Province in China to offer benefits to single parents, as birth rate drops

Sichuan, one of China’s most populous provinces, is expanding benefits to unmarried parents amid a looming demographic crisis.

By Meaghan TobinJanuary 30, 2023

Blast rips through police mosque in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 44

Police said the blast in Pakistan went off during afternoon prayers in the mosque when at least 150 people were inside.

By Haq Nawaz KhanJanuary 30, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Zelensky calls for faster weapons deliveries; Kremlin slams Boris Johnson’s claim of Putin threat

Former British prime minister Boris Johnson claimed the Russian president threatened him with a missile strike in the run-up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

By Rachel Pannett, Jennifer Hassan and Adam TaylorJanuary 30, 2023

Blinken reaffirms ‘vision’ for two states as Israeli-Palestinian violence surges

America’s top diplomat visited the region at a time of cascading attacks, urging Israelis and Palestinians to restore calm.

By William Booth and Shira RubinJanuary 30, 2023

U.S. freestyle skiing gold medalist killed in avalanche in Japan

Kyle Smaine, a world champion in the halfpipe, was backcountry skiing when he was killed.

By Bryan Pietsch, Cindy Boren and Julia Mio InumaJanuary 30, 2023

Bobby Hull, hockey’s ‘Golden Jet’ of the ice, dies at 84

His speed and showmanship made him one of the most popular hockey players of all time. But allegations of spousal abuse and racism tainted his public persona.

By Ben SumnerJanuary 30, 2023

Putin threatened to kill me, Britain’s Boris Johnson says

In a BBC documentary, former prime minister Boris Johnson says Russia's Vladimir Putin threatened the U.K. in an offhand way after he was warned not to invade Ukraine.

By Karla AdamJanuary 30, 2023

Photos: Explosion kills dozens at mosque in northwest Pakistan

An explosion ripped through a mosque in a police compound in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, bringing down the roof and killing at least 32 people, according to a hospital.

By Washington Post StaffJanuary 30, 2023

Why is a U.S. general predicting war with China by 2025?

"My gut tells me we will fight in 2025,” a four-star U.S. Air Force general predicted. What's happening in China that year that makes him think war is likely?

By Christian Shepherd and Pei-Lin WuJanuary 30, 2023

Along front-line river, this deadly road shows toll of Russia’s war

After a Russian retreat, the Dnieper River is the new front line, and destroyed towns on a road running along the water through three Ukrainian regions are still under fire.

By Siobhán O'Grady and Anastacia GalouchkaJanuary 30, 2023

Winter has come for Afghanistan

“We don’t have time,” U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said. “The winter is with us, people are dying, famine is looming.”

By Ishaan TharoorJanuary 30, 2023

Iran says drone strike targeted military complex amid ongoing shadow war

Iran’s Ministry of Defense said that three drones struck around 11:30 p.m. local time Saturday, according to a statement carried by the IRNA state news agency, in an attack that caused “minor damage to the roof of a workshop."

By Miriam Berger and Babak Dehghanpisheh January 29, 2023

House Republican warns of pending conflict with China

Rep. Michael McCaul, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, agrees with a general's recent assessment that the U.S. and China could be at war within two years.

By Azi PaybarahJanuary 29, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Zelensky writes to Macron about Russia competing in Olympics; Ukraine calls for long-range missiles

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky renewed his plea for the West to supply Ukraine with more potent weapons, including the Army Tactical Missile System, or ATACMS.

By Rachel Pannett, Annabelle Timsit, Nick Parker and Ben BraschJanuary 29, 2023

Scenes of mourning in Israel after synagogue attack

Funerals are being held for those killed in the Jan. 27 attacks on a synagogue in Jerusalem that killed seven Israelis.

By Washington Post StaffJanuary 29, 2023

Israeli settlers attack Palestinians across West Bank as escalation looms

Nearly 150 settler attacks were reported across the West Bank as Israel sealed off the home of the Palestinian suspected of fatally shooting seven at a synagogue.

By Shira Rubin and William BoothJanuary 29, 2023

Britain’s Rishi Sunak fires party chair in latest scandal for Conservatives

Nadhim Zahawi was fired as the U.K. Conservative Party chair following an ethics probe into his tax affairs. The party is trailing in polls.

By Karla AdamJanuary 29, 2023

Radioactive needle in a haystack: Tiny capsule lost in rural Australia

The capsule, which contains cesium-137, a material used in gauges for mining, went missing somewhere along a more than 800-mile stretch of mostly rural road.

By Bryan PietschJanuary 29, 2023

Over 40 dead after bus falls off bridge and catches fire in Pakistan

The passenger bus was traveling too fast when it crashed into a pillar on a bridge, fell into a ravine and caught fire in Baluchistan province, officials said.

By Haq Nawaz Khan and Leo SandsJanuary 29, 2023

Brazil insurrection probe increases Bolsonaro’s legal jeopardy

The former president has said he fears prison. A likelier sanction, senior judicial officials and legal analysts say, is a ban on holding public office.

By Anthony Faiola and Marina DiasJanuary 29, 2023