Hong Kongers reflect on Taiwan, an imperfect exile

Hong Kongers reflect on Taiwan, an imperfect exile

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP)-For Lam Wing-kee, a Hong Kong bookstore owner who was detained by police in China for five months for selling sensitive books about the Communist Party, coming to Taiwan was a logical step. An island just 640 kilometers (400 miles) from Hong Kong, Taiwan is close not just geographically but also linguistically and … Read more

Afghans bury dead, dig for survivors of devastating quake

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) – Villagers rushed to bury the dead Thursday and dug by hand through the rubble of their homes in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake in eastern Afghanistan that state media reported killed 1,000 people. Residents appeared to be largely on their own to deal with the aftermath as their new … Read more

John Williams, 90, steps away from film, but not music

NEW YORK (AP) – After more than six decades of making bicycles soar, sending panicked swimmers to the shore and other spellbinding close encounters, John Williams is putting the final notes on what may be his last film score. “At the moment I’m working on ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ which Harrison Ford – who’s quite a … Read more

Airport chaos: European travel runs into pandemic cutbacks

LONDON (AP) – The airport lines are long, and lost luggage is piling up. It’s going to be a chaotic summer for travelers in Europe. Liz Morgan arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport 4 1/2 hours before her flight to Athens, finding the line for security snaking out of the terminal and into a big tent … Read more

Fed’s Powell facing rising criticism for inflation missteps

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell won praise for his deft leadership during the maelstrom of the pandemic recession. As threats to the U.S. economy have mounted, though, Powell has increasingly struck Fed watchers as much less sure-footed. Inflation has proved higher and far more persistent than he or the Fed’s staff economists … Read more

‘Elvis’ and Austin Butler feel the temperature rising: Review

On the day of Austin Butler’s final screen test for “Elvis,” director Baz Luhrmann threw everything at him. Butler had spent five months building up to that moment, workshopping the role with Luhrmann, doing hair and make-up tests, rehearsing the songs. Against the odds, Butler had emerged as the unlikely favorite to land the role … 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

France reshaped: Election emboldens Le Pen, undercuts Macron

PARIS (AP)-France faced an ecstatic Marine Le Pen on Monday after her party’s far-right candidates sent shockwaves through the political establishment and helped deny President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance a majority in parliament. The surprising breakthrough for the far right – alongside a surge in support for hard-left candidates-undercuts Macron’s leadership, threatens his plans to … 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 of Mariupol … Read more

Crypto investors’ hot streak ends as harsh ‘winter’ descends

NEW YORK (AP)-The wealth-generating hot streak for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has turned brutally cold. As prices plunge, companies collapse and skepticism soars, fortunes and jobs are disappearing overnight, and investors’ feverish speculation has been replaced by icy calculation, in what industry leaders are referring to as a “crypto winter.” It’s a dizzying turn of … Read more