Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Ukraine ends Mariupol fight; some Azovstal troops taken to Russian-held areas

Sweden signed the country’s application to join NATO. Putin downplayed the threat. Explosions in Lviv.

By Amy Cheng,  Jennifer Hassan,  Rachel Pannett,  Ellen Francis,  Andrew Jeong and Julian MarkMay 17, 2022

Hezbollah loses 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

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

Ukraine ends bloody battle for Mariupol, evacuates Azovstal fighters

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 and Reis ThebaultMay 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

Russia boycott: A list of global campaigns that are underway in support of Ukraine

From vodka to soccer, retailers and international sporting bodies have announced boycotts of Russian goods and benched Russian teams in a symbolic global movement designed to show solidarity with Ukraine.

By Annabelle Timsit and Maite Fernández SimonMay 16, 2022

Teresa Berganza, celebrated Spanish opera star, dies at 89

The mezzo-soprano was known for her roles in works by Mozart and Rossini.

By Tim PageMay 16, 2022

Élisabeth Borne appointed as next prime minister of France

The outgoing labor minister is the second woman in history to hold the post.

By Rick NoackMay 16, 2022

Maps of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Russia has launched an extensive assault on Ukraine. We're mapping how Russian troops are advancing.

By Washington Post StaffMay 16, 2022

Pope Francis canonizes Indian man who struggled against caste

The announcement is significant for India’s 28 million Christians, many of whom hail from lower castes.

By Anant GuptaMay 16, 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 16, 2022

How countries around the world have responded to mass shootings

A shooting in Buffalo on Saturday left 10 people dead. Here's how other countries have responded to such massacres.

By Adam Taylor and Amanda ColettaMay 16, 2022