Ukraine live briefing: U.N. chief arrives in Ukraine to review month-old grain export deal

Satellite images show the first grain ship from Ukraine in Syria. Ukrainian forces strike Russia in Crimea for the second time in a week.

By Reis Thebault, Ellen Francis, Rachel Pannett and Sammy WestfallAugust 17, 2022

Fundraiser launched for statue of Freya, the walrus Norway euthanized

Organizers hope a statue will serve as a reminder that “we cannot or should not always kill and remove nature when it is ‘in the way.’ ”

By Rachel PannettAugust 17, 2022

Scottish council hires man as period dignity officer, stirring criticism

A regional government in Scotland hired a man as its first "period dignity officer," drawing global scrutiny.

By Karina TsuiAugust 17, 2022

Female Saudi activist gets record 34 years in prison for critical tweets

Salma al-Shehab was initially sentenced to six years for her tweets, but the counterterrorism court increased the penalty to 34 years when she appealed.

By Sarah Dadouch and Annabelle TimsitAugust 17, 2022

Crimea attacks point to Ukraine’s newest strategy, official says

Defense chief says Ukraine is counting on Special Forces to hit key Russian capabilities until enough Western weapons arrive for a full-scale counteroffensive

By Liz Sly, John Hudson and David L. SternAugust 17, 2022

China set to discourage abortion amid concern over birthrates

The government has also vowed to make infertility treatment more widely available to married women.

By Karina TsuiAugust 17, 2022

Putin revives Soviet ‘Mother Heroine’ award for women who have 10 children

Nearly eight decades after Stalin launched the award, Moscow is again worried about population decline, especially amid heavy losses in Ukraine.

By Adela SulimanAugust 17, 2022

Americans are paying for slogans on bombs aimed at Russians

Ukrainians are offering to write personal messages on a growing arsenal of weapons. Westerners are opening their wallets.

By John Hudson and Kostiantyn KhudovAugust 17, 2022

Syria denies holding Austin Tice after Biden’s demand for release

The Foreign Ministry statement denied holding any U.S. citizens. President Biden directly accused the Syrian government last week of holding the journalist.

By Sarah DadouchAugust 17, 2022

French farmers made salers cheese for 2,000 years — then a drought hit

The most severe drought in France’s history has claimed another victim: salers, a semihard cheese that has been produced for over 2,000 years.

By María Luisa PaúlAugust 17, 2022

Larry Towell’s iconic ‘The Mennonites’ is back in expanded edition

Gost Books has republished the beloved book with unseen photos.

By Kenneth DickermanAugust 17, 2022

Lula and Bolsonaro trade religious barbs in battle for evangelical vote

Bolsonaro promised to put God at the center of politics. Lula sees an opening with religious voters dissatisfied with his performance.

By Marina LopesAugust 17, 2022

Catholic cardinal accused in lawsuit of sexual assault

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, one of the most prominent Catholic leaders in Canada, is a key figure inside the Vatican bureaucracy, leading the department that vets and manages bishops. He has been mentioned as a candidate for pope.

By Amanda Coletta and Chico HarlanAugust 17, 2022

Elon Musk says tweet on Manchester United purchase was a joke

Musk, who has a history of irreverent tweets, had expressed interest in purchasing the storied but troubled soccer club that Forbes values at $4.6 billion.

By Hari RajAugust 17, 2022

As Europe burns, Europeans search for firewood

Even as the summer reminded many Europeans of the shared dangers posed by climate change, a cold winter and skyrocketing heating bills may provoke new divisions.

By Ishaan TharoorAugust 17, 2022

Scientists try to bring Tasmanian tiger back from extinction

Over the coming decade, they plan to use gene editing to turn a dunnart cell into a thylacine cell and bring the extinct marsupial into today’s world.

By Frances VinallAugust 16, 2022

Ukraine Live Briefing: Ukraine strikes Crimea targets twice in a week

An ammunition depot was on fire near Dzhankoi. Three foreign nationals could face the death penalty in eastern Ukraine.

By Reis Thebault, Annabelle Timsit, Katerina Ang and Sammy WestfallAugust 16, 2022

Russia blames ‘sabotage’ as Ukraine special forces strike again in Crimea

The depot near Dzhankoi exploded a week after a Russian air base in Crimea was rocked by a powerful attack apparently carried out by Ukrainian special forces.

By David L. Stern, Liz Sly, John Hudson and Annabelle TimsitAugust 16, 2022

Wolfgang Petersen, Oscar-nominated director of ‘Das Boot,’ dies at 81

The German-born filmmaker was also known for making big-budget blockbusters including "Air Force One" and "The Perfect Storm."

By Harrison SmithAugust 16, 2022

Defeated Kenyan candidate declares election results ‘null and void’

In a news conference, Odinga singled out the head of the election commission for bias and violating the constitution in declaring a winner without the agreement of other IEBC commissioners.

By Rael OmbuorAugust 16, 2022