Biden, Western allies gather at tense moment in Ukraine war

BRUSSELS (AP) — As the war in Ukraine grinds into a second month, US President Joe Biden and Western allies are gathering to chart a path to ramp up pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin while tending to the economic and security fallout that’s spreading across Europe and the world. Over the course of Thursday, … Read more

5 things to know before the stock market opens Wednesday, March 23

Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Stock futures drop, a day after Wall Street had resumed its upswing Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, March 21, 2022. Brendan McDermid | Reuters 2. Moderna … Read more

In video call, Biden presses China’s Xi on Russia support

WASHINGTON (AP) — Face to face by video, President Joe Biden laid out to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday the consequences the Chinese would face from the US if they provide military or economic assistance for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. There was no indication he got any assurance in return. China’s Foreign Ministry, in … Read more

Here’s what Chinese state media is saying ahead of Xi’s call with Biden

Chess pieces are seen in front of displayed China’s and US flags in this illustration taken January 25, 2022. Given Ruvic | Reuters BEIJING — While Chinese state media have tacked away from primarily pro-Russian coverage of the war in Ukraine, one of the consistent messages remains: Blame the US Chinese President Xi Jinping and … Read more

Russia pushes war in Ukraine close to U.S. NATO allies’ border with airstrikes near Poland as talks continue

Kyiv — A Russian airstrike on a residential building in Ukraine‘s capital city killed at least one person and wounded several others on Monday. Russia insists it doesn’t target civilians, but its forces have intensified their attacks on urban areas since Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Another round of direct … Read more

Kamala Harris to meet with Poland’s President after US rejects Polish proposal to get jets to Ukraine

CNN — Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw on Thursday, where she’s tasked with smoothing over a relationship with a key ally after the US rejected Poland’s surprise proposal to facilitate the transfer of its Soviet-era fighter jets to Ukraine. Harris’ meeting with the hard-right nationalist … Read more

US strikes harder at Putin, banning all Russian oil imports

WASHINGTON (AP) — Striking harder at Russia’s economy, President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered a ban on Russian oil imports in retaliation for Vladimir Putin’s onslaught in Ukraine. The major trade action, responding to the pleas of Ukraine’s embattled leader, thrust the US out front as Western nations seek to halt Putin’s invasion. Americans will … Read more

Zelensky calls for no-fly zone and harsher sanctions on Russia in Zoom meeting with US lawmakers

CNN — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told US lawmakers Saturday his country urgently needs more assistance from the US, including the establishment of a no-fly zone over Ukraine, as it fights against Russia’s invasion. During an hourlong Zoom meeting Saturday morning with members of Congress, Zelensky thanked the US for the support it has delivered … Read more

Biden’s message to Americans worried about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: ‘We are going to be OK’

CNN — President Joe Biden sent a message of empathy to the American people worried about the effects that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may have on gas prices and other everyday goods that have already been getting more expensive. Speaking to political leaders in Washington, Biden started his State of the Union address by sending … Read more