DeSantis pushes past embarrassing campaign start, raises $8.2M

CONCORD, N.H. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday sought to push past an embarrassing beginning to his presidential campaign, outlining an aggressive travel schedule as his allies insisted they remain well funded and well positioned for a long Republican primary fight ahead.

Biden releases new strategy to tackle rise in antisemitism

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden on Thursday announced what he said is the most ambitious and comprehensive undertaking by the U.S. government to fight hate, bias and violence against Jews, outlining more than 100 steps the administration and its partners can take to combat an alarming rise in antisemitism.

Oath Keepers founder sentenced to 18 years for seditious conspiracy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oath Keepers extremist group founder Stewart Rhodes was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison for orchestrating a weekslong plot that culminated in his followers attacking the U.S. Capitol in a bid to keep President Joe Biden out of the White House after winning the 2020 election.

Russian private army handing control of Bakhmut to Moscow

KYIV, Ukraine — The head of the Russian private military contractor Wagner claimed Thursday that his forces have started pulling out of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine and handing over control to the Russian military, days after he said Wagner troops had captured the ruined city.

Successes, failures, challenges for U.N. peacekeeping on 75th anniversary

UNITED NATIONS — On the 75th anniversary of U.N. peacekeeping, the United Nations chief said Thursday that peacekeepers are increasingly working in places where there is no peace and praised the more than 4,200 who have given their lives to the cause of peace since the U.N. authorized its first military deployment in 1948.

Many who can’t flee fighting in Sudan face danger, despair

LONDON — Mahmoud almost never leaves his small apartment in east Khartoum. Electricity has been out for most of the past month, so he swelters in the summer heat. When he does venture out to find food, he leaves his mobile phone behind because of looters in the street. Otherwise, he hunkers down in fear, worried that an artillery shell could burst into his home.

No early reports of major damage in Typhoon Mawar aftermath

HAGATNA, Guam — Chainsaws buzzed Friday as neighbors helped neighbors clear toppled trees and began cleaning the wreckage of Typhoon Mawar, which walloped Guam as the strongest typhoon to hit the island in over two decades but appeared to have passed without leaving death or massive destruction in its wake.

eWaste contest winners recognized

The county Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division announced the winners of the April Electronic Waste, or eWaste, contest, on Friday, May 19, 2023, with the 10 winners receiving gift cards of $400 each from Walmart, Times Supermarkets, Target, Safeway and Costco.

Stroke awareness event is Saturday

In observance of May being recognized as Stroke Awareness Month, the Wilcox Medical Center, in partnership with American Medical Response and the Kaua‘i Philippine Cultural Center, is offering a free stroke and fall prevention education event on Saturday.

Tokuda to speak at Memorial Day Service

The traditional Memorial Day service presented by the Kaua‘i Veterans Council is Monday, May 29, starting at 10 a.m. at the Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.

Kaua‘i home, condo sales sink in April

The song remained the same for the County of Kaua‘i housing market last month, as sales of single-family homes and condominiums sank amid a backdrop of sluggish demand in spring.