Biden has an eye on China as he heads to South Korea, Japan

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden departs on a six-day trip to South Korea and Japan aiming to build rapport with the two nations’ leaders while also sending an unmistakable message to China: Russia’s faltering invasion of Ukraine should give Beijing pause about its own saber-rattling in the Pacific. Biden departs Thursday and is set … Read more

Tea and infomercials: N. Korea fights COVID with few tools

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – On a recent nighttime visit to a drugstore, a double-masked Kim Jong Un lamented the slow delivery of medicine. Separately, the North Korean leader’s lieutenants have quarantined hundreds of thousands of suspected COVID-19 patients and urged people with mild symptoms to take willow leaf or honeysuckle tea. Despite what the … Read more

North Korea’s suspected COVID-19 caseload nears 2 million

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea on Thursday reported 262,270 more suspected COVID-19 cases as its pandemic caseload neared 2 million – a week after the country acknowledged the outbreak and scrambled to slow infections in its unvaccinated population. The country is also trying to prevent its fragile economy from deteriorating further, but the … Read more

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

WASHINGTON (AP) – As President Joe Biden embarks for 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’t cast US ballots. But it’s a hidden … 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

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un blames “irresponsible” workers for apparent explosion in COVID-19 cases

Seoul, South Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un criticized officials over slow medicine deliveries and mobilized the military to respond to a surge in suspected COVID-19 infections as his nation struggled to contain a fever that has reportedly killed dozens and sickened nearly a million others in a span of three days. North … Read more

North Korea reports 15 more suspected COVID-19 deaths

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea has confirmed 15 more deaths and hundreds of thousands of additional patients with fevers as it mobilizes more than a million health and other workers to try to suppress the country’s first COVID-19 outbreak, state media reported Sunday. After maintaining a widely disputed claim to be coronavirus-free for … Read more

Return to normal? Preparing for the Cannes Film Festival

After the 2020 Cannes Film Festival The epidemic was canceled and the 2021 edition was reduced – even kissing on the red carpet was banned – The luxurious French Riviera cinema choir is coming back with a festival, promising that it will be casual. Or at least Cannes’ most specific brand, with formal outfits and … Read more

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan becomes UAE’s president

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Rulers in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday unanimously appointed Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the president of the autocratic nation, signaling both unity and stability in this key energy-rich country that hosts Western militaries. The ascension of Sheikh Mohammed, 61, had been expected after … Read more