Shanghai tightens on COVID, frustrating trapped locals

BEIJING (AP) — The city of Shanghai is doubling down on pandemic restrictions after a brief period of easing, frustrating residents who hoped a month-plus lockdown would finally ease as the number of new cases falls in the center Chinese financier. Teams in white protective suits began entering the homes of those infected with coronavirus … Read more

Russia bombs vital Ukrainian port of Odessa, Mariupol plant

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pounded the vital port of Odessa, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday, in an apparent effort to disrupt supply lines and arms shipments. Across the southern coast, they’ve hammered a steel mill where Ukrainian fighters are denying Moscow full control of another critical port. Days after the dramatic rescue of what … Read more

Crucial NATO decisions expected in Finland and Sweden this week

STOCKHOLM (AP) — To join or not to join? The question of NATO arises this week in Finland and Sweden where Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shattered the long-held belief that staying out of the military alliance was the best way to stay out of trouble with their giant neighbor. If the Finnish President and the … Read more

South Korea’s new leader offers support if North denuclearizes

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Yoon Suk Yeol, a conservative political neophyte, took office as South Korea’s new president on Tuesday with a vow to pursue a negotiated settlement of North Korea’s threatening nuclear program and a offer of a “bold plan” to improve Pyongyang’s economy if it gives up its nuclear weapons. Yoon promised … Read more

How to Beat Inflation with Stock Investments: Buy What You Know and Eat What You Eat

New York CNN Business — The stock market is a mess right now, but here’s some Wall Street wisdom for these tough times: Eat, drink, and be merry. Emphasize the cheerful if you have purchased food and drink stocks. Heavy consumer staples like food and beverage manufacturers tend to do well even during tough economic … Read more