Ukraine begins first war crimes trial of Russian soldier

The Kyiv district court’s website says Vadim Shishimarin is accused of ‘violations of the laws and norms of war’ KYIV, Ukraine – A Ukrainian court held a preliminary hearing on Friday, May 13, in the first war crimes trial arising from Russia’s February 24 invasion, after charging a captured Russian soldier with the murder of … Read more

Knicks’ Donovan Mitchell Watch begins after Jazz ouster

The Donovan Mitchell Watch is officially on. When Damian Lillard’s Blazers were bounced in the first round last spring by the Nuggets, there were indications Lillard would request a trade — possibly to the Knicks. It never happened. Lillard stayed put and appears OK with the Blazers’ new blueprint and is no longer intrigued by … Read more

Southeast Asia’s tourism industry begins uneven recovery

Two years after tourism in Southeast Asia ground to a halt, travelers are getting back on planes as entry and COVID-19 quarantine rules are lifted in the region, but a full recovery will be slow and some long-time hotspots are falling out of favor . International airline bookings to Southeast Asia reached 38% of pre-pandemic … Read more

Overseas voting begins for 2022 Philippine elections

Overseas Filipinos are the first to cast their votes in the high-stakes, pandemic-era 2022 Philippine elections MANILA, Philippines – The monthlong overseas voting for the 2022 elections begins Sunday, April 10, for Philippine embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic offices around the world. The voting period will run from April 10 to May 9. Overseas Filipinos … Read more

Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Spirited Away’ begins stage production in Japan

Chihiro and Haku’s friendship comes to life in Caird’s take on the award-winning animated film MANILA, Philippines – Studio Ghibli classic Spirited Away now has its first-ever stage play production, in celebration of Toho Stage’s 90th anniversary. Two decades after the film first came out in 2001, the theatrical production began showing at Imperial Theater … Read more