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Burkini Disputes Resurface in Southwestern France

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May,2022
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A simmering controversy over burkinis — a type of head-to-toe swimsuit favored by conservative Muslim women — has roared back to life in France. This week, the southwestern city of Grenoble approved the use of burkinis in public pools, but…

Pope Remarks on Needing Tequila Go Viral 

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May,2022
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Pope Francis recently joked with seminarians about needing some alcohol to deal with severe pain in his knee. He recently cancelled a foreign trip because of the ailment, sparking speculation about his declining health. Pope Francis has been suffering from…

Russia on Verge of Controlling Mariupol

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May,2022
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The fall of the Ukrainian port of Mariupol to Russia appeared imminent Tuesday as Ukraine moved to abandon the city’s sprawling steel plant, and hundreds of Kyiv fighters who had been holed up there turned themselves over to Russian forces…

Finland and Sweden Formally Submit Application to Join NATO

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May,2022
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Finland and Sweden have officially applied for membership in the NATO military alliance, spurred by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made the announcement Wednesday at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, flanked by the ambassadors from both countries…

Fall of Ukraine’s Port of Mariupol to Russians Appears Imminent

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May,2022
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The fall of the Ukrainian port of Mariupol to Russia appeared imminent Tuesday as Ukraine moved to abandon the city’s sprawling steel plant, and hundreds of Kyiv fighters who had been holed up there turned themselves over to Russian forces…

Nestlé Ships Baby Formula From Switzerland, Netherlands Amid US Shortages

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May,2022
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Swiss food giant Nestlé is to fly baby formula from Switzerland and the Netherlands to the United States amid shortages there, a group spokeswoman said Tuesday.  The Swiss group will specifically import two brands of hypoallergenic milk, as the shortage…

War Crimes Watch: Targeting Schools, Russia Bombs the Future

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May,2022
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By JASON DEAREN, JULIET LINDERMAN and OLEKSANDR STASHEVSKYI  As she lay buried under the rubble, her legs broken and eyes blinded by blood and thick clouds of dust, all Inna Levchenko could hear was screams. It was 12:15 p.m. on…

Ethiopia Expels The Economist Correspondent

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May,2022
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Ethiopia has expelled The Economist’s correspondent from the East African country, accusing him of taking a “misguided approach” to journalism, the weekly magazine said Monday. The British magazine defended the work of its correspondent as “professional, unbiased and often courageous”…

Latest Developments in Ukraine: May 17

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May,2022
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For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flashpoint Ukraine. The latest developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT: 5:10 a.m.: Sweden signed a formal request to join the NATO military alliance. Its application must…

Ukraine Works to Evacuate Last Mariupol Troops

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May,2022
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Ukraine’s military worked Tuesday to evacuate its remaining fighters from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol where three months of Russian bombing has left the besieged port city in ruins. Ukrainian officials said more than 260 fighters were evacuated Monday….

Biden Praises Greece for Leadership After Russia Invasion

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May,2022
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President Joe Biden on Monday thanked Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for his country’s “moral leadership” in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as the two held talks at the White House about the ongoing conflict.  The visit by…

EU Fails to Clinch Russian Oil Embargo  

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May,2022
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The European Union again failed to agree to an oil embargo against Russia Monday as part of a sixth package of sanctions over the war in Ukraine. Hungary remains a key holdout, demanding a high price for greenlighting the package. …

EU Cuts Eurozone Growth Forecast As Ukraine War Bites

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May,2022
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The European Commission on Monday sharply cut its eurozone growth forecast for 2022 to 2.7 percent, blaming skyrocketing energy prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The war also spurred the EU’s executive to revisit its eurozone inflation prediction for…

When Not Tending to War Wounded, Ukraine Rock Star Jams With Bono, Sheeran

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May,2022
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Taras Topolya is a Ukrainian rock singer. From the first day of the war in Ukraine, he has been working as a paramedic with the country’s Territorial Defense. But when he has a break, he plays with big names in…

Latest Developments in Ukraine: May 16

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May,2022
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For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flashpoint Ukraine. The latest developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT: 5:30 a.m.: The U.S. and the European Union plan to announce on Monday a joint effort…

US, EU to boost coordination on semiconductor supply, Russia

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May,2022
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The United States and the European Union plan to announce on Monday a joint effort aimed at identifying semiconductor supply disruptions as well as countering Russian disinformation, officials said. The U.S. officials are visiting the French scientific hub of Saclay…

Pope Declares 10 New Saints, Including Dutch Priest Killed By Nazis   

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May,2022
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Pope Francis on Sunday declared 10 people saints of the Roman Catholic Church, including an anti-Nazi Dutch priest murdered in the Dachau concentration camp and a French hermit monk assassinated in Algeria.    The 85-year-old pope, who has been using a…

Eurovision Win in Hand, Ukraine Band Releases New War Video

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May,2022
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Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, fresh off its Eurovision victory, released a new music video Sunday of its winning hit “Stefania” that features scenes of war-ravaged Ukraine and women in combat gear, as the annual song contest took on ever more…

Radio Station Elevates Voices of Hungary’s Roma Minority

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May,2022
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Intellectuals, broadcasters and cultural figures from Hungary’s Roma community are using the airwaves to reframe narratives and elevate the voices of the country’s largest minority group. Radio Dikh — a Romani word that means “to see” — has broadcast since…

Finland Formally Announces NATO Membership Bid

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May,2022
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Finland formally announced Sunday that it intends to apply for membership into the Western NATO military alliance, ignoring Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warning that the move would “negatively affect” peaceful relations between the neighboring countries. President Sauli Niinisto and Prime…