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Russia Pours Fighters Into Battle for Bakhmut


China’s Covid Tsunami Recedes, Bringing Relief, Grief and Anxiety

A closed PCR testing booth sits idle in Shanghai. China’s Covid cases fell dramatically and case numbers peaked in December, according to Chinese public health officials.


Pope Francis Visits Congo: What to Know

Internally displaced Congolese carry charcoal from the forest at the foot of Nyiragongo Volcano in Virunga National Park to the market in Kibati, this month.


Pope Francis Lands in Congo, Where All His Priorities Converge

Francis arriving at N’djili International Airport in Kinshasa on Tuesday. He is the first pope to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1985.


A Risky Trade in Ukraine Grows Riskier Amid the War


Blinken Meets With Palestinian Leader After Surge in Violence

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, left, visited the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, at the Palestinian Authority’s headquarters in Ramallah, part of a whirlwind regional tour coinciding with one of the deadliest months in the West Bank in several years.


Brexit Turns 3. Why Is No One Wearing a Party Hat?

The International Monetary Fund said this week that Britain would be the world’s only major economy to contract in 2023, performing even worse than blacklisted Russia.


Support for Tunisian President Slipping After Parliament Vote

Farouk Bouasker, president of the Tunisian electoral authority, announced some turnout results on Sunday for the second round of the parliamentary elections the capital, Tunis.


Sri Lanka Is Calm Again. That Doesn’t Mean Things Are Any Better.

Economic data paints a picture of starkly diminished lives in Sri Lanka, with inflation at nearly 60 percent.


France’s Pension Plan Strikes, Explained

Protesters in Nantes, France, during a nationwide strike in late January to voice their anger over proposed changes to the pension system.


Wagner Group May Have Committed War Crimes in Mali, UN Experts Say

Wagner operatives at the Mopti airport, in central Mali, in February last year.


The Double Whammy Making Italy the West’s Fastest-Shrinking Nation

The Elderly and Children Together project in Piacenza, Italy, in December.


Golf Course or Housing? A Patch of Green Divides Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Golf Club, in the Fanling area of the city, in 2018.


Gandhi’s Life in Photos, 75 Years After His Assassination

Mohandas K. Gandhi, affectionately called “Bapu,” or father, was killed on Jan. 30, 1948. He is still revered by many, his name a byword for a certain kind of virtue and action.


U.S. Courts India as Technology Partner to Counter China

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and President Biden said in May that they would begin talks about critical technology.


Netanyahu Juggles Competing Goals Over Palestinian Attacks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arriving at a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday.


Your Wednesday Briefing: China Rebounds

Villages across China are returning to normal.


Pakistan Grapples with Terrorist Attack That Left 101 Dead

The bombing of a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, knocked the city back in time, to an era where terrorist attacks were more prevalent.


U.S. Says Russia Fails to Comply With START, a Nuclear Arms Treaty

The full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February last year by the Russian military under the command of President Vladimir V. Putin makes any further negotiations over arms control difficult.


In Photos: Pope Francis Visits Africa

Pope Francis arriving on Tuesday at N’djili International Airport in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Iran and Russia Move Toward Linking Their Banking Systems

The Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tehran.


An Underused Covid Treatment

Paxlovid being manufactured in Ascoli, Italy, in 2021.


Russia Sidesteps Western Punishments, With Help From Friends

The port at Vladivostok, Russia. Analysts estimate that Russia’s imports may have already recovered to prewar levels.


Russia’s economic growth suggests Western sanctions are having a limited impact.

Lukoil oil field in the Baltic Sea, Russia. A plan to cap the price of Russian oil exports is not expected to substantially curtail its energy revenue.


The Last Boeing 747 Leaves the Factory

The first Boeing 747 at the plant in Washington State in September 1968.


Ukraine Redoubles Its Efforts to Obtain Fighter Jets

A Polish F-16 during a NATO exercise over Lask last year.


IMF Upgrades Global Economic Outlook as Inflation Eases

China is projected to pick up the slack with output accelerating to 5.2 percent in 2023 from 3 percent in 2022.


Ukraine Urges Allies to Speed Up Delivery of Weaponry

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine and Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen of Denmark during a visit to the city of Mykolaiv on Monday.


BBC Arabic Radio Airs Final Broadcast After 85 Years

The BBC’s leaders said that the demands of an increasingly digital media landscape preceded their decision to scale down radio services.


Your Tuesday Briefing: A Bombing in Pakistan

A suicide bomber struck Monday inside a mosque in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan, killing multiple people and wounding scores of worshippers.


NATO’s Chief Hints That South Korea Should Consider Military Aid to Ukraine

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary-general, speaking at the Chey Institute for Advanced Studies in Seoul on Sunday.


