A ‘punch’: some women fear setback for hard-won rights
Reproductive freedom was one of the key goals of feminism in the 1960s and 1970s. Women who fought for these rights recall a decade of astonishing progress from around 1963 to 1973. This included the right to a wage equal, the right to use birth control, Title IX in 1972, then Roe v. Wade, guaranteeing a right to Abortion. Now they are not only shocked by the rollback of this right, but worried that if a right so central to the global fight for women’s equality can be revoked, what does that mean for the progress that women made in public life over the next 50 years. ?
Biden: G-7 to ban Russian gold in response to war in Ukraine
ELMAU, Germany (AP) — President Joe Biden has said major Group of Seven economies will ban gold imports from Russia. It is the latest in a series of sanctions that the club of democracies hope will further isolate Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. The White House says gold is Russia’s second-largest export after energy. Biden announced the US ban on Sunday. An official announcement from the G-7 is expected on Tuesday. G-7 leaders are preparing to meet in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday for their annual summit. Russia’s war in Ukraine and its effects on the global economy will be the focus of the summit.
EXPLAINER: Why Germany is pushing for a ‘climate club’
BERLIN (AP) – At this year’s G-7 summit, Germany will highlight its plan for countries to come together in a “climate club” to fight global warming. The idea was first floated by Yale economist William Nordhaus, who said the voluntary nature of existing climate agreements had not resulted in sufficient progress. Club members would agree on ambitious emissions targets and exempt each other from climate-related trade tariffs. Experts say success depends on getting a critical mass of countries on board that would include the major economies of Europe, North America and Asia. This could pressure major polluters in the developing world, such as China and India, to step up their efforts or see their exports hit with tariffs.
Abortion haters and supporters plan next moves after Roe reversal
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A day after the Supreme Court’s explosive decision overturning Roe v. Wade ended the constitutional right to abortion, emotional protests and prayer vigils are resolving as several states enact bans and abortion rights supporters and haters plot their next moves. A Texas group that helps women pay for abortions has halted its efforts while assessing its legal risk under a ban it says will disproportionately hurt poor and minority women. Mississippi’s only abortion clinic continues to see patients pending a 10-day notice that will trigger a ban. Some elected officials promise to protect women’s access to abortion, while opponents of the procedure say their fight is far from over.
Russia hits Kyiv as troops consolidate gains in the east
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko says Russia has targeted the Ukrainian capital. Several explosions shook the west of the city, with at least two residential buildings affected. AP reporters witnessed emergency services battling the flames and rescuing civilians. Klitschko said four people were hospitalized and a 7-year-old girl was pulled alive from the rubble. Lawmaker Oleksiy Goncharenko wrote on the Telegram messaging app that preliminary data suggests 14 missiles were launched against the Kyiv region and city. Meanwhile, Russian forces sought to engulf the last remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the eastern Luhansk region, building on their momentum after taking full control of the charred ruins of the city of Sievierodonetsk on Saturday.
Carpe diem: In Ukraine, war turns love into marriage
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A growing number of couples in Ukraine are rapidly turning love into marriage because of the war with Russia. Some are soldiers, marrying just before going into battle. Others are united in the determination that living and loving fully is more important than ever in the face of death and destruction. Ukraine’s wartime martial laws include a provision allowing Ukrainians, whether soldiers or civilians, to propose and marry on the same day. In the Kyiv region alone, more than 4,000 couples jumped at the accelerated opportunity, seizing the day. A new husband proposed to his then girlfriend during the opening hours of the Russian invasion. If death do us part, he thought, then let it be as husband and wife.
In Lebanon, how to say “yes” sparks a lively debate
BEIRUT (AP) — In Lebanon, a debate over civil marriages is mired in religious and political entanglements. Controversy erupted again after a few newly elected lawmakers raised their hands in approval when asked on TV if they would vote for “optional” civil marriage. This has infuriated those who insist here that marriages remain the responsibility of religious authorities. Many proponents of civil marriage argue that the battle over how to say “yes” is part of a larger struggle over increased civil and personal rights, the erosion of religious power within the country’s sectarian system, and , ultimately, the reduction of entrenched sectarian divides in politics and beyond. Opponents denounce civil marriage as an affront to faith.
As summit host, Spain urges NATO to watch its southern flank
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is sure to dominate an upcoming NATO summit in Madrid. But host Spain and other members are quietly pushing the Western alliance to think about how Russian President Vladimir Putin-aligned mercenaries are expanding Moscow’s influence in Africa. Allies stress closeness to Africa while pushing for greater focus on Europe’s southern flank in new document outlining NATO’s vision of its challenges and tasks in matters of security. The Strategic Concept is NATO’s most important working document after the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty, and it is updated approximately every 10 years. The leaders of the 30 countries of the alliance are expected to adopt a new version at the summit on Tuesday.
Survivors tell of deadliest attack in Mali since coup
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) – Survivors have described how more than 100 people were killed in Mali in an attack by a jihadist group as villagers in the central region began to take advantage of a peace agreement signed the last year in this West African country. At least 132 people were killed in several villages in the Bankass region of central Mali in the two-day attack that was blamed on jihadist rebels linked to al-Qaeda, according to the government. Analysts fear it could be the deadliest attack since mutinous soldiers toppled Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita two years ago. Analysts say this shows that extremist Islamist violence is spreading from northern Mali to more central areas.
The BET Awards return on Sunday with Doja Cat as the main nominee
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The BET Awards return on Sunday with a live broadcast that could see Doja Cat, Drake and Ari Lennox pick up trophies. Doja Cat enters the series as the main contender with six. The chart-topping performer is up for Best Female R&B-Pop Artist, Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Album of the Year for her No. 1 hit “Planet Her” and BET Her for “Woman “. His “Kiss Me More” with SZA is nominated for Video of the Year and Best Collaboration. Taraji P. Henson will host the show live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Sean “Diddy” Combs will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award – one of the show’s highest honors.
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