Magical Thinking

Venezuelan officials criticized the United States’ decision this week to reimpose oil sanctions, after Washington said that the government of President Nicolas Maduro has failed to allow “an inclusive and competitive election” to take place this year, the Financial Times reported. In October, the Biden administration...

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Blast Off

Indonesian authorities shut down a provincial airport and evacuated hundreds of people this week following the eruption Wednesday of Mount Ruang in the north of the archipelago, prompting officials to also issue tsunami warnings, the New York Times reported. The volcanic eruption on a remote island...

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Unwelcome Guests

Italian lawmakers passed an amendment this week to allow anti-abortion activists to enter family planning clinics, a move that supporters hailed but the opposition and pro-choice advocates called a “heavy” blow to women’s rights, the Washington Post reported. The amendment is part of the right-wing government’s...

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All For One

Venezuela and Honduras took diplomatic actions against Ecuador this week in response to a recent police raid at Mexico’s embassy in the Ecuadorian capital Quito earlier this month, Al Jazeera reported. On Tuesday, Honduran Foreign Relations Minister Enrique Reina announced his country had recalled its charge...

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Dragon’s Breath

A fire tore through Copenhagen’s Old Stock Exchange on Tuesday, causing the collapse of the structure’s iconic spire and severely damaging one of the Danish capital’s oldest buildings, the Associated Press reported. Danish officials said the fire began Tuesday morning in the 17th-century building’s copper-covered roof...

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Cats and Dogs

Unprecedented heavy rains unleashed devastating floods across southern Russia, Central and South Asia this week, claiming dozens of lives and displacing tens of thousands, and prompting anger from residents and concerns about climate change among scientists, CBS News reported. Lightning and torrential rains killed more than...

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I Am Sato!

A new study found that unless Japan revises its laws to permit separate surnames for married couples, every Japanese citizen could have the surname “Sato” within the next 500 years, the Guardian reported. Led by Hiroshi Yoshida of Tohoku University, the study projects a concerning trend...

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Message Received

South Korea’s prime minister and presidential advisers offered to resign on Thursday after the liberal opposition secured a landslide victory in the general election, a major setback to conservative President Yoon Suk-Yeol, the Associated Press reported. The opposition maintained its control of parliament for another term...

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Backseat Drivers

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the country’s last two general elections were “free and fair” on Wednesday, in a public inquiry into accusations of foreign interference in the elections – including Chinese and Indian meddling, the BBC reported. Quebec judge Marie-Josée Hogue is probing the...

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