U.S. Supreme Court strikes down strict Louisiana abortion law

The U.S. Supreme Court defended abortion rights in a major ruling on Monday by striking down a Louisiana law placing restrictions on doctors who perform the procedure, leaving anti-abortion advocates and the White House bitterly disappointed. The 5-4 ruling, with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four liberal justices, represented a victory for Shreveport-based… Read More U.S. Supreme Court strikes down strict Louisiana abortion law

Gabon senate votes to reverse criminalization of homosexuality

Gabon’s Senate voted on Monday to decriminalise homosexuality, the president’s office said, in a landslide result that will make the country one of the few in Africa to reverse an earlier ban on same-sex relationships. Under a 2019 law, Gabon was one of 73 countries or jurisdictions around the world, including more than two dozen… Read More Gabon senate votes to reverse criminalization of homosexuality

Nigeria to ease restrictions on inter-state travel, certain students

Nigeria will let people travel between its states outside curfew hours from July 1, a senior official said on Monday as authorities moved to relax some coronavirus restrictions. Students due to graduate this year will also be able to go back to school to prepare for exams, though other children are still barred from attending,… Read More Nigeria to ease restrictions on inter-state travel, certain students

Republican leaders urge wearing of masks as coronavirus cases surge

In a rare split with mask-averse President Donald Trump, fellow Republican leaders are making a public push for face coverings as COVID-19 cases surge in some Republican-leaning states. The top Republican in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, said every American has a responsibility to follow the recommendations of health officials to wear masks and… Read More Republican leaders urge wearing of masks as coronavirus cases surge

‘Golden State Killer’ suspect Joseph James DeAngelo pleads guilty to murder charges

An ex-policeman accused of terrorizing California with a string of slayings, rapes and break-ins attributed to a serial predator dubbed the ‘Golden State Killer’ pleaded guilty on Monday to the first of 13 counts of first-degree murder charges against him. Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, entered the plea as part of a broader agreement with prosecutors… Read More ‘Golden State Killer’ suspect Joseph James DeAngelo pleads guilty to murder charges

Seven dead as gunmen attack stock exchange building in Pakistan

Gunmen attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in the city of Karachi on Monday killing two guards and a policeman before security forces killed all four of the attackers, police said. Separatist insurgents from Balochistan province – the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) – claimed responsibility in a post on Twitter. “We locked ourselves in our… Read More Seven dead as gunmen attack stock exchange building in Pakistan