Abortion rights bill blocked in US Senate
13 May 2022 | 9:45 am
The US Senate has voted 51 to 49 against proceeding with the Women's Health Protection Act. The bill sought to ensure access to abortions nationwide.
Pakistan's embattled prime minister says he accepts a Supreme Court decision overturning his attempt to avoid a no-confidence vote. He insisted that Washington was behind the step to remove him from office.
Consumer prices in the US surged by 8.5 percent in March, the fastest pace since 1981. The inflation spike was fuelled by a 32 percent jump in energy costs, linked to Russia's war in Ukraine. Many American consumers are struggling to keep up with the price rises. Also in the show: Emmanuel Macron appears to waver on his pledge to raise France's retirement age to 65, and Sri Lanka enters default as its economic crisis deepens.
A Franco-American journalist and filmmaker has told FRANCE 24 of the campaign launched to try to save the life of a Hispanic mother on death row in Texas. Melissa Lucio, 53, is due to be executed later this month after being found guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter in 2007.
Last month, the Honduras Supreme Court backed the extradition of Juan Orlando Hernandez to the United States to face charges of drug trafficking. If convicted, the former president could face a life sentence.
Protesters have called for the naming of the white police officer who killed Patrick Lyoya. It comes after police release footage showing the officer shoot the him in the head.
An elderly couple has been killed by a wildfire in a town in the southwestern US state of New Mexico, where fast-moving blazes have destroyed dozens of homes.
A British judge has formally approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the US to face spying charges. The order must now be cleared by the UK interior minister.
Capitol Police told staff to evacuate on Wednesday evening, citing an "aircraft that poses a probable threat." The flight, it later transpired, was routine. Politicians were quick to lambast the communication breakdown.
A post on Telegram with more than 1.5 million views claims that Russian soldiers found the passport of an alleged US mercenary who died fighting in Ukraine. The "mercenary", Cesar Quintana, is in fact alive and well. We tell you Quintana's real story, involving an international custody battle, in this edition of Truth or Fake.
The former US president has been fined $10,000 per day until he complies with a New York court order to turn over documents as part of an investigation into his business practices.
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is hosting allies at Ramstein Air Base to discuss Ukraine's security needs. Germany pledged to send anti-aircraft tanks to Kyiv at the start of talks.
Washington has invited some 40 countries to its air base in Ramstein to for a conference on the defense of Ukraine. Germany announced a major shift in policy at the event, saying it would send tanks to the country.
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