‘The impossible’: Ukraine’s secret, deadly rescue missions

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – As was his habit before each flight, the veteran Ukrainian army pilot ran a hand along the fuselage of his Mi-8 helicopter, caressing the heavy transporter’s metal skin to bring luck to him and his crew. They would need it. Their destination – a besieged steel mill in the brutalized city … Read more

Black Americans living abroad reflect on Juneteenth holiday

BANGKOK (AP) – As the United States marks only the second federally recognized Juneteenth, Black Americans living overseas have embraced the holiday. as a day of reflection and an opportunity to educate people in their host countries on Black history. President Joe Biden moved quickly last year to federally recognize the day Black Americans have … Read more

Despite Western arms, Ukraine is outgunned in the east

BAKHMUT, Ukraine (AP) – Holed up in a bombed-out house in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian troops keep a careful accounting of their ammunition, using a door as a sort of ledger. Scrawled in chalk on the door are figures for mortar shells, smoke shells, shrapnel shells, flares. Despite the heavy influx of weapons from the West, … Read more

‘It’s just hell there’: Russia still pounds eastern Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russia’s military kept on grinding down Ukraine’s defenses Monday, with combat in eastern areas said to be entering a “decisive” phase, as the war’s consequences for food and fuel supplies increasingly weighed on minds around the globe. In Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region, which in recent weeks has become the focal point … Read more

William at 40: A milestone birthday in a life under scrutiny

LONDON (AP) – The world watched as Prince William grew up from a towheaded schoolboy to a dashing air-sea rescue pilot to a balding father of three. But as he turns 40 on Tuesday, William is making the biggest change yet: assuming an increasingly central role in the royal family as he prepares for his … Read more

How much for gas? Around the world, pain is felt at the pump

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) – At a gas station near the Cologne, Germany, airport, Bernd Mueller watches the digits quickly climb on the pump: 22 euros ($ 23), 23 euros, 24 euros. The numbers showing how much gasoline he’s getting rise, too. But much more slowly. Painfully slowly. “I’m getting rid of my car this October, … Read more

Maryland Apple workers face hurdles after vote to unionize

TOWSON, Md. (AP) – The historic vote by employees of a Maryland Apple store to unionize – a first for the technology giant – is a significant step in a lengthy process that labor experts say is heavily stacked against workers in favor of their employers. Apple store employees in a Baltimore suburb voted to … Read more

Biden’s optimism collides with mounting political challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats are going to hold onto the House after November’s midterm elections. They will pick up as many as four seats in the Senate, expanding their majority and overcoming internal dissent that has helped stifle their agenda. As the challenges confronting President Joe Biden intensify, his predictions of a rosy political future … Read more

Brazil Indigenous expert was ‘bigger target’ in recent years

SAO PAULO (AP) – Before disappearing in Brazil’s Amazon rainforestBruno Pereira was laying the groundwork for a mammoth undertaking: a 350-kilometer (217-mile) trail marking the southwestern border of the Javari Valley Indigenous territory, an area the size of Portugal. The purpose of the trail is to prevent cattle farmers from encroaching on Javari territory – … Read more

In Ukraine, funeral for activist killed and mourned in war

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Poppies, the blood-red flowers that cover the battlefields of Europe’s two world wars, were lain in mourning Saturday on the coffin of yet another dead soldier, this one killed in yet another European war, in Ukraine. The hundreds of mourners for Roman Ratushnyi, 24, included friends who had protested with him … Read more