A US judge has temporarily blocked a new law in Texas that effectively bans women from having an abortion. District Judge Robert Pitman granted a request by the Biden administration to prevent enforcement of the law while its legality is being challenged. The law banning women in Texas from havingContinue Reading

The US president said this was “exactly” what Russian President Vladimir Putin did not want The US will increase its military presence across Europe in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, President Joe Biden has announced. A permanent army headquarters will be created in Poland, while new US warships willContinue Reading

Dozens of people have been killed and millions of others stranded in India and Bangladesh At least 59 people are known to have died in lightning strikes and landslides triggered by severe monsoon storms in India and Bangladesh. Millions of people have been stranded while emergency workers have struggled toContinue Reading

The EU is expected to launch legal action against the UK government on Wednesday over its decision to scrap some post-Brexit trade arrangements. Ministers insist current checks on some goods travelling from Great Britain to Northern Ireland must end to avoid harm to the peace process. They published a parliamentaryContinue Reading

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has openly compared himself to Peter the Great Vladimir Putin’s admiration for Peter the Great is well known but he now seems to have ideas of ‘Great’-ness himself. He has openly compared himself to the Russian tsar, equating Russia’s invasion of Ukraine today with Peter’s expansionistContinue Reading

There was a heavy police presence in Hong Kong on Saturday, with some activists detained by police Six people have been arrested in Hong Kong as authorities moved to restrict public commemoration of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Saturday was the 33rd anniversary of the highly sensitive incident in which China’sContinue Reading

Spain’s minister of equality Irene Montero (C) was instrumental in bringing the law to parliament Spain’s Congress has approved legislation that seeks to make it easier for victims of sexual violence to prosecute their attackers by emphasising the importance of consent. The initiative was driven by the legal and socialContinue Reading

The war in Ukraine can only be resolved through “diplomacy”, President Volodymyr Zelensky has said. Speaking on national TV, he suggested his country could be victorious against Russia on the battlefield. However, he added that the war could only come to a conclusive halt “at the negotiating table”. Meanwhile, heavyContinue Reading

Svetlana Kravchenko says karma will catch up with anyone in Bakhmut who supported the Russian offensive. A clash of loyalties is dividing opinion among residents in Bakhmut – a town on the front line in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region. Sometimes it slips out as a whisper. More often, it isContinue Reading