Ukraine live briefing: Blinken says U.S. ‘won’t let’ Putin impose will on others; Kyiv shoots down drones

Ukraine said air defenses shot down more than 30 missiles and drones. In Helsinki, Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered a speech on the war.

By Andrew Jeong, Ellen Francis, Natalia Abbakumova and Claire ParkerJune 2, 2023

Biden isn’t the only politician to fall: Why we can’t look away

President Biden joins a long list of leaders from Xi Jinping to Vladimir Putin whose falls made the news. Why do we care so much when the mighty fall?

By Adela SulimanJune 2, 2023

U.S. rebuffs cease-fire calls in its strategy for Ukraine resilience

Antony Blinken also described Russia's “strategic failure” in Ukraine, which he said has isolated Moscow, weakened its economy and exposed the weakness of its military.

By Missy RyanJune 2, 2023

China’s quandary: Bail out debt-laden cities, or risk disruptive defaults?

Across China, local governments are struggling under a $23 trillion pile of debt. Beijing doesn't want to rescue them, but it also doesn't want them failing.

By Christian ShepherdJune 2, 2023

A Canadian bakery was burglarized. The thief later called to apologize.

A man broke into Sweet Something, a Vancouver pastry shop, on May 26. A few days later, he apologized to the owner and offered to pay for the repairs.

By Kyle MelnickJune 2, 2023

Britain’s defense chief, a contender to run NATO, lays out his vision

In an interview, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace says the alliance must press its members to spend more on defense if Russia is to remain contained.

By Missy RyanJune 2, 2023

To liberate territory, Ukraine must smash fortified Russian defenses

Ukrainian troops are removing some of their own land mines to create pathways into occupied territory where they will confront Russian fortifications.

By Adam Taylor, Anastacia Galouchka and Serhiy MorgunovJune 2, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Biden hails unity of ‘energized’ NATO; 3 killed in Russian strike on Kyiv

The attack in Kyiv came on International Children's Day, and at least one of the victims died after finding the nearest bomb shelter locked.

By Samantha Schmidt, Niha Masih, Annabelle Timsit and Miriam BergerJune 1, 2023

Pentagon discloses it’s paying for Elon Musk’s Starlink internet in Ukraine

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk requested payment from the Defense Department last fall for Starlink internet service in Ukraine after initially providing it for free.

By Dan LamotheJune 1, 2023

NATO nations look past Ukraine offensive to long-term deterrence pacts

The evolving security proposals would represent an alternative to the divisive prospect of granting Ukraine’s admission into NATO in the near term.

By Missy Ryan, Catherine Belton and Emily RauhalaJune 1, 2023

Kosovo Prime Minister Kurti on recent violence and his rebuke from Washington

Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti said in an interview with The Washington Post that statements by Secretary of State Antony Blinken had been "harmful."

By Loveday MorrisJune 1, 2023

End of Title 42 changes calculus of migrants at U.S.-Mexico border

Migrants are struggling to reevaluate and navigate the U.S. immigration system after Title 42 was lifted.

By Arelis R. Hernández and Danielle VillasanaJune 1, 2023

Canada to require health warnings on individual cigarettes

Beginning next year, cigarettes will bear labels including “TOBACCO HARMS CHILDREN,” “POISON IN EVERY PUFF” and “SMOKING CAUSES IMPOTENCE.”

By Sarah DadouchJune 1, 2023

Border towns in western Russia report heavy shelling and rocket fire

One town's governor said at least two people had been wounded in the attacks on Shebekino. He blamed the shelling on Ukraine, but Kyiv has denied any direct involvement in the attacks on Russia’s territory.

By Francesca EbelJune 1, 2023
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Iran plans to escalate attacks against U.S. troops in Syria, documents show

Documents show new push by Moscow, Tehran and Damascus to oust U.S. forces from Syria, including through lethal explosive attacks.

By Joby Warrick and Evan HillJune 1, 2023

Royal wedding fever grips the Middle East: Meet Jordan’s bride and groom

The couple is often described as the Middle East's Will and Kate. The British royals are attending the wedding, along with Jill Biden.

By Adela SulimanJune 1, 2023

It’s Pride Month. Here’s how LGBTQ rights fared around the world this year.

Countries from the United States to Uganda have passed legislation targeting gay and transgender rights since Pride Month last year.

By Victoria Bisset and Ellen FrancisJune 1, 2023

China gives Elon Musk a hero’s welcome — and a message for the U.S.

The mercurial head of Tesla and Twitter, on his first visit in three years, said China and the U.S. were “conjoined twins” with inseparable interests.

By Christian Shepherd and Meaghan TobinJune 1, 2023

Biden shows growing appetite to cross Putin’s red lines

Despite warnings that arming Ukraine will start a world war, President Biden continues to push Vladimir Putin’s limits — a strategy that brings risk and reward.

By John Hudson and Dan LamotheJune 1, 2023

As missiles exploded over Kyiv, they raced for a shelter. It was locked.

The Ukrainian military said it intercepted 10 missiles fired by Russia at Kyiv, but three people, including a child, were killed when debris crashed down.

By Samantha Schmidt and Kostiantyn KhudovJune 1, 2023