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Biden Launches Indo-Pacific Trade Deal, Warns Over Inflation | Business News
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Biden Launches Indo-Pacific Trade Deal, Warns Over Inflation | Business News

By JOSH BOAK and AAMER MADHANI, Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday launched a new trade deal with 12 Indo-Pacific nations aimed at strengthening their economies as he warned Americans worried about high inflation that it was “going to be a haul” before they feel relief. The president said he does not believe an economic recession is inevitable in the U.S.Biden, speaking at a news conference after holding talks with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, acknowledged the U.S. economy has “problems” but said they were "less consequential than the rest of the world has.”He added: “This is going to be a haul. This is going to take some time," even as he rejected the idea a recession in the U.S. was inevitable.The comments came just before Biden's launch of the Indo-Pacif...
Tokyo Olympic Film Debuts in Japan; Headed Next to Cannes | Entertainment News
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Tokyo Olympic Film Debuts in Japan; Headed Next to Cannes | Entertainment News

By STEPHEN WADE and YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — The documentary film about the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics premiered on Monday, shown to reporters and other invited guests in the Japanese capital.Produced by Japanese director Naomi Kawase, the 120-minute film looks at the Olympics primarily from the point of view of the athletes — but not just the winning athletes.After Tokyo, the film will be shown on Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival in the Bunuel Theatre, named for Spanish-born iconoclastic filmmaker Luis Bunuel.“The Olympics are not just about getting prizes, being first and going after a victory that is right before you in the moment,” Kawase said in a recent interview. “I tried also to depict the pursuit of becoming winners in life.”Political CartoonsKawase ha...
Battery Charge Dropped Against Florida Rapper Rod Wave | Entertainment News
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Battery Charge Dropped Against Florida Rapper Rod Wave | Entertainment News

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A domestic battery charge against a 23-year-old Florida rapper who goes by the name Rod Wave has has been dropped, according to court documents.Prosecutors filed a notice Thursday in Osceola County court that the case against Rodarius Green was not suitable for prosecution.Green, whose song “Heart on Ice" broke into the Billboard Hot 100 in 2020, was arrested earlier this month following a traffic stop in St. Petersburg on a warrant out of Osceola County, officials said.According to an arrested warrant, Green's ex-girlfriend accused him of entering her central Florida home and choking her last month while their two children were in another room of the house. The former couple had dated for about four years, and the girlfriend told investigators that Green accused her...
Biden Starts Asia Trip With Global Issues and Tech on Agenda | Political News
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Biden Starts Asia Trip With Global Issues and Tech on Agenda | Political News

By AAMER MADHANI and JOSH BOAK, Associated PressPYEONGTAEK, South Korea (AP) — President Joe Biden is opening his trip to Asia with a focus on the computer chip shortage that has bedeviled the world economy, touring a Samsung computer chip plant that will serve as model for a $17 billion semiconductor factory that the Korean electronics company plans to open in Texas.The visit Friday is a nod to one of Biden's key domestic priorities of increasing the supply of computer chips. A semiconductor shortage last year hurt the availability of autos, kitchen appliances and other goods, causing higher inflation worldwide and crippling Biden's public approval among U.S. voters.Biden will grapple with a multitude of foreign policy issues during a five-day visit to South Korea and Japan, but he also c...
Bono Cheers Papal Program for ‘Inclusivity,’ Educating Girls | Entertainment News
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Bono Cheers Papal Program for ‘Inclusivity,’ Educating Girls | Entertainment News

VATICAN CITY (AP) — U2 frontman Bono hailed Pope Francis for promoting “inclusivity” on Thursday as he met with the pontiff in Rome alongside students attending an educational program launched by the pope.Francis has promoted the Scholas Occurrentes (Schools of Meeting) program since he was archbishop in Buenos Aires and recently upgraded its status in the church to make it a private association of the faithful.Bono, whose real name is Paul David Hewson, praised the pope for creating the program and its emphasis on the education of girls.“Girls' education was a superpower. It is a superpower in fighting extreme poverty,” Bono said.Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.Political Cartoons on World L...
Jill Biden, Selena Gomez Lead Talk on Youth Mental Health | Entertainment News
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Jill Biden, Selena Gomez Lead Talk on Youth Mental Health | Entertainment News

