In pictures: How the Mariupol siege unfolded

Here’s how Russia’s deadly siege of Ukraine's Mariupol took place, leaving much of the southeastern city in ruins.

By Victoria BissetMay 21, 2022

Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Biden signs $40B Ukraine aid bill; Moscow claims control of Azovstal

The aid package deepens the U.S. commitment to Ukraine amid signs of preparations for a longer conflict.

By Seung Min Kim,  Julian Duplain,  Amy Cheng,  Andrew Jeong,  Ellen Francis and Victoria BissetMay 21, 2022

Australia ousts conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Australians, normally among the most optimistic people on the planet, have grown increasingly dissatisfied with their lives and concerned about their future.

By Michael E. Miller and Frances VinallMay 21, 2022

Biden’s charm offensive seeks to strengthen ties with South Korea, Indo-Pacific region

Biden began engaging personally with Korea's president on the 10th day of his tenure, part of an effort to exert more influence in the region.

By Seung Min Kim,  Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Michelle Ye Hee LeeMay 21, 2022

The Black feminist activist who could be Colombia’s vice president

Francia Márquez, a political newcomer, is forcing Colombia to confront its racist, classist and sexist past and present.

By Samantha Schmidt and Diana DuránMay 21, 2022

Russia tries to rebound in Ukraine as prospects for victory fade

After the deaths of thousands of Russian soldiers and an avalanche of failures since the invasion of Ukraine began, President Vladimir Putin has narrowed his objectives in a campaign increasingly viewed as unsustainable, unrealistic — and likely unwinnable.

By Dan Lamothe,  Ellen Nakashima and Alex HortonMay 21, 2022

Dodging shells, mines and spies: On the front with Ukraine’s snipers

A visit to the town of Maryinka brings a rare close-up look at the nature of the war in eastern Ukraine, described by Ukraine’s president as “hell.”

By Sudarsan RaghavanMay 21, 2022

Russia says it has full control of Mariupol steel plant

Meantime, Russia plans to cut off Finland from natural gas and the war crimes trial of Russian solider Vadim Shishimarin will resume next week in Ukraine.

By Meryl Kornfield,  Timothy Bella,  Kim Bellware,  Ellen Francis,  Andrew Jeong,  Amy Cheng,  Jonathan Edwards,  Keith McMillan and Aaron BlakeMay 20, 2022

As the defense of Mariupol ends, fighting in eastern Ukraine rages on

A leader of the far-right Azov Regiment says an order has been issued to cease in their last-ditch defense of Mariupol, which has been gutted by the Russian military.

By Timothy Bella,  Karoun Demirjian,  Aaron Blake and Jeff SteinMay 20, 2022

Biden kicks off Asia trip lauding tech cooperation with South Korea

President Biden's five-day trip to South Korea and Japan is meant to emphasize U.S. commitment to the region in the face of a more assertive China.

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.,  Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Seung Min KimMay 20, 2022

What rights do prisoners of war have under international law?

The Geneva Conventions lay out rules for the treatment of captured fighters. Here's what to know.

By Claire ParkerMay 20, 2022

Biden security officials sent home after incident in South Korea

A member of President Biden’s security personnel has been accused of assaulting a South Korean in Seoul one day before Biden's trip to the country, according to South Korean police.

By Peter Hermann and Min Joo KimMay 20, 2022

5 problems behind the global cost-of-living crisis

In some countries, distinct factors are in play, such as Brexit and tax hikes in Britain. But a range of problems that cut across borders are driving inflation globally.

By Adam TaylorMay 20, 2022

Former German chancellor Schröder resigns from Russian energy firm

German lawmakers had stripped Gerhard Schröder of his office and staff Thursday and called for him to resign from Rosneft.

By Loveday Morris and Amy ChengMay 20, 2022

European countries confirm more than 70 monkeypox cases

Cases have been reported in North America and Australia, too.

By Adam Taylor,  Timothy Bella and Amanda ColettaMay 20, 2022

Tracking coronavirus in animals takes on new urgency

Inside a global hunt to identify and stop mutations that might lead to more lethal variants.

By Ariana Eunjung ChaMay 20, 2022

Maps of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Russia has launched an extensive assault on Ukraine. We're mapping how Russian troops are advancing.

By Washington Post StaffMay 20, 2022

What extreme heat does to the human body

Deadly heat waves have swept the globe, and the trends are prompting doomsday questions: Will parts of the world soon become too hot to live in?

By Ruby Mellen and William NeffMay 20, 2022

Pope Francis’s refusal to condemn Putin spurs debate in Catholic Church

He has highlighted suffering while trying to maintain neutrality.

By Chico Harlan and Stefano PitrelliMay 20, 2022

Australia’s election: ScoMo, Albo and everything else you need to know

Polls show a close race between the ruling conservative coalition, led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and the center-left Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese.

By Michael E. MillerMay 20, 2022