Germany set to legalize recreational use of cannabis

Germany on Wednesday set out plans to legalise cannabis, in a move promised by Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government that would make it one of the first countries in Europe to make weed legal. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach presented a cornerstone paper on planned legislation to regulate the controlled distribution and consumption of cannabis for recreational… Read More Germany set to legalize recreational use of cannabis

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz tests positive for coronavirus

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has tested positive for coronavirus and is showing mild symptoms of a cold, a government spokesperson said on Monday. Scholz is isolating in the federal chancellery. He has cancelled all his public appearances this week but will attend scheduled meetings remotely, said an emailed statement. Germany is rolling out booster vaccinations… Read More German Chancellor Olaf Scholz tests positive for coronavirus

Russian President Vladimir Putin orders partial military mobilisation

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilisation since World War Two, warning the West that if it continued what he called its “nuclear blackmail” that Moscow would respond with the might of all its vast arsenal. “If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will use all available means to protect… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin orders partial military mobilisation

Ukraine bans Independence Day rallies due to fear of Russian rocket attacks

Ukraine’s capital Kyiv banned public celebrations this week to commemorate independence from Russian-dominated Soviet rule, citing a heightened threat of Russian attack in a war that the United Nations said on Monday has killed more than 5,500 civilians. Near frontlines in the south of the country, Ukraine said Russia fired rockets into several southern Ukrainian… Read More Ukraine bans Independence Day rallies due to fear of Russian rocket attacks

Russia continues offensive across Ukrainian regions

Russian forces pressed on with their offensive across several Ukrainian regions on Monday, while President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned of the potential for more serious attacks ahead of Ukraine’s 31st anniversary of independence from Soviet rule. Artillery shells rained down on Nikopol, a city near Zaporizhzhia – Europe’s biggest nuclear plant, while missiles struck near the… Read More Russia continues offensive across Ukrainian regions

Germany and Israel condemn Holocaust remarks of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz voiced disgust on Wednesday at remarks by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that the German leader said diminished the importance of the Holocaust, while Israel accused Abbas of telling a “monstrous lie”. During a visit to Berlin on Tuesday, Abbas accused Israel of committing “50 Holocausts” in response to a question about… Read More Germany and Israel condemn Holocaust remarks of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Russia sanctions, energy, food security among top topics at 2022 G7 Summit

Leaders of the Group of Seven rich democracies met for their three-day annual summit this week at a luxury castle resort in the Bavarian Alps in southern Germany. Here are some of the highlights on what the G7 agreed on Tuesday, the final day of the summit: RUSSIA SANCTIONS “We will explore further measures to… Read More Russia sanctions, energy, food security among top topics at 2022 G7 Summit