Russian prosecutors seek 9 1/2-year sentence for Griner

Russian prosecutors seek 9 1/2-year sentence for Griner

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — Russian prosecutors asked a court outside Moscow to sentence American basketball star Brittney Griner to 9 1/2 years in prison as closing arguments in her cannabis possession trial were made Thursday. The trial is nearing its end nearly six months after Griner’s arrest at a Moscow airport and subsequent detention, a … Read more

China claims ‘precision missile strikes’ in Taiwan Strait

China claims 'precision missile strikes' in Taiwan Strait

KEELUNG, Taiwan (AP) — China says it conducted “precision missile strikes” in the Taiwan Strait on Thursday as part of military exercises that have raised tensions in the region to their highest level in decades. China earlier announced that military exercises by its navy, air force and other departments were underway in six zones surrounding … Read more

In S. Korea, Pelosi avoids public comments on Taiwan, China

In S. Korea, Pelosi avoids public comments on Taiwan, China

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After infuriating China over her trip to Taiwan, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put South Korean political leaders in Seoul on Thursday but avoided making direct public comments on cross-Strait relations that could have further increased regional tensions. Pelosi, the first incumbent House speaker to visit Taiwan in 25 years, … Read more

Pelosi tells Taiwan US commitment to democracy is ‘ironclad’

Pelosi tells Taiwan US commitment to democracy is 'ironclad'

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — After a trip that drew China’s wrathdefiant Nancy Pelosi concluded her visit to Taiwan on Wednesday with a pledge that the American commitment to democracy on the self-governing island and elsewhere “remains ironclad.” Pelosi received a euphoric welcome as the first US House speaker to visit in more than 25 years, … Read more

Senate set to vote to ratify adding Sweden, Finland to NATO

Senate set to vote to ratify adding Sweden, Finland to NATO

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate was set Wednesday to ratify NATO membership for Finland and Swedenwith overwhelming bipartisan support expected for quickly expanding the Western military alliance in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, who visited Kyiv and the region earlier this year, urged a unanimous show of approval. Speaking … Read more

Inspectors OK 1st Ukraine grain ship but no sign yet of more

Inspectors OK 1st Ukraine grain ship but no sign yet of more

ISTANBUL (AP) — The first grain ship to leave Ukraine and cross the Black Sea under a wartime deal passed inspection Wednesday in Istanbul and headed on to Lebanon. Ukraine said 17 other vessels were “loaded and waiting permission to leave,” but there was no word yet on when they could depart. A joint civilian … Read more

Cold showers, no lights: Europe saves as Russian gas wanes

Cold showers, no lights: Europe saves as Russian gas wanes

PARIS (AP) — Fanning out like urban guerrillas through Paris’ darkened streets well after midnight, the anti-waste activists shinny up walls and drain pipes, reaching for switches to turn off the lights. Click. Click. Click. One by one, the outdoor lights that stores had left on are extinguished. It’s one small but symbolic step in … Read more

UN nuclear chief: Ukraine nuclear plant is `out of control’

UN nuclear chief: Ukraine nuclear plant is `out of control'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The UN nuclear chief warned that Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine “is completely out of control” and issued an urgent plea to Russia and Ukraine to quickly allow experts to visit the sprawling complex to stabilize the situation and avoid a nuclear accident. Rafael Grossi, director general of the … Read more

US House Speaker Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, defying Beijing

US House Speaker Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, defying Beijing

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday night despite threats from Beijing of serious consequences, becoming the highest-ranking American official to visit the self-ruled island claimed by China in 25 years. Pelosi’s visit has triggered increased tension between China and the United States. China claims Taiwan as part … Read more

2 years later, hope for justice in Beirut explosion fades

2 years later, hope for justice in Beirut explosion fades

BEIRUT (AP) — It’s been two years since his 3-year-old daughter, Alexandra, was killed in a massive explosion at Beirut’s port — and Paul Naggear has lost hope that outrage over the disaster will bring justice and force change in Lebanon. The investigation into one of the world’s biggest non-nuclear explosions has been blocked for … Read more