War in Ukraine may threaten a Syrian lifeline for aid

The aid lifeline for millions of people in northern Syria is up for debate in the Security Council, during worsening tensions over war in Ukraine.

By Kareem FahimJuly 1, 2022

Russia-Ukraine live updates: More than 20 dead in Odessa strikes, Kyiv says

American WNBA star Brittney Griner is standing trial in Moscow, but experts on Russia’s legal system expect the proceedings will be a show trial.

By Ellen Francis, Andrew Jeong, Amy Cheng, Julian Duplain, Karina Tsui and David L. SternJuly 1, 2022

Who is Viktor Bout, Russian arms dealer eyed in rumored prisoner swap?

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

By Adam TaylorJuly 1, 2022

Tropical Storm Bonnie forms on path toward Nicaragua and Costa Rica

A separate tropical rainstorm is drenching parts of the upper Texas coast and southwest Louisiana.

By Jason SamenowJuly 1, 2022

GOP officials back Hungary’s resistance to global tax deal, bucking Biden

Viktor Orban’s foreign minister says he is ‘constantly’ consulting Republican lawmakers on opposition to plan to tax multinational firms

By Jeff SteinJuly 1, 2022

Brittney Griner appears in Russian court over drug charges

Griner could face 10 years in jail if convicted for possessing a “significant amount” of hashish.

By Robyn Dixon and Mary IlyushinaJuly 1, 2022

Ukrainian borscht gets a spot on U.N. protection list

A simmering spat with Russia over the placement predates this year’s conflict.

By Julian Duplain and Karina TsuiJuly 1, 2022

Resistance builds in Tunisia as populist leader seeks more power

In the year since the president made a power grab, he has implemented a slow-burn rollback of Tunisia’s democratic gains and opposition is growing.

By Claire ParkerJuly 1, 2022

Congo buries gold-crowned tooth, only remains of independence hero Lumumba

Thousands lined the streets of Kinshasa as a relic of assassinated former prime minister Patrice Lumumba was brought to a mausoleum.

By Amy ChengJuly 1, 2022

India imposes ban on single-use plastics. But will it be enforced?

India is the world’s third largest producer of plastic waste, trailing only the United States and China.

By Niha Masih and Anant GuptaJuly 1, 2022

China marks Hong Kong handover anniversary, as doubts hang over city

The display of national pride comes as the city is struggling to maintain its position as a cultural and financial powerhouse.

By Christian Shepherd and Theodora YuJuly 1, 2022

Biden pledges $800 million in new weapons for Ukraine, says U.S. gas prices will remain high

Russia says its forces have withdrawn from Snake Island, a highly contested island in the Black Sea that Russia occupied soon after its February invasion.

By David Walker, Jennifer Hassan, Bryan Pietsch, Amy Cheng, Adam Taylor and Lateshia BeachumJuly 1, 2022

‘Alien things’ brought covid into North Korea, regime says

The announcement suggested Pyongyang is looking to blame Seoul for its outbreak, as South Korea's new leader takes a harder line toward Kim Jong Un.

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Min Joo KimJuly 1, 2022

China’s Xi ushers in the end of global Hong Kong

Hong Kong was once cast as a liberal precursor to what China could become. Under Xi Jinping, it’s a cautionary tale of authoritarian entrenchment.

By Ishaan Tharoor and Karina TsuiJuly 1, 2022

Erdogan warns Sweden and Finland to ‘fulfill’ duties under NATO deal

A trilateral agreement among Finland, Sweden and Turkey appears to give few concrete concessions to Ankara.

By Kareem Fahim, Erin Cunningham and Zeynep KaratasJune 30, 2022

On Snake Island, defiant Ukrainians force a Russian withdrawal

Ukraine scores a key symbolic victory on the Black Sea island where a lone Ukrainian soldier famously tossed a salty expletive at a powerful Russian warship.

By Claire ParkerJune 30, 2022

Russian forces withdraw from Ukraine’s Snake Island

Moscow framed the withdrawal from the Black Sea island as an effort to create a humanitarian corridor, while Kyiv said it came after intense artillery strikes by Ukraine’s military

By Mary Ilyushina, Adela Suliman and Alex HortonJune 30, 2022

Texas migrant tragedy brings grief to families back home

The migrants traveled from Mexico and Central America in search of better lives. Fifty-three have been found dead in the back of a truck in San Antonio.

By Kevin Sieff, Paulina Villegas and Arelis R. HernándezJune 30, 2022

Record heat wave cooks Japan, straining power grid

The last time Japan recorded consistently high temperatures in June was in 1875.

By Karina Tsui, Julia Mio Inuma and Ian LivingstonJune 30, 2022

Buckingham Palace won’t publish probe into claims of Meghan bullying staff

Buckingham Palace confirmed that “lessons have been learned” following an investigation into complaints that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, had bullied palace staff members.

By Karla AdamJune 30, 2022