Oklahoma Legislature Passes Strictest Abortion Ban in the U.S.

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The Republican-led legislature in Oklahoma passed a bill on May 19 banning abortions from the moment of fertilization, with some exceptions, making it the strictest abortion ban in the United States. With a vote of 73 to 16, the state …

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Somali Lawmakers Elect Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as New President

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Somali legislators elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the new president for a second time after a final vote on May 15. Mohamud, who was voted out of power in 2017, won the presidency again after receiving 214 votes in the …

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Queen Elizabeth II to Miss State Opening of UK Parliament

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Queen Elizabeth II will not attend this year’s State Opening of Parliament and the reading of the Queen’s Speech for the first time in 59 years, the Buckingham Palace announced. “The Queen continues to experience episodic mobility problems, and in …

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Sinn Fein Wins Election, Call for United Ireland

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Sinn Fein, the Irish nationalist party that wants to liberate Northern Ireland from British authority to create a united Ireland, won the most seats in the Belfast legislature. “Sinn Féin is ready to work with others to deliver real change …

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U.S. House Passes Bill to Allow Lending Weapons Systems to Ukraine

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The United States House of Representatives passed a bill on April 28 that would allow President Joe Biden’s administration to lend or lease weapons to Ukraine to defend itself against the Russian invasion. The House approved the Ukrainian Democracy Defense …

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Iraqi Parliament Summons FM Over Alleged Agreement on Turkish Incursion

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Iraq’s Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein is to appear before parliament following reports that the Turkish cross-border military incursion into the Iraqi Kurdistan region against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was conducted in an agreement with Baghdad.      The head of …

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US Says Iraq Needs To Form New Government to Stop Instability

The US on Friday called on the Iraqi political leaders to expedite the process of government formation to stave off instability, as the country failed to elect a new president and Prime Minister after six months since national elections were …

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Florida Legislature Strips Disney of Special Tax Status

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The Florida legislature passed a bill on April 21 to strip Disney of its special self-governing status amid a political clash over the controversial “Don’t Say Gay” law. The Florida House recently approved legislation to eliminate Disney’s special district in …

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Florida Republicans Approve Congressional Map That Severely Limits Black Voting Power

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Florida Republicans on April 21 approved a new congressional map that severely limits Black voting power just after Black lawmakers staged a sit-in for over an hour inside the chamber. The chamber passed the map in a 68 to 38 …

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