China’s Pacific plan seen as a regional strategic game-changer

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – When China signed a security pact With the Solomon Islands in April it raised concerns from the US and its allies that Beijing may be seeking a military outpost in the South Pacific, an area of ​​traditional American naval dominance. But China upped the ante further this week, reaching out … Read more

Russia slams sanctions, seeks to blame West for food crisis

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Moscow pressed the West on Thursday to lift sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraineseeking to shift the blame for a growing food crisis that has been worsened by Kyiv’s inability to ship millions of tons of grain and other agricultural products while under attack. Britain immediately accused Russia of … Read more

EXPLAINER: What Turkey’s Erdogan could gain in NATO debate

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Within a two-week span, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan caused a stir by throwing a wrench in Sweden and Finland’s historic request to join NATO, lashing out at fellow alliance member Greece and announcing plans for a new incursion into Syria. Erdogan appears to be using Turkey’s role as a mediator … Read more

Davos gathering overshadowed by global economic worries

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – Soaring inflation. Russia’s war in Ukraine. Squeezed supply chains. The threat of food insecurity around the world. The lingering COVID-19 pandemic. The risks to the global economy are many, leading to an increasingly gloomy view of the months ahead for corporate leaders, government officials and other VIPs at the World Economic … Read more

China wants 10 Pacific nations to endorse sweeping agreement

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – China wants 10 small Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries in what one leader warns is a “game-changing” bid by Beijing to wrest control of the region. A draft of the agreement obtained by The Associated Press shows that China wants to train … Read more

UK’s Johnson faulted for lockdown parties but won’t quit

LONDON (AP) – An investigative report released Wednesday blamed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other senior leaders for allowing boozy government parties that broke the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown rules, and while Johnson said he took “full responsibility” for the breaches, he insisted he would not resign. Revelations that Johnson and his staff repeatedly flouted … Read more

Scars of war seem to be everywhere in Ukraine after 3 months

By ELENA BECATOROS and YURAS KARMANAU May 25, 2022 GMT KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) – Piano music wafted from an apartment block on a recent spring evening in Kramatorsk, blending with distant artillery fire for a surreal soundtrack to a bomb-scarred neighborhood in the eastern Ukrainian city. No matter where they live, the 3-month-old war … Read more

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

Live updates | EU: Russians have future in their hands

DAVOS, Switzerland – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says Russia could be reintegrated into the orbit of European nations if it finds its way back to “democracy, the rule of law, the respect for the international rules-based order.” Von der Leyen spoke at the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering Tuesday. Insisting on the … Read more

Biden: Leaders navigating ‘dark hour’ after Ukraine invasion

TOKYO (AP) – President Joe Biden told fellow Indo-Pacific leaders assembled for a four-country summit Tuesday that they were navigating “a dark hour in our shared history” due to Russia’s brutal war on Ukraine and he urged the group to make greater effort to stop Vladimir Putin’s aggression. “This is more than just a European … Read more