Court considers whether US can seize a Russian yacht in Fiji

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – At Lautoka harbor in the heart of Fiji’s sugar cane region, five US federal agents boarded the Russian-owned Amadea, a luxurious superyacht the length of a football field. “They want to take 20 crew and sail east!” the ship’s captain wrote in a frantic May 5 WhatsApp message to lawyer … Read more

Ukrainian troops surrendering 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 towards … 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

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

Will Turkey love 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

Ukraine hopes to swap steel mill fighters for Russian POWs

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian fighters extracted from the last bastion of resistance in Mariupol were taken to a former penal colony in enemy-controlled territory, and a top military official hoped they could be exchanged for Russian prisoners of war. But a Moscow lawmaker said they should be brought to “justice.” The Russian parliament planned … 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

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

Sweden, Finland push ahead with NATO bids as Turkey objects

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Sweden and Finland on Tuesday pushed ahead with their bids to join NATO even as Turkey insisted it won’t let the previously nonaligned Nordic countries into the alliance because of their alleged support for Kurdish militants. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s strongly worded objections caught the two applicants and other NATO members … Read more