Turkey demands apology after Draghi calls Erdogan a dictator

ROME — Turkey demanded an apology from Italy’s premier Friday for having called President Tayyip Erdogan a “dictator,” a comment that added fuel to a dispute over a perceived seating snub involving a top European Union official and deepened an EU-Turkey rift at a time when the two sides had hoped for rapprochement. Italian Premier Mario Draghi made the uncharacteristically […]

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Brazil’s president again stresses sovereignty over Amazon

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has overseen independence day celebrations with a renewed assertion of his country’s sovereignty over the Amazon. The president said Saturday that Brazil “cannot continue and will not continue to be passive” in the face of threats to his sovereignty. He stressed: “The Brazilian Amazon is ours.” He gave no names, but Bolsonaro has repeatedly accused French […]

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Italian PM Conte to resign after League party pulls backing

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation Tuesday, blaming his decision to end his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious and politically ambitious deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini. Interested in Italy? Conte told the Senate that the surprise move earlier this month by Salvini’s right-wing League party to seek a no-confidence vote against the coalition was forcing him to “interrupt” […]

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South Africa’s ex-president appears at corruption inquest

Former South African president Jacob Zuma is appearing Monday before a state commission probing allegations of corruption in during his tenure as the country’s leader. Zuma, South Africa’s president from 2009 until 2018, was forced to resign by his ruling African National Congress party over widespread reports of corruption and was replaced by his then deputy Cyril Ramaphosa. The Zondo […]

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Russians keep heat on police after reporter’s case closed

About 1,500 people in Moscow have demonstrated against police abuse of power in the wake of a prominent Russian journalist’s arrest on drug-dealing charges that the government admitted days later had no basis. Organizers had official permission for Sunday’s protest rally, unlike one supporters of investigative reporter Ivan Golunov held last week. An arrests-monitoring group says police detained about 400 […]

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Texas governor signs state ban on red-light traffic cameras

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill into law banning red-light traffic cameras in the nation’s second-largest state. Abbott tweeted Saturday that he signed off on the ban, which takes effect Sept. 1. Such cameras take images of vehicles entering intersections when red stoplights are lit. Drivers are usually fined $75. Critics say red-light cameras are unconstitutional and contribute […]

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