Qatari identity comes into focus amid Gulf tensions

The National Museum of Qatar, which opened in 2019, conveys an idealogical project of nation-building amid the legacy of the crisis within the Gulf Cooperation Council.

By Ishaan TharoorDecember 9, 2022

Brittney Griner freed in swap for Russian ‘Merchant of Death’

The deal left in Russian custody another American prisoner, Paul Whelan, who U.S. officials had hoped to free as well in exchange for arms dealer Viktor Bout.

By Missy Ryan, Mary Ilyushina, John Hudson and Claire ParkerDecember 8, 2022

Who is Viktor Bout, Russian arms dealer swapped for Brittney Griner?

Viktor Bout, whose wild exploits once inspired a Hollywood film starring Nicolas Cage, was serving a 25-year sentence in a U.S. prison.

By Adam Taylor and Claire ParkerDecember 8, 2022

Russia wanted Viktor Bout back, badly. The question is: Why?

Many U.S. officials and analysts believe that Russia was motivated by Bout’s links to military intelligence.

By Adam Taylor and Claire ParkerDecember 8, 2022

Live updates: Brittney Griner to land in San Antonio after release in prisoner swap

WNBA star Brittney Griner has been released from Russian detention in a prisoner swap for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.

By Mary Ilyushina, John Hudson, Ellen Francis, Missy Ryan, Jennifer Hassan, Claire Parker, Maham Javaid and Alex HortonDecember 8, 2022

Who is Paul Whelan, the former U.S. Marine held in Russia?

Convicted of espionage charges that both he and U.S. officials say are baseless, the American remains imprisoned in Russia despite two high-profile exchanges this year.

By Paulina VillegasDecember 8, 2022

Don Luce, activist who exposed Vietnam War horrors, dies at 88

Mr. Luce brought attention to a secret "tiger cage" prison run by South Vietnam, stirring outrage that helped turn U.S. public opinion against the war.

By Brian MurphyDecember 8, 2022

Heinrich XIII, Germany’s ‘Putsch Prince,’ lamented monarchy’s demise

The Prince of Reuss cuts an unusual figure for the head of what German authorities describe as a “terrorist organization.”

By Loveday Morris and Souad MekhennetDecember 8, 2022

Putin admits attacks on civilian infrastructure, asking: ‘Who started it?’

The Kremlin insists that the bombardments have a military purpose, but in his remarks Thursday Putin cast them as tit-for-tat revenge.

By Francesca EbelDecember 8, 2022

Group leading Covax decides ‘in principle’ to end vaccine-sharing initiative

The board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance said it will remain flexible in case of pandemic developments next year.

By Claire ParkerDecember 8, 2022

‘Harry & Meghan’ series trashes British tabloids, but spares royals — so far

The documentary is widely seen as an attempt by the disaffected royals to wrest control of the narrative away from the palace.

By William Booth and Karla AdamDecember 8, 2022

Peru has had five presidents in 25 months. Can Dina Boluarte stick?

After years of official corruption and chaos, half of Peruvians no longer "support" democracy.

By Simeon TegelDecember 8, 2022

American Anne Sacoolas avoids jail in case of crash that killed U.K. teen

The case, involving a tragic traffic accident, became an international diplomatic dispute, requiring the attention of two U.S. presidents.

By William Booth and Karla AdamDecember 8, 2022

What to know about Peru’s ‘attempted coup’ and first female president

Dina Boluarte succeeded former running mate Pedro Castillo after his dramatic ouster.

By Kelsey Ables, Kim Bellware and Adela SulimanDecember 8, 2022

Iran conducts first known execution of prisoner arrested during protests

Mohsen Shekari was arrested during protests over the alleged police killing of Mahsa Amini, according to Iranian state media. Other protesters have been sentenced to death.

By Annabelle Timsit and Miriam BergerDecember 8, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: E.U. calls Russia’s invasion a ‘brutal wake-up’ for Europe; Griner released from Russia

Europe lacks the capabilities needed to defend itself from “higher level threats,” European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.

By Erin Cunningham, Rachel Pannett, Jennifer Hassan and John HudsonDecember 8, 2022

New Zealand takes custody of baby whose parents refused ‘vaccinated blood’

Parents of 'Baby W' would only allow blood from unvaccinated donors to be used in life-saving surgery for their 6-month-old son.

By Bryan PietschDecember 8, 2022

Putin says Ukraine war may be ‘long process’ but cites ‘serious’ gains

Russian President Vladimir Putin said there was no need to mobilize more soldiers now.

By Natalia Abbakumova and Ellen FrancisDecember 8, 2022

South Koreans to become year younger after scrapping traditional age system

This traditional age counting method puts everyone as a year old at birth and adds a year to their age every Jan. 1 — even if they were born the day before.

By Min Joo KimDecember 8, 2022

Prince Harry and Meghan in Netflix documentary seek to control their story

There's a long tradition of British royals trying to influence public accounts of their lives.

By Karla Adam and William BoothDecember 8, 2022