Maryland property tax assessment error could cost $250M

Maryland lawmakers are looking at a legislative solution to address a missed mailing deadline for property tax assessments, a mistake that affected about 107,000 notices and could cost local governments roughly $250 million over three years if nothing is done, a state official said Thursday. Maryland reassesses the value of one-third of all property in … Read more

Kenyan funeral pays tribute to marathon world-record holder Kelvin Kiptum

Kenya’s world marathon record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, received a state funeral after dying in a car crash earlier this month. Kiptum and his coach were killed in the crash near Kaptagat, a renowned training base for runners. Dignitaries including President William Ruto and Sebastian Coe attended Kiptum’s burial in Naiberi, near his hometown of Chepkorio. … Read more

US sanctions European country’s pro-Russia party member, president embraces move

Moldovan President Maia Sandu on Friday welcomed new U.S. sanctions on pro-Russian Shor party member Marina Tauber, accusing her of trying to undermine the democracy. Tauber has spearheaded street protests against Moldova’s pro-European government in a movement Chisinau says is part of a Moscow-backed effort to destabilize the former Soviet republic. MOLDOVA TO DESTROY EXPLOSIVES … Read more

Belarusian government cracks down on clergy who protested authoritarian leader

Dozens of clergy in Belarus have been jailed, silenced or forced into exile for protesting the 2020 election that gave authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko a sixth term. The pro-Kremlin Lukashenko has targeted church officials siding with the protesters. Last month, he signed a measure into law requiring all religious organizations in Belarus to register with … Read more

Venezuela stops allowing US deport illegal immigrants

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Schumer visits Ukraine, says he will ‘make clear’ to House Speaker Johnson ‘what is at stake’

Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and four of his Democrat colleagues arrived in Ukraine Friday morning to meet the country’s military leaders and President Volodomyr Zelenskyy, assuring U.S. support as billions of federal aid dollars remain in limbo. Schumer’s visit to Ukraine — the country that will mark two years since Russia’s invasion on … Read more

Former Austrian Chancellor Kurz faces trial over alleged false statements

A Vienna court is expected to announce its verdict on Friday in the trial of former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Kurz is accused of making false statements to a parliamentary probe into alleged corruption during his first government. Kurz resigned in 2021 during a separate corruption probe but his party, the Austrian People’s Party, remains … Read more