Ukraine war, tensions with China loom over the big Bali summit

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — A showdown between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin isn’t happening, but fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and growing tensions between China and the West will be at the fore when leaders of the world’s biggest economies gather in tropical Bali this week. The Group of 20 members began … Read more

Meloni and Macron clash over migrants – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. ROME – Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has accused France of betrayal, as the two governments clash over who should take rescue boats full of migrants. Paris froze plans to take in 3,500 migrants from Italy, part of a European redistribution deal, and suggested … Read more

Ocean Viking: Migrant rescue ship allowed to dock in France after Italy’s refusal

France’s government has granted a safe port to the Ocean Viking rescue vessel carrying 234 migrants. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said France would welcome the ship’s passengers at the military port in the city of Toulon on Friday. The Norwegian-flagged vessel — operated by the NGO SOS Méditerranée — has been at sea for nearly … Read more

Ukraine frets about US midterms – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article There is mounting anxiety about what Tuesday’s American midterm elections may mean for Ukraine and US support for the country, amid fears that a Republican surge could weaken American backing for Kyiv. Ukrainian officials and lawmakers are scrutinizing the opinion polls and parsing the comments of their counterparts. … Read more

How climate became the new culture war front line – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Delegates landing in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh for UN climate talks this week are a global elite bent on tearing down national borders, stripping away individual freedoms and condemning working people to a life of poverty. That dark view is held by a range of … Read more

Nearly 1,000 migrants stranded on board NGO ships as storm hits Migration News

Three charity-run vessels in the Mediterranean Sea are awaiting permission to disembark in Italy or Malta, as those on board need urgent assistance amid dwindling supplies and worsening weather conditions. The vessels operated by Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF), SOS Mediterranee and SOS Humanity, have been at sea for more than a … Read more

Battle of the Alps? Water woes loom amid climate change

BRIG, Switzerland (AP) – A battle is brewing around Europe’s rooftop over the planet’s most precious resource. The crystal-clear waters issuing from the Alps could become increasingly contested as the effects of climate change and glacier melt become more apparent. Italy wants them for crop irrigation in spring and summer. Swiss authorities want to hold … Read more

Italy’s fascist past under scrutiny a century after the putsch

MILAN (AP) – Italy’s failure to come to terms with its fascist past has become evident as it prepares to mark the 100th anniversary Friday of the March on Rome that brought totalitarian dictator Benito Mussolini to power, a milestone that coincides with the country’s first postwar government led by a party with a neo-fascist … Read more

Giorgia Meloni sworn in as Italy’s first female prime minister Politics News

Hard-right leader Giorgia Meloni was sworn in as Italy’s first female prime minister amid looming questions over her coalition partners’ stance towards Russia. The 45-year-old leader recited the ritual oath of office before Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Saturday after his party Brothers of Italy won more than 25 percent of the vote in snap … Read more

Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni swore in as Italian premier

ROME (AP) – Giorgia Meloni, whose political party with neo-fascist roots secured the most votes in Italy’s national election last month, was sworn in Saturday as the country’s first far-right prime minister since the end of World War II. She is also the first woman to serve as premier. Meloni, 45, recited the oath of … Read more