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Sweden's parliament passes a law to make it easier for young people to legally change their gender

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 14:12:55 -0400

The Swedish parliament has passed a law that lowers the required age to 16 years old for people to legally change their gender; a gender dysphoria diagnosis is no longer required.

Canadian police say 9 people will be charged after $20 million worth of gold was stolen last year from airport

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 13:28:44 -0400

Last year, 6,600 gold bars worth over 20 million Canadian dollars was stolen last year from the Toronto Pearson International airport and now 9 people will face charges.

Ukraine alleges Russia increasingly using tear gas illegally in battle

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 13:26:12 -0400

Ukrainian military officials allege Russian forces have increasingly used riot control agents that are illegal to use in war under the international Chemical Weapons Convention.

Western powers urge Israel show restraint in retaliation against Iran attack

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 12:19:54 -0400

Officials from the United Kingdom, Germany and elsewhere have pressured the Israeli government to exercise restraint in its response to an Iranian missile attack launched last week.

Sweden's Eurovision Song Contest to have strict security due to heightened threat of terrorism, police say

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 11:20:42 -0400

Security will be tight during next month's Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden, due to potential unrest and terrorism threats, according to local police.

US intends to monitor North Korean nuclear weapons with or without UN, ambassador says

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 11:19:54 -0400

Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution, effective ending the monitoring of weapons program sanctions against North Korea. The U.S. is determined to continue monitoring these sanctions.

Netanyahu says 9 chilling words as Iran's president vows to completely destroy Israel

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 11:14:43 -0400

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left no doubt in a statement on what his country would do, should Iran and Israel's current tensions escalate into a full-blown conflict.

European far-right conference resumes after judge rules its shutdown unconstitutional

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 10:48:46 -0400

A Belgian judge rules the cancelation of the National Conservative conference in Brussels unconstitutional, and the conference resumed on April 17, 2024.

Burmese military government moves deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi from prison to house arrest due to heat

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 10:47:59 -0400

Burma's former leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved from prison to house arrest. The military government said on Wednesday the move was made due to a heat wave.

French organizers exclude Putin from D-Day anniversary event due to Ukraine war

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 10:47:06 -0400

French organizers of the 80th anniversary of the 1944 D-Day landings have announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be invited to the event.

Human rights group alleges widespread abuse in Syrian detention centers holding suspected ISIS members

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 10:14:03 -0400

A human rights group has reported widespread abuse, including torture, in Syrian detention facilities holding thousands of suspected ISIS members and their relatives.

G7 to meet in Italy, expected to call for sanctions on Iran

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 10:10:17 -0400

Iran's attack on Israel gave new urgency to the meeting of the Group of Seven in Italy. The member countries are expected to call for sanctions on Iran and restraint from Israel.

Caribbean ambassador proposes establishment of assembly to seek reparations for transatlantic slavery

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 09:04:28 -0400

A Caribbean ambassador has voiced the importance of creating an international tribunal to address reparations for transatlantic slavery and its enduring impacts.

German police bust human smuggling scheme that got visas to hundreds, mostly Chinese nationals

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 08:52:38 -0400

A human smuggling ring in Germany that involved bribery of immigration officials was busted in a large-scale raid early on April 17, 2024. The scam illegally supplied visas to hundreds.

Croatia votes in a bitter showdown of a parliamentary election between president and prime minister

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 08:50:23 -0400

Croatia's parliamentary election is viewed by some as the culmination of a rivalry between the country's pro-Western prime minister and pro-Russian president.

Full UN membership won't help Palestinians with statehood, US ambassador says

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 07:32:51 -0400

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield has voiced concerns about a U.N. resolution supporting full membership for the Palestinian Authority.

Taiwan's military submarine program to proceed after resignation of project chief

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 07:28:33 -0400

Taiwan's indigenous submarine program remains on course despite the resignation of its leader, Huang Shu-kuang, who cited unfair criticism against him and the military.

'Nothing would remain': Iran's president vows to completely destroy Israel if it launches ‘tiniest invasion’

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 05:17:49 -0400

Iran’s president minced no words during remarks at a military parade on Wednesday, vowing to completely destroy Israel should it attack Iran.

Joran van der Sloot lawyer releases prison soccer video to show he's OK after alleged inmate beatdown

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 04:00:06 -0400

Joran van der Sloot's lawyer releases video showing Natalee Holloway's murderer with his inmate soccer team to show he's OK after reports of a prison assault.

Assange extradition case moves forward after US assures UK court there would be no death penalty

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 02:43:07 -0400

The U.S. provided guarantees to the British High Court in London that could pave a way for Julian Assange to be extradited to the U.S. to face espionage charges.

Israeli artist, curators refuse to open exhibit until cease-fire, hostage deal is reached

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 22:15:45 -0400

The artist and curators representing Israel at an international art show say they will not open the Israeli pavilion until a cease-fire and hostage deal are reached.

UN envoy lashes out at Libya's feuding parties and their foreign backers, then says he's resigned

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 19:51:40 -0400

Abdoulaye Bathily, the U.N. envoy for Libya, confirmed he had submitted his resignation at a U.N. Security Council meeting after lashing out at Libya's feuding parties and their foreign backers.

Venezuela closes its embassy in Ecuador

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 19:50:13 -0400

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday ordered the closure of his country's embassy in Ecuador, a move intended to demonstrate solidarity with Mexico over a raid in Quito.

Algerian journalist claims country expelled him without explanation

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 19:17:54 -0400

Farid Alilat, a writer for Algeria's French-language Jeune Afrique magazine, claims he was detained for 11 hours after returning from a trip abroad.

Ecuador rations electricity as drought persists in the northern Andes

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 18:52:36 -0400

Ecuador's main cities began to ration electricity on Tuesday as a drought is depleting reservoirs and limiting output at hydroelectric plants that produce a majority of the country's power.