For WORLD Radio, I’m Paul Butler.

Biden considers public health emergency for access to abortion » President Biden says he is considering declaring efforts by some states to protect unborn lives a public health emergency.

This would free up taxpayers’ money to promote abortion.

And Biden on Sunday called on pro-abortion activists to continue rallying against pro-life laws.

BIDEN: Keep protesting. Keep making your point. It is extremely important.

His remarks came two days after he signed a decree on access to abortion.

The order set out instructions to the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services. He wants these agencies to try to ensure access to abortion-inducing drugs and protect women’s ability to cross state lines to terminate a pregnancy.

And Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday called again for legislation to expand abortions nationwide.

HARRIS: But we also need Congress to act, because that’s the branch of government where we really codify, which means put into law.

But Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said that issue shouldn’t be decided in Washington.

YOUNGKIN: The Supreme Court decision, I agree with – that this is a decision for states to make by elected officials.

Youngkin called for legislation to protect unborn children after 15 weeks of pregnancy in Virginia.

Russian missile strikes kill 15 In Ukraine, dozens of rescue workers searched the rubble of three other apartment buildings on Sunday after more Russian missiles struck civilian targets.

THE AUDIO: [Vyatcheslav Koltsovytch speaking in Ukrainian]

The missile strike killed 15 people.

Vyacheslav Koltsovych, of the State Emergency Service in Donetsk, said two of the buildings have partially collapsed and workers are frantically searching for survivors.

THE AUDIO: [Vyatcheslav Koltsovytch speaking in Ukrainian]

Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said the Russian missiles were truck-mounted rockets.

The residential buildings were located in Chasiv Yar, a town of about 12,000 people in the Donetsk region. Last week, Moscow suggested Russian forces could scale back attacks for the time being to rest and regroup. But the Ukrainian government says shelling by Russian forces remains relentless.

Sri Lanka » Sri Lanka’s president has said he will step down next week after a public uprising over his government’s handling of the country’s economic crisis.

Protesters have stormed the homes of the president and prime minister and say they don’t plan to leave until the leaders officially step down.

Under the country’s constitution, if the two leaders step down, the speaker of parliament would temporarily take over as interim president.

Lawmakers would then elect a new leader to serve the remaining two years of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s term.

Election in Japan » On Sunday, members of Japan’s LDP party placed paper roses next to names on a wall chart at party headquarters. Each rose indicated a victory in the upper house of Parliament. WORLD’s Josh Schumaher has more.

JOSH SCHUMACHER, JOURNALIST: The LDP won a large majority of seats in the upper house, giving control of government to the party of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe was murdered on Friday while campaigning. Police arrested a suspect at the scene.

Security was tightened during the final stage of the campaign on Saturday. Candidates avoided bumping fists or standing near voters.

The victory will likely guarantee current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida three more years to advance political agendas, including nation-building and reforming the country’s pacifist constitution.

Reporting for WORLD, I’m Josh Schumacher.

CBP clears mounted border agents of flogging charges » Customs and Border Protection said after a lengthy investigation, they found no evidence Mounted Border Patrol agents whipped migrants at the border in the Del Rio area.

These accusations made headlines last year.

But the agency is sanctioning four of those officers for alleged administrative violations, unsafe work and unprofessional conduct.

Some had criticized the Biden administration for publicly treating the case as a scandal without all the facts. And Republican GOP John Katko has accused the administration of fabricating face-saving violations.

KATKO: They must have done something to justify the fact that they were found innocent of the charges of tying up and whipping people. They weren’t.

In the meantime, the state of Texas has begun conducting its own border control operations, picking up illegal migrants inside the state and returning them to the border. But it’s unclear what happens once they’re back in Border Patrol custody.

Thor: Love and Thunder Tops Weekend Box Office » At the weekend box office, another big Marvel blockbuster hits the big screen.

TRAILER: The former ex-girlfriend. How has it been three, four years? Eight years, seven months and six days, more or less.

Thor: Love and Thunder scored a big debut with $143 million over the weekend domestically. It’s a bit below some people’s expectations, but a big opener nonetheless.

And the Minions fever is still going strong. The Rise of Gru finished second with an additional $46 million.

I am Paul Butler. For more news, features, and analysis, visit wng.org.


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