China’s bet on homegrown mRNA vaccines holds back nation

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – China is trying to navigate its biggest coronavirus outbreak without a tool it could have adopted several months ago, the kind of vaccines that have proven to offer the best protection against the worst outcomes from COVID-19. As early as the spring of 2020 a Chinese pharmaceutical company, Fosun Pharma, reached … Read more

After 3 months, Russia still bogged down in Ukraine war

When Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, it had hoped to overtake the country in a blitz lasting only days or a few weeks. Many Western analysts thought so, too. As the conflict marked its third month Tuesday, however, Moscow appears to be bogged down in what increasingly looks like a war of attrition, with … Read more

Biden to lay out in Japan who’s joining new Asia trade pact

TOKYO (AP) – President Joe Biden on Monday promised “concrete benefits” for the people of the Indo-Pacific region from a new trade pact he was set to launch, designed to signal US dedication to the contested economic sphere and address the need for stability in commerce after disruptions caused by the pandemic and Russia’s invasion … Read more

DAVOS DIARY: Train, not plane means scenery, carbon cutting

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – If you’re coming to Davos this year, try to take the train instead of flying, organizers of the World Economic Forum said. So I did. That meant a 12-hour journey from London to the exclusive gathering in the Swiss Alps, which I’m helping cover for The Associated Press. Taking a train … Read more

Vatican airs dirty laundry in trial over London property

VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican’s sprawling financial trial may not have produced any convictions yet or any new smoking guns as prosecutors work through a first round of questioning of the 10 suspects accused of fleeing the Holy See of tens of millions of euros. But testimony so far has provided plenty of insights … Read more