Macron’s tense, last-gasp Putin call on eve of Ukraine invasion

The final call between the presidents of France and Russia came just four days before Putin issued the order for Moscow to invade Ukraine “Vladimir, firstly one thing!” says President Emmanuel Macron as he seeks to make a point to his Russian counterpart. “Listen Emmanuel,” interjects the Russian leader. One of the final calls between … Read more

Ecuador’s leader warns of coup over Indigenous protests

Violent clashes between Indigenous protesters and police broke out for a second straight day in Ecuador’s capital on Friday, as the country’s president accused demonstrators of attempting a coup. Nearly two weeks into protests that have left six people dead and dozens injured, thousands of demonstrators angry at rising fuel threw rocks and Molotov prices … Read more

Ledecky and Sjostrom extend their reigns in world championships

Katie Ledecky won a record-breaking fifth straight 800m world title on Friday, just over an hour after Sarah Sjostrom surged to her fourth consecutive victory in the women’s 50m butterfly. Local hero Kristof Milak sparked delirium in the Duna Arena in Budapest when he grabbed the gold medal in the 100m butterfly, his second of … Read more

Five migrants die in mass attempt to enter Spain’s Melilla

Melilla and Ceuta have the European Union’s only land borders with Africa, making them a magnet for migrants Five migrants were killed and dozens were injured when a huge crowd tried to cross from Morocco into Spain’s Melilla enclave on Friday, the latest migrant tragedy at the doors of Europe. Add 2,000 migrants and over … Read more

US Supreme Court strikes down right to abortion

Anti-abortion activists celebrate outside the US Supreme Court after it struck down the right to abortion The US Supreme Court on Friday struck down the right to abortion in a seismic ruling that shreds half a century of constitutional protections on one of America’s most divisive issues. The conservative-dominated court overturned the landmark 1973 “Roe … Read more

Government, protesters no closer on Day 12 of fuel price revolt

Ecuador’s government and Indigenous protesters accused each other of intransigence Friday as thousands gathered for the 12th day of a fuel price revolt that has claimed six lives and injured dozens. After the most violent day of the campaign so far — with police tearing gas to disperse thousands of storming Congress — the government … Read more

UN says Israeli fire killed Al Jazeera journalist

The United Nations says that its findings show that the shot that killed Al Jazeera TV journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on May 11 was fired by Israeli forces. The Palestinian-American journalist, who was wearing a vest marked “Press” and a helmet, was killed while covering an Israeli army operation in Jenin camp in the northern … Read more

Thousands of migrants storm border fence in Spain’s Melilla

Melilla and Ceuta have the European Union’s only land borders with Africa, making them a magnet for migrants Around 2,000 migrants tried to storm the border separating Spain’s Melilla enclave from Morocco on Friday, the first such attempted mass crossing into the territory since the two nations mended diplomatic ties in March. Some 2,000 migrants … Read more

Indonesian designer’s wheels behind leaders’ bamboo bike bromance

The bamboo bikes are built at designer Singgih Susilo Kartono’s village workshop in Central Java As Indonesian President Joko Widodo led Anthony Albanese around the lush gardens of a presidential palace south of Jakarta earlier this month, he presented the new Australian prime minister with an unusual gift: a bamboo bike. The night before, designer … Read more

Forever young: Many cold-blooded creatures don’t age, studies show

A picture taken on June 3, 2022 shows a unique albinos Galapagos giant tortoise baby, born on May 1, next to its mother at the Tropicarium of Servion, western Switzerland Scientists have discovered the secret to eternal youth: be born a turtle. Two studies published in the journal Science on Thursday revealed scant evidence of … Read more