Jury selection underway in Johnny Depp, Amber Heard defamation trial
A loyal following of Johnny Depp’s supporters clustered outside the Fairfax County Judicial Center in northern Virginia on Monday morning, waving flags with skulls and crossbones to wish the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor well on the first day of his defamation trial against his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard.
Biden to crack down on gun-making kits, taps new head for firearms agency
Renewing his administration’s focus on American gun violence, President Joe Biden announced a series of measures Monday targeting “ghost guns” and a new nominee to head the federal agency that investigates traffickers.
Texas prosecutor to drop first-of-its-kind murder charge involving self-induced abortion
A murder charge against a South Texas woman involving a “self-induced abortion” will be dismissed Monday, prosecutors in Starr County announced three days after the 26-year-old’s arrest drew national attention and renewed fears from abortion rights activists over the state’s controversial set of abortion laws.
Alabama families sue over ban on transgender health care for minors
Three days after Alabama’s Republican Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill criminalizing the act of providing gender-affirming care to minors, two families with transgender children and their physicians filed a lawsuit in federal court to block the ban from taking effect next month.
Iowa judge blocks Senate candidate from appearing on Democratic primary ballot
An Iowa judge ruled that a leading Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate cannot appear on the June primary ballot because she did not have the legally required number of valid signatures on her nominating petition.
French get déjà vu as presidential race pits Macron, Le Pen in runoff
French President Emmanuel Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen are headed to a second-round runoff in two weeks after they picked up the most ballots Sunday in the first round of the presidential election.
War in Ukraine builds toward big battle over Donbas
After 47 days of combat, the war in Ukraine is building toward a major battle over the eastern region of Donbas with both sides beefing up their arsenals and armies, leaving little hope that the fighting will end any time soon.
Chile’s new president visits Argentina in first foreign trip to rebuild regional relations
Chile’s new leftist President Gabriel Boric visited Argentina this past week, his first foreign trip since taking office on March 11, where he described his Argentine counterpart Alberto Fernández as “an ally in the battle against inequality and for a more dignified world.”