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China and Russia veto new UN sanctions on North Korea

May. 26, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China and Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution sponsored by the United States on Thursday that would have imposed tough new sanctions on North Korea for its spate of intercontinental ballistic missile launches that can be used to deliver nuclear weapons. The vote...

China, Russia veto UN resolution sponsored by the United States that would impose new sanctions on North Korea

May. 26, 2022 17:07 PM EDT
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China, Russia veto UN resolution sponsored by the United States that would impose new sanctions on North Korea.

USA Gymnastics tabs Sacramone Quinn, Memmel for top posts

May. 26, 2022 14:39 PM EDT

USA Gymnastics is turning to two of its most-decorated athletes to help guide its women's elite program. Alicia Sacramone Quinn and Chellsie Memmel, teammates on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team that earned silver in Beijing, are part of the new leadership paradigm within the organization....

Blinken: US to leverage Russia-Ukraine bloc against China

May. 26, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday the Biden administration aims to lead the international bloc opposed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine into a broader coalition to counter what it sees as a more serious, long-term threat to global order from China. ...

K-pop band BTS and Biden to meet to discuss Asian inclusion

May. 26, 2022 12:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — BTS, the Grammy-nominated South Korean boy band, will join President Joe Biden next week to talk about “Asian inclusion and representation” and to address hate crimes and discrimination against Asians, the White House announced Thursday. The musical group's...

Ellsworth Air Force Base prepares for B-21 stealth bomber

May. 26, 2022 12:06 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A project years in the making, Ellsworth Air Force Base has broken ground for the first of three dozen major projects that will support the incoming long-range B-21 bomber. The 95,000-square-foot Low Observable Restoration Facility, or LO, will have...

Sri Lankan leader seeks world's help during financial crisis

May. 26, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa asked for urgent international help on Thursday as his country suffers from a financial crisis. “We are presently undergoing a severe economic crisis that has profoundly impacted the lives of all Sri Lankans, resulting in...

WHO: COVID-19 cases mostly drop, except for the Americas

May. 26, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases and deaths are still falling globally after peaking in January, the World Health Organization said. In its latest weekly assessment of the pandemic, the U.N. health agency said there were more than 3.7 million new infections and...

Thai leader: Asia is gaining strategic, economic importance

May. 26, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Thursday that a new U.S.-backed economic pact is further proof of how important and relevant Asia is today. “Asia is still expanding and gaining more influence in terms of strategic and economic importance,” Prayuth said....

Alibaba reports slowest growth yet amid COVID-19 outbreaks

May. 26, 2022 09:50 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. on Thursday reported a single-digit increase in its fourth-quarter revenue, its slowest quarter yet as its online services and e-commerce businesses took a hit amid COVID-19 lockdowns across China. Revenue increased 9% to 204.05 billion...