Ukraine’s Zelenskyy arrives in Hiroshima for G7 summit as world leaders sanction Russia

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is in Japan for diplomatic talks with the leaders of the world’s strongest democracies as they tighten sanctions meant to punish Moscow over its 15-month invasion of Ukraine. Japan says Zelenskyy’s choice to go to Hiroshima stems from his “robust want” to take part in talks with G7 and different nations that can affect his nation’s protection towards Russia. Bolstering worldwide help is a key precedence for Ukraine because it prepares for what’s seen as a serious push meant to take again territory seized by Russia. Amongst different leaders, Zelenskyy met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to transient him on Ukraine’s peace plan, which requires the withdrawal of Russian troops from the nation earlier than any negotiations.

2024 Republican hopefuls rush to defend Marine who put NYC subway rider in deadly chokehold

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential hopefuls have rushed to help Daniel Penny, a white U.S. Marine veteran who was caught on video pinning an agitated Black subway passenger to the ground in a deadly chokehold. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis urged the nation to indicate Penny that “America’s bought his again.” Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley known as for New York’s governor to pardon Penny, and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy donated $10,000 to his authorized protection fund. Prime Republicans have tried to make rising crime charges a political legal responsibility for Democrats. Democrats and racial justice advocates counter that GOP messaging round restoring “regulation and order” performs on deep-seated racism.

FACT FOCUS: Who’s guilty for the nationwide debt? It’s extra difficult than one perpetrator

As political leaders work to achieve a deal to lift the debt ceiling, some on-line have pointed fingers as to who’s guilty for the nationwide debt. One on-line declare argues former President Donald Trump elevated the debt “greater than every other President in American historical past.” Whereas the debt did improve quite a bit throughout the Trump period, it wasn’t the best improve. Furthermore, specialists say, attributing the debt to at least one president glosses over loads of complexities — together with the truth that spending choices are made by lawmakers, too, and insurance policies put in place by one administration have an effect on the debt down the road.

Will Biden’s hard-hat environmentalism bridge the divide on clear vitality future?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe essentially the most unlikely function of high-stakes price range negotiations happening in Washington is a debate over allowing. That is primarily the regulatory course of for deciding what will get constructed the place. It could possibly be energy vegetation, transmission traces or different tasks. For many years, business and labor have chaffed at what they describe as overly strict guidelines that restrict growth. Now environmentalists additionally view pink tape as an issue as a result of it limits the development of tasks essential for a clear vitality future. Reaching a compromise will not be straightforward, but it surely’s vital to reaching President Joe Biden’s imaginative and prescient of slashing greenhouse fuel emissions within the coming years.

Russian non-public military head claims management of Bakhmut however Ukraine says preventing continues

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The top of the Russian non-public military Wagner claims his forces have taken management of town of Bakhmut after the longest and most grinding battle of the Russia-Ukraine warfare, however Ukrainian protection officers have denied it. In a video posted on Telegram, Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin stated town got here beneath full Russian management at about noon Saturday. He spoke flanked by about half a dozen fighters, with ruined buildings within the background and explosions heard within the distance. Nonetheless, after the video appeared Ukrainian deputy protection minister Hanna Maliar stated heavy preventing was persevering with. Preventing has raged round Bakhmut for greater than 200 days.

Meet the influential new participant on transgender well being payments

A nonprofit that describes itself as a group of docs and others uniting to “shield healthcare from a radical, divisive, and discriminatory ideology” has grow to be a major presence in statehouses. Do No Hurt bought its begin in early 2022 by focusing its criticisms of range initiatives in medication earlier than branching out to transgender well being. And regardless of a nonprofit tax standing that restricted its involvement in laws, it created an initiative to limit gender-affirming care for teens, provided a mannequin invoice that an AP evaluation discovered has been utilized in not less than three states, and has despatched folks to testify in statehouses.

Burner telephones, aliases, code phrases: How secret networks assist ladies circumvent Honduras’ abortion ban

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras has one of many world’s strictest abortion bans, with a constitutional prohibition on terminating being pregnant in all instances. However throughout the nation, ladies are terminating pregnancies with the assistance of clandestine networks in search of to make the process as protected as doable. Activists within the networks use code phrases, aliases, encrypted messages, burner telephones and capsules smuggled throughout borders to maintain their actions beneath the radar. Most don’t know one another, or any specifics past their position within the chain that finally offers data and the abortion capsules endorsed by the World Well being Group. Many ladies within the networks are vocal activists on different points, however they really feel most afraid of talking out on abortion due to the ban and social and spiritual opposition.

Finish of an period? GOP walkout exhibits political chasm the place ‘The Oregon Method’ as soon as meant bipartisan belief

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The political divide affecting the US is hitting Oregon onerous. The Legislature is in gridlock and Republican senators are in a chronic walkout. Oregonians are wistfully recalling “The Oregon Method,” when politicians of various stripes solid agreements for the frequent good. The gridlock within the state Capitol in Salem comes as Oregon grapples with homelessness, psychological well being points, a fetid open-air drug market in Portland and gun violence within the state’s most important metropolis. Some companies are fleeing, together with REI. The boycott threatens to derail lots of of pending payments, approval of a biennial state price range and the boycotters’ personal political futures.

COVID emergency orders are amongst `best intrusions on civil liberties,’ Justice Gorsuch says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Courtroom Justice Neil Gorsuch says emergency measures taken throughout the COVID-19 disaster that killed greater than 1 million Individuals have been maybe “the best intrusions on civil liberties within the peacetime historical past of this nation.” The 55-year-old conservative justice factors to orders closing faculties, proscribing church providers, mandating vaccines and prohibiting evictions. Gorsuch’s broadside is geared toward native, state and federal officers, and even his personal colleagues. He says officers issued emergency decrees “on a wide ranging scale.” His feedback got here in an eight-page assertion that accompanied an order formally dismissing a case involving using the Title 42 coverage to stop asylum seekers from coming into the US.

Jim Brown Appreciation: Remembering Corridor of Fame operating again’s lasting affect on and off discipline

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jim Brown was each extraordinary and terribly difficult. One man. Many variations. His greatness on the soccer discipline is past reproach. For generations, Brown, who died Thursday evening peacefully at his dwelling in Los Angeles, has lengthy been the usual of excellence for operating backs, a freakish mix of brute energy and blazing pace who in some ways modified the NFL without end. However Brown, who retired to pursue a movie profession, was additionally a civil rights pioneer whose picture was tarnished by accusations of home violence towards ladies.