Unprecedented gusts are expected to fuel wildfires in New Mexico
LAS VEGAS, NM (AP) – Weather conditions described as potentially historic are approaching in New Mexico on Saturday and over the next few days as the largest fire burning in the United States crosses the drier mountains. The fire has already left many families homeless and thousands of residents have evacuated rural areas from the mountains of the Blood of Christ. Meteorologists warn that gusts over the weekend could exceed 50 to 60 mph. Firefighters have been preparing for days to build lines of fire, and planes have dropped firebreaks at strategic points in an effort to prevent the flames from reaching the small town northeast of Las Vegas and towns on other fronts. of the fire.
Ukraine prepares for attacks, evacuates more steel
ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – War in Ukraine has ravaged the country’s southern coast as Russian forces fire cruise missiles on the city of Odessa and bomb a steel plant in the port of Mariupol that houses Ukrainian civilians and fighters. The Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine says that all women, children and the elderly have been evacuated from the plant, a key target of the long-besieged Russian war. Russia hopes to complete its conquest of Mariupol in time for Monday’s Victory Day celebrations. However, the Ukrainian army has flattened Russian positions on a Black Sea island that has become a symbol of resistance.
French President Macron was sworn in for a second 5-year term
PARIS (AP) – French President Emmanuel Macron has been sworn in for a second five-year term. The 44-year-old leader promised on Saturday that he would first take steps to prevent a further escalation of Russia’s war in Ukraine. He also pledged to promote France and Europe on the world stage. Macron won the second round of presidential elections on April 24, beating far-right rival Marine Le Pen. Macron went from the ceremony to the gardens of the Elysee Presidential Palace to hear 21 cannon shots and review the troops. His next challenge is to try to lead his centrist party and its allies to victory in France’s June parliamentary elections. Far-right supporters are on the rise in France and left-wing parties have joined together to try to prevent Macron’s party from winning the vote.
Sinn Fein is preparing for the historic victory in the Northern Ireland elections
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) – The Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein is about to become the largest group in the Northern Ireland Assembly for the first time. This would entitle him to the post of Prime Minister in Belfast. On Saturday, with more than two-thirds of the vote counted, Sinn Fein leads the Democratic Unionist Party, which has been the largest in the Northern Ireland Assembly for two decades. A Sinn Fein victory would be a milestone for a long-standing party in the Irish Republican Army. It would also bring the final goal of Sinn Fein of a united Ireland one step closer. But the party has kept unification out of the spotlight this year, focusing instead on raising the cost of living.
Abortion rights may depend on the races of the governor in some states
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) – The struggle for Congress often dominates the midterm elections. But the startling revelation that the Supreme Court could soon overturn its historic decision on abortion rights has put the gubernatorial candidates at the forefront of the 2022 midterm debate. In a handful of battlefield states with Republican-controlled state legislatures, all Republican presidential candidates admit severe restrictions on abortion, if not a total ban without exception. This allows Democrats to rightly state that women’s access to abortion in some states may depend almost entirely on which party wins the governor’s race in November. Governor careers in Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin could have a profound impact on abortion rights.
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The Wisconsin GOP is looking at a change in control of election oversight
MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – For the first time in decades, this year’s race for Wisconsin Secretary of State means something. Four Republicans are vying to face Democratic incumbent Doug La Follette in November. La Follette has held the position since 1982, with functions that have hardly diminished over the years. But Republicans are contemplating changes that could transfer election oversight to this office and away from a bipartisan election commission. It’s something Republicans could easily do if they won the gubernatorial race. This has raised concerns among Democrats and others who have seen Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure election officials in the 2020 election.
The Taliban in Afghanistan are ordering women to cover their heads
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The Taliban leadership in Afghanistan has ordered all Afghan women to wear clothing that covers everything in public. The decree on Saturday evoked similar restrictions on women during the Taliban’s previous hardline government between 1996 and 2001. The acting minister of the Taliban’s vice of virtue and virtue says, “We want our sisters to live with dignity and security. “. against reopening schools to girls above sixth grade, denying an earlier promise and choosing to appease its hard base at the expense of further alienating the international community. This decision disrupted the Taliban’s efforts to gain the recognition of potential international donors at the same time. when the country is embroiled in a worsening humanitarian crisis.
Al-Qaeda leader blames US for invading Ukraine in new video
BAGHDAD (AP) – Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has appeared in a pre-recorded video to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the death of his predecessor Osama bin Laden. Al-Zawahri says in the video that the “weakness of the United States” was the reason why his ally Ukraine became the “prey” of the Russian invasion. The 27-minute speech was made public on Friday according to the SITE intelligence group, which monitors militant activity. The leader appears sitting at a desk with books and a gun. Bin Laden was killed in a 2011 U.S. incursion into his hiding place in Pakistan.
Egypt says militants kill 11 soldiers east of the Suez Canal
CAIRO (AP) – Egyptian army says at least 11 soldiers, including an officer, have been killed in a militant attack on a water pumping station east of the Suez Canal. The army said in a statement that at least five other soldiers were injured in the attack. It did not give further details about the location. Two residents of northern Sinai said the attack took place in the eastern part of the city of Qantara in Ismailia province. Militants are said to have ambushed troops guarding the pumping facility before fleeing into the northern Sinai desert. Egypt is fighting an Islamic State-led insurgency centered in northern Sinai.
Fred Savage left ‘The Wonder Years’ amid accusations
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Fred Savage has been fired as executive producer and director of “The Wonder Years” amid allegations of misconduct, the show’s producer has confirmed. 20th Television did not immediately provide any additional details. “The decision was made to terminate his job as executive producer and director of ‘The Wonder Years,'” according to a statement on Saturday. A Savage spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Savage, 45, was a child. star when he appeared in the original series. A new version of the show premiered last fall.
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