Bombed, not defeated: Ukraine’s capital switches to survival mode
Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) — Residents of Ukraine’s bombed-out but undaunted capital carry empty bottles in search of water and crowd cafes for energy and warmth after the latest spate of Russian missile attacks. In scenes hard to believe in such a modern and sophisticated city, some Kyiv residents resorted to collecting rainwater from drains, as repair crews worked on Thursday to reconnect supplies. Many defiantly switched to survival mode after the latest barrage of missile strikes the day before plunged the city of 3 million and much of the country into winter cold and darkness.
Witness: Walmart shooter appeared to target certain people
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A witness says the Walmart supervisor who shot and killed six co-workers in Virginia appeared to be aiming at people and shot some victims after they had already been struck and appeared to be dead. Jessica Wilczewski said workers were gathered in a Walmart break room to start their night shift Tuesday night when team leader Andre Bing walked in and began shooting with a handgun. While another witness described Bing shooting wildly, Wilczewski said he observed him target certain people. She said that she would look at people’s faces and choose who she was going to shoot.
Inflation looms over shoppers heading to Black Friday
NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday marks a return to familiar patterns of holiday shopping, but inflation is taking its toll on consumers. High prices for groceries, rent, gas and other household expenses have hurt shoppers. As a result, many are reluctant to spend unless there is a big sale and are more selective about what they buy, in many cases buying cheaper things and less expensive stores. Shoppers are also using more of their savings, increasingly turning to “buy now, pay later” services like Afterpay that allow users to pay for items in installments as well as max out their credit cards at a time when the Federal Reserve is raising rates. to cool the US economy.
Buyers look for deals, but inflation makes deals hard to come by
NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers expecting great deals — and much-needed relief from rising costs on just about everything — may be disappointed as they head into the busiest shopping season of the year. While retailers advertise sales of 50%, 60% and 70% off everything from TVs to gadgets, many items will continue to cost more than last year due to inflation and finding a true bargain can be challenging. From September to October, shoppers paid about 18% more for electronics and appliances than they did a year ago, according to analytics firm DataWeave. In toys, they paid almost 3% more.
Iran regime supporters clash with protesters at World Cup match
AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Iran’s political turmoil also seems to overshadow Iran’s second World Cup match, with pro-government fans harassing anti-government fans outside the stadium in Qatar. Friday. Some Iran fans confiscated pre-revolutionary Persian Iranian flags from supporters entering the stadium and shouted insults at those wearing T-shirts bearing the slogan of the country’s protest movement, “Woman, Life, Freedom.” Republic of Iran” to women who give interviews about the protests to foreign media. Many female supporters were visibly shocked as supporters of the Iranian government surrounded them with national flags and filmed them on their phones.
Gay club owner: Shooting comes amid new ‘kind of hate’
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The co-owner of the Colorado Springs Q Club said anti-LGBTQ hate has evolved from prejudice to incitement. In one of his first interviews since the mass shooting Saturday night, Nic Grzecka told the Associated Press that politicians who call transgender people “hairdressers” breed violence. Grzecka built Club Q into a supportive enclave for the LGBTQ community in conservative-leaning Colorado Springs. On Saturday, a shooter killed five and injured 17 at Club Q. Grzecka and community leaders are working to rebuild an LGBTQ support system to facilitate healing.
EXPLAINER: How could allies help Netanyahu beat the charges?
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to return to office, where he could try to make his years of legal troubles disappear through new legislation proposed by his far-right and ultra-Orthodox allies. Critics say such a legal crusade is an assault on Israel’s democracy. Netanyahu is on trial for corruption. He is about to return to power with a comfortable ruling majority that could give him a lifeline from conviction. Justice system advocates say the proposed changes would allow lawmakers to abuse their authority and upset the tenuous balance of powers that keeps them in check. Netanyahu, 73, denies any wrongdoing and views the charges as part of a witch hunt against him.
UK voters rave about new leader Sunak, but not about his party
LONDON (AP) — In his first month as Britain’s prime minister, Rishi Sunak has stabilized the economy, reassured allies from Washington to Kyiv and even reassured the European Union after years of clashes between Britain and the bloc. But Sunak’s challenges are just beginning. He is facing a stagnant economy, a cost-of-living crisis and an increasingly unpopular Conservative Party after 12 years in power. Opinion polls suggest the British public quite likes the 42-year-old former investment banker, who has brought some calm after the turmoil under Boris Johnson and Liz Truss. But voters are less fond of the Conservatives, and the divided party does not give Sunak much room for manoeuvre.
China sentences Chinese-Canadian star Kris Wu to 13 years
BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing court has sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison on charges including rape. The June trial of the former member of the South Korean group EXO was closed to the public to protect the privacy of the alleged victims. Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court said Friday that Wu was sentenced for rape in 2020 and for the “crime of gathering a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity” in a 2018 incident in which he and others allegedly assaulted two women who had gotten drunk. The court said that the three victims in the rape case were also drunk and could not resist.
Singing street bailiffs are the surprise stars of the Qatar World Cup
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The 2010 World Cup in South Africa featured Shakira. The 1998 tournament in France had Ricky Martin. The unofficial soundtrack of the Qatar World Cup is fast becoming the incessant chant of street marshals, better known as last mile marshals. Sitting all over Doha in high chairs more commonly used by lifeguards at swimming pools, these migrant workers have become a staple of the first World Cup in the Middle East. They point visitors flooding this Arabian Peninsula nation in the right direction in their search for public transportation. It’s an important crowd control measure as some 1.2 million fans are expected to flood into Qatar, a country home to 3 million people.
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