Fewer Russians cross the border to flee despite military calls

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — According to local authorities, fewer Russians have entered neighboring countries in recent days, despite ongoing concerns about the partial mobilization launched less than two weeks ago by the Kremlin to bolster its armed forces in Ukraine. The mass exodus of Russian men — alone or with their families or friends — … Read more

Turkish minister says deadly weapons attack was ‘in America’

ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkey’s interior minister on Saturday described a firearms attack that killed a police officer in the south of the country as an “American-based” operation. Two suspected Kurdish militants opened fire on security forces residences in the Mediterranean province of Mersin late Monday, killing one officer and injuring a second officer and a … Read more

Lawmakers in breakaway Somaliland extend president’s term

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – The House of Elders in Somalia’s breakaway Somaliland region has extended the term of President Muse Bihi Abdi for two years, a decision expected to spark more unrest among opposition groups. Sulayman Mohamud Adan, the speaker of the chamber, said lawmakers voted 72 to 1 with one abstention in favor of … Read more

Western pressure on China, Russia at UN rights body is being tested

GENVE (AP) — Western countries are leading a rare bipartisan push on the UN’s main human rights body to better investigate the human rights records of two major world powers: China, over allegations of abuse during an anti-extremism campaign in western Xinjiang, and Russia, on the government’s crackdown on dissent and protests against the war … Read more

Governor’s Debate: Call for abortion ban, Smith wants changes

SIOUX FALLS, SD (AP) – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said Friday during the only debate of her reelection campaign with her Democratic challenger, state legislator Jamie Smith, that if she is re-elected, she will uphold the state’s abortion ban that provides no exceptions for rape or incest. The Republican governor simply explained her stance … Read more

Floods left students homeless in Florida after Ian

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — A typical Friday for University of Central Florida students living in Arden Villas apartments means getting ready for a weekend of college football, playing beer pong, and maybe opening a few books. Hurricane Ian required a change of plans. Students living in the complex near the UCF campus on Friday wore … Read more

Equatorial Guinea sues France in UN court over Paris mansion

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Equatorial Guinea has filed a case against France in the International Court of Justice accusing Paris of “misappropriation of public funds,” the court said Friday. It is the latest step in a lengthy legal battle over a mansion on an expensive avenue in the French capital. The latest case relates … Read more

Abortion ruling intensifies battle for supreme courts

Surrounded by states with abortion bans that went into effect after Roe v. Wade fell, Illinois is one of the few places where the procedure remains legal in the Midwest. Abortion rights advocates fear this won’t last long. Their concern is shared in at least half a dozen states, and this year it’s not just … Read more

Indian opposition party tries to shake off image of dynastic rule

NEW DELHI (AP) – India’s main opposition party Indian National Congress plans to elect a non-family member as its new president as it struggles to recover ahead of important upcoming elections. Though historically led by the powerful Nehru-Gandhi family, Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi decided to put forward a new face at a … Read more

Toronto highway closures for planned roadworks (September 30)

Don’t get stuck in traffic: The Department of Transportation has scheduled 52 closures in Toronto on Sept. 30 for roadworks on Highway 400, Highway 401, Highway 404, Highway 427, and Queen Elizabeth Way. Exit of Highway 400 northbound at Finch Avenue: one left lane closed until October 5 at 3:00 PM Highway 400 northbound on … Read more