Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Ukraine abandons defense of besieged steel plant

Sweden signed an application to join NATO, and Finland's Parliament voted to apply. Explosions rocked the Lviv region.

By Paulina Firozi,  Paulina Villegas,  Amy Cheng,  Jennifer Hassan,  Ellen Francis,  Andrew Jeong,  Julian Mark and Reis ThebaultMay 17, 2022

Biden administration begins easing restrictions on Venezuelan oil

The move, which will allow Chevron to begin negotiating with the government of Nicolás Maduro, is aimed at promoting talks between the Venezuelan government and the U.S.-backed opposition.

By Samantha Schmidt,  Karen DeYoung and Anthony FaiolaMay 17, 2022

Splits open at NATO about how to boost presence in Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe wants big new deployments of NATO troops to defend against Russia, but some other alliance members are skeptical of then need for shifting major forces east, particulalry after seeing Russian forces struggle in Ukraine.

By Michael Birnbaum and Missy RyanMay 17, 2022

Victory Day unfolds quietly in Ukraine as Putin defends invasion

Russia's president spoke from Moscow's Red Square. Fighting continues in Mariupol, Odessa and Kherson.

By Julian Duplain,  Bryan Pietsch,  Jennifer Hassan,  Adam Taylor,  Kim Bellware,  Paulina Villegas,  Hannah Knowles and Reis ThebaultMay 17, 2022

China cut tech exports to Russia after U.S.-led sanctions hit

China's technology exports to Russia have dropped significantly since U.S.-led sanctions took effect, U.S. says

By Jeanne WhalenMay 17, 2022

Ukraine ends bloody battle for Mariupol; Azovstal fighters evacuated

Hundreds of Mariupol's Azovstal steel plant fighters were evacuated to Russian-held territory after Kyiv struck a cease-fire agreement with Moscow.

By Rachel Pannett,  Reis Thebault,  Robyn Dixon,  David L. Stern and Shane HarrisMay 17, 2022

Ukraine is now the top recipient of U.S. military aid. Here’s how it surpassed even Israel and Egypt.

The United States has already committed nearly $4 billion in military aid to Ukraine since the war began.

By Artur Galocha and Ruby MellenMay 17, 2022

Hezbollah and allies lose majority in Lebanon’s parliamentary elections

Lebanon is in the midst of a crippling economic crisis, and more than a dozen independent candidates won seats.

By Sarah Dadouch and  Nader DurghamMay 17, 2022

Why Russia is struggling in eastern Ukraine, in maps

With no end to the war in sight, these maps explain how terrain, geography and logistics are shaping the battle for key cities.

By Claire Parker and Laris KarklisMay 17, 2022

Russian oligarchs loved luxe Sardinia. Now they’re frozen out of paradise.

At least eight villas spread out across 10 miles have been frozen by the Italian government.

By Chico Harlan and Stefano PitrelliMay 17, 2022

What happened in Mariupol, the city Russia besieged and captured?

Moscow had issued an ultimatum to Ukrainians remaining in the besieged port city: Surrender by midday and your life will be spared. Here’s what to know about Mariupol and the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding there.

By Miriam Berger,  Loveday Morris,  Maite Fernández Simon and Niha MasihMay 17, 2022

Inside the global hunt for a culprit in mysterious hepatitis cases

More than 450 cases described as ’extremely unusual because these are healthy children,’ mostly under 5.

By Lena H. SunMay 17, 2022

In Australia’s quiet climate election, independents could make noise

Natural disasters have pushed concern in Australia about climate change to an all-time high. Yet as the country heads toward a federal election, neither major party is talking much about it.

By Michael E. MillerMay 17, 2022

Why Turkey dissents on Finland and Sweden joining NATO and why it matters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey is not “favorable” toward Finland and Sweden joining NATO, but he has not ruled it out.

By Bryan PietschMay 17, 2022

The Orbanization of America: The U.S. right walks in Hungary’s path

To right-wingers in the United States, steeped in anti-liberal grievance, Hungary offers a glimpse of culture war victory and a template for action at home.

By Ishaan TharoorMay 17, 2022

Biden to lift some Trump-era restrictions on Cuba

The Biden administration is lifting restrictions on Cuba, including some aspects of travel to the island, caps on remittances and the issuance of at least 20,000 immigrant visas annually.

By Karen DeYoungMay 16, 2022

Evacuation of Ukrainian soldiers underway at Mariupol steel plant

Even as Russia secured a victory in Mariupol, it suffered another setback on the global stage, as Sweden ended 200 years of military nonalignment to join Finland in applying for NATO membership.

By Reis Thebault,  Paulina Firozi,  Paulina Villegas,  Bryan Pietsch,  Annabelle Timsit,  Colby Itkowitz,  Rachel Pannett,  Alex Horton,  Mary Ilyushina and Timothy BellaMay 16, 2022

Sweden joins Finland in seeking NATO membership

Putin said Finland and Sweden’s entry into NATO did not represent an imminent danger to Russia, but he warned the same would not be true if NATO staged a military buildup in the two countries.

By Missy RyanMay 16, 2022

McDonald’s seeks to sell Russian business that is ‘no longer tenable’

French automaker Renault also announced the sale of its Russian assets for 1 ruble amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.

By Aaron Gregg,  Annabelle Timsit and Jonathan EdwardsMay 16, 2022

Charles and Camilla visit Canada amid residential schools reckoning

The tour is to “highlight an emphasis on learning from Indigenous peoples." Other royals traveling this year have faced demands for apologies and reparations.

By Amanda ColettaMay 16, 2022