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

Ukraine forces to retreat from battleground city: governor

Ukraine says their troops will ‘hold on as long as necessary’ Ukrainian forces will retreat from Severodonetsk in the face of a brutal Russian offensive that is reducing the battleground eastern city to rubble, a senior Ukrainian official said Friday. The news came shortly after the European Union made a strong show of support for … Read more

Covid vaccines saved 20 million lives in first year: study

Nearly 600,000 additional deaths could have been prevented if the WHO’s goal of vaccinating 40 percent of every country’s population by the end of 2021 had been met Covid vaccines prevented nearly 20 million deaths in the first year after they were introduced, according to the first large modeling study on the topic released Friday. … 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

Freedom and fear: the foundations of America’s deadly gun culture

Model rifles displayed at the National Rifle Association annual meeting in Houston on May 27, 2022 It was 1776, the American colonies had just declared their independence from England, and as war raged the founding fathers were deep in debate: should Americans have the right to own firearms as individuals, or just as members of … Read more

Trump’s bid to ‘corrupt’ Justice Department under spotlight

US President Donald Trump considered installing a loyalist at the top of the Justice Department after the resignation of his attorney general Bill Barr (left) Lawmakers investigating last year’s attack on the US Capitol were set Thursday to lay out Donald Trump’s efforts to turn the Justice Department into his “own personal” law firm in … Read more

Supreme Court says Americans have right to carry guns in public

Glock pistols displayed at a National Rifle Association (NRA) meeting in Houston, Texas in June 2022 The US Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Americans have a fundamental right to carry firearms in public in a landmark decision that came just weeks after another deadly school shooting. The 6-3 decision strikes down a century-old New … Read more

EU weighs Ukraine candidacy as Russia inflicts ‘hell’ in east

A partially destroyed educational and laboratory building at a Kharkiv college struck by Russian rocket fire EU leaders met in Brussels on Thursday to discuss making Ukraine a candidate to join the bloc, a “decisive” moment likely to infuriate Russia as its forces battled stiff resistance to advance in the embattled eastern Donbas region. Western … Read more

Russian Nobel laureate sells medal for $103.5 mn to benefit Ukraine kids

Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov (R) reacts after a person makes a final offer of $103.5 million to buy his 2021 Nobel Peace Prize medal Dmitry Muratov, the Russian editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, on Monday auctioned off his Nobel Peace Prize gold medal for a whopping $103.5 million to benefit children displaced by … Read more

Zelensky hails EU backing as fierce battles rock Donbas

In the city of Lysychansk, also in Donbas, residents were preparing to be evacuated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed Brussels’ support for Kyiv’s European Union bid as a historic achievement, as “fierce battles” raged again in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. The European Commission spearheaded a powerful show of solidarity on Friday by backing Ukraine for … Read more