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The United States Supreme Court is preparing to overturn the constitutional right to a Abortion, according to the leaked draft of a majority opinion in a case that is before the court. Written by Samuel Alito, it argues that Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 ruling that guaranteed women’s right to abortion, “was manifestly wrong from the start” and must be reversed. The court stressed that it was still in deliberation and that the draft did not represent the final opinion of the judges. Yet the leak propelled abortion to the forefront of the midterm election campaign.

Meanwhile Oklahoma became the latest operative state to ban abortion, after the governor signed a bill banning the procedure after six weeks. More than a dozen US states have drafted laws that will immediately ban abortion if deer is overturned.

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JD Vance won the Republican primary in Ohio to be the party’s nominee for the Senate. Mr. Vance, who wrote a best-selling memoir about his family’s Appalachian values, was spurred into the race by Donald Trump’s endorsement; his victory is seen as confirmation that Mr. Trump is still the Republican kingmaker.

The Russian army has made little progress in its offensive to seize Ukraine eastern region of Donbass. Russian forces captured several villages, while Ukrainian forces pushed the Russians back from the outskirts of the city of Kharkiv. Despite a minor evacuation of the Russian-occupied city of Mariupol, many civilians remain trapped there. Investigators have uncovered new evidence of atrocities committed by Russian troops. Vladimir Putin is believed to be desperate for some form of success before his country celebrates the anniversary of its victory over Nazi Germany on May 9.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said that EU prohibit the import of Russian oil within six to nine months. But Hungary, Russia’s closest friend in the bloc, said it would veto the plan unless countries that import Russian oil through pipelines, as is the case, are exempted. the EU blocks aid to Hungary for violating the rule of law.

Olaf Scholz, germany Chancellor, said he would support Finland and Sweden joining NATO, if they decide to join. Previously, Mr Scholz had attended a union rally where protesters shouted “warmonger” at him for sending weapons to Ukraine. He replied that Ukrainians would find it “cynical” to be “told to defend themselves unarmed against Putin’s aggression”.

Spain said that Pedro Sánchez, the Prime Minister, the current Minister of Defense and a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, had all been victims of the Pegasus smartphone spyware. More than 60 people associated with the Catalan separatist movement were previously known to have been targets. Spain’s intelligence services are suspected of bugging the separatists and Morocco of bugging the government.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former leftist president of the Brazil and the frontrunner in the October presidential election, argued that Volodymyr Zelensky could have done more to prevent war in Ukraine. Lula also criticized Joe Biden for not stopping the war. His main opponent in the elections, incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro, refused to condemn Mr Putin’s bloody invasion.

from iran oil minister went to Venezuela, where he met Nicolás Maduro, the autocratic president. The two men discussed ways to “overcome” the sanctions imposed on their oil industries.

Andrew Fahie, Premier of the British Virgin Islands, was arrested in Miami. He is charged with money laundering and conspiracy to import cocaine (he denies both allegations). In the British Virgin Islands, protesters took to the streets after a report recommended returning the territory to direct British rule.

Beijing authorities continued mass testing for covid-19. China the capital hopes to avoid a full-scale lockdown. More than 60 metro stations have been closed and a mass isolation center has reopened. In Shanghai, dozens of cases have been detected outside quarantine facilities, raising fears the city, which has been in lockdown for weeks, may delay its reopening. hong konghowever, eased its restrictions, which hurt the economy (GDP fell by 4% in the first quarter) and caused an exodus of populations.

India continued to suffer from a debilitating heat wave, with temperatures consistently exceeding 40ohC (104ohF) in many places, forcing households to increase the power of their air conditioners. Coal shortages exacerbated the problem, leading to power outages.

North Korea fired yet another missile, the 14th weapons test this year, more than in the past two years combined. It happened just a week before Yoon Suk-yeol was sworn in as president of South Korea. Analysts believe North Korea is preparing to conduct a nuclear test.

Russia foreign ministry accused Israel of supporting neo-Nazis in Ukraine, aggravating a feud sparked by an anti-Semitic trope by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Adolf Hitler was of Jewish origin. This prompted a rebuke from Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Turkey President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met Saudi Arabia crown prince and de facto ruler, Muhammad bin Salman, to Jeddah as a sign of warmer relations. These had been cold since the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi critic. He had been dismembered at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

Militants from al-Shabab, a jihadist group, attacked a base in Somalia used by Burundian soldiers who are part of an African Union force, killing between ten and 30. AU and the Somali government have been fighting al-Shabab for 15 years with little progress.

Human Rights Watch has accused the Wagner Group, a group of Russian mercenaries, of torturing and murdering civilians in the Central African Republic. Meanwhile, Germany stopped training from mali army after HRW reported in March that Wagner and government forces had massacred 300 people.


London the transport operator has announced that the Elizabeth line (known as Crossrail) will finally open on May 24. Plagued by delays since work began in 2009, it will run through the city center, connecting the suburbs to the east and west. Initially three separate railways, all will be connected later this year. The chances of getting a seat are good: the number of passengers on the existing metro network is still well below its pre-covid level.


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