Britain and the world lay Queen Elizabeth II to rest
LONDON (AP) – Britain and the world are burying Queen Elizabeth II in a state funeral that will draw presidents and kings, princes and prime ministers, and up to a million people who will line the streets of London for a final farewell to a monarch whose 70-year reign defined an era. A day of memorial services in London and Windsor began early Monday when the doors of the 900-year-old Westminster Hall were closed to mourners. Hundreds of thousands had waited for hours, many on cold nights, to march past the Queen’s flag-draped coffin in a moving burst of national mourning.
In Numbers: Facts and Figures on the Queen’s Funeral
LONDON (AP) – The events surrounding the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday conclude 10 days of national mourning and are expected to be watched by hundreds of thousands of people on the streets of London and millions around the world. These are just some of the astounding figures produced by the death of the 96-year-old monarch after 70 years of rule.
Biden, VIPs hold back as spotlight stays on late Queen
LONDON (AP) – American presidents usually cause a stir when traveling abroad, grabbing the limelight and quickly becoming the center of attention. Not this time. There were no red carpet arrivals, no big speeches and no press conference for US President Joe Biden and other presidents, prime ministers and dignitaries as they gathered for the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II on Monday. Instead, world leaders were accustomed to people hanging on every word to control their egos in the service of the queen’s honor. Britain’s longest-serving monarch died earlier this month after 70 years on the throne.
Fiona approaches the Dominican Republic after attacking Puerto Rico
HAVANA (AP) — Hurricane Fiona is hitting the Dominican Republic after destroying the power grid and triggering flooding and landslides in Puerto Rico, where the governor said the damage was “catastrophic.” No deaths were reported, but U.S. territory authorities said it was too early to estimate the damage from a storm that was still expected to unleash torrential rains over Puerto Rico on Monday. Up to 30 inches have been forecast for the eastern and southern regions of the island. Ernesto Morales, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Juan, said, “It’s important for people to understand that this isn’t over.” He said the flooding had reached “historic proportions.”
Zelenskyi promises no “pause” in recapturing Ukrainian cities
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pledged his country on Sunday that there would be no let-up after a string of Ukrainian victories that have seen cities and towns recaptured by Russian troops. He said there will be no pause until all of Ukraine is liberated. Russian shelling hit towns and cities across much of Ukraine over the weekend. The British Ministry of Defense has warned that Russia is likely to step up attacks on civilian targets as it suffers battlefield defeats. A Vatican envoy who was distributing humanitarian aid also came under fire. There were no injuries. And prosecutors in Kharkiv accuse Russia of torturing civilians in a recently liberated village.
In a turbulent world, the leaders of nations gather at the United Nations
UNITED NATIONS (AP) – World leaders gather at the United Nations this week in the shadow of Europe’s first major conflict since World War II. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the resulting fighting have unleashed a global food crisis and a division between major powers not seen since the Cold War at a time of increasing international turmoil. The many facets of the war in Ukraine are expected to dominate the annual General Assembly session. It comes as many countries around the world also face inequality, an escalating climate crisis, the threat of multiple famines, and rising misinformation and hate speech.
Biden: US would defend Taiwan against Chinese invasion
BEIJING (AP) – President Joe Biden says U.S. forces would defend Taiwan if China tried to invade the self-governing island claimed by Beijing as part of its territory. Biden’s comment adds to the demonstration of official US support for island democracy in the face of intimidation by the mainland’s ruling Communist Party. Biden said “yes” when asked in an interview on CBS News’ 60 Minutes if “US men and women would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion.” CBS News said the White House told him after the interview US policy hasn’t changed, Washington isn’t saying if it will send troops to defend the island.
Storm hits Southwest Japan, leaving 1 dead, another missing
TOKYO (AP) — A tropical storm has battered southwest Japan with rain and wind, killing one person and missing another. Residential streets were flooded with muddy water from rivers, and many homes lost power. In Miyazaki Prefecture, a man was found dead in a submerged car at a farm and another person was missing after a shack was hit by a landslide. Nanmadol has sustained winds of 67 miles per hour and is moving northeast toward Tokyo and northeast Japan.
2022 could be a political turning point for women in Massachusetts
BOSTON (AP) – The year 2022 is shaping up to be a tipping point for women striving for political power in Massachusetts. While the liberal state lags behind others when it comes to electing women to top positions. But this year, Democratic women won five out of six national primary elections. That includes Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey, who is set to shake up the post of Republican-held governor in November. If she does, she will become the first woman and first openly gay candidate to be elected governor of Massachusetts. Andrea Campbell hopes to succeed Healey as attorney general, and she would be the first black woman to hold the post in the state.
Launch of the first public global fossil fuel database
The world’s first public database of fossil fuel production, reserves and emissions is launched on Monday. Developed by the Carbon Tracker and Global Energy Monitor groups, the Global Registry of Fossil Fuels contains data on over 50,000 oil, gas and coal fields in 89 countries, covering 75% of global production. It shows that the United States and Russia have enough fossil fuel reserves to exhaust the world’s remaining carbon budget to stay below 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming. And it shows that the world’s reserves, if burned, would generate 3.5 trillion tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than anything produced since the Industrial Revolution.
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