The leaders of nine Mediterranean and southern European countries called Friday for a "significant increase" in the EU's efforts to tackle the thorny issue of migration at its roots, in origin and transit countries."We recall the need for a significant increase in the EU's efforts on the external dimension front, with a renewed approach to effectively reduce primary movements and prevent departures," it said.
The death toll from a Nagorno-Karabakh fuel depot blast soared to 170 on Friday as the exodus from the ethnic Armenian enclave following its fall to Azerbaijani forces continued unabated.The exodus has been accompanied by accounts of families burning their belongings so that they do not fall into Azerbaijani hands.
At his retirement ceremony, the outgoing chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a reminder that seemed aimed at election-denying ex-President Donald Trump.
The US government was on the verge of a shutdown Friday as Congress struggled to reach a deal to keep agencies running, prevent national park closures, and avoid the suspension of salaries for federal employees and military staff.A State Department spokesperson called it crucial for Congress to reach a deal and support a request by the Biden administration for supplemental funding for Ukraine and other matters.
General Mark Milley stepped down Friday as the top US military officer with a parting swipe at his former boss Donald Trump, saying no soldier ever swore an oath to serve a "wannabe dictator.""And we don't take an oath to a wannabe dictator."
Austria, France, Germany, Poland and Switzerland announced their hottest Septembers on record on Friday, in a year expected to be the warmest in human history as climate change accelerates.National weather bodies in the Alpine nations of Austria and Switzerland also recorded their hottest-ever average September temperatures, a day after a study revealed Swiss glaciers lost 10 percent of their volume in two years amid extreme warming.
(Reuters) -Financial services firm Valkyrie Funds LLC said on Friday it will halt buying of ethereum for the Valkyrie Bitcoin and Ether Strategy ETF and unwind any positions already acquired, a stumbling block in its bid to be the first to bring an exchange traded fund (ETF) tied to the cryptocurrency ethereum to the market. "The Fund will not purchase ether futures contracts until the effectiveness of an amendment to the Fund’s registration statement contemplating the addition of ether futures contracts to the principal investment strategy of the Fund," Valkyrie said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. "Until such time, the Fund will unwind any existing positions in ether futures contracts."
"That was Dianne," recalled Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). "Powerful. Prepared. Unflappable. She had to be: whenever she did something, she was often the 'first' to do it."
Stocks advanced on most European and US markets Friday on signs of slowing inflation on both sides of the Atlantic, rekindling hopes that central bankers will hold back on further interest rate increases that could crimp economic growth.But European markets got off to a strong start after data showed that eurozone inflation slowed in September to 4.3 percent, the lowest level since October 2021 -- before the invasion of Ukraine by Russia that sparked inflation surges worldwide.
It's not clear yet which Democrat Newsom might pick, but he's pledged to elevate a Black woman to temporarily fill Feinstein's seat.
The wife of Gabon's ousted president Ali Bongo Ondimba has been charged with "money laundering" and other offences, the public prosecutor said Friday, a month after her husband was toppled in a coup.In all, 10 people were indicted on charges ranging from electoral college operational issues, counterfeiting and use of the seals of the republic, to corruption, embezzlement of public funds and money laundering, Roponat had told a press conference.
Christopher Worrell disappeared after prosecutors recommended a 14-year sentence for assaulting police officers during the 2021 attack.
A short distance from the border with Poland, Olaf Jansen, the director of a migrant processing centre in eastern Germany, is looking anxiously at the numbers of latest arrivals.To arrive at the Polish border and cross in to Germany, there are two main routes for migrants.
Veteran Senator Dianne Feinstein, a titan of US political history who notched a string of legislative achievements during a trailblazing three-decade career in the Senate, has died."Senator Dianne Feinstein was a pioneering American.
The video on Angelina Agabekyan's phone shows her husband's military uniform and her son's toys burning over a bonfire they had set before fleeing Nagorno-Karabakh.Family grandmother Novella said the "whole village burned their uniforms" before fleeing in panic.
"Sen. Moore has knowingly misled people across Georgia and our nation," a GOP caucus said of the Republican after it suspended him.
(Reuters) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide the legality of Republican-backed state laws in Texas and Florida that constrain the ability of social media companies to curb content on their platforms that these businesses deem objectionable. The justices took up two cases involving challenges by technology industry groups who argued that these 2021 laws restricting the content-moderation practices of large social media platforms violate the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment protections for freedom of speech. Lower courts split on the issue, striking down key provisions of Florida's law while upholding the Texas measure.
The EV company expects to use the proceeds to ramp up deliveries. Fisker earlier this month reiterated its plan to increase deliveries of its flagship Ocean sports utility vehicle to 300 units per day later this year. The new investment follows a previously announced convertible notes offering of $340 million in July to the unnamed investor.
A Turkish court held another hearing Friday in the trial of sociologist and writer Pinar Selek over a deadly 1998 explosion, as her supporters protested the case against her outside.On Tuesday, PEN America, which campaigns for the freedoms of writers, urged the Turkish government to dismiss all charges against Selek.
The jailed leader of Tunisian opposition party Ennahdha, Rached Ghannouchi, 82, began a hunger strike on Friday to protest his detention and express support for other "political prisoners", his party said.Ghannouchi "decided to begin a three-day hunger strike to denounce the arbitrary and unfounded prosecution of the opposition", said Imed Khemiri, spokesman for the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party.