Russia and NATO member Lithuania are clashing over Kaliningrad

A sign reading ‘Kaliningrad’ stands atop the main city’s south railway station. Kaliningrad is a small Russian exclave located on the Baltic Sea and sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland. It has become the center of a spat between Russia and NATO-member Lithuania. Harry Engels | Getty Images Sport | Getty Images A new front in … Read more

Petro and Colombia’s Rule of Law

Former M-19 rebel Gustavo Petro won Colombia’s runoff presidential election Sunday with 50.5% of the vote. His opponent, businessman Rodolfo Hernández, received 47.3%. The rest of the votes were either left intentionally blank or annulled by electoral authorities. With nearly half of all voters declining to endorse Mr. Petro, there is no mandate for radical … Read more

‘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

Why LGBTQ homebuyers say rising mortgage rates are hitting them hard

Skandar Mrad, shown here on vacation in Italy, is looking for a home in the Los Angeles area. When Skandar Mrad decided late last year to buy his first house, his top priority was location. Mrad, a gay man living in the Los Angeles area, has spent much of his adult life commuting several hours … 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

Germany Steps Up Measures to Conserve Gas as Russia Slows Supply to Europe

BERLIN — Germany will restart coal-fired power plants and offer incentives for companies to curb natural gas consumption, marking a new step in the economic war between Europe and Russia. Berlin unveiled the measures Sunday after Russia cut gas supplies to Europe last week as it punched back against European sanctions and military support for … Read more

Ukraine-Russia war: Boris Johnson and NATO’s Jens Stoltenberg say western support for Kyiv must not cease

CNN – The West must prepare for a long war in Ukraine as Russia makes incremental gains in a furious battle to control the country’s east, the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have both said. In separate comments published Sunday, Stoltenberg and Johnson also reiterated that Western governments must … 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

AP Interview: Biden says a recession is ‘not inevitable’

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden said Thursday the American people are “really, really down” after a tumultuous two years with the coronavirus pandemicvolatility in the economy and now surging gasoline prices that are slamming family budgets. But he stressed that a recession was “not inevitable” and held out hope of giving the country a … Read more