City officials in the northern German port of Kiel were flattered this year when the Chinese port of Qingdao — about 40 times its size — proposed partnering up as a sister city. They rushed to embrace the offer. The two cities had a history of cooperation dating to when the Germans helped their Chinese […]
President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to increase the legal retirement age in France was approved by the country’s Constitutional Council on Friday, clearing the way for the measure to be gradually introduced in the fall but doing little to quell the seething popular anger against it. In a highly anticipated ruling, the council, which reviews legislation […]
JERUSALEM — When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended his contentious plan to overhaul Israel’s judiciary this past week, easing weeks of unrest, he won the support of one of the most right-wing ministers in his coalition by promising to take the first steps toward forming a new national guard that the minister could control. Itamar […]
JERUSALEM — The Israeli defense minister, Yoav Gallant, called on Saturday night for his government to suspend its contentious plan to overhaul the country’s judiciary, arguing that the turmoil it has unleashed within Israeli society and the military has become a threat to Israel’s national security. “The rift within our society is widening and penetrating […]
When Israeli lawmakers passed a law in 1992 that would give judges the power to block future legislation, an argument broke out on the floor of Parliament that foreshadowed the fight over the judiciary that is engulfing Israel today. “You are subjecting Parliament to the Supreme Court,” declared Michael Eitan, a lawmaker and a critic […]
To soothe Pacific concerns, Japanese authorities emphasize that their analysis shows that the wastewater plan is safe. Almost all radioactive particles will be removed from the wastewater before it is released, except for a hydrogen isotope called tritium that Japanese experts and others say poses a relatively low health risk. “By diluting the tritium/water mixture […]
Prime Minister Liz Truss vowed to raise the country’s corporate tax rate, reversing a plan that had been outlined in a set of measures that her government proposed last month. She also fired Kwasi Kwarteng, her finance minister.
The Moscow-backed authorities in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson put a vote on joining Russia on hold, an apparent reflection of Ukrainian forces’ push in the area.