Ukraine’s Zelenskyy visits Turkey, where Erdogan is expected to press for negotiations to end war

ISTANBUL (AP) — Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky was in Istanbul on Friday for talks with the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoganwhose NATO member state has sought to balance its close ties with both Kiev and Moscow and has repeatedly offered to act as a peace mediator between them. During the talks in Istanbul, Erdogan was … Read more

After warnings that Israel’s siege is causing famine, children begin to die in Gaza

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — It’s not just Israeli bombs that have killed children war-ravaged Gaza – now some are dying of hunger. Officials have been warning of Israel’s siege and offensive for months causing famine in the Palestinian area. Hungry though most acutely in northern Gaza, which has been isolated by Israeli forces and … Read more

On International Women’s Day, France will seal the right to abortion in its constitution

PARIS (AP) — France on Friday included the guaranteed right to abortion in its constitution, a strong message of support for women’s rights to international Women’s Day. Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti used a 19th-century printing press to seal the amendment to the French Constitution in a special public ceremony. Applause filled the cobbled Place Vendome … Read more

Kyoto’s geisha district fights back against over-tourism

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s ancient capital Kyoto, long a popular destination for tourists, is closing a number of privately owned alleys in its famed geisha district after complaints about misbehaving visitors. Tourists crowd the narrow, scenic streets of the area called Gion, often followed by guides who show people around and give hours of lectures, … Read more

At least 200 people, mostly women and children, abducted by extremists in northeastern Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists have kidnapped at least 200 people looking for firewood, mostly women and children displaced by violence in northeastern Nigeria, the United Nations office in the country said. The locals blamed the attack Islamic extremist rebels who launched an uprising in Borno in 2009 to establish their radical interpretation of … Read more

Hong Kong proposes life terms for treason and insurrection in new bill

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong unveiled a new national security law Friday that proposes life sentences for crimes such as treason and rebellion. deepening concerns about the further erosion of the city’s freedoms after Beijing imposed a similar law four years ago that virtually wiped out dissent. The proposed law will expand the government’s … Read more

Gunmen abduct 287 students in the latest school attack in Nigeria’s northwest, headteacher says

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen attacked a school in Nigeria’s northwest region on Thursday and abducted at least 287 students, its headteacher told authorities. This was the second mass kidnapping in the West African country in less than a week. Kidnappings of students from schools in northern Nigeria are common and have become a concern … Read more

Police in Canada investigating deaths of 6 people at a house in Ottawa. A suspect has been arrested

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Police in Ottawa on Thursday were investigating a suspected multiple homicide after the deaths of two adults and four children at a home in the southern part of the Canadian capital. A seventh person was in hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. It was not immediately announced how the victims died … Read more

China accuses US of devising tactics to suppress China rise

BEIJING (AP) — China’s foreign minister on Thursday accused the U.S. of devising tactics to stifle China’s rise and criticized the Biden administration for adding more Chinese companies on its sanctions lists. Speaking to the media at the annual meeting of China’s legislature, Wang Yi said China’s relations with the US have improved since Presidents … Read more

How Putin’s Russia evolved from tolerating to suppressing dissent

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — When charismatic opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down on a bridge near the Kremlin in February 2015, more than 50,000 Muscovites expressed their shock and outrage the next day at the brazen assassination. Police stood aside as they rallied and chanted anti-government slogans. Nine years later, stunned and angry Russians … Read more