Ukraine live briefing: U.S., U.K. say Russia’s retreat from Lyman ‘significant,’ hurts ability to resupply troops

IAEA calls for Russia to release Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant director. Russia's President Vladimir Putin proclaimed the annexation of Ukrainian regions.

By Annabelle Timsit, Praveena Somasundaram, Robyn Dixon and Ellen FrancisOctober 2, 2022

Stampede at Indonesia soccer game kills 174, officials say

Police used force to disperse crowds after "mass commotion" erupted at a game between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya in Malang Regency.

By Aisyah Llewellyn, Adi Renaldi, Rebecca Tan and Bryan PietschOctober 2, 2022

Brazil faces pivotal decision: More Bolsonaro or back to Lula?

Voters, analysts and the candidates themselves have framed the election as an existential choice, less about policy than about the very character of the nation.

By Terrence McCoy, Paulina Villegas and Gabriela Sá PessoaOctober 2, 2022

Their loved ones are Ukrainian medics — and Russian prisoners of war

"You want to shout to the whole world," one prisoner's sister says as families press for the medics' release. Their capture and treatment could constitute a war crime.

By David L. SternOctober 2, 2022

Venezuela frees 7 jailed Americans in exchange for Maduro family drug smugglers

The swap, the largest arranged by the Biden administration, came after months of secret talks.

By Ana Vanessa Herrero and Matt ViserOctober 1, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Ukraine claims control of Lyman after Russians withdraw

Ukrainian forces said they had surrounded Russian forces in the eastern city of Lyman, advancing in one of four regions annexed by Russia.

By Isabelle Khurshudyan, Ellen Francis, Erin Cunningham, Andrea Salcedo, Robyn Dixon and Praveena SomasundaramOctober 1, 2022

Americans captured by Russia detail months of beatings, interrogation

In their first extensive interview since being freed, Alex Drueke and Andy Tai Huynh recount the physical and psychological abuse they endured in captivity.

By Dan LamotheOctober 1, 2022

In Burkina Faso, a coup within a coup

The military leaders said their decision was rooted in the failure of Lt. Col. Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba to control escalating violence.

By Rachel Chason and Borso TallOctober 1, 2022

Putin overruled his top security service in prisoner swap with Ukraine

The exchange of prisoners involved the release of 215 Ukrainians, 55 Russians, a Putin confidant and 10 foreign nationals, including two Americans.

By John Hudson and Isabelle KhurshudyanOctober 1, 2022

Russia’s annexation puts world ‘two or three steps away’ from nuclear war

Annexation brings the threat of the use of a nuclear weapon a step closer by giving Putin a potential justification if he continues to suffer losses.

By Liz SlyOctober 1, 2022

Russian troops withdraw from Lyman, a day after annexation claims

The retreat from Lyman marks a major embarrassment for Moscow a day after it claimed swaths of eastern Ukraine as its own.

By Isabelle Khurshudyan, Adela Suliman, Ellen Francis, Robyn Dixon and Claire ParkerOctober 1, 2022

What you need to know about Brazil’s election

Polls show former president Luis Inácio Lula da Silva could defeat President Jair Bolsonaro in the first round Sunday. Bolsonaro has threatened not to accept a loss.

By Maite Fernández SimonOctober 1, 2022

How Russian timber bypasses U.S. sanctions by way of Vietnam

A new report by the nonprofit Environmental Investigation Agency says Russian birch wood is routed through Asia before being shipped to American stores.

By Michael TatarskiOctober 1, 2022

Searching for bodies with the Ukrainian captain collecting Russian corpses

A Ukrainian military unit searches for the bodies of Russian soldiers, to ship them home to their families and warn other Russian troops of what awaits them.

By Isabelle KhurshudyanOctober 1, 2022

Russia-Ukraine war: U.S. imposes new sanctions over Russia’s illegal annexation

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the illegal annexation of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions at a ceremony in Moscow.

By Ellen Francis, Louisa Loveluck, Adela Suliman, Erin Cunningham and Karina TsuiSeptember 30, 2022

What to know about Putin’s attempt to annex territory in Ukraine

In an illegal and escalatory move, President Vladimir Putin signed decrees to annex four Ukrainian territories. Here’s what to know.

By Claire ParkerSeptember 30, 2022

Deadly Russian strikes on civilian convoy as Putin proclaims annexation

Missiles hit a civilian convoy headed into Russian-occupied territory to deliver medical aid and collect residents trying to flee ahead of Russia's annexation.

By Louisa Loveluck and Wojciech GrzedzinskiSeptember 30, 2022

Besieged and ignored, Brazil’s Indigenous women are running for office

A record number are running to represent majority-Indigenous regions in Congress and state legislatures.

By Paulina VillegasSeptember 30, 2022

Three maps that explain Russia’s annexations and losses in Ukraine

Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia are the areas Putin is illegally annexing, as Russian forces suffer setbacks around the eastern city of Lyman.

By Laris Karklis and Erin CunninghamSeptember 30, 2022

As war fails, Russia’s authoritarian grandmaster backs himself into a corner

With repeated military blunders, Vladimir Putin trapped himself in a failing war in Ukraine. A speech on annexing territory showed him struggling to get a grip.

By Robyn DixonSeptember 30, 2022