Europe’s push to cut Russian gas faces a race against winter

While Europeans bask in the warmth of spring, governments are in a race against winter. Europe is trying to cut use of Russian natural gas because of the war in Ukrainebut still find enough fuel to keep the lights on and homes warm before it gets cold again. That has sent officials and utilities racing … Read more

Ukrainian troops surrender at Mariupol registered as POWs

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Hundreds more Ukrainian fighters who made their stand inside Mariupol’s bombed-out steel plant surrendered, bringing the total to over 1,700, Russia said Thursday, amid international fears about the fate of the prisoners in Moscow’s hands. The Red Cross worked to register the soldiers as prisoners of war in a step toward … Read more

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

Captive medic’s bodycam shows firsthand horror of Mariupol

By VASILISA STEPANENKO and LORI HINNANT May 19, 2022 GMT https://apnews.com/article/mariupol-medic-body-camera-036cf9f28180e9525760d68bddbe4ee4 KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) – A celebrated Ukrainian medic recorded her time in Mariupol on a data card no bigger than a thumbnail, smuggled out to the world in a tampon. Now she is in Russian hands, at a time when Mariupol itself is on … Read more

Red Cross registers hundreds of Ukrainian POWs from Mariupol

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – The Russian military said Thursday that more Ukrainian fighters who were making a last stand in Mariupol have surrendered, bringing the total who have left their stronghold to 1,730, while the Red Cross said it had registered hundreds of them as prisoners of war. The International Committee of the Red Cross … Read more

EXPLAINER: Why is Wall Street close to a bear market?

NEW YORK (AP) – The bears are rumbling toward Wall Street. The stock market’s skid this year has pulled the S&P 500 close to what’s known as a bear market. Rising interest rates, high inflation, the war in Ukraine and a slowdown in China’s economy have caused investors to reconsider the prices they’re willing to … 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

Greek leader tells Congress democracy is tested by Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told the US Congress on Tuesday their shared belief in “freedom over tyranny, in democracy over authoritarianism” is being tested as he focused on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Mitsotakis used his address to a joint meeting of Congress to call out the “heroism of … 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