China’s response to Pelosi visit a sign of future intentions

China’s response to Pelosi visit a sign of future intentions

BANGKOK (AP) — China’s response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan has been anything but subtle, sending warships and military planes to all sides of self-governing island democracy and firing ballistic missiles into nearby waters. The dust still hasn’t settled, and Taiwan is conducting exercises of its own this week and Beijing announces … Read more

Saudi PhD student gets 34 years in prison for tweets

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A Saudi court has sentenced a doctoral student to 34 years in prison for spreading “rumours” and retweeting dissidents, according to court documents obtained Thursday, a decision increasingly condemned worldwide . Activists and lawyers consider the verdict against Salma al-Shehab, a mother of two and a researcher at Britain’s … Read more

The Ukrainian Zelenskyy organizes talks with the UN chief, the leader of Turkey

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) – As a potential power broker, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will use his first visit to Ukraine since the war began nearly six months ago to look for ways to expand grain exports from Europe’s granary to the world’s needy . UN Secretary-General António Guterres will use his visit to focus … Read more

Crimea blasts underline the vulnerability of Russian troops

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A spate of explosions and fires has turned Russian-occupied Crimea from a secure rear base into a new battleground in the war, exposing both the Russians’ vulnerability and the Ukrainians’ ability to penetrate deep behind the strike enemy lines. Nine Russian warplanes were destroyed at an air base in Crimea last … Read more

R. Kelly jury selection focuses on documentary 2019

CHICAGO (AP) — Jury Selection in R. Kelly’s Federal Trial Charged with rigging his 2008 child pornography trial, the judge and attorneys quickly focused on whether potential jurors watched a 2019 documentary about sexual abuse allegations against the R&B singer. After a request from Kelly’s attorney to automatically exclude anyone from the jury who has … Read more

China announces new exercises as US delegation visits Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China announced more military exercises around Taiwan as the self-governing island’s president met members of a new US congressional delegation on Monday, threatening to renew tensions between Beijing and Washington after a similar recent visit from the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Nancy Pelosi made China angry. Pelosi … Read more

No. 1 Alabama Tops Preseason AP Top 25; Ohio St, ‘Dawgs Next’

With two of the best players in the country leading the way — and a loss of a championship game as motivation — Alabama is No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason college football poll for the second consecutive season and the ninth time overall. Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young, National Defender of the Year … Read more

Ukrainian army says it will fend off more than a dozen attacks

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian military said on Monday it had repulsed more than a dozen Russian attacks in the east and north of the country, including attempts to advance into key cities in the eastern industrial heartland known as the donbas. In the regular Facebook update, the army general staff said that Russian … Read more

Iran denies involvement but justifies Salman Rushdie attack

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – An Iranian official denied Monday that Tehran was involved in the stabbing of author Salman Rushdie, though he tried to justify the attack in the Islamic Republic’s first public comments about the bloodshed. The comments from Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani came three days after Rushdie was injured … Read more

‘China threat’ pops up in UK to Australia elections

LONDON (AP) — It’s not just the economy. While fears inflation and recession weighing heavily on voters’ minds, another problem crops up in political campaigns from the UK and Australia to the US and beyond: the ‘Chinese threat’. The Two Finalists Competing for Britain’s Next Prime Minister, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunakclashed in a televised … Read more