Multiple wildfires that have ravaged northern Spain in recent days have subsided, largely thanks to improved weather conditions, authorities said on Saturday. In the Asturias region, where the blaze has ravaged 11,000 hectares (27,181 acres), 71 fires were still underway on Saturday, compared to over 90 the previous day.
STORY: Legal analysts say the decision to file criminal charges against Donald Trump will present distinct hurdles for prosecutors.The historic decision was taken on Thursday (March 30) to charge the former U.S. president in a case involving a 2016 "hush money" payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.Trump and his supporters have already alleged that the charges are politically motivated."There may also be an allegation of that kind in court"Stanford Law professor David Alan Sklansky said it is unconstitutional for a prosecutor to file charges based on the political party of the defendant.But he added that the defense would need to prove that prosecutors have chosen to not file charges against similarly-situated defendants."...which will be a difficult burden for Trump to satisfy in this case".However, the historic nature of the decision by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg means prosecutors are now navigating uncharted waters. That gives Trump's legal team the opportunity to challenge key elements of the case.One area of legal uncertainty has to do whether the Manhattan DA can charge Trump with a felony for falsifying records, with the alleged intent of covering up a federal campaign finance violation."We haven't seen a case where a federal campaign fund financing offense has been used as the basis for that sort of a charge. And it's possible that for some reason or another, a court would decide that that that's not within the proper use of the New York criminal statute."The payment of $130,000 in so-called "hush money" by Trump's then-lawyer Michael Cohen to Daniels had been under investigation for several years prior to Thursday's indictment."They're going to bring challenges very quickly..."Sarah Krissoff, a partner at Day Pitney law form, says that gives Trump's defense an opening, as key witnesses have given their stories many times before."Trump's team is going to be able to do a lot of damage with that because there is likely inconsistencies in those statements along the way."On Friday a New York judge authorized Bragg to make the charges public, though it was not clear when he would do so.Trump's expected appearance before a judge in Manhattan on Tuesday (April 4) comes as the Republican mounts a comeback bid for the presidency and could further inflame divisions across the country.
"She did not get to die the way she wanted to ― and she suffered immensely because of it. We all did."
Climate activists in Italy turned a Baroque-style fountain at the foot of Rome's Spanish Steps black on Saturday, in a protest they said evoked an "end of the world" scenario.Turning the water black "foreshadows the 'end of the world' scenario we are heading for, as we increasingly step on the accelerator: drought alternating with devastating floods, which will put an end to life on Earth, along with heat waves," it said in a statement.
Jodi Habush Sinykin, a Democratic state Senate candidate, warns that Wisconsin is at a “tipping point.”
Trans people aren't just facing violent rhetoric but also legislation that would strip them of basic rights.
STORY: An eyewitness captured two tornadoes pummeling Keota, Iowa as a huge storm front moves east of the U.S. on Friday (March 31).Other footage showed overturned trucks and debris scattered all around the road on Saturday (April 1) amid a slow-moving traffic in the opposite direction following heavy storms in Whiteland, Indiana.Further video and showed a massive tornado funnel swirled through the fields in Wapello County, Iowa state on Friday.Katie Feeney was chasing the tornado and got lucky when she drove up a hill and saw it crossing the road right in front of her car.
A tornado tore through the southern US state of Arkansas and killed three people on Friday, while severe storms further north in Illinois and Indiana left three dead, authorities said.A week ago, a tornado swept through the southern state of Mississippi, killing 25 people and causing extensive property damage.
STORY: Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian female suspects have been under police detention since Dec. 29 as prosecutors investigate them for suspected human trafficking, rape and forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit women.They have denied all accusations."I truly believe that justice will be served in the end. There is zero per cent chance of me being found guilty of something I have not done. I maintain my absolute innocence," Tate said.In previous rulings that extended their stay in police custody, judges have said the Tate brothers posed a flight risk and that their release could jeopardize the investigation.Under Romanian legislation, prosecutors have filed charges against the four suspects, but the case is still under investigation and has not gone to trial.
STORY: The pontiff greeted well-wishers and light-heartedly told reporters "I wasn't frightened, I'm still alive".The 86-year-old was taken to Rome's Gemelli hospital three days ago after complaining of breathing difficulties.His medical team has said he responded well to antibiotics.Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni confirmed on Friday that Francis was expected to take part in this weekend's service for Palm Sunday - a major event in the Church calendar that kicks off Easter week celebrations.
With Trump’s indictment, it looks like the justice system is finally doing some justice.
An independent commission investigating the 2014 disappearance of 43 Mexican students has accused the armed forces of deliberately withholding information about the case. The initial findings, which did not attribute responsibility to members of the armed forces, were rejected by relatives and independent experts.
Controversial influencer Andrew Tate and his brother were released on Friday after three months of detention in Romania and moved to house arrest while they are investigated for alleged human trafficking and rape.Tate, a British-American former kickboxer with millions of online followers, along with his younger brother and two Romanian women, are under investigation for allegedly "forming an organised criminal group, human trafficking and rape".
The lawyer of Suriname's former dictator Desi Bouterse called Friday for a court to acquit him of a 20-year sentence over the deaths of 15 political prisoners. The 77-year-old had already been sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2019, but he has been challenging that verdict and under Surinamese law cannot be arrested before he exhausts the appeals processes.
