Turkish President: Sweden has not eased NATO’s concerns

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Sweden’s prime minister he has not seen any “tangible” moves to address Turkey’s concerns about his country’s NATO membership, the office said Saturday. of Erdoğan. Erdogan called in a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson for “binding commitments” from Sweden, as well as a … Read more

Religious schools can avoid tuition despite decision

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Religious schools got what they wanted when the Supreme Court allowed them to participate in an in-state tuition program. But the state attorney general said the ruling will be in vain unless the schools are willing to abide by the same anti-discrimination law as other private schools participating in the program. … Read more

Here we go again: Strike snarls UK trains for third day

LONDON (AP) — Train stations were nearly deserted across Britain on Saturday as the third day of a nationwide strike put a damper on weekend plans for millions of people. Rail companies said only a fifth of passenger services would run as some 40,000 cleaners, signalmen, maintenance workers and station staff walked off the job … Read more

With the war, the Kyiv pride parade turns into a march for peace in Warsaw

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ukraine’s largest LGBTQ rights event, KyivPride, will take place on Saturday. But not in their native streets and not as a celebration. Instead, it will join the annual Warsaw Equality Parade, the largest gay pride event in central Europe, and use it as a platform to keep international attention focused on … Read more

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tests positive for COVID-1

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, according to a news release from his office. Edwards says he currently has no symptoms and will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to self-isolate for five days. The … Read more

UN body to hold urgent debate on Afghan women and girls’ rights

GENEVA (AP) — The UN’s top human rights body is holding an urgent debate next week to discuss the erosion of the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan since the Taliban took power nearly a year ago. Human Rights Council spokesman Rolando Gomez said on Friday that the Geneva-based human rights body was expected … Read more

Turkey: Qatari and Azerbaijani planes join fight against forest fires

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Water-dropping planes from Azerbaijan and Qatar joined the fight Friday against a wind-fueled wildfire that burned for a fourth day near a popular tourist resort in southwestern Turkey. Meanwhile, Turkey’s forestry minister said the fire may be close to being contained, but wind still poses a risk. The fire broke out … Read more

Murkowski calls Senate gun violence bill responsible

JUNE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski on Thursday described a bipartisan bill aimed at addressing gun violence as responsible and “objective.” The Republican said the measure represents a compromise. “No, I don’t think you just say, ‘Okay, we get through this and everything is resolved,’” he said in a video conference call … Read more

Greitens RINO video prompted threats to family, lawyer says

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The family of Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Eric Greitens has been the target of “serious threats” in the days after a violent campaign video was posted online. the one who declares that he is “hunting” RINO, or republicans in name only. , the lawyer for his ex-wife said in court Thursday. … Read more

Car thefts in downtown Toronto: 20 vehicles stolen last week (June 23)

Police received 20 reports of a stolen vehicle in downtown Toronto between June 16 and June 22. That is less than the 36 reported the previous week. Reports of carjackings across the city dropped by 16 to 154 (you can find the most recent numbers for other parts of Toronto here). There have been 3,754 … Read more