Democratic women call on Biden, Congress to protect abortion rights

WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) – Leading Democratic women called on President Joe Biden and Congress on Sunday to protect abortion rights nationwide after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, in a ruling that has heightened political tensions between the federal government and states. Two Democratic progressives, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, … Read more

Boris Johnson seeks to stay in power until the mid-2030s

UK’s Johnson does not expect fresh leadership challenge Johnson wants three terms to tackle regional inequality British PM pressured by poll losses after leadership vote PM declines comment on 150,000-pound treehouse for son KIGALI, June 25 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday he aims to remain in power until the middle … Read more

UK PM Boris Johnson under pressure after losing two parliamentary seats

Party chairman resigns after defeats, saying change needed Conservatives lose in seat in southern heartlands Johnson’s 2019 electorate fractures as Labor win back Wakefield PM mired in scandal over lockdown parties LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party lost two parliamentary seats on Friday, prompting the resignation of the party’s chairman … Read more

Saudi crown prince, Erdogan meet in Turkey with ‘full normalisation’ in sights

Ankara halted Khashoggi murder trial to warm ties Official says talks going slow on possible FX swap line Erdogan faces tough elections with economy strained ANKARA, June 22 (Reuters) – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Turkey for the first time in years on Wednesday for talks with President Tayyip Erdogan aimed at … Read more

Bulgarian government loses no-confidence vote, early elections loom

Disputes over fiscal policy as inflation soared Government had strong NATO stance Petkov hopes for defections to form new government SOFIA, June 22 (Reuters) – A no-confidence vote on Wednesday toppled Bulgaria’s government and Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, who had pledged to tackle corruption and took an unusually strong stance against Russia. Opposition lawmakers brought … Read more

French opposition tells ‘arrogant’ Macron: compromise to win support

Conservatives say coalition pact would be “treason” President’s office says seeking constructive solutions Far right say “we must be heard” PARIS, June 21 (Reuters) – French opposition leaders told President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday they would not make life easy for him as he sought a way to avoid political paralysis after this weekend’s election … Read more

France risks gridlock after Macron handed hung parliament

Macron’s camp fails to win absolute majority in parliament Will now seek alliances with other parties Risk of political paralysis if no deals PARIS, June 20 (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron faced calls for his prime minister to resign on Monday and doubt hung over his ability to rule decisively after his camp lost its … Read more

Texas Republicans declare Biden election illegitimate, despite evidence

A supporter of US President Donald Trump wearing a hat with a sticker on it reading “Stop the Steal” attends a rally ahead of the US Congress certification of the November 2020 election results, during protests in Washington, US, January 5, 2021. REUTERS /Leah Millis/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Register … Read more

France votes, with Macron facing tough battle for control of parliament

Projections from voting expected at 1800 GMT Macron needs 289 seats for an absolute majority in parliament Pollsters say he may fall short as smaller parties make gains One minister already eliminated in overseas vote PARIS, June 19 (Reuters) – Voting was underway in France on Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deprive newly … Read more

Ginni Thomas says she ‘can’t wait’ to talk to Jan. 6 committee

WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) – Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is eager to appear before the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, she told the Daily Caller news website on Thursday. Thomas was responding to comments by the committee’s chairman, Democrat Bennie Thompson, that … Read more