King Charles III receives South African leader during state visit

LONDON (AP) – King Charles III will welcome South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to the UK next month for three days of high-level talks, celebrating his government’s first state visit with the leader of a Commonwealth member has close ties to the royal family. family. Ramaphosa has accepted Charles’s invitation for a November 22-24 state … Read more

French football match halted for 15 minutes after tear gas

TOULOUSE, France (AP) – Game was briefly interrupted on Sunday in a French league football match after tear gas from the stands caused some players to struggle to breathe. Host Toulouse led Montpellier 4-1 when play was interrupted in the second half and the referee decided to send the players back to the dressing room. … Read more

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

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

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

EU to introduce windfall tax, but no deal on gas price cap

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union energy ministers were set to approve a package of measures Friday, including a windfall tax on profits by fossil fuel companies, but a deal to cap gas prices remained off the table. With energy prices skyrocketing across Europe since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, EU member states have negotiated European Commission … Read more

American woman appears via video link in UK in case of fatal accident

LONDON (AP) – An American woman who fled the UK and claimed diplomatic immunity after being involved in a fatal road accident has appeared in a UK court via video link – an apparent breakthrough in the long-stalled case. Anne Sacoolas, 45, was accompanied by her lawyer during Thursday’s 6-minute hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court … Read more

Judge: Berlin will likely have to repeat its election in 2021

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin will likely have to repeat its state and district elections in 2021 due to serious electoral problems, the president of the German capital’s constitutional court said on Wednesday. Several political parties and government agencies, including the Berlin Electoral Authority, the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and the satirical political party … Read more

Study: Heat wave led to unprecedented melting of Swiss glaciers

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland’s glaciers are melting like never before, an academic study published Wednesday found, with their ice volume falling by 6 percent in a “disastrous” 2022 amid mounting concerns about global warming and a summer heat wave that engulfed Europe. The Swiss Academy of Sciences reports that the shrinkage of ice in glaciers … Read more

Pope calls on Italians to have more children, welcome migrants

MATERA, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis traveled to southern Italy on Sunday to conclude an Italian church convention to coincide with Italy’s national elections, delivering a message that touched key domestic campaign issues, including immigration. Neither Francis nor his hosts made reference to the vote at the open-air mass, although the Italian Bishops’ Conference had … Read more