Gabon and Togo admitted into Commonwealth group of nations

KIGALI, Rwanda — The African nations of Gabon and Togo have been admitted into the Commonwealth group of nations. “We welcome them,” Rwandan President Paul Kagame, whose government hosted a summit of Commonwealth leaders this week, told reporters Saturday. Gabon and Togo are Francophone countries that actively tried to join the bloc of 54 nations. … Read more

European mayors duped into calls with fake Kyiv mayor

BERLIN — The mayor of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv warned Saturday that an imposter is posing as him and communicating with other officials, including three European mayors who were duped into believing they were having a video call with the real Vitali Klitschko. “Several mayors in Europe have been contacted by a fake mayor … Read more

Monkeypox outbreak growing across Britain

LONDON — British officials said the monkeypox outbreak in the UK is growing across the country, mainly among men who are gay or bisexual, or other men who have sex with men. They urged those with new or multiple sex partners to be vigilant for the symptoms of monkeypox. In a technical briefing released on … Read more

2 killed in mass shooting in Norway; more than a dozen hurt

OSLO, Norway — Two people were killed and more than a dozen injured early Saturday in a mass shooting in Oslo, Norwegian police said, as the city was gearing up for an annual Pride parade. The shooting happened outside a bar in the downtown area of ​​the Norwegian capital, police said. A suspect was arrested … Read more

Auschwitz Museum says it’s a target of Russian propaganda

WARSAW, Poland — The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum alleged Friday that it was the target of “primitive” propaganda spread by Russian state agencies on social media. The museum said that social media posts falsely claim to show anti-Russian stickers placed around the memorial at the former site of the Auschwitz death camp site in southern Poland, an … Read more

Morocco: 5 migrants dead in stampede in bid to enter Melilla

RABAT, Morocco — Five Africans seeking to cross into Spain were killed and scores of migrants and police were injured in what Moroccan authorities called a “stampede” of people surging across Morocco’s border fence with the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla on Friday. A total of 133 migrants breached the border between the Moroccan … Read more

UN chief warns of ‘catastrophe’ from global food shortage

BERLIN — The head of the United Nations warned Friday that the world faces “catastrophe” because of the growing shortage of food around the globe. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the war in Ukraine has added to the disruptions caused by climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and inequality to produce an “unprecedented global hunger crisis” … Read more

Norwegian man convicted of killing 5 in bow-and-arrow attack

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A man was found guilty Friday of murder and attempted murder for fatally stabbing five people and wounding four others in southern Norway when he attacked strangers with a bow and arrows and knives. The Buskerud District Court sentenced Espen Andersen Bråthen to compulsory mental health care. Three forensic psychiatric experts who … Read more

The race to make green hydrogen competitive is on

One type of hydrogen production uses electrolysis, with an electric current splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen. If the electricity used in this process comes from a renewable source then some call it “green” hydrogen. Alex Krauses | Bloomberg | Getty Images Siemens Energy and Air Liquide have announced plans to set up a joint … Read more

UK Conservatives lose 2 elections in blow to PM Johnson

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a double blow as voters rejected his Conservative Party in two special elections dominated by questions about his leadership and ethics. The party’s chairman quit after the results early Friday, saying the party “cannot carry on with business as usual.” The centrist Liberal Democrats overturned a large … Read more