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Some evacuated from Mariupol; US lawmaker Pelosi visits Kyiv

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — The United Nations is working feverishly to get civilians out of the bombed-out ruins of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. Meanwhile, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed on Sunday that she visited Ukraine’s president to show American support for the country’s defense against Russian aggression. Russia is mounting a high-stakes offensive in the southern Ukraine and the country’s eastern industrial heartland. As many as 100,000 people are believed to be trapped in blockaded Maripol. They include up to 1,000 civilians who were hunkered down with an estimated 2,000 Ukrainian fighters beneath a sprawling steel plant that is the only part of the city not occupied by the Russians. Limited evacuations took place on Saturday.


Live updates l NATO exercises begin along its eastern flank

Poland’s armed forces says military exercises involving thousands of NATO soldiers have begun. They are regular exercises aimed at improving the security of the alliance’s eastern flank but come this year with Russia’s war against Ukraine raging nearby. Due to those circumstances, Poland’s military appealed to the public on Sunday not to publish information or photos of the columns of military vehicles expected to move through the country in the coming weeks. It that warned “ill-considered activity” could harm the alliance’s security. The Polish Army said 18,000 soldiers from over 20 countries were taking part in the Defender Europe 2022 and Swift Response 2022 exercises that are taking place in Poland and eight other countries.


Pelosi leads delegation to Kyiv and Poland; vow US support

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A US congressional delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is vowing continued US support to help Ukraine defeat Russia. They spoke in Poland on Sunday after visiting Kyiv to assess Ukraine’s needs for the next phase of the war. The membersd the courage of the Ukrainian people and said the US would stand with them until they victory.Pelosi is second in line to the praise after the vice president. She was the most senior American lawmaker to visit Ukraine since Russia’s war began more than two months ago. Her previously unannounced visit came just days after Moscow bombed the Ukrainian capital while the UN secretary-general was there.


Biden to speak at memorial service for former VP Mondale

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to gather with other dignitaries in Minneapolis to remember former Vice President Walter Mondale. The Minnesota leader died in April 2021 at age 93, but the service was delayed by the pandemic. White House press Secretary Jen Psaki says Biden had “an important personal relationship” with Mondale. Admission is by invitation only, but the service will be livestreamed. Mondale followed a trail blazed by his political mentor, Hubert H. Humphrey, serving as Minnesota attorney general before replacing Humphrey in the US Senate. He served as vice president under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981. And he lost a lopsided presidential election to Ronald Reagan in 1984.


Biden roasts Trump, GOP, himself at correspondents’ dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden took the White House press corps’ annual gala as an opportunity to make light of the criticism he had faced in his 15 months in office. He also aimed a few barbs at his predecessor and the Republican Party. The White House Correspondents’ Association dinner Saturday night ended a two-year pandemic-related hiatus even as the threat of COVID-19 loomed. Biden cracked, “Just imagine if my predecessor came to this dinner this year. Now that would really have been a real coup.” Biden also said he was happy to be with the only group of Americans with a lower approval rating than he has.


Evidence mounts of GOP involvement in Trump election schemes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Text messages and testimony released by the House Jan. 6 panel shows the deep involvement of some House Republicans in President Donald Trump’s desperate attempt to stay in power. The evidence provides new details about how — long before the attack on the Capitol unfolded in January 2021 — several GOP lawmakers were directly participating in Trump’s campaign to reverse the results of the election. The exchange of ideas happened in private calls and texts and at several White House meetings in the weeks leading to the insurrection. The majority of the lawmakers have since denied their involvement in those efforts.


May Day rallies in Europe honor workers, protest govts

PARIS (AP) — Citizens and trade unions across Europe are taking to the streets for May Day marches. They will put out protest messages to their governments. The holiday in France honor workers and is being used Sunday as a rallying cry against newly reelected President Emmanuel Macron. An outdoor mega-concert was set for Rome with rallies in cities across Italy. Peace is an underlying theme with calls for an end to Russia’s war in Ukraine. Protests were planned far and wide in Europe including in Slovakia and the Czech Republic where students were to rally in support of Ukraine while Communists and anarchists gathered separately.


Motorcycles rumble through Canadian capital under police eye

OTTAWA (AP) — Motorcycles have rumbled through the streets of Canada’s capital and a memorial service was held at the National War Memorial as a strong police presence kept an eye on the “Rolling Thunder” protest. Many of the people involved in this weekend’s event also took part in the “Freedom Convoy” that shuttered downtown Ottawa for weeks in February. Ottawa police say two people were arrested Saturday and 33 vehicles have been towed from the exclusion zone since Friday morning. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the National War Memorial, which was a focal point during the early days of the February protests.


Firefighters battling New Mexico blaze brace for wind

Calmer weather conditions in northern New Mexico have helped over 1,000 firefighters battling the nation’s largest active wildfire. But fire managers warn of windy conditions expected in the coming days, and officials urged residents to remain vigilant for further possible evacuation orders. A fire operations official says the fire’s rapid growth forced crews on Friday to repeatedly change positions because of dangerous conditions. No injuries were reported. The official says improved weather Saturday aided firefighting efforts. The fire has burned at least 166 homes. Wildfires also are burning elsewhere in New Mexico and in Arizona.


Tornado rips through Kansas; 3 students killed in crash

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Officials say a tornado that barreled through parts of Kansas destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and buildings, injured several people and left more than 15,000 people without power. In addition to wreckage from the tornado itself, three University of Oklahoma meteorology students traveling back from storm chasing in Kansas were also killed in a crash Friday evening. Authorities say more than 1,000 buildings were affected when a strong twister swept through Andover on Friday evening. In the daylight Saturday, emergency crews found a more widespread path of destruction than was earlier estimated. There were no fatalities or critical injuries from the twister itself, despite the widespread destruction.

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