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In Morocco, Spain PM reinforces ties after crisis

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited Rabat on Thursday to reset his country's "strategic partnership" with Morocco despite criticism from within his own left-wing government about caving in to Moroccan pressure.. "We are going to avoid anything that may offend the other, especially with regard to our respective spheres of sovereignty," Sanchez said after he and a dozen ministers met Moroccan Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch.

Putin draws parallels between WWII and Ukraine conflict

President Vladimir Putin leveraged a World War II commemoration on Thursday to whip up support for his army's intervention in Ukraine, comparing the fighting to Nazi Germany's invasion and hinting Moscow could use nuclear weapons.. Since sending troops to pro-Western Ukraine last February Putin has repeatedly threatened to use nuclear weapons against the West if the conflict escalates.

Colombian judge uses ChatGPT in ruling

A judge in Colombia caused a stir by announcing he had used the AI chatbot ChatGPT in preparing a ruling in a children's medical rights case.. "It is certainly not responsible or ethical to use ChatGPT as intended by the judge in the ruling in question," he wrote on Twitter.

Brazil to sink warship dubbed '30,000-tonne toxic package'

Brazil plans to sink a decommissioned aircraft carrier that has been towed around the Atlantic for months with a damaged hull, drawing criticism from environmentalists, who say it is packed with toxic materials.. Environmentalists attacked the decision, saying the aircraft carrier contains tonnes of asbestos, heavy metals and other toxic materials that could leach into the water and pollute the marine food chain.

US backs Russians competing as neutrals in Olympics

The United States backs allowing athletes from Russia and Belarus to compete as neutrals in the Olympic Games, while opposing the display of their national flags or emblems, the White House said Thursday.. "The United States has supported suspending Russia and Belarus' sport national governing bodies from international sports federations," Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

Guantanamo 'high value' prisoner released to Belize

A Pakistani who was tortured by the CIA and held in the Guantanamo Bay prison for 16 years after admitting to helping Al Qaeda was released to Belize, the US military announced Thursday.. In his sentencing hearing Khan became the first of the "high value" prisoners to testify to the US military court about being tortured.

Putin draws parallels between WWII and Ukraine conflict

President Vladimir Putin leveraged a World War II commemoration on Thursday to whip up support for his army's intervention in Ukraine, comparing the fighting to Nazi Germany's invasion and hinting Moscow could use nuclear weapons.. Since sending troops to pro-Western Ukraine last February Putin has repeatedly threatened to use nuclear weapons against the West if the conflict escalates.

Turkey summons Western envoys in consulate closure row

Turkey on Thursday summoned the ambassadors and top envoys of nine Western powers to condemn the mass closure of European consulates in Istanbul due to security concerns.. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu on Thursday condemned the Western closures as an attempt to meddle in Turkey's May 14 presidential and parliament election campaign.

UK minister says 'not ruling out' sending jets to Ukraine

The UK defence minister on Thursday said he did not rule out supplying Ukraine with fighter jets while cautioning they would not be a "magic wand" in the war.. Supplying fighter jets would not be an overnight game changer due to the need for complex training, he added.