Atlanta Cop City activists say they’re confident of getting 70,000 signatures. But big hurdles remain

ATLANTA (AP) – “Excuse me, are you a constituent of the city of Atlanta? Do you know Cop City?” Clipboards in hand, touts Sienna Giraldi and Gabriel Sanchez approached shoppers one by one in the parking lot of a Kroger supermarket last night, collecting signatures for a referendum on whether that should be the case … Read more

Netanyahu emerges from hospital as Israel faces a key vote — and crisis — over divisive legislative changes

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was discharged from hospital on Monday after undergoing emergency heart surgery and faced an unprecedented national crisis ahead of the parliamentary vote on the first major bill to overhaul the country’s justice system. The protesters, many of whom feel their country’s very foundations are being … Read more

The man who threatened to burn holy books outside the Israeli embassy in Sweden abandons the plan

STOCKHOLM (AP) – The man who said he would burn the Torah and Bible in front of the Israeli embassy in Stockholm abandoned his plan and instead held a one-person demonstration against the burning of holy books on Saturday, media reported. At the scene, he said he was a Muslim and threw a lighter he … Read more

France riots: Nearly 500 people arrested as protests begin fourth night

Paris, France CNN — Nearly 500 people have been arrested in France as violent protests erupted in the fourth night over the killing of a 17-year-old who was shot by police. The protests continued into the early hours of Saturday, defying a ban on all “major events” in the country announced the day before. There … Read more

Wagner boss released after armed uprising. Other Russians who defy the Kremlin are not so lucky

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin led an armed uprising against the Russian military – and was released. Others, who merely voiced criticism of the Kremlin, were not so lucky. On Tuesday, Russia’s main domestic intelligence agency, the FSB, said it had closed the criminal investigation into last week’s revolt and had not … Read more

Oregon Senate Republicans end six-week strike that blocked abortion and trans-health bills

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Enough Republican members showed up in the Oregon Senate on Thursday to end a six-week strike that halted work in the Legislature and blocked hundreds of bills, including some on abortion and transgender health care and gun safety. The boycottthat prevented the Senate from achieving a two-thirds quorum needed to pass … Read more