Grassroots groups help rescue Holocaust survivors in Ukraine

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Since the shelling began to intensify in Kyiv and Kharkiv about a week ago Julia Entin has been working feverishly — thousands of miles away in Los Angeles — to evacuate Holocaust survivors in Ukraine who find themselves trapped in yet another conflict. For the last six years, the 39-year-old paralegal … Read more

Zelenskyy says siege of Mariupol involved war crimes

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said early Sunday the siege of the port city of Mariupol would go down in history for what he said were war crimes committed by Russian troops. “To do this to a peaceful city, what the occupiers did, is a terror that will be remembered for centuries … Read more

Ukraine’s cultural capital no longer distant from the war

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Until the missiles struck within walking distance of the cathedrals and cafes downtown, Ukraine’s cultural capital was a city that could feel distant from the war. The early panic had eased, and the growing response to morning air raid sirens was not to head downstairs but roll over in bed. But … Read more

Ukraine’s cultural capital no longer distant from the war

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Until the missiles struck within walking distance of the cathedrals and cafes downtown, Ukraine’s cultural capital was a city that could feel distant from the war. The early panic had eased, and the growing response to morning air raid sirens was not to head downstairs but roll over in bed. But … Read more

Iconic African game to be focus at world wildlife conference

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Iconic African wildlife such as elephants, big cats and rosewood trees will be central to discussions of the World Wildlife Conference slated for Panama later this year. The standing committee meeting of the UN wildlife trade body, called the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which met all of last … Read more

Russian oil sale to India complicates Biden’s efforts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s campaign to unite the globe against the Russian invasion of Ukraine is being challenged not only by adversaries such as China but also by the world’s most populous democracy, India. An Indian government official said on Friday that the country will increase its imports of Russian oil, allowing it … Read more

Putin likens opponents to ‘gnats,’ signaling new repression

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing stiff resistance in Ukraine and crippling economic sanctions at home, Russian President Vladimir Putin is using language that recalls the rhetoric from Josef Stalin’s show trials of the 1930s. Putin’s ominous speech on Wednesday likened opponents to “gnats” who try to weaken the country at the behest of the West … Read more

Mounting Russian consequence in Ukraine lead to more questions about its military readiness

Russia’s offensive to capture Kyiv has largely stalled, NATO officials said, and on Thursday Ukraine said it launched a counteroffensive aimed at gaining decisive control of the city’s suburbs. US and allied intelligence assessments vary widely as to exactly how many Russian forces have been killed to date, sources familiar with the intelligence tell CNN. … Read more

2022 Oscars Predictions: Will ‘Power of the Dog’ reign supreme?

Ahead of the 94th Academy AwardsAssociated Press Film Writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony with much still up in the air. BEST PICTURE The Nominees: “Belfast”; “CODA”; “Don’t Look Up”; “Drive My Car”; “Dune”; “King Richard”; “Licorice Pizza”; “Nightmare Alley”; “The Power of the Dog”; “West Side Story.” BAHR: … Read more