Guilty of complicity in abortion, Polish woman vows to fight

BRUSSELS (AP) — As Justyna Wydrzyńska sees it, Ania, like her, was a victim of domestic violence. Another kid and she’d be trapped. It was 2020. The pandemic lockdowns. Everyone was concerned that Poland’s borders would close, halting travel and postal services. To help someone she identified with, Wydrzyńska gave Ania the abortion pills she … Read more

France looks to AI-powered surveillance to secure Olympics

PARIS (Reuters) – The French National Assembly on Thursday approved the use of artificial intelligence (AI) video surveillance at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, overlooking warnings from civil rights groups that the technology posed a threat to civil liberties. The government says algorithmic video surveillance can detect “predetermined events”, abnormal behavior and crowds, ensuring … Read more

UN climate panel: Drastic measures needed to limit global warming | World news

GENEVA — Without drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions before the end of this decade, the 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) global warming mark will be crossed in the 2030s, according to the panel of climate scientists from the United Nations. “There is a rapidly closing opportunity to secure a livable and sustainable future … Read more

Family Trips 5: Epic Bucket List Adventures | World news

Create shining memories with an epic adventure journey. Here are five to consider. Explore the Great White Continent Some are going to score their seventh continent. Others, to see penguins waddling or whales breaching among blue-tinted icebergs. More recently, more and more travelers are opting for an Antarctic expedition to better understand climate change and … Read more

Ramadan 2023: Fasting Hours and Iftar Times Around the World | Interactive news

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins later this week. Fasting between sunrise and sunset lasts between 12 and 18 hours, depending on where you are in the world. Muslims believe that Ramadan is the month in which the first verses of the holy book of Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad over 1400 … Read more

World Happiness Report: The world’s happiest countries for 2023

Editor’s Note: Sign up for Unlocking the World, CNN Travel’s weekly newsletter. Get the latest news on aviation, food and drink, where to stay and other travel developments. CNN — There is cause for optimism in the latest global happiness report. First, benevolence is about 25% higher than before the pandemic. “Benevolence toward others, especially … Read more

Montenegro votes in presidential poll as Djukanovic seeks third term | World news

BERLIN — Montenegro went to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president, pitting pro-Western incumbent Milo Djukanovic against six rivals, including four members from the pro-Serbian camp. The polling stations in the Balkan country would close at 8 p.m. The first official results were expected on Monday evening, although unofficial predictions could arrive … Read more

UBS buys Credit Suisse for nearly $3.25 billion to calm the turmoil

GENEVA (AP) — Banking giant UBS is buying troubled rival Credit Suisse for nearly $3.25 billion, in a deal orchestrated by regulators in a bid to stave off further market-shattering turmoil in the global banking system. Swiss authorities urged UBS to take over its smaller rival after a plan for Credit Suisse to borrow up … Read more

Putin makes surprise visit to occupied Mariupol | World news

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise trip to occupied Mariupol, the Ukrainian city largely destroyed during a months-long Russian siege, according to a Kremlin statement and video released on state television. The highly classified visit was Putin’s first visit to one of the four Ukrainian regions that Russia claimed to have annexed in September … Read more

Polling stations close in Kazakhstan as president waits for loyal parliament | World news

Kazakhs voted in early parliamentary elections on Sunday in what President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called the latest phase of a government reset in response to deadly riots last year. Seven parties, including two newly registered parties, competed for 69 party-list seats in the 98-member parliament, with the rest taken by the winners of new single-mandate contests … Read more