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

NEW YORK (AP) – The bears are rumbling toward Wall Street. The stock market’s skid has taken off this year with 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 of … 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

Buffalo suspect: Lonely, isolated – and a sign of trouble

CONKLIN, NY (AP) – In Payton Gendron’s COVID-19-altered senior year at Susquehanna Valley High School, he logged on to a economics class in a virtual learning program that asked: “What do you plan to do? retire? ” “Murder-suicide,” Gendron typed. Despite his protests, it was all a joke, a bespectacled 17-year-old who has long been … 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

Ukraine: Russians withdraw from around Kharkiv, batter east

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russian troops are withdrawing from around Ukraine’s second-largest city after bombarding it for weeks, the Ukrainian military said Saturday, as Kyiv and Moscow’s forces engaged in a grinding battle for the country’s eastern industrial heartland. Ukraine’s general staff said the Russians were pulling back from the northeastern city of Kharkiv and … Read more

North Korea confirms 1st COVID outbreak, Kim orders lockdown

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea imposed a nationwide lockdown Thursday to control its first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak after holding for more than two years to a widely doubted claim of a perfect record keeping out the virus that has spread to nearly every place in the world. The size of the outbreak was … Read more

Al Jazeera reporter killed during an Israeli raid in the West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) – Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, one of the satellite channel’s best-known reporters, was shot and killed on Wednesday while covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank. The broadcaster and two reporters who were with her blamed Israeli forces. The Israeli army initially suggested that Abu Akleh might … Read more

Ukraine shuts off Russian pipeline amid talk of annexation

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine shut down a pipeline Wednesday that carries Russian natural gas to homes and industries in Western Europe, while a Kremlin-installed official in a southern region seized by Russian troops said the area will ask Moscow to annex it. The immediate effect of the energy cutoff is likely to be limited, … Read more

Al Jazeera reporter killed during an Israeli raid in the West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) – Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed while covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin early Wednesday. The broadcaster and a reporter who was wounded in the incident blamed Israel forces. The Israeli army initially raised the possibility that Abu Akleh might … Read more

Ukrainians stop Russian gas at one hub, make gains in east

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine stopped the flow of Russian natural gas on Wednesday through a hub that feeds European homes and stoves, while Kyiv’s military claimed it made some gains in grinding battles near a key northeastern city. In 11 weeks, the war has played out on battlefields in Ukrainian towns and cities but … Read more