Ex-rebel sworn in as Colombia’s president in historic shift

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s first leftist president will be sworn into office Sunday, promising to fight inequality and heralding a turning point in the history of a country haunted by a long war between the government and guerrilla groups. Sen. Gustavo Petro, a former member of Colombia’s M-19 guerrilla group, won the presidential election … Read more

Biden steps out of the room and finds legacy-defining wins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over five decades in Washington, Joe Biden knew that the way to influence was to be in the room where it happens. But in the second year of his presidency, some of Biden’s most striking, legacy-defining legislative victories came about by staying out of it. A summer lawmaking blitz has sent bipartisan … Read more

Zaporizhzhia: UN’s nuclear watchdog warns of ‘disaster’ at Ukraine power plant as shelling continues

CNN — The world’s nuclear watchdog has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities near Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine after it was struck by shelling, triggering the shutdown of one of the reactors and signaling the “real risk of a nuclear disaster.” The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), … Read more

Roma refugees fleeing war in Ukraine say they are suffering discrimination and prejudice

Prague, Chisinau and Bucharest CNN  —  Luiza Baloh left her home in Dnipro, central Ukraine, in March. Fleeing the constant sound of explosions, she and her five children came to the Czech Republic hoping to find refuge. Instead, they found themselves behind a barbed wire fence in a repurposed immigration detention center that was, she … Read more

17 missing, 121 hurt, 1 dead in fire at Cuban oil facility

HAVANA (AP) — A fire set off by a lightning strike at an oil storage facility raged uncontrolled in the Cuban city of Matanzas, where four explosions and flames injured 121 people and left 17 firefighters missing. Cuban authorities said an unidentified body had been found late Saturday. Firefighters and other specialists were still trying … Read more

17 missing, dozens hurt as fire rages in Cuban oil tank farm

HAVANA — A fire set off by a lightning strike at an oil storage facility raged uncontrolled Saturday in the city of Matanzas, where four explosions and flames injured nearly 80 people and left 17 firefighters missing, Cuban authorities said. Firefighters and other specialists were still trying to quell the blaze at the Matanzas Supertanker … Read more

Large Indiana employers Eli Lilly and Cummins speak out about the state’s new restrictive abortion law

An Eli Lilly and Company pharmaceutical manufacturing plant is pictured at 50 ImClone Drive in Branchburg, New Jersey, March 5, 2021. Mike Segar | Reuters Drugmaker Eli Lilly, one of the biggest employers in Indiana, said that the state’s newly passed law restricting abortions will cause the company to grow away from its home turf. … Read more

Senate on track to take key vote Saturday to advance Democrats’ sweeping health care and climate bill

CNN — The Senate is on track to take a key vote on Saturday to advance Democrats’ sweeping health care and climate bill toward final passage – and the package could pass the Senate as soon as this weekend. The bill – named the Inflation Reduction Act – would represent the largest climate investment in … Read more

Russian forces begin assault on two eastern Ukraine cities

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces began an assault Saturday on two key cities in the eastern Donetsk region and kept up rocket and shelling attacks on other Ukrainian cities, including one close to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Ukraine’s military and local officials said . Both cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka have been considered … Read more

Senate parliamentarian OKs most of Dems’ drug price controls

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate parliamentarian narrowed Democrats’ plan for curbing drug prices but left it largely intact Saturday, Democrats said, as party leaders prepared to start moving their sprawling economic bill through the chamber. Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber’s rules arbiter, also gave the green light to clean air provisions in the measure, including one … Read more