Live updates: Earthquake kills more than 2,300 in Turkey, Syria; second massive quake follows

The first earthquake occurred in Kahramanmaras province, north of Gaziantep, near the Syrian border. A second major one was recorded in south-central Turkey near Ekinozu.

By Kareem Fahim, Sarah Dadouch, Kelly Kasulis Cho, Niha Masih, Zeynep Karatas, Annabelle Timsit, Adam Taylor and Paulina VillegasFebruary 6, 2023

Powerful earthquake devastates Turkey and Syria. Death toll mounts.

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake in southern Turkey and a series of powerful aftershocks killed more than 2,000 people in Turkey and neighboring Syria.

By Louisa Loveluck and Sarah DadouchFebruary 6, 2023

66,000 war crimes have been reported in Ukraine. It vows to prosecute them all.

The number of potential war crimes in Ukraine is in the tens of thousands, making choices about what to prosecute very difficult

By Liz SlyFebruary 6, 2023

Syria’s rebel-held northwest, fragile from civil war, devastated by earthquake

An earthquake in southern Turkey caused damage in Syria's rebel-held areas, weakened by years of civil war with President Bashar al-Assad's government.

By Sarah Dadouch and Leo SandsFebruary 6, 2023

Hong Kong’s top court rules surgery is not needed to register gender change

The Court of Final Appeal ruled the rights of Henry Tse and one other had been breached when applications to change their gender on their ID cards was rejected.

By Theodora YuFebruary 6, 2023

Normally sleepy Jericho drawn into West Bank violence after Israel kills 5

Israel said two of those killed were implicated in an operation to attack a Jewish restaurant outside Jericho. No one was hurt in that incident.

By Miriam Berger, William Booth and Fatima Abdul KarimFebruary 6, 2023

China claims ownership of second suspected spy balloon over Latin America

Beijing also stepped up protests against the U.S. military's decision to shoot down the suspected spy balloon that traversed the United States last week.

By Christian ShepherdFebruary 6, 2023

Japanese official’s homophobic remarks highlight lagging LGBTQ rights

Japan’s prime minister fired an aide who said he “doesn’t even want to look” at same-sex couples, sparking outcry and renewing attention on LGBTQ rights.

By Bryan Pietsch and Julia Mio InumaFebruary 6, 2023

Iran protesters released from prison wrestle with fear and trauma

Mass detentions of Iranian protesters have taken a heavy physical and psychological toll on the people cycling through prison.

By Miriam Berger and Sanam MahooziFebruary 6, 2023

Ukraine’s defense minister to be replaced, top parliamentarian says

The changes come amid a broader effort by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to reassure Western allies.

By Justine McDaniel, Kyle Rempfer and Isabelle KhurshudyanFebruary 5, 2023

Pentagon reports past Chinese surveillance balloons near Florida, Texas

Several previous incursions of U.S. airspace by Chinese surveillance balloons were occurred Texas, Florida, Hawaii and Guam, defense officials have told Congress.

By Dan Lamothe and Azi PaybarahFebruary 5, 2023

Iran’s supreme leader promises to pardon ‘tens of thousands’

The announcement, amid a deadly crackdown against protesters, came with numerous exceptions.

By Sarah DadouchFebruary 5, 2023

The balloon saga strains an already fraught U.S.-China relationship

The days of intrigue over the balloon generated no shortage of partisan hot air in the United States. But the episode may be more damaging to China’s leadership.

By Ishaan TharoorFebruary 5, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Ukraine expects leadership shake-up, with defense minister replaced by military intel chief

Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that “only aircraft” are left on his wish list, and that it’s just a matter of time until Ukraine gets them from the West.

By Annabelle Timsit, Bryan Pietsch, Maham Javaid and Isabelle KhurshudyanFebruary 5, 2023

Chile fights to contain wildfires that left at least 23 dead

Officials said an intense heat wave is complicating efforts to control the fires, which have scorched forests and uprooted hundreds of people.

By Ellen Francis and Naomi SchanenFebruary 5, 2023

Hong Kong’s top pro-democracy figures set to stand trial Monday

The case underscores Beijing’s determination to snuff out criticism in Hong Kong, with every prominent and many moderate opposition voices now in jail or exile.

By Theodora YuFebruary 5, 2023

China blames U.S. politics for ‘overreaction’ to suspected spy balloon

Beijing is downplaying the incident and fallout, as videos of a U.S. fighter jet’s missile puncturing the balloon are shared widely on Chinese social media.

By Christian ShepherdFebruary 5, 2023

Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani general turned autocrat, dies at 79

The army general seized power in a coup in 1999 and ruled until 2008. After a legal saga, he was sentenced to death in absentia in 2019 for high treason.

By Pamela ConstableFebruary 5, 2023

The deepening chill of Afghanistan’s second Taliban winter

Washing clothes in the snow, heating homes with scavenged trash, Afghan families struggle to survive

By Pamela ConstableFebruary 5, 2023

How do stratospheric balloons work? Here’s a visual guide.

How do balloons similar to the Chinese balloon work? How do these balloons fly? Where is China's balloon headed? We put together a visual explainer.

By Derek Hawkins, William Neff and Dylan MoriartyFebruary 4, 2023