The world this week--Politics
Finland and Sweden were formally invited to join NATO.
Turkey, a member of the alliance, had been blocking their membership bids, claiming that they were too hospitable towards Kurdish separatists (whom Turkey considers terrorists).
Turkey backed down after the two Nordic countries promised to be tougher on terrorism.
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary-general, called Russia the alliance’s “most significant and direct threat”.
NATO will increase the number of its troops ready to deploy at short notice from 40,000 to 300,000.
President Joe Biden announced new land, air and sea deployments across Europe, including a permanent army HQ in Poland, America’s first on NATO’s eastern flank.
Russian missiles hit a shopping centre in Kremenchuk, a city in central Ukraine.
At least 18 people have been confirmed killed.
At a meeting in Germany the leaders of the G7, a club of rich countries, called the attack a “war crime”.
Judges in Louisiana and Utah temporarily blocked enforcement of “trigger laws” banning abortion.
Both states were among 13 with laws activated on June 24th, when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, which had established a national right to abortion.
Abortion clinics in Louisiana and Utah may stay open, at least for now.
Other American states sought to guarantee legal abortion.
Lawmakers in California approved a ballot measure to enshrine a woman’s right to an abortion in the state’s constitution.
Minnesota’s governor signed an order banning state agencies from co-operating with other states’ criminal investigations into women who travel to Minnesota to seek terminations.
A former White House aide testified that Donald Trump knew his supporters could turn violent when they gathered at the Capitol on January 6th 2021.
Cassidy Hutchinson—who worked for Mr Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows—told a congressional investigation that Mr Trump cursed secret-service agents who refused to take him to join the insurrectionary mob, and then tried to seize the wheel of his limousine.
More than 50 people died after being left in an abandoned lorry in San Antonio, Texas, some 250km from America’s border with Mexico.
The route is popular with people-smugglers.
Guatemalans, Hondurans and Mexicans were among the victims.