Sober or clear? Europe stands for holidays during the energy crisis

VERONA, Italy (AP) — Early-season revelers sipping mulled wine and shopping for holiday decorations filled Verona’s Christmas Market over the inaugural weekend. But beyond the wooden market stalls, the Italian city still hasn’t decked out its granite-clad pedestrian streets with twinkling Christmas lights as officials debate how bright to make the season amid an energy … Read more

Supporters of Iran’s government confront protesters at the World Cup

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Tensions ran high during Iran’s second World Cup match on Friday when fans supporting the Iranian government harassed those protesting it and stadium security seized flags, T-shirts and other items showing their support for the protest movement gripping the Islamic Republic. Some fans were stopped by security guards from taking … Read more

Neymar injured, Richarlison scores for Brazil at World Cup

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — While Neymar limped off the field with an ankle injury, Richarlison came through for the ‘Seleção’. A spectacular acrobatic kick followed an easy tap from close range as Richarlison scored both goals in Brazil’s 2-0 World Cup victory over Serbia on Thursday. After the game, the Tottenham striker learned about the … Read more

Bombed, not defeated: Ukraine’s capital goes into survival mode

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Residents of Ukraine’s bombed-out capital grabbed empty bottles in search of water and crowded into cafes for power and heat on Thursday. into the dark. In scenes that are hard to believe in a sophisticated city of 3 million, some Kiev residents resorted to collecting rainwater from downspouts while repair crews … Read more

High-flying balloon figures star in Thanksgiving parade

NEW YORK (AP) — Crowds of onlookers lined the streets of New York on Thursday as colorful, high-flying balloons helped usher in the holiday season during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The annual tradition, dating back nearly a century, filled the streets as a procession of giant inflatables and floats flowed more than 40 blocks … Read more

Shopping for the holidays starts with inflation dampening spirits

NEW YORK (AP) — While Black Friday will mark a return to familiar holiday shopping patterns, uncertainty remains. The US labor market remains strong, consumer spending is resilient and inflation is slowing. But higher prices for food, rent, gas and other household expenses have taken a toll on shoppers. As a result, many are reluctant … Read more

Workers protest, beaten at virus-stricken Chinese iPhone factory

BEIJING (AP) — Workers at the world’s largest Apple iPhone factory were beaten and detained during pay protests amid antivirus checks, according to witnesses and videos posted to social media Wednesday, as tensions rise over China’s efforts to reinstate a renewed to fight an increase in infections. Videos said they were filmed at the factory … Read more

Virginia cancels Virginia Tech game after players are killed

The University of Virginia has canceled its game against rival Virginia Tech scheduled for Saturday after the murder of three football players on campus just over a week ago. The university announced this Monday evening, two days after a nearly two-hour memorial service in memory of Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry. The … Read more

North Korea’s Kim shows off new ICBM as US bombers fly

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un boasted that a recently tested intercontinental ballistic missile is another “reliable and maximum” weapon for containing US military threats, state media reported Saturday. The United States responded to the North’s arms launch by flying supersonic bombers in a show of force. The North’s Korean Central … Read more

Asia-Pacific leaders condemn war, renew calls for open trade

BANGKOK (AP) — Asia-Pacific leaders called for an end to Russia’s war on Ukraine and vowed to steer the region’s economies toward sustainable growth as they wrapped up summits on Saturday. Host nation Thailand staged a diplomatic coup by bridging divisions among the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum by saying most members … Read more