationwide. Dpa reported that the number of probes surged in December, after authorities announced … Read more

‘Disappointing’ progress in work to keep women out of prison – report

T he Government has made “limited progress” on steering women away from crime and keeping them out of prison, according to a report. Whitehall’s spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) found the Ministry of Justice has not made its female offender strategy a “priority” or matched its promises with funding. The Government previously promised … Read more

US plans $50B wildfire fight where forests, suburbia meet up

BILLINGS, Mont. – The Biden administration plans to significantly expand efforts to stave off catastrophic wildfires that have torched areas of the U.S. West by more aggressively thinning forests around areas called “hotspots” where nature and neighborhoods collide. As climate change heats up and dries out the West, administration officials said they have crafted a … Read more

O’Rourke raises $7M in first weeks of bid for Texas governor

Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. FILE – Texas Democrat gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks during a campaign event in Fort Worth, Texas Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. O’Rourke said Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, that his campaign for Texas governor raised $7.2 million in the first six weeks of a race that could wind … Read more

How voting rights have changed since Martin Luther King’s push

Part of Dr. King’s dream for America is more relevant than ever now: the right to vote. Much of Dr. King’s advocacy for civil rights tied back to voting rights, like his 1957 “Give us the ballot” speech, his work in organizing the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march, and his role in pushing for the … Read more

Peers maul Government protest crackdown setting stage for stand-off

A string of defeats have been inflicted by peers against a Government protest crackdown in the wake of major disruption caused by eco-activists. The House of Lords rejected a raft of controversial measures proposed by ministers in response to action taken by Insulate Britain and others. New powers turned down by the unelected chamber included … Read more

MP calls for halt to declining midwife numbers as she announces she is pregnant

M ore needs to halt the declining numbers of midwives in England an MP has said as she announced she is pregnant with her second child. Conservative MP for Stroud Siobhan Baillie told the Commons that the number of midwives in England has “fallen year on year” due to the “mental anguish” facing the specialists. … Read more

China’s Xi rejects ‘Cold War mentality,’ pushes cooperation

GENEVA – Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that his country will send an additional 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine to other countries, calling for global cooperation to tackle the pandemic and other challenges while urging other powers to discard a “Cold-War mentality” — a veiled swipe at the United States. Xi touted China’s … Read more