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N. Korea’s Kim faces ‘huge dilemma’ on aid as virus surges

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — During more than a decade as North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un has made "self-reliance" his governing lynchpin, shunning international help and striving instead for domestic strategies to fix his battered economy. But as an illness suspected to be COVID-19 sickens ...

Europe accused of ‘double standard’ on Ukrainian refugees

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The quick acceptance of Ukrainians fleeing Russia's aggression puts a spotlight on Europe's "double standard" for migrants, standing against its nonwelcome for people fleeing violence in Africa, the Mideast and elsewhere, the head of the world's largest humanitarian ...

Massacre video reopens wounds for missing Syrians’ families

BEIRUT (AP) — For years, the Siyam family clung to hope they would one day be reunited with their son Wassim, who they believed was being held in a Syrian government prison after he went missing at a checkpoint nearly a decade ago. That hope evaporated the moment they saw him in a newly ...

New Zealand shooting survivor says violence achieved nothing

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — If the Buffalo supermarket shooter had learned anything from the massacre in New Zealand that apparently inspired him, it should have been that the violence didn't achieve any of the gunman's aims, a survivor said Tuesday. Temel Atacocugu was shot nine times ...

Official: China’s economy reviving as anti-virus curbs ease

BEIJING (AP) — China's factory and consumer activity fell even more than expected in April under anti-virus controls, official data showed Monday, but a Cabinet official said the economy is reviving as anti-virus curbs ease and its commercial capital of Shanghai reopens. The slump in the ...

EXPLAINER: Next steps for Finland, Sweden on NATO membership

BRUSSELS (AP) — Finland and Sweden have signaled their intention to join NATO over Russia's war in Ukraine and things will move fast once they formally apply for membership in the world's biggest security alliance. Russian President Vladimir Putin has already made clear that there would be ...

EU cuts forecast for economic growth as war’s fallout widens

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has slashed its forecasts for economic growth in the 27-nation bloc amid the prospect of a drawn-out Russian war in Ukraine and disruptions to energy supplies. The EU's gross domestic product will expand 2.7% this year and 2.3% in 2023, the bloc's executive ...

Kim blasts pandemic response as North Korean outbreak surges

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un criticized officials over slow medicine deliveries and mobilized the military to respond to a surge in suspected COVID-19 infections, as his nation struggled to contain a fever that has reportedly killed dozens and sickened nearly a ...

French carmaker Renault to sell Russian operations to Moscow

Russia will take control of French car manufacturer Renault's operations in the country and resurrect a Soviet-era auto brand, officials said Monday, marking the first major nationalization of a foreign business since the war in Ukraine began. Renault said it would sell its majority stake in ...

Sri Lanka proposes privatizing national airline amid crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's new prime minister on Monday proposed privatizing the country's loss-making national airline as part of reforms aimed at solving the country worst economic crisis in decades. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a message to the people that he ...

Yellen meets war refugees in Poland, pushes food crisis plan

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Monday met with Ukrainian refugees and urged the need to confront Russian brutality as she visited Poland ahead of a meeting of finance ministers for the Group of Seven leading economies. Yellen applauded Poland for helping ...

British govt yet to OK Chelsea sale by sanctioned Abramovich

The British government has yet to approve the sale of Premier League club Chelsea to a consortium fronted by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly. Outgoing Russian owner Roman Abramovich is not allowed to profit from the proceeds of the sale since he was sanctioned and his assets were ...

Johnson: UK will act on Northern Ireland rules if EU won’t

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday renewed British threats to break a Brexit agreement with the European Union, blaming it for a political crisis that's blocking the formation of a new government in Northern Ireland. Johnson said there would be "a necessity to act" if the ...

EU’s Russia sanctions effort slows over oil dependency

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's efforts to impose a new round of sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine appeared to bog down on Monday, as a small group of countries continued to oppose a ban on Russian oil imports. Since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, the 27-nation bloc ...

Bank of England governor rejects criticism on inflation

LONDON (AP) — Bank of England Gov. Andrew Bailey on Monday rejected criticism that the institution didn't move quickly enough to quash inflationary pressures, telling a parliamentary committee that monetary policymakers weren't able to predict wars. Bailey has come under sharp criticism in ...

Passenger, cargo trains collide in Spain; 1 killed, 85 hurt

MADRID (AP) — A cargo train smashed into a rush-hour passenger train in Catalonia on Monday, killing an engineer and injuring 85 people, Spanish authorities and the regional rail company said. Emergency crews said they were helping to evacuate about 100 people on the passenger train. The ...

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 ...

Ransomware gang threatens to overthrow Costa Rica government

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — A ransomware gang that infiltrated some Costa Rican government computer systems has upped its threat, saying its goal is now to overthrow the government. Perhaps seizing on the fact that President Rodrigo Chaves had only been in office for a week, the ...

Ukraine says mission at Mariupol steel mill is complete

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The regiment that doggedly defended a steel mill as Ukraine's last stronghold in the port city of Mariupol completed its mission Monday after more than 260 fighters, including some badly wounded, were evacuated and taken to areas under Russia's control, Ukrainian ...

Musk’s China ties add potential risks to Twitter purchase

BEIJING (AP) — Elon Musk's ties to China through his role as electric car brand Tesla's biggest shareholder could add complexity to his bid to buy Twitter. Other companies that want access to China give in to pressure to follow Beijing's positions on Taiwan and other issues. But Twitter is ...