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Biden tells Naval Academy grads Putin 'NATO-ized Europe'

May. 27, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (AP) — President Joe Biden told Naval Academy graduates Friday that they will be “representatives and defenders of our democracy,” as free societies are under threat from Russia's invasion of Ukraine to China's maritime expansion. Delivering a commencement...

Director Kore-eda returns to Cannes with film about baby box

May. 27, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — “Shoplifters” director Hirokazu Kore-eda returns to the Cannes Film Festival with “Broker,” another tale of misfits from society’s margins. This time, the film centers on the use of a “baby box,” a controversial method of anonymously dropping off...

US levels new sanctions after North Korea missile launches

May. 27, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. targeted two Russian banks Friday as part of new sanctions over alleged support for North Korea and its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The sanctions come after what the U.S. says were three new ballistic missile launches by North Korea on...

Ex-Malaysia PM: US-led trade group intended to isolate China

May. 27, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad criticized a new U.S.-led economic grouping on Friday, saying it is intended to isolate China, and won't benefit regional economic growth without Beijing. U.S. President Joe Biden launched the 13-nation Indo-Pacific...

Shanghai lockdown: Residents demand release, and some get it

May. 27, 2022 10:13 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — On a balmy Sunday night, residents of an upscale Shanghai compound took to the streets to decry lockdown restrictions imposed by their community. By the following morning, they were free to leave. The triumphant story quickly spread on chat groups across the Chinese...

China criticizes US as tensions rise in South Pacific

May. 27, 2022 07:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday criticized a speech by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken focused on relations between the world’s top two economic powers, saying the U.S. was seeking to smear Beijing's reputation. In his Thursday address, Blinken said the administration of...

China's Pacific plan seen as regional strategic game-changer

May. 27, 2022 06:39 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When China signed a security pact with the Solomon Islands in April it raised concerns from the U.S. and its allies that Beijing may be seeking a military outpost in the South Pacific, an area of traditional American naval dominance. But China upped...

Widespread disbelief over N. Korea's tiny COVID death rate

May. 27, 2022 03:34 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — According to North Korea, its fight against COVID-19 has been impressive: About 3.3 million people have been reported sick with fevers, but only 69 have died. If all are coronavirus cases, that's a fatality rate of 0.002%, something no other country,...

Hong Kong's incoming leader John Lee to travel to Beijing

May. 27, 2022 03:23 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Incoming Hong Kong leader John Lee will travel to Beijing on Saturday to accept a letter that officially approves his appointment as the city’s next chief executive. A government statement confirmed that Lee will go to Beijing with his private secretary and press...

China's FM visits Kiribati, where fishing ground is at stake

May. 27, 2022 03:17 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China's foreign minister on Friday arrived on the remote Pacific nation of Kiribati, where the future of a vast fishing ground is at stake. The planned four-hour visit by Wang Yi was his second stop on an eight-nation tour that comes amid growing...