Russia pulls out, Ukrainian official fears ‘city of death’
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia said it has begun withdrawing troops from a strategic Ukrainian town at a potential turning point in the bitter war. A Ukrainian official has warned that landmines left behind by the retreating Russians could turn Kherson into a “city of death”. A forced withdrawal would mark one of Russia’s worst setbacks since it invaded Ukraine. Ukrainian forces appear to be scoring more battlefield successes elsewhere in the Kherson region and moving closer to the city. President Volodymyr Zelenskky said on Thursday the pace had increased so much that residents were checking every hour when his forces had raised the national flag. Zelenskyy said his forces were rushing to remove landmines from 170,000 square meters (65,637 square miles) across the country, including from Kherson.
During the elections, support for the right to abortion was much more
WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for abortion rights drove women to the polls in Tuesday’s election. But for many, the issue has taken on a higher meaning, part of an overall concern about the future of democracy. Women, especially female Democrats, were more likely than men to say the Roe v. Wade was a major factor in their vote. That was according to AP VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 94,000 voters during the midterm elections. More women also said the reversal made them angry and that the abortion had a major impact on their decision to run and which candidate they supported. In interviews with AP reporters, many women linked concerns about abortion to fears for the country.
Democrats secure narrow leads in Arizona Senate and gubernatorial races
PHOENIX (AP) — Democrats have strengthened their narrow leads in key Arizona contests, but races for the U.S. Senate and governor are still too early to be announced. About a fifth of the total ballots remain to be counted. Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly edged Republican Blake Masters by 5.6 percentage points on Thursday night, while Democrat Katie Hobbs was 1.4 points ahead of Republican Kari Lake in the race for governor. Election officials in populous Maricopa County are expected to begin reporting Friday the results of nearly 300,000 mail-in ballots that were returned on Election Day. This crucial group of ballots will provide clues as to how the remaining votes will fall.
Biden leaves for climate talks, 1st leg of world tour
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is heading for a global climate meeting with giant domestic investment in tow. He is likely to wonder how far the United States will go to drag in other major greenhouse gas emitters. His participation Friday in the United Nations climate conference in Egypt is the first leg of a trip around the world that will also take him to a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders in Cambodia and a summit meeting of the Group of 20 for leaders of the world’s largest economies. in Bali, Indonesia. Biden boarded Air Force One on Thursday evening, buoyed by a stronger-than-expected showing from his party in Tuesday’s midterm elections and Congressional passage this year of the largest climate investment in US history. United States.
Watches, daggers and cricket ice cream: the delights of Asian peaks
BANGKOK (AP) — A personalized wristwatch from Cambodian leader Hun Sen at the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh, a foot dagger at G-20 meetings in Bali, and cricket ice cream and Thai noodles with worm sauce at the APEC talks in Bangkok. World leaders have a glut of loot and surprises awaiting them as they witness back-to-back summits in Asia starting this week. G-20 organizers say leaders will also be asked to wear colorful shirts made from traditional Balinese fabric, similar to those Indonesia handed out at the 2013 APEC meetings in which the country has revived the tradition of recurring tops of a “silly shirt” group photo.
US judge in Texas strikes down Biden’s loan forgiveness plan
A US judge in Texas has blocked President Joe Biden’s plan to provide millions of borrowers with up to $20,000 each in federal student loan forgiveness. The program was already on hold as a federal appeals court in St. Louis considers a separate lawsuit from half a dozen states to challenge it. District Court Judge Mark Pittman said Thursday that the program usurps the power of Congress to make laws. Pittman is an appointee of former President Donald Trump based in Fort Worth. The debt cancellation plan would cancel $10,000 of student loan debt for those earning less than $125,000 or households with incomes less than $250,000. Pell Grant recipients would get an additional $10,000 debt forgiveness.
Pelosi faces uncertain future weeks after her husband’s attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi has come to a crossroads. She could be forced to give up the gavel if Republicans win majority control of the House. Pelosi is the first and only woman in the country to become a public speaker. The uncertainty surrounding her future comes just weeks after her husband, Paul Pelosi, was brutally attacked when an intruder broke into the family’s California home looking for the speaker. She was in Washington at the time. Speaker Pelosi said the attack would affect her decision whether or not to stay in Congress. She won her own re-election representing San Francisco. She served for 35 years.
Labeled as torture, ID policies leave transgender people sterile
SINGAPORE (AP) — Around the world, dozens of countries still require transgender people to undergo sterilization surgeries before their gender is legally recognized. It is a practice that international human rights bodies have condemned as torture. These policies have left countless transgender people with an agonizing choice between their fertility and their identity. For those who opt against surgery, the consequences of the policies can be severe, limiting their prospects for employment, housing, marriage and safe passage across the world. Since their identification documents state their gender as the opposite of how they present themselves in public, they can easily be outed. And it can lead to everything from bureaucratic hassles to life-threatening confrontations.
Tropical Depression Nicole passes through Georgia
WILBUR-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Depression Nicole moved through Georgia Friday morning after a day of wreaking havoc in Florida as a hurricane and then a tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center said the rare November hurricane could dump up to 6 inches of rain on the Blue Ridge Mountains by Friday. Flash and urban flooding will be possible as rain spreads across the eastern Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic and New England through Saturday. Nicole had spent Thursday crossing central Florida after making landfall as a hurricane early that morning near Vero Beach. The bulk of the damage occurred along the East Coast, well north of there in the Daytona Beach area.
Strong attacks on Trump from Rupert Murdoch’s media
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump took a few hits in the aftermath of the midterm elections, perhaps none as harsh as those from the media controlled by news mogul Rupert Murdoch. The New York Post portrayed Trump as Humpty Dumpty on its cover Thursday and ran a column suggesting Trump was “the deepest electoral repellent in modern American history.” The Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed saying Trump was “the Republican Party’s biggest loser.” Trump’s former press secretary suggested on Fox News that he was suspending announcing a presidential candidacy. Trump has called any characterization of him as a loser “fake news”.
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