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Live updates | Sweden formally announces NATO membership bid

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Sweden’s prime minister has announced that Sweden will join Finland in seeking NATO membership in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a historic shift that comes after more t...

1st commercial flight in years takes off from Yemen's Sanaa

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The first commercial flight in six years took off from Yemen’s rebel-held capital on Monday, officials said, part of a fragile truce in the county’s grinding civil war. ...

Valencia says president's leaked audios taken out of context

MADRID (AP) — The leaked audio in which Valencia president Anil Murthy jokingly says he would kill player Carlos Soler if he leaves the club without a transfer fee was edited and taken out of context,...

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 n...

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 a...

Taiwan envoy to Israel seeks more exchanges with northern Israeli city

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Li Ya-ping (李雅萍), Taiwan’s envoy to Israel, has called for closer exchanges with the city of Nof HaGalil, located in the Northern District of Israel, during a meetin...

LEADING OFF: Pirates try for a hit, absent M's in Toronto

A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ NO-HIT WONDER The Pirates head to Wrigley Field seeking a slightly more convincing victory...

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 be bogged down on Monday, as a small group of countries opposed a ba...

US vice president, officials heading to UAE to pay respects

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A high-powered American delegation led by Vice President Kamala Harris flew to the United Arab Emirates on Monday to pay respects to the federation's late ruler ...

Shanghai says lockdown to ease as virus spread mostly ends

BEIJING (AP) — Most of Shanghai has stopped the spread of the coronavirus in the community and fewer than 1 million people remain under strict lockdown, authorities said Monday, as the city moves towa...

Spy chief says China bribes Taiwan's internet influencers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) said Monday (May 16) that local celebrities are being paid by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to tak...

Russian war effort runs into diplomatic, military hurdles

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Its military bogged down in a grinding conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russia lost diplomatic ground over the weekend as two more European nations moved closer to joining NATO. ...

Lawyer charged with lying to FBI in Russia probe faces trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal trial begins Monday for a lawyer for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign who is accused of lying to the FBI as it investigated potential ties between Donald Trump and...

Ukraine: EU struggles to reach consensus over Russia oil embargo

European Union members are struggling to agree on a sixth package of sanctions against Russia, as a small group led by Hungary oppose including an oil embargo. The European Commission had proposed th...

Kim blasts pandemic response as North Korean outbreak surges

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blasted officials over slow medicine deliveries and ordered his military to respond to the surging but largely undiagnosed COVID-19 crisis tha...