Somalia to delay elections
NAIROBI, Kenya — Somalia’s election body says it intends to delay the parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for November by 13 months, citing the country’s security problems.
Announcing that a new date for the elections in Aug. 2021, Halimo Ismail, chairwoman of the electoral commission, told lawmakers and journalists on Monday that elections were being postponed for more than a year because of “significant technical and security challenges.”
Macron condemns Turkey’s ‘criminal’ actions in Libya
PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron lashed out Monday against Turkey’s “criminal” responsibility in Libya.
Speaking during a visit to Germany, Macron strongly condemned Turkey’s actions in Libya as “unacceptable.”
He said Turkey “doesn’t respect any of its commitments.” France sees Ankara as an obstacle to securing a cease-fire in the conflict-torn country.
Tensions between France and Turkey escalated following a June 10 incident between Turkish warships and a French naval vessel in the Mediterranean, which France considers a hostile act under NATO’s rules of engagement.
Missouri governor will not appeal ruling
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will not contest the license issued to the state’s only abortion clinic following a yearlong legal battle over whether the Planned Parenthood center could stay open.
The administration said its decision to issue an operating license last week to Planned Parenthood’s clinic in St. Louis makes an appeal unneeded, according to a statement from the Republican governor’s top health official.
Cuomo: Trump should wear mask
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday called on President Donald Trump to sign an executive order requiring people to wear a mask in public and to “lead by example” by wearing one himself.
“We did it two months ago in this state,” said Cuomo, a Democrat, adding that other states that initially resisted mask mandates are now requiring them. “Let the president have the same sense to do that as an executive order and then let the president lead by example and let the president put a mask on it, because we know it works.”