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Selena Gomez joined first lady Jill Biden and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at the White House on Wednesday for a conversation about youth mental health.The singer/actor has been public about her struggles and revealed in 2020 that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.Biden, Murthy and Gomez held a conversation in the East Room with several young people, including a mother and a recent Rutgers college graduate, who shared how they had improved their mental outlook.The strategies they shared ranged from going through multiple therapists to find one who is right for you to using baking as a way to encourage conversation with others facing similar challenges.Political Cartoons“Mental health is very personal for me and I hope...
Europe’s Push to Cut Russian Gas Faces a Race Against Winter | Business News
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Europe’s Push to Cut Russian Gas Faces a Race Against Winter | Business News

While Europeans bask in the warmth of spring, governments are in a race against winter.Europe is trying to cut use of Russian natural gas because of the war in Ukraine, but still find enough fuel to keep the lights on and homes warm before it gets cold again.That has sent officials and utilities racing to fill underground storage with scarce supplies of natural gas from other producers — competition that further raises already high prices as utility bills and business costs soar. Italy has announced new supplies from Algeria, while Germany has outlined an energy partnership with Qatar, a major supplier of liquefied gas that arrives by ship.While those deals offer a long-term boost, they likely will have little impact on the crucial winter supplies that will be decided in the next several m...
Bill Cosby Lawyers Cry Foul as Civil Sex Assault Trial Looms | Entertainment News
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Bill Cosby Lawyers Cry Foul as Civil Sex Assault Trial Looms | Entertainment News

By ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment WriterSANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — With jury selection less than a week away, attorneys scrambled to deal with shifting evidence Tuesday in Bill Cosby’s civil trial over allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl at the Playboy mansion nearly 50 years ago.Plaintiff Judy Huth said in a recent court filing that she now believes the assault happened in 1975 when she was 16, not in 1974 when she was 15 as she had long alleged, spurring cries of foul and a request to dismiss the case from Cosby’s attorneys, who said the change has upended their defense on the eve of trial.“It's not fair,” Cosby's lawyer Jennifer Bonjean said outside court. “It's called trial by ambush.”Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan gave no indication he planned...
Singer Ruslana Seeks Turkey’s Help for Ukrainian Fighters | Entertainment News
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Singer Ruslana Seeks Turkey’s Help for Ukrainian Fighters | Entertainment News

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Ukrainian singer and former Eurovision song contest winner appealed to Turkey’s president on Monday to save Ukrainian fighters from the besieged city of Mariupol amid Russia's war.Ruslana, whose song “Wild Dances” catapulted her to No. 1 in the music contest in 2004, spoke at a news conference in Istanbul. She was flanked by the mothers and wives of the “Mariupol defenders” — Ukrainian fighters who are defending the city’s steel mill.“Stand with Ukraine. Unite for Ukraine. Help Mariupol. Help Azovstal. Help our brave Ukrainian soldiers,” she said. “I truly believe that today Turkey’s leader President Erdogan, who has an international role and presence, will help our citizens in need.”Several hundred Ukrainian fighters are estimated to be holed up at the sprawling Azovstal...
Official: China’s Economy Reviving as Anti-Virus Curbs Ease | Business News
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Official: China’s Economy Reviving as Anti-Virus Curbs Ease | Business News

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business WriterBEIJING (AP) — China's factory and consumer activity fell even more than expected in April under anti-virus controls, official data showed Monday, but a Cabinet official said the economy is reviving as anti-virus curbs ease and its commercial capital of Shanghai reopens.The slump in the second-biggest economy fueled fears global manufacturing and trade might be disrupted after most business in Shanghai were shut down and its 25 million people confined to their homes starting in late March. That adds to complications for President Xi Jinping in a year when he is expected to try to extend his time in power.Retail sales tumbled 11.1% from a year ago after shops, restaurants and other consumer outlets in Shanghai and other cities closed, according to the Nati...