Iceland elects its first female-majority parliament

St. Louis Dispatch

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland has elected a female-majority parliament, a landmark for gender equality in the North Atlantic island nation, in a vote that saw centrist parties make the biggest gains.

Nearly complete returns show republic of San Marino votes overwhelmingly to legalize abortion

St. Louis Dispatch

SAN MARINO (AP) — Nearly complete returns show republic of San Marino votes overwhelmingly to legalize abortion.

Israeli troops kill 4 Palestinian gunmen in West Bank clashes

Fox News

At least four Palestinian gunmen were killed in shootouts with Israeli security forces during a sweeping West Bank arrest operation cracking down on the Islamic militant group Hamas on Sunday, the Israeli military said.

Swiss seen approving same-sex marriage in referendum

St. Louis Dispatch

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters appear to have decided by a clear margin to allow same-sex couples to marry, according to a projection after a national referendum on Sunday.

German vote: With Merkel leaving, exit poll shows chancellor’s Union bloc, center-left Social Democrats neck-and-neck

St. Louis Dispatch

BERLIN (AP) — German vote: With Merkel leaving, exit poll shows chancellor’s Union bloc, center-left Social Democrats neck-and-neck.

Labour’s Leader Struggles to Emerge From Boris Johnson’s Shadow

NY Times | Stephen Castle

Competent but low on charisma, Keir Starmer has yet to give British voters a clear reason to support the main opposition party, critics say.

Labour climate chief Ed Miliband says Boris Johnson is ‘miles off’ UN climate success

SCMP | Reuters

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson must do the “hard yards of diplomacy” if he wants any kind of success at the COP26 climate change conference in November, Ed Miliband, opposition Labour’s climate policy chief, said on Sunday.With just over a month until the world’s leaders meet in Glasgow for COP26, some politicians and campaigners fear the United Nations’ summit is about to throw away what is seen as a last chance to tackle the climate crisis before it is too late.Those fears were…

Intrigue Deepens at U.N. Over Myanmar and Afghanistan

NY Times | Rick Gladstone

On the final day of the General Assembly’s most important annual gathering, no one is expected to speak for Myanmar, but the envoy of Afghanistan’s ousted government may yet take the podium.

Myanmar junta says ‘terrorist’ acts by anti-coup protesters to blame for internet blackouts

SCMP | Agence France-Presse

Myanmar’s junta has denied suspending the internet in conflict-wracked regions, blaming a recent spate of data blackouts on anti-coup protesters who had destroyed military-owned communications towers.The Southeast Asian country has been in chaos since the military toppled Aung San Suu Kyi’s government in February, triggering huge democracy protests that security forces have sought to quell in bloody crackdowns.Some in the anti-coup movement formed local “people’s defence forces” in their…

German election: CDU leader 'not happy' with exit poll result

BBC

Armin Laschet thanks Angela Merkel for her service as chancellor - but says he is not happy with the election result so far.

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton is first driver to 100 wins after Sochi rain hurts Lando Norris

SCMP | DPA

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes recovered from a terrible start at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi to become the first Formula 1 driver to reach 100 wins after rain helped his cause in Sunday's closing laps.“It's taken a long time to get to 100 and at times, I wasn't sure it would come,” Briton Hamilton said after prevailing late on after leader Lando Norris had spun in the sudden rain.The seven-time world champion now leads the drivers' championship, two points ahead of Max Verstappen of Red Bull,…