China’s Xi wants bigger global role after Saudi-Iran deal

BEJIING (AP) — President Xi Jinping on Monday called on China to play a bigger role in managing world affairs after Beijing pulled off a diplomatic coup as host of talks that yielded an agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran to reopen diplomatic relations. Xi gave no details of the ruling Communist Party’s plans in … Read more

US, South Korea hold drills as North launches missiles from submarine

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean and U.S. militaries kicked off their largest joint military drills in years on Monday, as North Korea said it tested submarine-launched cruise missiles in a apparent protest against the exercises which she sees as a rehearsal of invasion. North Korea’s launches on Sunday signal that the country … Read more

As Atmospheric River Emerges, New Storm Threatens California

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Wet and miserable weather continued across huge swathes of California on Sunday as an atmospheric river that caused extensive flooding flowed east as a new storm threatened another onslaught of rain, snow and gusty winds on Monday. The National Weather Service said the next system could worsen severe flooding that has … Read more

Colorado GOP picks new combative, election-denying leader

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — Colorado’s Republican Party on Saturday chose a combative former state representative who has promised to be a “wartime” leader as the new president, joining several other state GOPs. this year that have elected far-right figures and electoral conspiracy theorists to their highest positions. The move to Colorado comes as the party … Read more

Saudi Arabia golf affair threatens to expose kingdom’s secrets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials overseeing tens of billions of dollars in U.S. investments from Saudi Arabia haven’t been shy about flaunting their ties to America’s biggest political and business figures, right down to wearing MAGA caps as they swing golf clubs alongside former President Donald Trump. But they remained silent on many details of these … Read more

Russian advance stagnates in Ukraine’s Bakhmut, think tank says

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russia’s advance appears to have stalled in the Moscow campaign to capture the eastern Ukrainian town of Bakhmutsaid a leading think tank in an assessment of the longest ground battle of the war. The Washington-based Institute for the Study of Warfare said there were no confirmed advances by Russian forces at … Read more