Italy will likely hold a referendum on decriminalizing cannabis next year

Popular referendums in Italy can be called if 500,000 signatures are obtained, and campaigners were able to obtain the necessary amount well before the September 30 deadline. If the public votes to decriminalize cannabis, the purchase, sale and cultivation of the drug will all become legal under Italian law. “More than 500,000 online signatures in … Read more

Russia goes to the polls amid crackdown on political dissent

Voters will choose members of the State Duma — the lower house of the Russian Parliament — as well as several regional and municipal heads. The ruling United Russia party, which backs President Vladimir Putin, is widely expected to win a majority. And country’s embattled opposition — which has backed tactical voting efforts to chip … Read more

Dutch Foreign Minister resigns over Afghanistan crisis

Tens of thousands of foreigners and Afghans who were associated with international organizations were airlifted out of Kabul last month after the Taliban seized control of the country on August 15. But many other vulnerable people were left behind in the course of a chaotic evacuation operation, prompting criticism that Western powers had let down … Read more

Italy to mandate Covid-19 ‘Green Pass’ for all workers

The rule was decided at a cabinet meeting and aims to persuade more people to get vaccinated against Covid-19. It is due to come into force on October 15. “This is to make these [work] places safer, and make the vaccination campaign even stronger,” Speranza said. He called the decree “a strategy that points on … Read more

Putin says ‘several dozen’ in his inner circle test positive for coronavirus

Putin told a summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, via video link that he was unable to attend in person as he’s in quarantine. “Unfortunately, I had to cancel my visit to Dushanbe at the last moment. I am very sorry about that, but this is due … Read more

Will Biden’s mandates work? Macron’s vaccine pass gamble may hold some clues

Across the Atlantic, in France, it’s a gamble that is beginning to pay off. Despite a slow start to its vaccination rollout earlier this year, fueled by supply-chain issues that culminated in a bruising public battle with AstraZeneca over delivery shortfalls and blood clot concerns, France finally got its program up and running in the … Read more

EU chief announces extra $4.7bn in climate funds for Global South and challenges US to ‘step up’

Developed countries agreed more than a decade ago, and reaffirmed in the 2015 Paris Agreement, to transfer $100 billion a year by 2020 to the developing world to aid their green transformations and to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Collectively, the world missed that deadline last year. The United States has been particularly … Read more

Norway appears set to replace Conservative government amid oil debate, preliminary results show

The current government, headed by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Norway’s longest-ever serving PM, has refused to put an end date on fossil fuel production, planning for its continuation beyond 2050. The election campaign period was heavily focused on climate and the country’s fossil fuel production, following the release of a damming UN climate science report … Read more

Ukrainian opposition demand investigation into failed sting operation detailed by CNN

The new calls follow an exclusive CNN investigation in which former high-ranking Ukrainian military intelligence officials described attempts to lure suspected war criminals out of Russia to face prosecution for acts of violence committed in eastern Ukraine, where separatists backed by Moscow have been fighting for years. CNN’s sources detailed and provided evidence that Russians … Read more