Pope Francis was set to leave hospital on Saturday after a three-night stay for treatment of bronchitis, and begin preparations for the most important week in the Christian calendar.The 86-year-old pontiff was admitted on Wednesday to Rome's Gemelli hospital after complaining of breathing issues, but his condition improved after he was given antibiotics.On Friday, the pope visited the children's cancer ward at the hospital, handing out chocolate Easter eggs and even baptising a weeks-old baby boy, according to a video published by the Vatican. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said Francis had been working earlier on Friday in the hospital's private papal suite on the 10th floor and catching up on newspapers. On Thursday night, he ate pizza with some hospital staff.The Argentine pope was expected to be discharged on Saturday, Bruni said, and would preside over Palm Sunday mass in St Peter's Square. The ceremony marks the beginning of Holy Week, which culminates in Easter.Francis' hospitalisation was his second since 2021, when he underwent colon surgery, also at Gemelli.His increasing health issues over the past year have sparked widespread concern, including speculation that he might choose to retire rather than stay in the job for life.His predecessor, Benedict XVI, quit in 2013, in a radical step not seen since the Middle Ages.Visitors to St Peter's Square on Friday expressed relief over the pope's improvement. "I was afraid for the pope," said one 56-year-old Italian tourist who gave his name as Davide."But I'm happy he's better, that he's returning. For believers and the Catholic community, it's important," he added. - Presiding over mass -Francis marked 10 years as the head of the worldwide Catholic Church earlier this month. He has pushed through major governance reforms and sought to forge a more open, compassionate Church, although has faced internal opposition, particularly from conservatives.He has repeatedly said he would consider stepping down were his health to fail him -- but said last month that for now, he has no plans to quit.During Palm Sunday mass, Francis is expected to remain seated while another cleric -- probably a senior cardinal -- conducts the ceremony at the altar. The Vatican, citing medical staff, said on Thursday that Francis had been diagnosed with "infectious bronchitis" requiring antibiotics, and that the treatment had brought about a "marked improvement in his state of health".The Gemelli hospital is the favoured choice of pontiffs to the point of being dubbed "Vatican 3" by pope John Paul II, who was treated nine times at Gemelli and spent a total of 153 days there.A Jesuit who seems most happy being among his flock, Francis continues to travel internationally and keep a busy schedule.But he has been forced to use a wheelchair and walking stick in the past year because of knee pain, and admitted last summer that he had to slow down.He said on Thursday he was "touched by the many messages" he was receiving in hospital, thanking on Twitter those praying for his recovery.Francis' earlier stay at Gemelli in July 2021 lasted 10 days. He was admitted after suffering from a type of diverticulitis, an inflammation of pockets that develop in the lining of the intestine, that required surgery.In an interview in January, the pope said the diverticulitis had returned.ams/gil/mca
From steering her country into NATO to headlines about partying, Sanna Marin is a modern, feminist leader who has nonetheless proved a polarising prime minister of Finland.Having deftly navigated Finland through the Covid-19 pandemic and led its historic NATO membership application process, Marin is the country's most popular prime minister this century, according to polls.
STORY: A Delaware judge ruled on Friday that a jury will decide if Fox News defamed Dominion Voting Systems... when it aired false claims of vote-rigging in the 2020 election.The ruling is a setback for Fox - which had sought to avoid a trial in the $1.6 billion lawsuit - putting the high-profile case in the hands of a jury that will determine whether Fox acted with actual malice and whether Dominion suffered any damages.Dominion said it looked forward to the trial.In a statement, Fox said it will (quote) “…continue to fiercely advocate for the rights of free speech and a free press as we move into the next phase of these proceedings.” Dominion sued Fox Corp and Fox News in 2021, accusing them of ruining its reputation by airing false claims by former President Donald Trump and his lawyers that its voting machines were used to rig the outcome of the presidential election. Dominion has said in court filings that internal emails, texts and deposition testimony demonstrate that Fox personnel knew at every level - all the way up to Chairman Rupert Murdoch - that the election-rigging claims were false and aired them anyway in pursuit of ratings. The judge ruled in Dominion's favor on some elements of defamation... and said it's (quote) "CRYSTAL clear that none of the statements relating to Dominion about the 2020 election are true.”The judge also ruled that Fox could not use the "neutral reportage" defense - which holds that the press cannot be held liable for publishing newsworthy allegations in a neutral way.The trial is scheduled for April 17 and is expected to last about four weeks.
Labor consultants have been a key ingredient in the company’s counter-campaign against labor unions.
The bill would further limit discussions of sex education, gender identity and sexuality in public schools.
STORY: Tumbes, Piura and Lambayeque are among the most affected regions.President Alberto Otarola's government recently announced it will spend some $1.06 billion on climate and weather measures in a bid to prevent and contain adverse impacts stemming from climate change and El Niño-related weather events.Authorities expect heavy rainfall to continue on the north coast for the next few weeks.
Flaunting his bulging muscles, cigars and fast cars, Andrew Tate's videos on social media fascinate millions of teenage boys.In August last year, he was banned from social media platforms, including Instagram and TikTok, for misogynist messages.
The Florida governor and likely 2024 presidential candidate suspended a local prosecutor for saying he would not charge people under the state’s new abortion law.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday called on the European Union to "seriously consider" providing financial aid to help extend an anti-migrant steel fence along the border with Turkey. Athens has decided to extend by 35 kilometres (21.7 miles) a five-metre high steel fence which runs along the Evros river marking the border with Turkey.
Let the justice system work, urged Asa Hutchinson, who is also eyeing getting into the presidential race.
His older brother, who Kieran calls Mack, hit it big in the ’90s with standout performances in “My Girl,” “Richie Rich,” and “The Good Son.”