If Roe falls, some fear repercussions for reproductive care

If the Supreme Court follows through on overturning Roe v. Wade, abortion likely will be banned or greatly restricted in about half the US states. But experts and advocates fear repercussions could reach even further, affecting care for women who miscarry, couples seeking fertility treatments and access to some forms of contraception. Many conservatives insist … Read more

What will the UN see as it finally visits China’s Xinjiang? | Uighur News

Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, is finally in China and traveling to Xinjiang nearly four years after first announcing her intention to visit the country amid concerns of serious human rights abuses in the northwestern region. Xinjiang is home to the Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim Turkic people who differ in … Read more

What will the UN see as it finally visits China’s Xinjiang? | Uighur News

Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, is finally in China and traveling to Xinjiang nearly four years after first announcing her intention to visit the country amid concerns of serious human rights abuses in the northwestern region. Xinjiang is home to the Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim Turkic people who differ in … Read more

Biden: Leaders navigating ‘dark hour’ after Ukraine invasion

TOKYO (AP) – President Joe Biden told fellow Indo-Pacific leaders assembled for a four-country summit Tuesday that they were navigating “a dark hour in our shared history” due to Russia’s brutal war on Ukraine and he urged the group to make greater effort to stop Vladimir Putin’s aggression. “This is more than just a European … Read more

Slain IRGC officer reported behind 2012 attacks on envoys; Israel said raising alert

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards colonel who was shot dead in Tehran on Sunday was behind a series of attacks on Israeli envoys in several countries in 2012, according to a report in the Iranian opposition media outlet Iran International. According to the report, Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodayari, who was assassinated in the heart of Tehran, … Read more

What is the Quad? The partnership between the US, Japan, Australia and India explained

The Quad, or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, is an informal group focused on security that dates back to the early 2000s. It has become more active in recent years as part of efforts to counter China’s reach and territorial claims in the Indo-Pacific. The war in Ukraine, North Korea’s weapons program, Taiwan, and a controversial new … Read more

Biden’s Taiwan comment hangs over summit with leaders of Japan, India and Australia on final day of Asia trip

Biden’s statement is sure to loom over the day’s meetings, as he’s set to meet in-person with the leaders of Japan, India and Australia as part of a revitalized Quad Leaders’ Summit in Tokyo, capping off his a four-day visit to South Korea and Japan. The comment, which was quickly walked back by a White … Read more

Security concerns, lack of support stall Africa’s Green Wall

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) – A series of complex challenges, including a lack of funding and political will as well as rising insecurity linked to extremist groups al-Qaida and the Islamic State in Burkina Faso, are obstructing progress on Africa’s Great Green Wall.according to experts involved in the initiative. There have been some modest gains … Read more

Former US soldier now fighting in Ukraine tells of days trapped in ‘house of horror’

Irpin, Ukraine CNN – Kevin, a stocky American in his early 30s, climbs over the charred rubble of a former sauna and shines the light from his iPhone through the dust. “We’re not going to go any further, because this wire is intentionally tied off to something and then buried right here,” he warns. “A … Read more