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Moldova breakaway region appeals to Russia for protection as domestic tensions flare

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 20:23:05 -0500

Transnistria, a pro-Russian breakaway region in Moldova, made an appeal to Moscow for protection on Wednesday amid worsening tensions with the pro-Western government in Chișinău.

Indiana lawmakers advance literacy bill that may hold back thousands of 3rd graders

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 19:57:37 -0500

Indiana lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill that would hold back thousands more grade schoolers for failing the state's literacy test.

Canadian official says the country will reimpose some visa requirements on Mexicans

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 19:55:49 -0500

Some visa requirements from Mexican nationals visiting Canada will be reimposed, but there will not be a complete return to pre-2016 rules.

Bill criminalizing LGBTQ community advances in Ghana

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 19:31:29 -0500

The Ghanaian Parliament on Wednesday passed a bill criminalizing the LGBTQ community and its supporters, drawing the ire of activists in the comparatively liberal African nation.

Greek transit system thwarted by strikes, protests on deadly train wreck's anniversary

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 19:02:45 -0500

Labor strikes in Greece brought much of the Balkan nation's transit infrastructure to a halt Wednesday, a year after a train crash killed a record 57 people.

French President Macron to inaugurate Olympic village in disadvantaged area transformed for Paris Games

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 17:57:56 -0500

French President Emmanuel Macron will inaugurate the Paris Games' Olympic Village Thursday, located in a formerly run-down area outside of the suburb of Saint-Denis.

1 German skier dead, 2 injured after northern Italy avalanche

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 16:34:18 -0500

An avalanche near the town of Racines, Italy, buried three German backcountry skiers on Wednesday, killing one and critically injuring the others.

Body found along English Channel migrant crossing route, French officials say

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 16:07:42 -0500

French maritime authorities announced Wednesday that a body has been found along the English channel, while search efforts remain underway for two others feared missing.

Venezuelan government and various coalitions propose more than 20 dates for presidential election

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 16:04:04 -0500

A proposal with more than 20 election dates drafted by Venezuela's government will be presented to the politically torn nation's National Electoral Council.

2027 World Athletics Championships will not be held in Rome after Italy withdraws bid

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 15:10:02 -0500

The Italian athletics federation has withdrawn its candidacy in an announcement Wednesday after the government refused to guarantee $92 million for the 2027 world championships.

Legislation rejecting same-sex marriage advances in Czech Parliament

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 15:05:48 -0500

The lower house of the Czech Republic's Parliament has passed legislation rejecting the right to same-sex marriage and limiting adoption by homosexual couples.

Day after election date set in Chad, opposition group attacks security agency in capital

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 14:26:17 -0500

An attack on Chad's National State Security Agency was carried out by an opposition group headed by the current president's cousin, Yaya Dillo.

Toxic gas detected as Swedish security agency is evacuated, local news reports

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 14:05:57 -0500

The daily Svenska Dagbladet newspaper said Wednesday that authorities found traces of phosgene, a toxic gas, after roughly 500 people were evacuated from a Swedish security facility.

'Exactly like Iron Man': Dubai hosts first-ever jet suit race for pilots

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 14:02:42 -0500

In Dubai, pilots recently took part in the city's inaugural jet suit race, an event reminiscent of scenes from Marvel's Iron Man. It was organized by Gravity Industries.

ICC awards $56 million in reparations to victims of Ugandan rebel group commander

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 13:44:40 -0500

The International Criminal Court has granted reparations totaling over $56 million to victims of Dominic Ongwen, a convicted commander in a Ugandan rebel group.

Northern Ireland judge rules that UK government's 'Troubles' law breaches human rights

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 12:57:36 -0500

A Northern Ireland judge has ruled against a new law granting immunity from prosecution for most offenses during "the Troubles," citing violations of human rights.

Palestinian hunger crisis continues as destroyed bakeries struggle to reopen

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 12:48:19 -0500

Bread bakeries in Gaza City are destroyed, forcing families to salvage the few loaves they can make themselves. One wheelchair-bound civilian said, "We're living in famine."

Environmental concerns mount as Trinidad oil spill reportedly reaches beaches hundreds of miles away

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:58:34 -0500

An offshore oil spill near Trinidad and Tobago, which led to a national emergency declaration, has now reached the shores of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean.

Germany hosts talks to advance peace treaty between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:21:27 -0500

Germany on Wednesday hosted talks between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Berlin, aiming to to advance discussions on a peace treaty.

Paris Olympics security plans were not stolen in reported computer theft, officials say

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:57:17 -0500

Paris City Hall officials have reassured the public that no security plans for the upcoming Olympic Games were compromised in a reported theft of computer gear.

Police arrest suspect in fatal shooting of Dutch rapper at Paris airport

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:43:27 -0500

A suspect linked to the fatal shooting of Dutch rapper Danzel Silos, known as Bigidagoe, was apprehended on Wednesday at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

New Zealand officials appeal world-first tobacco ban

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:42:25 -0500

Tobacco banning rules were appealed in New Zealand after officials said the law to lessen tobacco accessibility and discourage usage should be approached differently.

Tuvalu's new leadership commits to continued diplomatic relations with Taiwan instead of Beijing

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:09:06 -0500

Tuvalu's new government, led by Prime Minister Feleti Teo, has reaffirmed its diplomatic ties with Taiwan despite pressure from Beijing to switch allegiance.

Burundian soldiers detained after refusing deployment in fight against rebels in Congo

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 09:48:52 -0500

Dozens of Burundian troops have been detained for refusing to be deployed to eastern Congo in the fight against the M23 rebel group. Clashes have intensified in recent weeks.

Drone aims to examine Japan's damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor for the first time

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 09:31:54 -0500

A tiny drone was flown into a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, aiming to examine areas where previous robots couldn't reach.