Biden’s burdens grow: Sagging global economy adds to US woes

WASHINGTON (AP) – As President Joe Biden embarks on Asia on Thursday, he’s facing a new risk at home for the economy and his Democratic Party: a global slowdown caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the pandemic shutting down Chinese cities and factories. The world economy can not cast US ballots. But it’s a … Read more

Will Turkey upend NATO expansion? US officials seek clarity

WASHINGTON (AP) – With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan taking an increasingly tough line against the NATO membership bids of Finland and Sweden despite far less strident statements from some of his top aides, US officials are trying to determine how serious the often mercurial leader is and what it might take to get him … Read more

Ukraine hopes to swap steel mill fighters for Russian POWs

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian fighters extracted from the last bastion of resistance in Mariupol were taken to a former penal colony in enemy-controlled territory, and a top military official hoped they could be exchanged for Russian prisoners of war. But a Moscow lawmaker said they should be brought to “justice.” The Russian parliament planned … Read more

Fall of Mariupol appears at hand; fighters leave steel plant

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Mariupol appeared on the verge of falling to the Russians on Tuesday as Ukraine moved to abandon the steel plant where hundreds of its fighters had held out for months under relentless bombardment in the last bastion of resistance in the devastated city . The capture of Mariupol would make it … Read more

With echoes of Trump, GOP splinters over $ 40B for Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) – Signs of Republican resistance are mounting over a $ 40 billion aid package to Ukrainea reemergence of the Trump-led isolationist wing of the GOP that’s coming at a crucial moment as the war against the Russian invasion deepens. The Senate voted late Monday to advance the Ukraine aid bill 81-11, pushing it … Read more

Zelenskyy opens Cannes Film Festival, links war and cinema

CANNES, France (AP) – The 75th Cannes Film Festival kicked off Tuesday with an eye turned to Russia’s war in Ukraine and a live satellite video address from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who called on a new generation of filmmakers to confront dictators as Charlie Chaplin satirized Adolf Hitler. After tributes and musical numbers, Zelenskyy … Read more

Sweden, Finland push ahead with NATO bids as Turkey objects

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Sweden and Finland on Tuesday pushed ahead with their bids to join NATO even as Turkey insisted it will not let the previously nonaligned Nordic countries into the alliance because of their alleged support for Kurdish militants. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s strongly worded objections caught the two applicants and other NATO … Read more

Why is Turkey war of Nordic states’ NATO bid?

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has thrown a spanner in the works of Sweden and Finland’s historic decisions to seek NATO membership, declaring that he cannot allow them to join due to their alleged support of Kurdish militants and other groups that Ankara says threaten its national security. NATO Secretary General … Read more

War Crimes Watch: Targeting schools, Russia bombs the future

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – As she lay buried under the rubble, her legs broken and eyes blinded by blood and thick clouds of dust, all Inna Levchenko could hear was screams. It was 12:15 pm on March 3, and moments earlier a blast had pulverized the school where she’d taught for 30 years. Amid relentless … Read more

Turkey objects as Sweden, Finland seek NATO membership

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Turkey’s president on Monday complicated Sweden and Finland’s historic bid to join NATO, saying he cannot allow them to become members of the alliance because of their perceived inaction against exiled Kurdish militants. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doubled down on comments last week indicating that the two Nordic countries’ path to NATO … Read more