China and New Zealand pledge deeper trade and economic cooperation

China and New Zealand flags. Andrea Verdelli | Getty Images News | Getty Images China and New Zealand are working toward implementing an upgraded version of the free trade agreement between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday the two countries should kick off negotiations on the negative list of service trade … Read more

Western leaders in Kyiv pledge support on war anniversary

STORY: After initial successes in pushing back the Russian army, Ukraine has suffered recent setbacks on the eastern battlefields, with its generals complaining of growing shortages of both arms and soldiers. Looking to dispel concerns the West is losing interest in the conflict, Italy’s Giorgia Meloni and Canada’s Justin Trudeau came to Kyiv early on … Read more

Big Tech Companies Pledge to Fight Election Deepfakes but Free Speech Issues Remain

Major tech companies announced a new pact at the Munich Security Conference on Friday pledging to fight AI-generated fakes that are intended to deceive the public and influence elections. The press conference, which was livestreamed online, featured leaders from Big Tech firms who’ve been under immense pressure in recent years to address the misinformation that’s … Read more

Breaking Putin’s protection pledge, Russian regions reinstate kill shelters

Comment on this storyCommentAdd to your saved storiesSave RIGA, Latvia — Nearly every day, volunteers in Buryatia, a Russian republic in east Siberia, carry terrified and malnourished dogs in their hands to the Ulan-Ude train station. For more than 3,000 canines held in the region’s shelters, the mass evacuation to cities thousands of miles away … Read more

Trump Omits Customary Illinois Pledge To Not Overthrow Government: Report

Former President Donald Trump reportedly submitted election paperwork in the state of Illinois this week without signing the customary “loyalty pledge,” a Red Scare relic wherein candidates vow not to “advocate the overthrow of the government.” The Chicago Sun-Times andWBEZ reported the omission on Saturday, three years to the day after Trump supporters mobbed the … Read more

Greek government says it stands by same-sex marriage pledge even after opposition from the Church

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s center-right government said Thursday it would fulfill a commitment to legalize same-sex marriage, sidestepping staunch opposition from the country’s influential Orthodox Church. The legislation would be brought to parliament during the house’s current term, which ends in 2027, said government spokesman Pavlos Marinakis. The statement comes after the Church’s governing Holy … Read more

Check out this video of Mike Johnson taking his teenage daughter to a purity ball, where she signs a pledge to him not to have sex until marriage

House Speaker Mike Johnson took his daughter, Hannah, to a purity ball when she was a teenager. Hannah made a virginity pledge to her father during the ball. The ceremony was filmed by a German television outlet, which first aired it in 2015. When it comes to parenting, Louisana’s Mike Johnson is all about abstinence. … Read more

Venezuela and Guyana pledge not to use force in territory dispute

TOPSHOT – Aerial view of the Essequibo region taken from Guyana on December 12, 2023. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his Guyanese counterpart, Irfaan Ali, will meet on December 14, 2023 in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, on their countries’ growing dispute over the oil-rich region of Essequibo, amid mounting international warnings against escalating the … Read more

Israel thanks Argentina’s Milei for pledge to move embassy to Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday spoke with Argentine President-elect Javier Milei and thanked him for his intention to move Argentina’s embassy to Jerusalem, Netanyahu’s office said. Netanyahu congratulated Milei on his election win and thanked him for his support of Israel during the Gaza war. “The prime minister thanked the … Read more

Biden and Mexico’s leader pledge to work together border issues, drug trafficking

Comment on this storyCommentAdd to your saved storiesSave President Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Friday reaffirmed their commitment to working together to address migration and combat fentanyl trafficking to the U.S., tackling two issues that have been the main lines of attack against the administration by 2024 Republican presidential candidates. The … Read more