Turkey Raises Fresh Objections to Sweden and Finland’s NATO Bids

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking in Ankara this month.


Boris Johnson Claims Putin Threatened to Fire a Missile at Him

Boris Johnson visiting Borodianka, Ukraine, this month.


How the Migrant Surge Is Playing Out Beyond the Southern U.S.

Migrants arriving in New York City by bus from Texas in December.


Suicide Bombing at Pakistan Mosque Kills At Least 87

Rescue workers treated a person wounded in the attack on Monday at a mosque frequented by police officers in Peshawar, Pakistan.


Blinken Meets Netanyahu at Turbulent Moment for Israel

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel arriving for a joint news conference in Jerusalem on Monday.


Baghdad Loses Green Space to Real Estate Boom


Some Wagner Convict Fighters in Ukraine Are Returning to Russia

A poster showing a member of the Russian military near the headquarters of the Wagner private military company in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Your Monday Briefing

Checking the damage after a fire in a village near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.


‘Squid Game’ Actor Oh Young-soo Goes on Trial on Sex Crime Charges on Feb. 3

Oh Young-soo arriving at a “Squid Game” event in Los Angeles in 2022.


Israel Launched Drone Attack on Iranian Facility, Officials Say

A video capturing what is said to be the moment a drone hit a military factory in Isfahan, Iran.


As Israelis Grieve, Some Palestinians Exult, and Some Fear What’s Next


Your Monday Briefing: The Fallout from a Police Beating

Protesters in Times Square on Friday.


The Hunt for Nazi-Buried Treasure in a Dutch Village

Annet Waalkens, an adviser at the Dutch National Archives in The Hague, with the file that includes the hand-drawn map by a Nazi soldier from the 1940s.


In the Fight Over Gas Stoves, Meet the Industry’s Go-To Scientist

Dr. Goodman in an image from a 2021 video of a community meeting in Massachusetts regarding health concerns related to a fireworks facility.


Russia and Ukraine Battle for Control of Villages Near the Key City of Bakhmut

Ukrainian soldiers on their way to the front line on Saturday in eastern Ukraine.


Prime Minister Rishi Sunak Fires Nadhim Zahawi, U.K. Conservative Party Chairman

Nadhim Zahawi leaving the Conservative Party offices in London last week.


Industry Gatekeepers

A small number of people demonstrated outside the Senate office building during the hearing on Tuesday, some holding signs referencing the Taylor Swift ticket debacle.


Palestinian Man Fatally Shot as Violence Continues in Israel

A Palestinian man checking damage on Sunday after a fire overnight in a village near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.


Bus Plunge in Pakistan Kills at Least 40

The wreckage of a passenger bus that plunged down a ravine on Sunday on the road from Quetta to Karachi, Pakistan.


Iran Says It Thwarted a Drone Attack on a Munitions Facility

Isfahan, a city in central Iran that was the target of a drone strike Saturday.


Hundreds Gather to Memorialize Renowned African Human Rights Lawyer

Thulani Maseko in 2018 in Eswatini. He was killed a week ago.


Netherlands and Japan Said to Join U.S. in Curbing China’s Access to Chip Tech

Workers at ASML in Veldhoven, Netherlands in 2018. The company’s products include advanced semiconductor printing machines.


Czech Republic Elects Petr Pavel President Over Andrej Babis

Petr Pavel, the winner of the runoff vote in the Czech Republic’s presidential election, arriving on Saturday at his campaign headquarters in Prague.


Amid Spasm of Violence, Israel’s Far-Right Government Raises Risk of Escalation

Residents on Saturday mourned the killing of seven people the night before by a Palestinian gunman outside a synagogue in East Jerusalem.


British Airline, Flybe, Collapses a Second Time

The British airline Flybe abruptly shut down on Saturday, stranding about 2,500 passengers.


Fighting Rages in Eastern Ukraine Over Critical Supply Routes

Ukrainian soldiers on their way to the front line on Saturday in eastern Ukraine.


Tiny Radioactive Capsule Missing in Australia

A reservoir at Rio Tinto mines last year. The missing capsule came from a Rio Tinto mine.


The Gin Boom Trying to Change India, One Distillery at a Time

Nao Spirits was one of the first companies to distill, bottle and sell craft gin in Goa, in southern India. At this bottling plant, employees conducted a quality control check.


2 Israelis Injured in Jerusalem Attack, Hours After a Nearby Mass Shooting

A person on a stretcher at what was believed to be the scene of the shooting on Saturday. The attack occurred in a mainly Palestinian district of East Jerusalem, not far from some of the holiest sites in the Old City.