‘Historic’ Equal Pay Agreement for American Male and Female Soccer Players

The US men’s and women’s national soccer teams will receive equal pay under new contracts with an unprecedented distribution of World Cup prize money, the American Football Federation announced on Wednesday. “This is truly a historic moment,” said US soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone. “These agreements have forever changed the game here in the United … Read more

American Midterms and the Strange Demise of the Political Center

Pennsylvania Republican Doug Mastriano, a fervent supporter of Donald Trump, won his party’s nomination for governor in a primaries season in which candidates for office are increasingly polarized Important news Don’t miss the Breaking News headlines. Followed categories are added to My News. A giant Donald Trump mural in the front yard. The races are … Read more

Russian pleads guilty as Ukraine holds first war crimes trial

A 21-year-old Russian soldier pleaded guilty to the cold-blooded murder of a Ukrainian civilian on Wednesday as Kiev began a court settlement for alleged atrocities after nearly three months of war. Ukraine’s first war crimes trial since Russia invaded on February 24 came when President Vladimir Putin also had to consider the prospect of NATO … Read more

Zelensky appeal beamed into Cannes as the festival rolls out the red carpet

A parade of Oscar winners on Tuesday kicked off the 75th Cannes Film Festival, with a special focus on the war in Ukraine, which returned to a high-wattage form after the lifting of Covid rules. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the opening ceremony of the gala as a surprise guest via video link from Kiev, … Read more

Libyan capital rocked by strife as rival prime minister competes for power

IMAGES General Staff of the Government of National Unity are deployed in the capital, Tripoli, hours after the forces of the rival government in Tobruk withdrew after intense fighting between hostile militias. Gunfire shook through Libya’s capital for several hours on Tuesday as a rival prime minister attempted to oust interim prime minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah, … Read more

Indonesians celebrate Vesak in the largest Buddhist temple in the world

The procession and countdown to Vesak were live streamed for those who couldn’t attend Hundreds of lanterns were released into the air for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit the country by Indonesian Buddhists celebrating Vesak Day at Borobudur temple. “After two years of not being able to celebrate Vesak Day here, we … Read more

French city approves Muslim swimsuit in controversial change

Modeled here in a shop in Australia, the burkini is a controversial swimsuit in France The French city of Grenoble on Monday authorized the wearing of the so-called “burkini” by Muslim women in state-run swimming pools, igniting one of France’s most controversial debates over religious clothing. The all-in-one bathing suit, used by some Muslim women … Read more

Renault gives Russian assets to Moscow, McDonald’s says it will leave Russia

Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said in April that Renault planned to sell its Russian assets for “one token ruble”. The exodus of Western companies from Russia deepened Monday as the local assets of French carmaker Renault were effectively nationalized and fast food giant McDonald’s said it would exit the market. Renault transferred … Read more

Macron appoints France’s first female prime minister in three decades

Borne is seen as a skilled technocrat who can also negotiate prudently with unions President Emmanuel Macron on Monday appointed Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne as prime minister to lead his ambitious reform plans, the first woman to lead the French government in more than 30 years. A French presidential official, who asked not to be … Read more

Sweden enters ‘new era’ with NATO bid

Sweden will apply for NATO membership, says Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson Sweden officially announced on Monday that it will apply for NATO membership as a deterrent to Russian aggression, entering a “new era” and undoing two centuries of military non-alignment. “The government has decided to inform NATO that Sweden wants to join the alliance,” … Read more